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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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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

WASHINGTON  -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.

In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?

The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.

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While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.

So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.

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