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5:20 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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Backup catcher Victor Caratini makes major impact for Cubs: 'He's a great student'  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Two of the Cubs biggest July deadline deals ever were the acquisition of closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees two years ago and left-hander Cole Hamels from the Rangers on July 27.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs look for offensive spark in series finale against Brewers  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs split the first two games of their three-game series against the Brewers despite scoring only five runs on eight hits.  —  They'll look for more offense at the top of the order in Wednesday night's series finale at Wrigley Field.
Jim Nelson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee Brewers, in the post-season hunt, expect to draw 2.8 million fans to Miller Park
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Despite Cubs' concerns, Thursday's makeup game in Washington is still scheduled
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Brewers manager Craig Counsell's biggest critic? It's Kato Kaelin
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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'
Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
5 things to know about new White Sox reliever Rob Scahill  —  Chicago Tribune  —  When Michael Kopech suffered a season-ending elbow injury, it opened the door for Rob Scahill, who played for Willowbrook in high school and at Bradley in college, to fulfill a lifelong dream to play for the White Sox.
Associated Press:
MLB commemorates 9/11 anniversary with ballpark ceremonies
Discussion: Royals Review
Associated Press:   Keller shuts down White Sox in Royals' 6-3 win
Toronto Sun:   Royals go for series sweep of White Sox
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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - Before stepping into situations …
Discussion: Purple Row
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
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   ‘As long as I made it through the warm-ups, I was 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
Daily Record:   Luis Severino gets the call on a night when NY Yankees can use an ace
Dave Campbell / Toronto Sun:
Mauer's grand slam leads Twins past Yankees 10-5
Discussion: Associated Press
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’
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.
Toronto Sun:   Struggling Philliies counting on Nola against Nationals
John Fay /
Cincinnati Reds' magic against the Los Angeles Dodgers ends in an 8-1 loss  —  The Reds' magic against the Los Angeles Dodgers ended with a thud Wednesday.  —  The Dodgers beat up on Reds pitching in an 8-1 loss before a crowd of 15,633 at Great American Ball Park.
Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers 'don't have an answer' after falling to 0-6 against Reds
Discussion: True Blue LA and
Noah Trister / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Springer's catch helps Astros hold off Tigers 5-4  —  George Springer made a diving catch in the eighth inning to help preserve Houston's lead, and the  —  Astros swept a series at Comerica Park for the first time, wrapping up a three-game set with a 5-4 victory over the  —  Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Dave Hogg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Altuve hits leadoff homer, Astros power past Tigers 5-4
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.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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.
Toronto Sun:
Top of 9:  —  Indians ninth.  Adames in as shortstop.  Velazquez in as second baseman.  Alvarado pitching.  Lindor struck out.  Y.Díaz struck out.  J.Ramírez flied out to right fielder Smith.  —  Runs: 0, Hits: 0  —  Bottom of 8:  —  Rays eighth.  Allen in as center fielder.
Pirates' Gregory Polanco diagnosed with dislocated shoulder  —  Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco on Wednesday was diagnosed with an acute dislocation of his left shoulder and is having surgery, the team announced.  —  Polanco suffered the injury when he slid awkwardly …
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
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Janie McCauley / Toronto Sun:
Mike Foltynewicz pitches 6-hitter as Braves beat Giants 4-1
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Warren Mayes / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
O'Neill, Ozuna lift Cardinals, help Mikolas get 15th win
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Associated Press:
Marlins hand deGrom latest hard-luck loss, beat Mets 5-3
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Mark Didtler / Associated Press:
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