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7:35 PM ET, October 11, 2017


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Daryl Van Schouwen / Chicago Sun Times:
LIVE BLOG: Jon Lester enters as Cubs trail 1-0 in 5th inning of Game 4  —  Sign-Up for our Sports Newsletter … FIFTH INNING: Jon Lester enters the game to open the inning in relief of Jake Arrieta, who leads 1-0 but has walked five batters and is at 90 pitches coming off a hamstring injury.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Federal Baseball, Deadspin and
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 …
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
Kevin Spain / USA Today:
Astros starting Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 and Justin Verlander in Game 2
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
UPI:   NLDS Game 4: Stephen Strasburg may now start for Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
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
Tanner Roark's Game 4 mission: Beat the D.C. sports curse
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Stephen Strasburg declines Game 4 start after rainout, leaving Nationals running for cover
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
ESPN:   Threat of bad weather pushes back starting time of Nats-Cubs Game 4 in Chicago
Associated Press:
Jose Altuve staying humble as Astros marvel at 2B ahead of ALCS  —  HOUSTON — Jose Altuve hit .346 to win the American League batting title for the second straight year before batting .533 in the ALDS to help the Houston Astros eliminate the Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox fire manager John Farrell after five seasons  —  The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell on Wednesday, two days after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.  —  Farrell, who managed the Red Sox since 2013, will not return for the 2018 season, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announcement.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager  —  It's a tough business, life as a baseball manager.  —  One year you're managing your team to the World Series championship, and leading your team to back-to-back AL East titles.  —  The next, you're on the unemployment line, unceremoniously fired.
Discussion: and MLB Trade Rumors
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.
ESPN:   Red Sox manager John Farrell won't return in 2018
ALDS: Cleveland Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion back for Game 5  —  Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion returned to the lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday at Progressive Field.  —  Encarnacion has been sidelined …
Jim Ingraham / UPI:
ALDS Game 5 preview: New York Yankees' CC Sabathia faces Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber
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
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:   LEADING OFF: Yankees-Indians in Game 5, Cubs try to zap Nats
Associated Press:   MLB: Indians' Edwin Encarnacion might play in Game 5
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
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