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10:00 PM ET, October 4, 2019


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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
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.
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 …
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
Tom Burt / Microsoft on the Issues:
Recent cyberattacks require us all to be vigilant  —  Tom Burt - Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust  —  Today we're sharing that we've recently seen significant cyber activity by a threat group we call Phosphorus, which we believe originates from Iran and is linked to the Iranian government.
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.
Mets dismiss Mickey Callaway after 86-win campaign
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
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.
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 …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Launch Managerial Interviews  —  The Cubs have begun formal interviews as they seek to identify their next manager, the team informed reporters including Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter).  First-round interviews will carry into next week, at least.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
David Stearns Discusses Brewers Roster Questions  —  Brewers GM David Stearns talked about the upcoming offseason in the wake of his club's Wild Card loss, with Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel among those to cover the proceedings.  —  Despite the disappointing end …
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 …
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
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