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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
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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.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves' Chris Martin Likely Out For Rest Of Postseason
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Leaning on Max Scherzer-Stephen Strasburg duo, Nationals conjure up win-now magic  —  MLB, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers  —  LOS ANGELES — The Washington Nationals' bullpen spent the regular season defying belief.  During the MLB postseason, the Nats are defying convention.
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Beth Harris / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nats' Strasburg back from bullpen, starts Game 2 vs Kershaw
Steve Somers Show / WFAN Sports Radio 66AM 101.9FM:
Buck Showalter Tells WFAN He Wants To Be Considered For Mets Job  —  Buck Showalter says he'd like to be considered for the Mets' managerial opening, although he admits he's uncomfortable publicly campaigning for it.  —  Listen to your team news NOW.  —  The veteran manager was a guest on Steve Somers' WFAN show on Thursday night.
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Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets fire Mickey Callaway
ESPN:
Mets dismiss Mickey Callaway after 86-win campaign
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.
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 …
Sam Mellinger / Kansas City Star:
Why the Royals' search for their next manager is deliberate ... and what that means  —  The Royals are in the ultimate transition, in ways huge and tiny, and the path of one specific transition will say so much about the rest.  —  This is the first defining moment of the new Royals — of John Sherman's Royals.
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 …
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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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
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.
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
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
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 …
Nature:
Two major accretion epochs in M31 from two distinct populations of globular clusters  —  Subjects  —  Abstract  —  Large galaxies grow through the accumulation of dwarf galaxies1,2.  In principle it is possible to trace this growth history via the properties of a galaxy's stellar halo3,4,5.
Discussion: The Register and Fox News
Corey Seidman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Last few years would've been so much different if Phillies kept Charlie Morton  —  Charlie Morton earned the win in Wednesday night's wild-card game between the Rays and the A's.  He didn't allow an earned run over five innings, departing with a four-run lead that Tampa Bay's uber-talented bullpen maintained.
 
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