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Jeff Arnold / UPI:
NLDS: History on line as Washington Nationals return home vs. Chicago Cubs  —  CHICAGO — The Nationals have yet to reach the National League Championship Series, as they were eliminated in the NL Division Series in each of their previous three postseason appearances since moving to Washington.
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Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:
NLDS Game 4 turning point: Michael Taylor's grand slam  —  Nationals center fielder Michael A. Taylor discusses hitting a grand slam against the Cubs Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The situation: With the Nationals clinging …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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.
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 …
ESPN:
Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark to oppose Kyle Hendricks in Game 5  —  The Chicago Cubs will go with Kyle Hendricks as their starter for Thursday's Game 5 while the Nationals remained undecided Wednesday with their National League Division Series returning to Washington for the deciding game.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Stephen Strasburg strikes back: Nationals top Cubs to force winner-take-all Game 5
William Lee / Chicago Tribune:   How high is mold in Chicago? NU doctor weighs in.
Kevin Spain / USA Today:
Astros starting Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 and Justin Verlander in Game 2
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Stephen Strasburg to start today's Cubs-Nationals NLDS Game 4
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
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:
Tanner Roark's Game 4 mission: Beat the D.C. sports curse
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.
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UPI:   Boston Red Sox fire manager John Farrell after five seasons
Jake Becker / New York Daily News:   Red Sox fire manager John Farrell
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager
Discussion: NBCSports.com and MLB Trade Rumors
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 Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Baby Bombers were carried to ALCS on backs of Yankees veterans  —  CLEVELAND — On a team laden with young talent, it was the old guard who led the Yankees to the ALCS.  —  CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner and David Robertson - all members of the 2009 World Series championship team - each delivered in a big way on Wednesday night.
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Billy Witz / New York Times:
Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.  —  CLEVELAND — When the Yankees left Cleveland five days ago, they were devastated.  They boarded a plane for New York on the brink of elimination with their manager, Joe Girardi, under siege for a tactical blunder that led …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Joe Girardi says owner Hal Steinbrenner has been ‘even-keeled’ since Girardi's Game 2 blunder
Fox Sports:
Yanks' Sabathia faces Indians' Kluber in ALDS Game 5 (Oct 11, 2017)
Nicholas Parco / New York Daily News:
Yankees make fun of Indians on social media after ALDS win  —  The Yankees are kicking the Indians while they're down.  —  After coming back from an 0-2 hole and winning Game 5 of the ALDS to end Cleveland's season, the Bombers took to social media to make the Indians' three straight losses hurt even more.
Discussion: FanRag Sports
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UPI:   ALDS: Cleveland Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion back for Game 5
ESPN:
Indians will turn to Corey Kluber and bullpen for Game 5 bailout
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Eric Barrow / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge perplexed when asked how happy he is for Girardi after win: ‘For Joe?’  —  It's been a rough week for Joe Girardi.  —  First fans called for his head after bungling Game 2 of the ALDS.  Then closer Aroldis Chapman liked an Instagram post in which he was referred to as an …
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 …
Bob Brookover / Philly.com:
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.
 
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