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2:45 PM ET, October 21, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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
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
Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:   UPDATES, Game 4, Angels vs. Yankees
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
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” …
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.
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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
New York Post:
MLB: No evidence Rivera threw spitter
Discussion: bronxbanterblog.com
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.
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.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Casey Blake: The Dodger Diplomat  —  As the Los Angeles Dodgers walked out to the field to stretch on a recent drizzly afternoon, they assembled in their usual clusters.  Third-baseman Casey Blake, as always, had a hard time choosing his spot.  —  “There's the little Latin community, the white guys and the black guys.
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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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Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Hate 'em or love 'em, these gritty Phillies are something else
Discussion: Circling The Bases
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Hardball Times and MLB FanHouse
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Towers has standing offer from Sox  —  ANAHEIM - Former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers said he'll take a couple of months off and enjoy some of the time (2010 season) remaining on his Padres contract before deciding his next step in baseball.  —  Towers could easily land …
Joe Capozzi / Palm Beach Post:
Mark Wiley philosophical about dismissal as Florida Marlins pitching coach  —  Mark Wiley doesn't hide his disappointment at being fired as Marlins pitching coach, but he takes solace in knowing that it wasn't the biggest shock of his career.  —  Wiley, 61, was fired as Cleveland's pitching coach …
Discussion: FishStripes and FanGraphs Baseball
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JSOnline:
Peterson gets 2-year deal
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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