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Kansas City Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Accident

When he was just a teen, Yordano Ventura decided to quit school in the Dominican Republic to work in construction. His family needed the money and he worked in the hot sun day after day. However, his fortunes changed when he received a chance tryout with major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals, which changed his life forever. His electrifying fastball wowed scouts. His confidence that at times bordered on arrogant and brash served him well. His rise to the majors was quick and in 2015, he helped Kansas City win its first World Series in decades. However,... 
 

Mark Trumbo and Orioles Agree on New Contract

After three months of being a free agent, Mark Trumbo has decided to stay in Baltimore. The hard-hitting outfielder/DH has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Baltimore Orioles. The new deal is reportedly for 3-years and $37.5 million. This is far from the deal that Trumbo had been expecting. Last month, it was reported by news services that Trumbo was reportedly seeking a contract of $80 million and his numbers for 2016 justified such an amount. The slugger hit .256, but led the Majors in home runs with 47 and knocked in 108 runs, which were... 
 

Toronto and Jose Bautista Agree to One-Year Deal

Jose Bautista will remain with the Toronto Blue Jays. The veteran slugger has agreed to a one-year contract for $18 million with the team that includes mutual options for additional years, said one person close to the just completed negotiations. It was also reported that Bautista passed his physical late Tuesday night which was the only thing pending in finalizing the deal. This deal contains an option for an additional year with a buyout as well. It could go as long as three years if Bautista plays a specific number of games or more during the... 
 

Orioles Talking Contract with Slugger Jose Bautista

The Baltimore Orioles fans may not like Jose Bautista, but if the Orioles sign him, he will be a great fit for the organization. During last December’s winter meetings, Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette told reporters the team was not interested in signing Jose Bautista the free agent slugger because the Orioles fans do not like him. However, that statement may not have been completely true. The free agent slugger has not signed with any team thus far and it is likely he can be signed for much less than he was originally holding out for so... 
 

Criticism During World Series Humorous to Joe Maddon

The Chicago Cub will begin defending their 2016 World Series title shortly, which was their first in 108 years. Even though the Cubs won the Fall Classic it has not stopped the manager of the Cubs, Joe Maddon from making comments against the people who during last October’s World Series second guessed his decisions in the dugout. The biggest of which, was his decision to use closer Aroldis Chapman during Game 6 of the series. During a recent interview, Maddon said he found it humorous that people would want to even go there, during a dinner, he... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Awaiting Decision by Twins on Brian Dozier

The Dodgers have been hotly pursuing the talented Minnesota second baseman. The auction for Dozier should end sometime this week, says one baseball source close to the Minnesota Twins organization, although even the teams involved are not sure, if the Twins will ended up trading the hard-hitting second baseman. New management at the Twins has shopped Dozier, who is 20, for the past two months. Los Angeles believes they presented the Twins the best offer with Jose De Leon a talented pitching prospect reported to be the centerpiece of the deal. However,... 
 

Manny Ramirez Returning to Play Baseball in Japan

Former outfielder in the major league’s Manny Ramirez agreed to terms to play with Kochi Fighting Dogs in the Japanese independent Shikoku Island League. On Monday, the team made a public announcement that Ramirez was joining them through a post on their official website. Ramirez, who is 44, is from the Dominican Republic and played for the Taiwan professional team EDA Rhinos in the Chinese Professional Baseball League during 2013. That season Ramirez hit .352 with 8 homers and 43 RBIs. This new team plays in the Shikoku based independent league... 
 

Rajai Davis Anxious to Start Second Stint With Oakland

David Forst the general manager of the Oakland Athletics can remember the moment that Rajai Davis hit a tying home run in World Series Game 7 for the Cleveland Indians. Forst says it was a moment in sports that everyone will remember, as few people would expect someone like Davis to be the one to hit a home run. Forst had been keeping track of Davis, a former outfielder with the A’s, even prior to the home run ever since he left in 2010 to play in Toronto, then Detroit and finally onto Cleveland. Forst had been looking for a center fielder for... 
 

