Game 153: Tension is mounting and the Dodgers are backing into a division title.

Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins had three of the Dodgers’ nine hits in their 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

DENVER >> Hear that loud beeping noise in the street? That’s the sound of the Dodgers backing into a division title.

Mike Bolsinger and the Dodgers looked tired at times in their 7-4 loss to the Rockies (the box score is here) but the Giants’ 5-4 loss in Oakland a couple hours later reduced the Dodgers’ magic number to two. The Dodgers lead the National League West by eight with nine games left in the regular season.

Kike Hernandez’s return to the lineup could be imminent, though it comes with little fanfare.

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Corey Seager has stiff legs, will sit out first game in Denver.

DENVER — Corey Seager will not be in the starting lineup when the Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies tonight.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Seager, who has reached base in each of his first 16 major league starts, is feeling “heavy legged.” That’s a clever baseball euphemism for fatigue, the kind that comes with playing 144 games across the Double-A, Triple-A and major league levels this year. Only Adrian Gonzalez has played more games this season than Seager among those currently on the Dodgers’ active roster.

Chase Utley is getting his second career start at third base and Jimmy Rollins is starting at shortstop. Here’s what Mattingly said about Seager during his pregame media briefing:

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Game 145: Alex Wood stars in 2-0 win over Colorado Rockies.

John Shoemaker

Veteran minor league coach John Shoemaker, recently appointed the Dodgers’ “captain of player development,” has been a part of the organization since he was drafted in 1977. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Alex Wood‘s masterful eight shutout innings led the Dodgers to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Wednesday was John Shoemaker’s last day on the field in a Dodgers uniform this year, and maybe his last for a while if history is any indication.

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Game 144: ‘We pretty much ran out of guys.’

The Colorado Rockies beat the Dodgers on Nolan Arenado‘s home run off Mat Latos in the 16th inning. The game lasted 5 hours and 23 minutes and set a record for the most players used by two teams in a single game (58). The Dodgers used 28 players.

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

Hamstring injuries are nothing new, but this year they arrived in a bunch.

In addition to the single-game record for most players used by two teams, the teams used a record 24 pitchers (previous: 21, Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore 9/30/2006, an 18-inning game). The Dodgers’ 11 pitchers and 28 players, and the Rockies’ 13 pitchers and 30 players, are all new franchise records.

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