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4:45 PM ET, October 11, 2017


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Stephen Strasburg takes mound for Game 4, plenty at stake for All-Star, Nationals  —  CHICAGO - A day ago, the Washington Nationals would have you believe that Stephen Strasburg was on his death bed, and couldn't possibly start today in their biggest game of the season in Game 4 of the NL Division Series.
Associated Press:
Strasburg to start Game 4 of NLDS for Nationals after all  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg will start Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs after all.  —  The Nationals announced several hours before Wednesday's scheduled first pitch …
Kevin Spain / USA Today:
Astros starting Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 and Justin Verlander in Game 2  —  The Houston Astros might not know yet who they'll play in the American League Championship Series, but they do know who'll be on the mound when the series begins.  —  Manager A.J. Hinch announced Wednesday …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Stephen Strasburg to start today's Cubs-Nationals NLDS Game 4  —  Nationals manager Dusty Baker discusses starting Stephen Strasburg in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
Stephen Strasburg and Nationals commit biggest error of the season  —  (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)  —  Let's review what we know for certain: The Washington Nationals face elimination Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.  They employ a pitcher who, at the moment, is throwing as well as …
USA Today:
Stephen Strasburg will start NLDS Game 4 for Nationals: Report  —  In yet another unpredictable turn in the saga of Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals are planning to start their $175 million ace in Wednesday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Stephen Strasburg declines Game 4 start after rainout, leaving Nationals running for cover  —  CHICAGO — This was going to be Stephen Strasburg's moment of glory.  —  The time he took the ball, thanks to Tuesday night's rainout in Game 4 at Wrigley Field, and saved the Washington Nationals' season.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Wrigley Field weather update: drizzling, game set to start at 3:08 p.m.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
ESPN:   Your guide to Wednesday's LDS games: Indians, Nationals asking who's available for elimination games
Associated Press:   LEADING OFF: Yankees-Indians in Game 5, Cubs try to zap Nats
UPI:   NLDS Game 4: Stephen Strasburg may now start for Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
Tanner Roark's Game 4 mission: Beat the D.C. sports curse
Jeff Arnold / UPI:   NLDS Game 4 preview: Washington Nationals to start Tanner Roark vs. Chicago Cubs
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Rain forces Cubs-Nationals NLDS game postponed until Wednesday
Discussion: Over the Monster
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
TBS did not nix 1 p.m. Cubs-Nationals start time, despite reports
Discussion: Halos Heaven
ESPN:   Threat of bad weather pushes back starting time of Nats-Cubs Game 4 in Chicago
UPI:   NLDS Game 4: Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs game postponed by rain
Jake Becker / New York Daily News:
Red Sox fire manager John Farrell  —  The John Farrell era in Boston is over.  —  The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have fired their manager after the team's second straight ALDS exit.  —  Farrell, who took over for Bobby Valentine as Sox skipper in 2013, was under contract through the end of the 2018 season.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
With Red Sox ousting John Farrell, Mets' search for new manager only gets more competitive  —  Earlier this week, a baseball executive said that the Mets' managerial search would be affected by the outcome of at least one of the American League Division Series.  Wednesday morning, he was right.
NBC Sports Boston / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Hosmer's leadership, Martinez's power fit Red Sox' needs  —  BOSTON - The Red Sox can make it rain again.  —  From the day David Ortiz announced he was retiring, it was universally apparent the Red Sox would need to find a middle-of-the-order bat to replace him.  They passed on that chance last winter,
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager
ESPN:   Red Sox manager John Farrell won't return in 2018
Jim Ingraham / UPI:
ALDS Game 5 preview: New York Yankees' CC Sabathia faces Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber  —  CLEVELAND — The final chapter of the drama is about to be written.  —  Wednesday night at Progressive Field, the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will play a winner-take-all Game 5 in the best …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
John Harper / New York Daily News:   For CC Sabathia, no moment, including ALDS Game 5, is too big to handle
ESPN:   Indians will turn to Corey Kluber and bullpen for Game 5 bailout
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:   Yankees may be built for the future, but the time is now
Associated Press:   MLB: Indians' Edwin Encarnacion might play in Game 5
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Joe Girardi yet to decide who will DH for Yankees in Game 5 of ALDS
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Bob Brookover /
Juan Samuel the first to interview for Phillies managerial job  —  Phillies third-base coach Juan Samuel became the first candidate to interview for the vacant manager's job when he discussed the opening with the team Tuesday.  —  “I think it went well,” Samuel said from his home in Florida.
Discussion: PhillyVoice
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Why couldn't Yu do that for Rangers?  —  Baseball fans should really be enjoying these playoffs so far, and the division series aren't even completed.  —  Two are, and one is thanks to the Los Angeles Dodgers' bats and right-hander Yu Darvish.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Maria Torres / Kansas City Star:
The Royals' farm system isn't highly rated.  Here are the best prospects of the bunch  —  It's no secret the Royals' minor-league system is one of the worst in baseball.  —  They started the year with the fifth-worst farm system, according to ESPN's Keith Law.  Not even signing Nick Pratto in the draft helped.
Discussion: Royals Review
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