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6:50 PM ET, September 13, 2017


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USA Today:
Cleveland Indians set American League record with 21st consecutive win  —  The Cleveland Indians powered their way into baseball history Wednesday afternoon, setting an American League record with their 21st consecutive victory, a 5-3 conquest of the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field.
Discussion: ESPN, FanRag Sports and CBS Pittsburgh
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.
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.
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
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  —  The Miami Marlins announced Wednesday that they have moved this weekend's series against the Brewers from Marlins Park to Milwaukee's Miller Park due to ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma.
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.
Joe Totoraitis / Associated Press:
Brewers beat Cole, Pirates 5-2
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 …
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Flaherty makes third start for Cardinals; Piscotty in right  —  Jack Flaherty makes his third major-league start Tuesday, taking on the Cincinnati Reds and fellow rookie righthander Tyler Mahle in a 7:15 p.m. game at Busch Stadium.  —  The Cardinals, who've won four in a row …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Fowler better but not ready to play; Sierra returns
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Molina's 2-run double puts Cards on top 2-1 after an inning
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 …
Ari Gilberg / New York Daily News:
Yankees bullpen staggers, but ultimately hangs on for 3-2 victory over Rays  —  The Yankees only managed to score in the second inning, but the Bombers' early three-run barrage was just enough to beat the Rays 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.  —  Jaime Garcia was unable to pick up the win …
Fox News:
Preview: Rays finish up ‘home’ series against Yankees at Citi Field  —  TV: FOX Sports Sun  —  WATCH IT LIVE ON FOX SPORTS GO  —  NEW YORK — Jaime Garcia will be looking to prove Wednesday afternoon that he deserves to pitch more than once every two weeks for the New York Yankees.
Discussion: DRaysBay and Pinstripe Alley
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
UPI:   Shohei Otani expected to make way to MLB next season
Shohei Otani and why being Babe Ruth isn't all it's cracked up to be
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Andy McCullough / The Charlotte Observer:
Kershaw starts it and Jansen finishes it as Dodgers end dubious streak
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
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'
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.
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Gio Gonzalez reaches important milestone in otherwise listless night for Nationals
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
Each likely playoff team's biggest pitching question  —  Seven of the 10 playoff spots look pretty secure, with only the National League Central and the second wild-card spots in both leagues up for grabs.  So, let's take a look at the 10 teams who are currently holding a playoff spot and ask …
John Harper / New York Daily News:   Indians' recent surge just another reason Yankees should keep fighting for division title
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
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Whatever is going on with Napoli is a bit peculiar
Tony Andracki / CSN Chicago:
White Sox will take part in a free game in Oakland in 2018  —  The A's are celebrating 50 years in Oakland in 2018 and will respond with free admission for fans.  —  And it just so happens to be when the White Sox are in town.  —  On April 17, 2018, the A's will not charge fans …
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