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 Preview: Kenta Maeda gets the ball for underdog Dodgers in Game 1.

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On Thursday, Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda doused his intepreter, Will Ireton, with beer. On Friday Ireton interpreted Maeda’s thoughts about starting Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — A fairly routine off-day practice at Wrigley Field injected a dash of news on the eve of the National League Championship Series.

Kenta Maeda will start Game 1 for the Dodgers, who will reset their 25-man roster but haven’t said who’s in and who’s out.

Position for position, the Cubs have the advantage on paper. A balanced attack allowed Chicago to win 103 games.

Kenley Jansen‘s Mariano Rivera impersonation might need to continue into the NLCS, writes Mark Whicker.

Here’s more from Maeda prior to the Dodgers’ Friday afternoon workout:

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NLDS Game 5: Dodgers pull out all the stops, advance to NLCS with 4-3 win.

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Joc Pederson jumps into the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning to tie Game 5 of the National League Division Series 1-1. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — What a rush.

Clayton Kershaw‘s adrenaline got him through the final two outs, after Kenley Jansen recorded the seven before that, after Julio Urias became the youngest pitcher ever to win a postseason game, after the Dodgers overcame Max Scherzer at his peak. Four hours and 32 minutes after it all began, the Dodgers were in the National League Championship Series with a 4-3 win. Read the full game story here. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Kershaw had no idea the final inning would unfold the way it did. His teammates appreciated his heroics, writes columnist Mark Whicker. Now, Kenta Maeda is in position to start Game 1 of the NLCS.

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A game was postponed due to rain that didn’t fall. Deal with it.

Look ma, no tarp! #baseball #Dodgers #Nationals #Game2

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A brief postscript on the decision to postpone Game 2 due to rain, even though the rain stopped shortly after the game was postponed.
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