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4:30 PM ET, October 9, 2012


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George A. King III / New York Post:
Yankees annoyed at troopers asking for autographs in 9th  —  BALTIMORE — Two Maryland state troopers couldn't have picked a worse time to ask for autographs Sunday night.  —  In the top of the ninth inning of the Yankees' 7-2 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles …
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Yankees' trip derailed when train loses power  —  Team boards buses near Orioles' affiliate for return ride to New York  —  The best slugging team in baseball lost power.  —  The Yankees kept their cool on Tuesday morning when their train from Baltimore to New York had electrical difficulties …
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Tigers try to finish off Athletics in Game 3 at Oakland  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics try to stave off elimination on Tuesday when they play Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at the Coliseum.
Ichiro Finds Comfort in New Role With the Yankees
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Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Garcia has MRI on shoulder  —  Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia underwent an MRI late Monday after notifying manager Mike Matheny and team trainers that he was experiencing significant shoulder discomfort, leading to his removal after a two-inning start.  —  “I don't know what to think,” Garcia said.
Andrew Keh / New York Times:
Cardinals 12, Nationals 4: Cardinals Pull Even as Hitters Put On a Show  —  ST. LOUIS — The home team's home runs are marked with short bursts of fireworks, and they were exploding again late Monday afternoon — pop, pop, pop, pop — to mark the demolition unfolding at Busch Stadium.
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Bill Pennington / New York Times:
On Baseball: Yankees Decide Not to Count on Their Power
Discussion: Camden Chat
Joe McDonald / ESPN:
Red Sox to step up David Ortiz talks  —  After the Boston Red Sox concluded their dismal 93-loss season, general manager Ben Cherington said re-signing David Ortiz would be a priority in the offseason.  While the sides have had informal talks, serious conversations with the free-agent designated hitter …
Jon Heyman / Sports News …:
Rangers are prepared to let talented but injury-prone star free agent Josh Hamilton look around  —  There won't be any quick deal for star free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton in Texas.  The Rangers aren't prepared to present the large deal Hamilton is believed to seek and will instead …
Troy Renck / On the Rox:
Carney Lansford out as Rockies hiting instructor  —  Even before manager Jim Tracy walked away from his job on Sunday, the Rockies were planning to overhaul the coaching staff.  Monday night, hitting instructor Carney Lansford and third base coach Rich Dauer were dismissed.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies Mailbag: Is Dan O'Dowd GM for life in Colorado?
Matt Eddy / Baseball America:
2012 Eastern League Top 20 Prospects  —  A midseason ranking of Eastern League prospects would have yielded much less robust Top 20 than the one that follows.  That's because most of the Double-A circuit's 12 clubs added a rising star midway through the year, with many of them occupying spots near the top of the list.
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J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
2012 Florida State League Top 20 Prospects
Associated Press:
Terry Francona begins with Indians  —  CLEVELAND — Terry Francona could have waited to manage somewhere else.  At some point, a more talented team in a major market with a massive payroll would make him an offer.  —  But if he was going back, there was only one team for him.
Totals  —  2B: Was 1, B. Harper (1).  StL 3, A. Craig (1), D. Freese (1), P. Kozma (1).  —  3B: StL 1, J. Jay (1).  —  HR: Was 2, R. Zimmerman (1), A. LaRoche (1).  StL 4, C. Beltran 2 (2), A. Craig (1), D. Descalso (1).  —  HR Detail: Was, R. Zimmerman (Inning: 5 , 1 Out, 0 on) …
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Joe Frisaro / The Fish Pond:
Holding pattern for Ozzie, front office  —  MIAMI — All has been quiet since the Marlins' season ended.  Chances are the silence will remain until the club's organizational meetings later this month.  —  Team owner Jeffrey Loria continues to mull over what to do next.
Chicago Tribune:
Stone on staying with Sox: 'It's 100 percent'  —  Tribune report  —  Breathe easy, White Sox fans: Steve Stone is staying put.  —  Stone, the Sox's TV color analyst, had been dropping broad hints lately that he might seek to depart from the booth he shares with play-by-play partner Ken …
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