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9:45 AM ET, October 20, 2009

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Lyle Spencer / MLB.com:
Mathis' walk-off double closes ALCS gap  —  Angels catcher delivers in 11th as series narrows to 2-1  —  ANAHEIM — The Angels looked dead in the waters of the nearby Pacific.  —  Scarcely a red-clad creature was stirring in the fifth inning on Monday at Angel Stadium …
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Associated Press:
Angels gain new wings  —  Walk off in 11th to trim Yankees' lead  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. - When Derek Jeter led off Game 3 with a homer into the bullpen, this American League Championship Series seemed uncomplicated.  Power hitting and steady pitching appeared to be driving New York to the World Series.
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Defending the decisions that mattered
Discussion: Bats and Sliding Into Home
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
‘Up and away’ left Angels down and out in ALCS
Dante Wesley / Yahoo! Sports:
Overrated Torre gets exposed  —  PHILADELPHIA - One look at Alex Rodriguez  —  this postseason, just killing everything he sees, and it's evident: Something is different.  Left unsaid is the reason he dare not mention, because A-Rod has finally learned that sometimes the truth is best read between the lines.
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Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
Howard's RBI streak sets playoff mark  —  Phillies slugger drives in run for seventh straight contest  —  PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard has already produced one record-setting RBI streak and he's within one game of matching a record that Lou Gehrig set in 1932.
Discussion: New York Times
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Rollins' walk-off lifts Phils over Dodgers 5-4 for 3-1 NLCS lead  —  PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was sore from the body blows.  His head was covered in shaving cream.  And, never, ever, has he felt better.  —  Rollins' ninth-inning, two-out …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Surging Padilla to start Game 5 for LA
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Agent Scott Boras compares Matt Holliday to Yankees Mark Teixeira  —  ‘These guys are blue-collar superstars,’ he says of his two clients.  The Cardinals outfielder is expected to be among the top free agents available this winter.  —  Scott Boras threw out the ceremonial first pitch in free agency today …
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Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
Boras making pitch for Damon's free agency  —  ANAHEIM - Super agent Scott Boras already is putting together his talking points for Johnny Damon's free agency this winter.  —  Boras chatted briefly with a few reporters from his field-level suite directly behind home plate before Monday's Game 3 between the Angels and the Yankees.
JSOnline:
Brewers pick Peterson to straighten out arms  —  By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel  —  As new pitching coach of the Milwaukee Brewers, Rick Peterson is no stranger to manager Ken Macha or bench coach Willie Randolph.  —  The Brewers have selected Peterson to help turn around …
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 …
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Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards' options at third will start with Freese  —  Last season third base represented the Cardinals' greatest offensive frustration.  —  Next season the position provides a most obvious choice between pricey experience and more economic potential.  —  Only a week has passed since team …
Discussion: MLB Rumors and ESPN
Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com:
Inbox: No reunion likely for traded Bucs  —  MLB.com's Langosch answers fans' questions … Do you think the Pirates will try to sign any of their traded players as free agents this winter, especially John Grabow or Jack Wilson?  — Fran P., Overland Park, Kan.
Jesse Spector / Touching Base:
Blogger Nine Innings: Steve Keane  —  The Mets haven't been playing for weeks, but Mets fans are still taking their time to get over the disastrous season that transpired in Flushing this year.  That includes blogger Steve Keane of The Eddie Kranepool Society, who stops by Touching Base today …
Jason Beck / MLB.com:
Leyland, Guillen mend rift over role  —  Understanding reached regarding position, playing time  —  DETROIT — If there was any question that the frustrations from a Tigers season that ended in disappointment are still fresh, the proof came this weekend and Monday, when they exposed a rift …
Discussion: Mack Avenue Tigers and ESPN
MLB.com:
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
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Joe Capozzi / Florida Marlins news, analysis …:
Florida Marlins lefty Andrew Miller pitching in Arizona Fall League
Discussion: FishStripes
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies' offseason has numerous numbers challenges  —  This week, I suspect, the Rockies will give general manager Dan O'Dowd and manager Jim Tracy new contracts.  It will be a celebratory moment, full of optimism.  —  But soon after O'Dowd and Tracy sign on the dotted line, they'll have to confront some realities facing the team.
Discussion: Purple Row
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Chris Haft / MLB.com:
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Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Inbox: Papelbon trade a possibility?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Cubs close to agreement with vaunted hitting coach Jaramillo
Amy K. Nelson / ESPN:
Wolf still has loyal fans in Philly
Discussion: Sons of Steve Garvey
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