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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles recall Tyler Wells, their top first-half starter, to boost beleaguered bullpen  —  Before playing a game for the 15th straight day, the Orioles supplied a fresh arm to their bullpen — a pitcher who was their best starter in the first half.  —  Ahead of Friday's game with the Cleveland Guardians …
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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.
Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Reds' defense makes key mistakes in another big loss in the playoff race  —  For the second straight time, the Cincinnati Reds lost a crucial game in the playoff race because of self-inflicted mistakes.  —  On Wednesday, the Reds wasted a terrific start by Hunter Greene because of a walk …
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Todd Rosiak / USA Today:
Brewers clinch playoff berth, close in on NL Central title after routing Marlins  —  MIAMI - After a one-season hiatus, the Milwaukee Brewers are back in the playoffs.  —  And in emphatic fashion, at that.  —  The Brewers scored 12 times in the second inning against a pair of pitchers …
Ayrton Ostly / USA Today:
Why the Oakland A's Miguel Cabrera retirement gift is causing such backlash  —  Oakland A's retirement gift to Cabrera pales in comparison to nearly all others for 2-time MVP  —  Miguel Cabrera will retire after the 2023 season as one of the most decorated players in MLB history.
ESPN:
Ex-Nats reliever Sean Doolittle exits after ‘11 incredible seasons’  —  Sean Doolittle, a two-time All-Star reliever who helped the Washington Nationals to a World Series title, has announced his retirement.  —  Doolittle revealed his decision in a social media post Friday, writing that he had a …
Peter Marzano / Yahoo Sports:
Cubs place reliever Brad Boxberger on IL ahead of Saturday's game vs. Rockies  —  Cubs place reliever Brad Boxberger on IL ahead of Saturday's game vs. Rockies originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago  —  Injury woes to the Chicago Cubs' bullpen do not appear to be letting up with just a handful …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
ESPN:
Twins down Angels to clinch AL Central title again  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins clinched the American League Central title with an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.  —  It's Minnesota's third AL Central title in the last five seasons, having also won the division in 2019 and 2020.
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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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.
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 …
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
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.
 
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LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
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