Dodgers strike first in NL West tiebreaker thanks to Cody Bellinger’s two-run homer

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Update (5:53 PM ET): Max Muncy doubled the Dodgers’ lead to 4-0 with a two-run shot of his own to left-center field off of Márquez with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Buehler has held the Rockies hitless through five.

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The Dodgers struck first in Monday’s NL West tiebreaker game against the Rockies. Starters Walker Buehler and Germán Márquez traded zeroes through the first three innings. But in the fourth, the Dodgers finally broke through.

Márquez struck Max Muncy to lead off the bottom of the fourth, but catcher Tony Wolters couldn’t handle the 97 MPH fastball, so Muncy reached safely. Márquez bounced back to strike out Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal. But after going ahead 1-0 in the count, Cody Bellinger ripped a 95 MPH fastball into the seats in right field for a two-run blast, breaking the scoreless tie.

The winner of the NL West tiebreaker will face the Braves in the NLDS. The loser of the NL West tiebreaker will face the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game. Then the winner of that game faces the Brewers in the NLDS.

The Rockies are vying for the first division title in franchise history. They have reached the postseason four times, each time as a Wild Card.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.