Clayton Kershaw chosen as Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year.

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Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter and 41 consecutive scoreless innings in 2014. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year for 2014.

The honor doesn’t come with a physical award, but it does come with a snazzy magazine cover article. Here’s a snippet:

Kershaw has positioned himself to do what might be regarded as borderline heretical: surpass Sandy Koufax as greatest pitcher in Dodgers history.

Koufax was 26 when he embarked on five magnificent seasons. He led the NL in ERA each season from 1962-66, winning three Cy Young trophies and one MVP award. He retired at age 30, because of an arthritic elbow.

Kershaw is 26 now, poised to win his third Cy Young Award, and the MVP too.

Dodgers, Cardinals announce lineups for Game 4 of NLDS.

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ST. LOUIS >> The Cardinals are going for the kill at 2 p.m. Tuesday, while the Dodgers will look to extend their season another two days, in Game 4 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium.

Yasiel Puig gets his first day off of the series, while Andre Ethier will start in center field for the Dodgers and bat sixth.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Dodgers:
Dee Gordon 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Matt Kemp RF
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier CF
Juan Uribe 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Clayton Kershaw P

Cardinals:
Matt Carpenter 3B
Randal Grichuk RF
Matt Holliday LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Jon Jay CF
Kolten Wong 2B
Shelby Miller RHP

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.

NLDS Game 4 pitching assignments are still up for grabs, apparently.

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Clayton Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average for the Dodgers in 2014. (Getty Images)

After the Dodgers evened the National League Division Series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 on Saturday night, Clayton Kershaw was a possibility to start Game 4 Tuesday on short rest.

Adam Wainwright did not.

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St. Louis Cardinals 10, Dodgers 9: A stunning turn of events puts the Dodgers in a 1-0 hole.

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A see-saw battle left the Dodgers speechless after a 10-9 loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw and catcher A.J. Ellis tried to dissect the Cardinals’ eight-run seventh inning.

You can watch what a somber Kershaw said after the game here; the box score is here.

Watch: Yasiel Puig is hit by a pitch, inciting benches-clearing argument.

Yasiel Puig was hit in the left shoulder by a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium, inciting a benches-clearing argument between the two teams.

There’s a history. Puig and Hanley Ramirez — twice — were hit by pitches in the most recent regular-season series between the teams in July.

Last October, Ramirez was hit in the ribs by a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. After sitting out Game 2, Ramirez attempted to play hurt in the final four games of the series but was not a factor.

Friday, Wainwright brushed Ramirez back with a pitch in the first inning, provoking Ramirez to glare at the mound. Ramirez later lined out to third base to end the at-bat — and the first inning.

This incident was relatively tame. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez both left the bench in an uproar. Along with Puig, they took turns shouting at Wainwright and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Both managers and coaches from both sides successfully got between the yelling players, and the argument died down after a few minutes.

Both benches were warned, but no players were ejected. The most violent moment — if you can call it that — is when Molina shoved home-plate umpire Jerry Meals:

Puig later came around to score on a single by Ramirez. That tied the game 1-1. Ramirez stole second base and scored on a ground-rule double by Carl Crawford, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Randal Grichuk in the first inning against Clayton Kershaw.

Dodgers announce NLDS roster; Paco Rodriguez, Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney cut.

The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Among the final cuts were left-hander Paco Rodriguez, outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Darwin Barney.

The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers: Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell.

Here is the complete roster:
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St. Louis Cardinals set rotation for Games 1-4 of NLDS; Michael Wacha out.

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha, the MVP of the 2013 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers, will be in the bullpen for the NLDS. (Getty Images)

Michael Wacha, who beat the Dodgers twice last October to win the National League Championship Series’ MVP award, will pitch out of the bullpen in the NL Division Series beginning Friday.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced his rotation for the series Wednesday: Adam Wainwright in Game 1, Lance Lynn in Game 2, John Lackey in Game 3 and Shelby Miller in Game 4.

The Dodgers haven’t formally announced any of their starters for the series, though Clayton Kershaw is listed as the Game 1 starter on their website, and lined up to start the game by throwing a bullpen session Tuesday. Zack Greinke is expected to start Game 2.

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Sports Illustrated cover boys: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright.

In the interests of (we can only assume) jinxing everyone, Sports Illustrated selected Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for two of its three regional covers this week.

The two pitchers are the cover boys for the magazine’s MLB playoffs/NHL regular season preview editions. The Kings’ Anze Kopitar and the St. Louis Blues’ T.J. Oshie are also featured.

Check it out:
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