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7:35 PM ET, October 21, 2016


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Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
A challenge to Cubs fans?  Adrian Gonzalez says Wrigley won't be any louder  —  Anthony Rizzo on Jon Lester, facing Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in Game 6.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Cubs' Dexter Fowler: “We're trying to make history.”  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
The Dodgers threw everything at Jon Lester, and he threw it right back  —  Unusual bunts.  Huge leads.  Aggressive baserunning.  None of it fazed the Cubs ace.  —  LOS ANGELES — Jon Lester's agent, Seth Levinson, kept receiving texts from other clients during Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
New York Daily News:
The Chicago Cubs are returning home for Game 6, but an extra-rested Clayton Kershaw awaits them
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Fox Sports:
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Associated Press:
Charlie Sheen, aka ‘Wild Thing’, offers first pitch at World Series  —  CLEVELAND — Wild Thing is warming up for the Indians.  —  Actor Charlie Sheen, who played the bespectacled Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the movie “Major League,” has offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games.
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
What will Indians do for a World Series encore?  —  TORONTO - Amid the champagne celebration inside the visitors clubhouse at Rogers Centre, Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was off to the side watching his players bask in the joy of advancing to the World Series.
Tigers open for biz, willing to trade anybody  —  It would be a stretch to compare the Detroit Tigers to a used-car dealership, with all of the merchandise priced to sell and a concerted effort to clear the lot of all of the big-ticket items.  —  But the message being received from the rest …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Most likely Detroit Tiger to be traded? Probably J.D. Martinez
CBC News:
John Gibbons to return as Blue Jays manager in 2017: report  —  Big question is what to do with pending free agents Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion  —  John Gibbons will return in 2017 to manage the Toronto Blue Jays, according to multiple reports.  —  Jays president Mark Shapiro confirmed …
Mary Kay Cabot / Plain Dealer:
Terrelle Pryor and Browns have had preliminary contract extension talks  —  Cleveland Browns have talked extension with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor's rep. (John Kuntz,  —  BEREA, Ohio — The Browns have had preliminary contract extension talks regarding Terrelle Pryor, a source told
Jon Heyman / Todays Knuckleball:
Heyman: MLB replay system needs to be redefined  —  No, the replay umpire isn't blind.  Really, he isn't.  —  The replay umpire sees what you see, and therefore has to know that Adrian Gonzalez was more likely than not safe, at the very least, on that bang-bang play at home in Game 4.
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
Inside story of David Ortiz's injury: ‘He was essentially playing on stumps’  —  The message boomed across the Red Sox' trainers' room one August afternoon.  —  “Danny-yel!  Danny-yel!” echoed a familar voice.  “You're screwed!”  —  Red Sox coordinator of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek …
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Ultimate Standings 2016  —  For 14 years now, we've asked you to rate your favorite team in the categories that matter most to fans, from championships to cheap seats.  Then, based on your feedback, we've ranked every pro franchise.  Who's No. 1 this time?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves pitcher Marksberry recovering after seizure  —  Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry awoke from a medically induced coma Thursday in an Orlando hospital, his sister said via social media.  —  A person familiar with the situation said Marksberry, 26, was in a coma after suffering a seizure …
Roch Kubatko / School of Roch:
Brach undergoes minor procedure on left knee  —  Orioles reliever Brad Brach underwent a minor medical procedure last week involving the meniscus in his left knee.  Nothing complicated and apparently no reason for concern.  —  Ravens team physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl performed the surgery …
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