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3:50 AM ET, October 12, 2017


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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
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.
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.
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.
William Lee / Chicago Tribune:   How high is mold in Chicago? NU doctor weighs in.
Associated Press:   Strasburg to start Game 4 of NLDS for Nationals after all
ESPN:   Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark to oppose Kyle Hendricks in Game 5
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
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
Yankees rally around manager Joe Girardi in Game 5 win over Indians  —  New York third baseman Todd Frazier said the motivation for the Yankees' American League Division Series-clinching 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night was right there in the dugout.
Indians ace Corey Kluber knocks down notion that injury held him back  —  After Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber allowed nine runs, including four homers, over 6 1/3 innings in two postseason starts, there was speculation that he was again fighting the back issue that landed him on the disabled list in May.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge did help Yankees in ALDS, but barely with his bat  —  CLEVELAND — The Yankees overcame a brutal series from Aaron Judge at the plate to advance to the ALCS.  —  Judge went 1-for-20 with 16 strikeouts - an MLB record for Ks in a single playoff series.
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 …
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Joe Girardi says owner Hal Steinbrenner has been ‘even-keeled’ since Girardi's Game 2 blunder
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.
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: 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
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Aroldis Chapman gets redemption for 2016 World Series with save in final game of ALDS  —  CLEVELAND - Aroldis Chapman had a chance to close out the Indians in this same stadium barely one year ago.  He could not do it in Game 7 of the World Series, even though his Cubs went on to end their century-long championship drought.
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.
Billy Witz / New York Times:
Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.
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
UPI:   ALDS: Cleveland Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion back for Game 5
Indians will turn to Corey Kluber and bullpen for Game 5 bailout
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
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