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Wed Oct 2100:14Total package: Betts paying off big for Dodgers in every wayMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Yandy DíazDHIndiansFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Max Muncy1BAthleticsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaCFMarlinsFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts slid headfirst across home plate, then popped up and did a double pump with his right fist. An inning later, he got to trot around the bases after going deep. That big commitment to Betts is already paying off for the Los Angeles Dodgers this postseason. After run-saving catches in three consecutive potential elimination games to get the Dodgers this far, Betts put his speed, instincts and power on display in Game 1 of the World Series. There was a Ruth-like journey around the bases to score — and that was before his solo homer in an 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Betts led off the Dodgers fifth with a walk and stole second base. After NL Championship Series MVP Corey Seagar drew a walk behind him, they pulled off a double steal. Then, with the Rays infield playing in, Max Muncy hit a bouncer to first baseman Yandy Diaz, who threw on the run after Betts broke quickly for the plate. He slid past the attempted tag for a 3-1 l... [More]
Wed Oct 2100:05No knocking Bellinger's homer celebration in World SeriesCody BellingerFree Agent
Joe KellySPRed SoxFree Agent
Cody Bellinger bashed a home run in the World Series opener, and celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates. Foot taps — not forearm knocks. Much easier on his delicate right shoulder that popped out of its socket during a home run celebration in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Bellinger’s two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning and they went on to an 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Instead of jumping up and banging elbows, a grinning Bellinger ran up to teammate Max Muncy and exchanged foot taps before making his way down a line of Dodgers doing the same thing. Bellinger and Mookie Betts traded taps with their right feet as Justin Turner laughed, Will Smith clapped and manager Dave Roberts appeared to be smiling behind his face mask. There had been concern about Bellinger's shoulder after the Dodgers wrapped up the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves. He said it felt sore going into the World Series. His shoulder took another ... [More]
Wed Oct 2100:05Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS openerCody BellingerFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers left the Tampa Bay Rays stuck in neutral to start a most strange World Series played amid the pandemic. Kershaw dominated for six innings, Bellinger and Betts homered and the Dodgers chased a wild Tyler Glasnow in the fifth inning for an 8-3 win Tuesday night in the first Series held at a neutral site. A crowd limited by the coronavirus to 11,388 at Globe Life Field, the new $1.2 billion home of the Texas Rangers, marked the smallest for baseball’s top event in 111 years. Kershaw, a regular season star with an erratic postseason history, looked like the ace who so often stars on midsummer evenings with the San Gabriel Mountains behind him at Dodger Stadium. With these games shifted, the 32-year-old left-hander wound up pitching not far from his offseason home in Dallas. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed one run and two hits, struck out eight and walked one. He induced 19 swi... [More]
Tue Oct 2023:54Glasnow wilts, can't stay with Kershaw as Rays drop Game 1Cody BellingerFree Agent
Mookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Glasnow had already given up Cody Bellinger’s two-run homer and four of his six walks when he went back out for the fifth inning. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash might have waited a smidge too long to go to his bullpen in Game 1 of the World Series. Glasnow was charged with all four runs in the small-ball fifth by the Los Angeles Dodgers — three singles, four walks and three stolen bases that tied a Fall Classic record — as the Rays lost 8-3 on Tuesday night in the franchise's first Series game since 2008. The 6-foot-8 Glasnow started fast enough in his first World Series start, pumping the occasional 100 mph fastball while matching postseason veteran Clayton Kershaw out for out through three innings. But after striking out three around the second of his three walks to Corey Seager in the third, Glasnow walked Max Muncy to start the fourth. Two batters later, Bellinger hit the fastest pitch he ever has for a homer (98.2 mph). Glasnow, who struck out e... [More]
Tue Oct 2017:54The Latest: Pentatonix to sing national anthem for Game 1Randy ArozarenaFree Agent
Mookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 1 of the World Series (all times local): ___ 4:37 p.m. Pentatonix will sing the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Grammy-winning a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, prerecorded the song that will be shown on video at Globe Life Field. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will give the call of “Play ball!” Ceremonial first pitch duties will be handled by four frontline healthcare workers who are serving during the coronavirus pandemic. Married nurses Jamie Edens and Ryan Ward are from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Erika Combs is a nurse in Dallas. Brittney Burns is a nurse practitioner from San Antonio. ___ 4:22 p.m. Cody Bellinger was in his normal spot in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Bellinger was batting sixth and playing center field Tuesday night, two days after knocking his right shoulder out of whack d... [More]
Tue Oct 2012:34A capsule look at the Rays and Dodgers in the World SeriesNick AndersonFree Agent
Carlos BeltránRFYankeesFree Agent
A capsule look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers in Arlington, Texas, beginning Tuesday night: ___ Season Series: Did not play. ___ TAMPA BAY RAYS Record: 40-20. Playoff Entry: AL East champions. Playoff Seed: No. 1. Manager: Kevin Cash (sixth season). Projected Rotation: RHP Tyler Glasnow (5-1, 4.08 ERA, 91 Ks in 57 1/3 IP), LHP Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24, 63 Ks in 50 IP), RHP Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74, 42 Ks in 38 IP), LHP Ryan Yarbrough (1-4, 3.56). Top Hitters: 2B Brandon Lowe (.269, 14 HRs, 37 RBIs, 36 runs, .916 OPS), LF Randy Arozarena (.281, 7, 11, 1.022 OPS in 23 games), SS Willy Adames (.259, 8, 23, .813 OPS). Top Relievers: RHP Nick Anderson (2-1, 0.55 ERA, 6 saves), RHP Diego Castillo (3-0, 1.66, 4 saves), RHP Pete Fairbanks (6-3, 2.70). Series Summary: It's the second American League pennant for the Rays, who began play as an expansion team in 1998. They lost the 2008 World Series to Philadelphia in five games. ... Tampa Bay ... [More]
Tue Oct 2012:33Phillips, Sherriff added for Series by Rays; No LA changesCody BellingerFree Agent
Aaron LoupRPBlue JaysFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Outfielder Brett Phillips and left-hander Ryan Sherriff have been added to the Tampa Bay Rays' roster for the World Series. Right-hander Aaron Slegers and left-hander José Alvarado were dropped Tuesday before the opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tampa Bay goes with 13 pitchers, one fewer than during the AL Championship Series against Houston, which was played on seven consecutive days. The World Series has off days after Games 2 and 5. The Dodgers did not make any changes from their NL Championship Series roster against Atlanta and will carry 15 pitchers and 13 position players. Phillips was 0 for 2 in the Division Series against the New York Yankees, appearing in three games, and he played once without an at-bat in the first round against Toronto. Sherriff has not pitched since the final day of the regular season on Sept. 27. He figures to be used at high-leverage times against Dodgers left-handed batters, a group that includes Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. Sherriff joins Aaron Loup, Josh Fleming, Shane McClanahan and Ryan Yarbrough as lefties in the bullpen. Slegers pitched 3 2/3 innings over two appearances against the Astros and had one appearance against the Yankees. Alvarado pitched 1 2/3 innings over two games against Houston. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Oct 2010:03This Date in BaseballJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Evan GattisCBravesFree Agent
Lance McCullers Jr.Free Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Shane VictorinoRFRed SoxFree Agent
Oct. 21 1973 — Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson hit two-run homers in the third inning, powering the Oakland A’s past the New York Mets 5-2 in Game 7 of the World Series. It was the second straight World Championship for the A’s. 1975 — Carlton Fisk broke up one of the best games in World Series history with a homer in the 12th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 7-6 victory against the Cincinnati Reds, forcing a seventh game. 1976 — The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series in four games with a 7-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Johnny Bench had two home runs for five RBIs. It was the Reds’ second straight championship and marked the first time a team had swept the playoffs and World Series. New York’s Thuman Munson tied a World Series record with six straight singles. 1980 — The Philadelphia Phillies became World Series champions for the first time in their 98-year history with a 4-1 triumph over the Kansas City Royals in Game 6. 1981 — New York’s Tommy John ... [More]
Tue Oct 2002:23Friedman's Series: Built Rays, then left to build DodgersMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Walker BuehlerFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
Max Muncy1BAthleticsFree Agent
