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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 …
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs-Brewers encore in October would be just what baseball needs  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs and Brewers finished their season series Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, but hopefully this isn't the last we see of them together.  —  It may or may not be a true rivalry …
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:
Despite Cubs' concerns, Thursday's makeup game in Washington is still scheduled
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs will travel to Washington without Kyle Schwarber, some starting pitchers
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Backup catcher Victor Caratini makes major impact for Cubs: 'He's a great student'
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs look for offensive spark in series finale against Brewers
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Brewers manager Craig Counsell's biggest critic? It's Kato Kaelin
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Jay Cohen / Toronto Sun:
Quintana pitches Cubs past Brewers 3-0, take 2-game lead
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets to make major announcement on David Wright as source says team captain still hopes to return  —  The Mets and David Wright are expecting to announce Thursday their plans for the team captain's attempted comeback.  —  The Mets' third baseman has not played in a major league game since May 2016 …
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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.
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   David Wright, Mets to make announcement Thursday regarding plan for Wright
Andy Martino / SNY:
Why calling up Mets prospect Peter Alonso would have been insane
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 …
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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 …
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
David Ginsburg / Associated Press:
Athletics use 10-run 3rd inning to beat Orioles 10-0  —  BALTIMORE (AP) - Matt Olson homered during a 10-run third inning in which the first 11 batters reached base, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
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Roch Kubatko / School of Roch:
Hays undergoing ankle surgery, O's down 10-0
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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.
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John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds' magic against the Los Angeles Dodgers ends in an 8-1 loss
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Pat Graham / The Charlotte Observer:
Marte drives in 4, D-backs beat NL West-leading Rockies 6-3
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 …
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
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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Toronto Sun:
Royals go for series sweep of White Sox
Discussion: Royals Review and South Side Sox
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
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's might be down another starter; Trevor Cahill dealing with back muscle issue  —  BALTIMORE - Yet another member of the A's rotation is dealing with an injury, The Chronicle has learned.  —  Oakland, which has absorbed blow after blow to its group of starters, is looking at losing Trevor Cahill for at least one start this weekend.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - When asked about losing playing time, Diamondbacks infielder Ketel Marte sounded like he was trying to say the right things despite being severely disappointed by the outcome.  And it seemed like being out of the lineup on Wednesday after delivering a pair of key hits …
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.
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
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.
 
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