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3:25 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.
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  —  By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel  —  The Brewers just announced the hiring of new pitching coach Rick Peterson, who received a two-year deal.  —  The club also announced that bullpen coach Stan Kyles will be returning for the 2010 season.
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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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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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
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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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
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Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Surging Padilla to start Game 5 for LA
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
Chris Jaffe / Hardball Times:
Phun Phillie Phacts  —  Actually, this should probably be called “Random Phillie Phacts,” but then I couldn't get the stupid “Ph” thing in the front of all three words. . . .  Well, the Phillies are not only defending World Series champs, but doing pretty good for themselves so far this postseason.
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 …
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: Circling The Bases, MLB Rumors and ESPN
 
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