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9:35 AM ET, October 19, 2009

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Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:
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.
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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 …
Discussion: MLB and BBTF's Baseball Primer …
Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
Phillies feast on LA pitching in Game 3  —  PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee sprinted off the mound after throwing his final pitch, nearly breaking a sweat for the first time.  Heck, he almost outhustled the Phillies' newest speed demon, Ryan Howard.  —  With their ace and slugger leading the way …
Discussion: Hardball Times
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
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.
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
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 …
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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 …
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?
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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.
Bob Klapisch / NorthJersey.com:
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.
Discussion: Bottom9 Baseball
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 …
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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 / 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
Discussion: The Yankee Universe
 
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