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Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers vs. Giants: NLDS scouting report, prediction  —  Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett breaks down the historic matchup ... and picks the winner  —  SERIES SCHEDULE (all times PT)  —  Game 1: at Giants, Friday, 6:37 p.m., TBS  —  Game 2: at Giants, Saturday, 6:07 p.m., TBS
Discussion: Daily News and True Blue LA
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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 …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Defending World Series champion Dodgers survive NL wild-card vs. Cardinals with walk-off win
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Dodgers' Max Scherzer labors, holds Cardinals to 1 run
Discussion: Daily News and Press Telegram
David Schoenfield / ESPN:   Firing Jayce Tingler doesn't solve the real problem with the San Diego Padres
Associated Press:
San Diego Padres fire Jayce Tingler in move made with eye on ‘big stage’
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Dodgers hoping Max Muncy can return in postseason; no Tommy John surgery for Clayton Kershaw
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Associated Press:   Jayce Tingler hopes to remain San Diego Padres' manager despite historic collapse
ESPN:
Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez (sprained left ankle) included on AL Division Series roster  —  ST. PETERSBURG.  Fla. — Slugger J.D. Martinez is on the Boston Red Sox roster but didn't play during a 5-0 loss in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Discussion: Boston.com and BoSox Injection
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Associated Press:
McCullers shines as Astros beat White Sox 6-1 in Game 1  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. was terrific.  Yordan Alvarez delivered, and Jose Altuve scored on a nifty slide.  —  The Houston Astros sure love October.  —  McCullers pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:   MLB playoffs 2021 — The roar of October baseball is finally back
Stephanie Apstein / Sports Illustrated:
Inside His Journey From Chicago to San Francisco  —  The public sees him as a cerulean-eyed Express model and perennial All-Star who led the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.  He is also a father who has endured on-field struggles, a crisis of confidence and a devastating personal loss.
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
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Pete Roses launches new sports betting podcast: ‘I know how it looks’  —  Pete Rose, who received a lifetime ban for gambling on baseball, is launching a new podcast that talks about gambling, provides tips, offers suggests on betting lines, but no, Rose insists - it's not technically gambling.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
ESPN:
Autographed ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson photograph from 1911 sells for $1.47 million  —  A 1911 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson autographed photograph by Frank W. Smith sold for $1.47 million, the most ever paid for a signed sports photograph.  —  The photo was offered by Christie's and Hunt Auctions …
JR Radcliffe / USA Today:
For 13 years, the Braves were a Milwaukee institution.  Now, the franchise will face the Brewers in the playoffs  —  On May 20, 1965, Bob Buege and five other University of Wisconsin students crammed into a vehicle and made the trip east to Milwaukee for perhaps the saddest baseball game Buege ever saw in person.
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 …
 
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