Offseason Moves, Rumors and Possible Deals

The Cincinnati Reds signed Drew Storen a reliever to a deal of one year. The 29-year old posted an ERA of 5.23 for 51 2/3 innings last season with Toronto and Seattle. After he struggled with Toronto in the early part of last season, Storen posted an ERA of 3.44 with Seattle during his last 18 plus innings of work last season. It is expected Storen’s deal is worth $3 million, but there are incentives build in for another $1.5 million. The Philadelphia Phillies are in search of a free agent veteran bat and the name of Jose Bautista has come up.... 
 

Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier Grabbing the Attention of Teams

When Major League Baseball teams start their rebuilding process, most of them will be willing to look at anything. The Chicago White Sox are no exception. In earlier December, when the White Sox traded ace Chris Sale to Boston followed by Adam Eaton to Washington, they entered the rebuilding stage of their team. Since then, the Jose Quintana a lefty starting pitcher and David Robertson a closer have also been mentioned in possible trades. The top power hitters for Chicago Jose Abreu at first base and Todd Frazier at third are generating interest... 
 

Toronto in Talks to Re-Sign Jose Bautista

For free agent Jose Bautista the offseason has been quiet. He has not appeared in many rumors of where he may sign which in part is due to the free agent market being flooded with sluggers who play the designated hitter role. One of those players is his former teammate with the Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion, who has signed with the Cleveland Indians. With Encarnacion now off the market, Bautista’s value seems to be increasing ever so slightly. The most recent rumor for Bautista has him currently in contract talks with Toronto. Last week, Toronto... 
 

MLB Commissioner Hints of More Changes to Speed Up Play

Since becoming the Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has instituted a number of new measures that are designed to cut down the game time and to improve the overall pace of play. Already a measure has been put in place making hitters keep their foot in the batter’s box between each pitch as well as one that reduces time between each half inning. Manfred now wants to look at the pitcher’s mound for help. The commissioner looked at a pair of possibilities including the use of a pitch clock and possible limits on relievers. The clock... 
 

American League to Have Three Powers in 2017

The three American League teams that have been the most active in the offseason through trades and free agent signings will be the three favorites to win the three AL divisions in 2017. The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros have made big moves to address weaknesses on their roster. When strong teams make solid additions, they have the makings to become great teams. Obviously, the assumptions can be dangerous and it is possible each of the three teams will have disappointing results during the 2017 season, but the three appear... 
 

Pitching Depth Gives Dodgers Bargaining Power for Trades

The Los Angeles Dodgers won another National League West crown this past season, but were eliminated in the playoffs. Since then, the Dodgers have been busy during the winter break. Most of the work the Dodgers front office has done has been with retaining their own free agents. Los Angeles has already re-signed Rich Hill, a southpaw starter, Justin Turner a third baseman and Kenley Jansen the team’s star closer to new contracts. Each of the deals has occurred after the three were already free agents. To date, Los Angeles has not made any significant... 
 

Rumor: Baltimore Pulled Offer to Mark Trumbo

For the Baltimore Orioles the offseason thus far has been quite peaceful and relatively uneventful. The club signed a one-year deal with catcher Wellington Castillo last week and besides a few minor contracts, Rule 5 Draft choices and waiver claims, the Orioles look similar to last season. That could change going forward. Since the start of the offseason, the Orioles have tried to retain the services of American League home run champion first baseman Mark Trumbo. It has been reported by a number of sources, the team offered at some point during... 
 

Phillies Sign Odubel Herrera to 5-Year Extension

The Philadelphia Phillies made sure that their beloved El Torito would be a part of the organization for years to come. Late Thursday, the Phillies announced that Odubel Herrera their talented center fielder had agreed to terms on a five-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2021 season. The deal includes options for the club in 2022 and 2023. One source close to the negotiations said the extension was worth $30.5 million and had an option for the club in 2022 for $11.5 million and in 2023 for $12.5 million. Herrera, who is... 
 

