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Dodgers, Nationals lineups for NLDS Game 4

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As with the previous two games this afternoon the Washington Nationals are going to try to avoid being eliminated this evening by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers, with Rich Hill on the mound, will sport a mostly familiar look against righty Max Scherzer. The difference today is Matt Beaty getting his first start of the series in left field, as A.J. Pollock takes a seat:

1. Joc Pederson (L) RF
2. Max Muncy (L) 1B
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
5. Corey Seager (L) SS
6. Matt Beaty (L) LF
7. Gavin Lux (L) 2B
8. Will Smith (R) C
9. Rich Hill (L) P

The Nationals will be without Víctor Robles once again due to his balky hamstring. He is expected to be able to pinch hit if necessary, however. Michael A. Taylor will cover center field and Ryan Zimmerman gets a start at first base:

1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
5. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
8. Michael A. Taylor (R) CF
9. Max Scherzer (R) P

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: