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2:45 AM ET, October 20, 2009


 Top News: 
Mark Bowman /
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
Ken Gurnick /
Surging Padilla to start Game 5 for LA
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
Danny Knobler / Columns:
Dodgers can only imagine where they would be with Lee
Discussion: Circling The Bases
Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
Phillies feast on LA pitching in Game 3
Todd Zolecki /
Phillies back Lee's gem in Game 3 rout
Discussion: Bats and New York Times
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 …
Associated Press:
Seattle Mariners' Kenji Johjima opts out of last 2 years of contract  —  SEATTLE — Catcher Kenji Johjima has opted out of the final two years of his contract with the Seattle Mariners with the intent of continuing his playing career in Japan.  —  Johjima  —  The team had signed …
Lyle Spencer /
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 …
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.
Sam Borden / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
ALCS Game 3: Yankees at Angels  —  YANKEES  —  Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 1.42 ERA)  —  ANGELS  —  WEATHER: Take a wild guess - it's Southern California!  Temps in the 70s, clear skies.  It should be a beautiful day for baseball.  The full forecast is here.
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
‘Up and away’ left Angels down and out in ALCS
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Angels blog
NY Daily News:
Harper: It's all about A-Rod
Amy K. Nelson / ESPN:
Wolf still has loyal fans in Philly  —  Wolf Pack will be howling in Game 4 of the NLCS, but not for the former Phillie  —  PHILADELPHIA — When Randy Wolf takes the mound Monday night against his old team, there will be six Phillies fans, somewhere in the stands, quietly watching with admiration.
Discussion: Sons of Steve Garvey
Associated Press:
Rollins' walk-off lifts Phils over Dodgers 5-4 for 3-1 NLCS lead
Discussion: USA Today and Yahoo! Sports
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
Joe Capozzi / Florida Marlins news, analysis …:
Florida Marlins lefty Andrew Miller pitching in Arizona Fall League
Discussion: FishStripes
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 …
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
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Veteran manager Bobby Valentine a finalist for Cleveland Indians' vacancy  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bobby Valentine, whose New York Mets reached the World Series in 2000, is one of the finalists for the vacant Indians manager's job.  —  Valentine, 59, it has been learned, will come to Cleveland this week for a second interview.
Jenifer Langosch /
Inbox: No reunion likely for traded Bucs  —'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.
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Cubs close to agreement with vaunted hitting coach Jaramillo … Highly respected hitting guru Rudy Jaramillo is in serious talks with the Chicago Cubs about becoming their new hitting coach, and it appears likely that the sides will reach an agreement for Jaramillo to join the Cubs soon, has learned.
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 /
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
DMZ / U.S.S. Mariner:
The iPhone app is out: 2nd Guesser  —  Hey, it's time for naked promotion time, and a small part of why I haven't been posting so much lately: you can now check out and buy the iPhone app that's been in development for the last few months, built by my dad and I (mostly my dad, who has a couple of other fine language apps in the store).
Discussion: Walkoff Walk
Ian Browne /
Inbox: Papelbon trade a possibility?  —  Beat reporter Ian Browne answers Red Sox fans' questions … I heard a recap of the Red Sox season, and they said that Jonathan Papelbon could be traded.  Could this be a possibility with Daniel Bard becoming closer?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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 …
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies' offseason has numerous numbers challenges
Discussion: Purple Row
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