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Bill Plaschke / Los Angeles Times:
What were they thinking?  Massive brain cramp dooms Dodgers in NLCS Game 2  —  The Dodgers lost their minds, then they lost the game.  —  There is no other way to explain it.  There is no possible way to excuse it.  There is no way around it.  —  Julio Urías?  Instead of Blake Treinen or Kenley Jansen?
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Anthony DiComo / MLB.com:
Legend of Joctober grows with booming HR  —  Former Dodger crushes longest homer of 2021 postseason off Scherzer  —  ATLANTA — Joc Pederson paraded from one end of the Braves' dugout to the other, punching each fist into the air with indiscretion, seeking out fist bumps from wherever and whomever.
Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
Braves ‘never quit,’ walk off LA AGAIN in G2  —  ATLANTA — Ian Anderson lasted just three innings, Freddie Freeman matched a career-long strikeout skid and the Braves issued nine walks.  But thanks to Eddie Rosario and a stubbornly stingy bullpen, the city of Atlanta is still loving everything about Joctober.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
‘Play hard, party hard’: Dodgers bulldog Max Scherzer is greedy for another World Series ring
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Major League Baseball to require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources say  —  Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources told ESPN.
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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
MLB in talks to launch nationwide streaming service for home games without cable TV  —  Major League Baseball is in talks to launch a nationwide video-streaming service that would enable fans to watch their teams' hometown games without a cable-TV subscription, The Post has learned.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Astros pitchers got crushed again by the Red Sox in Game 3 - could they unknowingly be tipping pitches?  —  Brent Strom, the oldest pitching coach in baseball, came up with a rallying cry that almost certainly is too antiquated for most of his Astros pitchers:  —  Remember the 1960 Pirates.
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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Houston Astros starter Luis Garcia leaves Game 2 of ALCS in second inning with right knee discomfort  —  HOUSTON — The Houston Astros are still evaluating right-handed starter Luis Garcia after he left Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox with right knee discomfort.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Clutch homers from Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa power Astros past Red Sox in Game 1 of ALCS
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and MLB.com
Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. to forego shoulder surgery  —  Padres shortstop evidently sticking with plan to strengthen shoulder instead of getting it fixed  —  Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. does not plan not have surgery on his left shoulder this offseason, a source said Monday.
Associated Press:
Carter Hawkins introduced as Chicago Cubs GM after 14 seasons with Cleveland Indians  —  CHICAGO — Carter Hawkins was part of Cleveland's front office when the Indians lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series.  He vividly remembers being on the team bus for the trip to the airport after Game 5.
Discussion: Cubs News and baseballmusings.com
Associated Press:
San Francisco Giants plan to exercise Buster Posey's $22M option if he wants to keep playing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants plan to exercise Buster Posey's $22 million club option for the 2022 season as long as the veteran catcher wants to keep playing after a stellar year.
Chris Halicke / Sports Illustrated:
Report: Padres Considering Ron Washington For Vacant Manager Position  —  The San Diego Padres are looking for a new manager, and are reportedly considering another former member of the Texas Rangers organization.  —  The San Diego Padres have moved on from manager Jayce Tingler …
Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Mets could replace Michael Conforto with these players in offseason  —  Like the Yankees and their trough of free agent middle infielders to choose from this winter, the Mets are also in a position to shake things up at a position where a fan favorite once stood.  —  Michael Conforto is a fully unrestricted free agent.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Arenado should have the right to sign off on new Cardinals manager  —  This isn't the first time the Cardinals have made a managerial change after a postseason appearance.  In fact, they made one after their first postseason in 1926 when, after guiding his team to the World Series title …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
 
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