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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
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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
Jim Nelson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee Brewers, in the post-season hunt, expect to draw 2.8 million fans to Miller Park  —  The Milwaukee Brewers will draw more than 2.8 million fans to Miller Park this season, Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said Tuesday.  —  With the team fighting for a playoff spot …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Backup catcher Victor Caratini makes major impact for Cubs: 'He's a great student'
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Despite Cubs' concerns, Thursday's makeup game in Washington is still scheduled
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yankees hoping Aroldis Chapman can rejoin team ‘sometime next week’  —  MINNEAPOLIS — As they continue waiting on their power-hitting right fielder to return from injury, the New York Yankees could be getting a big lift to their bullpen next week as closer Aroldis Chapman nears the final stage of his rehab from left knee tendinitis.
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Toronto Sun:
Judge still not ready as Yanks continue series with Twins
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Daily Record:   New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins announce Wednesday lineups
Daily Record:   Luis Severino gets the call on a night when NY Yankees can use an ace
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves sweep Giants, complete 6-1 western trip  —  Wednesday was an afternoon of missed scoring chances and men stranded on base.  The Braves just barely scraped by with their last chance.  —  In the ninth, Charlie Culberson sat at third with two outs for Tyler Flowers.
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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mike Foltynewicz looks ready to lead Braves in postseason  —  Mike Foltynewicz understandably hasn't given it any thought, but when the Braves play their first postseason game since 2013, it's likely going to feature him on the mound.  —  The righty took the mound Tuesday in San Francisco's 62-degree weather with a pleasant breeze.
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:   Tanking Tiers: Ranking MLB's rebuilders
Janie McCauley / Toronto Sun:
Mike Foltynewicz pitches 6-hitter as Braves beat Giants 4-1
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
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.
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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 …
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Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - Before stepping into situations …
Discussion: Purple Row
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
An MVP case for J.D. Martinez that has nothing to do with the Triple Crown
Discussion: NESN.com, Over the Monster and WEEI
ESPN:
David Price won't opt out of Red Sox contract to ‘go to a lesser team’
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and NESN.com
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.
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Toronto Sun:
Struggling Philliies counting on Nola against Nationals
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
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MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Angels' combined no-hit bid broken up in eighth inning
Steve Overbey / WTAE:
Taillon helps Pirates to 4-3 win, slowing Cardinals  —  ST. LOUIS —  Jameson Taillon won his fourth straight start, Jacob Stallings drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates slowed the Cardinals with a 4-3 victory Wednesday that stopped the Cardinals' three-game winning streak.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
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Warren Mayes / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
O'Neill, Ozuna lift Cardinals, help Mikolas get 15th win
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and Bucs Dugout
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.
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
David Wright, Mets to make announcement Thursday regarding plan for Wright  —  David Wright discusses his second sim game Tuesday Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt  —  NEW YORK —The Mets are set to announce Thursday an update on David Wright, and indications are there will be positive news possibly clearing the path for a return.
 
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John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds' magic against the Los Angeles Dodgers ends in an 8-1 loss
Noah Trister / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Springer's catch helps Astros hold off Tigers 5-4
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs look for offensive spark in series finale against Brewers
Toronto Sun:
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Andy Martino / SNY:
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Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
Addison Russell makes spectacular play, but it's David Bote and his ‘Bote Face’ who becomes the star
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Lotte Giants Place Felix Doubront On Waivers
Discussion: WEEI
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Brewers manager Craig Counsell's biggest critic? It's Kato Kaelin
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ohtani backup plan can hit, run and throw. 'He's going to be really good' for Rangers
Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Adding DJ Stewart gives Orioles another chance to act in own interest with young players
Discussion: Camden Chat
CBSSports.com:
Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Earns win No. 15
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Mark Didtler / Associated Press:
Rays can't get offense going as Shane Bieber, Indians post 2-0 shutout
Discussion: DRaysBay and Let's Go Tribe
 

 
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