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7:35 AM ET, October 5, 2021


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Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez getting treatment on ankle; Gio Urshela good to go for New York Yankees  —  Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez remains a question for the team's American League Wild Card Game against the visiting New York Yankees on Tuesday night at Fenway Park as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Another huge Yankees moment is here for Gerrit Cole  —  BOSTON — This is the moment when Gerrit Cole can earn more than that record-setting paycheck.  The Yankees ace takes the ball on Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card Game with one chance to keep the Bombers' so far disappointing season alive.
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Jeremy Willis / ESPN:
2021 MLB playoffs: Baltimore Orioles are playing spoiler and trolling the heck out of the Boston Red Sox  —  The Baltimore Orioles are dead last in the AL East.  They are 55 games under .500.  They aren't sniffing the expanded air of the 2021 MLB playoffs.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Record-breaking umpire Joe West to retire after postseason  —  Umpire Joe West has officially informed Major League Baseball he will retire after the postseason.  —  West, 68, broke the record for most games umpired, held by Bill Klem, when he was behind the plate for No. 5,376 in May.
Associated Press:
Nimmo 2 HRs, leads Megill, Mets over Braves 4-3  —  ATLANTA — Brandon Nimmo hit two solo home runs, Tylor Megill allowed one hit in five scoreless innings and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Friday night, snapping the NL East champions' six-game winning streak.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets top Braves 4-3 behind Tylor Megill's lights-out final start  —  ATLANTA — Tylor Megill wrapped up his successful rookie season with an impressive performance against the Braves, the NL East top dog that clinched the division for the fourth straight year this week.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw exits with left forearm discomfort; playoff availability ‘not looking great’  —  Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saw Clayton Kershaw occasionally wince as he navigated through the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup on Friday night and thought — hoped …
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