Max Scherzer scratched from World Series Game 5 start with neck spasms

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Or a couple of more yawners?

The highlight film of this year's World Series could be a double feature with all those Bob Hope/Bing Crosby movies: "On the Road".

Martinez noted that Scherzer's injury influenced his bullpen management in last night's loss: he refrained from using Joe Ross, bracing for the possibility that Scherzer may not be able to start Sunday's game.

Scherzer has made five appearances during the postseason, including a notable relief appearance in Game 2 of the NLDS. "He's a fan", Washington manager Dave Martinez said.

Cole led the majors in strikeouts this year, was second to Verlander in wins and topped the AL in ERA. Big names vs. big names in the middle of the diamond. Trump attended the the game with five wounded veterans. "I've never seen - believe me, I've never seen Max this quiet".

"We haven't really discussed it all that much", he said. The Nationals are expected to counter with Stephen Strasburg.

And what Altuve has done all October, well, that's just business as usual. Security will be heightened at the ballpark, but Trump will arrive after most of the fans have gotten to their seats to minimize inconvenience. In his first World Series start against the Astros last week, Strasburg allowed just two runs over six innings on seven hits, striking out seven batters and walking one. Fernando Valenzuela was the first.

"I'm as disappointed as I possibly can be not to be able to pitch tonight" Scherzer told reporters before the game. "I feel very special for that".

Urquidy also is a 24-year-old rookie, also now on this list.

"I think everybody is dealing with the effects of a long season", Strasburg said.

Cole threw three-hit ball for seven innings, nicked only by Juan Soto's home run in the seventh, and struck out nine.

After Washington took the first two games, the Nationals were as short as 3/10 with some bookmakers, while the Astros' odds drifted out to 12/5.

Brantley has become the Indians gift of endless giving to Houston. But Barksdale called it a strike to end the inning and the Nationals' final threat.

The 115th edition of the World Series is alive and kicking.

Urquidy was sent out as the opener or sacrificial lamb Saturday night and came back a legend of the fall. They won a close game, then they blew us out late.

So Ross was notified only hours before that he would start in the most important game in the Nationals' 15-year history.

Now he's in the thick of it and enjoying every swing. The Astros did come back the next night to take Game 7 for the title.

The Astros, who were a major-league best 31-19 against left-handed starters during the regular season, recovered some of their mojo against southpaws in Game 4. "So you really just kind of focus on what you can control". It's just $3.99 a month, which works out to about 13 cents a day.

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