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.

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Dodgers, Angels are 5-to-1 World Series favorites: Bovada.

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AL MVP favorite Mike Trout singled in his first career at-bat against NL MVP favorite Clayton Kershaw earlier this season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers and Angels are the co-favorites to win the World Series, at 5-to-1 each, according to Bovada. The online oddsmaker released its final odds following the conclusion of the regular season yesterday.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the favorite to win the National League MVP and Cy Young awards.

The full list:

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Dodgers 9, Giants 1: It’s OK to celebrate now.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw joins a group hug after beating the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, 9-1. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw delivered an MVP-caliber performance in the Dodgers’ National League West-clinching victory. His line: 8 innings pitched, 8 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts. The full box score is here.

Not to be a downer (part 1) but: Colleague Vincent Bonsignore writes that the Dodgers should have their sights set on bigger celebrations.

Not to be a downer (part 2) but: Chad Billingsley accepts that he might never pitch for the Dodgers again.

Dodgers 14, Chicago Cubs 5: Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th game in odd fashion.

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A.J. Ellis high-fives Yasiel Puig during the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ellis hit two home runs in the game and Puig hit one. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw was far from perfect in winning his 20th game of the season, and that was OK. The box score was kind to Dodgers hitters.

Also: tomorrow is a big day for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Sunday’s starting pitcher, who still doesn’t have a name.