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93-69, 2nd in NL West

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

No big news from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts' conference call today. No real reason for him to commit to any rotation or roster decisions. Roberts said he's still deciding who will slot behind Clayton Kershaw in his LCS rotation. Lefty reliever Luis Avilan is throwing a simulated game today, another data point in Roberts' final call on whether to add him to the LCS roster.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers are scary again. During the regular season, one key to their success was making pitchers throw strikes: They had the lowest chase rate as a team in the majors. In running up Zack Greinke's pitch count on Monday, they hit 21 foul balls -- over 50 percent of their swings, easily the highest rate of foul balls for Greinke this season.

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Dodgers' stars shine in clinching win over D-backs

With in-season additions Cody Bellinger and Yu Darvish leading the charge, the Dodgers utilized top-to-bottom excellence to sweep the Diamondbacks.

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BBTN: The Managers' Impact On Playoffs Thus Far

Buster Olney talks to Keith Law (:49) and Jessica Mendoza (18:25) about the managers' impact in the postseason thus far, that Nats being on the brink & more. Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (29:12).

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BBTN Scoreboard: Astros, Dodgers Advance, Cubs Take Control

Buster Olney recaps all of Monday's MLB action, including the Dodgers completing the sweep of the Diamondbacks (:27 - 6:12), the Astros finishing off the Red Sox (12:11-17:32), the Yankees evening the series against the Indians (6:13-12:10), the Cubs taking control against the Nationals (17:33 - 22:20) and more.

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Bellinger, Dodgers beat D-backs 3-1 to return to NLCS

Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers are headed back to the National League Championship Series after finishing a sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 3-1 win on Tuesday. It was a tight, terse affair at Chase Field. Cody Bellinger and Austin Barnes homered for L.A., then the Dodgers bullpen sealed it with four shutout innings in relief of an effective Yu Darvish. Kenley Jansen slammed the door, striking out Paul Goldschmidt with a runner on base after an exhilarating eight-pitch battle. Now the Dodgers get a respite until the LCS begins Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers win 3-1 to advance to the NLCS in dramatic fashion as Kenley Jansen strikes out Paul Goldschmidt after a tense 8-pitch at-bat.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

The Diamondbacks crowd is finally getting into it here in the 9th after David Peralta gets on with a seeing eye single vs Kenley Jansen.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

I thought Dave Roberts' hook with Yu Darvish was a little quick given how dominant he had looked and because he'd only thrown 74 pitches. And, yeah, I know the percentages. But of course Tony Cingrani comes on to induce a double-play roller from David Peralta. Roberts is back out to get Cingrani and wave in righty Brandon Morrow. That's why he's Dave Roberts and I'm not.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is taking no chances with a suddenly wild Yu Darvish. After nearly hitting pinch-hitter Christian Walker with a pitch that caught the knob of the bat, Darvish then hit Walker on the helmet. And that's it -- Darvish had allowed just two hits and one run through five innings, but in 2017, it's a bullpen world.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Maybe Zack Greinke shouldn't have come out for the sixth. Austin Barnes touched him up for a homer to start the inning, getting back the run Arizona just got on Daniel Descalso's homer. That's it for Greinke. Jorge De La Rosa is on for Arizona. He'll face pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez, batting for Curtis Granderson.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Right after Daniel Descalso's homer, Cody Bellinger got the Dodgers out of the fifth with a great catch by the dugout, leaning over the rail to snag Jeff Mathis' pop foul and tumbling over the rail after making the grab. Christian Walker was on deck to hit for Zack Greinke but instead, Greinke is back out to start the sixth.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The jittery crowd at Chase Field just came alive after Daniel Descalso deposited Yu Darvish slider into the pool area, just out of the reach of scrambling L.A. right fielder Yasiel Puig. Arizona has pulled with 2-1 with two down in the fifth. Christian Walker is on deck to hit for Zack Greinke.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers uber-rookie Cody Bellinger just unloaded on a Zack Greinke changeup that he certainly seemed to be expecting. It was an opposite-field blast well into the stands, giving L.A. a 2-0 lead with a cruising Yu Darvish resting in the dugout. Greinke just hit the 100 pitch mark here in the fifth. Arizona has Jorge De La Rosa throwing in the pen.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Even acknowledging the fact that we're headed to the bottom of the fourth -- so Zack Greinke has worked one more frame than Yu Darvish -- this is still kind of amazing: Right now, there have been 118 pitches thrown in the game. Greinke has thrown 88 of them.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers leave 'em loaded in the third, as Zack Greinke wriggles out of trouble. The grinding Dodgers have certainly ground Greinke -- he's walked four batters and thrown a womping 71 pitches already. But L.A.'s lead remains just 1-0.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

It's already a bad-case scenario for the Diamondbacks as Zack Greinke throws 29 pitches in the first inning. Unless he settles down and has a couple quick innings, Torey Lovullo may have to go his bullpen earlier than desired. Good luck there as the Dodgers have done such a great job this series not chasing pitches and fouling off others.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers break on top early with a first-inning run off Zack Greinke. Chris Taylor smoked a hung slider into left field for a double, then scored on Cody Bellinger's ground out. Statcast measured that double at 109 MPH. Arizona will take its first whacks at Yu Darvish now.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

In a transparent attempt to rev up the crowd before the game at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks' stadium staff just played highlights from the NL wild-card game. Which was just five days ago but in baseball postseason time, it's about a month. Anyway, it really didn't do much to stir the fans, even when they got to Archie Bradley's triple. But the Dodgers walking onto the field for pregame introductions certainly got a reaction from the gathering crowd.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

It'll be interesting to watch the battle between the disciplined Dodgers lineup and cerebral Arizona starter Zack Greinke. One factor to consider is the presence of umpire Gerry Davis behind the plate tonight. Davis has long carried a reputation as a hitter-friendly arbiter who gives batters the benefit of the doubt on the corners. This is far from conclusive, but Greinke has a 4.24 ERA in four career starts with Davis calling balls and strikes. In two seasons since Greinke left the Dodgers for Arizona, in seven starts he's gone 2-4 against L.A. with a 4.46 ERA.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Utley is hitting eighth and playing second base for the Dodgers tonight, as Dave Roberts said would be the case the other day. Yasiel Puig has been bumped up to fifth in the lineup to bat behind Cody Bellinger. Puig is 5 for 9 so far in the LDS. Also, Roberts has Austin Barnes behind the plate, saying he likes his disciplined approach at the dish with Zack Greinke on the mound for Arizona.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Diamondbacks are sticking the same eight position players that started Game 2, albeit in a different order, with Yu Darvish on the mound for the Dodgers. Ketel Marte has moved into the No. 2 spot, with A.J. Pollock dropping to the 6-hole. Marte is hitting .462 this postseason and, in a very short history against Darvish, he's reached based in three of six plate appearances.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8128th
Batting Average.25417th
On Base Percentage.32912th
Slugging Percentage.4455th
Earned Run Average3.663rd
Quality Starts82Tied-4th
WHIP1.277th
BAA.2407th