San Francisco Giants Need More Help For Mark Melancon in the Bullpen

Signing a top closer that will give his team confidence entering the eighth and ninth innings has become very costly. With Kenley Jansen re-signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week, each of the three top closers that were free agents are no longer available. Aroldis Chapman has returned to the New York Yankees for $86 million and Jansen signed with Los Angeles for $80 million. The two deals make the move San Francisco made for Mark Melancon, the third top closer available, at $62 million appear as a big bargain. Since Melancon was considered... 
 

Andrew McCutchen Not Sure If His Career in Pittsburgh is Over

One big part of the happenings during the Major League Baseball offseason is the efforts made by the Pittsburgh Pirates to trade veteran Andrew McCutchen. During the just ended season, McCutchen struggled at the plate, in the field and running the bases. That makes some worry about the possibility of a premature decline. However, he is not that far below the peak he enjoyed between 2012 and 2015 that keep in fifth or higher each season in National League MVP voting. In addition, McCutchen is loved by fans in the Steel City and is the principle face... 
 

Sources: St. Louis Agrees to Terms with Dexter Fowler

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals and outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to terms on a free agent deal to bring the former Chicago Cubs outfielder to St. Louis. Not willing or not able to meet the prices in a trade for a much needed outfielder, the St. Louis Cardinals opted to sign one of the top free agents available, said multiple sources Thursday night. The deal will be finalized once the center fielder clears a physical with Cardinals medical staff, which has been planned for Friday. The Cardinals will announce Fowler’s signing on Friday with... 
 

Red Sox Favored to Play in World Series Following Sale Trade

On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox pulled of a huge blockbuster trade. Boston will see immediate help from the trade after acquiring White Sox ace Chris Sale for four prospects from the Red Sox. Yoan Moncada is the big name in the list of prospects. Instantly, Boston became the favorites to win next season’s American League pennant. The Red Sox, in acquiring Sale, now have one of baseball’s five best pitchers. Since becoming a major league starter full time in 2012, Sale is No. 4 amongst all starting pitchers for strikeout... 
 

Sources: New York Yankees and Matt Holliday Agree to Deal

It appears that the New York Yankees have found their new designated hitter. According to reliable sources, Matt Holliday has agreed to a $13 million one-year deal to become a member of the New York Yankees, which represents the first high-profile move this offense for Brian Cashman the Yankees general manager. The sources said the deal was only pending Holliday passing a physical. Following the trade last month of Brian McCann by the Yankees to the Houston Astros, the team was looking for a new designated hitter. Options in the free agent market... 
 

All-Star Game Outcome Will Not Determine Home Field at World Series

The league winning the All-Star Game will no longer receive the home field advantage during the World Series. Instead, the home-field advantage will now go to the winner of the pennant that had the better record during the regular season. This change was part of the new tentative collective bargaining agreement in Major League Baseball, said one person that had direct knowledge the negotiations between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association. In addition, management and players reached an agreement that the disabled list’s minimum... 
 

Rick Porcello Wins AL Comeback Player of the Year

The offseason has been very good to Boston Red Sox ace Rick Porcello. The right-hander, who led the Red Sox to the American League East championship during 2016, was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday. The award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and is presented each year to the player who re-emerged on the field of play during the past season. One player from each team is chosen then reporters vote on the top player from each league. Porcello adds to his awards with this one. He was named the AL Cy... 
 

Edwin Encarnacion Best Hitter on Free Agent Market

Edwin Encarnacion is baseball’s most powerful slugger on the market in free agency for this offseason. His consistent bat in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup for the past five seasons will have a number of suitors on his heels during the offseason buying period. Encarnacion helped lead Toronto to its second straight trip to the American League Championship Series. While his 42 home runs are all certain teams might need to consider him an important acquisition, he is much more than just a home run hitter. Encarnacion has been one of Major League’s... 
 

