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1:45 PM 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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
Discussion: White Sox News
Scooby Axson / USA Today:
Shirtless Max Scherzer in postgame interview: 'Can't talk.  I'm drunk'  —  Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer went through several emotions before and after the reigning World Series champions advanced to the National League Division Series.  —  In the postgame, alcohol-filled celebration …
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers edge Cardinals on Chris Taylor's walk-off home run, face Giants in NLDS  —  LOS ANGELES — It's a playoff matchup 130 years in the making.  —  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 …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers hoping Max Muncy can return in postseason; no Tommy John surgery for Clayton Kershaw
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.
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.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:   MLB playoffs 2021 — The roar of October baseball is finally back
ESPN:   Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez getting treatment on ankle; Gio Urshela good to go for New York Yankees
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Another huge Yankees moment is here for Gerrit Cole
Associated Press:
San Diego Padres fire Jayce Tingler in move made with eye on ‘big stage’  —  SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres still believe they have a World Series-caliber team despite a brutal late-season collapse that left them with yet another losing record.  —  If the Padres do make it to the Fall Classic …
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.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:   Firing Jayce Tingler doesn't solve the real problem with the San Diego Padres
Associated Press:
Jayce Tingler hopes to remain San Diego Padres' manager despite historic collapse
Discussion: ESPN
Associated Press:
Trevor Story won't rule out return to Colorado Rockies, but says ‘winning is at the top of the list’ among priorities as free agent  —  DENVER — Trevor Story's time in Denver may have just reached its final chapter.  —  The Colorado Rockies' standout shortstop is driven by one prevailing theme as he hits free agency: winning.
Discussion: Rox Pile
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 …
Hannah Keyser / Yahoo Sports:
MLB plans COVID-19 vaccine mandate for minor-league players in 2022  —  Major League Baseball is finalizing a policy that would require all minor-league players to be vaccinated before the 2022 season, Yahoo Sports has learned.  It'll be the latest in a series of vaccine mandates that MLB …
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 …
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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