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9:20 AM ET, October 22, 2017


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Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman both deserve to return to Yankees on new deals  —  HOUSTON — The two most significant free agents now that the Yankees' season has come to a disappointing end both deserve to return in 2018 back after retooling and guiding the franchise to within one victory of the World Series.
Led by Jose Altuve, Astros' journey to World Series shows the heart of a champion  —  HOUSTON — Manager A.J. Hinch loves to poke fun at the perception of his Houston Astros as an “analytical” organization.  He's a Stanford graduate, general manager Jeff Luhnow is an Ivy Leaguer with roots …
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
ALCS: Houston Astros blank New York Yankees, advance to World Series  —  HOUSTON — Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve belted solo home runs and the Houston Astros, laughingstocks throughout the majors following their relocation from the National League, claimed their first American League pennant …
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:
Yankees' failure to score runs on road is reminiscent of how they lost 2001 World Series  —  So this was a Yankee season that ended the way a World Series ended for them in Phoenix, Ariz. one time, a long time ago.  The Yankees won three games in the middle of the 2001 Series that will always …
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Yankees vs. Astros 2017 live results: Score updates and highlights from ALCS Game 7  —  The 2017 postseason has its Game 7.  We'll know for sure who will meet the Dodgers in the World Series after this Yankees-Astros showdown.  —  PIN  —  If we don't see another Game 7 in the 2017 postseason, we're at least going to have this one.
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Your guide to ALCS Game 7: Who is headed to the World Series?  —  HOUSTON — Justin Verlander had just thrown 99 pitches over seven high-stress innings Friday night to help save the Houston Astros' season when he was asked if he might be available to get any outs as a reliever Saturday night.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Joe Girardi won't use Masahiro Tanaka or Luis Severino in Game 7, Chad Green unlikely for Yankees
ESPN:   Dodgers vs. Astros: Star-studded World Series will hinge on depth
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Astros hope Jose Altuve's rare show of emotion continues with more offense in Game 7 vs. Yankees
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Justin Verlander, Houston Astros force Game 7 vs. New York Yankees
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Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Corey Seager to face live pitching at workouts before Dodgers decide  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers waited 29 years for a National League pennant.  Now they are waiting a couple more days to make their final roster decisions for the World Series, which begins Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
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Scott Boeck / USA Today:25 minutes ago
World Series droughts: Who's gone the longest without winning a pennant?  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the World Series after a 29-year drought, while the Houston Astros only had to wait 12 years since their last appearance.  —  Since 2000, 19 franchises have reached the Fall Classic, with 11 winning the championship.
Charlotte Knights / The Charlotte Observer:
Paul Sullivan: Cubs should be back in contention in 2018, but you can't count on it  —  When a team with as much young talent as the Cubs have goes down hard in the postseason, it's easy to promote the idea they will be back next year.  —  Even if the Cubs decide to part ways with free agents Jake Arrieta …
USA Today:
World Series: Four facts that make the Astros-Dodgers clash historic  —  With 10 teams now qualifying for Major League Baseball's playoffs - which were already very much a crapshoot - an argument can be made that sometimes, the best team doesn't win the World Series.  —  That argument will be much harder to make this year.
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
No apologies needed as amazing Astros crash the World Series: ‘We spoiled the party’  —  HOUSTON - In reaching the World Series for just the second time in their 56-year history, the Houston Astros set up the first championship matchup pitting two 100-game-winning teams since 1970.
Fox Sports:   AP source: Cubs part with pitching coach Bosio
Matt Bonesteel / Washington Post:
Vin Scully is retired. That won't change with the Dodgers in the World Series.
Fox Sports:
Tigers could be under the radar for a while during rebuild  —  DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers hired Ron Gardenhire to be their manager - and that may be the most newsworthy thing they do for a while.  —  With the managerial opening filled, the rest of the rebuilding process now resumes, and patience will be of the essence.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Gardenhire's road to the Detroit Tigers dugout: Detour for cancer didn't dim his passion
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