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9:45 AM ET, October 6, 2021


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2021 MLB playoffs: Our predictions from the wild-card games through the World Series  —  The 2021 MLB playoffs begin Tuesday night with 10 teams hoping to raise this year's World Series trophy.  —  The San Francisco Giants enter October with Major League Baseball's best record …
Boston Red Sox oust New York Yankees, ready for ‘huge challenge’ against Tampa Bay Rays in ALDS  —  As the ball sailed over the center-field fence, landing 427 feet from the plate in a horde of happy Red Sox fans, Xander Bogaerts turned to the Boston dugout to flex his muscles before resuming his home run trot.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers hoping Max Muncy can return in postseason; no Tommy John surgery for Clayton Kershaw  —  LOS ANGELES — Max Muncy roamed foul territory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, chatting with teammates while wearing a blue T-shirt, black slacks and a bulky brace on his left elbow …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
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.
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.
All New Yorkers / New York Post:
Boston sucks — and these are all the reasons why  —  As the Yankees prepare for tonight's one-game wild-card face-off against the Boston Red Sox, here's a reminder from the home of the Bronx Bombers as to why the Big Apple will always come out on top of Beantown - win or lose.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Colorado Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela agrees to five-year, $50.5 million extension  —  Right-hander Antonio Senzatela and the Colorado Rockies are in agreement on a five-year, $50.5 million contract extension, sources told ESPN, tying the right-handed control artist to the organization through at least 2026.
Associated Press:
Jayce Tingler hopes to remain San Diego Padres' manager despite historic collapse  —  SAN DIEGO — Jayce Tingler thinks he deserves to stay on as manager of the San Diego Padres, despite the biggest collapse in franchise history.  —  It's not his decision to make, of course, and as of late Monday …
Discussion: ESPN
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.
Carlos Collazo / Baseball America:
Bobby Witt Jr.: 2021 Minor League Player Of The Year  —  When Royals director of hitting performance Alec Zumwalt first saw Bobby Witt Jr. in person, what stood out to him immediately was his personality.  —  Whether Witt was in the lineup or slotted in at DH or taking a day off, he was always smiling.
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