AJ PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Blake TreinenSPNationalsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Friedman isn’t quite torn. The Dodgers’ president of baseball operations since October 2014, he helped build Los Angeles into a power that reached the World Series for the third time in four seasons. He had been Tampa Bay’s executive vice president of baseball operations since 2006, building a team that reached the World Series in 2008, overseeing the acquisition of Kevin Kiermaier, Blake Snell and Diego Castillo and a staff with many holdovers still in place. With the Dodgers, he oversaw the acquisition of Mookie Betts and Brusdar Graterol, the drafting of Walker Buehler and the signing of A.J. Pollock, Max Muncy and Blake Treinen. "It kind of hit me today waking up and processing all the text messages and questions about it,” Friedman said Monday, a day before the Dodgers and Rays face each other in the World Series opener. “It’s definitely surreal. Some of my best friends in life are there. And we joked when I left the team that we were g... [More]
Mon Oct 1920:13Kershaw's latest World Series chance with Dodgers near homeMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowSPPiratesFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has pitched in the final game of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers six of the last seven years. None of those were followed by lifting the World Series trophy. There are his three National League Cy Young Awards, even an MVP during one of his 21-win seasons, and the current streak of eight consecutive NL West titles for the Dodgers. But the 32-year-old ace lefty has a losing record (11-12) in the postseason — and Los Angeles hasn't won a World Series since 1988. That is the same year Kershaw was born in Dallas, where he still lives and not far from where he is about to get another chance to change that for the Dodgers and add a huge missing piece to his otherwise sparkling resume. “I was throwing sim games May and June in Dallas, thinking about, man, are we even going to play a season?" Kershaw said Monday. And now for the third time in four years, Kershaw is set to start Game 1 of the World Series for the Dodgers, who were on the v... [More]
Mon Oct 1914:03Nationals hire Jim Hickey as pitching coachMax ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals hired Jim Hickey on Monday as their pitching coach. Hickey is entering his 38th season in pro baseball after spending the past two with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a special assistant for player development. He has 15 years' experience as a pitching coach in the majors. Hickey succeeds Paul Menhart, who was not brought back after his contract expired. The 59-year-old Hickey coached alongside current Washington manager Dave Martinez with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008-14. Hickey will oversee a Nationals pitching staff led by Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to the job," Martinez said. “He’s led a lot of really good pitching staffs over the years and has been a part of many successful clubs along the way. He’s helped countless pitchers improve, achieve their full potential and become All-Stars.” Hickey was last a pitching coach in 2018 with the Chicago Cubs. Before his decade with the Rays, he spent three seasons with the Houston Astros. Before that, Hickey spent seven years as a pitcher in the minors from 1983-89. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 1910:03This Date in BaseballCarlos BeltránRFYankeesFree Agent
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Oct. 20 1910 — Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs, on one day of rest, had a complete-game victory to beat the Chicago Cubs 12-5 and give the Athletics a 3-0 lead in the World Series. Coombs also had three hits and drove in three runs in the game. 1972 — In the fifth game of the World Series, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds homered on the first pitch of the game from Oakland’s Catfish Hunter, and the Reds went on to win 5-4. 1973 — Reggie Jackson of Oakland had RBI doubles in the first and third innings to lead the A’s to a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets and set up a seventh game in the World Series. 1982 — The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 in Game 7 to win the World Series. 1988 — Orel Hershiser pitched a four-hitter and Mickey Hatcher and Mike Davis hit two-run homers to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics and the World Series title in five games. Hershiser became only the third player to win the MVP in both the play... [More]
Sun Oct 1800:12American League Championship Series MVPsJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Randy ArozarenaFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFOriolesFree Agent
Alcides EscobarSSRoyalsFree Agent
Josh HamiltonLFAngelsFree Agent
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Delmon YoungDHOriolesFree Agent
