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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs know Brewers are coming for them as NL Central tightens  —  CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon often says a team has to go out and take what they desire because nothing is going to be given in baseball.  Not over 162 games.  The Milwaukee Brewers are heeding Maddon's advice …
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
The Brewers' magic number is down to 12; here's who to cheer against the rest of the way  —  The Milwaukee Brewers' “magic number” to earn a spot in the 2018 playoffs is down to 12 after a win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.  That's only part of the story - the team also finds itself within …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: September song is out of tune for Cubs ahead of makeup game against Nationals
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs win season series vs. Brewers — but haven't yet won the war
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   3 things we learned from the Cubs-Brewers series at Wrigley Field
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: A Cubs-Brewers encore in October is just what baseball needs
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Time for Cubs to pull out all the stops in NL Central race
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yankees feel sense of urgency with wild-card lead down to 1 game  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Suddenly in the fight for their postseason lives, the New York Yankees are heading back home from a rocky road trip with a heightened sense of urgency as their wild-card lead has shrunk to one game.
Discussion: Sporting News and Pinstripe Alley
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Daily Record:
Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka or J.A. Happ: Who starts New York Yankees' wild-card game?  —  Yankees manager Aaron Boone discusses Luis Severino's start prior to game vs. Twins at Minnesota on Wednesday Pete Caldera, Staff Writer, @pcaldera  —  NEW YORK - Open casting continues …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Former Diamondbacks executive to auction off 2001 World Series ring to help sick colleague  —  DENVER - Washington Nationals Assistant General Manager Bob Miller, a former executive with the Diamondbacks, has placed his 2001 World Series ring up for auction to raise money for his colleague …
Toronto Sun:
Red Sox go for 101st win against Blue Jays  —  BOSTON — Having reached 100 victories for the first time in more than seven decades, the Boston Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound hoping to sweep their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night at Fenway Park.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Associated Press:
Yankees set to avoid luxury tax; Red Sox, Nationals only teams over threshold
ESPN:   Red Sox reach 100 wins in 146th game, fastest since 2001
Toronto Sun:
Mauer considers retirement as Twins face Royals  —  Joe Mauer has been the face of the Minnesota Twins for most of the century.  —  Mauer, a native of St. Paul who attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School, was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2001 draft and made his big league debut three years later …
Discussion: Royals Review
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Daily Record:   At 83 pitches, NY Yankees' Luis Severino angered at early hook by manager Aaron Boone
Daily Record:
Signs point toward plan being revealed for David Wright to return to NY Mets  —  David Wright faces prospect Justin Dunn in a simulated game Tuesday Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt  —  NEW YORK — David Wright would not be putting himself through such rigorous daily routines, and …
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets to make major announcement on David Wright as source says team captain still hopes to return
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
David Wright, Mets to make announcement Thursday regarding plan for Wright
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Why this AL race is the best MVP race ever  —  Here's the hypothesis: The American League MVP race is arguably the greatest MVP race ever.  —  Here's the evidence: We already have six position players with a WAR of 7.0 or higher, plus a seventh candidate who is merely chasing a Triple Crown.
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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Toronto Sun:   A's go for 7th in a row vs. Orioles
Associated Press:
Marlins-Mets doubleheader bumped back after 5 1/2 hour delay  —  NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Mets and Miami Marlins have bumped their doubleheader back a day after the opener of Wednesday's scheduled twinbill was delayed by rain for 5 hours, 35 minutes.  —  The teams will play …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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Matt Ehalt / NorthJersey.com:   After 335-minute rain delay, NY Mets tattoo Marlins 13-0
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
Not even Aaron Nola can stop the Phillies' free fall in sweeping loss to Nationals  —  No one is immune to the Phillies' free fall.  Not even Aaron Nola.  —  Thirty-nine days since the Phillies last won a series, with their playoff hopes fading faster than a scoop of ice cream on the late-summer pavement …
David Smale / Associated Press:
Tim Anderson's 12th-inning homer lifts White Sox over Royals  —  Tim Anderson kept the White Sox in the game with his glove before he won it with his bat.  —  Anderson hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, and Chicago beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Regrets?  The Rays have a few (or more)  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Team officials are stirring up interest and dropping ticket prices for the weekend showdown series with the A's, trying to do everything they can to help their red-hot Rays close the gap for the final American League playoff spot.
Star Tribune:
Twins' Joe Mauer to consider retiring after season  —  The Twins fixture must choose between retirement and a 16th MLB season, telling the Star Tribune: 'It's a big decision and I want to make sure I'm 100 percent about it.'  —  Joe Mauer knows he has a decision to make …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
'He's addicted to winning': Clayton Kershaw's battle to remain elite  —  LOS ANGELES — It was the onset of spring training in 2015, Andrew Friedman's first as the Los Angeles Dodgers' president of baseball operations.  “Player plan” meetings — basically, an analytics session with players, coaches and executives — were being held.
Discussion: DodgerBlue.com
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 …
Discussion: DRaysBay
 
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Kaelen Jones / Sports Illustrated:
Athletics' Sean Manaea to Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery, Sidelined Through 2019
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels' Mike Trout makes a push toward his first Gold Glove award
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John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Michael Lorenzen has become the Cincinnati Reds' version of an in-game ‘stopper’
Mike Axisa / CBSSports.com:
Felix Hernandez reportedly considered walking away from baseball after demotion to bullpen
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Dan Martin / New York Post:
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Bob Brookover / Philly.com:
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Justin Verlander has no ‘ill will’ to Detroit Tigers due to 2015 injury
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - The cast has changed for the Diamondbacks …
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
One win, one hit remain elusive for Rangers, Beltre
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - When asked about losing playing time …
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A's might be down another starter; Trevor Cahill dealing with back muscle issue
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