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4:50 PM ET, October 8, 2012


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Athletics, in 2-0 hole, not ready to kiss off season  —  7:47PM EST October 7.  2012 - DETROIT — It was the kiss seen ‘round the baseball world Sunday, leaving the Oakland Athletics fuming, the Detroit Tigers apologizing, and an Athletics’ star vowing revenge.
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Fister, Tigers try to take commanding lead against A's  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander was terrific for the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.  Today, they try to take a commanding lead to Oakland when they play Game 2 against the Athletics at Comerica Park.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
David Pinto /
Playoffs Today  —  The Athletics and Tigers turn things around quickly …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Associated Press:
Rockies' Tracy resigns following 98-loss season  —  DENVER — Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses.  —  The Rockies said a search for Tracy's replacement would begin immediately.  Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Denver Post:
Jim Tracy says he's not “right man” for job, walks away from Rockies  —  When the Rockies abandoned convention on Aug. 1, the chances of Jim Tracy remaining as manager decreased dramatically.  As the newly appointed director of major league operations, Bill Geivett moved into the clubhouse …
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
No decision on Rockies manager Jim Tracy expected now until next week
Associated Press:
Nationals rally past Cardinals in Game 1  —  ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.
Washington returns to playoffs against Cards in Game 1  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - The District of Columbia hasn't seen a World Series title since Walter Johnson and the Senators defeated the New York Giants in 1924.  —  The Washington Nationals hope to change that …
Mark Hale / New York Post:
Pettitte hints he'll be back with Yankees in 2013  —  BALTIMORE — It sounds very much like even if the Yankees lose this series, tonight will not be the last career start for Andy Pettitte.  —  Pettitte—who is scheduled to take the mound for tonight's ALDS Game 2 against the Orioles …
Nick Cafardo / The Boston Globe:
When it comes to regrets, these baseball GMs have a few  —  Regrets, sometimes general managers have a few.  —  What they wish they had thought of in November, December, and January that would have made their lives so much easier in August and September.  —  Ben Cherington wishes …
Discussion: Boston Herald
Associated Press:
Arroyo Gem Puts Reds Up 2-0 on Giants in NLDS  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched the Reds back to Ohio on quite a playoff roll.  —  Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury …
Globe and Mail:
Reds lead Giants despite losing Johnny Cueto  —  Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer off San Francisco' Matt Cain and the Cincinnati Reds led the Giants 2-0 after three innings of their NL division series opener Saturday night despite losing ace Johnny Cueto to a back injury after eight pitches.
Globe and Mail:
Reds lose Johnny Cueto in Game 1 against Giants
Discussion: Red Reporter
Mark Newman /
Victorino joins TBS postseason studio crew  —  Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino, a postseason fixture the last five years with the Phillies, will join TBS as a studio analyst Monday through Wednesday as part of the network's ongoing Division Series coverage.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and HardballTalk
BP Prospect / Baseball Prospectus:
Monday Morning Ten Pack  —  Few players in the 20-year history of the Arizona Fall League have reported with as much buzz as Cincinnati Reds' prospect Billy Hamilton.  Coming off a season where he broke a minor league record by stealing 155 bases and having posted an overall .319/.418/.431 line between High …
Discussion: Purple Row
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
2012 Florida State League Top 20 Prospects  —  Most leagues are lucky if one or two elite pitching prospects make an appearance during the season.  In 2012, the high Class A Florida State League had two of the game's top 10 pitching prospects on the same team.
Discussion: River Avenue Blues and Bucs Dugout
Fox Sports:
Sources: Francona hired by Indians  —  The Cleveland Indians have hired former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, sources have told  —  The Indians are likely to annouce the hiring on Monday.  —  Francona, who led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, will replace Manny Acta.
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona discussing 4-year managerial deal
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