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Trea Turner suffers non-displaced fracture in right wrist

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The Nationals suffered two big losses on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. The bullpen blew a late lead and the team lost 5-4, and shortstop Trea Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Turner was hit by a Pedro Strop fastball in the bottom of the seventh inning. He initially stayed in the game but was removed in the ninth inning.

Turner went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases before exiting. He’s hitting .279/.324/.422 with seven home runs, 32 RBI, 53 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases (best in the majors) in 315 plate appearances. As there’s as yet no timetable for Turner’s return, the Nationals will have to find a solution for the leadoff spot for the foreseeable future. Stephen Drew and Wilmer Difo will handle shortstop while Turner is absent.

Turner, 23, finished second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting last season and while his offense wasn’t quite up to last year’s standards, he was on pace to steal 72 bases. Jacoby Ellsbury in 2009 was the last player to steal 70-plus bases.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.