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9:30 PM ET, October 11, 2017


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Stephen Strasburg strikes back: Nationals top Cubs to force winner-take-all Game 5  —  CHICAGO - The Washington Nationals, showing their crosstown neighbors at the White House that they can deliver plenty of their own drama, not only watched Stephen Strasburg save their season, but forever alter his reputation.
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.
William Lee / Chicago Tribune:
How high is mold in Chicago?  NU doctor weighs in.  —  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg's health was in question before the start of Game 4 Wednesday at Wrigley Field.  (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  On Tuesday, Nationals manager Dusty Baker …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
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.
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.
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
Tanner Roark's Game 4 mission: Beat the D.C. sports curse
ESPN:   Your guide to Wednesday's LDS games: Indians, Nationals asking who's available for elimination games
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.
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.
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.
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
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:
Yankees may be built for the future, but the time is now
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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
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
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
Associated Press:
Mariners CEO optimistic in face of extended playoff drought  —  SEATTLE — John Stanton's first full season as the chairman and CEO of the Seattle Mariners ended the same as the previous 15 seasons when he was just a minority owner of the ballclub.  —  Out of the postseason …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers TV ratings drop with team's performance, remain top 6  —  Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch addresses the media on photo day at Comerica Park, says he's enthused by moves GM Al Avila has made & affirms his family's commitment to “long-term Ilitch ownership of the Detroit Tigers.”
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers manager search: Lloyd McClendon won't be fresh start team wants
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Built on foundation of young talent, Yankees' future looks bright  —  CLEVELAND — The future is bright.  —  That was the message from Joe Girardi before Wednesday's do-or-die Game 5 of the ALDS.  —  And the manager of the Yankees is right.  —  The core of the team is young, and several players made significant strides forward.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Joe Girardi says owner Hal Steinbrenner has been ‘even-keeled’ since Girardi's Game 2 blunder  —  CLEVELAND - Joe Girardi has had a few conversations with Hal Steinbrenner since his massive managerial miscue in Game 2.  —  “He's been no different,” Girardi said of the Yankees owner.
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
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