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11:15 AM ET, October 19, 2009


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Todd Zolecki /
Phillies back Lee's gem in Game 3 rout  —  Given big lead, lefty fans 10 over eight; Phils take NLCS lead  —  PHILADELPHIA — It seemed everybody but the Phillies wondered how they might recover from Friday's eighth-inning letdown in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.
Sports Illustrated:
Phillies whip Dodgers in NLCS Game 3 … PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cliff Lee dominated the Dodgers, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth provided the big swings early and the Philadelphia Phillies cruised past Los Angeles 11-0 Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the NL championship series.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
Phillies feast on LA pitching in Game 3
Discussion: Hardball Times
Dodgers 0, Phillies 8
Discussion: MLB and BBTF's Baseball Primer …
Bryan Hoch /
In CC they trust: Sabathia to start Game 4  —  Big left-hander will take the hill on three days' rest  —  ANAHEIM — CC Sabathia was breaking a sweat at Angel Stadium on Sunday, getting re-acclimated to the West Coast after flying across the country.  He had an assignment to prepare for …
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.
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.
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  —  Judging from my blog comments and e-mail, everybody in Southern California, or at least Orange County, is asking the same thing today.  —  Why won't Mike Scioscia move the struggling Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot?
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
CLEVELAND INDIANS  —  Baseball News, Schedule, Pictures, and More  —  MANAGER SEARCH  —  Valentine is among finalists for Tribe  —  Bobby Valentine, whose New York Mets reached the World Series in 2000, is one of the finalists for the vacant Indians manager's job.
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 …
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: and Hot Foot
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 …
Alden Gonzalez /
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 …
New York Times:
Yankee Stadium Will Be Open to Fans for Game 3
Discussion: The Yankee Universe
Ken Davidoff / Newsday:
Sunday reading: ALCS Game 2 review, and a Matt Holliday tidbit  —  Well, that was something, eh?  —  The very late night prompted the Yankees to cancel their workout in Anaheim, and that prompted me to push back my departure to Cally until tonight.  Gonna take the day to pack …
Mike Silva / Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:   Davidoff: Holliday Wants New York
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