Giants will use Michael Morse at DH, keep Travis Ishikawa in left field

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Throughout the playoffs the Giants have been using career first baseman Travis Ishikawa in left field rather than Michael Morse and that will apparently continue in the World Series.

Manager Bruce Bochy said today that Ishikawa will remain in left field and when the Giants are able to use a designated hitter in the four games played in Kansas City under AL rules–including Game 1 tomorrow night–it’ll be Morse at DH.

Morse has a ton of experience as an outfielder, playing nearly 1,700 career innings in left field, but he’s always rated very poorly in defensive metrics and has been less than full strength due to an oblique injury.

Morse has yet to start a game in the playoffs, but he hit .279 with 16 homers and an .811 OPS in 131 games during the regular season to rank second on the team in OPS behind only Buster Posey. If healthy he’s a huge addition to the lineup.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”