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6:00 PM ET, August 9, 2018


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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
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
In Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, the Cleveland Indians have 2 MVP candidates  —  As the Cleveland Indians hit their late-season stride, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez have emerged as legitimate American League MVP candidates.  —  CLEVELAND — As the Cleveland Indians returned …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
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.
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:   Francisco Lindor helping Indians round into form at right time
Red Sox move Drew Pomeranz to bullpen  —  Drew Pomeranz has been moved to the Boston Red Sox bullpen, manager Alex Cora said Thursday.  —  Brian Johnson will stay in the rotation and will start in Philadelphia, Cora added.  —  The move comes with the expected turn of Chris Sale this weekend …
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
Daily Record:
Chance Adams sent down by Yankees
Discussion: 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 …
Eddie MatzESPN Senior / ESPN:
Ronald Acuna outshines Juan Soto in meeting of dynamic rookies
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Harvey Valentine / UPI:
Braves try to keep Nationals at a distance in standings
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:   Jose Abreu is red hot after working his way out of a prolonged slump
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
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 …
Daily Record:   Mets broadcasters Hernandez and Darling recreate classic ‘GoodFellas’ scene
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.
Travis Shaw and / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Brewers blast five homers, pound Padres
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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
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 …
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
Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  Matt Andriese's move to the desert did not go as planned at first.
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