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9:50 PM ET, October 11, 2012

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Ian Begley / ESPN:
Joe Girardi to manage Game 4  —  Joe Girardi will continue to manage the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series despite the recent death of his father.  —  Girardi has managed the entire ALDS since his father, Jerry, died Saturday at the age of 81.  —  Joe Girardi acknowledged Thursday …
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TSN.ca:
Yankees look to keep momentum against Orioles in Game 4  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - After one of the more memorable postseason wins in their remarkable postseason history, the New York Yankees try to secure a spot in the American League Championship Series and knock …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Camden Chat
Ronald Blum / Globe and Mail:
With heavy heart Girardi stays in Yanks dugout following father's death  —  The Yankees' team bus was on the Henry Hudson Parkway last Saturday when Joe Girardi's phone rang.  After deteriorating from Alzheimer's disease since the 1990s, his father had died in Illinois.
Discussion: Boston Herald
Andrew Marchand / MLB:
Jeter to DH in Game 4; A-Rod bats 5th in lineup  —  NEW YORK — Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez both are in New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi's lineup for Thursday's Game 4 of the American League Division Series.  —  Jeter, battling an injury to his left foot, will lead off …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and ESPN
Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com:
Jeter shrugs off injury, says he'll play in Game 4
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Nationals despised for sitting Strasburg  —  Bob Nightengale: Baseball executives say the Washington Nationals' playoff run is not a feel-good story.  —  Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo turned a lot of heads when he said the club will be back to win a couple more NL East titles.
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Associated Press:
Jayson Werth's homer for Nats forces Game 5 against Cards  —  WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to show them how to win.  His game-ending homer Thursday night extended their surprising season.  —  Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving Lance Lynn's 13th pitch …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com, ESPN and TSN.ca
Matt Pepin / Boston Globe:
Brad Ausmus to interview for Red Sox manager job  —  The Red Sox will interview Brad Ausmus next week for the team's manager position, the Globe's Nick Cafardo has confirmed.  —  Ausmus, a special assistant to the general manager for the San Diego Padres, turned down a chance to interview for the Astros' manager position.
Discussion: Over the Monster
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Gordon Edes / ESPN:
Red Sox set for manager search
Associated Press:
Former major leaguer Champ Summers dies in Florida  —  OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Former Major League Baseball player John “Champ” Summers has died in north Florida.  He was 66.  —  Summers' wife, Joy, says he passed away Thursday after a 2 1/2-year battle with kidney cancer.
Associated Press:
Giants beat Reds 6-4, win NLDS on Posey's slam  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — Buster Posey hit the third grand slam in Giants' postseason history, and San Francisco completed its startling comeback by holding off the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 Thursday in the decisive Game 5 of the NL division series.
T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Inbox: Hamilton, free-agent frenzy and the future  —  Rangers beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers fans' questions  —  Given Josh Hamilton's situation and past history, it would seem that other teams will be reluctant to pursue him, especially if the Rangers aren't willing to step up immediately and sign him right now.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Lone Star Ball
Bill Chastain / MLB.com:
Scott hopes to return to Rays for healthy 2013 season  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Luke Scott's signing prior to the 2012 season appeared to bring the Rays a much-needed thumper for an anemic offense.  —  Yes, the veteran slugger was coming off right-shoulder surgery and had not fully recovered …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
PIN PLACED IN PEDROIA'S FINGER FOR FOUR WEEKS  —  Surgery to repair a torn ligament in Dustin Pedroia's right pinky was successful Wednesday, with Dr. Donald Sheridan placing a pin in the injured finger.  The pin will remain in Pedroia's finger for four weeks, with the second baseman having …
Discussion: Over the Monster and HardballTalk
Thomas Harding / MLB.com:
Rockies to interview Runnells for managerial job  —  DENVER — The Rockies will interview Tom Runnells for their vacant manager's job on Thursday, the club said Wednesday.  —  Runnells, 57, has been with the Rockies' organization since 2004, and was the Major League bench coach from May 2009 through …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
 
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