St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: A familiar, painful ending.

ST. LOUIS >> There were lots of questions for the Dodgers to ponder on the flight home after their season-ending, 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in the NLDS.

Mark Whicker asks this: How do you send six men to the plate in the sixth inning, have five of them reach base and score just two runs?

The box score is here.

Was home plate umpire Dale Scott applauding a Yasiel Puig strikeout Monday? (Video)

Well, the folks over at sure think so. And they have the video to prove it:

Was this what Matt Kemp was thinking when he said that Dale Scott should be disciplined?

Unfortunately we didn’t see the video before getting a chance to talk to Kemp on Tuesday.

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:

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

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

St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: ‘Terrible’ strike zone, bullpen blowup, season on the brink.

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Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)

ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position after a 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS. As Mark Whicker writes, we all know how it ended last year. Clayton Kershaw acknowledged the gravity of moment after being officially named the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter.

Matt Kemp called home plate umpire Dale Scott’s strike zone “terrible,” but the Dodgers’ bullpen was at least as bad.

The box score is here.

Report: St. Louis Cardinals catcher will be fined for shoving umpire in Game 1.

Major League Baseball will fine St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series, according to Jon Heyman of

From Heyman’s story:

The exact amount of the fine isn’t known, but it was said to an amount that isn’t insignificant, one designed to “get his attention,” people familiar situation said.

In case you missed it, here’s what Molina did:

Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals announce lineups for Game 3 of NLDS.

While the Dodgers have used the same 1-8 batting order for the first three games of the National League Division Series, the Cardinals have mixed it up every game. Matt Adams, who has one hit and six walks in eight plate appearances, will bat fifth for the first time in Game 3.

Here’s more about the starting pitching matchup, and here are the full lineups for both teams:

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Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: Matt Kemp’s home run saves the day.

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Matt Kemp is greeted by teammates and bubbles in the Dodgers’ dugout after his eighth-inning home run beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, 3-2. (John McCoy/staff photographer)

With one swing of the bat, Matt Kemp evened the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at one game apiece. The box score is here.

Like they have all season, the Dodgers got their money’s worth from Zack Greinke, writes Mark Whicker.

Don’t be fooled when MLB Network trumpets its ratings victories for this game tomorrow, writes Tom Hoffarth.

Harold Reynolds might believe the Cardinals are stealing signs, but he’s probably wrong.

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

Clayton Kershaw

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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Yadier Molina won’t be suspended for shoving umpire Jerry Meals in Game 1.

Yadier Molina is in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series, one day after the veteran catcher appeared to shove home plate umpire Jerry Meals during a benches-clearing incident:

“We heard a little bit from the league,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Mostly about players that aren’t on the active roster and involvement, being on the field. Those sort of things. Just some simple reminders about how things are supposed to operate when you have a larger roster than what’s typical.”

The Dodgers — who are carrying five extra players beyond their 25-man NLDS roster — presumably heard the same warning.”

Matheny added, “I appreciate the fact that the umpires understand the intensity of a situation like that and there’s a bunch of people, and when emotions are running high, it’s just people and you don’t really see exactly who it is and what’s going on around you when you’re kind of being bumped and pushed.”