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CLEVELAND — October’s immense pressure can breed stars or break them. Last year, it cracked Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Dynamic from April until September, Cleveland’s All-Star duo was dreadful in the postseason. “It was surprising to me,” Indians center fielder Jason Kipnis said as the club prepared to face Houston in the AL Division Series. “Only because of how consistently good they are.” By Tom Withers. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— BBA--INDIANS-ALDS ROSTER — Rajai Davis has his name cemented in October baseball lore. But it might not be on Cleveland’s playoff roster this year. Indians manager Terry Francona has one spot left on his 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros and it will go to either Davis or utility infielder Erik Gonzalez. “We’re debating the last spot,” Francona said Wednesday. “We’re going back and forth.” By Tom Withers. SENT: 640 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS MATCHUP CAPSULE
BALTIMORE — Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954. Showalter confirmed the dismissal Wednesday in a text message to The Associated Press. A three-time AL Manager of the Year, Showalter ranks second on the Orioles’ career list with 669 victories, trailing Earl Weaver. He took over in August 2010 and orchestrated the resurgence of a team that suffered through 14 straight losing seasons. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 820 words, photos.
SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Let the clinching commence. It’s that time of year when Major League Soccer teams are scrambling to finish above the red line in the standings for a spot in the playoffs. Four teams are already headed to the postseason. FC Dallas, which finished just outside of a playoff berth with a seventh-place finish in the West last season, was the first in its conference to qualify for a spot this season. Dallas clinched with a scoreless draw over the Portland Timbers last weekend. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 620 words, photos.
— BKN--MAVERICKS-DEANDRE JORDAN — New Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan missed the team’s trip to China for two exhibition games for unspecified personal reasons. SENT: 130 words.
— FBC--TEXAS TECH-BOWMAN — Texas Tech freshman quarterback Alan Bowman has been released from a hospital four days after sustaining a partially collapsed lung against West Virginia. SENT; 180 words.
— FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 PODCAST — The Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma has not been this significant in years. The 19th-ranked Longhorns and No. 7 Sooners meet Saturday in Dallas and the winner is positioned to the Big12 front-runner. This week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the big games of week six, including Texas-Oklahoma, where Schroeder will be. SENT: 120 words, photos.
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