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7:15 PM ET, September 20, 2023

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Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
'I've been built for these situations': Hunter Greene is embracing expectations  —  For three weeks in July, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene woke up early, went to the gym at the Reds spring training complex and tried to do a core muscle exercise that at times felt impossible.
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Gordon Wittenmyer / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds' slumping Elly De La Cruz benched for crucial game vs. Minnesota Twins  —  Elly De La Cruz, the long-slumping Cincinnati Reds rookie shortstop, was benched Wednesday for the third time in eight games, first against a right-handed starter for the switch-hitter who has struggled against lefties since his June 6 debut.
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Yahoo Sports
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Pitching plans don't play out in Reds loss to the Twins.  Reds out of playoff spot for now.  —  By the time Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Ben Lively allowed a two-run homer that put the Minnesota Twins up by six runs on Tuesday, the Reds' pitching plan for the day was already far off script.
Gordon Wittenmyer / Cincinnati.com:
Joey Votto's last (home)stand for Cincinnati Reds or new beginning for franchise icon?
Discussion: Redleg Nation and Yahoo Sports
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays confident of closing deal for $1.3B downtown St. Petersburg stadium  —  If approved, the team will pay $700 million, and the city and county will split $600 million.  The plan is to break ground next fall, with the fixed-roof domed stadium to open in 2028.
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays set to announce deal for new downtown St. Petersburg stadium  —  The domed, 30,000-seat ballpark, to be built near the Tropicana Field site, would end a quest that dates back 16 years and includes proposals on both sides of Tampa Bay.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are expected …
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Jed Hoyer laments Chicago Cubs' recent skid that ‘came out of nowhere’ — but adds 'now we've got to recover from it'  —  Halfway across the world, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer followed the Chicago Cubs' toughest loss of the season on his phone.
C.J. Doon / Baltimore Sun:
Who could the Orioles face in the AL playoffs?  Get to know these 6 teams.  —  For the first time since 2016, the Orioles are heading to the postseason.  —  While we know Baltimore will have a spot in the six-team American League field when the playoffs begin Oct. 3, we don't know who they'll be playing — and where.
Discussion: Denver Post
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Sam Cohn / Baltimore Sun:
Inside the Orioles' playoff-clinching clubhouse celebration, from a laundry cart shower to cork collecting
Discussion: Boston Herald
Roch Kubatko / MASNsports.com:
Orioles reduce rotation to five starters by changing Flaherty's role  —  HOUSTON - Jack Flaherty is moving to the bullpen.  —  Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is starting Kyle Bradish in Wednesday afternoon's series finale in Houston, and rookie Grayson Rodriguez gets the ball Thursday night in Cleveland.
Pete Caldera / NorthJersey.com:
Giancarlo Stanton's uncertain Yankees future, Clarke Schmidt's workload, Chad Green's visit  —  NEW YORK - Trotting around the bases is Giancarlo Stanton's specialty, but he's a good distance past being the impact offensive force the Yankees once envisioned.  —  This isn't anything new.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
ESPN New York ditching 98.7 FM signal in $12.5 million decision  —  The New York sports radio wars as we know it will end a little less than a year from now, The Post has learned.  —  ESPN New York will relinquish its 98.7 FM signal on Aug. 31, 2024, and focus on its digital distribution …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Jeff Passan's 2023 MLB season awards, with a twist  —  Less than two weeks remain in Major League Baseball's 2023 season, and it has objectively been a great year.  Surprising teams.  Unexpected collapses.  Incredible individual performances.  And arguments aplenty over deserving award winners.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
The Athletic:
The Padres' disastrous season reveals shaky foundation and ‘institutional failure’  —  As the San Diego Padres play out the string in one of the most disappointing campaigns in major-league history, a club that spectacularly collapsed two years ago must again confront the shakiness of its foundation.
 
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