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12:45 PM ET, October 9, 2019

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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.
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: Bucs Dugout and 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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers' best player in minors this season isn't a top-10 prospect, but stock is rising  —  Here's some good news about the Texas Rangers farm system:  —  It is filled with more talented players than it was a year ago, and more of them inched closer to the major leagues this season.
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 …
Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Showalter not favored by Padres in manager search; others from Preller's past prominent  —  Padres moving quickly in job quest shrouded in secrecy; Texas Rangers coach Jayce Tingler believed to be near top of list  —  Amid much online speculation that Buck Showalter was possibly among …
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 …
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
 
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Andy Martino / SNY:
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Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
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