Red Sox Could Start Pablo Sandoval at Third in 2017

In 2016, the offense for the Boston Red Sox had very few spots up and down the order that were weak. However, one of those spots happened to be third base. During the 2016 season, third basemen for the Red Sox combined to have a batting average of only .242 while the average third baseman in the major leagues hit for an average of .266. That deficit in production adds up through the course of a 162-game season. It appeared that Travis Shaw would be the stabilizing force at third, but he became exposed at the plate over the course of the season.... 
 

Lockout by MLB Owners Possible

Owners in Major League Baseball have said if the new collective bargaining agreement cannot be reached between the MLB Player’s Association and the league they would consider putting a player lockout into place. The current CBA will expire December 1 and both sides are currently at an impasse on a number of items. The recent release by the owners of possibly instituting a lockout is the first report suggesting a work stoppage could be made. There is not an imminent threat to baseball games, as Spring Training does not even begin until the middle... 
 

Sources: Brett Cecil Signs with Cards, Cashner Signs with Rangers

The Chicago Cubs were crowned World Series Champions just three weeks ago and teams are wasting no team in adding to their rosters in an attempt to compete with the newly crowned champions. Sources said that Brett Cecil the former reliever with the Toronto Blue Jays has reached an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals on a deal of 4 years worth $30.5 million. The deal will become official once Cecil has passed his physical with the Cardinals medical staff. The deal for Cecil includes a no-trade clause, which means he will have to approve a trade... 
 

Kris Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award for National League

What more is there for Kris Bryant to ask for? The Baseball Writers’ Association named the Chicago Cubs star the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. Bryant becomes the first player to win college baseball’s top award the Golden Spikes Award, the Minor League Player of the Year, the MLB Rookie of the Year and the MVP award in four straight seasons. He said it was amazing to hear that he was the first to accomplish the feat of winning those four awards over four seasons. He called it humbling and said he was grateful to have been... 
 

Terry Francona and Dave Roberts win Manager of the Year Awards in MLB

Major League Baseball handed out two more awards on Tuesday. This time the awards were not for players but managers. Terry Francona once again proved during 2016 that he could get the best out of his players during tough situations. He guided the Cleveland Indians to the American League Central title and the AL Pennant. At the same time, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts showed that a rookie manager could overcome injuries to a record number of players and win the National League West. Because of what they accomplished, Francona and Roberts... 
 

Red Sox, Astros and Others Amongst Those Interested in Carlos Beltran

When the Texas Rangers were eliminated by Toronto during the postseason, veteran Carlos Beltran, who has become a free agent, said he would not be retiring. He added that he hoped he would be playing again with Texas. However, Jon Daniels the general manager of the Rangers said that he would love to have every free agent back under the correct circumstances, but allocating resources is what it is all about. If Beltran must look elsewhere, he will have a number of suitors on his doorstep. Even though the veteran would be 40 to start next season,... 
 

Nine-Figure Reliever Could Become a Reality

Amongst the myriad of 2016 MLB postseason storylines was the relief ace returning to prominence in the bullpen. This is a reliever that is as dominant as any top closer, but can adapt to different scenarios. Instead of pitching within the framework of the save rule, the relief ace enters a game when the circumstances call of it. Those usually include a close game with the opposing team’s best hitters coming to the plate. Often times, a relief ace will work more than just one inning. This past October and one day of November, that role was played... 
 

Torey Lovullo Named New Arizona Diamondbacks Manager

On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks once again took someone from the Boston Red Sox baseball organization when they hired Torey Lovullo as their new manager. Lovullo signed a three-year deal and will be introduced formally on Monday by the club during a news conference. Lovullo was thought to be the first choice for the managerial job when Mike Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks as their new general manager in October. The two had worked in Boston together as Lovullo was the bench coach for the Red Sox the last four seasons and prior to that, they... 
 

World Series’ Longest Winless Drought Finally Ends

For the preseason through the entire regular season and into the postseason, the Chicago Cubs were favored to win the 2016 World Series. The only time they were not favored is when they trailed in the series 3-1. However, they rallied to win the final three games of the Fall Classic against the Cleveland Indians including Game 7 in 10 innings by the score of 8-7. The championship ended the longest drought in sports history of 108 years. Chicago led the league with 103 wins during the regular season, defeated San Francisco in the NL Division Series,... 
 

