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Sarah Langs / MLB.com:
MLB sets a new single-season HR record  —  When Jonathan Villar took Caleb Ferguson deep at 9:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, baseball history was made.  —  Villar's three-run blast — which gave the Orioles a 5-2 lead against the Dodgers in the seventh inning …
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Looking back at a head-spinning array of home runs  —  For about 90 minutes on Wednesday night, I fully grasped the essence of the 2019 season.  With the leaguewide single-season home run record ready to be broken early in the evening, several of us — me, two editors, members …
Dan Mullen / ESPN:
Going, going, gone!  Inside MLB's new home run record  —  It's official: 2019 is the Year of the Home Run.  —  Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles hit the 22nd home run of Wednesday night, and the 6,106th of the season, setting the major league record.  The former mark of 6,105 was set in 2017.
Discussion: Deadspin
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
‘We have no choice’: Success of Dodgers, Astros has MLB teams scrambling to keep up  —  BALTIMORE - Baseball's hyperactive transformation has played out at least partially in the public eye, be it a lopsided defensive shift, an exotic breaking pitch thrown in a 3- count or a uniformed coach …
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David Ginsburg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Villar's record-setting HR carries Orioles past Dodgers 7-3
Jon Tayler / Sports Illustrated:   Seven NL West Titles Later, Can This Dodgers Team Finally Win It All?
Jenna West / Sports Illustrated:
Dodgers Clinch Seventh Consecutive NL West Title With Win vs. Orioles
John Tomase / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Say goodbye to J.D. and Mookie?  Red Sox payroll decisions are about to get ugly  —  Red Sox ownership really wants to reset the luxury-tax clock, then the new GM should expect the following item to be missing from his new office: a checkbook.  —  For the Red Sox actually to drop below …
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BostonGlobe.com:
METRO SPORTS BUSINESS OPINION RHODE ISLAND POLITICS LIFESTYLE MARIJUANA ARTS MAGAZINE CARS REAL ESTATE EVENTS  —  TORONTO — Clay Buchholz has been a professional baseball player for 15 years now.  He's played for two World Series champions, thrown a no-hitter, and twice been an All-Star.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
After honoring 9/11 first responders, Mets score 9 runs on 11 hits in rout of Arizona Diamondbacks  —  On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and with the memorial lit up by two bright beams in the distance, the Mets recorded nine runs and 11 hits.  The commemorative evening helped lead …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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Jerry Beach / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Frazier, McNeil hit 2 HR each, Mets thump D-backs 9-0
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:   Zack Wheeler, Justin Wilson step up when Mets need it most
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Activate Rich Hill, Designate Jaime Schultz  —  The Dodgers have officially activated veteran left-hander Rich Hill from the 60-day injured list, as Hill will start tonight's game against the Orioles.  To create roster space, right-hander Jaime Schultz has been designated for assignment.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Dave Campbell / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Zimmerman, Strasburg lead Nationals past Twins 6-2  —  Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in three runs in support of  —  Washington Nationals six strong innings to beat the  —  Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Wednesday night for just their third win in the last nine games.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers' deal with top Dominican prospect is official.  Mazara, Guzman have advice.  —  The thing that stands out about Bayron Lora is how high he stands.  —  He is big for a full-grown man, let alone a 16-year-old who on Wednesday became a millionaire after passing a physical exam.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Garrett Richards  —  Having scored a 10-year, $300MM contract, Manny Machado was easily the Padres' biggest free-agent signing last winter.  Long before that addition, though, the Padres made headlines by awarding right-hander Garrett Richards a two-year, $15.5MM guarantee.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Dennis Georgatos / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Senzatela's strong outing leads Rockies past Cards 2-1  —  Antonio Senzatela pitched six strong innings for his first win in two months,  —  Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead home run and the  —  St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Wednesday night.  —  It was the second straight 2-1 victory for the Rockies …
Discussion: Purple Row
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Moustakas hits 2 HRs, Brewers minus Yelich top Marlins 7-5  —  Mike Moustakas homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the ninth inning as the  —  Miami Marlins 7-5 Wednesday night in their first game following star outfielder  —  Christian Yelich's season-ending injury.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball and Yahoo! Sports
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Janie McCauley / scores.nbcsportsbayarea.com:
Cueto dazzles in season debut, Giants beat Pirates 5-4  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Cap on backward, Johnny Cueto punctuated his pitches with confident head shakes and fist pumps.  —  “Dia De Cueto,” read the sign held by one of his sons.  —  The Day of Cueto, indeed.
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Pirates News:
Teammate scuffle ends with Crick out for year
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and NBCSports.com
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).
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
 
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