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Associated Press:
MLB: Nationals' Bryce Harper scratched with right knee soreness  —  The Washington Nationals scratched outfielder Bryce Harper from Thursday's lineup with right knee soreness.  —  Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler hit Harper just below the right knee in the seventh inning of the Braves' 8-3 victory on Wednesday.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: David Bote's success means the Cubs don't need to rush Kris Bryant back
Associated Press:
Cleveland Indians top Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Michael Brantley's single in 9th  —  The Tribe wins in walk-off fashion for the second straight game  —  CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley's ninth-inning single gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over Minnesota on Thursday, their second straight walk-off victory against the Twins.
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WKYC-TV:
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: ESPN and 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.
ESPN:
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 …
Discussion: Over the Monster
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New York Daily News:
Yankees send Chance Adams back down to minors
Discussion: Minor League Ball
Jay Cohen / Toronto Sun:
Severino helps Yankees sweep White Sox with 7-3 win
Discussion: Associated Press
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Next Slide  —  The questions for Corey Knebel were many.  —  The answers were few.  —  Addressing reporters in the wake of the Milwaukee Brewers' soul-crushing, 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres at Miller Park on Thursday afternoon, the right-hander seemed as though he was still trying …
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Jim Hoehn / Associated Press:
Three HRs in first lift Brewers past Padres
Discussion: Talking Chop and Brew Crew Ball
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Next Slide  —  After playing maybe their worst game of the season …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Harvey Valentine / UPI:   Braves try to keep Nationals at a distance in standings
Brandon Sneed / Bleacher Report:
How Kate Upton Saved Justin Verlander's Career … He arrives at the ballpark driving a gray muscle car.  A replica, modeled after a famous car from a movie.  There's some 700 horsepower under the hood, and it is one fun, badass ride.  Her name is Eleanor.  He just got her this past spring.
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Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Why 200 wins is the new 300 wins  —  The Houston Astros' Justin …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
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.
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Kerry Crowley / Mercury News:
Giants' elephant in the room: Must Madison Bumgarner go to spark rebuild?
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
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 …
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Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
Phillies might need to get defensive to make the playoffs | Extra Innings
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles see another late lead vanish in 5-4 loss to Rays  —  The Orioles carried leads into the bottom of the seventh inning for three straight nights this week at Tropicana Field, but return home from their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays with just one win.
Discussion: Camden Chat and DRaysBay
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 …
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.
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,” …
 
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Kirk Meyer / New York Daily News:
Struggling since return from DL, Yankees' Gleyber Torres gets needed day off
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Injuries to Jesse Winker, Scott Schebler have the Cincinnati Reds struggling
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Daily Record:
New York Yankees lineup versus the Texas Rangers after Bombers sweep in Chicago
Arizona Republic:
Next Slide  —  Clay Buchholz didn't even know if he was going to pitch this year.
Randy Miller / New Jersey Online:
Ken Singleton postpones retirement, returning to Yankees' TV booth in 2019
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wainwright not ready to consider retirement yet
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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