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Ryan Zimmerman belts three-run homer to pad Nationals’ lead in NLDS Game 4

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Ryan Zimmerman made his second start of the postseason in Game 4 of the NLDS on Monday night against the Dodgers. Manager Dave Martinez was rewarded for going with the veteran as Zimmerman crushed a Pedro Báez fastball out to center field for a three-run home run in the fifth inning, padding the Nationals’ lead to 5-1.

Zimmerman, 35, is likely playing out the remainder of his Nationals career, as the club holds an $18 million option for 2020 that they are likely to instead buy out for $2 million. Signs are pointing towards him hitting free agency next month. Tonight’s home run was one more item on his lengthy Nationals résumé. 2019 marked his 15th season in the majors with the Nationals. Over that span of time, Zimmerman compiled an .818 OPS during the regular season with 401 doubles, 270 homers, and 1,015 runs batted in.

The Nationals are hoping to force a Game 5 against the Dodgers by winning tonight. They entered the night trailing 2-1 in the series.

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.