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Cubs beat the Nationals 9-8 to set up an NLCS rematch with the Dodgers

Maxwell M. Scherzer would deliver. He would strangle the enemy, slay the curse, vanquish the evil spirits of Octobers past. The bullpen gate swung open, and the conqueror ran onto the field at Nationals Park, serenaded by a joyous ovation. If the mighty Scherzer could not pitch the Nationals out...
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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:55:00 +0200
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