Corey Seager’s first postseason home run powers Dodgers

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It’s been twelve long days since Corey Seager hit his last home run, and oh, how sweet the payoff is.

Nationals’ starter Max Scherzer had a no-hitter through five pitches before Seager belted a first-pitch fastball to get the Dodgers on the board. Not only was it his third-longest home run of the year, measuring approximately 430 feet off the bat, but it made him the fourth Dodgers’ hitter under 23 years old with a postseason home run (per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell). Former Dodgers Mike Scioscia, Pete Reiser, and Mike Marshall keep Seager company on the shortlist.

While Seager went homer-less in last year’s playoff rounds, this has been a banner year for the 22-year-old. He batted .308/.365/.512 through the regular season and is expected to lasso National League Rookie of the Year honors as well.

Following the shortstop’s blast (and a three-run third inning), the Dodgers lead 4-3 through five in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.