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9:10 PM ET, September 13, 2017

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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.
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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.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer says he didn't mean to bean umpire  —  CLEVELAND - Brad Ausmus was watching the baseball game.  —  He had just been ejected Wednesday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians for arguing balls and strikes and was sitting in his office inside the visitor's clubhouse …
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
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.
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Indians win again — that's 20 in a row, one off Cubs' 1935 mark
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
Ari Gilberg / New York Daily News:   Yankees bullpen staggers, but ultimately hangs on for 3-2 victory over Rays
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Jaime Garcia appears upset with Joe Girardi after getting pulled by Yankees manager
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.
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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
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.
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Bucky Dent / UPI:   St. Louis Cardinals pound Cincinnati Reds, 13-4
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Flaherty makes third start for Cardinals; Piscotty in right
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:
Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence  —  WASHINGTON — Jayson Werth is back in the Washington Nationals' lineup after missing five games with a shoulder injury.  —  “Very relieved,” said manager Dusty Baker, who has Werth batting seventh and playing right field against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
ESPN:   Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence
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
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ABC News:
Gonzalez homers twice, Rockies beat Diamondbacks again, 4-2
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
ESPN:   Each likely playoff team's biggest pitching question
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
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Gio Gonzalez reaches important milestone in otherwise listless night for Nationals
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 …
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USA Today:   Hurricane Irma: Marlins move series from Miami to Milwaukee
Joe Totoraitis / Associated Press:
Brewers beat Cole, Pirates 5-2
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.
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Jeff Passan / Yahoo Sports:
Shohei Otani will leave hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to play in MLB next season
ESPN:
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.
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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 WEEI.com that he and the Red Sox have agreed upon a role for the retired slugger.
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USA Today:   Dennis Eckersley shares details of David Price confrontation: 'Dude doesn't like me'
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
 
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Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies' Jonathan Lucroy, making positive impact behind the plate, open to returning to Colorado
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Mets' Sandy Alderson gets early jump on crafting a 2018 bullpen
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
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Astros skipping Lance McCullers Jr. start over arm fatigue
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Matt Gelb / The Charlotte Observer:
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Stephen Hawkins / The Charlotte Observer:
Big shots by Gamel, Seager push Mariners past Rangers 10-3
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