Cleveland and the Indians Ready and Willing to Hold Title Parade Again

The Cleveland Indian players watched the championship parade of the Cavaliers this week because they tried to determine how they would get to their home field. Terry Francona the Indians manager watched fans gather for the Cavaliers title parade, saying they arrived in droves throughout the streets below the upper deck of Progressive Field. Last June, the players for Cleveland watched the city celebrate its first championship of a major sports team in 52 years. Fast forward, only four months and the Indians are standing at the doorstep of winning... 
 

Chicago Cubs Need to Find Their Offense and Quick

The Cleveland Indians lead the 2016 World Series 2-1 after they shutout the Cubs 1-0 in Game 3 from Wrigley Field on Friday night. Chicago has mysteriously lost its hitting groove. The Cubs pitching along with its defense was present for Game 3 in a loss as the Indians could muster just one run over nine innings. However, that one run was enough for the Indians to take back home field advantage after losing it in Game 2 when the Cubs won 5-1. In Game 3, the weather was conducive for a hitter as the wind was blowing out to left field at over 15 mph.... 
 

Kyle Schwarber Returns to Cubs Lineup and Under the Spotlight

The big question around baseball is what are the Chicago Cubs going to do with Kyle Schwarber. Well, the Cubs may not be the only ones that need to answer that question; the Cleveland Indians might have to as well. For Cleveland, the question means figuring a way to get Schwarber out. After being on the disabled list for over six months due to an ACL tear, Schwarber has appeared from nowhere to No. 5 in the Chicago batting order. In Game 1 of the World Series, Schwarber crushed a double of the wall in right field for the hardest ball the Cubs hit... 
 

Andrew Miller is ALCS MVP as Cleveland Indians Reach World Series

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians punched their ticket to the 2016 World Series by winning Game 5 of their best of seven American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Following the series-clinching game, MLB announced that Andrew Miller the Indians southpaw reliever had earned the Most Valuable Player award for the series. The use of Miller during the series had become a big talking point amongst baseball pundits, as Cleveland manager Terry Francona turned to Miller repeatedly during the middle innings for a number of... 
 

Major League Record to be Set by Julio Urias on Wednesday

When the first pitch has been thrown in Game 4 of the National League Championship series on Wednesday between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, history already will have been made. That history is because of whom will be throwing that first pitch, namely Julio Urias a left-handed rookie for the Dodgers. Dave Roberts the manager of the Dodgers announced officially on Monday during workouts at Dodger Stadium that the rookie southpaw would be giving the ball for Game 4. That will mean Urias, who on Wednesday will be 20 years and 68 days old,... 
 

John Gibbons Standing Firm on Toronto Lineup

The Cleveland Indians took a 1-0 lead in the American League Championship best of seven series on Friday night over the Toronto Blue Jays thanks to Corey Kluber’s pitching and Francisco Lindor’s bat. While the Blue Jays had their chances in the first three innings against Kluber, they could not push any runs across the plate before the Indians bullpen came in and slammed the door shut. Some Toronto fans and baseball pundits have questioned manager John Gibbons’ lineup especially having Russell Martin batting fifth. Of course, Friday night... 
 

New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes Will Likely Opt Out of Contract

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will likely opt out of his current contract and become a free agent following the World Series. However, reports are that both sides are interested in the slugger returning to the Mets. Cespedes has a pair of years remaining on his contract of 3 years for $47.5 million but he is able to opt out during the first five days following this year’s World Series. At that time, he would be free to sign again with New York or any other MLB team. Reports from reliable sources said Cespedes had spoken with the organization... 
 

Three Teams Can Clinch Playoff Spots on Saturday

Six teams in Major League Baseball have won division titles and will play in the Division Series. However, all four wildcard spots remain open between the National and American League, as the 162-game regular season enters its final weekend. On Saturday, that could all change as three teams, the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants can clinch a postseason berth on their own. The Orioles as of Wednesday morning trailed the Toronto Blue Jays by two games for the top wildcard spot in the AL. However, since then, things have flipped,... 
 

