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2:50 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.
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 …
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.
Ted Berg / USA Today:
Why Astros have an edge over the Red Sox in the ALCS  —  After the Boston Red Sox secured an American League Championship Series berth with a nail-biting win over the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday, they returned to Boston to prepare for a best-of-seven set with a Houston Astros club …
Discussion: Over the Monster
ESPN:   What if Eduardo Nunez had been playing back one more foot ...
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
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
The Yankees sealed their 2018 fate when they refused to go after a stud starter like Jacob deGrom
Adam Kilgore / Chicago Tribune:   Under-fire umpire Angel Hernandez likely done for playoffs, but not for reason you think
ESPN:   Red Sox's Chris Sale will start Game 1 of ALCS vs. Astros' Justin Verlander
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
Red Sox hold off Yanks in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Andy Clayton / New York Daily News:   5 things that doomed the Yankees vs. the Red Sox in ALDS
Mike Fitzpatrick / Toronto Sun:
Home for good: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
Carlos Monarrez / Detroit Free Press:
My pick for Detroit Tigers' next play-by-play announcer  —  Tigers broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen got into a physical altercation.  It was known by many that they are not close friends.  Wochit, Detroit Free Press  —  CONNECT  —  I was lucky.  —  I grew up a sports fan in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Report: Tigers won't retain TV broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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.
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.
Tim Kurkjian / ESPN:
Three reasons the Dodgers will beat the Brewers in the NLCS
Discussion: New Jersey Online
ESPN:   Burgers and Brew(ers): Wisconsin restaurant ready to dish out free burgers if Brewers win 12 straight
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:   How an 0-for-45 slump shaped Craig Counsell's managerial career
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.
Associated Press:
MLB: Houston shortstop Carlos Correa struggles with back problem as ALCS looms
Cardinals, Adam Wainwright agree to 1-year deal for 2019  —  The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms with pitcher Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal for 2019, the team announced Thursday.  —  Wainwright will be entering his 15th major league season — all with the Cardinals …
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
New York Yankees pitching in review and outlook for 2019  —  NEW YORK - In a way, the Yankees are exactly where they were heading into last offseason.  —  Pitching is their greatest need, with big gaps to fill in the starting rotation and options on how to maintain an elite, late-inning relief corps.
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Miguel Andujar doesn't play for Yankees in Game 4, will wait on Rookie of the Year
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres' strong rookie season ends with groundout that closed out ALDS
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 …
Scott Lauber /
How much can the Phillies spend this offseason?  |  Extra Innings  —  For the Phillies, the postseason only reinforces that they are not real contenders yet.  —  The Atlanta Braves lived the Phillies' fantasy by winning the NL East with a young, mostly inexperienced roster.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Dansby Swanson expected to be 100 percent before spring training  —  The Braves aren't concerned that shortstop Dansby Swanson's hand injury will linger into next season.  —  Swanson, 24, was left off the postseason roster after partially tearing a ligament in his left hand.
Discussion: Talking Chop
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 …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Greinke?  Corbin?  Arenado?  The ideal Yankees offseason of reloading  —  The Braves reached the playoffs 14 straight times and captured a single title.  The Bills made four Super Bowls in a row, won none of them.  —  They are symbols of losing in our sports society.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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
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