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3:00 PM ET, September 11, 2019

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Ben Shpigel / New York Times:
Antonio Brown Accused of Rape in a Lawsuit  —  The Patriots receiver is accused of three incidents of sexual assault, in 2017 and 2018, against a woman who attended college with him.  —  Antonio Brown of the New England Patriots, the most prominent wide receiver in the N.F.L. …
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Mark Maske / Washington Post:
NFL will consider placing Antonio Brown on paid leave and making him ineligible to play  —  The NFL will give serious consideration to placing Antonio Brown on paid leave via its commissioner's exempt list, according to multiple people familiar with the situation, after he was accused …
Jenna West / Sports Illustrated:
Dodgers Clinch Seventh Consecutive NL West Title With Win vs. Orioles  —  The Dodgers are returning to the postseason.  —  The Dodgers clinched their seventh consecutive National League West title with a 7-3 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Tuesday night.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Mark Townsend / Atlanta Braves on Yahoo! Sports:
Dodgers continue their dominance by clinching seventh straight NL West title
USA Today:
MLB playoff picture: Updated look at division, wild card races
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Zack Wheeler, Justin Wilson step up when Mets need it most  —  For the past two nights, the Mets have dominated the Diamondbacks by playing clean baseball.  What looked like a quiet and drama-free win on Tuesday night quickly became tense, though, as the bullpen scraped through the final two innings.
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Jake Seiner / Yahoo! Sports:
Wilson, Alonso help Mets escape shaky 9th, beat D-backs 3-2
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Aaron Hicks  —  The Yankees seem increasingly unlikely to receive a late-season (or postseason) contribution from outfielder Aaron Hicks.  He's slated to rest for several more weeks after a visit to the offices of Dr. Neal ElAttrache, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links).
Associated Press:
Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured knee cap.  —  MIAMI — Milwaukee Brewers star 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.
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Brewers star Yelich breaks kneecap, out for regular season
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Brew Crew Ball
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants fire eight pro scouts, including some key to World Series title runs  —  Big changes are inevitable in a regime change, and the Giants are no exception.  —  In the first of what could be many such moves, the Giants fired eight of their 20 pro scouts Tuesday, including …
Chris Cotillo / Union-News:
Alex Cora will return to Boston Red Sox in 2020; team president Sam Kennedy gives manager vote of confidence  —  BOSTON — Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy confirmed Tuesday that manager Alex Cora will return for the 2020 season.  —  Cora was not thought to be on the hot seat despite …
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ESPN:
Big Papi surprises fans with 1st pitch at Fenway
Dave Hogg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Yanks blow 6-run lead, lose 12-11 to big league-worst Tigers  —  DETROIT (AP) — Playing the worst team in the major leagues, the  —  New York Yankees took a six-run lead in the second inning.  —  Not enough.  —  Jordy Mercer capped the comeback with a game-ending single off
Pirates News:
Teammate scuffle ends with Crick out for year  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The tension in the Pirates' clubhouse surfaced again Monday in San Francisco, this time resulting in a season-ending injury for reliever Kyle Crick.  —  The Pirates announced Tuesday that Crick underwent extensor tendon repair surgery …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Bleacher Nation
Stephen Hawkins / Tampa Bay Rays on Yahoo! Sports:
AL wild-card leader Tampa Bay wins 5-3 in 11 over Rangers  —  Kean Wong was churning hard to get to first base and keep the  —  Tampa Bay Rays going in the 11th inning when his two-out slow roller was being bobbled by the pitcher.  —  Only when Wong was safe at first, after  —  Texas Rangers rookie reliever
Discussion: DRaysBay
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.
Matt Carlson / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Jiménez slam helps White Sox power past Royals 7-3  —  Eloy Jimenez hit his first career grand slam,  —  Yoan Moncada launched a monster two-run homer and the  —  Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Tuesday night.  —  Adam Engel added a solo shot for as the White Sox won their second straight, but just their fourth in 14 games.
Discussion: South Side Sox
 
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Dave Campbell / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Twins end CF Byron Buxton's season with shoulder injury
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ozuna wants spot in Cards' crowded outfield next season
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Rangers shut down flame-throwing prospect, but not for a setback. He was throwing 102 mph
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