Game 1 impressions from around nation

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phillies_091028.jpgIn the wake of an impressive showing by the Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series, let’s take a stroll around the nation and see what’s going on …

In New York, they were actually eating cheesesteaks. And no, that’s not some kind of euphemism for what Cliff Lee did to the Yankees.

Speaking of Lee, they’re worshipping him in Philadelphia with a video tribute, and rightly so.

How impressive was he? He did something that hadn’t been done since the FIRST World Series game.

In Cleveland, they tried not to pay attention. And they’re still mad about LeBron wearing that Yankee hat.

On the radio, Suzyn Waldman made some history as the first woman to broadcast a World Series game.

In Milwaukee, they were handing out awards to guys like Manny Parra (A for occasional effort).

In Atlanta, they’re jacked up about the idea of keeping Tim Hudson out of free agency.

In Los Angeles, they’re amassing lawyers (and body guards) along the border, preparing for war. And probably trying to decide if they’re happy about another year of Manny.

And finally, in Boston, they’re gloating, and wondering if Pedro Martinez can make it 2-0.

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Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.