Los Angeles Teams

Lineup: Dodgers (71-56) vs. Cubs (81-45)

  • 1. Howie Kendrick, LF (R)
  • 2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  • 3. Justin Turner, 3B (R))
  • 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  • 5. Enrique Hernandez, CF (R)
  • 6. Carlos Ruiz, C (R)
  • 7. Josh Reddick, RF (L)
  • 8. Chase Utley, 2B (L)
  • 9. Bud Norris, RHP
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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, on joining the Dodgers: "I'm ready to play in October. That is my goal and I'm excited."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw said it was tough to see his buddy A.J. Ellis get traded Thursday, but has only heard good things about Carlos Ruiz. Chase Utley spoke highly of Ruiz and that was good enough for Kershaw.

Lineup: Angels (54-73) at Tigers (68-59)

  • 1. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 2. Mike Trout, CF (R)
  • 3. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
  • 4. C.J. Cron, 1B (R)
  • 5. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 6. Nick Buss, LF (L)
  • 7. Jett Bandy, C (R)
  • 8. Kaleb Cowart, 3B (S)
  • 9. Cliff Pennington, 2B (S)
  • SP: Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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Pujols ranks among greats

Albert Pujols knocked in his 100th RBI of the season in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays, giving him 13 seasons with 100 or more RBIs. That's tied with Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig for the second-most such seasons in MLB history since 1920, when RBIs were first recorded (ESPN Stats & Info).

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The Dodgers have Bryant's number

The Cubs begin a three-game road series against the Dodgers on Friday and if history is any indication, Kris Bryant won't be his normal self. Bryant is 8-37 with 19 K in his career vs. the Dodgers, and his .216 batting average vs. the Dodgers is his worst against any NL team (ESPN Stats & Info).

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

My favorite story about Carlos Ruiz's leadership qualities: Roy Halladay told me he was pitching one night, gave up a couple of hits late in the game and out came Charlie Manuel. Next thing he knew, Ruiz was running to the mound because he clearly wanted to get there before the manager. "He said, `Don't let him take you out of this game. We need you in this game,'" Halladay said. "So I said to Charlie, `I want to stay in.' He looked at me. He looked at Chooch. Then he looked at Chase (Utley), who was standing behind me. And he knew he was pretty much outnumbered." So of course he stayed in the game. By Carlos Ruiz's decree.

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Mark Barron can do it all for the Rams

Positionless terrors on defense are the league's favorite new trend. Former NFL safety Matt Bowen has a name for them, and Barron ranks higher than all but four others. Ranking monsterbacks (Insider)

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Greatest defensive class ever?

Robert Quinn is one of the league's best defenders, but he's hardly the only defensive stud from the 2011 draft class. Is that group on pace to be the best ever? Bill Barnwell explores

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