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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann could start again, but should he?  —  CLEVELAND - Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who received a neck injection last Wednesday to alleviate recurring pain, wants to start again this season.  —  Manager Brad Ausmus is hopeful Zimmermann will start again this season.
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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.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers thrashed again; Cleveland Indians win streak reaches 19  —  CLEVELAND - It was as predictable as things come in baseball, what would transpire on Monday night at Progressive Field.  —  The Indians came into the game on an 18-game winning streak.  They are one of the best teams in baseball.
Associated Press:
Tigers ace Michael Fulmer to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season  —  CLEVELAND — The Detroit Tigers say ace Michael Fulmer will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday and miss the rest of the season.  —  The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year will have a damaged nerve fixed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Michael Fulmer to have season-ending elbow surgery
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Michael Fulmer To Undergo Ulnar Nerve Transposition Surgery
Discussion: FanRag Sports and Bless You Boys
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.
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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.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Wacha's brilliance, Molina's bat lead Cardinals
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Grichuk reaches 20-homer mark in back-to-back seasons
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 …
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Arizona Republic:   Ready to roll  —  The Diamondbacks are five games up on the Rockies …
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Rays ‘thoughts’ are with Florida, remain indifferent on having to face Yankees at Citi Field  —  The Tampa Bay Rays hardly sounded up in arms publicly over MLB's decision to switch their home pennant-race series against the Yankees to New York this week.  —  Not that they should have been expected …
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Casey L Moore / USA Today:
Indians' epic winning streak: A hero every night as Cleveland wins 18 in a row  —  The Cleveland Indians have put together the second-longest winning streak in the major leagues over the last 63 seasons.  Only the Oakland Athletics, they of Moneyball fame, mustered a longer streak than these Indians when they won 20 in a row in 2002.
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USA Today:   MLB power rankings: Indians streak into No. 1 spot, Dodgers fall
ESPN:   Power Rankings: Indians might find it's lonely at the top
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Series preview: Cardinals vs. Reds  —  • The Cardinals, who are 5-8 against the Reds, haven't lost a season series to them since 2011 but must win five of the six remaining games to take the series this year. ...  Speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton won't be an issue, however …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Good Hamels a good development for final push  —  ARLINGTON  —  A September baseball game played in under three hours is a rarity, like a losing Denver Broncos season, a good umpire or a bad taco.  —  They just don't come along very often.
Rob Biertempfel / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Steven Brault shines on mound, at plate as Pirates end 5-game losing skid  —  Pirates pitcher Steven Brault delivers in the first inning against the Brewers on Sept. 11, 2017, in Milwaukee.  —  The Pirates' Elias Diaz scores safely past Brewers catcher Manny Pina during the sixth inning Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Milwaukee.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy has been here before and sees no reason to panic  —  Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy looks on during batting practice before a game against the Atlanta Braves on July 21.  (Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)  —  Lose a dozen games off the division lead, stagger toward the finish line, then win the World Series?
Richard Griffin / Toronto Star:
Youngsters help lift Blue Jays past the Orioles  —  Reliever Ramirez keeps season-long scoreless streak intact.  —  The Blue Jays are destined to spend an entire season without reaching the .500 mark and a full year in last place in the AL East, but on Monday they beat the Orioles 4-3 …
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Where in the world has Kyle Schwarber been lately?  On the Cubs bench  —  Photos of Cubs catcher and outfielder Kyle Schwarber.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kyle Schwarber's 379-foot home run to right field Saturday coaxed a round of sarcastic applause from the few who remained at Wrigley Field.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:   Can Dodgers fans take solace in the plight of the Chicago Cubs?
ESPN:
Nationals' objectives now that they've won the NL East  —  So the Washington Nationals have clinched.  For months now, it hasn't been a question of if that would happen, but when.  If you think that skipper Dusty Baker can just sit back and relax now, chomping on his trademark toothpick …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Nationals beat Phillies, wait a bit, then celebrate an NL East title
Discussion: Federal Baseball and SI.com
 
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Ryan Vogelsong to retire as member of Giants
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Alex Meyer To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jarrod Dyson Out For Remainder Of Season
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Johnny Grassi / Yardbarker:
Looking towards the 2018-2019 season: Miami Marlins Starting Lineup
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Juan Lagares working to show Mets he's more than a backup defensive specialist
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Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles' sweep by Cleveland knocks sense of reality into club's playoff assessment
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Paul Schwartz / New York Post:
Odell-less Giants unravel in Dallas
ESPN:
D-backs take the Red Sox route to blaze a trail back to October
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