Your guide to Tuesday’s NLDS game: Can the Cubs eliminate the Nationals?

As engaged as Falvey and Levine were, they drew a bold line when it came to on-field decisions, which Molitor appreciated.

“I’ve never felt meddled in, in terms of how I ran a game, my pitching staff, who I decided to play on a given day,” Molitor said. “I was given total freedom to do that. And I think that’s important for a manager and his staff to have those decisions stay within the clubhouse.”

The Twins did part ways with pitching coach Neil Allen, but Molitor said he expected the rest of his coaching staff to return next season. The Twins also announced that Jeremy Zoll, a 27-year-old from the Los Angeles Dodgers, was hired as the new director of minor league operations. He replaces Brad Steil, who is moving to director of professional scouting.

Baker said he didn’t want to put an extra man on base “at that point in the game. … We thought Perez could do the job — and he did the job. It’s just that he found a hole.

“That ball is kind of in never-never land out there,” Baker added, almost wistful, a moment later, “between three merging players on our team.”

That kind of luck is nothing new for Baker, at least not during his three-year managing stint in Chicago. He was at the helm when the Cubs took a three-games-to-two lead against the Marlins in the 2003 NLCS, only to have a fan named Steve Bartman stick out his glove trying to catch a foul ball — and everyone knows how that turned out.

Baker took some heat for not trying to steady his team while there was still time. The Cubs lost that game and the next one and he has been booed on occasion.

“I’ve got a bunch of homies here, so I’ve got some backup,” he Cheap College Jerseys laughed before the game. “I feel very safe wherever I go. I mean it’s always nice to come to Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys Chicago. I’ve enjoyed coming here for years and years.”

Warriors’ Steph Curry tweaks Giants’ Madison Bumgarner

So Johnson knows what he needs. He’s got to import a Cheap College Jerseys special player. George checks a lot of boxes. The Pacers star is a top-10 player at peak performance. He has struggled with consistency in the playoffs, but has already played in 63 playoff games. And he doesn’t turn 27 until May 2. Still in his prime, he already has made two trips to the Eastern Conference finals, both times being denied a trip to the NBA Finals by the best player in the sport, LeBron James. A SoCal native, he’s been talking about playing for his hometown team, the Lakers, for a long time. He’s never made his long-term intentions a secret within the Pacers’ locker room, according to former teammates. He wants to wear the purple and gold.

There is little doubt that the Pacers are at a crossroads with their franchise player. In July, George could score a mega-extension in the form of a designated veteran exception — it could end up being a six year, $223 million deal — if he makes an All-NBA team. But in light of what has happened this entire season, right through their Game 3 debacle when they blew the biggest lead in playoff history, you really have to wonder if Indiana wants to go in all-in on George.

There was an instance of Bay Area superstar-on-Bay Area superstar crime Monday afternoon.

During media availability ahead of Game 1 of the Warriors’ series against the Jazz, a reporter asked Golden State guard Stephen Curry what he’ll do on his off-days in Utah.

Curry, of course, was tweaking Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who suffered shoulder and rib injuries last month when he fell off a dirt bike during an off-day visit Cheap Custom Jerseys to the mountains outside Denver.

Odds are this was friendly joke made at Bumgarner’s expense. You’d think two of the biggest athletes in the Bay Area have met enough times to be on friendly terms.

Still, the Giants probably are not laughing, because MadBum is out at least three months.