2020_Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay 2019_Jose Altuve, Houston 2018_Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston 2017_Justin Verlander, Houston 2016_Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians 2015_Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals 2014_Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals 2013_Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox 2012_Delmon Young, Detroit Tigers 2011_Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers 2010_Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers 2009_CC Sabathia, New York Yankees 2008_Matt Garza, Tampa Bay Rays 2007_Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox 2006_Placido Polanco, Detroit Tigers 2005_Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox 2004_David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox 2003_Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2002_Adam Kennedy, Anaheim Angels 2001_Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees 2000_David Justice, New York Yankees 1999_Orlando Hernandez, New York Yankees 1998_David Wells, New York Yankees 1997_Marquis Grissom, Cleveland Indians 1996_Bernie Williams, New York Yankees 1995_Orel Hershiser, Cleveland Indians 1994_strike 1993_Dave Stewart, Toronto Blue Jays 1992_Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jays 1991_Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins 1990_Dave Stewart, Oakland Athletics 1989_Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics 1988_Dennis Eckersley, Oakland Athletics 1987_Gary Gaetti, Minnesota Twins 1986_Marty Barrett, Boston Red Sox 1985_George Brett, Kansas City Royals 1984_Kirk Gibson, Detroit Tigers 1983_Mike Boddicker, Baltimore Orioles 1982_Fred Lynn, California Angels 1981_Graig Nettles, New York Yankees 1980_Frank White, Kansas City Royals
Sat Oct 1720:33Betts, with another great grab, shows what Dodgers wantedMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Walker BuehlerFree Agent
Marcell OzunaCFMarlinsFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Dansby SwansonFree Agent
Justin Turner3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts jumped high against the eight-foot wall in right field, landing against an advertisement with the word “Extreme.” His catch that robbed Marcell Ozuna to end the fifth inning with a runner on was extreme, just like the running, shoestring scoop the Dodgers star made a night earlier that started a double play and took an Atlanta run off the scoreboard. Betts knew what he had accomplished. Head raised and bobbing back and forth, the ball held at his midsection, he took a few gallops toward the plate before joyfully throwing the ball back in. Walker Buehler stood near the mound, his right hand forming a triumphant fist, arm held high. “That’s a huge spark. That’s an unbelievable play by an unbelievable player at a big moment,” shortstop Corey Seager said. Moments like this were what Los Angeles hoped for when it acquired the four-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner from the Boston Red Sox in February. Betts’ defense, Buehler... [More]
Sat Oct 1718:42Outfielder Kiermaier back in lineup for Rays in ALCS Game 7Kevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three-time Gold Glove Award-winning center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was back in the lineup for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Houston Astros for Game 7 of the AL Championship Series on Saturday night. Kiermaier wasn’t in the starting lineup for three straight games after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch in Game 3, which the Rays won 5-2 to take a 3-0 lead. Kiermaier pinch-ran and remained in the game in center field in Game 5. The Astros won three straight games to tie the series at 3 and force the deciding Game 7. Houston, in the ALCS for the fourth straight year, is trying to join the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to win a seven-game series after being trailing 3-0. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Oct 1710:02This Date in BaseballCarlos BeltránRFYankeesFree Agent
Rafael DeversFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
Oct. 18 1910 — The Philadelphia Athletics pounded the Chicago Cubs 9-3 for a 2-0 lead in the World Series. Eddie Collins had three hits, including two doubles, and two stolen bases. 1950 — Connie Mack, at age 87, retired as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years, and Jimmy Dykes was named to replace him. Mack, together with Ben Shibe, founded the Athletics in 1901. 1973 — The Mets’ Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw combined to three-hit the Oakland A’s and take 3-2 lead in the World Series. 1977 — Reggie Jackson hit three consecutive home runs to lead New York to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and give the Yankees the World Series title in six games. Jackson drove in five runs, and all three shots came on the first pitch. 1992 — Backup catcher Ed Sprague’s pinch-hit home run gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves and evened up the World Series at one game apiece. Sprague hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning... [More]
Sat Oct 1700:12LEADING OFF: Astros on brink of historic comeback vs RaysMichael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Alex BregmanFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Aaron LoupRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Manuel MargotOFRed SoxFree Agent
