Dodgers opt for Kershaw as Game 1 starter

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Anyone else thinking about Rick Ankiel right now wouldn’t be off base.
Manager Joe Torre announced Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw would start Thursday’s Game 1 against the Phillies. He was picked over Randy Wolf, who started Game 1 against the Cardinals last week. Kershaw followed in Game 2 of that series and allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
Kershaw is getting the nod even though he’s 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA versus the Phillies in his career. He was 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA this season.
At 21 years, six months, Kershaw will the youngest Game 1 starter since Ankiel opened the 2000 NLDS at 20 years, three months. Ankiel famously cruised through two innings, only to lost control in the third and never truly regain it. He walked 11 and threw nine wild pitches in four innings between the NLDS and NLCS.

Report: Yankees to promote Gleyber Torres

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Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will be promoted to the majors this weekend, per a report from Jack Curry of the YES Network. Torres was expected to make his debut earlier in the season, but his starting date was pushed back after he suffered a bout of back tightness last Monday. Now, however, it looks like he’s finally healthy enough to make an impact on a team that’s in sore need of an offensive boost. As of Saturday evening, the team has yet to officially confirm the move.

The 21-year-old infielder has made quite the impression in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this spring, slashing .370/.415/.543 with five extra-base hits and 11 RBI in his first 53 plate appearances. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, he was ranked first overall in the Yankees’ system and fifth among the league’s best prospects (via MLB Pipeline). His numbers at the plate have been made all the more impressive by the fact that he’s only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm; neither the injury nor the lengthy recovery process seems to have had any detrimental effect on his game play this year.

While Torres appears most comfortable as a shortstop, he’s not expected to supplant Didi Gregorius in a starting role. Instead, it’s more likely that he’ll sub in at second and third base among the likes of Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes.