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N&N: Astros, Phillies World Series matchup set

Morning news and notes for Monday, October 24, 2022

MLB: San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to a great week!

Phillies 4, Padres 3

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Guardians News

Why no Shane Bieber in Game 5? |

It’s worth re-sharing part of that Tito quote. From Terry Pluto:

1. I know some fans are still debating the decision to not start Shane Bieber in the win-or-go-home Game 5 of the Yankee series. Bieber would have been pitching on three days rest, something he had never done as a pro.

2. Manager Terry Francona said: “I know it wasn’t a popular decision, but you can’t just care about your guys when it’s convenient. Biebs was willing to do whatever we ask, I want to make sure people know that. With what happened last year, I didn’t think I’d be living up to what I promised our players. You can put that one on me.”