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J.A. Happ will get the ball for the New York Yankees in Game
1 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox.The team
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Oct. 5, at 7:32 p.m. ET.Happ received consideration to start Wednesday's AL Wild
Card Game against the Oakland Athletics, but ultimately, New York manager Aaron
Boone opted to go with Luis Severino, who allowed just two hits in four innings
of shutout baseball in a 7-2 victory.With Severino out of the mix, Happ will
open the best-of-five series against Boston.The 35-year-old left-hander was
acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays prior to the non-waiver trade deadline back
in July. Since arriving in the Bronx, he has gone 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.05
WHIP in 11 starts in pinstripes.Happ is 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts
against Boston this season. He made two starts against the archrival Red Sox
after being traded to the Yankees, going 1-0 while allowing five runs (four
earned) on eight hits in 12 innings.His last start of the regular season came at
Fenway Park, where he picked up the win while allowing four runs on four hits in
six innings of work while striking out seven.It's important to note that start
came against a Red Sox club with nothing to play for as home-field advantage had
already been wrapped up.Happ is 1-1 in the postseason in his career, posting a
3.72 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP in 10 appearances, including three starts.Boston
(108-54) is coming off the best regular season in franchise history and went an
MLB-best 57-24 at home this season. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will send AL Cy Young
candidate Chris Sale to the mound forGame 1. New York has not yet announced the
rest of its rotation for the series. PHOENIX — Dodger Stadium again this season
is ranked as one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the National
League.Mostly when the Los Angeles Dodgers pitch, it seems.The Dodgers have hit
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, and they had one more — on the road — from Cody
Bellinger on Tuesday, but the Diamondbacks hit the one that mattered.Article
continues below ...Eduardo Escobar’s walkoff in the last of the ninth inning
gave them a 4-3 victory and trimmed the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to one-half
over the Colorado Rockies. The teams are even in the loss column. The Dodgers
have four games remaining. The Rockies have five.“It’s always the best way to
win a game,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.While the Dodgers continue to
peak, the Diamondbacks got a small reprieve from their uncharacteristically
subdued offense as the teams prepare for the final contest of a three-game
series Wednesday, when Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling (8-5, 2.84 ERA) is to
face Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke (14-11, 3.21).Reserve Max Muncy leads the
Dodgers with 33 homers (in only 378 at-bats) and Cody Bellinger, Yasmani
Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig have between
21 and 24. Justin Turner has 13 in 98 games after missing two months with an
injury. Manny Machado has 13 of his career-high 37 since joining the Dodgers.“Am
I surprised? Probably not,” Roberts said.“If you look at our lineup and our
position players, there are a lot of guys who can slug. We have a lot of good
players. That’s great. That wins baseball games. But for me, it’s the detail of
grinding at-bats. There was a fly ball to the left fielder (Monday) that I think
was the best at-bat of the night.”After Turner flew out to left field to end an
11-pitch at-bat in the fifth inning Monday http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-ozzie-smith-jersey ,
Machado homered to tie the game at 2. The Dodgers won 7-4.Not to be overlooked,
the Dodgers also lead the NL in pitches seen per plate appearance at just over
four per. Grandal, Bellinger, Chris Taylor and Muncy are in the top 17 among
players who have seen at least 1,900 pitches. Hernandez and Turner also are
above four, and both have seen more than 1,600 pitches.“You have homers, but
there are a lot of at-bats outside of those ‘x’ amount of homers that we hit
this year that are very important. I like to appreciate those are important
at-bats, too,” Roberts said.Arizona, meanwhile, has struggled to put up the kind
of offensive numbers it is accustomed to.The Diamondbacks have 676 runs, ninth
in the NL league, and are on pace to average about 4.3 runs Cory
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, a 17 percent decrease from 2017. David Peralta
has had a career year offensively, as has the middle infield combination of
Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed. Paul Goldschmidt was his consistent self.But the
loss of free agent J.D. Martinez could not be overcome, injuries to 30-homer
third baseman Jake Lamb, A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr., and the addition of
the humidor could be factors in the decrease.“It hasn’t been anything that I
expected because this group is so talented,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo
said.“This group is so gifted with their ability to set up pitchers and score
runs in bunches and blow teams away. For some reason we’ve lacked that. Why? I
don’t know. We’ve tried just about everything. Things that I’ve shared with you.
Things that I have not shared with you. Just nothing has really seemed to give
us a push and be as consistent as we had hoped we would be.”The Diamondbacks
have scored fewer runs only once in their last 10 years, in their 69-win season
in 2014 that brought a managerial and front office change.“Pitching and defense
kind of carried us,” Lovullo said. “It would be nice to see everything function
at the same time. I’m disappointed that we didn’t met the expectations. We were
spoiled last year. We had a really good offensive team.”Stripling has lost his
last two outings, going 3 1/3 innings each time. He missed most of August with a
back injury and the Dodgers have taken it slowly on his return. He has made six
early-season appearances against Arizona, five in relief and an April 30 start
in which he gave up four runs in four innings of an 8-5 loss. He is 0-3 with a
5.19 ERA in 10 career games at Chase Field.Greinke will make his final start of
the season Wednesday, his last chance to get to the 15-win plateau for the
seventh time in the last eight seasons. He won 13 games in 2016, his first
season with the Diamondbacks, after missing two months with an oblique
injury.Greinke is 2-1 with a 4.12 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this
season and is 6-5 with a 3.83 ERA against them in 14 career starts.
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