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10:25 AM ET, September 15, 2020

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Associated Press:
Padres host Dodgers in rare meaningful late series  —  When you are winning 70 percent of your games, you don't spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror.  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers have not only led the National League West since the first days of the season …
Discussion: The Athletic
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Jorge Castillo / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Dodgers' late miscues allow Padres take game and cut NL West lead  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  The closest thing to a playoff atmosphere in an empty stadium in September unfolded at Petco Park on Monday night.  As a layer of haze hovered over the vacant ballpark …
ESPN:
MLB Power Rankings: The biggest 2020 surprise on all 30 teams  —  We're just two weeks from the MLB playoffs, and the 2020 version promises to be full of thrills.  Not only do we have an expanded 16-team format that should bring a March Madness feel to the best-of-three first round …
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Associated Press:
Engel gets big hit as White Sox top Twins 3-1  —  CHICAGO (AP) Adam Engel delivered a tiebreaking pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday night to increase their lead in the AL Central.  —  Chicago opened its pivotal four-game set …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
MLB is forbidding boozy playoff celebrations  —  Teams control the alcohol.  So that is one area MLB will not worry about as it insists on clinching celebrations that are more restrained, distant and outdoors.  —  The league was still finalizing a memorandum it expects to deliver to clubs …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Chicago Cubs' Alec Mills went from being a college walk-on to throwing a no-hitter  —  CHICAGO — You won't confuse Chicago Cubs right-hander Alec Mills with any of the flamethrowers in baseball, but perhaps you've seen his teammate — and 2016 ERA champ — Kyle Hendricks pitch.
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Steve Cohen Agrees To Purchase Mets  —  4:54pm: SNY is not in the deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.  —  4:17pm: Billionaire Steve Cohen has agreed to purchase the Mets from Fred Wilpon and Jeff Wilpon, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.  Cohen will need approval from 23 MLB owners …
Corey Seidman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Phillies call up catcher prospect Rafael Marchan with J.T. Realmuto injured  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … This hip injury will cost J.T. Realmuto at least two games.  He did not play in Game 1 of Sunday's Phillies-Marlins doubleheader and was out of the lineup for Game 2 …
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Corey Seidman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Debuting Marlin Braxton Garrett has hilarious reaction to web gem against Phillies
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Fish Stripes
Associated Press:
Orioles slug 3 homers in 9-run 3rd, pummel Braves 14-1  —  BALTIMORE (AP) DJ Stewart hit the first of three Baltimore homers in a nine-run third inning, and the Orioles pounded the Atlanta Braves 14-1 Monday night to end a five-game losing streak.  —  After winning three of four in Washington …
Associated Press:
Stephenson hits 2-run homer as Reds beat Pirates 3-1  —  CINCINNATI (AP) Rookie Tyler Stephenson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a doubleheader on Monday.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and Red Reporter
Erik Boland / Newsday:
Deivi Garcia brings talent to the mound and excitement to Yankees and their fans  —  Nothing excites a fan base like a young, electric arm.  —  And, at the moment, Yankees fans are head over heels for the one belonging to Deivi Garcia.  They count down the days until his next start …
John Hickey / Sports Illustrated:
Newcomers Minor, Lamb Come Up Big for Athletics in the Smoke of Seattle  —  Maybe baseball shouldn't have been played on Monday in Seattle, not with T-Mobile Park awash in smoke and ash and the air quality index (AQI) off the charts.  —  But play they did, and two new faces used the second game of the doubleheader to make their mark.
Discussion: Associated Press and NBCSports.com
Todd Dybas / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
What was and what's next for Sean Doolittle  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Sean Doolittle thought it was a cramp, not that it was over.  —  He felt well when preparing in the bullpen, then also on the game mound.  A muscle near his ribs clinched toward the end of his warmups in the middle of Nationals Park.
Nick Selbe / Sports Illustrated:
Albert Pujols Hits 660th Career Home Run, Tying Willie Mays for Fifth All-Time  —  Move over, Say Hey Kid.  Make room for The Machine.  —  Say Hey Kid, make room for The Machine.  —  Angels first baseman Albert Pujols blasted his 660th career home run on Sunday against the Rockies, tying Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time list.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Albert Pujols slugs No. 660 to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on all-time home run list
 
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