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World Series Game 1 Recap: Kershaw and Turner Propel The Dodgers To Victory

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In the first World Series game played at Dodger Stadium since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to take a 1-0 series lead.

In a battle of two great left-handed pitchers, Clayton Kershaw outdueled Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. Both starters pitched well, but Kershaw definitely looked like the more dominant pitcher.

After Kershaw retired the side in order to start off the game, the Dodgers came to bat and were able to jump on Keuchel right away. On the first pitch from Keuchel, Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor hit the ball over the left field fence. This early run gave the Dodgers the momentum they needed. Keuchel settled down after the home run, but the damage had already been done.

Kershaw cruised through the next couple of innings. The Astros were finally able to get to him in the top of the fourth inning, as third baseman Alex Bregman homered to left field on a 1-1 fastball. Unfortunately for the Astros, that was the only run they would be able to score off of Kershaw.

Following the home run, Kershaw went right after the Astros. He struck out Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel to retire the side in the top of the fourth inning. Kershaw easily got through the fifth and sixth innings, as he did not give up a hit or a walk.

The game was still tied at one heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. After he retired the first two Dodgers, Keuchel walked Taylor. This brought third baseman Justin Turner to the plate, the hero of Game 2 of the NLCS. Behind in the count 1-2, Turner got a cutter up in the zone and hit it over the left field fence, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

Turner’s clutch home run ended up being the difference. After giving up a leadoff single to Altuve in the top of the seventh inning, Kershaw was able to work out of trouble. He got both Correa and Gurriel to ground into a fielder’s choice. Brian McCann then flied out to center field to end the inning.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided that the seventh was Kershaw’s last inning. In his first World Series start ever, he was nothing short of brilliant. Kershaw allowed just one run on three hits while not surrendering any walks. He recorded 11 strikeouts in seven innings pitched.

The Dodger bullpen, which has been lights-out during the entire postseason, handled things from there. Brandon Morrow came in and retired the side in order in the top of eighth inning. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen finished things off in the ninth inning. Just like Morrow, he retired the side in order. Altuve flied out to right field for the final out of the game.

The Dodgers got just what they needed out of Kershaw in Game 1. Thanks to Turner’s home run, they provided him with just enough run support to get the win. Although Keuchel pitched well, he was not able to match Kershaw’s performance. Game 1 lasted just 2 hours and 28 minutes, making it the shortest World Series Game since 1992.

Game 2 of the World Series will take place on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium as the Astros will look to even up the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:09 PM ET. Rich Hill will be on the mound for the Dodgers, while Justin Verlander will go for the Astros.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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