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11:40 PM ET, September 13, 2017


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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:
Winker, Suarez homer as Reds blow by Cards 6-0  —  Jesse Winker hit the second pitch of the game down the right-field line for a home run and Eugenio Suarez broke the contest open with a grand slam in the fifth inning as the visiting Cincinnati Reds blasted the Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday night before a crowd of 40,124 at Busch Stadium.
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
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
USA Today:
Cleveland Indians set American League record with 21st consecutive win
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer says he didn't mean to bean umpire
UPI:   Cleveland Indians: Ace reliever Andrew Miller to return Thursday
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.
Enrique RojasESPNdeportes / ESPN:
New contract ties David Ortiz to Red Sox in variety of roles  —  David Ortiz is back with the Boston Red Sox.  The Dominican slugger signed a contract tying his future with the organization in perpetuity.  “Forever,” was the word used by the team in a press release sent on Wednesday announcing the new terms of their relationship.
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 …
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.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:   Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence
ESPN:   Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Gio Gonzalez reaches important milestone in otherwise listless night for Nationals
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
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Jon Lester takes the mound as Cubs set to face Mets at Wrigley Field
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks looking to support J.D. Martinez's hot-hitting … CONNECT  —  J.D. Martinez's blast banged off the bottom of the video board on Tuesday night, traveling an estimated 447 feet.  It gave him 22 home runs in 45 games with the Diamondbacks and nine in 10 games this month.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Game Day: Potential playoff matchups in flux for D-Backs
Discussion: Purple Row
ABC News:
Gonzalez homers twice, Rockies beat Diamondbacks again, 4-2
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
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
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Jaime Garcia appears upset with Joe Girardi after getting pulled by Yankees manager
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.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   With 18 games to go, the 6 remaining playoff scenarios for the Cubs
ESPN:   Each likely playoff team's biggest pitching question
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 …
ESPN:   What is wrong with the Dodgers?  —  Flash back to the final week of August.
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
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.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Jay Bruce: Trade to Indians saved me from ‘least fun’ Mets  —  Jay Bruce is much happier now that he's not on the Mets.  —  On Aug. 1, Bruce seemed resigned to making the best of a bad situation.  The outfielder who the Mets had shopped around for basically nine months watched …
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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