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10:50 PM ET, September 13, 2017


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Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Blackjack!:  Indians set AL record with 21st straight win  —  Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez, left, and Francisco Lindor celebrate a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Cleveland.  The Indians set the American League record with 21 consecutive wins.
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
After peaks (91-36) and valleys (1-16), what's next for the Dodgers?  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Dave Roberts played nine seasons in the minors before establishing himself in the big leagues when he was nearly 30, launching an itinerant 10-year career that preceded a five-year coaching stint …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Indians stack wins in record streak, a new label emerges: America's Team  —  They have become America's team, those lovable Cleveland Indians.  —  They win 21 games in a row, the most by any team in American League history, and we want the streak to keep going.
What is wrong with the Dodgers?  —  Flash back to the final week of August.  The Los Angeles Dodgers were 50-plus games over .500 and had already piled up 90 victories, and the conversations were about record-breaking win totals and October parade routes through Los Angeles.  Then everything changed.
UPI:   Cleveland Indians: Ace reliever Andrew Miller to return Thursday
USA Today:
Cleveland Indians set American League record with 21st consecutive win
Discussion: ESPN, FanRag Sports and CBS Pittsburgh
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer says he didn't mean to bean umpire
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Indians win again — that's 20 in a row, one off Cubs' 1935 mark
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Winker's leadoff homer has Reds up 1-0 after two at Busch  —  As they did on Tuesday night in a 13-4 Cardinals' series-opening win, the Reds grabbed the lead with a first-inning solo home run.  Jesse Winker hit Jack Flaherty's second pitch of the game past the foul pole in right for his first career leadoff homer.
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Flaherty makes third start for Cardinals; Piscotty in right
Bucky Dent / UPI:   St. Louis Cardinals pound Cincinnati Reds, 13-4
Rays to return home on Friday to play Red Sox, Cubs  —  NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays will return home to Florida following Hurricane Irma for what is now a truncated five-game homestand against the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs.  —  A three-game series against the New York Yankees …
Discussion: USA Today and Over the Monster
Ari Gilberg / New York Daily News:   Yankees bullpen staggers, but ultimately hangs on for 3-2 victory over Rays
Fox News:
Preview: Rays finish up ‘home’ series against Yankees at Citi Field
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
There's a new starter in town for Cubs — for now — Jen-Ho Tseng  —  Manager Joe Maddon discusses the Cubs' win against the Mets on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  One minute, Jen-Ho Tseng was named the Cubs' minor-league pitcher of the year Wednesday.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Designate Pierce Johnson For Assignment  —  The Cubs announced on Wednesday that they've designated right-hander Pierce Johnson for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for fellow righty Jen-Ho Tseng, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Iowa.
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Jon Lester takes the mound as Cubs set to face Mets at Wrigley Field
David Driver / UPI:
Atlanta Braves: Julio Tehren shuts down Washington Nationals  —  WASHINGTON — Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings, Freddie Freeman was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, and Ozzie Albies went 3-for-5 with a solo shot as the Atlanta Braves crushed the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Tuesday night.
ESPN:   Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence
ESPN:   Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence
Matt Carlson / UPI:
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant breaks out in win over New York Mets  —  CHICAGO — Kris Bryant picked the right time to rediscover his long-ball swing.  —  With Chicago's first-place lead in the National League Central dwindling, the Cubs couldn't afford to wait much longer.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   With 18 games to go, the 6 remaining playoff scenarios for the Cubs
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Gio Gonzalez reaches important milestone in otherwise listless night for Nationals
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Game Day: Potential playoff matchups in flux for D-Backs … CONNECT  —  Playoff picture could change in coming weeks  —  For as long as the Diamondbacks have looked like favorites to capture one of the wild-card spots, the assumption was they would likely end up facing the Los Angeles Dodgers …
Discussion: Purple Row
ABC News:
Gonzalez homers twice, Rockies beat Diamondbacks again, 4-2
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
ESPN:   Each likely playoff team's biggest pitching question
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles notes: O's to keep Dylan Bundy on short leash with postseason in mind  —  The Orioles lose to the Bue Jays, 3-2.  (Denise Sanders, Baltimore Sun video)  —  Orioles lose opener in Toronto 4-3 — their fifth straight loss and third straight by two runs or less.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Josh Land / Baltimore Sun:   Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday at Blue Jays
Shohei Otani expected to make way to MLB next season  —  Japanese sensation Shohei Otani, a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, is expected to be posted by his team and play in Major League Baseball in 2018, according to multiple reports.
Jeff Passan / Yahoo Sports:
Shohei Otani will leave hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to play in MLB next season
Shohei Otani and why being Babe Ruth isn't all it's cracked up to be
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Chicago Tribune:
Lucas Giolito fights through command issues to help White Sox top Royals 5-3  —  White Sox starter Lucas Giolito discusses his outing against the Royals on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.  (Chris Kuc/Chicago Tribune)  —  The on-the-job learning process continues for White Sox rookie starter Lucas Giolito.
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
We now know what David Ortiz will be doing for Red Sox  —  David Ortiz is officially back with the Red Sox.  —  Appearing at an event to announce his partnership with Eastern Bank Tuesday afternoon, Ortiz told that he and the Red Sox have agreed upon a role for the retired slugger.
USA Today:   Dennis Eckersley shares details of David Price confrontation: 'Dude doesn't like me'
Clark Spencer / miamiherald:
Marlins move weekend home series to Milwaukee  —  “Home” for the Marlins this weekend will be Milwaukee.  —  As the result of Hurricane Irma, the Marlins are moving their weekend home series with the Brewers to Miller Park in Milwaukee.  —  “Marlins Park stood ready to host the games …
USA Today:   Hurricane Irma: Marlins move series from Miami to Milwaukee
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Jaime Garcia appears upset with Joe Girardi after getting pulled by Yankees manager  —  Jaime Garcia looked pretty mad about getting pulled.  —  Garcia, who was making his first start since Aug. 30, appeared to say something as he walked off the mound after being lifted by Joe Girardi with two outs in the fifth inning on Wednesday.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees manager Joe Girardi hopes Greg Bird can return to lineup Friday against Orioles
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Ernie Broglio (of Lou Brock trade) on cancer, Cubs, Cardinals and infamy  —  Former Cardinals and Cubs pitcher Ernie Broglio reflects on the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series and his allegiance to the Cardinals.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Asdrubal Cabrera proving why Mets should consider picking up his option  —  CHICAGO — Asdrubal Cabrera has been making his case.  The Mets veteran infielder who demanded to be traded when he was moved off of shortstop in June, is looking to prove he is a viable infielder for next season.
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