Sport Hendricks outduels Strasburg as Cubs top Nats 3-0 in Game 1

06:00  07 october  2017
06:00  07 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Strasburg to start Game 4 of NLDS for Nationals after all

  Strasburg to start Game 4 of NLDS for Nationals after all Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg will start Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs after all. The Nationals announced several hours before Wednesday's scheduled first pitch that they were going with Strasburg, hoping he can send the series back to Washington for a Game 5 on Friday.Manager Dusty Baker made a surprising announcement after Tuesday's rain postponement that he was sticking with Tanner Roark rather than going with Strasburg on regular rest.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kyle Hendricks rediscovered his 2016 form, limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to four hits over six innings to outduel Gerrit Cole and lead the Chicago Cubs to a The struggling Pirates managed just four singles off Hendricks and didn't reach third base until he was out of the game .

Cubs Rotation: Kyle Hendricks In Game 1 , Jon Lester In Game 2, Jose Quintana In Game 3 . Stephen Strasburg , Max Scherzer and Gio

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks throws against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. © AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks throws against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kyle Hendricks outpitched Stephen Strasburg, and the Chicago Cubs opened defense of their first World Series title in 108 years by beating the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Friday in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.

BOX SCORE:  CUBS 3, NATIONALS 0

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo produced RBI singles in the sixth inning for the first two hits off an otherwise-dominant Strasburg. Hendricks was even better, giving up only two singles in seven strong innings.

Report: Stephen Strasburg Expected to Pitch Game 4 vs. Cubs

  Report: Stephen Strasburg Expected to Pitch Game 4 vs. Cubs After a confusing 24 hours of probable pitcher news from the Nationals camp, Stephen Strasburg is now expected to make a Game 4 start on Wednesday afternoon, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Game 4 was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but rain in Chicago led the game to be postponed one day. There was some surprise when Nationals manager Dusty Baker revealed that Tanner Roark was likely to start Wednesday instead of Strasburg, who was apparently feeling ill and declined the opportunity to start on four days’ rest.

Hendricks became the first Cub in nearly 80 years to lead the majors in ERA (2.13) last season but took the mound on Tuesday with the number at 6.19. Girl hit by foul ball at Yankees game 'doing OK'. Yahoo Sports. Blue Jays Estrada extension has real downside.

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Rizzo added an RBI double off reliever Ryan Madson in the eighth. Carl Edwards Jr. threw a perfect inning and Wade Davis finished the two-hitter for a save.

Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Saturday, with Jon Lester set to start for Chicago against fellow left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

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Strasburg is on regular rest, but Tanner Roark will start Game 4 on Wednesday.

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