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2:35 PM ET, September 12, 2017


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Neil Greenberg / Washington Post:
The Nationals should forget about catching the Dodgers and plan for the postseason  —  It wasn't too long ago we were discussing whether the Los Angeles Dodgers were a super team, but after suffering their 16th loss in 17 games — their worst losing streak in 73 years …
Jorge Castillo / Washington Post:
Nationals-Braves series preview: Washington still in hunt for home-field advantage  —  Two days after Nationals players and fans were unabashedly rooting for the Braves, tomahawk chop and all, in a strange scene at Nationals Park, the National League East foes will ditch that brief alliance …
New York Daily News:
Dodgers lose 11th straight, worst skid in L.A. team history  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers rallied once, twice and then a third time.  Manager Dave Roberts thought his club would snap out of its long losing streak at last.  —  The National League-leading Dodgers lost their 11th straight game …
Associated Press:   Dodgers and Giants resume top of first inning at 10:50 p.m.
Associated Press:
Prospect Willie Calhoun making debut for Rangers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Willie Calhoun, the prized prospect the Texas Rangers got in the Yu Darvish trade, is set for his major league debut.  —  The Rangers said Calhoun's contract was being purchased from Triple-A Round Rock before Tuesday night's game against Seattle.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Prospect Calhoun tweets he's on his way to Rangers  —  ARLINGTON  —  Willie Calhoun, the prized prospect in the Yu Darvish deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the July 31 trade deadline, will join the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, according to a series of tweets from him, his brother and his girlfriend.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Does Odor have something in reserve for Rangers' final 20 games?
Surreal scenes from Citi Field: ‘Weird’ week begins as Yankees play Rays on Mets' turf  —  NEW YORK — The center-field video scoreboard featured the same “Citi Field” in big, bold letters and the words “Let's Go Mets.”  But neither of the two logos flashing below it belonged to the usual home team.
Discussion: DRaysBay
Fox Sports:
Rays hope new ‘home’ field helps against Yankees (Sep 12, 2017)  —  NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays are hoping their second night in their temporary home Tuesday goes better than the first.  —  The New York Yankees will attempt to keep proving that the road — wherever it might be located — is where the wins are.
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Rays ‘thoughts’ are with Florida, remain indifferent on having to face Yankees at Citi Field
USA Today:
Cleveland Indians extend winning streak to 19 games  —  The Cleveland Indians' winning streak approached rarefied air Monday night, as they dominated the Detroit Tigers 11-0 to win their 19th consecutive game, one shy of the modern American League record.  —  Jose Ramirez hit a two-run home run …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Indians aim for 20th straight win, ‘Moneyball’ hero Scott Hatteberg can't wait to watch  —  They wrote a best-selling book about his baseball team.  —  They made a Hollywood movie about their winning streak.  —  They made a celebrity out of him.  —  Now, 15 years removed from his moment of glory …
Discussion: ESPN
Fox Sports:   Kluber faces Tigers in Indians' bid for 20 in a row (Sep 12, 2017)
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mozeliak is enjoying playoff push  —  John Mozeliak, the Cardinals' president of baseball operations, admits his focus is “more forward,” but he also says he is enjoying the recent ride his Ferris-wheel-type team has given him as it has shoved its way back into contention for a playoff spot.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Martinez, Pham take center stage  —  Perhaps the best encapsulation of the Cardinals' season is that two players who were fighting for the last position-player job throughout much of spring training, with one of them having to be sent out, now are both batting in the upper four in the lineup.
Associated Press:
MLB: Tigers ace Michael Fulmer to have elbow surgery  —  Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer throws in a game against Texas Rangers on Aug. 14.  Fulmer will miss the rest of the season.  (Associated Press File Photo)  —  The Detroit Tigers lost another ace.
Discussion: Fish Stripes and Pirates Breakdown
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann could start again, but should he?
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers thrashed again; Cleveland Indians win streak reaches 19
Arizona Republic:
Tuesday's game  —  Rockies at Diamondbacks  —  Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).  —  Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 3.33) vs. Rockies RHP Jon Gray (7-4, 4.07).  —  TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).  —  Walker has won his past three starts …
Arizona Republic:
Ready to roll  —  The Diamondbacks are five games up on the Rockies …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets get Eric Hanhold from Brewers to complete Neil Walker trade  —  The Mets acquired Eric Hanhold from the Brewers as the player to be named later to complete the Aug. 12 trade involving Neil Walker.  —  The right-handed pitcher went 8-3 with two saves and a 3.94 ERA in 30 games …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals Claim Mike Morin, Designate Onelki Garcia  —  The Royals have claimed righty Mike Morin off waivers from the Angels, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports on Twitter.  To create space on the 40-man roster, the club designated southpaw Onelki Garcia for assignment.
Discussion: Royals Review and MLB Daily Dish
MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
2018 MLB schedule released: Opening day is March 29 for earliest start ever  —  MLB releases 2018 schedule: Opening day is March 29 for earliest start ever  —  Major League Baseball's 2018 schedule breaks new ground.  —  For the first time in 50 years, every team will begin its season on the same day …
Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:
Angels' Justin Upton has mellowed with age but maintains an inner edge  —  Justin Upton, center, is congratulated by Angels teammates in the dugout after scoring Sept. 2.  (Jeffrey McWhorter / Associated Press)  —  Three hours before the Angels took the field Saturday in Seattle …
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:
Angels mailbag: Can the bullpen continue pitching this many innings?
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Zak Keefer / Indianapolis Star:
Insider: Luck ruled out for next game.  Jacoby Brissett to start?  Colts thinking about it  —  The Colts are “disappointed.”  Doyel has some stronger emotions.  Video courtesy of Fox59  —  CONNECT  —  INDIANAPOLIS - With The Franchise sidelined at least another week …
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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Richard Griffin / Toronto Star:
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Paul Sporer / ESPN:
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Ryan Vogelsong to retire as member of Giants
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Mazara serves as Rangers' DH after long weekend on injured leg
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