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Nationals sure could use Strasburg  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.  —  Sorry, it's time to utter the “S” word.  —  Heck, some of the Washington Nationals' players are saying it, with very little prompting.  —  “If we had 'Stras, we'd be up 2-0,” one player told me Tuesday.
Discussion: Hit and Run, NESN.com and HardballTalk
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Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
On Baseball: Carpenter's Return Animates the Cardinals  —  As a statement of fact, it is rather remarkable: Chris Carpenter, who starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in their division series on Wednesday, has not earned a victory since Game 7 of last year's World Series.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com and MLB Rumors
MLB.com:
Game times after Wednesday still in flux
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Latos or Leake the options for Reds in Game 4  —  Latos would go on three days' rest, while Leake would replace Cueto on roster  —  CINCINNATI — Who will start for the Reds in Game 4 of the National League Division Series opposite Barry Zito and the Giants?  —  As of Tuesday night, his name was TBA.
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Gordon Edes / ESPN:
Red Sox set for manager search  —  The Boston Red Sox plan to begin their search for a new manager on Friday, which is when CEO Larry Lucchino is expected to return to Boston after a trip to Europe, according to a baseball source.  —  The source did not identify any specific candidates.
ESPN:
A-Rod still batting third in Yanks' Game 3 lineup  —  NEW YORK — Joe Girardi has decided to leave Alex Rodriguez in the third spot in the New York Yankees' batting order for Game 3 of their AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.  —  Rodriguez will be the designated hitter Wednesday …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Associated Press
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Evan Drellich / MLB.com:
Yankees' trip derailed when train loses power
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and HardballTalk
Buster Olney / ESPN.com:
How Joe Girardi should handle A-Rod
Discussion: ESPN and HardballTalk
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs may lose Brenly, but Stone staying with Sox  —  Diamondbacks could make run at Brenly; Stone to stick with Sox  —  Bob Brenly is a man in demand in the television booth.  —  The Cubs' television analyst, whose contract recently expired, is attracting interest from the Diamondbacks …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Joe Posnanski / Sports on Earth Writers:
HOLDING COURT WITH THE HIT KING  —  LAS VEGAS — If there is one undeniable thing about Peter Edward Rose, it is this: The man cannot tolerate silence.  It is a defining trait.  He simply cannot endure quiet.  He has to fill it.  He leans toward noise and cheers and buzz the way a plant leans to the sun.
Discussion: ESPN and NESN.com
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Christopher Klein / History in the Headlines:
Document Banning Pete Rose From Baseball Goes on Sale
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Garcia to seek second opinion about shoulder  —  WASHINGTON  • The Cardinals made a change on their division series roster Tuesday, replacing lefthanded starting pitcher Jaime Garcia with rookie Shelby Miller.  The move represents the second time this season and third …
Discussion: HardballTalk
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Associated Press:
Ailing LHP Garcia removed from Cardinals' roster
Discussion: TSN.ca and Yahoo! Sports
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Top prospect Puig to miss Fall League play  —  LOS ANGELES — Top Dodgers outfield prospect Yasiel Puig will miss the Arizona Fall League because of a staph infection in his right elbow that required a surgical procedure.  —  Puig is expected to be fully healed in three to five weeks …
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Nationals playoff game will create gridlock  —  Massive crowds are expected to descend on the Navy Yard area Wednesday for the first playoff game at Nationals Park, but the big problems could begin after the final out.  —  The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., which means that tens …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Arbitration Eligibles: New York Mets  —  The Mets are next in our 2013 Arbitration Eligibles series.  Matt Swartz's salary projections are below.  — First time: Daniel Murphy ($3MM), Bobby Parnell ($1.5MM), Josh Thole ($1.2MM), Rob Johnson ($600K), Ike Davis ($2.8MM)
Discussion: Metsblog
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com Sports News …:
Mets expected to offer about $100M to start as they try to make David Wright a Met ‘for life’  —  Wright fell off a little in the second half but still finished with 21 homers and 93 RBI.  (US Presswire)  —  The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood …
 
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