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Dodgers’ rotation has depth to go with star power

It may seem like everything has gone right for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year, but that’s actually not the case. Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched since July 23 because of a back injury, and promising left-hander Julio Urias was lost to shoulder problems. The reason the Dodgers are on pace to win 115 games is …

100 years later, jersey numbers part of players’ identities

When Marcus Stroman takes the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays, he stands out in a way that might not be obvious to the untrained eye. Here’s a hint: Look at the back of his jersey. Stroman is a rarity in baseball – a pitcher who wears a single-digit number. The 6 on his back …

Blue Jays, Astros on track to end postseason droughts

Here’s a trivia question: If the Toronto Blue Jays make the postseason for the first time since 1993, who will have baseball’s longest playoff drought? That would be the Seattle Mariners, who haven’t made it since winning a record-tying 116 games in 2001. These are exciting times for franchises that haven’t had much recent success. …

Pistons clamp down on Kings in second half, pull away for 99 89 win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA’s top young big men. …

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