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NLDS 2017: Nationals vs. Cubs playoffs schedule, locations, TV, start times

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NLDS 2017: Nationals vs. Cubs playoffs schedule, locations, TV, start times

The Chicago Cubs vs. the Washington Nationals is going to be the biggest series of the Divisional Round in the 2017 MLB postseason.

Their best-of-five National League Division Series will begin on Friday, Oct. 6 at Nationals Park. If the two teams go the distance, the series could last until Thursday, Oct. 12 in a winner-take-all Game 5. 

As defending World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs come into this matchup after dealing with a drown-out NL Central division race. The Washington Nationals, who have yet to win a playoff series since the franchise moved to Washington, has been sitting around, getting healthy and rest since clinching the NL East division on Sept. 10

These two teams have also never meet in the MLB playoffs.

During the season, the Nationals won four of the seven games they played in the regular season. Both team spilt a four-game series in Washington, DC, while the Nationals won two out of three in Wrigley.

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The series can be seen entirely on TBS along with the other NLDS match-up with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the winner of the Wild Card Game. 

Game times will be determined once the National League Wild Card game has concluded.

Game 1:

Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C
TV: TBS
FINAL: Cubs 3, Nationals 0

Game 2:

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 5:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
​TV: TBS
FINAL: Nationals 6, Cubs 3

Game 3:

Date: Monday, October 9
Time: TBA
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
​TV: TBS
FINAL: Cubs 2, Nationals 1

Game 4:

Date: Wednesday, October 11 (Rescheduled from Tuesday)
Time: 4:08 p.m. ET
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
​TV: TBS
FINAL: Nationals 5, Cubs 0

Game 5:

Date: Thursday, October 12
Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
​TV: TBS
Radio (D.C. only): 106.7 The Fan

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

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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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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