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Both National League Division Series set to start


UNDATED (AP) – Two best-of-five National League Division Series get started Thursday.


The first game features the St. Louis Cardinals facing the NL East champion Braves in Atlanta, where Hall of Famer Chipper Jones will throw out the first pitch.


Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) makes his first playoff start for St. Louis opposite veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul). The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner signed a one-year deal with Atlanta on June 7 and is 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 postseason games with Houston.


Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr., two keys to Atlanta’s lineup who sustained late-season injuries, say they are healthy. Both played in a simulated game Tuesday. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says second baseman Kolten Wong, who missed two weeks with a hamstring injury, will start Game 1.


Later, the Nationals and Dodgers open their series in Los Angeles. Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur) gets the start for the Dodgers against left-hander Patrick Corbin. That means for the second straight year, Clayton Kershaw won’t be opening the postseason for LA. A year ago, the Dodgers went with Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn YOO) against Atlanta, ending Kershaw’s streak of six consecutive playoff appearances starting Game 1.




Rams try to rebound by continuing success in Seattle


SEATTLE (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks in a key NFC West matchup of 3-1 teams on Thursday night.


The Rams have won three of their past four trips to Seattle and will try to become the first division opponent to win three straight games in Seattle since the Denver Broncos from 1996-98.



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