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Dodgers, Rockies both win, forcing NL West tiebreaker

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Update (6:16 PM ET): The Dodgers went on to beat the Giants 15-0. The Rockies blanked the Nationals by a 12-0 margin, thanks in part to Charlie Blackmon hitting for the cycle. There will indeed be a tiebreaker tomorrow.

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The Dodgers and Rockies both entered Sunday, the final day of the regular season, tied for the NL West lead at 90-71. If both teams win on Sunday, they will play a tiebreaker on Monday at Dodger Stadium. It’s looking like that will become a reality.

As I am writing this, the Dodgers are up 14-0 over the Giants. Andrew Suarez was torched for six runs over 2 1/3 innings and the bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding. Matt Kemp has three hits and three RBI, Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer, and Max Muncy has also homered. Rich Hill got the start for the Dodgers and has pitched well, limiting the Giants to two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over four innings.

In Colorado, the Rockies jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Nolan Arenado hhomer in the bottom of the first inning. Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run dinger in the third and David Dahl made it 7-0 with a three-run shot in the fifth. Tyler Anderson has held the Nationals to three hits and two walks with a strikeout over five shutout frames.

The Cubs and Brewers also entered Sunday tied for the NL Central title at 94-67. If those two teams have to play a tiebreaker, it would be held in Chicago on Monday as well. The winner of the NL Central tiebreaker would host the winner of the NL Wild Card game. The winner of the NL West tiebreaker would face the Braves. The losers of both tiebreakers would face each other in the Wild Card game.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.