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9:35 AM ET, September 30, 2016


 Top News: 
BBC:10 minutes ago
Ryder Cup 2016: American heckler wins $100 off Justin Rose  —  If you've got the nerve to heckle a Ryder Cup player over a missed putt, you'd better be good enough to show him how it's done.  —  Particularly when there's $100 up for grabs.  —  Let's let Open champion and European stalwart Henrik Stenson …
Discussion: WNCT-TV
Fox Sports:
Cubs-Pirates stopped by rain, first tie in majors since 2005  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates played to the first tie game in the major leagues since 2005 when rain forced the teams to stop in the sixth inning Thursday night with the score 1-all.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jake Arrieta, Miguel Montero not keen on Cubs' September spring training
Discussion: Wrigleyville and The Athletic
Sarah Scrivens / ESPN:
Image of David Ortiz is mowed into Fenway Park outfield  —  David Ortiz has just three regular-season games left in his baseball career, and the Boston Red Sox are pulling out the stops to make it a home series Big Papi and his fans won't forget.  —  What better way to pay tribute to the 10 …
Discussion: USA Today
Tom Verducci / Sports Illustrated Longform:
David Ortiz  —  David, you decided before this season that this would be your last year.
Associated Press:
Kintzler Picks Off Gore to Preserve Twins' 7-6 Victory  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Minnesota Twins closer Brandon Kintzler was concentrating on Terrance Gore, the Kansas City Royals' pinch-runner, not Paulo Orlando, the hitter.  —  After Salvador Perez's pinch-hit RBI single with two outs …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals beat the Twins, are eliminated from the playoffs after Baltimore beats Toronto
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies Mailbag: Does owner Dick Monfort care about winning?  —  Dan from Fort Collins wants to know who will lead the Rockies in saves next year  —  Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season.
Associated Press:
Archer Avoids 20th Loss, Helps Rays Top White Sox 5-3  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSEPT. 30, 2016, 12:15 A.M. E.D.T.  —  CHICAGO — Chris Archer overcame a shaky seventh inning to avoid becoming the majors' first 20-game loser since 2003 and lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Chicago White Sox, 5-3 on Thursday night.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Robin Ventura mum on staying with White Sox; report says it's up to him
Associated Press:
Freeman's Streak Over, Braves Rally Past Phillies 5-2  —  ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman's 30-game hitting streak ended when he struck out in the eighth inning of a tie game Thursday night, but the Atlanta Braves managed to score four runs after that off Philadelphia closer Jeanmar Gomez and beat the Phillies 5-2.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jesus Montero Receives 50-Game Suspension  —  Blue Jays Triple-A first baseman Jesus Montero has been slapped with a fifty game suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant, dimethylbutylamine, the league announced.  Montero was once a hyped prospect, but has been trying unsuccessfully to revive his career in recent years.
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and Yahoo Sports
Associated Press:
Cueto Wins 18th to Keep Giants in Thick of Wild Card Race  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSEPT. 30, 2016, 1:39 A.M. E.D.T.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto pitched seven uneven innings for his 18th win and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Thursday night, setting up a wild race to the finish for the NL wild card.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and
Associated Press:
Pederson Leads Dodgers to 9-4 Victory Over Padres  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSEPT. 30, 2016, 1:03 A.M. E.D.T.  —  SAN DIEGO — Joc Pederson doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Associated Press:
Zunino's HR Spurs Seattle Past A's 3-2  —  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSEPT. 30, 2016, 1:18 A.M. E.D.T.  —  SEATTLE — Struggling Mike Zunino delivered the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Seattle held on for a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night, keeping the Mariners on the edge of the AL wild card chase.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Bruce Schoenfeld / New York Times:25 minutes ago
Can New Technology Bring Baseball's Data Revolution to Fielding?  —  For years, players have been valued for their hitting.  Now a groundbreaking tool makes it possible to measure how much their defense contributes to a team's success  —  Wearing a plaid flannel shirt and a backward Astros cap …
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Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies Mailbag: Does owner Dick Monfort care about winning?   Find
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