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9:25 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
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 …
Jay Cohen / Toronto Sun:
Quintana pitches Cubs past Brewers 3-0, take 2-game lead
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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
Daily Record:
New York Yankees feeling the heat as the A's take dead-aim at their wild card lead  —  MINNEAPOLIS - Suddenly, the out-of-town scoreboard means something to the Yankees.  —  Despite an injury-wrecked rotation, the Oakland Athletics' potent lineup and electric relief corps have created …
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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Toronto Sun:
Judge still not ready as Yanks continue series with Twins
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Daily Record:   Luis Severino gets the call on a night when NY Yankees can use an ace
Daily Record:   New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins announce Wednesday lineups
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.
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
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 …
John Fay /
Cincinnati Reds' magic against the Los Angeles Dodgers ends in an 8-1 loss
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
Toronto Sun:
Royals go for series sweep of White Sox
Discussion: South Side Sox and Royals Review
Associated Press:   Keller shuts down White Sox in Royals' 6-3 win
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
An MVP case for J.D. Martinez that has nothing to do with the Triple Crown
Discussion: and Over the Monster
David Price won't opt out of Red Sox contract to ‘go to a lesser team’
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Jay Horwitz to head Mets' new alumni relations department beginning in October  —  Jay Horwitz on his new role with the Mets Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt  —  NEW YORK —In his 39 seasons working as a public relations stafferfor the Mets, Jay Horwitz has made sure everyone he worked with knows he has their back.
Andy Martino / SNY:
Why calling up Mets prospect Peter Alonso would have been insane
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
Mark Didtler / Associated Press:
Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell no-hit bid into 7th, 19th win tops Cleveland Indians 3-1  —  Cleveland's magic number to clinch a third consecutive AL Central title remained at three.  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Blake Snell took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and got his major league-leading 19th win …
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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: 'I'll be back'  —  Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow says he feels he's “on the right track” as he recovers from a right biceps injury, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  After throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday …
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
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.
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.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs will travel to Washington without Kyle Schwarber, some starting pitchers  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Some Cubs players will get a break by not accompanying the team on its two-hour flight to Washington after Wednesday night's game.  —  Manager Joe Maddon said several starting pitchers …
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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