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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Pedro Strop is flashy, but he has a parental side that his Cubs teammates value  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The tilted cap, gold chains and vigorous fist pumps symbolize Pedro Strop's flashy demeanor.  —  But there's a parental side to the veteran Cubs reliever that he hopes Javier Baez will follow as the young star matures.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Bryce Harper as a Cub is a $300 million fantasy the team cannot afford  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Once upon a time, two Little Leaguers from Las Vegas grew up to be baseball superstars, home run hitters who shared a hometown and occasionally dropped hints about playing for the same team.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
5 things to watch for in the Cubs-Nationals series  —  Photos from Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Nationals at Nationals Park on Oct. 12, 2017.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs and Nationals play for the first time this season Friday …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
3 things we learned from the Cubs-Royals series
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: David Bote's success means the Cubs don't need to rush Kris Bryant back
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
Vinnie Duber / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Plan is for rebuild to close gap between White Sox and Yankees, who just swept their way out of Chicago
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and South Side Sox
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
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
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.
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
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians place OF Leonys Martin on DL with non-baseball condition, recall Greg Allen  —  Prior to their Thursday afternoon matinee with the Minnesota Twins, the Cleveland Indians announced they have placed outfielder Leonys Martin on the 10-day disabled list.
Dieter Kurtenbach / Mercury News:
There's no good reason to object to Barry Bonds' number retirement  —  Look out onto the wall beyond right-center field fence AT&T Park — a place only one man could ever seem to hit it — and you'll see his name.  —  Walk past the Giants' Wall of Fame and you'll see his name and his face.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
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.
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
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs' Yu Darvish throws ‘loose and free’ during sim game, nears rehab assignment  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It looks like Yu Darvish will stick around just long enough to see Alex Rodriguez one more time before starting a minor-league rehab assignment.  —  Darvish, who hasn't pitched since …
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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
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.
 
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Tampa Bay Times:
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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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Chance Adams sent down by Yankees
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Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
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Associated Press:
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