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11:25 PM ET, September 13, 2018


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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 …
Discussion: True Blue LA
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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   3 things we learned from the Cubs-Brewers series at Wrigley Field
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Time for Cubs to pull out all the stops in NL Central race
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Fenway farce: Blue Jays swept away in Beantown thanks to Solarte error  —  BOSTON - Fenway Park, cloaked in all its historic and old-school splendour, has been a disaster for the Blue Jays this season in almost every way related to the box score.  —  In the midst of their worst season in almost a decade …
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
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 …
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yankees feel sense of urgency with wild-card lead down to 1 game
Discussion: Sporting News and Pinstripe Alley
Daily Record:   At 83 pitches, NY Yankees' Luis Severino angered at early hook by manager Aaron Boone
A's starter Trevor Cahill scratched with strained muscle in back  —  The surging Oakland Athletics won't have Trevor Cahill on the mound Saturday.  —  The right-hander had been scratched from his scheduled start at Tampa Bay with a rhomboid (upper back) muscle strain.  —  Cahill has returned to Oakland for an MRI.
David Ginsburg / Associated Press:
Athletics use 10-run 3rd inning to beat Orioles 10-0
Toronto Sun:   A's go for 7th in a row vs. Orioles
Andy Clayton / New York Daily News:
David Wright will be activated for the Mets' final homestand, will start at third base on Sept. 29  —  David Wright will get to wear a major-league uniform one more time.  Then the captain is done with baseball.  —  The Mets announced Thursday that Wright will be activated on Sept. 25 …
Daily Record:
Signs point toward plan being revealed for David Wright to return to NY Mets
Matt Ehalt /   After 335-minute rain delay, NY Mets tattoo Marlins 13-0
Michael Kelly / Associated Press:
Arenado, Story homer to help Rockies beat Diamondbacks 10-3  —  DENVER (AP) - Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered, Kyle Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Thursday to extend their NL West lead.
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: Viva El Birdos and
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
Scott Lauber /
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Dan Martin / New York Post:
Jeff McNeil gives credit to Mets vet after his latest multi-hit night
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Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers push back Alex Wood's next start; he won't pitch in St. Louis
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A west coast trip later, the Braves are running away with NL East
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Bob Brookover /
J.P. Crawford, Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro remain question marks for Phillies' future
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Justin Verlander has no ‘ill will’ to Detroit Tigers due to 2015 injury
Toronto Sun:
Mauer considers retirement as Twins face Royals
Discussion: Royals Review
David Smale / Associated Press:
Tim Anderson's 12th-inning homer lifts White Sox over Royals
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER - The cast has changed for the Diamondbacks …
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
One win, one hit remain elusive for Rangers, Beltre
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