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5:00 PM ET, October 20, 2009

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New York Post:
MLB: No evidence Rivera threw spitter  —  The Commissioners Office reviewed available video and still photography from Mariano Rivera spitting toward a baseball in ALCS Game 3 and “found no evidence that Rivera spit on the ball,” a spokesman for the commissioner told the Post.
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Rev Halofan / Halos Heaven:
Mariano Rivera Spitball: Video Evidence?  —  Personally, the video you are about to watch is pretty amazing: I would say this is pretty conclusive evidence of why Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is able to throw only one pitch that has unpredictable, yet precise movement.
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Internet controversy of the day!  Does Rivera throw a spitter?  —  Just weeks after the “Joe Mauer stealing signs” story momentarily shut down the Internet, it looks like baseball has another Zapruder film poised to make headlines — no matter if it's just a case of a weird camera angles and some strange transition trickery.
Ken Davidoff / Newsday:
MLB absolves Mariano Rivera of alleged spitball  —  Video replays appeared to show Mariano Rivera spitting on or near the ball during the 10th inning of Game 3.  MLB officials investigated the incident, but cleared the Yankees' closer from any wrongdoing.  —  Major League Baseball's Department …
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 …
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JSOnline:
Peterson gets 2-year deal
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 …
Discussion: 6-4-2
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Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Phillies walk off into history  —  Rollins' double with two outs in ninth gives Phillies win, 3-1 NLCS lead over Dodgers … PHILADELPHIA — The magic is in the moment.  —  The frozen moment when a baseball soars through the night and your mind begins to understand what's unfolding before your eyeballs.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Rollins' walk-off lifts Phils over Dodgers 5-4 for 3-1 NLCS lead
Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
Howard's RBI streak sets playoff mark
Discussion: New York Times
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers and GM Ned Colletti reach agreement on contract extension  —  The deal is expected to be announced later today.  The Dodgers have made the playoffs in three of the four seasons Colletti has been general manager.  —  The Dodgers have reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension with General Manager Ned Colletti.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and True Blue LA
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Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Surging Padilla to start Game 5 for LA
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
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.
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Globe and Mail:
News Search News  — Weather - Video - Blogs - RSS Feeds - Globe Books - TV listings - Globe on Twitter - Columnists - Swine flu story archive - Behind the Veil  —  We're getting worked up for another day of post-season baseball and wondering whether Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia …
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.
Discussion: It's About The Money
Scott Lauber / delawareonline:
Williams thinks Utley's woes stem from injury  —  Second baseman says he's fine — just like he did before hip surgery last year  —  PHILADELPHIA — Mitch Williams has watched the replays.  He has heard the theories and the invocations of the names Steve Sax and Chuck Knoblauch.
Discussion: Circling The Bases
 
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