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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.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.