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6:55 AM ET, September 22, 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.
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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  The typical frenzy of a getaway day had been replaced by introspection, players sitting at nearly every locker, heads down as they scrolled through their phones.
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.
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: Forbes and Lookout Landing
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Mini-Bombs’ Blowing Up the Elbows of Baseball's Top Pitchers  —  Pitching injuries are a huge problem in baseball.  What's to blame: the pitch clock, the mechanics of throwing nasty stuff or even the ban of sticky stuff?  —  Max Scherzer made a dark prediction at the beginning of the baseball season.
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 …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Tigers Name Jeff Greenberg General Manager  —  The Tigers announced Thursday morning that they've hired Jeff Greenberg as their new general manager.  The 37-year-old Greenberg worked with current Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris with the Cubs, serving as the team's director …
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants' Brandon Crawford injured in what might be his last game with S.F.  —  UPDATE: The Giants on Thursday put Brandon Crawford on the injured list and recalled shortstop Marco Luciano.  —  PHOENIX — Their playoff hopes growing dimmer, the San Francisco Giants piled up yet another loss …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Rays calling up top prospect Junior Caminero  —  The Tampa Bay Rays are calling up top infield prospect Junior Caminero, bolstering their roster for a stretch run that will cap one of the best seasons in franchise history, sources told ESPN.  —  Caminero, who turned 20 in July …
Jim Alexander / Orange County Register:
It's not the job of USC's Lincoln Riley or any news source to dictate coverage  —  The two-week ban of Southern California News Group reporter Luca Evans is a gross overreaction to procedural missteps  —  LOS ANGELES — Maybe Lincoln Riley forgets that he is now coaching in the No. 2 media market …
 
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