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    San Francisco Giants (8-11 Hank Aaron Jersey , fourth in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (8-8, fourth in the NL East)Washington; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 16 strikeouts) Nationals: Patrick Corbin (0-0, 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 24 strikeouts)LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runsBOTTOM LINE: Both San Francisco and Washington are looking for a series win with a victory.The Nationals are 4-6 in home games. Washington has slugged .464, good for second in the National League. Anthony Rendon leads the team with a .806 slugging percentage, including 14 extra-base hits and six home runs.The Giants are 3-6 on the road. The San Francisco offense has compiled a .208 batting average as a team this season http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , Steven Duggar leads the team with a mark of .247. The Nationals won the last meeting 9-6. Jeremy Hellickson earned his second victory and Matt Adams went 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for Washington. Jeff Samardzija registered his first loss for San Francisco.TOP PERFORMERS: Rendon leads the Nationals with six home runs and is batting .387. Howie Kendrick is 10-for-20 with three doubles, three home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.Kevin Pillar leads the Giants with four home runs and is batting .224. Duggar is 10-for-44 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for San Francisco.LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 5-5, .275 batting average, 5.00 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runsGiants: 5-5, .203 batting average, 3.12 ERA, outscored opponents by one runNationals Injuries: Justin Miller: 10-day IL (back), Koda Glover: 10-day IL (forearm), Trea Turner: 10-day IL (finger) Julio Teheran Jersey , Brian Dozier: day-to-day (toe).Giants Injuries: Johnny Cueto: 60-day IL (elbow). The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Paul Molitor after four seasons on the job, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.Paul Molitor has been fired by the Minnesota Twins— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 2, 2018Minnesota finished with a disappointing 78-84 record, a year after reaching the AL Wild Card Game (a loss to the New York Yankees). Despite leading the Twins to their first playoff berth in seven years and registering a pair of winning seasons, Molitor was surprisingly let go.Following the 2017 season, the Twins gave Molitor a three-year contract extension. That was a sign of confidence from management and ownership, but Molitor has been reminded that baseball is a brutal business. One bad season was enough for Minny to fire a man who had just gotten a multi-year deal 12 months ago.advertisingThe Twins added pitchers Jake Odorrizi and Lance Lynn, plus big time slugger Logan Morrison to join a team that had made the playoffs in 2017. Minnesota was heavily expected to compete for a playoff spot throughout the season, but they were never really in contention. The Cleveland Indians won the AL division with a record of 91-71. Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY SportsMolitor, the 1997 AL Manager of the year, also played for the Twins from 1996-98. He joins Jeff Banister (Texas Rangers) http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , John Gibbons (Toronto Blue Jays), and Mike Scioscia (retired, Los Angeles Angels), as the list of managers who will not be returning to their respective teams in 2018. More firings are sure to follow.advertisingIn his playing career, Molitor was a seven-time All-Star, part of the 3,000 hits club and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, where he was named MVP of the Fall Classic. Molitor joined the Twins organization as a coach for the 2005 season, and wound up landing the managerial gig in 2015.Molitor brought a quick turnaround in Minnesota by guiding them to winning seasons in 2015 and 2017. Perhaps that may be enough for other teams to consider when they begin the process of searching for new managers.advertising

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