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9:05 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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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 / 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.
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.
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 …
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
MLB says no evidence Rivera spit on ball
Discussion: NESN.com
Rev Halofan / Halos Heaven:
Mariano Rivera Spitball: Video Evidence?
MLB:
MLB: Video doesn't show Mariano Rivera doctoring ball
Discussion: Generation Third
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.
Discussion: Halos Heaven and Yahoo! Sports
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.
Discussion: Bugs & Cranks
Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:   UPDATES, Game 4, Angels vs. Yankees
Lyle Spencer / MLB.com:
Stymied by CC, Angels move to brink
Discussion: 6-4-2
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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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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