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6:55 PM ET, October 7, 2012

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Fox Sports:
Sources: Francona hired by Indians  —  The Cleveland Indians have hired former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, sources have told FOXSports.com.  —  The Indians are likely to annouce the hiring on Monday.  —  Francona, who led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, will replace Manny Acta.
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Nick Cafardo / The Boston Globe:
When it comes to regrets, these baseball GMs have a few  —  Regrets, sometimes general managers have a few.  —  What they wish they had thought of in November, December, and January that would have made their lives so much easier in August and September.  —  Ben Cherington wishes …
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona discussing 4-year managerial deal  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — It's believed the Indians are close to signing Terry Francona to a four-year contract to be their manager.  —  Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com reported earlier today that the Indians have signed Francona as their new manager.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Baseball Nation
TSN.ca:
Fister, Tigers try to take commanding lead against A's  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander was terrific for the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.  Today, they try to take a commanding lead to Oakland when they play Game 2 against the Athletics at Comerica Park.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
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Associated Press:
Justin Verlander overpowers A's in Detroit's 3-1 win  —  DETROIT — Justin Verlander allowed a home run to the first batter of the game — and quickly shrugged it off.  —  This hard-throwing ace doesn't usually hit his stride until a bit later.  —  Verlander shut down Oakland after that early slip …
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Playoffs Today  —  The Athletics and Tigers turn things around quickly with a noon EDT start on Sunday, Tommy Milone taking on Doug Fister.  Milone is not in a good situation in Detroit.  His 24 home runs allowed in 190 innings is high, but 18 of those came in 91 1/3 innings on the road.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Associated Press:
Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigns  —  DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy has resigned.  —  The Rockies announced Sunday that Tracy had stepped down.  Colorado finished last in the NL West this year and set a franchise record for losses while going 64-98.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
No decision on Rockies manager Jim Tracy expected now until next week  —  Karl Gehring/The Denver Post (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)  —  Following a sweeping evaluation and meeting that spanned several hours Friday, the Rockies will not have a decision on Jim Tracy's future until Monday at the earliest, according to a team source.
TSN.ca:
Washington returns to playoffs against Cards in Game 1  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - The District of Columbia hasn't seen a World Series title since Walter Johnson and the Senators defeated the New York Giants in 1924.  —  The Washington Nationals hope to change that …
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Paul Newberry / Globe and Mail:
Cardinals beat Braves in disputed one-game playoff
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Infield Fly?  —  With men on fist and second with one out …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Associated Press:
Braves loading up wild-card roster with pitchers
Globe and Mail:
Reds lead Giants despite losing Johnny Cueto  —  Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer off San Francisco' Matt Cain and the Cincinnati Reds led the Giants 2-0 after three innings of their NL division series opener Saturday night despite losing ace Johnny Cueto to a back injury after eight pitches.
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Globe and Mail:
Reds lose Johnny Cueto in Game 1 against Giants  —  Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto left his Game 1 start against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night in the first inning because of back spasms.  —  The Red said he is day to day.  The right-hander threw a second strike to No. 2 hitter Marco Scutaro …
Discussion: Red Reporter
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
N.L.D.S.: Reds' Baker to Try to Close Out Former Team
 
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