Live updates from Dodgers-Giants game, Tuesday, Sept. 23. The Dodgers’ magic number remains at 3 after a 5-2 extra-innings loss to the Giants on Monday.
Also: Dan Haren is geared up for tomorrow’s start against the Giants, but he insists it‘s not the most pressure-filled series of the season.
The Giants lost to the Padres, 8-2. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West is 3.
CHICAGO >> The Dodgers are playing the San Francisco Giants tomorrow, in case you haven’t heard. It’s a three-game series and this is what the standings look like right now.
So, rivalry game in the final week of the season with first place in the division at stake. Perhaps not surprisingly, Don Mattingly didn’t have to explain this to the Dodger players.
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Ryu threw a little longer and a little harder than he did yesterday, about 10 minutes. He felt well enough to playfully throw a baseball off Yasiel Puig‘s butt, after Puig mocked his throwing motion. Ryu met with head athletic trainer Stan Conte, just as he did Saturday. It serves to reason that he’ll continue throwing Monday, when the Dodgers return home to play the Giants.
An MRI revealed inflammation in Ryu’s left shoulder after he left his last start (Sept. 12) with an injury.
The Dodgers could have used another blowout win. Beyond getting them closer to a division title, it presents a golden opportunity for a relatively old team to rest up.
Last year, the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Division Series and NL Championship Series included six relief pitchers. It also featured a starting pitcher (Chris Capuano in the first round, Edinson Volquez in the second) who essentially served as a long reliever/emergency starter.
This year, it’s anyone’s guess what the Dodgers will do after clinching a playoff spot last night.
The bullpen had its issues in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. There are many question marks, but here’s the big one: Who would you bring?
Keep in mind the playoff roster is limited to 25 per round. You’ll need at least eight position players and you’ll want four starters, just in case. But there’s no limit on how many boxes you can check on this poll, which closes October 1. Take it again if you change your mind:
CHICAGO >> Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig made one of the best catches you’ll see this year in the fifth inning Saturday.
Puig ran down a line-drive to the left-center field gap hit by the Chicago Cubs’ Jorge Soler, dove head-first to make the catch, then threw to second base to complete an inning-ending double play.
(His right shoulder might not look OK, but he was able to bat in the top of the sixth inning and hit a stand-up double.)
CHICAGO >> Juan Uribe “had a little bit of a misstep” running the bases in the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday and aggravated a minor groin injury. He isn’t in the starting lineup Saturday.
Here’s what Don Mattingly said about Uribe on Saturday morning: