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September 20, 2013

What You Need to Know

A Couple of Clinchers

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
It was a matter of when, not if. And yesterday, that matter—of the Dodgers and Red Sox becoming the first teams to secure their playoff berths—was resolved.

Los Angeles’ ticket to October is stamped with the National League West title, the product of a spending spree that was accelerated by the blockbuster trade with Boston in August 2012. Boston’s pass, currently general admission but soon to be marked with the American League East crown, was paid for with a more methodical offseason shopping trip enabled by that very same deal.

The Dodgers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning yesterday, only to have the Diamondbacks counter with a six-spot off of Ricky Nolasco in the home half of the frame. But Nolasco navigated his way through a scoreless fourth and fifth, and as soon as Wade Miley hit the showers, the floodgates opened. Will Harris coughed up two runs on three hits without recording an out, and Chaz Roe and Josh Collmenter were charged with one each. Meanwhile, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson, and Kenley Jansen kept the Snakes off the board.

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