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8:15 PM ET, August 9, 2018


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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 …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   5 things to watch for in the Cubs-Nationals series
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: David Bote's success means the Cubs don't need to rush Kris Bryant back
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Bryce Harper as a Cub is a $300 million fantasy the team cannot afford
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
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
ESPN:   Red Sox move Drew Pomeranz to bullpen
Jay Cohen / Toronto Sun:   Severino helps Yankees sweep White Sox with 7-3 win
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
Scott Lauber /
Pat Neshek believes in the young Phillies because he lived through similar success with the Astros  —  SAN DIEGO — Pat Neshek is 37 years old.  He's 10 years removed from elbow surgery, and his right arm has survived the last eight seasons.  He has pitched for seven teams and made the playoffs five times …
Scott Lauber /   Phillies might need to get defensive to make the playoffs | Extra Innings
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.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
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
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
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.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge behind schedule — though Aaron Boone is optimistic — as Yankees in need of right-handed power  —  Thursday afternoon, Aaron Judge walked over to home plate at Yankee Stadium and pretended to hit before sprinting out of the box.  It was just a running drill for Judge …
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs TV voice Len Kasper, Twitter and ‘the kinds of debates I hate’  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Cubs TV announcer Len Kasper tweeted about the designated hitter the other day.  The specifics don't matter.  —  “It's just a conversation starter, and some of the reaction was great,” …
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 …:
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
Kirk Meyer / New York Daily News:
Struggling since return from DL, Yankees' Gleyber Torres gets needed day off  —  Aaron Boone thinks Gleyber Torres is finally getting back to 100 percent, and rewarded his second baseman on Thursday night with a day of rest.  —  Torres was replaced from the Yankees' lineup against Texas with Neil Walker at second and hitting seventh.
John Fay /
Injuries to Jesse Winker, Scott Schebler have the Cincinnati Reds struggling  —  Stephenson, the 25-year-old right-hander, went four innings and allowed three runs on three hits.  He struck out four.  The Enquirer/John Fay  —  CONNECT  —  NEW YORK - Joey Votto expects to play Friday …
Discussion: Red Reporter
Arizona Republic:
Next Slide  —  Clay Buchholz didn't even know if he was going to pitch this year.  —  After spending most of 2017 rehabbing from forearm surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his throwing arm — and then being released from a minor-league deal by the Kansas City Royals just five weeks into this season …
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.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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