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7:50 AM ET, October 11, 2012


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Ibanez replaces A-Rod, hits tying, winning HRs  —  NEW YORK — Joe Girardi decided to leave Alex Rodriguez in the third spot in the New York Yankees' batting order for Game 3 of their AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.  —  But that was to start the game.
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Jeter shrugs off injury, says he'll play in Game 4  —  Captain fouled ball off foot in third inning, departed after eighth  —  NEW YORK — If Derek Jeter has his way, there's no chance he'll be left out of the Yankees' starting lineup for Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Evan Drellich /
Yankees' trip derailed when train loses power
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and HardballTalk
Gordon Edes / ESPN:
Red Sox set for manager search  —  The Boston Red Sox plan to begin their search for a new manager on Friday, which is when CEO Larry Lucchino is expected to return to Boston after a trip to Europe, according to a baseball source.  —  The source did not identify any specific candidates.
Discussion: MLB, Boston Globe and Over the Monster
Michael Silverman / Clubhouse Insider:
Red Sox eye Tim Wallach for manager's job  —  The Red Sox have contacted Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach to gauge his interest in their managerial vacancy.  Wallach is interested, and is expected to be one of the candidates interviewed in the coming days.
Fox Sports:
Nationals sure could use Strasburg  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.  —  Sorry, it's time to utter the “S” word.  —  Heck, some of the Washington Nationals' players are saying it, with very little prompting.  —  “If we had 'Stras, we'd be up 2-0,” one player told me Tuesday.
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
On Baseball: Carpenter's Return Animates the Cardinals
Discussion: and MLB Rumors
Game times after Wednesday still in flux
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Adam McCalvy /
Latos or Leake the options for Reds in Game 4  —  Latos would go on three days' rest, while Leake would replace Cueto on roster  —  CINCINNATI — Who will start for the Reds in Game 4 of the National League Division Series opposite Barry Zito and the Giants?  —  As of Tuesday night, his name was TBA.
Associated Press:
Tigers Go Ahead 1-0 on A's With Jackson RBI Single  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out five Oakland batters and Austin Jackson hit an RBI single as the Detroit Tigers took a 1-0 lead against the Athletics after three innings in Game 4 of their AL division series Wednesday night.
Discussion: Athletics Nation and Yahoo! Sports
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs may lose Brenly, but Stone staying with Sox  —  Diamondbacks could make run at Brenly; Stone to stick with Sox  —  Bob Brenly is a man in demand in the television booth.  —  The Cubs' television analyst, whose contract recently expired, is attracting interest from the Diamondbacks …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Greg Johns /
Felix extension among Zduriencik's possible moves  —  Report has Mariners in deep contract talks with ace hurler  —  Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has multiple goals this offseason, possibly including an extension for Felix Hernandez.  (AP)  —  SEATTLE — Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik …
Joe Posnanski / Sports on Earth Writers:
HOLDING COURT WITH THE HIT KING  —  LAS VEGAS — If there is one undeniable thing about Peter Edward Rose, it is this: The man cannot tolerate silence.  It is a defining trait.  He simply cannot endure quiet.  He has to fill it.  He leans toward noise and cheers and buzz the way a plant leans to the sun.
Discussion: ESPN
Christopher Klein / History in the Headlines:
Document Banning Pete Rose From Baseball Goes on Sale
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Arbitration Eligibles: New York Mets  —  The Mets are next in our 2013 Arbitration Eligibles series.  Matt Swartz's salary projections are below.  — First time: Daniel Murphy ($3MM), Bobby Parnell ($1.5MM), Josh Thole ($1.2MM), Rob Johnson ($600K), Ike Davis ($2.8MM)
Discussion: Mets Merized Online and Metsblog
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Garcia to seek second opinion about shoulder  —  WASHINGTON  • The Cardinals made a change on their division series roster Tuesday, replacing lefthanded starting pitcher Jaime Garcia with rookie Shelby Miller.  The move represents the second time this season and third …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Ken Gurnick /
Top prospect Puig to miss Fall League play  —  LOS ANGELES — Top Dodgers outfield prospect Yasiel Puig will miss the Arizona Fall League because of a staph infection in his right elbow that required a surgical procedure.  —  Puig is expected to be fully healed in three to five weeks …
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Nationals playoff game will create gridlock  —  Massive crowds are expected to descend on the Navy Yard area Wednesday for the first playoff game at Nationals Park, but the big problems could begin after the final out.  —  The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., which means that tens …
Discussion: HardballTalk
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