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5:25 PM ET, October 7, 2019


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Mike Oz / Tampa Bay Rays on Yahoo! Sports:
ALDS Game 2: Gerrit Cole's 15-K masterpiece gives Astros 2-0 advantage over Rays  —  In what will go down as one of the most dominant pitching performances in postseason history, Gerrit Cole masterfully struck out batter after batter Saturday night.  Fifteen of them in total …
Glenn Singer / UPI:
Cole strikes out 15 as Astros top Rays for 2-0 ALDS lead  —  Gerrit Cole struck out 15 batters in 7 2/3 innings, leading the hometown Houston Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
USA Today:
How to watch Yankees vs. Twins: MLB live stream, schedule, TV channel, start time for ALDS Game 2  —  The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins meet in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Saturday, the day after New York took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series with a 10-4 win at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Associated Press:
Gerrit Cole Strikes Out 15 and Alex Bregman Homers as Astros Top Rays in ALDS Game 2  —  Alex Bregman obliged Astros fans chanting MVP and Gerrit Cole struck out 15 in Houston's win over the Rays.  —  HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October …
Connor Grott / UPI:
NLDS: Nationals' Anibal Sanchez to start over Max Scherzer vs. Dodgers  —  The Washington Nationals will start Anibal Sanchez instead of Max Scherzer for Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  —  The Nationals announced the pitching change Sunday, less than nine hours before first pitch.
Discussion: Federal Baseball and True Blue LA
Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
NLDS Game 3: Braves rally in ninth inning to stun Cardinals  —  The Atlanta Braves offense came alive just in time in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.  —  Shut down all afternoon by  —  Adam Wainwright, the Braves mounted a ninth-inning rally to stun the St. Louis Cardinals and secure a pivotal 3-1 victory.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and Talking Chop
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mark Melancon: I didn't realize how good Braves were until I got here  —  The Braves and Cardinals play Game 3 of the NLDS Sunday afternoon.  Beforehand, Braves manager Brian Snitker and closer Mark Melancon were among those who spoke with reporters in St. Louis.  —  • Snitker still didn't name a starter for Game 4.
Matt Breen /
John Middleton nears a decision on Gabe Kapler, asks Phillies players for input  —  Gabe Kapler's future as Phillies manager could be determined by his players, as team owner John Middleton, according to a source, has sought input on Kapler from members of the roster as he nears a decision …
Nine shot, four people killed in KCK bar shooting  —  KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Four people were killed in an overnight shooting at a bar in Kansas City, Kansas, according to police.  —  Around 1:30 a.m Sunday., officers responded to a shooting at Tequila KC Bar at 10th Street and Central Avenue.
Discussion: New York Post and UPI
Jake Seiner / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Gregorius, Yanks stagger Twins again, lead ALDS 2-0  —  Didi Gregorius hooked a slump-busting grand slam during a seven-run third inning and the  —  Minnesota Twins again, cruising to an 8-2 victory Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.  —  Uber driver-turned-rookie big leaguer
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Gary Sanchez's improvement behind the plate paying off for Yankees catcher
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Phil Matier / San Francisco Chronicle:
The Las Vegas A's?  Baseball commissioner tells Oakland it could happen  —  Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made it clear to Oakland officials that the A's proposed waterfront ballpark and the team's desire to develop at the Coliseum is an “all in one” proposition …
Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
As the Cubs look to get younger in the rotation, Cole Hamels will make his pitch as a free agent  —  All the season-defining moments blurred together for the Cubs, and so did all the theories about the team's inconsistencies.  —  The Cubs played too tight on the field and acted too loose in the clubhouse.
Les Carpenter / Washington Post:
Redskins fire Coach Jay Gruden after 0-5 start  —  Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has been fired after the team's 0-5 start to the season.  —  Gruden was summoned to the team's facility in Ashburn for a 5 a.m. meeting Monday by owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen, who informed him of the decision.
Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Loretta: Cubs Need More Structure, Accountability  —  Mark Loretta interviewed for the Cubs' managerial opening Thursday.  —  (670 The Score) The first individual to interview for the Cubs' managerial vacancy went into detail Saturday about what he believes needs to change and how he would approach the job.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Cubs Insider
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Launch Managerial Interviews
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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