Game 159: Brett Anderson states his case, gets his money.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick slides in safely under the tag of Giants catcher Trevor Brown in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win Thursday. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Anderson collected two more bonus checks Thursday, made a strong final case to start Game 3 of the National League Division Series, and drew the Dodgers one game closer to home-field advantage to begin the series by beating the Giants. The box score is here.

For Mets manager Terry Collins, the Dodger ties run deep, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

In today’s notebook: Yasiel Puig‘s recovery, the television show filming that interrupted Anderson’s warmups, and how the Giants’ two retiring pitchers helped a pair of Dodgers.

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Game 158: Dodgers spring a Leake in The Hangover Part IV.

Mike Bolsinger

Starter Mike Bolsinger was removed in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)


SAN FRANCISCO — A playoff-clinching hangover was in full effect Wednesday. The Dodgers might have gained some clarity for their NLDS bullpen, but did little else in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. The box score is here.

Clayton Kershaw needs six strikeouts Sunday to become the first pitcher in 13 years to strike out 300 in a single season, but he’s voluntarily limiting his own chances of reaching the milestone.

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Game 157: Clayton Kershaw pitches the Dodgers into the postseason.

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Clayton Kershaw (22) gets a hug from Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) after the final out of the Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw’s hair and hat and t-shirt were already drenched in Budweiser and Chandon Brut Classic when he spotted his wife and infant daughter in a corner of the Dodgers’ clubhouse at AT&T Park on Tuesday night. He kissed his wife, and cooed his daughter, and got a little more alcohol poured on him before the night was over.

Chandon Brut Classic is $264 a case. Kershaw’s pitching in the Dodgers’ 8-0, NL West-clinching win over the Giants was priceless. The box score is here.

Corey Seager has relegated Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers’ bench.

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Game 154: Champagne on the Rocks? Not today.

Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado hugs Carlos Gonzalez after his first-inning grand slam put the Dodgers in a 4-0 hole Saturday. (Getty Images)

DENVER — The Dodgers had nothing to celebrate Saturday, not even a lower magic number. Their 8-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies, combined with the San Francisco Giants’ win over the Oakland A’s, forced them to hold the National League West-clinching champagne another day. The box score is here.

Chase Utley is open to moving around the infield in the winter of his long career.

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Game 151: Chase Utley muscles up and Carlos Frias bears down in victory.

Chase Utley

Chase Utley led off the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a home run, and hit the go-ahead RBI double (above) in the eighth inning. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Zack Greinke was scratched with a sore right calf muscle, so Carlos Frias started Wednesday instead and halted the Dodgers’ four-game losing streak with help from Chase Utley.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in extra innings, so the Dodgers lead the second-place Giants by seven games with 11 to play.

The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division is 5. The earliest they can clinch outright is Saturday. Because the Giants’ game against the Oakland A’s begins at 1 p.m. PT, and the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies begins at 5 p.m., it’s possible the Dodgers can clinch the division before they set foot on the field.

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