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Dodgers clinch NL West behind Kershaw gem


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.

Billy Hamilton undergoes shoulder surgery

Billy Hamilton
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2 Comments’s Mark Sheldon reports that Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his right shoulder. He is only expected to need 4-8 weeks of rest and rehab, so the 25-year-old should be 100 percent heading into spring training next year.

“That’s a great timetable, realistically,” Reds manager Bryan Price told after the procedure. “A couple of weeks in a sling and then some more strenuous rehab, I’m sure, then getting back and doing some baseball-related stuff.”

Hamilton stole 57 bases in 65 attempts this season, but that came with a brutal .226/.274/.289 batting line. He’s a .242/.287/.330 career hitter in 279 career major league games.