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Dave Roberts will have to own this Dodgers disaster

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4:49 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” LOS ANGELES — The slow-moving disaster that ruined the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ season began at 8:31 p.m. local time Wednesday and concluded 52 minutes later. A future...
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‘They challenge each other’ — Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw look to pitch Dodgers into NLCS

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LOS ANGELES — Walker Buehler‘s bravado is as discernible as it is distinguished — but his first two encounters with Clayton Kershaw made him uncommonly uneasy. The first took place in the summer of 2015, shortly after the Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the first round, when Buehler paid...
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Los Angeles Dodgers face worst-case scenario — Stephen Strasburg in do-or-die Game 5

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7:16 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” WASHINGTON — Months ago, when the Washington Nationals weren’t even a .500 baseball team and the Los Angeles Dodgers were running away with the National League, a...
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MLB Playoffs Daily — Cardinals, Nationals, Rays, Twins face elimination

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It’s another four-game whirlwind, with the stakes even higher than they were for Friday’s MLB playoffs quadruple-header. Buckle up! What’s on tap Monday’s schedule 1:05 p.m. ET: Astros-Rays Game 3 3:07 p.m. ET: Braves-Cardinals Game 4 6:40 p.m. ET: Dodgers-Nationals Game 4 8:40 p.m. ET: Yankees-Twins Game 3 The most...
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Los Angeles Dodgers’ big bats make noise, turn tide in NLDS

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WASHINGTON — Patrick Corbin had spent the past two years terrorizing Los Angeles Dodgers hitters, relying mostly on a biting, tilting, low-80s slider that closely resembles his fastball until it’s too late to adjust. But Russell Martin remembered this one key tidbit in a postseason pregame meeting that outlined Corbin’s...
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Dodgers torch Nationals starter Patrick Corbin in NLDS relief outing

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WASHINGTON — Patrick Corbin caused a Nationals disaster. Pitching in relief during Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday, Corbin allowed six earned runs in two-thirds of an inning. The Washington lefty, who started Game 1 of the NLDS, entered the contest in the top of the...
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Anibal Sánchez, not Max Scherzer, to start Game 3 of NLDS for Nationals

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WASHINGTON — Anibal Sanchez, not Max Scherzer, will be the Washington Nationals‘ starting pitcher for Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals announced the switch Sunday morning, less than nine hours before the game is scheduled to begin. Scherzer originally had been the...
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Can the Dodgers overcome a pitching plan that beat them in 2018 World Series?

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WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t necessarily expecting Max Scherzer to jog out of the bullpen and pitch in relief Friday night in their most recent game in the MLB playoffs — but they weren’t necessarily surprised by it, either. “Boston showed us last year,” Max Muncy, among the...
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MLB Playoffs Daily — Which NL teams will take the lead on Senior Circuit Sunday?

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After the American League Division Series owned Saturday — and saw both series move a step closer to sweeps with the Astros and Yankees each leading 2-0 — Sunday belongs to the National League. Both series are tied at a game apiece, and both the Dodgers-Nationals and Braves-Cardinals matchups have...
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Leaning on Max Scherzer-Stephen Strasburg duo, Nationals conjure up win-now magic

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LOS ANGELES — The Washington Nationals bullpen spent the regular season defying belief. During the MLB postseason, they’re defying convention. In Tuesday’s wild-card win over the Brewers, Stephen Strasburg pitched three dominant innings in relief of ace Max Scherzer to pick up the win. On Friday, in Washington’s 4-2 victory...
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‘He’s the most confident human being on the planet’ — Why Walker Buehler was L.A.’s Game 1 starter

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LOS ANGELES — “My name is Walker Buehler,” he said, “and my average fastball last year was 97.1 mph.” That’s how Buehler introduced himself to his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates in spring training a couple of years ago. It’s how Ross Stripling remembers it, at least. Stripling relayed that story...
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Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles Dodgers — Each passing year more urgency to win

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw doesn’t spend much time outside of the immediate moment. He is well aware of the narrative that surrounds him — of an elite regular-season pitcher who has struggled in the playoffs — but doesn’t give it much thought. Kershaw is instead consumed by a stringent...
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Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw get another shot at October glory for Los Angeles Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner‘s first baseball memory occurred 39 days before his fourth birthday, at his grandmother’s house in Lakewood, California, where he watched Kirk Gibson hit the legendary home run that propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series title in 1988. His recollections of that moment...
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Kurkjian’s October tales — The paranoid pitcher and the birth of the walk-off homer

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9:00 AM ET Tim KurkjianESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Has covered baseball since 1981 The birth of the walk-off home run. A playoff ace afraid of being poisoned. Mr. October going unrecognized. Mr. November’s advice to the Commander-in-Chief. A home run still orbiting the...
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Los Angeles Dodgers to start Walker Buehler in Game 1 over Clayton Kershaw

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ rotation includes arguably the greatest pitcher of his generation in Clayton Kershaw and a potential Cy Young Award winner in Hyun-Jin Ryu. But it will be Walker Buehler, the precocious right-hander with an electric fastball, who will begin their march toward another World...
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Five young stars ready to take over October

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Young players are dominating baseball like never before — and this October presents a chance for a new group of rising stars to make their mark on the MLB postseason. From an NL MVP hopeful in Los Angeles to a pin-striped infielder who reminds us of a certain Yankees shortstop...
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Expert picks for the 2019 MLB playoffs

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The Boston Red Sox missed the playoffs, so there will be a new champion in 2019. Will the Houston Astros take home their second title in three years? Or can the Los Angeles Dodgers get over the final hurdle and take home their first championship since 1988? Or will it...
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2019 MLB playoff preview — storylines, inside info and odds for every possible series

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Whether you are a die-hard fan who has been following every pitch since Opening Day or playing catch-up as the postseason begins, the start of October means the best time of the baseball season is ahead of us. Will anyone keep this month from belonging to the Houston Astros? Can...
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Can anyone stop the Astros? Which wild card is worth fearing? Answering October’s biggest questions

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The MLB regular season is in the books and the 2019 MLB playoff field is officially set. As 10 teams begin their October quests for World Series glory, we asked ESPN.com’s Bradford Doolittle, Jeff Passan and David Schoenfield to weigh in on who is built to make deep runs, which...

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