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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 …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and MLB Daily Dish
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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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs will travel to Washington without Kyle Schwarber, some starting pitchers
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: Pinstripe Alley
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Daily Record:   At 83 pitches, NY Yankees' Luis Severino angered at early hook by manager Aaron Boone
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yankees hoping Aroldis Chapman can rejoin team ‘sometime next week’
Daily Record:   New York Yankees feeling the heat as the A's take dead-aim at their wild card lead
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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ESPN:
Red Sox reach 100 wins in 146th game, fastest since 2001  —  The Boston Red Sox became the fastest team to reach 100 wins since 2001 after David Price threw seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night at Fenway Park.  —  The Red Sox, who on Tuesday became …
Matt Snyder / CBSSports.com:
Red Sox's David Price has no plans to opt out, but will Clayton Kershaw and others with opt-out clauses do the same?
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
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   David Wright, Mets to make announcement Thursday regarding plan for Wright
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Jay Horwitz to head Mets' new alumni relations department beginning in October
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
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 …
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Matt Ehalt / NorthJersey.com:   After 335-minute rain delay, NY Mets tattoo Marlins 13-0
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 …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - The cast has changed for the Diamondbacks …
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
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.
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 …
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Tyler Mason / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Odorizzi takes no-hit bid into 8th as Twins top Yankees 3-1
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Pinstripe Alley
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
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Justin Verlander has no ‘ill will’ to Detroit Tigers due to 2015 injury  —  It is old news, but it became news again last month, when Justin Verlander was quoted as saying the Detroit Tigers had misdiagnosed his right triceps injury three seasons ago.  —  “I knew something was wrong,” …
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Noah Trister / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Springer's catch helps Astros hold off Tigers 5-4
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A west coast trip later, the Braves are running away with NL East  —  The Braves traveled to Phoenix with a 3.5-game lead in the National League East, a fortunate outcome after they were devastatingly swept at home by the Red Sox.  —  Their flight back East was much more exultant.
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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Braves sweep Giants, complete 6-1 western trip
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 …
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 …
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels' Mike Trout makes a push toward his first Gold Glove award  —  For all of Mike Trout's individual honors — two American League most valuable player awards, AL rookie of the year, five Silver Slugger awards, seven All-Star Game selections and two All-Star Game MVPs …
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
David Smale / Associated Press:
Tim Anderson's 12th-inning homer lifts White Sox over Royals  —  Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, and the White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night.  —  Anderson's blast off Burch Smith (1-5), the sixth Royals pitcher, landed just beyond the fence in left-center.
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Michael Lorenzen has become the Cincinnati Reds' version of an in-game ‘stopper’  —  Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Michael Lorenzen has never lacked confidence.  Upon his return from the disabled list last year, Lorenzen said this:  —  “Do I believe I can be a great starter in the major leagues?
Keith Law / ESPN:
Keith Law's Prospect of the Year: Vlad Jr. makes it an easy call  —  With the minor leagues' regular seasons over, it's time to present our annual Prospect of the Year award, given to the prospect who showed the best performance in the minor leagues in 2018.
 
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Dan Martin / New York Post:
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Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers push back Alex Wood's next start; he won't pitch in St. Louis
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Bob Brookover / Philly.com:
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Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's might be down another starter; Trevor Cahill dealing with back muscle issue
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: 'I'll be back'
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