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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.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
With 18 games to go, the 6 remaining playoff scenarios for the Cubs  —  Kyle Schwarber discusses the race in the NL Central after the Cubs beat the Mets on Sept. 12, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Only a week ago it seemed a foregone conclusion the Cubs …
Joe Totoraitis / Associated Press:
Brewers beat Cole, Pirates 5-2  —  MILWAUKEE  —  Big hits and solid pitching can keep the Milwaukee Brewers in the playoff hunt.  Manager Craig Counsell got both of them against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.  —  Eric Thames hit his 29th home run, Domingo Santana went 3 for 4 …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs welcome comparisons, contrasts from 2015
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Robert Gsellman struggles in loss to Cubs that guarantees Mets won't finish over .500
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Jeff Passan / Yahoo Sports:
Shohei Otani will leave hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to play in MLB next season … It isn't about the money.  Athletes reflexively say this, and sports fans roll their eyes, because of course it's about the money.  It's always about the money.  Then along comes
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UPI:
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.
ESPN:   Shohei Otani and why being Babe Ruth isn't all it's cracked up to be
ESPN:   Reports: Japanese MVP Shohei Otani expects to be in MLB in 2018
UPI:
Cleveland Indians: Ace reliever Andrew Miller to return Thursday  —  Andrew Miller is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Thursday and work his way back into a significant role in the Cleveland Indians bullpen.  —  Miller will be on a strict schedule when he returns.
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Zachary Ripple / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Sprinkler system turns on and interrupts Indians-Tigers game … Not even a sprinkler shower can cool down the scorching-hot Indians.  —  In the middle of the Indians-Tigers game in Cleveland on Wednesday, the outfield sprinkler system turned on, interrupting play for a few minutes.
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Indians win again — that's 20 in a row, one off Cubs' 1935 mark
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
How soon before Tigers can be contenders again? Use Indians as template
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers show fight but can't get win; Indians win 20th straight
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:
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 …
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Fox News:
Preview: Rays finish up ‘home’ series against Yankees at Citi Field
Discussion: DRaysBay and Pinstripe Alley
John Harper / New York Daily News:   Indians' recent surge just another reason Yankees should keep fighting for division title
Jerry Beach / UPI:   Adeiny Hechavarria lifts Tampa Bay Rays to close win over New York Yankees
ESPN:
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.
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Andy McCullough / The Charlotte Observer:
Kershaw starts it and Jansen finishes it as Dodgers end dubious streak
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Jeff Faraudo / Mercury News:
Clayton Kershaw stifles Giants as Dodgers end skid, clinch playoff bid
Bucky Dent / UPI:
St. Louis Cardinals pound Cincinnati Reds, 13-4  —  ST. LOUIS — Between Triple-A Memphis and St. Louis, Paul DeJong has belted 35 homers this year.  —  “Time to set a new goal,” he said.  “I could say 37, but 40 sounds better than 37.”  —  Given the rate at which he's hitting them …
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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 …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Fowler better but not ready to play; Sierra returns
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.
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ESPN:
Option vests for Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, securing $12M payday
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Gio Gonzalez reaches important milestone in otherwise listless night for Nationals
ESPN:
Astros skipping Lance McCullers Jr. start over arm fatigue  —  The Houston Astros scratched Lance McCullers Jr. from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels after the injury-plagued right-hander reported arm fatigue and soreness while playing catch.
Discussion: FanRag Sports
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Associated Press:
Justin Verlander gives up 1 hit in Astros' 1-0 win vs. Angels
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Pedro Moura / The Charlotte Observer:   Verlander, Astros blank Angels
ABC News:
Gonzalez homers twice, Rockies beat Diamondbacks again, 4-2  —  Carlos Gonzalez has finally found his swing, and that's very good news for the Colorado Rockies.  —  The veteran slugger homered twice and the Rockies won their sixth game in a row, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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Arizona Republic:
Wednesday's game
Stephen Hawkins / The Charlotte Observer:
Big shots by Gamel, Seager push Mariners past Rangers 10-3  —  Kyle Seager put himself in some elite Seattle Mariners company with another big blast against Texas.  —  Seager and Ben Gamel both hit three-run homers to help power the Mariners to a 10-3 victory Tuesday night in a matchup of wild card hopefuls.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Whatever is going on with Napoli is a bit peculiar
Discussion: Minor League Ball
USA Today:
Dennis Eckersley shares details of David Price confrontation: 'Dude doesn't like me'  —  Hall of Fame pitcher and Boston Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley has doubts that he'll talk to Red Sox ace David Price again.  —  “Ultimately, this comes back to the dude doesn't like me,” …
 
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
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San Francisco Chronicle:
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Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
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