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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Braves are making the improbable real against the Dodgers in NLCS  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — For a National League Championship Series that seems to relish bringing the improbable to life, even this was outlandish.  It was the ninth inning of Game 2, and Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies yanked …
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers scratch Clayton Kershaw from Game 2 start  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his Game 2 start in the National League Championship Series because of back spasms, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday morning, about six hours before the first pitch from Globe Life Park.
Discussion: Talking Chop and Lone Star Ball
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Braves erupt in ninth inning, beat Dodgers in NLCS Game 1  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Whatever issues the Dodgers might have with the ninth inning this postseason, they are apparently not limited to Kenley Jansen.  —  Austin Riley made a mockery of Globe Life Field's spacious dimensions …
ESPN:
Houston Astros to start Framber Valdez in Game 1 of ALCS
Wall Street Journal:
Billy Beane Set to Leave Baseball Behind in Fenway Sports Deal  —  He could turn to other sports ventures, including European soccer, working with billionaire John Henry  —  The proposed deal to take the parent company of the Boston Red Sox public leaves Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics executive of …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Believe it or not, Hall of Famer Tony La Russa could be the next White Sox manager  —  The Chicago White stunned the baseball industry Monday morning when they announced the firing of manager Rick Renteria.  —  They could shock the world with their next hire.
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TC Zencka / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Part Ways With Rick Renteria
Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Padres say Tommy Pham in ‘good condition’ after stabbing, surgery  —  Pham, team say altercation happened Sunday night in San Diego  —  Padres outfielder Tommy Pham was injured in an altercation Sunday night in San Diego and underwent surgery for a stab wound in his lower back, the team and player said Monday.
Joe Kay / Associated Press:
Joe Morgan, driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman who became the sparkplug of the Big Red Machine and the prototype for baseball's artificial turf era, has died.  He was 77.  —  He died at his home Sunday in Danville …
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Michael Shapiro / Sports Illustrated:
Manuel Margot Hits Homer, Robs Astros as Rays Eye 2-0 Lead in ALCS  —  Margot gave the Rays a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Monday as he hit his second home run of the 2020 playoffs.  —  The Rays seem to have a new hero in each game of their run through the American League playoffs …
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Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Manny Margot latest to star for Tampa Bay Rays with 3-run HR, stunning catch in ALCS Game 2
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays add lefty reliever Jose Alvarado to ALCS roster
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes and DRaysBay
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Will Evaluate Catcher Position  —  The Yankees have largely stuck by catcher Gary Sanchez during what has been an up-and-down career, but it's possible that could change before next season.  Asked Wednesday about Sanchez's status, general manager Brian Cashman was not willing to commit …
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Jim Salisbury / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Phillies hope 13th pick in 2021 MLB draft brings more luck than other years  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … The Phillies will have the 13th overall pick in the 2021 draft.  —  Major League Baseball finalized the draft order on Monday.
Danny Abriano / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Mets' Dominic Smith nominated for prestigious Hank Aaron Award  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … Mets 1B/OF/DH Dominic Smith has been nominated for the 2020 Hank Aaron award, given out each year to the “most outstanding” offensive performer in each league.  —  Along with Smith,
Discussion: Phillies Nation and Yahoo! Sports
George A. King III / New York Post:
Yankees on verge of complicated Zack Britton decision  —  On the surface, Zack Britton remaining a Yankee appears to be a no-brainer.  —  But how many of those situations don't result in a deal getting done?  —  Due to a clause in Zack Britton's contract, the Yankees have to pick …
Mirjam Swanson / Daily News:
Lakers win 17th NBA title with dominant Game 6 effort  —  Now LeBron James will be hailed as Lakers royalty.  —  “What I've learned being a Laker,” James said as he and his teammates closed in on the franchise's 17th NBA title and his fourth, “is that the Laker faithful don't give a damn what you've done before.”
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Will power: A season that tested Cardinals' resolve and roster reinforced need for more offensive might  —  In the clubhouse after the Cardinals' season came to a quiet end in San Diego, their bubble burst and players about to scatter for the winter, manager Mike Shildt spoke to the group …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
 
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