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Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves' Chris Martin Likely Out For Rest Of Postseason  —  10:59pm: Atlanta's “likely” to replace Martin with Teheran, per Bowman.  —  9:20pm: The Braves lost Game 1 after a bullpen implosion, and it appears they'll have to go the rest of the playoffs without Martin.
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Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Cardinals rally to get the best of the Braves in wild ending to Game 1 of their NLDS series  —  ATLANTA — It is one of the state of the art stadiums in baseball, a destination area ringed with bars, restaurants and more bars to enhance the fan experience.  —  Given the Braves lack of success …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Braves critical of Ronald Acuna Jr. for not running out hit in loss  —  ATLANTA — It happened again.  And this time it was in a postseason game.  —  Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. failed to run out a ball he hit off the wall in right field, settling for just a single.
Discussion: USA Today and AZ Snake Pit
Craig Calcaterra / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cardinals, Braves face off in NLDS Game 1  —  On paper this may be the most evenly-matched of the four Division Series, so it's definitely got that going for it.  No alpha teams like the Dodgers or Astros, no historical yips like the Twins have with the Yankees.
Connor Grott / UPI:
NLDS: St. Louis Cardinals hold off Atlanta Braves to grab 1-0 series lead
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Nicholas Sakelaris / UPI:
Rays bash A's in AL wild-card playoff, advance to face Astros in ALDS  —  The Tampa Bay Rays hit four home runs and their pitching held the Oakland Athletics in check during the American League wild-card playoff in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night.  —  Rays third-baseman Yandy Diaz smacked …
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Brandon Meyer / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays-Astros division series tickets go on sale today at 4 p.m.  —  Games 3 and 4 will be played at Tropicana Field.  —  Updated  —  Tickets to Games 3 and 4 of the American League Division series between the Rays and Houston Astros will go on sale today, beginning at 4 p.m.
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Janie McCauley / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
A's set sights on division after another wild-card loss
Discussion: Athletics Nation and NBCSports.com
Ben Ross / NBCSports.com:
A's elimination-game futility continues in AL wild-card loss to Rays
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
ESPN:
Mets dismiss Mickey Callaway after 86-win campaign  —  Mickey Callaway was the toast of New York when the Mets won 11 of their first 12 games with him as manager in 2018.  —  Less than two years later, Callaway no longer has a job.  —  The Mets on Thursday cut ties with the second-year manager despite …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and New York Post
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Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Brodie Van Wagenen, Mickey Callaway to speak ahead of Mets resolution  —  Brodie Van Wagenen was scheduled to talk to Mickey Callaway on Thursday, with the plan to resolve the Mets managing situation no later than Friday, sources told The Post.  —  The Mets have yet to publicly indicate whether …
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets fire Mickey Callaway  —  Goodbye Mickey ball and hello Mickey fall.  —  Mickey Callaway's shaky two-year Mets tenure ended Thursday with a pink slip.  The manager was fired by the Mets, the team announced, allowing general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to pursue his own man for the job.
Josh Norris / Baseball America:
Northwest League Top 20 Prospects For 2019  —  Typically a college-heavy circuit, the Northwest League was flooded with young talent this summer.  That's made clear by the prospects on this list and is brought even further into focus by some of the prospects who just missed the cut.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects For 2019
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Matt Martell / Sports Illustrated:
Dodgers vs. Nationals Is an Absolutely Loaded Series  — There's a lot riding on the Nationals-Dodgers NLDS.  The Dodgers are seeking a third straight World Series berth and their first title since 1988.  The Nationals are trying to reach the NLCS for the first time.
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Beth Harris / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nats' Strasburg back from bullpen, starts Game 2 vs Kershaw
ESPN:
CC Sabathia left off Yankees' roster for ALDS; James Paxton to start Game 1  —  The New York Yankees have left CC Sabathia off their roster for the American League Division Series, manager Aaron Boone announced Thursday.  —  Boone also announced that James Paxton will start Game 1 of the series …
 
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