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World Series Game 6 Recap: Dodgers Rally Past Astros To Force A Game 7

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The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in Game 6 of the World Series. There will now be a Game 7 in the World Series for the third time in four years.

The Dodgers really struggled against Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander early in the game. Verlander surrendered just one hit and recorded eight strikeouts through the first five innings. The Astros gave him an early lead when center fielder George Springer hit a solo home run off of Dodgers starter Rich Hill in the top of the third inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Astros almost broke the game wide open. Catcher Brian McCann led off the inning with a single. The next batter was left fielder Marwin Gonzalez, and he hit a double down the left field line. Because McCann does not have a lot of speed, he was unable to score on the hit. After falling behind Astros right fielder Josh Reddick 3-0, Hill was able to come back and strike him out on a curveball. Verlander was up next, and Hill struck him out on four pitches. This brought Springer to the plate with two outs and runners on second and third base. The Dodgers decided to intentionally walk him to load the bases. At this point, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to make a pitching change.

Roberts brought in Brandon Morrow to face Astros third baseman Alex Bregman. It was definitely a move that could have backfired, as Morrow gave up four hits and four earned runs during his brief outing on Sunday night in Game 5. Things turned out differently this time though. On the second pitch he threw, Morrow got Bregman to groundout to shortstop to end the inning. Roberts’ decision paid off in the end.

After retiring the first two batters of the sixth inning, Morrow gave up a single to Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel. This prompted Roberts to make another pitching change. He made a double-switch, bringing in Chase Utley to play second base and left-hander Tony Watson to pitch. Watson hit McCann with a fastball, putting runners at first and second base. Watson was able to escape the inning after Gonzalez hit a hard drive toward second base that was caught by a leaping Utley.

The Dodgers finally had a breakthrough against Verlander in the bottom of the sixth inning. Catcher Austin Barnes singled to start off the rally. Utley was the next batter, and Verlander hit him in the leg with a 1-2 slider. This brought center fielder Chris Taylor to the plate with a chance to tie the game with a single. Taylor delivered, as he lined one into right field for a game-tying double. With still nobody out, Astros manager A.J. Hinch decided to stick with Verlander. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was next up, and he hit a fly ball to deep right field that forced Reddick to retreat all the way to the warning track to catch. The ball was easily hit deep enough for Utley to score. That sacrifice fly gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

Taylor advanced to third on Seager’s sacrifice fly, but the Dodgers were unable to bring him home. Third baseman Justin Turner popped out to first base. The next batter was first baseman Cody Bellinger, and Verlander was able to strike him out to end the inning.

Watson walked Reddick to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Roberts then brought in Kenta Maeda, who got Astros pinch-hitter Evan Gattis to ground into a fielder’s choice. Springer was next up, and he hit an infield single. Maeda was then able to settle in. He got Bregman to fly out to center field. Second baseman Jose Altuve came up to the plate next, and he grounded out to third base to end the inning.

Joe Musgrove came in to pitch for the Astros in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out and no one on base, left fielder Joc Pederson came up and hit a solo home run to left field on a 1-2 fastball from Musgrove. This gave the Dodgers an important insurance run.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was able to handle things from there. Roberts decided to bring him in to start off the top of the eight inning for a six-out save. This ended up being another good move by Roberts. Facing the middle of the Astros lineup, Jansen retired the side in order in the eighth inning. He did the same thing in the ninth inning, striking out Carlos Beltran on an 0-2 cutter for the final out of the game. The Dodgers got the 3-1 victory to force a Game 7 in this already incredible World Series.

Game 7 will take place on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 8:20 PM ET. Lance McCullers Jr. will be on the hill for the Astros, while Yu Darvish will take the ball for the Dodgers. With everything on the line, Game 7 should be an epic conclusion to what has been a very memorable World Series.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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