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1:40 AM ET, September 11, 2019

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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 …
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Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
Dave Dombrowski's success with the Red Sox masked difficulties behind the scenes
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
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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 …
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Mark Townsend / Atlanta Braves on Yahoo! Sports:
Dodgers continue their dominance by clinching seventh straight NL West title  —  Will the Los Angeles Dodgers ever be knocked off their NL West throne?  —  Based on this season's results, it's not looking like that will happen anytime soon.  —  With Tuesday's 7-3 win against the Baltimore Orioles …
Jake Seiner / Yahoo! Sports:
Wilson, Alonso help Mets escape shaky 9th, beat D-backs 3-2  —  Ketel Marte's line drive and thought maybe the game was over.  Then Alonso smothered the ball, and nobody at Citi Field was sure what the Polar Bear would do next.  —  “Your mind goes a mile a minute in that situation,” third baseman
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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.
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 and MLB Baseball News …
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
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: MLB Trade Rumors and Twinkie Town
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Orioles GM continues overhaul, fires 14 more  —  BALTIMORE — Orioles general manager Mike Elias has fired 14 members of the organization, most from the player development department and international operations.  —  Elias has dismissed 25 people thus far in an overhaul of the system that he inherited when taking the job in November.
 
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