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1:40 AM ET, October 7, 2021


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Defending World Series champion Dodgers survive NL wild-card vs. Cardinals with walk-off win  —  LOS ANGELES - Come on, it's Hollywood.  —  It's the drama everyone wants to see.  —  It's the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, one of the fiercest rivals in all of sports.
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers edge Cardinals on Chris Taylor's walk-off home run, face Giants in NLDS  —  LOS ANGELES — It had to be.  —  Baseball's two best teams - the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants - will add a chapter to their ancient rivalry after Chris Taylor's two-run, walk-off home run …
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
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.
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
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.
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
ESPN:   Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez getting treatment on ankle; Gio Urshela good to go for New York Yankees
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.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Matt Vasgersian leaving ESPN's ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ booth  —  Play-by-player Matt Vasgersian informed ESPN executives that he is leaving his position on “Sunday Night Baseball,” The Post has learned.  —  After four years teamed with Alex Rodriguez, Vasgersian wants to focus on new …
Discussion: USA Today and Sports Illustrated
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.
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