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9:50 PM ET, October 11, 2018

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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Alex Cora pushed all the right buttons in getting Red Sox to ALCS  —  NEW YORK — John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, stood inside the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium late Tuesday night, answering questions from a group of reporters as the victory celebration blared in the background.
Discussion: NESN.com
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Jimmy Golen / Toronto Sun:
After Series win with Astros, Cora aims to knock them out  —  BOSTON (AP) Alex Cora led Boston to a victory over the hated Yankees.  Next up for the first-year Red Sox manager: The team he left after winning a World Series as a bench coach last season.  —  “I've been talking …
Maria Torres / Los Angeles Times:
ALCS preview: Astros should win a closely contested series  —  A capsule look at the Boston Red Sox-Houston Astros ALCS:  —  When they matched with the Boston Red Sox in last year's American League Division Series, the Houston Astros seemed unstoppable.  They'd bolstered their starting rotation …
Associated Press:
A capsule look at the Astros-Red Sox playoff series  —  A look at the best-of-seven American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox:  —  ___  —  Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Saturday, at Boston, 8:09 p.m.; Game 2, Sunday, at Boston, 7:09 p.m.; Game 3 …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
ALCS: Managers Alex Cora, A.J. Hinch share brotherly bond, but now oppose each other  —  BOSTON — They would argue, aggravate one another, raise their voices, and had days they barely could stand looking at each other.  —  It was as if A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora were siblings …
Alex Reimer / WEEI:
Brock Holt shows support for David Price on D&K: ‘We want him on the mound’ in Game 2
Discussion: NESN.com
Ted Berg / USA Today:
Why Astros have an edge over the Red Sox in the ALCS
Associated Press:   Cora sticking with David Price for Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   New York Yankees pitching in review and outlook for 2019
Hunter Atkins / Houston Chronicle:
Texas ties abound for Red Sox in ALCS vs. Astros
Discussion: Over the Monster
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Confident Red Sox dismiss the doubters who think they don't have a chance against Astros
ESPN:   What if Eduardo Nunez had been playing back one more foot ...
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Associated Press:
Brewers going with Gio Gonzalez in Game 1 of NLCS  —  MILWAUKEE — Gio Gonzalez will start for the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.  —  The Brewers have chosen Wade Miley to start in Game 2 on Saturday …
Jon Tayler / Sports Illustrated:
Do the Brewers Have the Starting Pitching to Stop the Dodgers?  — The Brewers have a loaded bullpen and several big bats.  It's the starting pitching that is the question.  —  On Friday night, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw, the greatest pitcher of his generation, to the mound in Milwaukee to open the NLCS.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Jared Wyllys / Sporting News:
Craig Counsell on his managerial journey, style: 'I'm a product of my experiences'
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers' Ross Stripling was tipping pitches ‘big time’ but believes he's eliminated the issue
Discussion: DodgerBlue.com
Associated Press:
AP sources: Rangers do 1st 3 interviews in manager search  —  The Texas Rangers have done their first interviews in the search to replace fired manager Jeff Banister.  —  According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers on Thursday interviewed Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde in Arlington …
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Bob Brookover / Philly.com:
Phillies coach Dusty Wathan will interview for Texas Rangers managerial job  —  Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan is among the candidates for the vacant job as the Texas Rangers manager, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday night.  Wathan, 45, was the runner-up to Gabe Kapler …
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Sources: Rangers have done significant due diligence on at least 7 managerial candidates …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and Cubs Insider
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel needs surgery on elbow, out 4-6 weeks in offseason  —  GOODYEAR, Arizona - Learning the outfield throughout the past month, Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel was hopeful that he could continue playing his new positions in the Arizona Fall League.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Red Reporter
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Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:   Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis to coach clinic at MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:   Cincinnati Reds star prospect Taylor Trammell working on finding his voice
Anthony Fenech / USA Today:
What really happened between Detroit Tigers announcers involved in altercation?  —  At the beginning of the end of Mario and Rod, there was an early afternoon interview on the schedule.  There was a comfortable chair in the visiting television booth at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
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Carlos Monarrez / Detroit Free Press:   My pick for Detroit Tigers' next play-by-play announcer
ESPN:   Report: Tigers won't retain TV broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
For Braves, this winter is chance to join MLB's upper class  —  Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies stood over the dugout railing at the conclusion of Game 4, watching the Dodgers celebrate on the SunTrust Park infield.  —  The Braves had a front-row view to the franchise they want to become.
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Mark Bradley / The Charlotte Observer:   Six key items on Braves' offseason to-do list
Chris Cwik / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Report: Cubs fire hitting coach Chili Davis after just one season  —  The Chicago Cubs have found their scapegoat.  After failing to advance past the National League wild-card game, the  —  Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR.  —  Davis was fired after just one year on the job.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
 
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