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Alan Eskew / UPI:
Kansas City Royals: Brandon Moss slams Chicago White Sox  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sam Gaviglio worked five solid innings and Brandon Moss clubbed a first-inning grand slam as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon.  —  The victory evened the Royals' record at 72-72.
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Fox News:
Royals need another solid start from Gaviglio against White Sox  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Time is running out on the Kansas City Royals.  —  The Royals lost the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, falling 11-3 in a game they could ill afford to lose if they are to make it back to the postseason.
USA Today:
Free baseball! Oakland A's charging no admission to 2018 game against White Sox
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Neil Greenberg / Washington Post:
The Nationals should forget about catching the Dodgers and plan for the postseason
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
USA Today:
Is the Indians' winning streak already the greatest in MLB history?  Probably  —  Honus Wagner scored the Pittsburgh Pirates' lone run in the top of the eighth inning on Sept. 18, 1916, to put the asterisk on the New York Giants' 26-game winning streak.  —  A thunderstorm moved in and play was suspended for weather —
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ESPN:   Jose Ramirez in Indians lineup night after exiting game
Fox Sports:   Kluber faces Tigers in Indians' bid for 20 in a row (Sep 12, 2017)
USA Today:
Cleveland Indians extend winning streak to 19 games
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   As Indians aim for 20th straight win, ‘Moneyball’ hero Scott Hatteberg can't wait to watch
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Calhoun promotion ends Ross' time with Rangers  —  ARLINGTON  —  The Tyson Ross experiment ended Tuesday for the Texas Rangers, who released the right-hander to create a spot on the 40-man roster for prospect Willie Calhoun.  —  Ross was expected to be the finishing touch to the rotation …
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ESPN:
Adrian Beltre (hamstring) returns early from DL on same night Willie Calhoun makes debut  —  Texas Rangers star third baseman Adrian Beltre has returned earlier than expected from a Grade 2 strain in his left hamstring as he was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
Associated Press:   Prospect Willie Calhoun making debut for Rangers
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina's 2-run double puts Cards on top 2-1 after an inning  —  After falling behind, the Cardinals responded with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.  —  After Matt Carpenter walked and Tommy Pham reached on an error …
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Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Pham returns to lineup for streaking Cards; Bader plays center
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Designate Barrett Astin For Assignment
Discussion: Red Reporter
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Rays plan to go home to Tampa on Wednesday, host Red Sox on Friday  —  BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Rays will fly home Wednesday.  With any luck, they will play games at Tropicana Field this weekend, too.  —  Rays players met Tuesday before a designated home game at Citi Field in New York …
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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Red Sox hopeful Eduardo Nunez returns from knee injury by season's end  —  BOSTON — Eduardo Nunez pointed to his right knee, smiled and spoke of how lucky he felt that the injury wasn't a few inches closer to his kneecap.  —  “If it was over here, it would be the rest of this year,” Nunez said, “and most of next year.”
Brett Bodner / New York Daily News:   SEE IT: Dennis Eckersley shares story about partying at Studio 54, getting blasted by Yankees the following day
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees to open 2018 season in Toronto, home opener is April 2 vs. Rays  —  The Yankees will open the 2018 season in Toronto against the Blue Jays on March 29.  Their home-opener will be on April 2 vs. Tampa.  —  They will finish the year facing the Red Sox at Fenway Park Sept. 28-30.
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Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
MLB to start sooner than ever next year as schedule is revealed
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
ESPN:
Option vests for Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, securing $12M payday  —  WASHINGTON — Gio Gonzalez will wear a Nationals uniform next season.  —  On Tuesday night, Gonzalez struck out Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte to reach 180 innings on the season.  Because of that, his $12 million option …
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Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants to open at Dodgers, take longer trips under 2018 schedule  —  When the Giants go on the road in 2018 their trips will be longer, but when they are home they will kick their feet up more.  —  The Giants open 2018 with four games at Dodger Stadium starting Thursday March 30 …
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New York Daily News:
Dodgers lose 11th straight, worst skid in L.A. team history
Discussion: True Blue LA
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber return to Cubs' lineup  —  Ian Happ discusses the race in the National League Central following the Cubs' 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Willson Contreras will make his first start …
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Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:   An outside-the-box lineup to fix the Cubs' stagnant offense
ESPN:
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
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Fox Sports:   Rays hope new ‘home’ field helps against Yankees (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
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Martinez, Pham take center stage
USA Today:
MLB awards watch: Jose Altuve, Paul Goldschmidt leading MVP candidates  —  With the major league season coming to a close in three weeks, the MVP and Cy Young pictures are coming into focus.  —  Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is the unanimous choice of USA TODAY Sports' American League MVP vote.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Eric Karabell / ESPN:
Top MLB DFS building blocks for Tuesday  —  Our experts are here to provide the best hitters and pitchers for you to build your daily fantasy baseball lineups around on Tuesday.  —  Hitters to build around  —  He's hit cleanup this month against left-handed starting pitchers …
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 …
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 and Amazin' Avenue
Todd ZolaFantasy / ESPN:
Daily fantasy baseball cheat sheet for Tuesday  —  A pair of pitchers sharing initials headline a pitching-heavy card.  In fact, this is one of these days you either pay up or fade the aces entirely with low-end hurlers as there's little in the middle.  The main slate is a game short …
 
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
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