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9:25 AM ET, September 20, 2023

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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:
Orioles closer Félix Bautista throws first bullpen session since elbow injury: ‘Sounds like it went pretty well’
Discussion: Camden Chat and Denver Post
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 …
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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.
Theo Mackie / Arizona Republic:
For Diamondbacks and Torey Lovullo, no room for error with starting rotation  —  By the time Torey Lovullo emerged from the Diamondbacks dugout Sunday night, walking steadily towards Ryne Nelson and taking the ball from his young starter's hand, it did not come as a surprise.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
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Nick PiecoroArizona Republic / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks-Cubs pitching matchup, updates: McGough lands on injured list; Jarvis recalled
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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.
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.
Anthony DiComo / MLB.com:
Díaz won't pitch for Mets this season: 'It's too risky'  —  MIAMI — Six months of rehab have yielded significant progress for Mets closer Edwin Díaz, but they won't result in a return to a big-league mound this season.  —  Díaz will not pitch down the stretch following surgery …
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
Luca Evans / Orange County Register:
J.D. Martinez, Dodgers rough up former trade target Eduardo Rodriguez  —  Martinez hits two home runs off of his former Red Sox teammate and drives in five runs as the Dodgers beat the Tigers, 8-3, for their fourth consecutive win  —  LOS ANGELES — The only signs of what could have been came …
Matt Fisher / WFAA-TV:
Rangers return home to host Boston, look to find footing in playoff chase  —  Fresh off a road trip that caused whiplash in the American League standings, the Texas Rangers take on the Boston Red Sox to open up their final homestand.  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers are set to kick off …
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 …
Gordon Wittenmyer / Cincinnati.com:
Joey Votto's last (home)stand for Cincinnati Reds or new beginning for franchise icon?  —  NEW YORK — On his last night in New York before Sunday's getaway day, Joey Votto took the 7 train back to the hotel from Citi Field and started planning his big final day in the city.
Discussion: Redleg Nation and Yahoo Sports
 
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