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2:40 AM ET, October 19, 2009


 Top News: 
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Bay watch to be revealing
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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
Marc Carig / New Jersey Online:
NY Yankees pull off 4-3, 13-inning victory over L.A. Angels in Game 2 of ALCS
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?
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
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Sabathia starting Game 4  —  Joe Girardi just announced that C.C. Sabathia will start Game 4 in Los Angeles.  —  Girardi said Sabathia did some work today so that the Yankees could gauge how he feels, and Sabathia feels good.  —  “He's had success going on short rest if you look at last year's numbers …
Chris Haft /
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
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.
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 …
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Padres consider hiring first woman GM
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
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