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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Cubs know they won't get any sympathy for a 30-day work stretch  —  Javy Baez discusses his game-winning bunt against the Nationals on Sept. 13, 2018, in Washington.  (Paul Sullivan/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The heaviest thing most baseball players lift during a game is a bat …
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
3 things we learned from the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Nationals  —  Cubs closer Pedro Strop discusses the hamstring injury he suffered in the team's 4-3 win at Washington on Sept. 13, 2018.  (Paul Sullivan/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Here are three things we learned …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Can Javier Baez carry the Cubs to the NL Central title?
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   7 candidates to replace Pedro Strop as Cubs closer
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Trevor Story is pushing Javier Baez in crowded NL MVP race
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Steve Rosenbloom / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Time to join Cubs manager Joe Maddon for another episode of ‘Joverthinking It’
USA Today:
Yankees activate Aaron Judge from DL, but will be limited  —  Check back for updates  —  The New York Yankees activated Aaron Judge before Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.  —  However, Judge will be limited to only defense and base running.  He will not be able to hit yet.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Daily Record:
Last Slide  —  The Yankees open their final home stand of the season with a three-game series that begins Friday night (7 p.m.) against the Toronto Blue Jays.  —  After not playing the final two games of the Twins series in Minnesota, Brett Gardner will be back in the lineup and hit in the No. 9 spot.
ESPN:
Yankees need to come up big against Jays
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
George A. King III / New York Post:
Hal Steinbrenner throws support behind Aaron Boone amid swoon
Discussion: Sporting News and MLB Trade Rumors
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
If Yankees aren't home for wild-card game, Aaron Boone will be to blame
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:
David Wright finale turns meaningless Mets game into city's hottest ticket next week  —  News of retiring Mets star David Wright's Citi Field farewell instantly turned a meaningless September game into the city's hottest sports ticket.  —  The average resale price for tickets to the Sept. 29 contest …
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Mike Puma / New York Post:
Jose Reyes hopes to be next to David Wright in his finale
Discussion: Sporting News and Amazin' Avenue
Kevin Skiver / CBSSports.com:
David Wright gives an emotional press conference indicating plans to retire and Mets fans on Twitter are devastated
Associated Press:   Baseball notebook: Cubs' Rizzo wears uniform on team flight
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 …
Toronto Sun:   Astros return from another successful trip to face D-backs
Kyle Newport / Bleacher Report:
Mike Trout Reportedly Expected to Receive ‘Lifetime’ Contract Offer from Angels  —  While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will be the biggest names on the free-agent market this offseason, it could be a player already under contract for the foreseeable future who could make the biggest splash.
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ESPN:   Mariners hope to stay on Cruz control vs. Angels
Joe Reedy / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cruz, Leake lead Mariners to 8-2 victory over Angels
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
MLB playoff picture: Updated look at division, wild card races  —  With just more than two weeks remaining, the Boston Red Sox are the only team to officially punch their ticket to the postseason.  —  The Red Sox still have work to do to clinch the American League East, although that …
Ramona Shelburne / ESPN:
Matt Kemp is finally home again in LA  —  There is no easy way to tell a player he's been traded.  But generally whatever awkwardness or emotion an executive feels from those calls is offset by the excitement of the calls welcoming the players joining the club.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
How big is Rays-A's this weekend?  Well ...  That the Rays are playing a series with even the slightest amount of playoff implications in mid-September is somewhat of an accomplishment.  —  How big the matchup with the A's that starts tonight at the Trop is depends on your perspective.
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ESPN:
Rays try to close gap versus A's
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Bob Ford / Philly.com:
The 2018 Phillies.  So what the heck was that?  |  Bob Ford  —  The lone saving grace of the Phillies' late tumble from postseason contention was that the baseball they played while exiting the race wasn't much uglier than what they played while taking part.
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David Murphy / Philly.com:
As a season wanes, a complex set of decisions awaits the Phillies
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
'It's like group therapy': How a rookie skipper won over the Cards clubhouse  —  Somehow, Mike Shildt got the St. Louis Cardinals to buy into “Ball Talk.”  —  It would've been all too easy for the Cardinals players, especially the veterans, to roll their eyes.
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 …
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Weaver becoming nonfactor on Cards' pitching staff
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Former Reds exec Bob Miller of Nats auctions World Series ring for colleague with leukemia  —  Washington Nationals assistant general manager Bob Miller, who spent nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds as vice president and assistant general manager, put the World Series ring he earned …
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Schwarber not in lineup against Matt Harvey, Reds  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kyle Schwarber worked out in left field before Friday night's game but wasn't in Joe Maddon's lineup against Reds right-hander Matt Harvey.  —  Schwarber, who didn't travel to Washington because of a sore back, is only 2-for-12 lifetime against Harvey.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Braves, Giants franchises molded by 1993, MLB's last great pennant race  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The last great pennant race left some with the most beautiful memories in their careers and others with the ugliest of scars.  —  It created the most radical change in baseball's playoff format …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
And the Star-Telegram's No. 1 Rangers prospect is ...  The debate over who should be the No. 1 Texas Rangers prospect in the Star-Telegram's rankings came down to the value of a position player or the importance of developing a front-line starting pitcher.  —  And there was debate on who should be No. 1 among the two groups.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
ESPN:
Braves try to secure division title in homestand starting with Nationals  —  ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have built a 7 1/2-game lead in the National League East thanks to 42-21 record within the division and a 45-30 overall road record — the best in the league.
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Talking Chop
 
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