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9:30 AM ET, September 14, 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.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Gyorko ready to be used in a pinch as his hamstring heals  —  What Jedd Gyorko can do and how effectively he can do it as he recovers from a hamstring strain will be determined on the job.  —  The Cardinals activated Gyorko from the disabled list Wednesday after the infielder completed …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals hit a pothole in loss to Reds
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Winker, Suarez homer as Reds blow by Cards 6-0
Bucky Dent / UPI:   Cincinnati Reds put another dent in St. Louis Cardinals' playoff hopes
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.
Eduardo Gonzalez / Los Angeles Times:
Protesters make a statement to MLB during Red Sox-Athletics game  —  A banner is unfurled over the left field wall during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday.  (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)
Greensburg Tribune-Review:   Fans unfurl ‘Racism is as American as Baseball’ banner at Fenway Park during Red Sox game
Rays to return home on Friday to play Red Sox, Cubs
Tigers' Buck Farmer: ‘Appalling’ to imply hitting ump was intentional  —  The Detroit Tigers vehemently denied they intentionally hit home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott with a pitch during Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians.  —  Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer, who threw the pitch …
Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Blackjack!: Indians set AL record with 21st straight win
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt reaches 1,000 hits in win over Rockies
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Matt Harvey aware that performance, outside distractions leave him in poor standing with Mets  —  CHICAGO — Matt Harvey was mad.  —  The righthander stormed through the clubhouse to stand in front of his locker and face questions about his night, about his journey back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Asdrubal Cabrera proving why Mets should consider picking up his option
Associated Press:
Matt Harvey Struggles Again as the Cubs Rout the Mets
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Indians' dominance rewrites story of 2017 season  —  CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians' win streak is amazing: 21 games and counting.  But it means nothing.  It's championship or bust for these Indians.  —  Division titles are great — Cleveland is on the verge of clinching …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   As Indians stack wins in record streak, a new label emerges: America's Team
Associated Press:
Darvish, Bellinger combine to lead Dodgers past Giants 4-1  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yu Darvish declined to say what exactly he did to get his pitching mechanics back in rhythm.  The right-hander would only acknowledge that he quit focusing on so many things and kept his approach simple.
Bill Shaikin / The Charlotte Observer:   Darvish has strong outing against Giants, and Dodgers breathe sigh of relief
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:   After peaks (91-36) and valleys (1-16), what's next for the Dodgers?
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.
Discussion: South Side Sox
Associated Press:   White Sox score 2 in 9th, beat Royals 5-3, take series
Tony Andracki / CSN Chicago:
White Sox will take part in a free game in Oakland in 2018
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:   There's a new starter in town for Cubs — for now — Jen-Ho Tseng
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Jon Lester takes the mound as Cubs set to face Mets at Wrigley Field
The dangers of having nothing to play for in September  —  If Dusty Baker needs any pointers on how to finish off a season with his team sitting on a gargantuan lead in September, he should consult the manager for the Washington Nationals' most likely opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Discussion: ABC News
Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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
Daily Dose: Price Watch  —  Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price (elbow) is working his way back from the 10-day disabled list, as he threw his second simulated game at Fenway Park on Wednesday.  He worked three simulated inning, tossing 47 pitches while using his full arsenal of pitches.
Discussion: Over the Monster
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.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Clark Spencer / miamiherald:
Marlins move weekend home series to Milwaukee
Dave Campbell / The Charlotte Observer:
Rosario's 2-run homer in 10th gives Twins 3-1 win vs. Padres  —  MINNEAPOLIS  —  Eddie Rosario hit a two-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night to maintain their cushion for the second AL wild card spot.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and Twinkie Town
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