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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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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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
Connor Grott / UPI:
NLDS: St. Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta Braves in 10th, force Game 5  —  Yadier Molina came through twice for the St. Louis Cardinals and forced a deciding Game 5 of their NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves after a 5-4 win in extra innings Monday.  —  Molina hit the game-tying single …
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Before he goes ‘back into the zoo’ of free agency, Dallas Keuchel must deal for the Braves  —  ST. LOUIS — Atlanta Braves starter Dallas Keuchel is on a mission — and it's not just to win the World Series this postseason in the MLB playoffs.  That goes without saying …
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: Talking Chop and Viva El Birdos
USA Today:
How to watch Yankees vs. Twins: MLB live stream, schedule, TV channel, start time for ALDS Game 2
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Gary Sanchez's improvement behind the plate paying off for Yankees catcher
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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.
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 …
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Glenn Singer / UPI:
Cole strikes out 15 as Astros top Rays for 2-0 ALDS lead
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Matt Breen / Inquirer.com:
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Nationals force a decisive Game 5 with 6-1 win over Dodgers  —  The Dodgers fail to close out the series after giving up four runs in the fifth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Nationals.  The series is tied 2-2 heading into Game 5 on Wednesday.
Andy Martino / SNY:
Sources: Mets doing background work on Carlos Beltran, mutual interest between player and team  —  Beltran had bumpy tenure as a member of the Mets  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Carlos Beltran- as-Mets-manager speculation has now grown legs and turned into an actual story.
KSHB-TV:
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
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.
Marly Rivera / ESPN:
Reggie Jackson on Yankees' Didi Gregorius: 'Don't wake him up'  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Of course Mr. October would see it coming.  Back in the dog days of August, when Didi Gregorius was mired in a terrible slump, special adviser to the general manager Reggie Jackson singled out the New York Yankees shortstop …
 
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