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Justin Turner homers to open scoring early against Max Scherzer

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hit a three-run home run to put Game 2 of the NLDS out of reach for the Nationals on Sunday night. He returned in Game 4 on Monday evening, blasting a solo homer off of Max Scherzer to stake starter Rich Hill to an early lead.

Turner has hit safely in all four games of the NLDS, racking up a pair of doubles and a pair of homers.

The Nationals are trying to stave off elimination. If they lose tonight or in a potential Game 5, it will be their fifth unsuccessful Division Series since 2012. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are trying to reach the NLCS for the fourth consecutive year.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.