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Upton HR bounces in can, but no $1M payoff

Justin Upton's 444-foot homer Tuesday night landed inside the oversized paint can behind left center field, but the Angels said it would not count for the $1 million promotion because it did not land on the fly.

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Indians continue to roll with win over Angels (1:08)
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Upton's HR nearly wins $1 million (0:30)
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Trout strands runners on the corners in the eighth (0:15)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Pedro Baez continues to pitch himself out of a key role in the Dodgers bullpen - - and maybe off the postseason roster entirely. Entering with a 2-1 lead in the seventh, he gave up four runs and picked up the loss. In August and September he's allowed 16 runs and 31 baserunners in 15 innings (and five HRs). It's time for Dave Roberts to stop relying on Baez to get key outs.

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Hoskins leads Phillies' comeback win over Dodgers (0:58)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC OLB Porter Gustin (foot) was one of several Trojans that did not practice Tuesday and it's unclear what his status will be for Saturday's game against Cal. WRs Steven Mitchell and Joseph Lewis, NB Ajene Harris and DL Rasheem Green also didn't go. RB Ronald Jones II and LB Uchenna Nwosu started practice, but did not finish due to apparent injuries.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jared Goff wears No. 16 for Joe Montana, but he had no idea who Montana was when he chose it.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams QB Jared Goff, on playing against the team he grew up rooting for: "It'll be big. It'll be fun for myself, just being home."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a look at the Rams' Color Rush jerseys for Thursday. Todd Gurley says they'll "bring a little more swag to the game."

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Bellinger scores on impressive slide (0:45)
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Grandal's solo shot gives the Dodgers an early lead (0:26)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, on what his good friend and former coworker Sean McVay has done with the Rams' offense: "He's done a good job. They're playing really well. It looks very similar to what we do schematically. It looks very similar to how it was in Washington when we were there and how it was with Jay (Gruden)."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt LaFleur's brother, Mike, worked with him in Atlanta and now coaches 49ers wide receivers on Kyle Shanahan's staff. "No awkwardness," LaFleur said of facing him. "It will be interesting." LaFleur knows a lot of the coaches on that staff. "I'm sure there will be some mixed feelings," he said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, on getting top receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins more involved (a combined 16 targets so far): "You saw what happened in Week 1 when we were able to distribute the ball. When you don't do that, you're going to be hindered a little bit offensively. That's always the goal is to spread it out."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade Phillips felt Aaron Donald "showed flashes, but he was rusty" in his first game back. "The more he plays, the better he's going to get." The Rams were initially going to play Donald 25-30 snaps, but gave him 48 because his body was holding up well. "We're looking forward to him playing this week, and maybe get a few more plays," Phillips said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, as he walked to the podium: "All right, what's wrong with the run defense?" Phillips says the 49ers "got to be licking their chops" after Carlos Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries against the Seahawks, but Phillips expects his group to be better. He felt Washington ran a lot of plays that have worked against his defense in the past. "It's a copy-cat league," Phillips said. "They tried to copy all the plays that had any success against Denver or Philadelphia or New Orleans or Houston -- where else have I been?"