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3:30 PM ET, October 21, 2009

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Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Umpire Tim McClelland makes the worst call of all time  —  Just when you thought the 2009 postseason umpiring couldn't get any worse, Tim McClelland goes ahead and makes what ends up as the worst call — or non-call — of all time.  —  Yes, you read that right.  The worst call of all time.
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Tim McClelland / ASAP Sports:
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: ANGELS v YANKEES  —  THE MODERATOR: Tim, whatever you want to say.  —  TIM McCLELLAND: As far as the two calls that I had at third base.  The first one with Swisher leaving too soon.  In my heart I thought he left too soon.  —  On the play with Cano and Posada, I thought Cano was on the base.
Erik Boland / Newsday:
Sabathia, offense give Yankees win in Game 4  —  CC Sabathia, feet propped up, sat in a golf cart outside the Yankees' clubhouse three hours before his start last night in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series talking on the phone.  —  “How y'all doing?” a smiling Sabathia said …
Steve Bisheff / Angels Unplugged:
Ugly umpiring continues
Associated Press:
MLB says Rivera did not throw spitball
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:
Umpires shaky on several Game 4 calls
Discussion: New York Times and Pinstripe Alley
New York Post:
MLB: No evidence Rivera threw spitter
Rev Halofan / Halos Heaven:
Umpires Greenlight Yankees Game 4 Victory
Discussion: It's About The Money and Fack Youk
Lyle Spencer / MLB.com:
Stymied by CC, Angels move to brink
Discussion: 6-4-2
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Rivera cleared in spitting incident
Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:   UPDATES, Game 4, Angels vs. Yankees
MLB:
MLB: Video doesn't show Mariano Rivera doctoring ball
Discussion: Generation Third
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
MLB says no evidence Rivera spit on ball
Discussion: NESN.com
Wall Street Journal:
Mets Win One: Owners Made Money on Madoff  —  The New York Mets just emerged from a woeful season but the team's financial picture may not be as dire as previously believed.  —  A partnership connected to the baseball team — which had widely been rumored to have lost money investing with Bernard Madoff …
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Mets Entity May Be Sued for $48 Million Profit From Madoff Firm  —  Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — An entity tied to the New York Mets baseball team and its owner Sterling Equities Inc. might be sued for withdrawing $47.8 million more from Bernard Madoff's firm than it deposited with the con man, a lawyer said.
MLB:
Court documents: New York Mets profited from Bernard Madoff  —  The owners of the New York Mets baseball team made about $48 million in dealings with swindler Bernard Madoff, court documents showed.  —  The Mets Limited Partnership, which is connected to the Wilpon family …
Discussion: Mets Merized Online
Ben Goessling / The washington times Blogs:
Mattingly says Nats asked for permission to interview him  —  Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly said this afternoon the Nationals have asked Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti for permission to speak to Mattingly about their managerial opening.  —  The former Yankees first baseman …
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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:   Casey Blake: The Dodger Diplomat
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Hate 'em or love 'em, these gritty Phillies are something else
Discussion: Circling The Bases
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Dodgers extend Colletti to long-term deal
New York Post:
Affair is foul for ESPN star  —  Ex-Met GM's dumped mistress has a ‘Fatal Attraction’ freakout  —  She's not going to be ignored, Steve!  —  ESPN analyst Steve Phillips had a fling with a 22-year-old production assistant, who, after being dumped, taunted his wife with “Fatal Attraction” …
Bruce Levine / ESPN:
Chicago Cubs hire former Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo  —  The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago's next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday.
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
Piece by piece, putting it together  —  Picked-up pieces while packing for London and wondering how Schill got overlooked by the Nobel Committee . . .  Anybody else spooked by that center-field door opening when the Red Sox were batting in the bottom of the ninth 10 days ago?  It was a moment.
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch and YFSF
Amy K. Nelson / MLB:
MLBPA memo: Donald Fehr to get $11 million package  —  PHILADELPHIA — When Donald Fehr officially steps down as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, he will leave with an $11 million compensation package, according to a memo sent out to players late last month and seen by ESPN.com.
Danny Wild / MLB.com:
Heisey powers Saguaros to first win  —  Fellow Reds prospects Cozart, Alonso lead comeback  —  Reds prospect Zack Cozart hit a go-ahead two-run single to highlight a six-run ninth inning Tuesday as the Peoria Saguaros rallied for an 11-8 victory over the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
Matt Swartz / Baseball Prospectus:
What Happened to Cole Hamels?  —  At this point in the season, most baseball fans are aware that the Phillies' Game Five starter this evening, Cole Hamels, has had far more trouble preventing runs in 2009 than he did in 2008.  In 2008, Hamels seemed unhittable for much of the season and the post-season …
 
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