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Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Yadier Molina exits Cardinals game after being hit by back-to-back fouls  —  ST.LOUIS - St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the top of the seventh inning after taking two foul balls off his mask, on consecutive pitches …
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Cubs look to clinch division title against Cardinals (Sep 26, 2017)  —  ST. LOUIS — The champagne will be on ice Tuesday night in Busch Stadium when the Cubs face the St. Louis Cardinals, with Chicago trying to clinch its second straight National League Central title.
Bucky Dent / UPI:   Chicago Cubs' magic number one following win over St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Tribune:   Cubs 10, Cardinals 2  —  Photos from the Cubs-Cardinals game …
Fox Sports:   Cubs, on verge of clinching division, visit St. Louis (Sep 25, 2017)
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs try to clinch tie for NL Central title at St. Louis
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Associated Press:
Angels' wild-card hopes fading after loss to White Sox  —  CHICAGO (AP) — James Shields tossed seven strong innings, Nicky Delmonico drove in a pair of runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Angels 4-2 on Monday night, dealing a serious blow to Los Angeles' slim playoff hopes.
Discussion: South Side Sox
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USA Today:NEW!
MLB playoff picture: Cubs, Twins can clinch postseason berths  —  The latest on all of Major League Baseball's remaining pennant races, as we sail toward the regular-season finales on Sunday:  —  Monday's big winner: The Chicago Cubs.  Not only did they move one win closer to clinching …
Discussion: 101Sports.com
Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: Cubs can clinch, Harper hopes to get well  —  A look at what's happening all around the majors Tuesday:  —  ___  —  PARTY TIME?  —  The Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win against St. Louis or a loss by Milwaukee.
Fox Sports:
The turnaround Twins are closing in on a postseason clinch  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins could only watch and wince when their All-Star closer and newly acquired veteran starting pitcher were both traded in the last two days before the non-waiver deadline.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Fox Sports:
D-backs keep eye on wild-card game with Giants in town (Sep 26, 2017)  —  PHOENIX — Zack Greinke will start the National League wild-card game for Arizona on Oct. 4, the Diamondbacks announced Monday.  —  Water is wet.  —  Sun rises in east.  —  Still, how the Diamondbacks and No. 1 starter Greinke …
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
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Arizona Republic:
Tuesday's game  —  Diamondbacks at Giants  —  Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).  —  Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (14-5, 2.95) vs. Giants LHP Matt Moore (6-14, 5.20).  —  TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-AM (98.7), KSUN-AM (1400).  —  Ray did not throw well last week in San Diego …
Fox Sports:
Dodgers' Puig set to rejoin lineup vs. Padres (Sep 26, 2017)  —  LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers went through a surreal streak of success this summer, followed by a freefall from grace that saw them lose 16 of 17 games.  —  Understandably, there was great relief when the team snapped …
Arizona Republic:
Rodney in line to earn at least $4 million
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:
Judge breaks McGwire's HR rookie record, Yankees top Royals  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire's major league record for home runs by a rookie, hitting a pair for the second straight day to raise his total to 50 and lead the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 11-3 Monday.
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Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   As Royals prepare to say goodbye this week, Ned Yost reflects
Fox Sports:   Royals limp into final homestand with opener vs. Tigers (Sep 26, 2017)
Todd Rosiak / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Get to Know: Q&A with Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress
Kyle Downing / MLB Trade Rumors:
NL Notes: Cardinals, Jeffress, Kang
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Royals' Ned Yost won't stop Alcides Escobar from playing all 162 games
Fox Sports:
Braves' Dickey, contemplating retirement, faces Mets (Sep 26, 2017)  —  NEW YORK — If the Atlanta Braves have their way, Tuesday night won't be the last or next-to-last time R.A. Dickey pitches for them.  If the New York Mets have their way, Tuesday night will be the last time they have to pencil Rafael Montero into the rotation.
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CBS Philly:
Taylor Homers To Lead Nationals Past Phillies
Discussion: The Good Phight
ESPN:
Bryce Harper's return to action for Nats delayed by flu
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Alex Butler / UPI:
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth dress up like direwolf, Jon Snow
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Rojas has 4 RBIs as Marlins beat playoff-hopeful Rockies 5-4  —  DENVER (AP) — Miguel Rojas had a career-high four RBIs and the Miami Marlins held off Colorado 5-4 on Monday night, cutting the Rockies' lead for the second NL wild card to 1½ games over Milwaukee.
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Clark Spencer / miamiherald:   One year later, loss of Jose Fernandez remains fresh with MarlinsNEW!
Associated Press:
MLB: Aaron Judge goes on record with 50th home run  —  Aaron Judge hit two homers in an 11-3 victory by the New York Yankees over Kansas City on Monday to reach 50.  The former Fresno State star set an MLB seson record for home runs by a rookie.  —  Mark McGwire, who played at USC …
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Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire's rookie home run record with 50th blast
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Bob Keisser / UPI:
Yu Darvish, Los Angeles Dodgers dominate San Diego Padres  —  LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't celebrate their 100th win of the season Monday night as much as they lauded the performances of Yu Darvish and Logan Forsythe.  —  The Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-3 behind …
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ESPN:
Dodgers' Yasiel Puig benched for arriving late to team workout
John Henry / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers elimination number falls to 1 after blowout loss to Astros  —  ARLINGTON  —  The Texas Rangers' elimination number is one after a fourth consecutive loss Monday, 11-2 to the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park.  —  The Rangers (76-80) fell six games back of the Minnesota Twins …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Fox Sports:
Gonzalez 4 hits, 3 RBIs in Astros' 11-2 win at sinking Texas (Sep 25, 2017)
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Fox Sports:
Mariners hope to seal series win over A's (Sep 26, 2017)  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — A couple of hot-hitting young players will duel a hot young pitcher when the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics square off for the second time in their three-game series Tuesday night.
Christian Red / New York Daily News:
David Ortiz says Yankees are capable of deep October run despite being ‘underdogs’ to Indians, Astros  —  Although retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said that both the Indians and Astros are playing “crazy good” in the American League leading up to the 2017 postseason …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
 
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Andrew Baggarly / Mercury News:
Nick Hundley's home run lifts Giants over Arizona, and the backup catcher would love to return
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves blanked until 9th inning of 3-2 loss to Mets
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia on breakout year: ‘I proved it to myself’
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox's ‘Women in Baseball’ panel to showcase progress in the sport
Associated Press:
Eduardo Nunez leaves Red Sox's game after aggravating his knee
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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