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T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Howard's end: Slugger NLCS MVP  —  Two homers, eight RBIs help Phils reach World Series  —  PHILADELPHIA — For the first time in nine playoff games, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard did not to get a hit or an RBI on Wednesday night.  —  He did pick up another trophy, though.
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Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:
Back for seconds: Phillies in Fall Classic  —  Phils can become NL's first repeat champs since 1975-75  —  PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth held a cigar in one hand and a beer in the other as he soaked in the champagne that had been poured on him and the atmosphere that had surrounded …
Discussion: New York Times and The Good Phight
Mel Antonen / USA Today:
Rollins' belief in Phils' ability to win contagious  —  PHILADELPHIA — In the spring of 2007, Jimmy Rollins had played six full seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies without making a playoff appearance.  —  But that didn't stop him from being courageous.
Seth Livingstone / USA Today:
After early missteps, GM Colletti oversees revival of Dodgers  —  PHILADELPHIA — Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who was rewarded with a multiyear contract extension, takes pride in what his team accomplished in 2009 but knows the Philadelphia Phillies …
Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
Phillies beat Dodgers 10-4, return to World Series  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ryan Howard and the defending champs are back in the World Series - proving last year was no fluke and looking even more dangerous this time around.  —  Jayson Werth homered twice, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz …
T.J. Simers / Los Angeles Times:   Squandering everything, just to end up the same as in '08
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Replay for the World Series could work  —  Don Denkinger, an umpire who had one of the most famous blown calls in history, tells Bob Klapisch: It's time to go to replay.  —  Here's the thing: Eventually, expanded use of replay is going to happen.  It's as inevitable as a Democrat or Republican winning the next presidential election.
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Bob Klapisch / NorthJersey.com:
Former ump says go to video  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. - Don Denkinger is living a quiet, peaceful retirement these days, playing golf in the Arizona sun.  But just like any former major league umpire, he still follows the game.  And as one, in particular, whose career was defined by a bad call …
Tim McClelland / ASAP Sports:
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: ANGELS v YANKEES
Discussion: Deadspin and Circling The Bases
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Yankees top list of contenders in race for coveted free agent Holliday … Outfielder Matt Holliday, probably the biggest free agent about to be on the market — John Lackey and Jason Bay are the only other in-their-prime stars — is said by a friend to love the idea of going to the Yankees.
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Maple Leafs / Toronto Star:
Griffin: Manny only interested in Manny  —  PHILADELPHIA— Dodgers manager Joe Torre, on his off-day between NLCS Games 4-5, showed his east coast New York/New Jersey roots, being spotted chillin' at Bruce Springsteen's final concert at the old Spectrum before it is demolished.
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:   Torre gets earful at Springsteen show
David Waldstein / New York Times:
Mattingly Has Preliminary Interview With Indians
Discussion: Sliding Into Home
Jorge Arangure Jr / MLB:
Coveted Aroldis Chapman to meet with teams in New York  —  Prized Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will arrive in New York on Wednesday to begin a series of meetings with several general managers, Chapman's agent, Edwin Mejia, confirmed.  —  The 21-year-old will visit several cities …
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Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Red Sox likely to meet with Cuban LHP
Discussion: Union-News and NESN.com
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Sabathia and Lee Facing Possible Stadium Rematch
Jorge Arangure Jr / ESPN:
Chapman pays a visit to the U.S.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Braves Rumors: Soriano, Gonzalez, Hudson  —  David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked to Braves GM Frank Wren yesterday.  Hot stove highlights:  — Wren considers the Braves' biggest needs to be the bullpen and the offense.  — O'Brien is certain the Braves won't try …
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David O'Brien / Atlanta Braves with David O'Brien:
Wren's plan for Braves: Get better
Discussion: Bottom9 Baseball
Jose De Jesus Ortiz / Houston Chronicle:
Astros meet with Acta, Mills for second interview  —  The Astros began their second round of interviews with former Nationals manager Manny Acta and Boston Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, both called back Wednesday from the initial list of 10.  —  Owner Drayton McLane would only concede …
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Brian McTaggart / MLB.com:
Acta undergoes second Astros interview
Philly.com:
Greasing poles in case of a Phillies victory  —  City workers have greased poles along South Broad Street in an effort to deter revellers from climbing them during any wild celebrations that might follow a possible Phillies victory tonight.  —  Street lights, signs, bus shelters and even trees …
Buster Olney / MLB:
Sources: San Diego Padres closer to hiring Jed Hoyer as GM  —  The San Diego Padres are moving closer toward hiring Jed Hoyer, an assistant general manager with the Boston Red Sox, as their next general manager, according to major league sources.  —  Hoyer, 35, has worked in Boston's front office under Theo Epstein.
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Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Padres could soon hire new GM
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and MLB Rumors
Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Fox adds Guillen to broadcast booth … Baseball fans, get ready for a bleeping interesting analyst.  SI.com has learned that Ozzie Guillen, the colorful and occasionally profanity-laden manager of the White Sox, has been hired by Fox Sports to serve as a pre- and postgame analyst for the network's World Series coverage.
Discussion: MLB FanHouse and South Side Sox
Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Theo speaks on offseason, Drew, and philosophies  —  Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning and touched on his team's approach to the offseason, the value of J.D. Drew, the future of Daniel Bard as a closer. and some of the organization's philosophies.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Multiple Teams Eyeing Milton Bradley  —  “Multiple teams are in contact with the Cubs about outfielder Milton Bradley,” according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Rosenthal even quotes one source who said, “You would be shocked at the level of interest.”  —  Rosenthal says the Cubs believe …
Espn Com / MLB:
Steve Phillips, ESPN baseball analyst, takes leave of absence  —  ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips is taking a leave of absence.  —  The New York Post reported Wednesday that Phillips, formerly general manager of the Mets, was involved in a relationship with a female ESPN employee.
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