Los Angeles Teams

Lineup: Angels (70-87) vs. Athletics (67-89)

  • 1. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  • 2. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 3. Mike Trout, DH (R)
  • 4. C.J. Cron, 1B (R)
  • 5. Jefry Marte, LF (R)
  • 6. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 7. Rafael Ortega, CF (L)
  • 8. Juan Graterol, C (R)
  • 9. Kaleb Cowart, 2B (S)
  • SP: Ricky Nolasco, RHP

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig will be on the Dodgers' postseason roster. "He's earned it," manager Dave Roberts said.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will comprise the Dodgers' playoff rotation, in that order. Manager Dave Roberts has not decided if he will use a fourth starter in the NLDS.

Lineup: Dodgers (90-66) at Padres (66-90)

  • 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. Andrew Toles, LF (L)
  • 8. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  • 9: Kenta Maeda, RHP
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Ogwumike 'stunned' by WNBA MVP honor (0:49)
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Ogwumike is a winner in every sense

Statistically, Nneka Ogwumike was the right pick for this season's WNBA MVP. But don't overlook her fierce competitiveness and all the intangible things she brings to the Sparks.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers first-year coach Luke Walton's evaluation after his first practice with the team at camp in warmer-than-usual Santa Barbara: "It was obviously a little sloppy at times, but it's day one with putting a lot of new stuff in. A big emphasis on defense today, but guys gave a great effort. They worked hard. It was a hot gym. I think we got some good stuff in."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram said he was "very excited" for his first practice Monday, and he received praise from coach Luke Walton: "You can tell he's been coached and he's been parented correctly...He's an incredible person. He competes but he does what you ask of him. He hasn't complained once since he's been here all summer. He's a phenomenal guy."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Since June 26, the day of Clayton Kershaw's back injury, the Dodgers have gone 49-30, the third best record in the majors behind the Cubs (52-30) and the Red Sox (51-30). The Dodgers erased an eight-game division deficit over that stretch and have clinched the NL West.

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Is Rivers confident or delusional? (1:41)
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Garrett Richards set to face hitters

Richards will face hitters on Wednesday for the first time since receiving stem-cell injections as an alternative to undergoing Tommy John surgery. "We'll hopefully answer a lot of questions going into the offseason if he performs well," manager Mike Scioscia said. Los Angeles Times

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton was asked about statistical analysis as it pertains to when to go for it on fourth down. Here's what he said: "One, it depends on what time of the game it is. Are you up? Are you down in the football game? There's all types of decisions that have to be made. Typically, being an offensive guy, I like to be aggressive by nature and go for it on fourth down, but there are times that dictate in the ballgame that you don't. "We've gone for it, I think, four times already this year on fourth time and have been pretty successful with it. Had one in the past game vs. Utah where we had a fourth down and a long three, almost four, on our 38-yard line [Note: it was the Utah 37], but we're up three in that game with a great punter that can pin a team deep and he kicks it to the minus-seven. If you're down in that game, you're probably going for it in that situation. I think situationally, you have to make those decisions as a head coach in that. But in the normal flow of a game, once you get in that four-down territory, depending on whether you're down or up you can be aggressive."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA announced it will host Fresno State in 2024. That makes three games between the two schools on future schedules with games already scheduled for 2018 and 2021. The Bruins have been one of the more ambitious scheduling teams in college football of late. They kicked off a home-and-home at Texas A&M this year and also have games lined up against Oklahoma (2018, 2019), LSU (2021, 2024), Michigan (2022, 2023) and Georgia (2025, 2026) among several other respected Group of 5 opponents.

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Graziano: Jared Goff must feel left out

Young QBs everywhere are playing well and winning games for their teams, but the No. 1 overall pick has yet to get his chance. It might not be coming soon, either, Dan Graziano writes. Lessons from Week 3

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Is Goff just playing the waiting game? (1:46)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers will flip-flop their starters for the first two games of their series at San Diego. Kenta Maeda will now start Tuesday night and Jose De Leon will pitch Wednesday.

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Stephen A.: Doc Rivers wrong about Clippers-Warriors gap (2:39)
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Which Angels have mastered spin rate?

Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Tyler Skaggs is among pitchers with the highest spin rates on curveballs, while Matt Shoemaker and Mike Morin get more drop out of changeups with less spin. Why spin rate matters (Insider)