Major League Baseball

Dodgers closing in on clinch

CLAYTON KERSHAW may be the pitcher to clinch the division title for the Dodgers on Saturday (Flickr/Malingerer).

With their 6-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the Northwest on Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ “magic number” to clinch the National League West division title is two.

Any combination of a Dodger win and a loss by the second place Arizona Diamondbacks would put the Blue Crew on the NLW throne again.

The Dodgers were outhit 11-8 but scored three of their runs on homers and a fourth on a triple. It was Miguel Rojas’ fourth home run and James Outman launched his 20th. Max Muncy tripled.

Bobby Miller (10-3) struck out seven batters and walked only two. He yielded six hits and three earned runs. 

The Dodgers (89-57), who lead the division by 13.5 games, can clinch on Saturday when they face the M’s in Seattle with Clayton Kershaw (12-4) making the start.

Fallen Angels keep falling

While other teams in Major League Baseball are struggling to grab a playoff spot, the Los Angeles Angels are … just struggling.

With Friday’s 11-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Anaheim, the Halos have lost four games in a row and are 3-11 in September. They are 68-80 overall.

The game was not exactly close, with the visiting team leading 4-1 after seven innings. But they blew the case open with seven runs in the top of the eighth.

Overall, the Tigers outhit the Angels 15-6. The only runs the home team scored were on home runs by David Fletcher and Jared Walsh.

The loss went to Griffin Canning (7-7), who was touched for eight hits and four runs in six innings, but the real damage was done to Jhonathan Diaz, who – in one third of an inning – was lit up for seven hits, seven earned runs. He also walked two batters.

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