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11:30 AM ET, September 10, 2019

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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Red Sox fire Dombrowski one season after title  —  The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday.  The team plans to elevate assistant general manager Eddie Romero to lead its baseball-operations department, sources told ESPN.  —  Dombrowski, 63, was the architect behind …
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Tom Verducci / Sports Illustrated:
Why the Red Sox Fired Dave Dombrowski After He Delivered a Championship  — Dave Dombrowski did what the Red Sox sought him to do: win a World Series title.  Eleven months after the team paraded through Boston with a trophy, it became clear what the Red Sox needed from their top baseball executive …
ESPN:
Big Papi surprises fans with 1st pitch at Fenway  —  David Ortiz made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park on Monday night for the first time since he was shot in a botched assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic in June.  —  Ortiz, a beloved figure among the Boston Red Sox faithful …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
USA Today:
MLB playoff picture: Updated look at division, wild card races  —  With less than three weeks remaining in the Major League Baseball regular season, the playoff picture is starting to take shape.  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers are cruising with a 17.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Gideon Rubin / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Reynolds delivers vs former team, Pirates rally past SF 6-4  —  Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead single against his former team during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the  —  San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Monday night.  —  Down 4-2, the Pirates used three pinch-hitters and came …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Doug Padilla / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Beede, Giants shut down Dodgers in a 1-0 victory
Discussion: Camden Chat and True Blue LA
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers shut down flame-throwing prospect, but not for a setback.  He was throwing 102 mph  —  Nick Solak, Kolby Allard, Brock Burke, Emmanuel Clase, Jose Trevino.  —  Encouraging, encouraging, encouraging, encouraging, encouraging.  —  All five have made a case, albeit in a very small sample sizes …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
New York Post:
Noah Syndergaard confronts Mets bosses over Wilson Ramos frustration  —  Noah Syndergaard, simmering all season about his inability to convince Mets brass to line him up with his preferred catchers, became livid over the weekend when he had to throw again to Wilson Ramos rather than Rene Rivera or Tomas Nido …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Pete Alonso launches 2 solo homers in a vital win over the Diamondbacks  —  Can Aaron Judge feel Pete Alonso breathing down his neck yet?  —  The Mets rookie is on pace to crush 53 home runs before the calendar flips to October.  And he's charging ahead to overtake Judge's rookie record in the process.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Some tall tales from Rays games in Texas stadium that's closing  —  Rays have had some big wins, a most memorable debut, and some hot times at what's now called Globe Life Park.  —  Updated Yesterday  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — There's not going to be a party or even a toast …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Hoerner makes Cubs history with 3 hits, 4 RBIs  —  SAN DIEGO — Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Nico Hoerner was on his couch in Northern California on Sunday.  —  On Monday, he was making history.  —  Hoerner became the second Cub since 1920 to debut with at least three hits and four RBIs in a 10-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
David Eckert / LancasterOnline:
Proposed Atlantic League mound distance change creates uncertainty for players and league  —  Garrett Granitz doesn't buy into professional baseball's velocity obsession.  In fact, he occupies a niche created by it.  —  Instead of trying to blow fastballs by batters like many professional …
Greg Beacham / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Bieber thrills his local fans in Indians' 6-2 win over Halos  —  Shane Bieber pitched seven stellar innings of five-hit ball in his first career start at his hometown stadium, and rookie  —  Yu Chang hit his first major league homer in the  —  Cleveland Indians' 6-2 victory over the
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Marcus Stroman has his worst start as a Met in loss to Phillies  —  The Mets' Marcus Stroman gambit is not paying off.  —  Six weeks ago, they added Stroman to and subtracted Jason Vargas from their rotation.  It was mostly with an eye toward 2020, but they also were curious about how that upgrade …
Discussion: Talking Chop
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Andrew Joseph / USA Today:
Odell Beckham Jr. is wearing a $350K Richard Mille watch during his Browns debut
Bernie Wilson / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Myers' walk-off single lifts Padres to 2-1 win over Rockies
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