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Darvish is now part of MLB's top dog in 2017, with the Dodgers being the only team in the league to reach 80 victories thus far.
National League West rivals will square off in the first of three games at Chase Field on Tuesday when the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers (79-32) visit the Arizona Diamondbacks (63-48) as small road favorites on the MLB lines at the sportsbooks. If we use each team's Pythagorean win percentage in the simulations, the Dodgers can be expected to win an average of 114 games, with a 22 percent chance at breaking the all-time wins record. "I can't say enough about what he does". "I looked around like, 'We got Darvish?"
Except Lamb won this day. "Like I said, it's one at bat". The seemingly unstoppable Dodgers will continue their march toward the playoffs with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks starting this Tuesday night. Khris Davis hit his 31st home run and Matt Joyce also homered for the A's. "It's downhill fastballs to both sides of the plate", Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. This will be Banda's first career game against the Dodgers. Corey Seager leads the Dodgers with 119 hits and 55 RBI while Justin Turner and Chris Taylor have combined for 211 hits and 102 RBI.
But the Diamondbacks went 2 for 12 with runners on base.
Los Angeles has lost just three times since the All-Star break while winning 18 games.
The last game of the series, which will determine the series victor will take place on Thursday at 6:40 p.m.
That loss a month ago completed a three-game sweep of one-run Arizona losses in the series.
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David Hernandez (2-0) got the final out in seventh inning to get the victory.
Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run homers, and JA Happ pitched into the sixth inning for his second straight victory as Toronto defeated NY.
Meanwhile, Banda (1-2) lasted only four innings - he retired seven straight before being lifted for a pinch-hitter - in what was his third career start and second filling in for a concussed Robbie Ray. No pitcher before him had struck out 10 in each of his first two starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tazawa entered with the game tied 2-2 and Brian Goodwin hit his second pitch, a 1-0 fastball, down the pipe into the upper deck in right field.
"It was a hanging slider", Watson said. He let me slide on the first one. I was at the game where Devin Booker was talking about not letting Russell Westbrook get that triple-double. "He kept it fair and made me pay". A walk, an error and two infield singles supplied the Dodgers two more runs. "It's the same thing", Bradley said. "I don't like seeing blue in the stands".
PHOENIX They are the three words the Dodgers would most like to hear from Clayton Kershaw two weeks after he suffered a lower-back strain.
Their adjusted run differential per game (1.7 SRS) would rank seventh among the 11 Major League Baseball teams that have won at least 70 percent of their games, with both the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners ahead of them in terms of dominating opponents. C Austin Barnes was out of the lineup after taking a foul ball off his throwing hand Sunday against the New York Mets. That could happen soon, Roberts said.
The Dodgers have been doing just fine without their ace, going 11-1 since Kershaw left early in his start against Atlanta.
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