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5:10 PM ET, September 24, 2023

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Gordon Wittenmyer / Cincinnati.com:
The stunning collapse that might finally crush Cincinnati Reds' impossible playoff hopes  —  Tyler Stephenson lingered in the Cincinnati Reds dugout longer than most after the loss Saturday night that figures to be the death knell of the Reds' underdog playoff hopes, the catcher staring out across the field.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
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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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 …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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