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12:30 AM ET, October 9, 2019


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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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Matt Gelb / The Athletic:
As John Middleton deliberates, the Gabe Kapler question has spurred larger questions about Phillies' future direction
David Pinto /
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.
Discussion: DRaysBay and The Crawfish Boxes
Glenn Singer / UPI:
Cole strikes out 15 as Astros top Rays for 2-0 ALDS lead
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Bless You Boys
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.
Michael Silver /
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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