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2:50 PM ET, October 10, 2018

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Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
Red Sox hold off Yanks in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS  —  The Red Sox move on to the ALCS to face the Houston Astros in a matchup of clubs with MLB's two best regular-season records.  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox held off the Yankees' ninth-inning rally that ended …
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Mike Fitzpatrick / Toronto Sun:
Home for good: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS  —  NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees couldn't wait to get back home.  —  Now, that's exactly where they're staying.  —  CC Sabathia became the latest pitcher to put New York in an early hole as rookie manager …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
ESPN:
Yankees' CC Sabathia critical of umpire Angel Hernandez after loss  —  Umpire Angel Hernandez — who had four plays reviewed at first base in the first four innings of Game 3 on Monday night, three of which were overturned — didn't get any better Tuesday night, at least not as far as one New York Yankees player was concerned.
Andy Clayton / New York Daily News:
5 things that doomed the Yankees vs. the Red Sox in ALDS  —  When you win 100 games but then get quickly bounced in the division series, there are plenty of places to point the finger.  Here are five reasons why the Bombers are heading to the golf course while the Red Sox advance to meet the Astros in the ALCS.
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres' strong rookie season ends with groundout that closed out ALDS  —  NEW YORK - As the Red Sox waited to celebrate, Gleyber Torres knew their delay would not last long.  The umpires were going to review whether Torres had beaten out an infield single …
Ted Berg / USA Today:
After disappointing end to 2018, where do the Yankees go from here?  —  NEW YORK — The Yankees' 2018 campaign ended in indignity on Tuesday night as the Red Sox celebrated an ALCS berth at Yankee Stadium after the Bombers' too-little, too-late comeback effort against Craig Kimbrel in the ninth died on an infield dribbler.
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
After elimination, Yankees reflect on season and look ahead to 2019  —  NEW YORK — As he stood in the middle of the New York Yankees' clubhouse, a glossy-eyed Brett Gardner summed up the feelings that lingered in the dry air late Tuesday night.  —  “It's just tough right now,” the 35-year-old outfielder said, pausing.
ESPN:
Red Sox blast ‘New York, New York’ after eliminating Yankees  —  The Boston Red Sox can “Name That Tune” in one note, or so it seems, as they had the last word in musical taunting after knocking the New York Yankees out of the postseason in front of the home crowd at Yankee Stadium.
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:   Should the Red Sox be worried about Craig Kimbrel?
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Red Sox advance to ALCS after dramatic bottom of the 9th
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
The story behind Chris Sale pitching in Game 4
Discussion: NESN.com
Scott Boeck / USA Today:   Yankees' CC Sabathia calls umpire Angel Hernandez ‘terrible’ after ALDS Game 4
Danny Knobler / Bleacher Report:
Overmatched Yankees End Season with Shortcomings Everywhere Against the Red Sox
Discussion: CBS Boston, NESN.com and ESPN
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:   Red Sox blast ‘New York, New York’ and pop champagne in visitors' clubhouse, clapping back at Aaron Judge and Yankees
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   J.A. Happ is available out of the bullpen Tuesday, and Yankees are leaning toward Masahiro Tanaka …
Hayden Bird / Boston Globe:
Joe Torre on what he regrets from 2004, friendship with Bill Belichick, and how he's received in Boston
Associated Press:   MLB announces schedule for Games 1 and 2 of ALCS
ESPN:
Alex Bregman annoyed Astros played three day games during ALDS
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and NESN.com
Daily Record:   Aaron Boone catches heat from Twitter for leaving CC Sabathia in as Yankees trail Red Sox
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
How an 0-for-45 slump shaped Craig Counsell's managerial career  —  MILWAUKEE — It was right around the time current Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell was in a record 0-for-45 streak at the plate that he was approached by general manager Doug Melvin about his post-playing career plans.
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ESPN:
Burgers and Brew(ers): Wisconsin restaurant ready to dish out free burgers if Brewers win 12 straight  —  A Wisconsin burger chain restaurant is gearing up for another big giveaway if the Milwaukee Brewers can open the National League Championship Series with another win.
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Left off the Dodgers' World Series roster last year, Curtis Granderson has moved on  —  The last time we saw Curtis Granderson ... well, we didn't see him.  On the eve of the World Series in 2017, the Dodgers dropped him from their roster.  He was 36.  He never had ridden in a championship parade.
Todd Rosiak / USA Today:
Brewers offense will be tested by Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of NLCS
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Which Braves position players should return in 2019?  —  The Atlanta Braves got younger as the 2018 season progressed.  —  The average age of players on the active roster on Opening Day was 29.  On the final day of the season the average age was 27.  —  On May 1 in New York …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Which Braves pitchers should return in 2019?
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals Acquire Kyle Barraclough  —  The Nationals announced that they have acquired reliever Kyle Barraclough in a trade with the Marlins.  An unknown amount of international bonus availability will head to Miami in the swap.  —  This transaction comes as a surprise …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Moments to remember from the Detroit Tigers' 2018 season  —  We unearthed thousands of Free Press photo negatives and one sports writer's score book to tell the tale of baseball's greats.  “Bless you, boys.”  Brian Kaufman, Detroit Free Press  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Bless You Boys
 
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Broadcasters Rod Allen, Mario Impemba won't return to Detroit Tigers
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves expected to extend manager Brian Snitker's contract
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Javier Baez projected to receive $6 million raise in arbitration
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Anibal Sanchez will continue playing, hopes to remain with Braves
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
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