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Nationals 2017 Postseason Game 5 NLDS vs. Cubs: Date, Time, TV Channel and How to Watch

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Nationals 2017 Postseason Game 5 NLDS vs. Cubs: Date, Time, TV Channel and How to Watch

It was do-or-die for the Nationals in Game 4 and when they needed guys to step up on the road, they finally did. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor hit a grand slam in the eight inning of the game to give the Nats a 5-0 lead and the eventual win.

Although Taylor helped seal the Nats' win, it was Stephen Strasburg who helped put the team in a position to tie up the series. Through seven innings Strasburg was incredible. He threw 106 pitches for 72 strikes and allowed just three hits and two walks.

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It was a spectacular performance from a pitcher who wasn't even supposed to start. Strasburg had been initally ruled out of the game because of flu-like symptoms. Then on Wednesday, Strasburg decided he was well enough to step up on the mound. 

Healthy or not, Strasburg put on a clutch performance that helped the Nats get the win to tie up the series. On Thursday, the Nats and the Cubs will play Game 5 of the NLDS in Washington with the series on the line. Additionally, the Metro will be open for extended service in the do-or-die game. Here's everything you need to know:

Who: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals

What: Game 5 of the NLDS

Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

Pitchers: Either Gio Gonzalez (15-9) or Tanner Roark (13-11) vs. Cubs' Kyle Hendricks (8-5)

What time does the Nats-Cubs game start? 8:08 p.m. ET, 7:08 p.m. CT

What channel is the Nats-Cubs game on? TBS

Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Live Stream: Watch TBS Live

Live Stats: GameTracker

NLDS RECAP

Game 1: Cubs 3, Nationals 0

Game 2: Nationals 6, Cubs 3

Game 3: Cubs 2, Nationals 1

Game 4: Nationals 5, Cubs 0

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.

Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring. 

The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee. 

Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.

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National Fans. Thank you!💯 #RedLightRecording

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