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Dodgers announce NLCS rotation

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The Dodgers have their rotation set for the National League Championship Series, per a team announcement on Friday. Clayton Kershaw has been tabbed for Game 1, as expected, while Rich Hill will tackle Game 2, Yu Darvish will take Game 3 and Alex Wood will get the nod for a potential series-clinching Game 4.

The rotation order hasn’t changed from its NLDS configuration, though Alex Wood has yet to start a game this October thanks to the Dodgers’ first-round sweep.¬†Regardless of whether or not the Dodgers will be positioned for another sweep (or staving off a sweep from the Cubs) on Wednesday, it will mark the first postseason start of the left-hander’s career. He pitched 7 1/3 innings in relief during the 2013 Braves’ and 2015-2016 Dodgers’ playoff runs, racking up a cumulative 4.91 ERA after weathering three blowout losses.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have yet to announce their starters for the series, though manager Joe Maddon told reporters that he’s considering left-hander Jose Quintana or right-hander John Lackey for Saturday’s opener. Quintana tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings during Game 3 of the NLDS and recorded a hold during the Cubs’ wild finish in Game 5, while Lackey hasn’t added to his lengthy postseason resume since he took a loss (in relief) during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series.

The two are set to go head-to-head for Game 1 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET. Should the series move beyond four games, here are the projected start times for Games 5-7:

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.