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3:10 PM ET, September 12, 2018


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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs battling more than Brewers during tiring stretch run  —  CHICAGO — They can blame the weather, an awful late-season schedule and myriad other non-baseball related factors, but if the Chicago Cubs want to return to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year, they'll have to rise above …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Jay Cohen / Toronto Sun:
Quintana pitches Cubs past Brewers 3-0, take 2-game lead  —  CHICAGO (AP) Jose Quintana dazzled all night long.  —  The Chicago Cubs had the right guy on the mound for a big game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  —  Quintana pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Brewers manager Craig Counsell's biggest critic? It's Kato Kaelin
Chicago Tribune:
NL Central tracker: Cubs magic number down to 16; Brewers and Cardinals in line for wild-card spots
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Cubs aren't worried about the fatigue factor from grueling 30-day stretch: 'We'll get through it'
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:   Cubs have no regrets as Quintana delivers on crosstown swap
Pat Graham / The Charlotte Observer:
Marte drives in 4, D-backs beat NL West-leading Rockies 6-3  —  DENVER  —  Ketel Marte was told his playing time would decrease.  A struggling bullpen was informed their roles would be juggled.  —  They responded in a big way.  —  Marte drove in four runs, including a two-out …
Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers are battling for the NL West division title and the automatic berth in the 2018 MLB playoffs that comes with it.  —  Who has the edge as we head down the final stretch of the season?  —  The Heat Index takes a look at the NL West race now.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - Before stepping into situations like the one he inherited in the seventh inning on Tuesday night - the bases loaded, the tying run on third, something resembling the season on the line - Brad Ziegler tries to breathe.  —  For years, he allowed his heart to race …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - If May taught us anything …
Discussion: Purple Row
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  DENVER - With several of his pitching decisions …
Jill Painter Lopez / Associated Press:
Angels nearly get no-hitter from bullpen, beat Rangers 1-0  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels nearly came through with a no-hitter in a bullpen game.  —  However, Blake Parker gave up Isiah Kiner-Falefa's single to right with one out in the eighth inning for Texas' first hit …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Angels' combined no-hit bid broken up in eighth inning  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled off Blake Parker with one out in the eighth inning, spoiling the Los Angeles Angels' bid for an unprecedented no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.  —  Los Angeles was closing …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   ‘As long as I made it through the warm-ups, I was happy’
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:   How Adrian Sampson went from hoping to make it through warmups to becoming a candidate for Rangers' 2019 rotation
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:   Why rebuilding the catching position is the last thing the Rangers need to worry about this offseason
Christopher Smith / Union-News:
David Price's Boston Red Sox contract opt-out clause: 'Why would I leave here to go to a team that's not as good?'  —  BOSTON — David Price is in the midst of his most dominant stretch since signing a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Red Sox on Dec. 4, 2015.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
An MVP case for J.D. Martinez that has nothing to do with the Triple Crown
Discussion:, Over the Monster and WEEI
ESPN:   David Price won't opt out of Red Sox contract to ‘go to a lesser team’
Associated Press:
MLB commemorates 9/11 anniversary with ballpark ceremonies  —  NEW YORK (AP) — In a way, Don Mattingly was about as far from the hustle and bustle of downtown New York City as an ex-ballplayer could be on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.  —  The former New York Yankees captain was cleaning …
Discussion: Royals Review
Associated Press:
Keller shuts down White Sox in Royals' 6-3 win  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brad Keller had another effective outing to keep up his impressive rookie season.  —  Keller pitched seven strong innings to win for the fourth time in six starts, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Toronto Sun:   Royals go for series sweep of White Sox
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Real or not?  Red Sox clinch but still seek big answers for October  —  When you win your 99th game and have 17 games left on the schedule, many good things have gone your way, and some things go your way even when you don't anticipate they'll go your way.  Take the Boston Red Sox in their 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Craig Calcaterra /
Of course the Mets are interested in Mark Shapiro
Discussion: SNY and
Associated Press:
Marlins hand deGrom latest hard-luck loss, beat Mets 5-3  —  NEW YORK - Jacob deGrom took his latest hard-luck loss in a record-setting season, getting outpitched by Jose Urena as the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Tuesday night.  —  In a close race for the NL Cy Young Award despite …
Daily Record:
Last Slide  —  Jacob deGrom on his night in the loss …
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Brian Lewis / New York Post:   Jacob deGrom makes history, still not happy
Toronto Sun:
Judge still not ready as Yanks continue series with Twins  —  Aaron Judge won't be ready when the New York Yankees wrap up their three-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday at Target Field, but his return from the disabled list is getting closer by the day.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Dave Campbell / Toronto Sun:   Mauer's grand slam leads Twins past Yankees 10-5
Dan Gelston / Toronto Sun:
Soto HR in 10th gives Nats doubleheader sweep over Phils  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) Juan Soto made a leaping catch in foul territory in the first game of a doubleheader and ended eight hours of baseball with a milestone homer in the second game.  —  Both plays from the talented teen keyed a sensational sweep for the Nationals.
Discussion: The Good Phight
Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Adding DJ Stewart gives Orioles another chance to act in own interest with young players  —  Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he plans to hand a major league debut to outfield prospect and former top pick DJ Stewart on Wednesday, another step in fulfilling the team's vow to go young …
Discussion: Camden Chat
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb, fighting blister, exits Tuesday's start after two innings
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
The 2018 World Series matchups we most (and least) want to see  —  Barring a miracle, we know the five playoff teams in the American League.  We basically know nothing in the National League, except the Braves are getting pretty close to a sure thing in the NL East.
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Tanking Tiers: Ranking MLB's rebuilders  —  Before the season, my projection system forecasted nine teams to win fewer than 75 games.  With three weeks left in the 2018 season, eight of those teams are on track to win fewer than 70 games.  The ninth team is the Atlanta Braves.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
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Janie McCauley / Toronto Sun:
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Tim Booth / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
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Phillies swept out of contention by Nationals
Warren Mayes / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
O'Neill, Ozuna lift Cardinals, help Mikolas get 15th win
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and Bucs Dugout
Dave Hogg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Altuve hits leadoff homer, Astros power past Tigers 5-4
Mark Didtler / Associated Press:
Rays can't get offense going as Shane Bieber, Indians post 2-0 shutout
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