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Pedro Guerrero out of coma, improving following stroke

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Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that former big leaguer Pedro Guerrero is alert and talking with family two days after a massive stroke. He had been in a medically-induced coma.

Guerrero remains in critical condition and the next few days would be crucial. His doctors are guardedly optimistic, however, given his fitness level for a 60-year-old.

All of this is a stunning reversal following initial CAT scans which showed little to no brain activity immediately after the stroke. Indeed, his wife Roxanna Guerrro called it a “miracle,” saying that “a doctor basically declared him brain dead” on Monday.

 

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.