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Mike Oz / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Astros won't go away, force Game 7 in ALCS  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Houston Astros, baseball's villains of 2020, the team 29 other fanbases are rooting against, the team whose demise is anticipated around the country, just refuse to die.  —  Down 3-0 in their ALCS with the
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Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Carlos Correa plays hero for Houston Astros with walk-off HR in ALCS Game 5  —  One of the great historical debates in baseball is whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot in the 1932 World Series.  —  There is no doubt about Carlos Correa: The Houston Astros star definitely called …
Pedro Gomez / ESPN:
Houston Astros' resilience vs. Tampa Bay Rays in ALCS reminiscent of 2004 Boston Red Sox  —  SAN DIEGO — The 2020 Houston Astros, meet the 2004 Boston Red Sox.  You two have much in common and could soon be the only members of an incredibly exclusive club.
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Houston Astros' Zack Greinke on Dusty Baker leaving him in ALCS Game 4: ‘It was nice having someone have confidence in me’  —  In the age of analytics in baseball, a lot of longtime fans still appreciate the old-school ways.  As baseball's oldest manager, Houston's Dusty Baker has plenty of old school in him.
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Atlanta Braves to start A.J. Minter as opener in Game 5 of the NLCS  —  Atlanta Braves left-hander A.J. Minter will make the first start of his career in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.  —  Minter is expected to serve as an opener for the Braves …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB playoffs 2020: Inside the historic first inning that saved the Los Angeles Dodgers' season
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers to evaluate Clayton Kershaw on Thursday
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2021  —  Matt Swartz has created a model to project salaries for arbitration eligible players, which we've been publishing at MLB Trade Rumors for ten years.  This winter, due to the pandemic and 60-game MLB season, there's more uncertainty than ever with arbitration, as I explained here.
Nathan Fenno / Los Angeles Times:
Eric Kay indicted in Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs' overdose death  —  A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted former Angels employee Eric Kay on two felony counts in the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.  —  Returned late Thursday and filed Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth …
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
NBA Free Agency news, Anthony Davis, Lakers decisions, Heat deals and more  —  Amid a suspension of nearly five months due to the coronavirus pandemic and social injustice unrest in America, the NBA crowned a champion: The Los Angeles Lakers over the Miami Heat in six games.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Zaidi On Giants' Offseason  —  For a second straight season, the Giants appeared on the cusp of an unexpected playoff berth but ultimately landed on the outside looking in.  It's been disappointing for a fan base that has become accustomed to postseason ball over the past decade …
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Giants lay off about 10 percent of full-time employees after fan-less season  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … The Giants have become the latest Major League Baseball organization to undergo a round of layoffs due to the economic hit caused by the coronavirus.
Sahadev Sharma / The Athletic:
How Cubs prospects Brennen Davis, Burl Carraway and more developed in South Bend  —  With no minor-league season, it's hard to say how Cubs prospects fared in 2020.  At the alternate sites where players who were on the 60-man roster could hone their skills, the Cubs were able …
 
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