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6:45 PM ET, October 14, 2020


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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers to evaluate Clayton Kershaw on Thursday  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Clayton Kershaw coming back to start Game 4 is “a likely possibility” but still uncertain, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday, two hours before Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
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 …
Jorge Castillo / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw misses NLCS Game 2 start with back spasms, won't pitch Game 3  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … The Dodgers began the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves with a clear advantage: Five talented, capable …
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
Tim Brown / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Jose Altuve's yips have come at the worst possible time for Astros  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Jose Altuve, as second baseman for the  —  Houston Astros, stands with the best players in professional baseball.  That he also stands 5-foot-6, and so to about the shoulders …
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.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Chicago White Sox get OK from Los Angeles Angels to talk to Tony La Russa about job, source says  —  The Los Angeles Angels have granted the Chicago White Sox permission to interview Tony La Russa for their managerial opening, a source told ESPN on Wednesday, confirming a report from USA Today.
TC Zencka / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Part Ways With Rick Renteria
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: DRaysBay
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: DRaysBay and The Crawfish Boxes
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Max Stassi Undergoes Hip Surgery  —  The Angels announced that catcher Max Stassi underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.  He should take around four to six months to recover from the procedure.  —  Considering the timeline for Stassi's surgery, it's possible the Angels …
Discussion: Halos Heaven
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 …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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