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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs fall into a tie for the No. 3 wild-card spot after an 8-6 loss: 'We've got to turn it around'  —  The calendar is working against the Chicago Cubs.  —  The Cubs' postseason hopes could not afford a series loss to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, yet their spiral continued Thursday with an 8-6 defeat at Wrigley Field.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Tigers hire ex-Blackhawks, Cubs exec Jeff Greenberg as GM  —  The Detroit Tigers hired Jeff Greenberg as their new general manager Thursday, filling out their front office a year after Scott Harris joined the team as president of baseball operations.  —  Greenberg spent the past two seasons …
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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  The typical frenzy of a getaway day had been replaced by introspection, players sitting at nearly every locker, heads down as they scrolled through their phones.
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Miami Marlins' Sandy Alcantara has setback after rehab outing.  Here's the latest  —  ORDER REPRINT →  —  Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara experienced forearm tightness after his rehab start with the Triple A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the team announced Friday.
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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles fall to Guardians, 5-2, reducing AL East lead to 1.5 games as boom-or-bust September continues  —  CLEVELAND — Orioles manager Brandon Hyde did not hide his rooting interests after watching the Tampa Bay Rays rally for an afternoon victory against the Los Angeles Angels.
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Roch Kubatko / MASNsports.com:
Orioles reduce rotation to five starters by changing Flaherty's role
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
Pacers, Buddy Hield have begun talks to find potential trade: Sources  —  After contract extension negotiations stalled out, Buddy Hield and the Indiana Pacers have started a dialogue to work on finding a potential trade with another team, league sources say.
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
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Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Pitching plans don't play out in Reds loss to the Twins. Reds out of playoff spot for now.
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.
Mark W. Sanchez / New York Post:
Kevin Kiermaier open to Yankees' free-agency pursuit: ‘Especially like here’  —  In the same week Jasson Dominguez underwent Tommy John surgery, it is possible the Yankees witnessed their 2024 Opening Day center fielder patrol the outfield in The Bronx.  —  Kevin Kiermaier sure sounds open …
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.
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.
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 …
Brandon Judd / Deseret News:
What former BYU QB Jacob Conover said about being ready to play if Arizona State calls on him again  —  The Arizona native, who started the season as the Sun Devils' fourth-stringer, played last week in a lopsided loss after injuries sidelined three other Arizona State QBs
 
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