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Dodgers clinch home-field advantage through NLCS with rout of Padres

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Dave Roberts not ready to declare Alex Wood part of playoff rotation

LOS ANGELES >> Alex Wood was one of the best starting pitchers in the National League over the first half of the season and made his first All-Star team as a result. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is not ready to specify Wood’s st...

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    Whicker: Dodgers hope playoff path avoids Robbie Ray

    SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers had no way of knowing they were in Robbie Ray’s sights. He didn’t know either. He was just trying to re-learn a curveball, which is a little different from riding a bicycle. Every other day last winter, in 50-pitch sessions, Ray tried to turn an unnatural pitch into second nature. “I didn’t always have somebody catching me,” Ray said. “Sometimes I would just throw into a net. I even did it on Christmas...

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    Dodgers snap skid, could clinch NL West at home Friday

    PHILADELPHIA>> What do you get the 90-year-old who has everything? Their clinching celebration postponed in Philadelphia, the Dodgers might have reason to party twice Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Tommy Lasorda’s 90th birthday will be recognized before the game, and they could clinch their fifth consecutive NL West title with a victory against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers held a lead in the sixth inning or later in each of their four games in Philadelphia.

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    Giants at Dodgers: Friday game time, TV channel and starting pitchers

    GIANTS at DODGERS When: 7:10 p.m. TV: SportsNet LA (where available) Where: Dodger Stadium THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP RICH HILL (10-8, 3.60 ERA) Vs. Giants: 4-2, 2.52 ERA At Dodger Stadium: 7-6, 2.45 ERA Hates to face: Brandon Crawford, 4 for 9 (.444) Loves to face: Kelby Tomlinson, 0 for 3, 1 strikeout GIANTS RHP JEFF SAMARDZIJA (9-14, 4.42 ERA) Vs. Dodgers: 1-3, 3.51 ERA At Dodger...

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    Bullpen betrays Dodgers again; latest losing streak reaches four

    PHILADELPHIA >> Wait. For. It. With an offense sputtering on fumes and a bullpen leaking oil, it looks like the Dodgers might have to get out and push before they reach the finish line. The bats came to life long enough to score three runs in the seventh inning and hand a lead to the bullpen Wednesday night. But another reliever pitching his way out of the postseason picture – Ross Stripling – served up two home runs in the bottom of the seventh and the...

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    Pedro Baez grounded for a few days to ‘ease his mind a little bit’

    PHILADELPHIA >> Pedro Baez has been grounded for a few days. After a disastrous 36-pitch outing Tuesday night that put his spot on the postseason roster very much in jeopardy, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he told Baez he wouldn’t be pitching for a couple days and he should spend them in the dugout, not in the bullpen. “I asked him to sit with me in the dugout the next couple days,” said Roberts, who met with Baez in his office Wednesday afternoon.

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    Dodgers at Phillies (Thursday): Maeda vs. Leiter, TV, time & more

    DODGERS at PHILLIES Where: Citizens Bank Park When: Today, 10:05 a.m. TV: SportsNet LA THE PITCHERS DODGERS RHP KENTA MAEDA (12-6, 4.21) Vs. Phillies: 3-0, 3.50 At Citizens Bank Park: 1-0, 3.00 Hates to face: Freddy Galvis, 4 for 7 (.571), 1 double, 1 home run Loves to face: Tommy Joseph, 0 for 3, 2 strikeouts PHILLIES RHP MARK LEITER JR. (3-6, 4.93) Vs. Dodgers: 0-0, 0.00 At...

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    Pedro Baez’s latest meltdown costs Dodgers again in loss to Phillies

    PHILADELPHIA >> It is roughly 2,400 miles from Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park to the Dodgers’ training complex in Glendale, Ariz. But Pedro Baez might have covered that distance with 36 mostly errant pitches in the seventh inning Tuesday night. The death spiral of Baez’s chance to pitch important innings for the Dodgers this postseason picked up speed when he entered the game with a one-run lead and left having allowed four runs, dooming the...

    Bill Plunkett
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    Yasmani Grandal’s slump has tested Dave Roberts’ patience

    PHILADELPHIA >> Dave Roberts must be a patient man. But the ongoing slumps of Yasmani Grandal and Curtis Granderson are surely trying that patience – the .053 average (2 for 38) in September that Grandal took into Tuesday’s game, in particular. “With Yasmani, it’s imperative that he stays in the strike zone,” Roberts said. “There’s a frustration on his part where calls might not go the way he thinks they should. But...

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    Dodgers at Phillies (Wednesday): Wood vs. Thompson, TV, time & more

    DODGERS at PHILLIES When: 4:05 p.m. TV: SportsNet LA (where available) Where: Citizens Bank Park THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP ALEX WOOD (15-3, 2.69 ERA) Vs. Phillies: 3-3, 3.40 ERA At Citizens Bank Park: 1-2, 3.06 ERA Hates to face: Freddy Galvis, 7 for 13 (.538), 1 double Loves to face: Maikel Franco, 0 for 5, 2 strikeouts PHILLIES RHP JAKE THOMPSON (2-2, 4.46 ERA) Vs. Dodgers: 0-1, 9.00...

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    Clayton Kershaw gives up 1st grand slam, loses to Phillies

    PHILADELPHIA >> With baseball headed to an all-time high in home runs this season, a lot of players are doing things they have never done before. Including Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers left-hander allowed a grand slam for the first time in his career, serving one up to Aaron Altherr in the sixth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Dodgers, 4-3, Monday night. The grand slam was just the latest in a string of home run firsts for the pitcher who still...

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