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1:20 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  —  In the past two weeks, with the rotation rolling and the lineup responding, the Cardinals, more and more the team they intend to be, have put distance between themselves and the team they were.  —  That caught up to them Wednesday.
Bucky Dent / UPI:
Cincinnati Reds put another dent in St. Louis Cardinals' playoff hopes  —  ST. LOUIS — Rookie Tyler Mahle maneuvered his way through five scoreless innings Wednesday night to pick up his first big league win as the Cincinnati Reds damaged the St. Louis Cardinals' playoff hopes with a 6-0 decision at Busch Stadium.
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.
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
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
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:   After peaks (91-36) and valleys (1-16), what's next for the Dodgers?
USA Today:
Cleveland Indians set American League record with 21st consecutive win
Discussion: ESPN, FanRag Sports and CBS Pittsburgh
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
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.
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.
Rays to return home on Friday to play Red Sox, Cubs
Discussion: USA Today and Over the Monster
Larry Fleisher / UPI:
New York Yankees stave off Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field  —  NEW YORK — Jaime Garcia allowed one run but came an out shy of qualifying for a win as the New York Yankees scored three times in the top of the second inning and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday …
Ari Gilberg / New York Daily News:   Yankees bullpen staggers, but ultimately hangs on for 3-2 victory over Rays
Fox News:
Preview: Rays finish up ‘home’ series against Yankees at Citi Field
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and DRaysBay
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Jaime Garcia appears upset with Joe Girardi after getting pulled by Yankees manager
Associated Press:
White Sox score 2 in 9th, beat Royals 5-3, take series  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Though Veterans Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia came through in the ninth inning, there is no doubt the Chicago White Sox are looking more to the future.  —  Abreu and Garcia drove in runs in the ninth …
Chicago Tribune:   Lucas Giolito fights through command issues to help White Sox top Royals 5-3
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
Matt Carlson / UPI:
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant breaks out in win over New York Mets
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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 …
Discussion: Purple Row and AZ Snake Pit
Associated Press:
Matt Harvey Struggles Again as the Cubs Rout the Mets  —  CHICAGO — Javier Baez homered and had four hits, Albert Almora Jr. drove in six runs, and the Chicago Cubs routed the Mets, 17-5, on Wednesday night.  —  The Cubs matched a season high for runs after pouring on 12 over their final three at-bats.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Jon Lester takes the mound as Cubs set to face Mets at Wrigley Field
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   With 18 games to go, the 6 remaining playoff scenarios for the Cubs
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.
David Driver / UPI:
Atlanta Braves: Julio Tehren shuts down Washington Nationals
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:   Nationals' Jayson Werth returns after 5-game absence
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
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
Rob Biertempfel / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Tyler Glasnow, Pirates lose despite Andrew McCutchen's 200th career homer  —  EMAIL NEWSLETTERS  —  MILWAUKEE — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he was looking forward to watching Tyler Glasnow pitch Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.  —  Hurdle did not get to see too much, though …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
John Henry / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Mike Napoli available to Rangers despite ‘stress reaction’ in right leg  —  ARLINGTON  —  The Rangers received some clarity on the mystery of Mike Napoli on Wednesday, and a glimmer of hope that their future Hall of Fame third baseman has something left in the tank this season after all.
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