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9:25 PM ET, October 18, 2009

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Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com:
Stadium open to fans for Game 3  —  Public invited into Great Hall with Yankees in Anaheim  —  Yankee Stadium won't be the site of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday.  But that doesn't mean it will be empty.  —  The Yankees announced on Sunday that they will open …
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New York Times:
Yankee Stadium Will Be Open to Fans for Game 3  —  Game 3 of the American League Championship Series will be played at Yankee Stadium, at least on television.  —  The Yankees announced Sunday that they will open the stadium field level, along with the Great Hall, on Monday afternoon …
Discussion: The Yankee Universe
The New Republic:
Against ‘Moneyball’  —  Why the richest teams in the game—and not the lowly A's—are dominating the postseason once again.  —  Whatever happens in the National League and American League Championship series unfolding over the next week or so, one outcome has already been decided …
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Yahoo! Sports
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Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda wants to play fair  —  He wonders why he was fined last year for throwing at the Phillies, when Brett Myers started it.  —  Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was fined $7,500 for sailing a pitch over the helmet of Shane Victorino in Game 3 of the NLCS last year against the Phillies.
Discussion: SPORTSbyBROOKS
Ben Shpigel / New York Times:
In Baseball, Stuff Happens. Just Deal With It.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Mike Silva / Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
Davidoff: Holliday Wants New York  —  According to Ken Davidoff Matt Holliday's top two choices this offseason are 1) Yankees and 2) Mets.  —  An anonymous agent told Jon Heyman that Holliday would command 7 years and $150 million dollars last month.  That is a lot of dough for someone …
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Chris Haft / MLB.com:
Winn's future with Giants uncertain  —  Veteran outfielder will be free agent for first time  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The offseason has barely begun, but Randy Winn already knows that it could be extremely different from any of the previous winters he has experienced.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Erick Aybar's footwork (or lack thereof) creates a giant gray area  —  It didn't end up being the most important play in the Yankees' classic 3-2 ALCS victory on Saturday night, but Erick Aybar's  —  non-tag of second base in the 10th inning definitely ranks as its oddest and most controversial highlight.
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
When the '89 Series left us all a little shaken  —  It was 20 years ago yesterday.  —  The first pitch of the third game of the World Series was less than a half-hour away when the earth moved.  For 15 seconds.  —  I was in the upper deck of Candlestick Park in the “auxiliary press area …
Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Bay watch to be revealing  —  Red Sox' value(s) system shall be tested  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email the Author  —  How the Red Sox [team stats] really view Jason Bay's worth and how they approach contract negotiations with him in the coming weeks will be one of the more revealing chapters of the offseason.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
David Lennon / Newsday:
Humbled Leyritz back in Bronx, making a buck where he can  —  with the Yankees, hardly looked like pinstriped royalty in the hours leading up to ALCS Game 2 last night.  —  Tino Martinez, his former teammate, was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, as David Cone did before Friday's Game 1.
New York Post:
Find AL flyball pitchers off sub par 2009 seasons  —  I continue to believe the Mets have the wrong offseason plan.  —  They have discussed making a big splash, which translates to obtaining the kind of star that ownership thinks will motivate Mets fans to buy 2010 tickets.
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
Associated Press:
Report: Kim Ng interviews for San Diego Padres' GM vacancy  —  SAN DIEGO — Kim Ng interviewed for the San Diego Padres' vacant general manager's job on Saturday, giving her another chance to become the first female GM in major league history.  —  Ng, the Los Angeles Dodgers' assistant general manager …
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Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Padres consider hiring first woman GM
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
Scott Merkin / MLB.com:
Reds tap Price to fill staff vacancy  —  Pitching coach showed success in Arizona and Seattle  —  Reds president of baseball operations and general manager Walt Jocketty did not set a strict timetable to hire a new Major League pitching coach when he spoke about the topic on Monday …
Discussion: Better Off Red and Red Hot Mama
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C. Trent Rosecrans / CNATI:
Price excited to join Reds
 
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