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2:45 AM ET, September 14, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Kris Bryant helps Cubs come through in crucial game against Nationals  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kris Bryant called Thursday's game “kind of a must-win” before it started, and the Cubs came with a 4-3 nail-biter in 10 innings to gain a half game on the idle Brewers.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: September song is out of tune for Cubs ahead of makeup game against Nationals
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Former Diamondbacks executive to auction off 2001 World Series ring to help sick colleague
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
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.
Toronto Sun:
A's go for 7th in a row vs. Orioles
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
Joe Reedy / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cruz, Leake lead Mariners to 8-2 victory over Angels  —  Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and the  —  Seattle Mariners started an 11-game road trip with an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles  —  Angels on Thursday night.  —  Cruz's three-run shot to center field in the fourth inning …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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 …
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
Marlowe Alter / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Casey Mize will be top-10 prospect in MLB, analyst says  —  Who are Detroit's next batch of star athletes?  We looked at the rosters of the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons, and came up with a ranking of who could become our city's next big talent.
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Toronto Sun:
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