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Grading all of the MLB playoff races

Which playoff races are the best? With teams battling for division leads and wild-card spots, there should be plenty of excitement down the stretch.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Worst Dodgers run total in a three-game series at Coors was eight. They were about to crush that. Then the Dodgers scored eight in the final two innings alone to avoid the sweep.

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Toles' grand slam completes Dodgers' comeback (0:27)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 10, Rockies 8, Final, Game 2. Andrew Toles' grand slam capped an improbable five-run ninth inning and the Dodgers avoided a series sweep and a doubleheader sweep to move 1.5 games up on the Giants in the NL West.

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Cardullo hits solo shot, grand slam in doubleheader (0:51)
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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC LB Osa Masina continues to practice while under investigation for sexual assault. Coach Clay Helton didn't provide much detail into how any potential discipline will be handled, only that the university made the decision to allow him to keep practicing. Masina will not travel with the team to play Alabama on Saturday. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

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Arenado's 36th home run increases Rockies' lead (0:23)
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Nolasco goes the distance to shut down Reds (0:36)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell is a big fan of new Lakers head coach Luke Walton, to say the least. "He's one of the best people I know, as far as off the court," Russell said Wednesday. "We communicate on and off the court as much as possible. I feel like I can call him anytime. He's not a head coach that will sit back and watch other coaches and colleagues train other players. He's always involved. He'll get out there and play with you if he wants. It's just great, man, having a young coach like him in the building." Walton replaced Byron Scott, who was let go this summer after coaching the Lakers for two seasons.

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Little more respect for Barron, please?

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders identifies Mark Barron as the NFL's most underrated defensive player. This for a linebacker who struggled to play strong safety early in his career with the Buccaneers. Most overrated and underrated teams, players (Insider)

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Here's why Week 1 matters (1:32)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Utley's leadoff HR in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader is the Dodgers' first RBI hit since the third inning Saturday.

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Walsh Jennings to boycott event over new rules

Kerri Walsh Jennings says she is boycotting an event on the AVP beach volleyball tour this weekend in Chicago because of two rule experiments that weren't "meaningfully" discussed with players.

Lineup: Dodgers (73-59) at Rockies (64-68)

  • 1. Chase Utley, 2B (L)
  • 2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  • 3. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  • 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  • 5. Yasmani Grandal, C (S)
  • 6. Josh Reddick, RF (L)
  • 7. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  • 8. Andrew Toles, LF (L)
  • 9. Bud Norris, LHP (R)
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Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban says Alabama is eager to face USC: "I'm sure the guys have had their fill of practicing against each other."

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Why did the Dodgers hold onto Puig? (1:23)
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Cardullo comes off the bench to hit first MLB home run (0:26)