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11:10 AM ET, October 17, 2020


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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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Chop
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
T.J. Quinn / ESPN:
Former Los Angeles Angels employee Eric Kay indicted in Tyler Skaggs' overdose death  —  A federal grand jury indicted former Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay on Thursday on charges related to the 2019 death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
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.
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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