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Dodgers announce NLCS rotation

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The Dodgers have their rotation set for the National League Championship Series, per a team announcement on Friday. Clayton Kershaw has been tabbed for Game 1, as expected, while Rich Hill will tackle Game 2, Yu Darvish will take Game 3 and Alex Wood will get the nod for a potential series-clinching Game 4.

The rotation order hasn’t changed from its NLDS configuration, though Alex Wood has yet to start a game this October thanks to the Dodgers’ first-round sweep. Regardless of whether or not the Dodgers will be positioned for another sweep (or staving off a sweep from the Cubs) on Wednesday, it will mark the first postseason start of the left-hander’s career. He pitched 7 1/3 innings in relief during the 2013 Braves’ and 2015-2016 Dodgers’ playoff runs, racking up a cumulative 4.91 ERA after weathering three blowout losses.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have yet to announce their starters for the series, though manager Joe Maddon told reporters that he’s considering left-hander Jose Quintana or right-hander John Lackey for Saturday’s opener. Quintana tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings during Game 3 of the NLDS and recorded a hold during the Cubs’ wild finish in Game 5, while Lackey hasn’t added to his lengthy postseason resume since he took a loss (in relief) during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series.

The two are set to go head-to-head for Game 1 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET. Should the series move beyond four games, here are the projected start times for Games 5-7:

Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz win arbitration cases

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the players picked up three arbitration victories thanks to Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz. Each player was arbitration-eligible for the first time.

The players have now won four of 10 arbitration cases thus far. Historically, teams have won the majority of arbitration cases and that continues to be the case this year. However, at least today’s results move the needle back towards the middle.

Aguilar filed for $2.575 million while the Marlins countered at $2.325 million.

Goodwin filed for $2.2 million; the Angels $1.85 million.

Díaz $2.6 million, Astros $2 million.

There are three arbitration cases remaining, two of which belong to the Phillies (J.T. Realmuto, Héctor Neris). The Diamondbacks have the other with Archie Bradley.