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12:25 AM ET, October 21, 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 (brought to my attention by figgifig) 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.
Associated Press:
MLB says Rivera did not throw spitball … ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Video that appeared to show New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera spitting on the ball made the Internet rounds on Tuesday, with Major League Baseball saying there was no reason to consider any discipline.
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 …
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Rivera cleared in spitting incident  —  MLB: Video shows no evidence of ball being doctored  —  ANAHEIM — Major League Baseball swiftly cleared the Yankees' Mariano Rivera of any wrongdoing after a blog post on Tuesday morning claimed the hurler had spit on the baseball during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
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.
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
MLB says no evidence Rivera spit on ball  —  ANAHEIM - Major League Baseball has cleared Mariano Rivera of any wrongdoing after a video circulated around the Internet on Tuesday morning that suggested the Yankees' closer had spit on a ball during Game 3 of the ALCS.
Discussion: NESN.com
MLB:
MLB: Video doesn't show Mariano Rivera doctoring ball
Discussion: Generation Third
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.
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Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Dodgers extend Colletti to long-term deal  —  GM has led LA to postseason in three of his four years  —  LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers announced a multiyear contract extension for general manager Ned Colletti on Tuesday on their off-day prior to Game 5 of the NLCS.  It wasn't immediately known what the length of the extension was.
Sam Borden / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
ALCS Game 4: Yankees at Angels  —  YANKEES  —  Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.23 ERA)  —  ANGELS  —  Pitching: LHP Scott Kazmir (0-0, 7.50 ERA)  —  WEATHER: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - clear skies, temps in the 60s and 70s and plenty of sun.  Check out the full forecast here.
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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
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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Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:
UPDATES, Game 4, Angels vs. Yankees
Discussion: Angels Unplugged and Yahoo! Sports
Dave / U.S.S. Mariner:
Dave's 2010 Off-Season Plan  —  It's back again - the annual winter tradition where I speculate on some potential moves the M's could make and put together my own roster for next year.  I try to be as realistic as possible, so I'm sticking to a $95 million budget and hopefully get in the realm …
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Al's Ramblings
 
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