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Here Are The Updated Division Series Start Times

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The rain played havoc with the Division Series schedule over the weekend and so it would be understandable if you have no idea when games in the three remaining series are to be played. Thankfully, MLB has people working on that.

Today is simple. It breaks down like this:

  • Nationals @ Dodgers Game 3: 4:08PM EDT;
  • Indians @ Red Sox Game 3: 6:08PM EDT;
  • Cubs @ Giants Game 3: 9:38PM EDT

Tomorrow, however, things get kind of complicated, as the schedules changes depending on how many games are actually required. If there are three games necessary tomorrow (i.e. the Red Sox and the Giants both win today), it breaks down like this:

  • Indians @ Red Sox Game 4: 2:08PM EDT
  • Nationals @ Dodgers Game 4: 5:05PM EDT;
  • Cubs @ Giants Game 4 8:40PM EDT

If there are only two NLDS games required (i.e. the Giants win and the Red Sox lose), the Indians-Sox obviously falls off the schedule and the other two games proceed at the above-stated times. If, however, there are two games required and one is an ALDS game (i.e. the Red Sox win and the Giants lose) the times change a bit:

  • Indians @ Red Sox Game 4: 3:08PM EDT
  • Nationals @ Dodgers Game 4: 8:08PM EDT

After that, it’s all “IF NECESSARY” stuff. Wednesday would be just one game as the NL teams would be traveling far:

  • Red Sox @ Indians Game 5: 6:08PM EDT

Thursday:

  • Dodgers @ Nationals Game 5: 5:05PM EDT
  • Giants @ Cubs Game 5: 8:40PM EDT

Please study this post well. There will be a test later and it will count in your final grade.

Adam Eaton sustains leg injury after tripping over first base

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Nationals’ outfielder Adam Eaton was carried off the field after stumbling over first base on Friday night. In the ninth inning of the Nationals’ 7-5 loss to the Mets, Eaton appeared to catch his ankle on the bag as he ran out an infield single, suffering a leg injury on the fall. He was unable to put pressure on his left leg after the play and required assistance by two of the Nationals’ athletic trainers as he exited the field.

Eaton is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, but Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker told reporters that it “doesn’t look too good.” It’s the first significant leg injury the outfielder has sustained since 2014, when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. He’ll likely be replaced by Michael Taylor in center field for the next couple of games, though that could be a temporary fix as the Nationals seek a better solution during Eaton’s recovery process.

Madison Bumgarner likely sidelined through the All-Star break

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It’s been just over a week since Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner got a serious scare after a nasty dirt bike accident. He escaped with bruised ribs and a Grade 2 strain of his left shoulder AC joint, but there was some speculation that the injuries would cause a significant, if not permanent, setback in the southpaw’s career. Thankfully, things aren’t looking quite so bleak today. Not only will Bumgarner not require surgery, but he could return as soon as the week following the All-Star break, the Giants said Friday.

Of course, that timeline is wholly dependent on how smoothly the recovery process goes, so nothing is set in stone yet. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic estimates 2-3 months of rest and rehab, including “two months before he can get back on the mound and then another three to four weeks of throwing and rehab starts before he’s big league-ready.” It’s a long and laborious schedule, but still looks much better than any surgical alternative.

Prior to the accident, Bumgarner was working on a solid start to the 2017 season. He maintained a 3.00 ERA, 1.3 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 through 27 innings with the club, though his average 1.75 runs of support per start fed into an 0-3 record.