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10:00 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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Federal Baseball, Deadspin and
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Stephen Strasburg to start today's Cubs-Nationals NLDS Game 4
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
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
Stephen Strasburg and Nationals commit biggest error of the season
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
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Stephen Strasburg declines Game 4 start after rainout, leaving Nationals running for cover
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
UPI:   Boston Red Sox fire manager John Farrell after five seasons
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   With Red Sox ousting John Farrell, Mets' search for new manager only gets more competitive
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 …
Indians will turn to Corey Kluber and bullpen for Game 5 bailout
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
Associated Press:   LEADING OFF: Yankees-Indians in Game 5, Cubs try to zap Nats
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 …
Helene Elliott / Los Angeles Times:
Dick Enberg podcast features Vin Scully and a pleasant trip down memory lane  —  The opening words are an upbeat, “Oh, My!” followed by the familiar, warm voice of Dick Enberg.  The chance to hear Enberg, who was part of sports fans' summers (and winters) for six decades, would be enough to promise an enjoyable few minutes.
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.”
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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