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4:55 PM ET, September 21, 2023

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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.
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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.
Gordon Wittenmyer / Cincinnati.com:
Joey Votto's last (home)stand for Cincinnati Reds or new beginning for franchise icon?
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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago White Sox expected to add 3 new front office members: Josh Barfield, Brian Bannister and Gene Watson  —  WASHINGTON — Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol lauded Josh Barfield's presence, Brian Bannister's creativity and Gene Watson's wealth of knowledge.
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
MLB qualifying offer getting increase to record high  —  The Major League Baseball qualifying offer will rise to approximately $20.5 million for players on the upcoming free-agent market, The Post has learned.  —  An exact figure must be agreed to by MLB and the MLB Players Association …
The Athletic:
How the $445 million Mets crashed and burned  —  It was May, barely a month into the Mets season, and the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park was silent.  The typical frenzy of a getaway day had been replaced by introspection, players sitting at nearly every locker, heads down as they scrolled through their phones.
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.
Tim Keown / ESPN:
Oakland vs. the A's: The inside story of how it all went south (to Las Vegas)  —  AT 6 P.M. ON Wednesday, April 19, Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao was driving home from an event for the opening of a local business when she received a call from A's president Dave Kaval.  —  “Hey, just a heads-up,” Thao recalls Kaval saying.
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Joe Reedy / Associated Press:
Detroit rookie Reese Olson pitches the Tigers past the Dodgers 4-2 to avoid a sweep  —  Reese Olson continues to make his case for being a part of the Detroit Tigers rotation next season.  The rookie won for the third time in his last four starts, combining with two relievers on a three-hitter …
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.
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
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.
 
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