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1:15 PM 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 …
Discussion: 6-4-2
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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.
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
Bullpen Move Backfires on Yankees
Discussion: Sliding Into Home
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:   Defending the decisions that mattered
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
‘Up and away’ left Angels down and out in ALCS
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.
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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 …
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
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
Howard's RBI streak sets playoff mark
Discussion: New York Times
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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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.
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Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Surging Padilla to start Game 5 for LA
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
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
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 …
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
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 …
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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.
 
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