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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.
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David Ginsburg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Villar's record-setting HR carries Orioles past Dodgers 7-3  —  Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking, record-setting three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the  —  Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night to end a six-game losing streak.  —  Villar's drive off
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 …
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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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 …
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: NBCSports.com and Bleacher Nation
Jerry Beach / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Frazier, McNeil hit 2 HR each, Mets thump D-backs 9-0  —  Jeff McNeil each homered twice, helping the surging  —  Robbie Ray and beat Arizona 9-0 Wednesday night.  —  The Mets (75-70) have won the first three games of the pivotal four-game series to move past the Diamondbacks (75-71) in the race for the second NL wild card.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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
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).
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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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MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
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 …
 
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Dave Hogg / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Yanks blow 6-run lead, lose 12-11 to big league-worst Tigers
Stephen Hawkins / Tampa Bay Rays on Yahoo! Sports:
AL wild-card leader Tampa Bay wins 5-3 in 11 over Rangers
Matt Carlson / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Jiménez slam helps White Sox power past Royals 7-3
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