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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 …
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Jorge Castillo / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Dodgers' late miscues allow Padres to take the game and cut the 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
Discussion: Twinkie Town
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 …
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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.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Reinstate Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Jonathan Loaisiga From Injured List  —  The Yankees announced that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, infielder Gio Urshela and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga have all been reinstated from the 10-day injured list.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Activate Justin Turner From Injured List  —  The Dodgers have activated Justin Turner from their 10-day injured list, the team announced.  Right-hander Josh Sborz has been optioned to the alternate training site to create an open roster spot.  —  Turner was enjoying another productive season …
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 …
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 …
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
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers wrapping up 2020 season: 12 things to watch with 12 games to go  —  Through 46 games, the Detroit Tigers are just a game out of last place in the American League Central Division.  —  Two weeks ago, that would've been hard to believe.  —  The Tigers (20-26) …
Sydney Franklin / New York Times:
Derek Jeter Puts His Tampa Home On the Market for $29 Million  —  “It's definitely not a casual house,” according to the broker, “but it's very livable.”  —  11 PhotosView Slide Show  —  ›  —  Uneek Image  —  Derek Jeter, the Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop and chief executive …
Discussion: New York Post
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.
Corey Seidman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Debuting Marlin Braxton Garrett has hilarious reaction to web gem against Phillies  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Andrew Knapp because it cost him a single, but the reaction from debuting  —  Marlins pitcher Braxton Garrett after an unexpected web gem behind him Sunday was pretty funny.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Fish Stripes
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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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