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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 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 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Angels looked a little groggy Saturday morning, committing five errors, one shy of their franchise record for a game, in the first five innings of a 7-4 loss to Texas that kept the Rangers' playoff hopes alive. But Manager Mike Scioscia wasn't buying the suggestion that an early start - the game was moved from 7 p.m. CDT to 11 a.m. because of the threat of heavy rains, which drenched the Ballpark in Arlington field in the bottom of the ninth inning - was a factor in the sloppy play.
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September 25, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Vin Scully not doing a Dodgers World Series would be like the pope not doing Christmas. Yet, if the Dodgers make it that far, that's exactly what we will face. The most amazing broadcaster of all time, baseball's most charming diplomat for 64 seasons, would not be calling the games on network television -- or any television. In the postseason, of course, the big networks take over. Joe Buck would do the World Series, not Scully. Oh, heavenly father, say it ain't so. Nothing against Buck, for he's got baseball in the blood.
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September 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO - While Andre Ethier remained sidelined with shin splints Tuesday, the Dodgers' three healthy outfielders were productive in a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Right fielder Yasiel Puig hit a home run in the fifth inning off Matt Cain, two innings after he was hit in the back by the Giants ace. Center fielder Matt Kemp homered off Cain in the sixth. And left fielder Carl Crawford was three for five. Kemp's home run was his first since he came off the disabled list on Sept.
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September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Their second consecutive division title secured Sunday, the Oakland Athletics have set their sights on the best record in the American League, which would assure home-field advantage throughout the post-season and a first-round series against the wild-card survivor instead of the Detroit Tigers. The A's took another step toward that goal Monday night with a 10-5 victory over the Angels that was powered in part by Jed Lowrie's three-run home run in the third inning, Brandon Moss' two-run shot in the fifth and Josh Donaldson's 56th multi-hit game.
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