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10:50 AM ET, October 21, 2016


 Top News: 
Mauricio Rubio / Baseball Prospectus:
Slump?  What Slump?  —  The Chicago Cubs, facing a potential 3-1 hole against a team with the best pitcher on the planet still in play for one more game, finally drew breath in Los Angeles.  For 21 straight innings the Cubs' offense was suffocated by Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, and the rest of the Dodgers' pitching staff.
New York Daily News:
The Chicago Cubs are returning home for Game 6, but an extra-rested Clayton Kershaw awaits them  —  LOS ANGELES - After winning Game 4 Wednesday night, the Cubs were happy to know they would be returning home to Wrigley Field for at least one more game this season.
Discussion: Bleacher Report
Fox Sports:
RIP?  Not if you're a Chicago Cubs fan in a playoff year  —  FILE - This Oct. 25, 2011, file photo, shows the outfield ivy and iconic manual scoreboard at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  Wrigley Field has been the site of so much heartbreak that some fans who spend their whole lives waiting …
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
The Dodgers threw everything at Jon Lester, and he threw it right back
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Cubs' John Lackey has plenty of experience and passion to make another postseason start
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
What will Indians do for a World Series encore?  —  TORONTO - Amid the champagne celebration inside the visitors clubhouse at Rogers Centre, Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was off to the side watching his players bask in the joy of advancing to the World Series.
CBC News:
John Gibbons to return as Blue Jays manager in 2017: report  —  Big question is what to do with pending free agents Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion  —  John Gibbons will return in 2017 to manage the Toronto Blue Jays, according to multiple reports.  —  Jays president Mark Shapiro confirmed …
Chris Bahr / Fox Sports:
Jose Bautista is playing mind games with the Indians' rookie pitcher before Game 5  —  Ryan Merritt has pitched only 11 innings in the majors  —  The Blue Jays' win over the Indians in Game 4 of the ALCS kept their slim hopes alive but apparently provided an enormous confidence boost.
Associated Press:
Charlie Sheen, aka ‘Wild Thing’, offers first pitch at World Series  —  CLEVELAND — Wild Thing is warming up for the Indians.  —  Actor Charlie Sheen, who played the bespectacled Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the movie “Major League,” has offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games.
Discussion: ESPN, Fox Sports, DRaysBay and Halos Heaven
Mary Kay Cabot / Plain Dealer:
Terrelle Pryor and Joe Haden miss practice 2nd straight practice 'and if they can't run, they won't be able to play'  —  Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown catch against the Tennessee Titans.  (John Kuntz,
Mary Kay Cabot / Plain Dealer:
Terrelle Pryor and Browns have had preliminary contract extension talks
Jon Heyman / Todays Knuckleball:
Heyman: MLB replay system needs to be redefined  —  No, the replay umpire isn't blind.  Really, he isn't.  —  The replay umpire sees what you see, and therefore has to know that Adrian Gonzalez was more likely than not safe, at the very least, on that bang-bang play at home in Game 4.
Reds, Fox Sports Ohio extend partnership through 2032  —  About three or four years ago, as Phil Castellini tells it, the Cincinnati Reds began researching an eye-opening idea.  With their broadcast deal with Fox Sports Ohio set to expire after the 2017 season, baseball's oldest franchise began looking …
Roch Kubatko / School of Roch:
Brach undergoes minor procedure on left knee  —  Orioles reliever Brad Brach underwent a minor medical procedure last week involving the meniscus in his left knee.  Nothing complicated and apparently no reason for concern.  —  Ravens team physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl performed the surgery …
Justin Barrasso /
AJ Styles: I want Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble  — AJ Styles told us who he's still dying to wrestle, from Shawn Michaels to a SmackDown rival he's never gotten to face.  —  AJ Styles has the Royal Rumble circled on his calendar.  —  The Rumble returns to the Alamodome in Texas …
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