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12:40 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.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Twinkie Town
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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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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
MLB.com:
2023 Postseason Ticket Information  —  Postseason general public on-sale for single-game tickets for the Wild Card Series, American League Division Series and potential American League Championship Series games at Oriole Park will go on sale Thursday, September 21 at 10 a.m. ET.
Discussion: Camden Chat
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C.J. Doon / Baltimore Sun:
Who could the Orioles face in the AL playoffs? Get to know these 6 teams.
Discussion: Boston Herald and Denver Post
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.
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.
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
 
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