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11:05 AM ET, October 6, 2012

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R.J. Anderson / Baseball Prospectus:
NL Wild Card Game: Cardinals 6, Braves 3  —  In an unfortunate turn of events, the first-ever Wild Card Game, and official 2012 postseason opener, will be known for an umpire's call rather than the competitive and exciting play between two good teams.  —  The call happened in the eighth inning.
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Paul Newberry / Globe and Mail:
Cardinals beat Braves in disputed one-game playoff  —  David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals rediscovered their postseason touch.  Chipper Jones and the Braves kept throwing the ball away.  And the Atlanta fans turned Turner Field into a trash heap.  —  They said anything could happen in baseball's first wild-card playoff.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Infield Fly?  —  With men on fist and second with one out, Andrelton Simmons hits a pop up to shallow left.  Pete Kozman goes out to get the ball, but gives up and the ball drops.  The leftfield ump called an infield fly rule at the last second, however, and Simmons is out.
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Uggla Play  —  Dan Uggla may have made the worst play I have seen.  He bobbles a grounder from David Freese, but keeps the ball in front of him.  He has time to throw out the runner, but throws the ball to the batting circle, the batter winding up on second.
Matthew Pouliot / HardballTalk:
Umpires stand by Sam Holbrook's infield-fly rule call  —  Surprisingly enough, Sam Holbrook did talk to the media Friday after his infield-fly rule call that caused the Braves to protest Friday night's game against the Caridnals.  —  Disappointingly, he defended his call, saying he'd make it again after viewing the replay.
Discussion: DRaysBay and Al's Ramblings
Associated Press:
Braves loading up wild-card roster with pitchers  —  ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves had 16 position players on their roster for Friday's wild-card game against St. Louis and kept three starting pitchers active.  —  Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wanted to have Tim Hudson and Mike Minor available …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
N.L.D.S.: Reds' Baker to Try to Close Out Former Team  —  Only 20 managers in baseball history have guided their teams to at least 1,500 victories.  Among that group, all but two have won the World Series: Gene Mauch and Dusty Baker, who takes his Cincinnati Reds into a division series against his old team, the San Francisco Giants.
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Associated Press:
Bochy unsure of Giants' NLDS Game 3 starter
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Angels Extend Chris Iannetta  —  The Angels have agreed to sign catcher Chris Iannetta to a three-year extension, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports (Twitter links).  The contract is worth $15.5MM, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports (on Twitter).  The deal keeps Iannetta off …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Mets Seeking Banks' Help With Heavy Debt  —  The Mets, whose financial woes have included steep losses, burdensome debt and an expensive showdown with the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff, are talking to banks to find a way to raise cash, according to two people with knowledge of their plans.
Discussion: Metsblog and ESPN
Darren Rovell / MLB:
Tigers' Cabrera embracing Triple Crown frenzy  —  After securing the Triple Crown on the final game of the season, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been cashing in.  —  He gets a piece of the pie from commemorative Triple Crown shirts, coins and photos and, on Friday night …
Discussion: NESN.com
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Sox's Peavy hires Berry as agent  —  Jake Peavy has enlisted the help of an agent who has negotiated some of the biggest contracts with the Chicago White Sox as well as some of the most lucrative deals in major league baseball recently.  —  Jeff Berry of CAA will represent Peavy …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
MLB:
Francona excited about chance to lead Indians  —  CLEVELAND — A year away from managing has been enough for Terry Francona, who craves a chance to get back on the field and back inside a major league clubhouse.  —  The Cleveland Indians just might put him there.
Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com:
Twins shake up coaching staff for next season  —  Steve Liddle had been with the Twins since 1987, the last two seasons as their third-base coach.  (Getty)  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins shook up their coaching staff on Thursday, as they did not offer 2013 contacts to bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek …
Discussion: HardballTalk and AaronGleeman.com
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Associated Press:
Twins fire five coaches, head trainer in shakeup
Discussion: Associated Press
Zach Links / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox Receive De La Rosa, Sands From Dodgers  —  The Red Sox announced that they have received right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and outfielder Jerry Sands to complete their blockbuster deal with the Dodgers from earlier this summer.  In a related move, the club has designated catcher Guillermo Quiroz for assignment.
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