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5:00 PM ET, September 26, 2023

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J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
Jackson Holliday Wins 2023 Minor League Player of the Year Award  —  For a second consecutive season, a Baltimore Orioles player is Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year.  —  Shortstop Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, is the 2023 Minor League Player of the Year.
Discussion: MASNsports.com and Baltimore Sun
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles cut magic number to 3, match franchise record for road wins with 5-1 victory over Guardians  —  CLEVELAND — The Orioles will have the chance to clinch the American League East next week at Camden Yards.  That's in large part thanks to how well they have played away from it.
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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
On and off field, Kyle Gibson teaching young Orioles how to be major leaguers: 'He shows you how it's done'  —  CLEVELAND — Making his way from the Orioles' dining room to his locker during last weekend's clubhouse celebration, Kyle Gibson paused every couple of steps, bending …
Discussion: Denver Post and Camden Chat
Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Padres will work to attain more complete, more affordable roster  —  (Meg McLaughlin/The San Diego Union-Tribune)  —  Only change that is certain is that payroll will be pared; almost all of roster's core will remain, even as some difficult decisions (Juan Soto) could be made
Baltimore Sun:
Newly winning O's deserve a new 7th inning tune  —  With the recent resurgence of the Baltimore Orioles and more fans returning to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, maybe it's time to get rid of the old John Denver seventh inning stretch song, “Thank God I'm a Country Boy,” and try something new …
Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Have the Giants damaged their reputation with free agents?  Farhan Zaidi disagrees — Extra Baggs  —  LOS ANGELES — For all the challenges the San Francisco Giants have faced in recent years while attempting to sign a star position player, they've enjoyed and attempted to leverage one perceived advantage on the free-agent front.
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Luis Robert Jr. made history for the Chicago White Sox then exited, plus more takeaways from the Boston Red Sox series  —  BOSTON — Gavin Sheets called the conditions “weird.”  —  The Chicago White Sox made it through the elements to capture their first series win since August …
Mark W. Sanchez / New York Post:
Fast-rising Jett Williams has his next big Mets goal in mind  —  BINGHAMTON — Jett Williams has learned it is helpful to jot down his goals before conquering them.  —  The ritual began before his first year of Rockwall-Heath High School in Texas, when his father suggested he create a goal board.
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Yahoo Sports
Dan Gelston / Associated Press:
Castellanos homers, Sánchez Ks 10 as Phillies move to brink of playoff spot with 5-2 win over Mets  —  Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and the rest of the Phillies walked into the clubhouse with tarp rolled and pinned over their lockers and bottles of bubbly on standby waiting to get popped.
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yankees miss playoffs for first time since 2016  —  NEW YORK — The end has officially arrived for this year's New York Yankees.  —  While a bevy of key injuries and a season's worth of offensive struggles long made it seem that their run of six straight postseason appearances was likely going to be halted …
Discussion: MLB.com, Yahoo Sports and New York Post
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Nightengale's Notebook: 'It's scary' how much Astros see themselves in young Orioles  —  HOUSTON − It was as if Hollywood came up with yet another “Back to the Future” sequel, this time with the Baltimore Orioles pondering what the baseball gods have in mind for the next generation.
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
 
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Charlie Goldsmith / Cincinnati.com:
Reds' defense makes key mistakes in another big loss in the playoff race
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Peter Marzano / Yahoo Sports:
Cubs place reliever Brad Boxberger on IL ahead of Saturday's game vs. Rockies
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