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MLB-NL WILD CARD
106-win Dodgers host Cards in NL wild-card game
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers put their season on the line in the NL wild-card game against the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals tonight.
No team has ever won so many games and failed to win its division, but LA couldn’t catch the 107-win San Francisco Giants, forcing the club into the one-game playoff.
Max Scherzer will start for the Dodgers. The 37-year-old right-hander was 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA after joining Los Angeles from Washington, along with NL batting champion Trea Turner, at the July 30 trade deadline. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is from the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield.
He’ll face Cardinals 40-year-old Adam Wainwright (17-7, 3.05 ERA). St. Louis used a 17-game winning streak down the stretch to lock up the second NL wild card
The Dodgers will be without slugger Max Muncy and ace Clayton Kershaw. Muncy injured his left elbow Sunday but could return if Los Angeles remains in the postseason. Kershaw has an issue in his left elbow/forearm and is done for the year.
– Umpire Joe West is set to work behind the plate in the NL wild-card game as his long, colorful career nears an end. West, who turns 69 on Oct. 31, is planning to retire at the end of the season. He told The Associated Press that he doesn’t know whether he will be assigned any more postseason games after the St. Louis-Los Angeles matchup at Dodger Stadium. West called his first big league game in 1976 and broke Bill Klem’s record for most games umpired when he worked his 5,376th regular-season game last May.
Day of rest before Red Sox take on Rays
UNDATED (AP) – Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox are all set to face Tampa Bay in a best-of-five Division Series beginning tomorrow night in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Boston gets a day to rest, recharge and work out at Tropicana Field after beating the rival New York Yankees 6-2 in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night. The Red Sox went 8-11 against the AL East champion Rays this season and finished eight games behind them.
Perhaps the time off will benefit designated hitter J.D. Martinez, who was left off the wild-card roster two days after he twisted his ankle running out to right field in a rare defensive appearance. Martinez slipped on second base while taking his position between innings Sunday. The four-time All-Star batted .286 with 28 homers and 99 RBIs this season.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora noted that the roster was different for a one-game playoff than it would have been for a longer series.
Tampa Bay announced Tuesday that rookie left-hander Shane McClanahan will start Game 1 and rookie righty Shane Baz will go in Game 2.
The Astros and White Sox get their series started In Houston Thursday afternoon. Astros manager Dusty Baker says Lance McCullers Jr. will start the opener and left-hander Framber Valdez gets Game 2. Chicago manager Tony La Russa said he’s waiting until today to decide if Lance Lynn or Lucas Giolito will go in Game 1. It will be La Russa’s first time managing in the postseason since winning the World Series with St. Louis in 2011.