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Tim Tucker / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves now selling standing-room-only tickets for Wednesday's Game 5  —  The Braves are selling standing-room-only tickets for Wednesday's Game 5 of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park.  —  The team also still has limited seats available for the game above the left-field corner …
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Connor Grott / UPI:
NLDS: St. Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta Braves in 10th, force Game 5
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mark Melancon: I didn't realize how good Braves were until I got here
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
NLDS Game 3: Braves rally in ninth inning to stun Cardinals
Discussion: Talking Chop and Viva El Birdos
David Waldstein / New York Times:
The Rays Bullpen Their Way Past Justin Verlander and the Astros  —  Tampa Bay's committee of relievers — with help from one starter — outdid the Houston ace, forcing a decisive Game 5 in this division series.  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Houston Astros were the kings of the regular season, winning 107 games, the most in baseball.
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David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
Hitting Verlander  —  The Rays lead the Astros 3-0 at the end of three innings.  Tampa Bay already accumulated six hits against Astros ace Justin Verlander, walking twice.  In the regular season Verlander allowed just 137 hits in 223 innings, giving up a .172 BA and a .219 OBP.
Glenn Singer / UPI:
Cole strikes out 15 as Astros top Rays for 2-0 ALDS lead
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
ESPN:
Oakland mayor says MLB commissioner warned city that A's could move to Las Vegas  —  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf confirmed in a television interview Tuesday that Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred warned city officials that the Athletics could relocate to Las Vegas if the city …
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Matt Gelb / The Athletic:
As John Middleton deliberates, the Gabe Kapler question has spurred larger questions about Phillies' future direction  —  When John Middleton accompanied the Phillies' baseball operations department to Washington in the final week of September, he listened.  The managing partner sat …
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals were interested in Keuchel this summer; he still sees a fit in St. Louis  —  When Dallas Keuchel threw a simulated game for scouts this summer as he auditioned for a midseason contract, the Cardinals were one of eight teams represented at the workout, he noted.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Before he goes ‘back into the zoo’ of free agency, Dallas Keuchel must deal for the Braves
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Announce Coaching Staff Changes  —  The Red Sox announced several notable changes to the coaching staff under manager Alex Cora.  In particular, the club will be hiring a new pitching coach duo.  —  While the Boston organization will retain the services of pitching coach Dana LeVangie …
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Bottle hits Aroldis Chapman in wacky Yankees injury scare  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Yankees' bullpen hardly looked unhittable in the ALDS, and Zack Britton being removed with a right ankle injury in the bottom of the eighth of Game 3 only added to the concern.  —  And 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.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Three Needs: Baltimore Orioles  —  We're continuing with our “Three Needs” series, in which we take a look at the chief issues to be addressed for clubs that fell out of contention.  The Orioles were about as bad as expected last year, but have plenty of possibilities in their second season under GM Mike Elias.
Discussion: Camden Chat and Bless You Boys
Alex Butler / UPI:
100 years later, historians still debate baseball's darkest moment  —  Players from the team are long gone, but tales remain from the Black Sox scandal from the 1919 World Series considered by many historians to be the darkest moment in America's pastime.  —  Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Michael Silver / NFL.com:
San Francisco 49ers fueled by Baker Mayfield's pregame snub  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As a player whose decorated NFL career has been fueled by a turbulent temperament and a boulder on his shoulder, Richard Sherman understands the nature of rivalry and respects the power of a pugnacious pregame persona.
 
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Marly Rivera / ESPN:
Reggie Jackson on Yankees' Didi Gregorius: 'Don't wake him up'
Andy Martino / SNY:
Sources: Mets doing background work on Carlos Beltran, mutual interest between player and team
Los Angeles Times:
Nationals force a decisive Game 5 with 6-1 win over Dodgers
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Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
As the Cubs look to get younger in the rotation, Cole Hamels will make his pitch as a free agent
KSHB-TV:
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Discussion: New York Post and UPI