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8:20 PM ET, September 10, 2019


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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 …
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 …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Red Sox fire Dombrowski one season after title
Discussion: and Boston Globe
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ozuna wants spot in Cards' crowded outfield next season  —  The regular-season clock might be ticking down on Marcell Ozuna as a Cardinal.  Ozuna, who turns 29 in November, will be entering free agency for the first time and will be at or near his peak.  He should have a collection of suitors, perhaps including the Cardinals.
Will Graves / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Flaherty dazzles again, Cardinals drop Pirates 2-0
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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: McCovey Chronicles and Bucs Dugout
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 …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Brewers star Yelich fouls ball off leg, limps out of game  —  Christian Yelich has been forced to leave the game at Miami after fouling a ball of his leg.  —  Yelich limped off the field in the first inning Tuesday night.  There was no immediate report on his injury.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners Promote 4 Prospects, Designate Ryan Court  —  The Mariners announced the promotion of four prospects: righty Justin Dunn, outfielder Kyle Lewis, infielder Donnie Walton, and righty Art Warren.  To create 40-man roster space, the club designated utilityman Ryan Court for assignment.
Discussion: U.S.S. Mariner and Cubs Insider
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 …
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
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
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.
Dave Campbell / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Twins end CF Byron Buxton's season with shoulder injury  —  Minnesota Twins have placed center fielder  —  Byron Buxton and his ailing left shoulder on the 60-day injured list, ending his season and leaving the American League Central leaders without their best defensive player for the rest of the pennant race.
Discussion: Twinkie Town
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Greg Beacham / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
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Discussion: and MLB Baseball News …
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