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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.
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Last Slide  —  DENVER — Eleven years ago, the Colorado Rockies sat 4 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with 15 games to play.  They wound up in the World Series.  Four years later, the Tampa Bay Rays were 2 1/2 out with five to play.  They got in.  The next year it was the Oakland Athletics who were five back with nine remaining.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Arizona Republic:
Game Day: Diamondbacks visit Houston to take on defending World Series champion Astros  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks hit the road for a critical series against the defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros.  Stay with this page for pitching matchups, scoring updates and more.
Toronto Sun:
Astros return from another successful trip to face D-backs  —  HOUSTON — Even at this advanced stage of the season, with the Astros having long ago cemented their reputation as a dominant road team, their success away from Minute Maid Park remains stunning.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Former Diamondbacks executive to auction off 2001 World Series ring to help sick colleague
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
If Yankees aren't home for wild-card game, Aaron Boone will be to blame  —  If there is one thing Aaron Boone has demonstrated to us in his maiden season as Yankee manager it's that he's a half-full guy.  —  Yes, the Yankees lost two out of three in Minnesota to the Triple-A Twins …
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ESPN:
Yankees need to come up big against Jays  —  NEW YORK — When they left Yankee Stadium for a cross-country flight to Oakland following a tedious 11-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees held a decent amount of comfort in the wild-card race.  —  Now they come back still occupying …
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 …
Daily Record:   Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka or J.A. Happ: Who starts New York Yankees' wild-card game?
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Trevor Story is pushing Javier Baez in crowded NL MVP race  —  The Rockies pretty much buried the Diamondbacks with a 10-3 victory at Coors Field on Thursday to take three out of four in the series.  Back on Aug. 22, the Diamondbacks led the NL West by 1 1/2 games and FanGraphs gave …
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Kris Bryant helps Cubs come through in crucial game against Nationals
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: September song is out of tune for Cubs ahead of makeup game against Nationals
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Weaver becoming nonfactor on Cards' pitching staff  —  Righthander Luke Weaver has gone from rotation member to sixth starter to mop-up man with the Cardinals lately and his four-run allowance in just 2/3 innings in the ninth inning on Tuesday was a jolt to him, he admitted.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notes: Molina recovers enough to play  —  Yadier Molina, hardly the fleetest of players, ran his way into the Cardinals' lineup Thursday night with his pre-game work.  Molina, recovering from a strained left hamstring, showed manager Mike Shildt and head athletic trainer Adam Olsen enough …
ESPN:
Rays try to close gap versus A's  —  The chances are slim.  OK, very slim.  —  But the Tampa Bay Rays host Oakland in a weekend series beginning Friday with their last chance at making a run at the Athletics for an American League wild-card spot.  —  This is a three-game series between …
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ESPN:   A's starter Trevor Cahill scratched with strained muscle in back
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:   Regrets? The Rays have a few (or more)
Toronto Sun:
A's go for 7th in a row vs. Orioles
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Associated Press:
Baseball notebook: Cubs' Rizzo wears uniform on team flight  —  Cubs' Rizzo wears uniform on team flight  —  Unusual scheduling spawned even more atypical travel attire for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.  —  The three-time All-Star wore a uniform, complete with a blue jersey and gray pants …
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Kevin Skiver / CBSSports.com:
David Wright gives an emotional press conference indicating plans to retire and Mets fans on Twitter are devastated
Andy Clayton / New York Daily News:   David Wright will be activated for the Mets' final homestand, will start at third base on Sept. 29
ESPN:
Brewers in thick of playoff race as they host Pirates  —  MILWAUKEE — Gio Gonzalez made a strong first impression on his new teammates.  —  Acquired by Milwaukee on Aug. 31 from Washington, where he'd gone 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA, Gonzalez returned to the mound after a 10-day rest and allowed …
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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
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs win season series vs. Brewers — but haven't yet won the war
ESPN:
Mariners hope to stay on Cruz control vs. Angels  —  Nelson Cruz has done plenty of damage against the Los Angeles Angels in his 14-year career, and the Seattle Mariners designated hitter will look to cause more Friday night in the third contest of the four-game series.
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Joe Reedy / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cruz, Leake lead Mariners to 8-2 victory over Angels
Discussion: Lookout Landing
David Murphy / Philly.com:
As a season wanes, a complex set of decisions awaits the Phillies |  David Murphy  —  Truth be told, you never really know.  Not in baseball.  Shortstop Jean Segura was an All-Star at the age of 23 with Milwaukee, then one of the worst hitters in the majors for two seasons.
 
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Marlowe Alter / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Casey Mize will be top-10 prospect in MLB, analyst says
Associated Press:
Yankees set to avoid luxury tax; Red Sox, Nationals only teams over threshold
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
'He's addicted to winning': Clayton Kershaw's battle to remain elite
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Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels' Mike Trout makes a push toward his first Gold Glove award
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
Michael Lorenzen has become the Cincinnati Reds' version of an in-game ‘stopper’
 Earlier Picks: 
Mike Axisa / CBSSports.com:
Felix Hernandez reportedly considered walking away from baseball after demotion to bullpen
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Daily Record:
At 83 pitches, NY Yankees' Luis Severino angered at early hook by manager Aaron Boone
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Why this AL race is the best MVP race ever
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Jeff McNeil gives credit to Mets vet after his latest multi-hit night
Toronto Sun:
Mauer considers retirement as Twins face Royals
David Smale / Associated Press:
Tim Anderson's 12th-inning homer lifts White Sox over Royals
 

 
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