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Steven Matz still stiff, won’t start Thursday either

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Mets left-hander Steven Matz was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Phillies after waking up Tuesday with stiffness in the right side of his back. There had been optimism that he could go Thursday, but the stiffness remains.

“It’s still lingering a little bit, so we’re just going to take it day by day,” Matz told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Wednesday afternoon. “We’re not going to push anything. It’s just a little stiffness in my back. When you wake up with a crick in your neck, it’s kind of like that, just in my upper back.”

If this lingers into the weekend and Matz isn’t able to make another regular-season appearance, it would create a tough decision for team management. Put him on the roster for the NLDS and risk having to scratch him from a crucial Game 4 start? Or put Bartolo Colon in that role?

Matz, 24, owns a 2.27 ERA and 34 strikeouts over his first 35 2/3 major league innings.

Dodgers clinch NL West behind Kershaw gem

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Now that’s how you clinch a division title.

And oust your biggest rival.

Clayton Kershaw allowed just a hit and a walk over nine shutout innings and an unlikely trio of Enrique Hernandez, Justin Ruggiano, and A.J. Ellis all homered as the Dodgers dominated the Giants 8-0 on Tuesday night in San Francisco to clinch the 2015 National League West championship. The loss for the Giants means they’re officially done.

It’s the third straight division crown for the Dodgers, who will get the Mets in the best-of-five NLDS.

Kershaw vs. Jacob deGrom in Game 1 next Friday night.

Let’s do this.

Greg Holland to have Tommy John surgery Friday

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Greg Holland, diagnosed last week with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this Friday in Los Angeles, per’s Jeffrey Flanagan.

The rest and rehab will take at least 12 months, which means Holland is going to have to miss the entire 2016 season. That’s terrible timing for a guy who was entering his final winter of arbitration eligibility. He’ll likely be a non-tender and have to settle for a prove-your-health style of contract heading into 2017.

Holland ranked among the very best closers in baseball in 2013-2014, totaling 93 saves alongside a 1.32 ERA. But the shine began to wear off this summer and he’ll be 31 years old the next time he’s fully healthy.

Wade Davis has taken over at closer for the AL Central-champion Royals.