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3:00 PM ET, October 4, 2019


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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.
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 …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Connor Grott / UPI:
NLDS: St. Louis Cardinals hold off Atlanta Braves to grab 1-0 series lead  —  The St. Louis Cardinals had late two-run doubles from Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong and held off a late rally from the Atlanta Braves to earn a 7-6 victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night in Atlanta.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
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 …
Janie McCauley / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
A's set sights on division after another wild-card loss  —  Oakland Athletics might need to find a way to win the AL West to guarantee themselves a long playoff series.  —  Pulling past the powerful Astros is the next aim for the A's, daunting as it might be.
Discussion: Athletics Nation and
Ben Ross /
A's elimination-game futility continues in AL wild-card loss to Rays
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 …
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
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects For 2019
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Beth Harris / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nats' Strasburg back from bullpen, starts Game 2 vs Kershaw  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington manager Dave Martinez says  —  Stephen Strasburg will start Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the  —  Los Angeles Dodgers.  —  Strasburg, who earned the win in relief with three shutout innings …
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 …
Scott Patsko / Plain Dealer:
Freddie Kitchens discusses Odell Beckham Jr., 49ers in Thursday press conference: Transcript  —  Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens, September 29, 2019  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio - Here's a transcript of Freddie Kitchens' Thursday press conference, as provided by the Browns' media-relations department:
Discussion: New York Post and ProFootballTalk
Les Carpenter / Washington Post:
The Redskins are on the verge of a lost season.  So what do they do with Dwayne Haskins?  —  Most days, the Washington Redskins' most salable asset walks in quiet limbo around the team's locker room, caught in an awkward purgatory between a crumbling present and an uncertain future.
Discussion: CBS Boston and ProFootballTalk
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