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Nationals could do without further schedule issues

Nationals could do without further schedule issues

A few things off the top: 

First, baseball travel is brutal. Yes, even for those on a chartered flight. Why night games still exist on getaway days is an ongoing source of frustration for the participants. Trouble is, the other side, the non-traveling revenue collectors, like the money. Which is why the Nationals are stuck -- again -- playing a night game then boarding a plane at whenever o’clock and landing at the time phone calls deliver only bad news.

Second, the weather is diabolical. Numerous times this season, the Nationals appeared set for a postponement at Nationals Park only to play uninterrupted. 

Third, no one wants a postponement. Ever.

With those things under full consideration, the current situation in Minneapolis is not good. Thunderstorms. For hours. However, likely clearance late.

Major League Baseball does not want a postponement. They decide what will happy Thursday night -- not the Twins or Nationals -- while the teams wait. Only one solution exists in the very unlikely situation the game is postponed: It would be made up Sept. 30, the day before the National League Wild-Card Game.

Minnesota and Washington do not share a common off-day going forward. Neither wants to play game 162 after the regular season ends. Baseball writ large doesn’t want it. No one wants it, as much as waiting to start doubles-down on the already-poor turnaround circumstances.

And, that’s most likely what will happen Thursday night. The Nationals and Twins will wait, and wait, and wait in order not to further rankle the schedule. Washington’s final week is already torment filled because of a previous rainout. It plays eight games in seven days thanks to a five-game series against Philadelphia, Tacking on another game, in Minnesota, to possibly make nine in eight days with the National League Wild-Card game the next day? No one wants that, and they’ll do whatever possible to avoid it.

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Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner finally found the time to have his finger fixed.

A Saturday Instagram post showed Turner holding up his heavily wrapped right hand and held the caption: "Only took 7 months to get this finger fixed but now my ring will fit better! 🏆 Thank you to Dr. Carlson and all the staff at @hspecialsurgery for taking care of me! World class job by everyone! Forever thankful!"

"Can’t wait to start hitting with 10 fingers..."

Turner did not play from April 3 to May 17 after fracturing a knuckle on his right index finger when he turned to bunt, and a pitch from Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin struck his finger.

Turner's absence was among several enormous blows to the Nationals' health early in the season. His replacements -- Wilmer Difo and prospect Carter Kieboom -- both played poorly. Turner finished his shortened season as a 2.4-WAR player. Difo and Kieboom combined for -2.1 WAR in limited duty. The swing from Turner to his replacements became a massive hole and coincided with the Nationals bumbling through April and May.

When Turner returned, he still was not healed. He swung with nine fingers on the bat. Often, it flew out of his hands at the end of the swing when he first began to play again. He was never able to bend the finger enough so the tip touched the palm of his hand. Turner also went to great length not to discuss his situation through the year.

There was no immediate timeline for Turner's recovery process available Saturday.

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College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

The College GameDay crew is in Waco, Texas, this weekend to set the stage for the highly touted Big 12 matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma that kicks off Saturday night at 7: 30 p.m.

Baylor fans were out in full force for the live broadcast, holding countless signs that took shots at the Sooners. But one fan went outside the college football realm for their inspiration.

The Astros are facing widespread scrutiny as a result of a report that detailed allegations claiming they used high-powered cameras to steal opposing pitchers’ signs during the 2017 season, when they went on to win the World Series.

Houston can’t do much to defend itself until MLB concludes its investigation, so for now it just has to take jabs left and right from all corners of the sports world.

And apparently, even from Waco.

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