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4:00 PM ET, October 2, 2013


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Justin Sablich / New York Times:
Highlights and Analysis: 2013 N.L. Wildcard — Pirates 6, Reds 2  —  Anyone who has even casually followed the Pittsburgh Pirates this season is probably familiar with one particular number: 21.  That's how many years it had been since the Pirates have made the postseason, let alone had a winning season.
John Fay / Cincinnati Reds:
Jocketty says Baker will be back
Discussion: HardballTalk
Fox Sports:
Reds may be one-and-done in playoffs
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Julian Linden / Reuters:
Braves Happy Entering Playoffs Under the Radar  —  (Reuters) - For the first time in nearly a decade, the Atlanta Braves have won the National League East division crown, raising fresh hopes they can rekindle their glory days and make a charge at winning the World Series.
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Talking Chop
Dan Uggla not on NLDS roster  —  The Atlanta Braves did not include three-time All-Star Dan Uggla on their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series.  —  The Braves released their NLDS roster on Wednesday, one day before they open their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Discussion: ESPN and Talking Chop
Zach Links / MLB Rumors:
Brewers Waive Mat Gamel, Taylor Green  —  The Brewers have placed Mat Gamel and Taylor Green on waivers, a source tells Adam McCalvy of  Both players suffered injuries in 2013 that cost them the entire season.  —  Gamel was set to fill in the gap at first base after Corey Hart …
Discussion: Brew Beat and Al's Ramblings
Adam McCalvy /
Melvin talks Crew's bright spots, offseason plans  —  GM confident club can win with current roster, intends to add to first-base depth  —  MILWAUKEE — Two days after the end of a season that saw the Brewers win 12 of their final 18 games but finish 14 games under .500 …
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Sources: Cubs have serious interest in Girardi  —  Brian Cashman's meeting with Joe Girardi's agent Wednesday comes at a time when the Chicago Cubs have serious interest in hiring the New York Yankees manager, sources told ESPN.  —  Chicago fired Dale Sveum on Monday, and sources …
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman's lose-lose dilemma on Robinson Cano; Girardi return seems likelier; NY Mets likely to tender Turner  —  The Yankees need to sign Robinson Cano.  The Yankees need to let Robinson Cano decline in some other city.  You have heard both arguments many times …
Discussion: Metsblog and Amazin' Avenue
Cubs dismiss manager Sveum after 2 years
NY Daily News:
Alex Rodriguez tells panel he was duped into taking steroids: source  —  The embattled Yankee and his lawyers have presented a case based partly on the idea that Rodriguez believed the substances he procured from the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic were innocent legal supplements.
Yu Darvish dealt with nerve problem  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish suffered from a nerve problem in his lower back and buttocks area in September, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN on Wednesday.  —  The issues caused numbness down Darvish's right leg …
Sam Mellinger / Kansas City Star:
What Royals GM Dayton Moore really meant by his ‘World Series’ comment  —  Dayton Moore said something stupid.  This stupid thing he said will hang on him.  His words will be mocked.  —  To some, Moore has already been the Royals' general manager too long.  Seven years already.
Discussion: and HardballTalk
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Mariners Will Make Qualifying Offer To Morales  —  The Mariners will “definitely” make a qualifying offer to impending free agent Kendrys Morales, general manager Jack Zduriencik said on 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle (h/t:'s Greg Johns on Twitter).  —  A qualifying offer …
Ryan Divish / Mariners Insider:
Sitdown interview with Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln (Part 1).  —  It was an odd end to yet another disappointing season for the Seattle Mariners.  They finished the 2013 season with 91 losses - their fourth straight losing season.  And in the final days of the season, manager Eric Wedge decided …
Discussion: Lookout Landing and U.S.S. Mariner
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays praise Delmon Young's impact  —  CLEVELAND — Evan Longoria proved again in Monday's tiebreaker win that — even in a season marred by inconsistency — he is still the biggest force in the Rays lineup.  And Wil Myers has been putting an impressive finish on his first big-league season.
Todd Zolecki / The Zo Zone:
Amaro Feels the Heat, Talks Future  —  Ruben Amaro Jr. settled into one of the blue seats a few rows from the field Saturday afternoon at Turner Field.  He munched on sunflower seeds as Scott Proefrock, one of his assistant general managers, sat in the row behind him.
Ryan Lawrence /
Phillies Notebook: Phillies' Ruiz hopes to return next season
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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