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6:30 AM ET, October 11, 2018

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ESPN:
What if Eduardo Nunez had been playing back one more foot ...  Here's one way it could have gone differently: Eduardo Nunez was playing 115 feet from home plate.  The average third baseman this year, with two strikes on Gleyber Torres, played 117 feet deep.  —  What if Eduardo Nunez was playing 117 feet from home plate?
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Associated Press:
Cora sticking with David Price for Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros  —  BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora is sticking with David Price, saying Wednesday the left-hander will start Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against Houston despite an unprecedented history of playoff struggles.
Adam Kilgore / Chicago Tribune:
Under-fire umpire Angel Hernandez likely done for playoffs, but not for reason you think  —  The Washington Post  —  His team's season had just ended in the American League Division Series, and before the New York Yankees exited into the chill of winter, veteran left-hander CC Sabathia …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Brian Cashman, Yankees need to get to work this winter to avoid World Series drought hitting the decade mark  —  It has been nine years now since the Yankees last celebrated a World Series championship.  —  After watching their bitter division rival Red Sox celebrate ending their 2018 season …
ESPN:
Red Sox's Chris Sale will start Game 1 of ALCS vs. Astros' Justin Verlander  —  Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Wednesday that ace Chris Sale will start Game 1 and David Price will start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, which starts Saturday.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Confident Red Sox dismiss the doubters who think they don't have a chance against Astros  —  BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox, who returned home in the wee hours Wednesday after their after-hours party at Yankee Stadium, celebrating the AL Division Series championship over their storied rival New York Yankees …
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:   Red Sox hold off Yanks in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
The Yankees sealed their 2018 fate when they refused to go after a stud starter like Jacob deGrom
Discussion: Boston Globe
Andy Clayton / New York Daily News:   5 things that doomed the Yankees vs. the Red Sox in ALDS
Ted Berg / USA Today:
After disappointing end to 2018, where do the Yankees go from here?
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
The story behind Chris Sale pitching in Game 4
Discussion: NESN.com
Mike Fitzpatrick / Toronto Sun:
Home for good: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:   Should the Red Sox be worried about Craig Kimbrel?
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
After elimination, Yankees reflect on season and look ahead to 2019
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
MLB tells panel it wants 0.25 percent ‘integrity fee’ from casinos  —  LAS VEGAS — Major League Baseball and the casino industry are entrenched in their views on a league proposal to get a cut from wagers placed on the sport following the repeal of a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Associated Press:
MLB: Houston shortstop Carlos Correa struggles with back problem as ALCS looms  —  Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says he is in pain: Every swing and miss hurts his aching back, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable to walk.  —  Correa often puts on a brave face but he tells …
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.
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Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:   Left off the Dodgers' World Series roster last year, Curtis Granderson has moved on
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:   How an 0-for-45 slump shaped Craig Counsell's managerial career
Genaro C. Armas / Associated Press:   Granderson gives Brewers upbeat, veteran presence off bench
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
No Game 1 starter named yet but increase in pitching staff likely for Brewers in NLCS
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Sources: Rangers have done significant due diligence on at least 7 managerial candidates, including Sandy Alomar Jr. and Mark DeRosa  —  The Rangers have yet to finalize their list of interviews for their vacant managerial spot, but have done significant due diligence on at least five external candidates …
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
List of candidates still evolving, but sources say Rangers have interest in this trio
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Craig EdwardsSpecial to / ESPN:
What's next for the losing teams from the Division Series?  —  With the conclusion of the divisional round of the playoffs, four teams advance with a shot at a title still alive.  Conversely, four more teams join the rest of the league in thinking about next season.
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers' Ross Stripling was tipping pitches ‘big time’ but believes he's eliminated the issue  —  LOS ANGELES — After making the National League All-Star team in midseason, Ross Stripling had a 6.41 ERA in the second half and was left off the Dodgers' roster for their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.
Discussion: DodgerBlue.com
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.
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Danny Knobler / Bleacher Report:
Overmatched Yankees End Season with Shortcomings Everywhere Against the Red Sox
Discussion: Star Tribune, Halos Heaven and NESN.com
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Miguel Andujar doesn't play for Yankees in Game 4, will wait on Rookie of the Year  —  Sean Farrell, Staff Writer, @seanfarrell92  —  NEW YORK — As the Yankees season ended with another poor offensive night, the team's doubles machines could only watch from the bench.
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Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres' strong rookie season ends with groundout that closed out ALDS
Mark Bradley / The Charlotte Observer:
Six key items on Braves' offseason to-do list  —  If the Braves seemed outclassed in the NLDS - they were outscored 20-8; eight Dodgers hit home runs, while only four Braves, Sean Newcomb among them, had RBIs - that should have been no shock.  Having won the National League West six years running …
ESPN:
Report: Tigers won't retain TV broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen  —  Detroit Tigers television announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who were suspended by Fox Sports Detroit last month after allegedly getting into a physical altercation, will not return in 2019, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Bless You Boys
 
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