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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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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.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Nationals-Cubs NLDS Game 5: Which team has edge in winner-take-all clash?  —  For the third time in six years, the Washington Nationals will attempt to win a decisive Game 5 in the National League Division Series at Nationals Park - and advance to their first NL Championship Series.
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.
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Todd Frazier celebrates New York Yankees' ALDS win vs. Cleveland Indians  —  Todd Frazier discusses playing in a playoff game with the Yankees Matt Ehalt/NorthJersey.com  —  Todd Frazier celebrated the New York Yankees' ALDS win against the Cleveland Indians - the first postseason series win of his career …
Discussion: CBS New York and FanRag Sports
UPI:   ALDS: Cleveland Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion back for Game 5
ESPN:
Your guide to Thursday's Game 5: Winner gets the Dodgers!  —  We ended up with a pretty good round of Division Series.  Two series go five games, thanks to Stephen Strasburg's gem on a drizzly Wednesday at Wrigley.  We had a 13-inning game in the Cleveland Indians-New York Yankees series …
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Jeff Arnold / UPI:   NLDS: History on line as Washington Nationals return home vs. Chicago Cubs
Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
NLDS Game 4 turning point: Michael Taylor's grand slam
Discussion: Federal Baseball
ESPN:
Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark to oppose Kyle Hendricks in Game 5
Discussion: Minor League Ball
Steve Greenberg / Chicago Sun Times:   Jake Arrieta counting on team to win Game 5, extend his time with Cubs
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Stephen Strasburg strikes back: Nationals top Cubs to force winner-take-all Game 5
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
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ESPN:
Indians suffer an epic letdown with ALDS loss  —  CLEVELAND — After Brett Gardner's line single to right field scored two runs to put away Game 5 of the American League Division Series for the New York Yankees, hundreds of crestfallen realists in the Progressive Field stands succumbed to the inevitable.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Deadspin
ESPN:
Indians ace Corey Kluber knocks down notion that injury held him back
Discussion: South Side Sox
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Aaron Judge did help Yankees in ALDS, but barely with his bat
Eric Barrow / New York Daily News:   Aaron Judge perplexed when asked how happy he is for Girardi after win: ‘For Joe?’
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
Doug Mittler / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Jorge Velandia in contention for Phillies' managerial job?  —  Jorge Velandia, currently a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak, has emerged as a “strong candidate” for the managerial vacancy of the Philadelphia Phillies, reports Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
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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 …
Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Sources: Jorge Velandia emerges as strong candidate for Phillies manager job
Bob Brookover / Philly.com:
Juan Samuel the first to interview for Phillies managerial job
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and PhillyVoice
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
5 keys for the Yankees to take care of the Astros in Houston to start the ALCS  —  The Astros are waiting in Houston for the Yankees, rested and formidable.  With the best offense in baseball and a rotation bolstered by the late-season acquisition of ace Justin Verlander …
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Associated Press:   Jose Altuve staying humble as Astros marvel at 2B ahead of ALCS
UPI:   Boston Red Sox fire manager John Farrell after five seasons
Kevin Spain / USA Today:   Astros starting Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 and Justin Verlander in Game 2
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.
 
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