Dodgers take an early lead over the Braves in NLDS Game 2 on Hanley Ramirez’s RBI double

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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez put his team up early over the Braves when he drove home A.J. Ellis from first base on a line drive double to right field off of Alex Wood in the top of the first inning in NLDS Game 2. It was a 2-2 fastball that Minor left up. Right fielder Justin Upton retrieved the ball and fired it into the infield as fast as he could, but cut-off man Elliott Johnson dropped the ball in the exchange, allowing Ellis to score without a throw.

In the bottom half of the first, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke retired the Braves in order, needing just 10 pitches to get through Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Freddie Freeman.

The Braves are by no means out of this but they’re on the back foot after losing Game 1 by a 6-1 margin.

Bryce Harper activated from the disabled list

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The Nationals have activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list.

They were expected to activate Harper yesterday but they didn’t because Harper was suffering from an illness. He’s better today so he should be in the lineup against the Phillies.

Harper has been out since August when he slipped on a wet first base bag and was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee. That interrupted an MVP-caliber season in which he was hitting .326/.419/.614 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI, and 92 runs scored in 472 plate appearances. While the postseason awards are out of his reach, the Nats will be content to get him back up to speed in time for what looks to be a first round playoff matchup against the Chicago Cubs.

Someone stole Trevor Bauer’s drone

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Last year Trevor Bauer‘s playoff availability — and performance — was impacted in a major way by a drone injury. Specifically, Bauer lacerated his pinky on the outside of his right hand while repairing one of the drones he designs, builds and flies.

Now, a little over a week before the Indians begin the defense of their American League pennant, Bauer is embroiled in further drone drama. He tweeted this afternoon that his drone “IronMan” has been stolen. He has implored the public for Iron Man’s safe return so that he need not risk his pinky finger with yet another October drone injury:

I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Indians themselves stole the drone so that Bauer does not mess with it anymore until the season is over. They need him too badly.