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1:25 AM ET, October 12, 2018


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Associated Press:
Astros' George Springer back in postseason mode  —  HOUSTON — Ask Houston manager AJ Hinch to name the best thing about George Springer and he rattles off a laundry list of qualities he admires in the outfielder.  —  When he finishes that list, he adds a final thought.
Ben Walker / Associated Press:
In postseason baseball, aces aren't just for starting anymore  —  Chris Sale is all set to start Game 1 at Fenway Park.  If the Boston Red Sox later need him for middle relief, he's ready.  Or a setup spot, sure.  —  “I mean, it's postseason baseball.  You have to be prepared for anything,” the All-Star lefty said.
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 …
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 …
Maria Torres / Los Angeles Times:   ALCS preview: Astros should win a closely contested series
Associated Press:   A capsule look at the Astros-Red Sox playoff series
Associated Press:
Red Sox, 57-24 at Fenway, hope home-field makes the difference
Discussion: ESPN
Alex Reimer / WEEI:
Brock Holt shows support for David Price on D&K: ‘We want him on the mound’ in Game 2
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   New York Yankees pitching in review and outlook for 2019
Associated Press:   Cora sticking with David Price for Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros
Hunter Atkins / Houston Chronicle:
Texas ties abound for Red Sox in ALCS vs. Astros
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 …
Discussion: ESPN
Tim Kurkjian / ESPN:
Three reasons the Dodgers will beat the Brewers in the NLCS  —  All we can ask of our league championship series is that the two best teams are involved, which is precisely the case with the National League Championship Series.  The Milwaukee Brewers have won 11 in a row …
Jon Tayler / Sports Illustrated:
Do the Brewers Have the Starting Pitching to Stop the Dodgers?
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
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds' Shed Long, who can be a ‘game changer,’ is working on his consistency  —  Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer  —  SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - A few hours before Shed Long made his debut in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday, Barry Larkin gave a scouting report of the 23-year-old second baseman.
Bobby Nightengale /
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: Red Reporter and MLB Trade Rumors
Bobby Nightengale /   Cincinnati Reds star prospect Taylor Trammell working on finding his voice
Bob Brookover /
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
Associated Press:   AP sources: Rangers do 1st 3 interviews in manager search
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
Discussion: ESPN
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.
Mark Bradley / The Charlotte Observer:   Six key items on Braves' offseason to-do list
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Next wave of Diamondbacks prospects could be their best in years  —  Geraldo Perdomo glides toward ground balls and gloves tricky hops with no apparent effort.  Kristian Robinson hits towering fly balls, doing so with a swing that generates easy power.  Alek Thomas sprays balls across the diamond …
Detroit News:
Tigers' Zimmermann, Stewart have core muscle repair surgery  —  Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and rookie outfielder Christin Stewart had core muscle repair surgery Thursday in Philadelphia.  —  The surgeries were performed by Dr. William Meyers.
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