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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:

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.