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Tommy Hanson passes away after falling into coma

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Multiple sources confirmed that Tommy Hanson passed away Monday evening after suffering catastrophic organ failure and falling into a coma.

He was 29 years old.

A 6-foot-6 right-hander, Hanson debuted with the Braves in 2009, finishing third in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting after going 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA. He was one of the National League’s best pitchers in the first half of 2011 before injuring his shoulder and missing the final two months.

Hanson returned in 2012 with diminished stuff, yet won 13 games with a 4.48 ERA anyway. The Braves traded him to the Angels after the season, and he struggled mightily in Anaheim, amassing a 5.42 ERA in 13 starts and two relief appearances. He never pitched in the majors again, though he did spend time with the Triple-A affiliates of the White Sox in 2014 and Giants in 2015.

HardballTalk extends its deepest condolences to Hanson’s friends and family.

Dodgers plan to tab Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of World Series

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.

Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.

Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.

Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.

The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.