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9:40 AM ET, October 10, 2019

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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
No foam tomahawks on seats at Braves ballpark after comments by Cards' Helsley; other changes expected  —  ATLANTA — When fans arrived at SunTrust Park for Game 5 of the National League Division Series, one of the most important playoff games for the Atlanta Braves in more than a decade …
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Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nationals pull shocking rally to eliminate Dodgers  —  What the first NLDS Game 5 played on Wednesday lacked in drama, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals more than made up for.  —  After 10 hard fought innings, the Nationals completed their comeback and stunned the Dodgers …
ESPN:
Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann to retire after 15-year career  —  Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said Wednesday that he is retiring after 15 major league seasons.  —  McCann, 35, revealed his plans after Atlanta's 13-1 loss to St. Louis in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Associated Press:
10-Spot: Cardinals Oust Braves From NLDS With Record First Inning  —  St. Louis plated 10 runs against Atlanta in the top of the first inning en route to a 13-1 rout in NLDS Game 5.  —  ATLANTA — The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs for the biggest opening inning in postseason history …
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 …
Jay Busbee / Yahoo! Sports:
NLDS Game 5: Tomahawks not present at SunTrust Park  —  St. Louis Cardinals returned to SunTrust Park for Game 5 of the NLDS Wednesday night.  But unlike Games 1 and 2, they wouldn't be playing in front of tens of thousands of foam tomahawks.  —  Fans who arrived at the stadium for the series …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers' system deeper at third base with this player to be named later in Kela trade  —  No one can be faulted for assuming that Josh Jung is the Texas Rangers' future third baseman.  —  They used the eighth overall pick on the former Texas Tech star this year in the MLB draft …
Discussion: The Athletic
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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Variety:
Ronan Farrow Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC News Colleague  —  Ronan Farrow's new book “Catch and Kill” recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in the New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired Black Cube …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Face Decision On Kendall Graveman  —  It was easy to forget since he did not pitch in 2019, but the Cubs inked righty Kendall Graveman to a fairly unique contract last winter.  Now, the team will soon face a decision on his future with the organization.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Dusty Baker checks off all the boxes for next Mets manager  —  As the Mets managerial search kicks off, one marquee name has the characteristics — and most notably the resume — to lead the Amazin's into the postseason in 2020.  —  Dusty Baker, now 70 years old, checks off all the boxes to step in as the Mets next manager.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Craig Calcaterra / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Four teams enter, two teams leave: NLDS to conclude tonight  —  The Dodgers were the class of the National League all season but now stand on the brink of elimination.  The Cardinals have the worst regular season record of the remaining playoff teams but will move on with a win.
Discussion: True Blue LA
 
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