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A worker puts finishing touches on the World Series logo at Dodgers Stadium diamond before Media Day yesterday. PHoto: David Crane / The Orange County Register via AP

First pitch of the best-of-seven World Series, Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, is tonight at 8:09 ET on Fox. " Late show: MLB postseason games stretch to record length," by AP's Ronald Blum:

"Don't be surprised if you doze off during one of these World Series games, wake up and discover they're not even at the seventh-inning stretch... the average nine-inning game during the regular-season took 3:05:11, up from 3:00:42 last year and 2:56 in 2015."

Potential changes:

"Major League Baseball has proposed a 20-second pitch clock and restricting catchers to one trip to the mound per pitcher each inning, rules management can impose unilaterally for 2018." "Advanced analytics have transformed the sport... The average pitches by a starter this postseason is 81, according to Baseball Info Solutions, down from 96 in 2010. The average number of outs by postseason starters has dropped in the same span from 18 to 14." Putting steam on it: "There's a chance [tonight] will be the hottest World Series game on record ... with a forecast between 95 and 97 degrees at first pitch" in L.A.'s Chavez Ravine. "The hottest game-time temperature for a World Series game ... was 94 degrees for Game 1 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees on Oct. 27, 2001." If you love baseball, you gotta click this: "Baseball's greatest teams: one for each franchise": 1906 Cubs, 1912 Red Sox, 1917 White Sox, 1927 Yankees, 1955 Dodgers, 1986 Mets, 1998 Astros, 2011 Phillies, etc.

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Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.