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10:45 PM ET, October 8, 2012

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Athletics, in 2-0 hole, not ready to kiss off season  —  7:47PM EST October 7.  2012 - DETROIT — It was the kiss seen ‘round the baseball world Sunday, leaving the Oakland Athletics fuming, the Detroit Tigers apologizing, and an Athletics’ star vowing revenge.
Discussion: HardballTalk and NESN.com
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TSN.ca:
Fister, Tigers try to take commanding lead against A's
Discussion: Athletics Nation
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Playoffs Today  —  The Athletics and Tigers turn things around quickly …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Reuters:
Ichiro Finds Comfort in New Role With the Yankees  —  BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Ichiro Suzuki loves playing for the New York Yankees so much that even getting jeered is music to his ears.  —  The future Hall of Famer no longer possesses the skills he had when he broke into the majors …
Discussion: Camden Chat
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George A. King III / New York Post:
Yankees annoyed at troopers asking for autographs in 9th  —  BALTIMORE — Two Maryland state troopers couldn't have picked a worse time to ask for autographs Sunday night.  —  In the top of the ninth inning of the Yankees' 7-2 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles …
Mark Hale / New York Post:
Pettitte hints he'll be back with Yankees in 2013  —  BALTIMORE — It sounds very much like even if the Yankees lose this series, tonight will not be the last career start for Andy Pettitte.  —  Pettitte—who is scheduled to take the mound for tonight's ALDS Game 2 against the Orioles …
Associated Press:
Rockies' Tracy resigns following 98-loss season  —  DENVER — Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses.  —  The Rockies said a search for Tracy's replacement would begin immediately.  Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Amazin' Avenue
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Associated Press:
Nationals rally past Cardinals in Game 1  —  ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.
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Mark Newman / MLB.com:
Victorino joins TBS postseason studio crew  —  Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino, a postseason fixture the last five years with the Phillies, will join TBS as a studio analyst Monday through Wednesday as part of the network's ongoing Division Series coverage.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and HardballTalk
Associated Press:
Arroyo Gem Puts Reds Up 2-0 on Giants in NLDS  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched the Reds back to Ohio on quite a playoff roll.  —  Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury …
BP Prospect / Baseball Prospectus:
Monday Morning Ten Pack  —  Few players in the 20-year history of the Arizona Fall League have reported with as much buzz as Cincinnati Reds' prospect Billy Hamilton.  Coming off a season where he broke a minor league record by stealing 155 bases and having posted an overall .319/.418/.431 line between High …
Discussion: Purple Row
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 …
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
2012 Florida State League Top 20 Prospects  —  Most leagues are lucky if one or two elite pitching prospects make an appearance during the season.  In 2012, the high Class A Florida State League had two of the game's top 10 pitching prospects on the same team.
Discussion: River Avenue Blues and Bucs Dugout
Chris Jaffe / Hardball Times:
2012's most exciting and incredible games  —  Another regular season is over and in the books, so it makes sense to look back at the year that was.  On particular thing I find interesting is combing through box scores, tracking the most interesting and exciting games of the year.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Camden Chat
T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Retooling pitching staff on Texas' offseason to-do list  —  Club to build around Darvish, Harrison, Holland; Lewis, Feliz remain question marks  —  ARLINGTON — Josh Hamilton's free agency will be the most discussed issue facing the Rangers this offseason, but pitching is always a high priority for the organization.
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
Discussion: Red Reporter
Bob Dutton / Kansas City Star:
Royals' only real offseason priority is to improve their rotation  —  What looms as a defining offseason for the Royals is already taking shape even as, elsewhere this weekend, Major League Baseball swings through the opening stages of its annual October drama.
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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Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona discussing 4-year managerial deal
 
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