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2:25 PM ET, August 9, 2018

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Jay Cohen / Toronto Sun:
Severino helps Yankees sweep White Sox with 7-3 win  —  CHICAGO (AP) Luis Severino has been working on his slider with New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild.  —  It's beginning to pay off, too.  —  Severino pitched seven effective innings in his first win in a month …
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New York Daily News:
Yankees send Chance Adams back down to minors  —  He had one chance.  —  Chance Adams, the Yankee pitching prospect who was called up Saturday to make a start against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway, was sent back down the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Wednesday night's win over the White Sox.
Discussion: Minor League Ball
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:
Jose Abreu is red hot after working his way out of a prolonged slump  —  Chicago Tribune  —  You don't use much ink (or space in cyberspace) listing the hitters who have delivered at least 25 home runs and 100 RBIs in each of their first four seasons in the major leagues.
Vinnie Duber / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Yes, Yoan Moncada is striking out a lot, but Rick Renteria sees a silver lining: 'In the long run …
Discussion: South Side Sox and Pinstripe Alley
Chelsea Janes / Chicago Tribune:
League has not caught up to Nationals rookie Juan Soto, whose chief concern is next at-bat  —  The Washington Post  —  More often than not, the notion that a breakout baseball player isn't getting the attention he deserves can be just plain silly.  Those who argue people don't write enough …
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Eddie MatzESPN Senior / ESPN:
Ronald Acuna outshines Juan Soto in meeting of dynamic rookies  —  WASHINGTON — At the ripe old age of 20, Ronald Acuna Jr. is anything but washed up.  —  In the Atlanta Braves' 8-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Acuna stole the show from Juan Soto, the Nationals' 19-year-old rookie …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Harvey Valentine / UPI:   Braves try to keep Nationals at a distance in standings
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
3 things we learned from the Cubs-Royals series  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Here are three things we learned from the Cubs-Royals series, in which the Cubs won two of three games:  —  1. Clean it up  —  There's a fine line between aggressive baserunning and careless baserunning …
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Adalberto Mondesi and / MLB Baseball News …:
Fillmyer gets first big league win as Royals top Cubs 9-0
Discussion: Royals Review
USA Today:
‘Funny like a clown?’  Mets broadcasters Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling do ‘GoodFellas’ scene  —  While New York Mets fans suffer through another tough season, at least Keith Hernandez and the broadcast crew continue to be entertaining.  —  In the latest installment of SportsNet New York's …
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Daily Record:   Mets broadcasters Hernandez and Darling recreate classic ‘GoodFellas’ scene
Jim Hoehn / Associated Press:
Three HRs in first lift Brewers past Padres  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) Welcome to the big leagues, Brett Kennedy.  —  Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers to spoil Kennedy's San Diego debut and propel the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.
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Travis Shaw and / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Brewers blast five homers, pound Padres
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
ESPN:
Delmon Young Trade Tree: How to flip a bust for 15 years of talent  —  When Stuart Sternberg bought the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the mid-2000s, he got a team name (which would soon be changed), a stadium lease (which strangled attendance and any hopes of relocating), and the best prospect in baseball.
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  David Peralta is all smiles these days.  —  “This is becoming a regular thing for you,” a reporter told Peralta as a crowd of media members approached his locker.  —  “It's about time,” Peralta said.  —  Peralta went 4 for 5 and drove in a pair of runs as the Diamondbacks captured …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  Matt Andriese's move to the desert did not go as planned at first.
Jon Jay and / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Peralta, Corbin pace Diamondbacks past Phillies, 6-0
Discussion: The Good Phight
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
Phillies might need to get defensive to make the playoffs |  Extra Innings  —  Pop quiz, baseball fans: What's the best way to get over losing a tough series in the Arizona desert?  By enjoying a day off near the ocean in San Diego, of course.  That's where the Phillies will spend their Thursday.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Phillies have disco fever, and that's bad news for rest of NL East
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Why 200 wins is the new 300 wins  —  The Houston Astros' Justin Verlander will take the mound on Thursday for his first shot at career victory No. 200.  If he gets it, the baseball world will not stop to recognize the moment.  Commemorative medallions will not be produced.
John Rowe / Daily Record:
State of the NY Mets farm system: A look at the players in the pipeline  —  Jeff McNeil on his 3-for-4 night in 6-4 win over the Reds Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt  —  On the major league level, the Mets already have started their player auditions for next season.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: David Bote's success means the Cubs don't need to rush Kris Bryant back  —  Photos of Kris Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP and the Cubs' second overall pick in the 2013 draft.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The longer Kris Bryant goes without swinging a bat, the longer …
Ben Pope / Philly.com:
Mitch Walding is trying to put his failed Phillies stints behind him  —  It was May 30 and Mitch Walding, after six long years in the minor leagues, was in Los Angeles making his Phillies debut.  —  His family was in attendance at Dodger Stadium.  Walding had texted Gabe Kabler on the flight …
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Detroit Tigers received a talking-to late Monday night, when Ron Gardenhire began to hear something he doesn't like to hear: Nothing.  —  For the first time, Gardenhire said, he yelled at the Tigers.  He aired it out.
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers demote Daniel Stumpf, place John Hicks on DL (groin)
Discussion: Bless You Boys
 
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Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
Rays' Brandon Lowe, Adam Kolarek form rare Terps duo sharing major league clubhouse
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Daily Record:
Chance Adams sent down by Yankees
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Francisco Lindor helping Indians round into form at right time
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
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Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
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ESPN:
Mariners reliever Sam Tuivailala strains Achilles
Toronto Sun:
Pirates' Archer trying for better outing against Rockies
Stephen Ruiz / Orlando Sentinel:
Blake Bortles' younger brother earns stripes with Tigers' affiliate in minors
Discussion: Bless You Boys
 

 
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