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In the postseason, already marked by a curious serving strategy, Julio Urias returns to his usual rotation role as the Los Angeles Dodgers play Atlanta in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Braves manager Brian Snitker says he’ll go with the bullpen game. After losing 6-5 on Tuesday night, he said he hadn’t decided who would start yet.

Urias has led the major events with 20 wins this season while serving 32 times, all in the starting lineup. After starting and winning Game 2 of the NL Division Series against San Francisco, he threw in four key relief opportunities in a decisive fifth game win over the Giants.

Urias then took the lead in the second game of the NLCS with relief, allowing Atlanta to ultimately win. Los Angeles is losing a series 2-1 in this match at Dodger Stadium.

Last year, the 25-year-old left-hander distinguished himself as a starter and feeder in the postseason, helping the Dodgers win their first World Series championship since 1988.

Earlier this month, Dodgers ace Max Scherzer got a day closer after finishing off the Giants in Game 5.

On Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox used Nathan Eovaldi as backup for the first time since 2019. He started the ninth inning tied against Houston in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series and was charged with four runs.

The Astros won 9-2 to level the match, two games each.


Kyle Schwarber, Xander Bogerts and the attacking Red Sox are quick to crack down on starting pitchers this postseason.

So far in nine playoff games, only one player has started three full innings against Boston. Astros ace Zach Greinke was the last to be chased, lasting just 1 1/3 innings Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.

Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan did his best against the Red Sox with five innings in the first leg of the AL Division series.

Boston tagged Yankee star Jerrit Cole in a wild card game to open the postseason.

ALCS splits two games each, starting with the fifth game on Wednesday.

Framber Valdez will start in Houston. He gave up two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings during the opening series. Chris Sale starts for the Red Sox after allowing one run over 2 2/3 innings in the first game.


Three months after he temporarily lost his job due to a fight, Dodgers’ supply Kenley Jansen is at the top of his game this October.

The 34-year-old right-hander knocked out 12 of 17 hitters he faced in the playoffs, serving five scoreless innings in six games. Jansen leads the score 2-0 with one save, allowing two hits and not allowing a single walk.

After the Dodgers scored four goals in eighth place and beat Atlanta in the third game of the NL championship series, Jansen knocked out Austin Riley, Jock Pederson and Adam Duvall on 17 pitches, reaching a top speed of 95.2 mph with Duvall fanning out. on the sinker.

Jansen’s Save cut the Dodgers’ deficit to 2-1.

“You learn when you have to deal with adversity and knowing that I haven’t had my best two years in the last couple of years,” Jansen said last week. “Now I’m a more experienced pitcher, instead of being stubborn and just dying on one pitch.”


Astros manager Dusty Baker is not a fan of the style of modern players.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora chided Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez for hitting him on the wrist on Monday night, making a six-figure lead, mimicking the celebration of Carlos Correa’s first game from Houston.

Correa said that “this is exactly the way baseball should move forward.”

Baker, who played twice in the 1968-86 All-Star Game, said Tuesday that “I disagree with the opinion.”

“In my days, you probably grew daisies somewhere, do you know what I mean?” he said. “This is a new world, a new day. There is branding. There is … I don’t know. I have a 22 year old son. I’m trying to attack him, acting like you’ve been there before, but I mean, nobody seems to matter. So what’s my opinion? I’m not going – it’s too late for me to change the world. “

Cora said he doesn’t react to Correa.

“It’s not that he did what Correa did. The point is what we do. We do not need to react to the actions of the opposition, ”said Cora. “We’re celebrating. We love what we’re doing. We’re playing with emotion, but reacting to what the enemy is doing is not – we haven’t done it in the past. We’re not going to start it now.”

Correa tapped his wrist again after hitting the first double in the ninth inning of game 4. He later scored a go-ahead and won 9-2.


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