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October 11, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals had trouble hitting left-handed pitching this season, but the Dodgers have only one left-hander in their bullpen for the National League Championship Series. Why? Don Mattingly wouldn't say. "I don't know if I really want to go into all the reasons why," the Dodgers' manager said. Left-handers Chris Capuano and Paco Rodriguez were dropped from the roster and replaced by right-handers Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez , leaving J.P. Howell as the Dodgers' only left-handed reliever.
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October 11, 2013 | By Paul Sullivan
BOSTON - With a giant "B Strong" logo mowed into the center-field grass at Fenway Park, there's no question the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon still resonates in this city. The bombing that left three dead and many injured probably will be revisited again this weekend when the Red Sox play host to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, which opens Saturday with Boston's Jon Lester facing Detroit's Anibal Sanchez. But as much as the Red Sox have used the "Boston Strong" campaign as a metaphor for their rags-to-riches season, Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer doesn't believe any town has a monopoly on finding inspiration from what transpired that day in April.
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October 7, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Freddy Garcia was given the nickname "Big Game" when he was with the World Series-winning Chicago White Sox. Well, he will have one of those Monday, this time for the Atlanta Braves. The veteran right-hander, 37, spent most of this season in the minor leagues, but he will be the starter in Game 4 of the National League Division Series with the Braves trailing the Dodgers two games to one and on the brink of elimination in their best-of-five-games series. Garcia described the Dodgers as a "powerful team" with a "powerful lineup" during a media session Sunday afternoon and nothing that happened in Game 3 will have changed his mind.
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October 4, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
- The Dodgers' top executives wouldn't say Thursday whether Manager Don Mattingly would return next season, but they offered overwhelmingly positive reviews of his performance. "I think he's done well, don't you?" said Mark Walter , the team's controlling owner. Co-owner Magic Johnson had a similar view. "Don has done an amazing job," Johnson said. "It could've gone a lot of ways when we were in last place. " Mattingly's contract includes a team option for next season.
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October 3, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
ATLANTA - The Dodgers will begin the 2013 playoffs against the Atlanta Braves here Thursday, but their most difficult postseason opponent has already shown up. It came swaggering into their clubhouse bearing sordid histories and fresh doubts. It came in with a bold and powerful relentlessness that gave even baseball's most cocksure and carefree team pause. Its name is October. The Dodgers have shown they can reasonably handle any nine players put in front of them, but can they handle October?
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October 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ATLANTA -- Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League division series against Atlanta - for now. Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers' rotation plans are subject to change depending on what happens in the first three games of the series, which will be started by Clayton Kershaw , followed by Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu . Nolasco could be used as a long reliever in one of the...
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October 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
SCHEDULE Game 1: Thursday, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh (A.J. Burnett, 10-11, 3.30) at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 19-9, 2.94) Game 2: Friday, 10 a.m. Pittsburgh (Gerrit Cole, 10-7, 3.22) at St. Louis (Lance Lynn, 15-10, 3.97) Game 3: Sunday, TBA St. Louis (Joe Kelly, 10-5, 2.69) at Pittsburgh (Francisco Liriano, 16-8, 3.02¿ Game 4: Monday, TBA* St. Louis (TBA) at Pittsburgh (TBA) Game 5: Wednesday, TBA* Pittsburgh (TBA) at St. Louis (TBA)
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October 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - It's that time of year again, when fans around the country tune into the baseball playoffs, see a bunch of unfamiliar green-and-gold-clad Oakland Athletics playing in a creaky, leaky stadium built for football and think, "What are you guys doing here?" It's OK. The A's, whose talent, grit and World Series aspirations far exceed their small-market limitations, are used to it. Respect them or not, know them or not, they've won two consecutive American League West titles on a shoe-string budget and open a division series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday in Oakland.
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October 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers have told Andre Ethier to be ready to pinch-hit during the first round of the playoffs, and he acknowledged Tuesday that might be all he can do. "They just said, 'You have to beat a throw from the outfield,' " Ethier said during a team workout at Dodger Stadium. "After I get on first base, we'll worry about what happens then. " With Matt Kemp out for the season and Ethier questionable, the Dodgers plan to start Skip Schumaker in center field when they open the National League division series on Thursday in Atlanta.
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September 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
While the Dodgers were on their way to dropping a 2-1 decision to the Colorado Rockies in their regular-season finale Sunday at Dodger Stadium, they learned whom they face in the National League division series. The St. Louis Cardinals secured the best record in the NL, leaving the second-seeded Atlanta Braves to face the third-seeded Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs. The first two games of the best-of-five series will be played in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday.
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