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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta is done after 5 innings and 71 pitches which was about the plan from the outset in his return from a hamstring injury. He gave up a hit in every inning but just one run. His velocity was good and his stuff looked ok for not pitching for several week. He has two starts left to further lock in before the postseason.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Domingo Santana homers for the third straight game and the Brewers are on the board. It's not a must-win game, but it kind of feels like a must-win game if Milwaukee is going to win the Central. With a win, they're 2.5 back with nine games remaining; with a loss, 4.5 back (and 5 in the loss column). Trouble is: Corey Knebel and Anthony Swarzak have both pitched three days in a row. Will they be available in the late innings?

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Francisco Lindor's three-run homer -- his 32nd -- was the big blow as the Indians won for their 27th time in 28 games. With his power numbers and solid defense, Lindor is starting to get some MVP talk. He's hit .349 with 11 HRs and 27 RBIs in this stretch, so I understand why. But the entire season counts. Jose Ramirez has an OBP 30 points higher and slugging percentage 64 points higher with good defensive metrics at two positions. Ramirez is still the best MVP candidate on the Indians.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cub GM Jed Hoyer discuss the struggles of Jon Lester as well as the weekend series against the Brewers.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers avoided an embarrassing four-game sweep in Philly with a 5-4 win, cutting their magic number to one. The Diamondbacks are off tonight, so the Dodgers can clinch the NL West on Friday with a win at home against the Giants or a Diamondbacks loss to Miami. Other magic numbers: Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card) Red Sox: 8 (to clinch AL East) Cubs: 8 (to clinch NL Central)

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen logged the final four outs in today's 5-4 win over the Phillies. That earned him the right to be interviewed by teammate Yasiel Puig.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

As if losing 20 times in a 25-game span weren't bad enough, the Dodgers are now suffering some dings to their lineup mainstays. Corey Seager, who is already dealing with a sore right elbow, has fouled balls off his calf and ankle this week and sat out today's series finale in Philadelphia. And Justin Turner had to leave today's game after being struck in the hand by a Mark Leiter Jr. pitch in the first inning. This is not the way manager Dave Roberts envisioned gearing up for the playoffs.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Do the Dodgers have a bullpen problem heading into the postseason? Through July, the pen had a 2.83 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Since then, it owns a 4.90 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Kenley Jansen and Brandon Morrow seem like the only reliable relievers of late, but haven't pitched much as the Dodgers have lost 20 of their past 25 games.

Dan Shulman @DShulman_ESPN

In the wake of what happened last night at Yankee Stadium, what say you? Sport-wide consistency, or as it is now, up to each team?

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The frightful Yankee Stadium episode Wed. in which a little girl was injured by a foul ball calls to mind the ongoing concerns of Mandy Coolbaugh, whose husband Mike -- a minor league first-base coach -- was killed 7/22/07 on a liner that struck him in the neck. She says when she and their two toddler sons attended Mike's games, he insisted that they stay in an area with protective netting and that she advocates extending netting at ballparks.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Indians held on for a 6-5 win over the Angels and now they're back on a four-game winning streak. I'll do the math for you: That's 26-1 over their past 27 games. They haven't lost a road game since August 20. Francisco Lindor is on a tear, slamming his 31st home run. Jason Kipnis is trying out center field and had two hits. Jose Ramirez hit his MLB-leading 51st double. Now, about the Browns ...