Report: St. Louis Cardinals catcher will be fined for shoving umpire in Game 1.

Major League Baseball will fine St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.

From Heyman’s story:

The exact amount of the fine isn’t known, but it was said to an amount that isn’t insignificant, one designed to “get his attention,” people familiar situation said.

In case you missed it, here’s what Molina did:

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MLB announces TV, some start times for the National League Championship Series.

Its participants have yet to be decided, but the National League Championship Series schedule was announced today by Major League Baseball:

Game 1: 5 p.m. PT Saturday on Fox.
Game 2: (time TBA) Sunday on on Fox Sports 1.
Game 3: (time TBA) Tuesday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 4: (time TBA) Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 5, if necessary: (time TBA) Thursday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 6, if necessary: (time TBA) Saturday on Fox.
Game 7, if necessary: (time TBA) Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

The San Francisco Giants lead the Washington Nationals 2-0 in their best-of-five NLDS. Game 3 is underway now in San Francisco.

If the Dodgers and Giants advance to the NLCS, Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 will be at Dodger Stadium. If the Dodgers and Nationals advance to the NLCS, Games 3, 4 and 5 will be at Dodger Stadium.

If the Cardinals advance to the NLCS, email me (jp.hoornstra@langnews.com) and I’ll personally tell you when and where to watch each game.

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Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals announce lineups for Game 3 of NLDS.

While the Dodgers have used the same 1-8 batting order for the first three games of the National League Division Series, the Cardinals have mixed it up every game. Matt Adams, who has one hit and six walks in eight plate appearances, will bat fifth for the first time in Game 3.

Here’s more about the starting pitching matchup, and here are the full lineups for both teams:

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Dodgers lose special assistant Rafael Chaves to Philadelphia Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies named Rafael Chaves, who spent the last six years in the Dodgers organization, as their minor-league pitching coordinator on Monday.

Chaves was one of three Special Assistants, Player Personnel in 2014 along with Jose Vizcaino and Aaron Sele. Chaves had been the Dodgers’ minor league pitching coordinator from 2009-13. He previously served as the Seattle Mariners’ pitching coach in 2006 and 2007.

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A postseason strike zone map, visualized.

FanGraphs.com has a neat interactive strike-zone map that shows how every pitch in the postseason has been called so far.

The data is culled from the fantastic website BaseballSavant.com.

Looks like the Dodgers, specifically Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, have had a couple bad ball/strike calls go against them so far, but only a couple.

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Dodgers-Cardinals Game 2 draws record ratings on MLB Network.

Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals was the most-watched and highest-rated program in MLB Network history, the network announced Sunday.

An estimated 1.8 million viewers watched the game, breaking the record set by Game 2 of the 2012 American League Division Series between the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers.

Columnist Tom Hoffarth broke down exactly what that means here.

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Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: Matt Kemp’s home run saves the day.

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Matt Kemp is greeted by teammates and bubbles in the Dodgers’ dugout after his eighth-inning home run beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, 3-2. (John McCoy/staff photographer)

With one swing of the bat, Matt Kemp evened the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at one game apiece. The box score is here.

Like they have all season, the Dodgers got their money’s worth from Zack Greinke, writes Mark Whicker.

Don’t be fooled when MLB Network trumpets its ratings victories for this game tomorrow, writes Tom Hoffarth.

Harold Reynolds might believe the Cardinals are stealing signs, but he’s probably wrong.

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