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3:00 PM ET, October 6, 2021


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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.
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 …
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
Joon Lee / ESPN:
Yankees manager Aaron Boone ‘at peace’ with future up in air as New York's season ends  —  BOSTON — As the New York Yankees' season came to an end at the hands of the Boston Red Sox in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game, the spotlight shifted to manager Aaron Boone's contract situation and his future with the club.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB playoffs 2021 — The roar of October baseball is finally back  —  BOSTON — For those who waltz onto the field at Fenway Park wearing road uniforms, there is no greater curse than a two-syllable name.  It is an invitation for women and men, young and old, drunk and sober to unite in song …
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.
ESPN:   Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez getting treatment on ankle; Gio Urshela good to go for New York Yankees
Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Breaking down Padres roster — how players fared in 2021 and what's ahead  —  Manager, coaches could benefit from some better players in addition to improvement from current players  —  Whoever the Padres manager is in 2021, there is one small detail to consider.  —  He won't throw a pitch or make one plate appearance.
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
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.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Tony La Russa vs. Dusty Baker: ALDS is new chapter for heated rivalry between MLB's oldest managers  —  It is the dugout version of Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird.  —  It is cool and hip vs. stoic and curmudgeonly.  —  It's one hopeful Hall of Famer vs. a Hall of Famer coming out of retirement.
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.
Devin Gordon / ESPN:
A fan's guide to abiding the LOL Mets  —  IN THE HEARTS and minds of Mets fans, every baseball season ends twice.  There's the moment when it's officially over — mathematical elimination — and the moment when, in retrospect, we should've known it was.  On paper, the 2021 Mets weren't eliminated …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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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