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11:45 PM ET, September 14, 2018


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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 …
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Cubs need an unlikely leader to emerge from their battered bullpen
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:   Cubs closer Pedro Strop out for rest of regular season with moderate left hamstring strain
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   7 candidates to replace Pedro Strop as Cubs closer
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Can Javier Baez carry the Cubs to the NL Central title?
Steve Rosenbloom / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Time to join Cubs manager Joe Maddon for another episode of ‘Joverthinking It’
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
3 things we learned from the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Nationals
Bobby Nightengale /
Learning the outfield could help Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel reach the Majors  —  Scott Schebler talks about Luis Castillo's start and the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Dodgers.  The Reds have a 6-0 record vs. the Dodgers this year.  Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer  —  CONNECT
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds reliever Lucas Sims possibly out for season with injury  —  Scott Schebler talks about Luis Castillo's start and the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Dodgers.  The Reds have a 6-0 record vs. the Dodgers this year.  Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer  —  CONNECT
Dave Clark /   Former Reds exec Bob Miller of Nats auctions World Series ring for colleague with leukemia
Gregory Polanco likely to miss 7-9 months after shoulder surgery  —  PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates say right fielder Gregory Polanco could be out until June after having surgery on his left shoulder.  —  Polanco dislocated his throwing shoulder on an awkward slide into second base on a double last Friday against Miami.
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
How the Brewers' rotation defied low expectations  —  What would your expectations have been for the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation during the 2018 season if you had this information at the outset:  —  » Jimmy Nelson would not throw a pitch in a major-league game.
ESPN:   Brewers in thick of playoff race as they host Pirates
Mets' David Wright could pinch hit before farewell game  —  New York Mets infielder David Wright could be used as a pinch hitter ahead of his final start on Sept. 29, manager Mickey Callaway said Friday.  —  Wright will be activated from the 60-day disabled list when the team returns home Sept. 25 …
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:   David Wright finale turns meaningless Mets game into city's hottest ticket next week
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Jose Reyes hopes to be next to David Wright in his finale
Discussion: Sporting News and Amazin' Avenue
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Buchholz's season likely over due to flexor strain in elbow  —  HOUSTON - Right-hander Clay Buchholz was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right arm, a similar injury to the one that bothered him off and on for years before eventually requiring surgery last year.
Toronto Sun:
Astros return from another successful trip to face D-backs
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Last Slide  —  DENVER — Eleven years ago, the Colorado Rockies …
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 …
David Wellham / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves to begin sales of single-game NLDS tickets next week  —  The Braves announced that single-game tickets for a potential National League Division Series will go on sale Wednesday.  —  The Braves lead the National League East Division by 7-1/2 games over the second-place Phillies entering play Friday.
Braves try to secure division title in homestand starting with Nationals
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Talking Chop
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.
George A. King III / New York Post:
Hal Steinbrenner throws support behind Aaron Boone amid swoon
Peter Schmuck / Baltimore Sun:
Trey Mancini homers twice, but Orioles' pitching crisis continues in 8-6 loss to White Sox  —  Orioles manager Buck Showalter has spent the past week trying desperately to backfill his beleaguered starting rotation, but if it isn't one minor disaster it's another.
Discussion: Camden Chat and South Side Sox
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
RECAP: Cleveland Indians' ninth-inning rally falls short in 5-4 loss to Detroit Tigers  —  The Cleveland Indians' ninth-inning rally fall a run short, as they dropped a 5-4 decision to the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field Friday night.  —  10:17 p.m.-INDIANS' NINTH-INNING RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST TIGERS
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.
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 …
Joe Lyons / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Flaherty-Buehler rematch highlights Cards vs. Dodgers  —  Two of baseball's top young righthanders — Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals and the Dodgers' Walker Buehler — will square off Friday in a 7:15 p.m. showdown at Busch Stadium.  —  Los Angeles won 9-7 in the opening game of the four-game series …
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jim Salisbury / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Phillies 14, Marlins 2: First impressions after a big night by Aaron Altherr  —  Phillies enjoyed a cathartic 14-2 win over the  —  Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.  —  The Phillies had 18 hits, including five home runs.  —  Aaron Altherr had his best game of the season …
Discussion: The Good Phight and
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.
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.
Rays try to close gap versus A's
Discussion: Athletics Nation
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