Game 49: A fresh start, and a familiar ending, on the best day of Julio Urias’ life.

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Yasmani Grandal (left) visited Julio Urias three times during the pitcher’s rocky first inning Friday. The Mets beat the Dodgers 6-5. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The best day of Julio Urias‘ life had a familiar ending to Dodgers fans: a walk-off solo home run by Curtis Granderson off Pedro Baez. The Mets won 6-5.

The box score is here.

Alex Wood, who was scratched from Friday’s game with a sore right triceps muscle, is confident he can make his next start Monday in Chicago.

Urias admitted that he was nervous during the game. He didn’t hide his optimism, either. Here’s a portion of what he said after the game:

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Alex Wood might be limited to bunting when he starts Monday.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood is confident he can start Monday against the Chicago Cubs after dealing with a sore left triceps. (Associated Press photo)

NEW YORK — Alex Wood was in a joking mood Friday about his left triceps injury. He said he sustained the injury on a swing last weekend in San Diego, a game in which he finished 0 for 2, ending a modest four-game hitting streak.

“That’s why it ended,” Wood said of the streak. “It happened in my first AB.”
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A brief word on Julio Urias and ‘CULICHI POWER.’

NEW YORK — Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo snapped this picture of a meeting among Julio Urias, Yasmani Grandal and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt this afternoon. You can’t see it very well because of the shoulder compress he’s wearing, but Urias is wearing a t-shirt that says “CULICHI POWER” on the front and back.

Urias is from Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa, a province in northern Mexico where baseball is particularly popular. Four natives of Culiacan have reached the major leagues: Oliver Perez, Arturo Lopez, Arnold Leon and Victor Alvarez. Urias will become the fifth today.

“Natives of Culiacan” is a clunky phrase, so there ought to be a catchy nickname. Culichi fills that void. I found a few of these t-shirts lying around the internet.

With just the proper amount of hype and performance, it could become a popular seller well beyond Culiacan.

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The Dodgers have three games on ESPN next week.

For those of who you do not have access to SportsNet LA at home, this should come as welcome news: The Dodgers will play three non-blacked out games on ESPN in four days next week.

Sunday night in New York (5 p.m. PT), and Tuesday night and Wednesday night in Chicago (5 p.m.), are all national telecasts on the Worldwide Leader. The Sunday night telecast will feature Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza in the booth. The latter two feater Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville.

And, if Julio Urias is allowed to pitch five days from day, you can tune in to watch him pitch again Wednesday night.

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