Hanley Ramirez doubles to tie things up in NLDS Game 3 vs. Cardinals

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The Dodgers have drawn even in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.

After Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer in the third inning to give St. Louis an early 1-0 lead, Hanley Ramirez doubled home Yasiel Puig in the top of the sixth to tie things up.

Puig had struck out in seven straight plate appearances — one shy of tying the postseason record — before he tripled into the right field corner to begin the sixth. John Lackey responded by getting Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to shallow left field and then struck out Matt Kemp swinging, but Ramirez doubled to right field to get Puig home. The Dodgers were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position tonight before Ramirez’s hit.

Lackey struck out Carl Crawford swinging to avoid any further damage, but it’s a 1-1 game as we go into the bottom of the sixth at Busch Stadium.

Blue Jays sign Marc Rzepczynski to minor league deal

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The Blue Jays announced on Monday the signing of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. “Scrabble,” as he’s affectionately known, spent the first two and a half years of his career with the Blue Jays in 2009-11.

Rzepczynski, 34, hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 2018. He struggled across 44 2/3 innings with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, last year. He posted a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 28 walks.

While lefty relievers are always high in demand, it seems likely that Rzepczynski will begin the regular season in the minors and serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays.