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2:35 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Bryan Hoch /
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.
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.
Sam Borden / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
ALCS Game 4: Yankees at Angels
MLB: Video doesn't show Mariano Rivera doctoring ball
Discussion: Generation Third
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Internet controversy of the day! Does Rivera throw a spitter?
Lyle Spencer /
Stymied by CC, Angels move to brink  —  Yankees ace shuts down Halos as Game 4 gets ugly  —  ANAHEIM — Here they stand, on the precipice.  —  One more false step sends the Angels falling into winter.  —  The Yankees broke loose in the middle innings on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium …
Discussion: 6-4-2
Steve Bisheff / Angels Unplugged:
Ugly umpiring continues  —  So what exactly is going on with the umpires this postseason?  —  There have been almost as many bad calls as repetitive TV commercials, and the trend continued in the fourth and fifth innings of Game 4 Tuesday night.  —  First, second base umpire Dale Scott appeared to miss a pickoff play.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:
UPDATES, Game 4, Angels vs. Yankees  —  UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: The game is long over by now, but the Yankees took Game 4 of the ALCS by a 10-1 score over the Angels.  That means there will be champagne ready on Thursday in case the Yankees clinch a trip to the World Series.
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.
Ken Gurnick /
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.
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 …
Peterson gets 2-year deal
NY Daily News:
Lupica: Joe manages to give one away  —  New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi relieves pitcher David Robertson in the 11th inning of Game 3 of the ALCS.  It cost the Bombers big time.  —  ANAHEIM - Here came Joe Girardi to get David Robertson in the bottom of the 11th at Angel Stadium …
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
Bullpen Move Backfires on Yankees
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.
Discussion: New York Post and True Blue LA
Dante Wesley / Yahoo! Sports:
Overrated Torre gets exposed
Discussion: It's About The Money
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