Stephen Strasburg will get the Game 1 start for the Nationals

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Dusty Baker announced this morning that Stephen Strasburg will get the Game One NLDS start for the Nationals against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

As expected, Max Scherzer is being pushed back due to his wonky hamstring. Baker has yet to decide if Scherzer will be good to go for Game 2 on Saturday or if, instead, he’ll need extra rest and will make the Game Three start. He’ll throw a bullpen session today, after which more will be known. If he starts Saturday, he’d be available to come back for a potential Game 5 on full rest.

While Scherzer is the clear ace of the Nats and will once again figure in the Cy Young race, Strasburg is a fine choice for a Game One starter himself. He was 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 204/47 in 175.1 innings this season. He’ll face off against the Cubs Kyle Hendricks tomorrow evening.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.