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5:05 PM ET, October 19, 2009


 Top News: 
Larry Larue / Mariners Insider:
Kenji Johjima opts out of final two years  —  One of the thorniest issues the Seattle Mariners faced - what to do with catcher Kenji Johjima - has been resolved: The 33-year-old catcher has decided to return to Japan with two years left on his contract.  —  “After lots of very deep thought …
Associated Press:
Seattle Mariners' Kenji Johjima opts out of last 2 years of contract  —  SEATTLE — Catcher Kenji Johjima has opted out of the final two years of his contract with the Seattle Mariners with the intent of continuing his playing career in Japan.  —  Johjima  —  The team had signed …
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Kenji Johjima Opts Out Of Contract
Discussion: Jorge Says No! and Lookout Landing
Dodgers 0, Phillies 8  —  R  —  H  —  E … On the verge of taking a commanding two-game lead in the National League championship series, the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen couldn't shut the door.  —  With the way Cliff Lee has pitched in his first two postseason starts …
Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
Phillies feast on LA pitching in Game 3
Discussion: Hardball Times
Sports Illustrated:
Phillies whip Dodgers in NLCS Game 3
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Sam Borden / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
ALCS Game 3: Yankees at Angels  —  YANKEES  —  Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 1.42 ERA)  —  ANGELS  —  WEATHER: Take a wild guess - it's Southern California!  Temps in the 70s, clear skies.  It should be a beautiful day for baseball.  The full forecast is here.
Bryan Hoch /
In CC they trust: Sabathia to start Game 4
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
‘Up and away’ left Angels down and out in ALCS
Discussion: Angels blog and New Jersey Online
Saturday's AFL roundup  —  Simmons, Snyder lead Dogs to fourth straight win  —  Desert Dogs 11, Rafters 2  —  Athletics prospect James Simmons tossed three scoreless innings and Phoenix used a pair of five-run outbursts to post its fourth straight win.  The former first-round pick yielded …
Discussion: Baseball America
Joe Capozzi / Florida Marlins news, analysis …:
Florida Marlins lefty Andrew Miller pitching in Arizona Fall League  —  The Arizona Fall League is a place where prospects go to fine-tune their skills.  Marlins lefty Andrew Miller is no longer a prospect but he's one of the few major league players participating in the AFL …
Discussion: FishStripes
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Veteran manager Bobby Valentine a finalist for Cleveland Indians' vacancy  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bobby Valentine, whose New York Mets reached the World Series in 2000, is one of the finalists for the vacant Indians manager's job.  —  Valentine, 59, it has been learned, will come to Cleveland this week for a second interview.
Bob Klapisch /
Are these Yanks as good as '98 team?  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — The date was Oct. 10, 1998, noted by Yankee historians as the sea-change moment in what we now recognize as a historic season.  At that point, a great team was gasping for air, down 2-1 against the Indians in the AL Championship Series.
Tracy Ringolsby / Inside the Colorado Rockies:
Hawpe Not On Market  —  Brad Hawpe found himself watching more than playing in the post-season for the Rockies.  He, however, rmeans a key part in the Rockies long-range planning.  —  Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd has been surprised by media reports that the Rockies wll look to trade Hawpe …
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies' offseason has numerous numbers challenges
Discussion: Purple Row
NY Daily News:
Joe gives CC OK for Game 4 start  —  ANAHEIM - The worst-kept secret of the ALCS is out.  —  CC Sabathia played catch in the outfield at Angel Stadium Sunday in lieu of a bullpen session, saving his bullets for tomorrow, when he will start Game 4 against the Angels on three days' rest.
David Waldstein / New York Times:
The Biggest Secret of Baseball's Unwritten Rules: They Don't Exist  —  Say this about Erick Aybar's feet: they were a lot closer to second base than the Angels have been to playing crisp baseball.  —  Yes, his feet were in the so-called neighborhood of the bag in the 10th inning of Game 2 …
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
In the clutch, why does Jeter rise and Guerrero fall in the postseason?  —  Yankees slugger excels time and again in October; admirers say it's because he has ability to relax in pressure-filled situations.  Guerrero leads Angels in postseason hits but has taken ugly swings.
Steve Bisheff / Angels Unplugged:
Why Mike Scioscia won't switch
James Kannengieser / Amazin' Avenue:
Non-Tender Candidate: Jeff Francoeur  —  When Jeff Francoeur was traded to the Mets, I figured he would play out the season and be non-tendered.  A massive disappointment for his hometown Braves, this is a player who was one of the top 5 least valuable players in all of baseball in 2008.
Discussion: Hot Foot and
NY Daily News:
Harper: It's all about A-Rod  —  ANAHEIM - Never mind that Angels closer Brian Fuentes threw one of the worst 0-2 pitches in baseball history, right in Alex Rodriguez's danger zone, practically inviting the Bombers' slugger to pop one into Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch.
Toronto Sun:
Anthopoulos keeping tabs on Scutaro and Barajas  —  ANAHEIM — Whither goest free agents Marco Scutaro and Rod Barajas?  —  Well, nowhere yet.  Not until 15 days after the final pitch of the World Series.  —  “We like both players,” said Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
NY Daily News:
Lupica: Best fans in the world  —  I am on a Metro-North train the other night, on my way to the new station and new platform right next to the old Yankee Stadium.  But it could just as easily have been the 4 train coming up and out of the city and taking you to the Yankees …
New York Times:   Yankee Stadium Will Be Open to Fans for Game 3
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