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2:25 PM ET, October 9, 2021

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Logan Webb masterful in first postseason start, Giants beat rival Dodgers in NLDS Game 1  —  SAN FRANCISCO — They kept jumping up and down Friday night, stomping their feet, screaming, “Beat LA!  Beat LA, Beat LA!” until their lungs burned, snapping pictures of the centerfield videoboard for posterity.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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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
Scooby Axson / USA Today:
Shirtless Max Scherzer in postgame interview: 'Can't talk. I'm drunk'
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Firing Jayce Tingler doesn't solve the real problem with the San Diego Padres
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Associated Press:
San Diego Padres fire Jayce Tingler in move made with eye on ‘big stage’
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.
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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 …
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.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals players praise ‘steadiness’ of Shildt's coaching staff, so will all of them be back for encore?  —  LOS ANGELES — In the throes of a season soggy with too many walks from the pitching staff and too inconsistent production from the lineup, the Cardinals' leadership had internal discussions …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
The Athletic:
Cubs president Jed Hoyer narrows search for next GM as finalists emerge  —  Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer is in the final stages of his search for a general manager, narrowing his focus on external candidates with strong backgrounds in player development, multiple sources told The Athletic.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets have major decisions to make on their four big free agents  —  The Mets have important decisions looming on four key free agents, and it remains unclear which direction the team will go with so much uncertainty at the top of its baseball operations department.
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Devin Gordon / ESPN:
A fan's guide to abiding the LOL Mets
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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