Game times released for the rest of the division series

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Major League Baseball just released the game times for the remainder of the division series. Here are your Thursday and Friday game times. Assume all of the “if necessaries” as applicable:

THURSDAY

  • NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN: 1:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
  • NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH: 4:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
  • ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY: 7:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
  • ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK: 9:37 p.m. (ET) TNT

FRIDAY

  • ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY: 5:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
  • NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH: 8:37 p.m. (ET) TBS

Notes: On Thursday, the Giants-Reds, Cardinals-Nats and Orioles-Yankees games each shift to one hour later if the Tigers-A’s series ends before then.  Also, the Orioles-Yankees game on Friday shifts to 7:07 PM on TBS if the Cards-Nats series ends on Thursday.

Word on the street was that the Nats-Cards games were going to be played at 3AM Eastern so as to not interfere with any Nats fans who have to work, but the ideas was discarded after much passionate debate.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.