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9:40 AM ET, September 12, 2021


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J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Chris Taylor's glove helps Dodgers blank Padres  —  LOS ANGELES ― Not long ago, you could hold up Chris Taylor's season at just the right angle and see the Most Valuable Player of the Dodgers, if not the entire National League.  —  Much can change in little more than a month.
Discussion: Whittier Daily News
J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Gavin Lux's return to Dodgers comes with a new position  —  Lux's first major league start in left field comes at Cody Bellinger's expense  —  LOS ANGELES ― Gavin Lux had an interesting couple of weeks at Triple-A. He saw time at four positions and designated hitter.  He did not commit an error.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:   The second wild card is still within reach, but the San Diego Padres' playoff hopes took a crushing blow
Laylan Connelly / Orange County Register:
Check out these ‘epic’ images from that surprise lightning storm  —  A surprise lightning and thunderstorm raced into Orange County late Thursday, as spectators and photographers marveled at the show in the sky.  —  It also brought a shot of much-needed rain to parts of the region.
Nathaniel Percy / Orange County Register:   Quick storm with heavy rain, lightning and thunder ignites fire, knocks out power to more than 1,000
Chris Cotillo / Union-News:
Chris Sale tests positive for COVID-19, will not start for Boston Red Sox on Sunday  —  CHICAGO — Red Sox ace Chris Sale has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not make his scheduled start Sunday against the White Sox, MassLive has learned.  —  Sale is the 10th Red Sox player to test positive for the virus since Aug. 27.
Joon Lee / ESPN:
MLB: Hunter Renfroe ‘completely wrong’ in saying that Boston Red Sox were told to stop testing amid COVID-19 outbreak  —  Major League Baseball on Thursday denied Boston Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe's allegation that the league told the team to stop testing for COVID-19 amid the outbreak spreading through its clubhouse.
Richard Guzman / Daily Breeze:
BeachLife Festival: Few worries, masks as fans return to hear live music  —  It didn't bother Marcela Gutierrez that she had to travel to Redondo Beach from her home in Reseda on Thursday to show her COVID-19 vaccination card.  And Gutierrez didn't care that she had to park a mile away …
Discussion: Press Enterprise
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Yankees snap skid with 8-7 win over Mets, Aaron Judge hits 2 dingers  —  A wild back-and-forth affair in front of a sold-out Citi Field crowd tied the Subway Series at one win apiece.  —  All of the Yankees' offensive production arrived in a rush - they put up a five-spot in the second inning …
Discussion: Associated Press
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Source: Los Angeles Dodgers P Trevor Bauer's season is over as MLB administrative leave extended through postseason  —  What had evolved into an inevitability became an official ruling on Friday, when Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to extend Trevor Bauer's …
New York Yankees' Jameson Taillon placed on injured list; Zack Britton undergoes Tommy John surgery  —  The New York Yankees have placed right-hander Jameson Taillon on the 10-day injured list because of a partial tendon tear in his right ankle, while reliever Zack Britton is unlikely …
Brian Mahoney / Associated Press:
U.S. Open: Global citizens Fernandez, Raducanu have fans all over  —  NEW YORK — Emma Raducanu first met Leylah Fernandez at a tournament for players 12 and under, around the time one of Fernandez's teachers urged her to give up the tennis dream.  —  They shared a love of the game …
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Miami Marlins  —  Brian Anderson's 2021 season is officially over.  —  One day after saying he was still waiting on doctors' opinions regarding his left shoulder subluxation, the Miami Marlins' third baseman has elected to have season-ending surgery.  The surgery is scheduled for next week …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Fish Stripes
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
Win at Honduras eases pressure on Berhalter, U.S. men - for now  —  SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Some American players rushed from Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano and its pulsating Latin music for a charter flight through the night to London and onto Berlin, where weekend games awaited with European clubs.
Discussion: Whittier Daily News
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets waste standout performance from Javy Baez to drop Miami series  —  Home run.  Ground-rule double.  Walk.  Stolen base.  Aggressive running.  Stolen base again.  —  Javy Baez tried to do it all in the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Thursday night, backed up by Marcus Stroman's six strong innings of one-run ball.
Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:   Mets and Luis Rojas look more like postseason pretenders than contenders in Miami
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks promote slugger Seth Beer to majors  —  The Diamondbacks are promoting prospect Seth Beer, who will join the team Friday ahead of this weekend's series against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park, a source confirmed.  —  Beer, 24, was hitting .287/.398/.511 in 362 …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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