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ESPN:
Yankees rally around manager Joe Girardi in Game 5 win over Indians  —  New York third baseman Todd Frazier said the motivation for the Yankees' American League Division Series-clinching 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night was right there in the dugout.
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Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
MLB playoffs: Are big-game starting pitchers nearly extinct?  —  With the New York Yankees ahead 3-1 in Game 5 of their division series Wednesday night, CC Sabathia gave up a run-scoring single to Cleveland Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela with his 69th pitch of the game with one out in the fourth inning.
Roger Rubin / UPI:
ALCS: Surging New York Yankees should give favored Houston Astros tough battle  —  The Houston Astros got some good news and some bad news on Wednesday night.  —  The good news was that they would have home-field advantage for the American League Championship Series, with Game 1 set for Friday at Minute Maid Park.
ESPN:
Indians ace Corey Kluber knocks down notion that injury held him back  —  After Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber allowed nine runs, including four homers, over 6 1/3 innings in two postseason starts, there was speculation that he was again fighting the back issue that landed him on the disabled list in May.
Discussion: South Side Sox
ESPN:
Indians suffer an epic letdown with ALDS loss
Discussion: Deadspin
UPI:   ALDS: Cleveland Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion back for Game 5
Kevin Spain / USA Today:   Astros starting Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 and Justin Verlander in Game 2
Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
NLDS Game 4 turning point: Michael Taylor's grand slam  —  Nationals center fielder Michael A. Taylor discusses hitting a grand slam against the Cubs Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The situation: With the Nationals clinging …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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Jeff Arnold / UPI:
NLDS: History on line as Washington Nationals return home vs. Chicago Cubs  —  CHICAGO — The Nationals have yet to reach the National League Championship Series, as they were eliminated in the NL Division Series in each of their previous three postseason appearances since moving to Washington.
Steve Greenberg / Chicago Sun Times:   Jake Arrieta counting on team to win Game 5, extend his time with Cubs
ESPN:   Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark to oppose Kyle Hendricks in Game 5
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Stephen Strasburg strikes back: Nationals top Cubs to force winner-take-all Game 5
Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago Sun Times:
LIVE BLOG: Jon Lester enters as Cubs trail 1-0 in 5th inning of Game 4
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   As Stephen Strasburg takes mound for Game 4, plenty at stake for All-Star, Nationals
Associated Press:   Strasburg to start Game 4 of NLDS for Nationals after all
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Stephen Strasburg to start today's Cubs-Nationals NLDS Game 4
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Aroldis Chapman gets redemption for 2016 World Series with save in final game of ALDS  —  CLEVELAND - Aroldis Chapman had a chance to close out the Indians in this same stadium barely one year ago.  He could not do it in Game 7 of the World Series, even though his Cubs went on to end their century-long championship drought.
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge did help Yankees in ALDS, but barely with his bat  —  CLEVELAND — The Yankees overcame a brutal series from Aaron Judge at the plate to advance to the ALCS.  —  Judge went 1-for-20 with 16 strikeouts - an MLB record for Ks in a single playoff series.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Baby Bombers were carried to ALCS on backs of Yankees veterans  —  CLEVELAND — On a team laden with young talent, it was the old guard who led the Yankees to the ALCS.  —  CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner and David Robertson - all members of the 2009 World Series championship team - each delivered in a big way on Wednesday night.
Eric Barrow / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge perplexed when asked how happy he is for Girardi after win: ‘For Joe?’  —  It's been a rough week for Joe Girardi.  —  First fans called for his head after bungling Game 2 of the ALDS.  Then closer Aroldis Chapman liked an Instagram post in which he was referred to as an …
Billy Witz / New York Times:
Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Joe Girardi says owner Hal Steinbrenner has been ‘even-keeled’ since Girardi's Game 2 blunder
Associated Press:
Jose Altuve staying humble as Astros marvel at 2B ahead of ALCS  —  HOUSTON — Jose Altuve hit .346 to win the American League batting title for the second straight year before batting .533 in the ALDS to help the Houston Astros eliminate the Boston Red Sox.
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UPI:   Boston Red Sox fire manager John Farrell after five seasons
Jake Becker / New York Daily News:
Red Sox fire manager John Farrell
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   With Red Sox ousting John Farrell, Mets' search for new manager only gets more competitive
Matt Gelb / Philly.com:
Phillies interview Dusty Wathan, Jorge Velandia as two more internal candidates for manager  —  The Phillies have not conducted an off-season managerial search since 2004, and they are sure to engage external candidates — as soon as next week.  They could pursue a fresh perspective from outside …
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Joe Belock / New York Daily News:
Yankees, Astros playoff history is just a one-game affair Bomber fans want to forget  —  Yankees and Astros have met just once before in the postseason — the Bombers' lifeless 3-0 loss in the 2015 AL wild card game at the Stadium.  —  Dallas Keuchel, Houston's Game 1 starter for Friday …
Nicholas Parco / New York Daily News:
Yankees make fun of Indians on social media after ALDS win  —  The Yankees are kicking the Indians while they're down.  —  After coming back from an 0-2 hole and winning Game 5 of the ALDS to end Cleveland's season, the Bombers took to social media to make the Indians' three straight losses hurt even more.
Associated Press:
Mariners CEO optimistic in face of extended playoff drought  —  SEATTLE — John Stanton's first full season as the chairman and CEO of the Seattle Mariners ended the same as the previous 15 seasons when he was just a minority owner of the ballclub.  —  Out of the postseason …
 
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