Ohtani Intrigue a Welcome Reminder of Dodgers’ Biggest Rivalries

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One pleasantly unexpected development in Los Angeles Dodgers world last week was the high and hard shade thrown by Our Guys towards the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani.

You know, Shohei Ohtani—the rookie pitcher who can’t hold the Tijuana Toros to under six runs in four innings. The guy who was supposed to be the new Babe Ruth.

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Dodgers Fall to Astros in World Series Game 7

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The long journey for the Dodgers that began on the fields of Camelback Ranch a little over eight months ago is finally over. And although it was a season which many fans of the club will not soon forget, the Boys in Blue will soon regroup and begin yet another ambitious quest less than four months from this autumn evening.

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Dodgers Stick with Familiar Lineup Against McCullers, Astros in Game 7

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For Game 7 of the 2017 World Series on Wednesday evening at Dodger Stadium, skipper Dave Roberts and the management crew of the Dodgers have decided to stick with a very familiar batting order which has consistently delivered success throughout the postseason.

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2017 World Series: The Vast Chasm Between Game 6 and Game 7

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All season we’ve been saying, “If they don’t get to the World Series, does any of this matter?” Well, guess what, the Dodgers are in the World Series and this, all of this, matters.

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Dodgers Handle Astros in Game 6, Force Decisive Game 7 at Home on Wednesday

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Before Game 6 even began on Tuesday evening, outfielder Yasiel Puig guaranteed fans of the Dodgers that there would indeed be a Game 7 on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. His promise ultimately held true, as Los Angeles held on for a 3-1 victory which tied the 2017 World Series at three games apiece.

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Dodgers Slightly Adjust Lineup to Face Justin Verlander in Game 6

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The good news is the World Series has now shifted back to Los Angeles where the Dodgers were stellar during the regular season and have been nearly untouchable in the playoffs. The bad news is there’s no margin for error, as the Astros are just a single win away from a World Championship. On top of that, Houston is sending veteran righty Justin Verlander to the bump, who has been absolutely outstanding during the 2017 postseason.

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In a World Series for the Ages, There’s Still Hope for Dodgers

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Go to the World Series, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. Fans of the Dodgers have to be wondering if that statement is actually true right now.

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Dodgers Lose Heartbreaker in Extras, Head Back Home for Game 6

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What a roller coaster of a game. Both starters were chased early, neither getting the win. Tying homers on top of tying homers. It was the first World Series game ever with three three-or-more game tying home runs. The pitcher that Dave Roberts said was not available before the game, apparently was. And if Game 1 was an ocassion where both these pitchers pitched a tidy affair, this game was anything but. In the end, it did not finish in the Dodgers‘ favor.

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Dodgers Tweak Lineup for World Series Game 5 at Houston

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One day after managing to halt all of the momentum of the Astros, the Dodgers have decided to employ the exact same batting order which served them success in Game 4, but this time Los Angeles will lineup behind resident ace Clayton Kershaw.

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Dodgers Rally Late, Tie World Series with Convincing Game 4 Win

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With the entirety of baseball still thinking about Game 3 of the World Series, it was time to play ball once again.

Going into Game 4, with Alex Wood on the mound, Dave Roberts sent the same lineup to the field as he had in Game 3. Though Cody Bellinger has had his struggles recently, he stayed in the cleanup spot, and Joc Pederson remained the DH.

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