Clayton Kershaw leaves start after two innings with back injury.

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Clayton Kershaw didn’t allow a hit Sunday before he was forced to leave with low back tightness. (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — It was 86 degrees Sunday in Los Angeles when Clayton Kershaw sat down uncomfortably in the dugout after pitching the second inning. A Dodgers trainer approached him. After a quick chat the two walked down the tunnel leading into the home clubhouse. Quietly, Kershaw’s day was done.

The Dodgers announced that Kershaw left the game with right lower back tightness.
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Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Dave Roberts among finalists for BBWAA awards.

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and shortstop Corey Seager are up for BBWAA awards next week. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Corey Seager has a chance to become the third player ever to win his league’s Most Valuable Player award and Rookie of the Year Award. The Dodgers’ shortstop is among top three vote-getters for both awards, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Monday.

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NLCS Game 6: This is where it ends.

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Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs in the first inning of the Dodgers’ season-ending, 5-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The Dodgers’ season ended at the hands of the Chicago Cubs in a deflating 5-0 loss. The box score is here.

Kyle Hendricks was masterful, writes columnist Mark Whicker. The Dodgers’ bats never came around in the National League Championship Series.

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill understands the longstanding frustration among a patient Cubs fan base.

Here’s what Dave Roberts said in his final postgame press conference of 2016:
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NLCS Game 4: A controversial call turns into a sloppy mess, and the Dodgers lose.

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Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez calls out Adrian Gonzalez (right) at home plate after Willson Contreras (left) tagged him in the second inning of the Dodgers’ 10-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Chicago Cubs, scoreless in Games 2 and 3 of the National League Championship Series, unloaded on the hapless Dodgers in a 10-2 win in Game 4.

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

Cubs starter John Lackey, 38, got the better of 20-year-old Julio Urias, writes Mark Whicker. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell keyed the Cubs’ attack. The Cubs reminded the Dodgers how quickly things can change, writes columnist Jeff Miller.

Adrian Gonzalez criticized MLB’s replay system after he was called out at home plate in the second inning.

MLB’s director of umpires says accusations of balks — like those lobbied toward Clayton Kershaw and Urias — come with the territory.

Here’s more from Gonzalez after the game:

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