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.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.