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Cubs plate a run vs. Mets, tie NLCS Game 1 at 1-1

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Mets starter Matt Harvey pitched four perfect innings to begin Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs, but faltered in the fifth inning. After getting ahead 0-2 on Anthony Rizzo, Harvey plunked him with a fastball. Starlin Castro followed up with a double over the head of center fielder Juan Lagares to bring Rizzo home.

Jorge Soler grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Javier Baez, ripped a ground ball single to left field. Cubs third base coach Gary Jones waved Castro around, mistakenly, as Yoenis Cespedes fired a one-hopper to catcher Travis d'Arnaud. The throw was a bit off-line, but the tag was still applied easily. Baez stole second and advanced on a throwing error by d’Arnaud, and David Ross was intentionally walked so Harvey could face pitcher Jon Lester. Lester, as expected, struck out to end the inning.

Harvey has allowed the one run on two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts, throwing 61 pitches. Lester has allowed a run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts, tossing 63 pitches.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.