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Published October 6, 2011
TWO FOR ONE? In Chicago, Phil Rogers reports while the Cubs are "taking steps aimed toward hiring Theo Epstein away from the Red Sox, it's possible they won't stop there." Sources said that Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts "could attempt to hire two people on his list from the lengthy round of due diligence he has done on replacing" former GM Jim Hendry. Rogers notes the "most likely hire to work alongside Epstein -- as opposed to be sitting in the main chair -- would seem to be Padres assistant GM Josh Byrnes, who was with Epstein from the start in Boston" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/6).
CHASING SALES: MLB.com's Gilbert & Schlegel note the Phillies-D'Backs NLDS Game Four at Chase Field "was not a sellout like Game 3, but the D-backs were still pleased with the way ticket sales went in the 24 hours prior to the game." The announced attendance "was 38,830 on Wednesday, a little more than 10,000 fewer than Game 3." The D'Backs said that they "sold 10,000 tickets after winning Game 3" (MLB.com, 10/6).