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2:40 PM ET, September 13, 2018

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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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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: September song is out of tune for Cubs ahead of makeup game against Nationals  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The tarp is on the field Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park as the Cubs and Nationals prepare to play their makeup game.  —  But rain is holding off and they're expected to start on time …
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs win season series vs. Brewers — but haven't yet won the war  —  The Cubs won the season series over the Brewers (11-8), but you wouldn't say they won the war.  —  The Brewers headed back to Milwaukee for a homestand against the Pirates and Reds only one game out of first place in the National League Central.
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
Daily Record:   New York Yankees feeling the heat as the A's take dead-aim at their wild card lead
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
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Jay Horwitz to head Mets' new alumni relations department beginning in October
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 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.
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
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?
 
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Felix Hernandez reportedly considered walking away from baseball after demotion to bullpen
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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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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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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 …
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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