Lance McCullers Jr.Free Agent
Charlie MortonSPPiratesFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: ___ UNEXPECTED SEVEN The Astros are channeling the 2004 Red Sox, hoping to “cowboy up” for a stunning comeback that could send them to the World Series in Arlington, Texas. The only task left — winning Game 7 of their AL Championship Series against the Rays. Trailing 3-0 in the series earlier this week, Houston players watched a documentary about Boston’s rally from a similar deficit in the ALCS against the Yankees — the only time in baseball’s 116-year postseason history a club trailed 3-0 and advanced. Carlos Correa, George Springer and the Astros' other players are using that unforgettable comeback as inspiration. That Red Sox team went on to win the World Series and end the Curse of the Bambino. Houston is merely trying to prove it can win without stealing signs after their 2017 title was tainted by scandal. “We’re not through writing history,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re hoping we can have a ... [More]
Fri Oct 1617:32Ex-Angels employee indicted in Tyler Skaggs' fatal overdoseTyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted a former Los Angeles Angels employee on drug charges for allegedly providing Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with the drugs that caused his overdose death. Eric Prescott Kay was charged Thursday with drug distribution and drug conspiracy in Skaggs' overdose death, according to the indictment in Fort Worth, Texas. The charges carry a maximum of a life sentence and 20 years in prison, respectively. Kay remained free on his own recognizance. A message seeking comment from Kay’s attorney, Reagan Wynn, was not immediately returned. Skaggs was found dead in his suburban Dallas hotel room on July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed. A coroner’s report said Skaggs had choked to death on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the drugs fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, which Kay was accused of providing. Kay was the Angels’ director of communications, and he served as their public relations contact on many road trips. He was placed on leave shortly after Skaggs’ death, and he never returned to the team. Team officials said they had not been aware that Skaggs, a 27-year-old lefthander, was an opioids user and didn’t know any employees were providing drugs to players.
Thu Oct 1510:01This Date in BaseballCoco CrispCFAthleticsFree Agent
Michael MorseLFGiantsFree Agent
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Jhonny PeraltaSSCardinalsFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
Oct. 16 1909 — The Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series as rookie Babe Adams registered his third victory by beating the Detroit Tigers 8-0 in the seventh game. 1912 — Fred Snodgrass dropped a fly ball in the 10th inning that helped the Boston Red Sox score two runs and take the World Series from the New York Giants. 1962 — With the tying and winning runs in scoring position, San Francisco’s Willie McCovey hit a hard line drive at second baseman Bobby Richardson for the final out and the New York Yankees won 1-0 in Game 7 for their 20th World Series title. 1969 — The New York Mets won their fourth straight game from the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-3 triumph behind Jerry Koosman and took the World Series in five games. 1975 — Tony Perez broke an 0-for-15 slump with two home runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the World Series. 1983 — Eddie Murray hit two homers and Scott McGregor pitched a five-hitter to give Baltimore a... [More]
Thu Oct 1502:41LEADING OFF: Dodgers hope Kershaw can go in NLCS Game 4Jose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
José AlvaradoFree Agent
Nick AndersonFree Agent
Pete FairbanksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersFree Agent
Kyle HigashiokaCYankeesFree Agent
Cristian JavierFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Aaron SlegersFree Agent
Bryse WilsonFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ BACK IN? Clayton Kershaw could pitch Game 4 of the NL Championship Series for the Dodgers if the left-hander’s back continues to improve. Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start because of back spasms, and manager Dave Roberts decided to stick with left-hander Julio Urías for Game 3 against Atlanta on Wednesday night. Los Angeles stormed to a 15-3 victory that cut its series deficit to 2-1. “Every day it’s been better,” Roberts said of Kershaw’s back. “I can’t just sit here right now and say he’s going to start tomorrow. I think if it progresses the way it has, it’s a likely possibility. But again, this is making sure Clayton feels good tomorrow when he wakes up and the training staff gives us our blessing as well.” The Braves will start rookie right-hander Bryse Wilson, who has just seven professional starts and none in the postseason. He hasn’t pitched since the regular-season finale Sept. 2... [More]
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