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1:40 PM ET, October 18, 2020


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Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers strike early, hold on to force Game 7 in NLCS  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Apparently, it's not over until they say it is.  —  Others said it was after the Dodgers lost the first two games of this National League Championship Series or when they were pushed to the brink of elimination after Game 4.
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen tunes out the noise, tunes up his delivery  —  Thanks to two former coaches, Jansen rediscovered his mechanics, striking out the side in the ninth to finish Game 5  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — The exit velocity has been remarkable.  —  After all, Kenley Jansen is the Dodgers …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
World Series 2020: Beyond NLCS Game 7, get used to Atlanta Braves-Los Angeles Dodgers duels for MLB supremacy  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Get used to this.  The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, who will play a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday for the privilege of moving on to the World Series, are bound to be here again.
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
Discussion: True Blue LA and AZ Snake Pit
Mike Oz / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
ALCS Game 6: Astros come back from 3-0 hole to force a decisive Game 7  —  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.
Nick Selbe / Sports Illustrated:
Rays Punch Ticket to World Series Behind Morton, Arozarena  —  The Rays avoided blowing a 3-0 series lead with a 4-2 win over the Astros, winning the American League pennant for the second time in franchise history.  —  For the second time in franchise history, the Rays have won the pennant.
Discussion: DRaysBay, ESPN and KHOU-TV
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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
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 …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Marlins Part Ways With Michael Hill  —  10:31AM: In a conference call with Barry Jackson and Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald (Twitter links) and other media members, Jeter said the club had talks with Hill about a new contract but eventually decided to part ways.
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.
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
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