Close Races for Rookie of the Year in Both Leagues

With just 10 games remaining in the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season, means the votes for Rookie of the Year for both leagues will be coming in soon. The race for rookie of the year in the National League is led by Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop. Seager has already played in 146 of the Dodgers’ games. He has batted .313 with 25 home runs along with 39 doubles. Seager has played over 1,200 innings of defense at shortstop, is hitting like a veteran and plays one of the toughest positions in the game. He could even be a... 
 

MLB Clears both Zimmerman and Howard of PED Allegations

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard were both cleared of allegations they had used performance enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball found those allegations not to be true. Pharmacist Charlie Sly had claimed in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America called “The Dark Side,” which was first broadcast last December that both players had used banned PED’s. Through just a brief statement on Friday, the league said the investigation it carried out did not find any violations by Zimmerman or Howard of the... 
 

American League East Odds and Ends

One of the best divisions in Major League Baseball this season has been the American League East. Four of the five teams in the division are currently over .500. As of the writing of this article, the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays were separated by just percentage points. The Orioles are sitting on .574 and the Blue Jays .573 at the top of the division, with Baltimore having played two games less than Toronto. The Boston Red Sox are just two games back in third place and the New York Yankees are 7 ½ games back in fourth. The only... 
 

Dodgers and Reds Putting Together Possible Three-Team Deal

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is less than two days away. Some teams in the hunt for players to help their stretch run towards the postseason have already made big trades, while others are still trying to find their “perfect fit.” One of those teams is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers sit in second place in the National League West just one game behind the free falling San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers are said to be trying to acquire Jay Bruce the Cincinnati Reds outfielder who is currently on a home run tear hitting 6 round... 
 

Mike Scioscia Protests Game Following Long Dispute

Late Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia had the official rulebook for Major League Baseball on his desk following the Angels loss to the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Shortly after the media left the clubhouse, Phil Cuzzi the umpire who caused Scioscia to gripe met with the manager of the Angels behind closed doors. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes as the two hashed out a critical play that took place during the seventh inning. The play featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker, which may have cost Los Angeles the game... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline Approaches With Teams Looking to Fill Voids

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is quickly approaching. The deadline is on August 1 for acquiring players for a team’s stretch run or at the same time trade away veterans in preparation for building the team for the future. A number of teams on each side of the coin are discussing possible deals with the hopes that they land players to help them win the World Series this season, or to build their corps of talent for a future run to the Fall Classic. The Chicago Cubs struggled prior to the All-Star break and could be looking to add pitching... 
 

Cubs Host Rangers in Possible Preview of World Series

Some are calling it a preview of the Fall Classic while others believe it is just another interleague matchup of two playoff quality teams. Whatever you wish to call it, the weekend series between the American League West leading Texas Rangers and the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs will be exciting. As Major League Baseball re-starts after its annual All-Star Game break the Rangers and Cubs begin their second half of the season playing one another at Wrigley field. Both are their league’s best teams record wise. Texas has activated... 
 

Mike Trout Leads Off All Star Game with Another Hit

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was about to play in his fifth All-Star Game in his five full Major League Baseball seasons on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. His mind however was not tuned to just the game as he could be seen darting in and out of the home clubhouse busing doing promotions, making appearances on TV, signing jerseys and not really thinking of the game until it was nearly time to have batting practice. He is getting used to doing these types of things at All-Star games even though he is just 24. He also has found... 
 

Dodgers Bullpen Coming Up Big During Kershaw Injury

Kenta Maeda was the first starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pitch during the seventh inning since June 20, when injured ace Clayton Kershaw last pitched into the seventh inning. That statistic is a great example of how important Kershaw is to the entire pitching rotation. It speaks volumes as well to how much the bullpen for the Dodgers has stepped up during his absence and helped the Dodgers to an 8-3 record since the star pitcher when on the disabled listed at the end of June. The bullpen has been ready every time the call has come,... 
 
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