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Subject: It has been 30 years since the Los Angeles Dodgers Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 01:39:57

last won a World Series , and a look back at their 1988 victory over the Oakland A's is one of the most joyous moments in team history.The Dodgers were an overachieving bunch in 1988. They had a brilliant leader in Orel Hershiser as their No. 1 pitcher, but the rest of Tommy Lasorda's team did not appear to have enough going for it to compete with the powerful Oakland A's.Oakland won 104 games that season, and they seemed to be on a non-stop roll to the World Series championship. They had Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Don Baylor, Dave Henderson and Carney Lansford, along with a pitching staff that included Dave Stewart, Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley.The Dodgers had a gimpy Kirk Gibson, Mickey Hatcher, Steve Sax and Mike Scioscia. An interesting lineup, but one that did not compare with the A's. The disparity was so strong that NBC commentator Bob Costas referred to the lineup that the Dodgers put out prior to Game 4 of the World Series as one of the worst in the history of the Fall Classic.That may have been fairly accurate, but the Dodgers beat the A's in five games.This year's Dodger team is not going to compare with the one that had such a pedestrian batting order, but they are clear underdogs to the American League champion Boston Red Sox. The World Series starts Tuesday night at Fenway Park.The Red Sox are -136 favorites in the World Series, while the Dodgers are +112 underdogs, per OddsShark. A Red Sox backer has to risk $136 to win $100, while a Dodger supporter will earn $112 for a $100 bet.World Series ScheduleTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday , October 24 (Game 2):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETFriday, October 26 (Game 3):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSaturday, October 27 (Game 4):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by Fox.The Red Sox won 108 games in the regular seasonand dispatched the New York Yankees and Houston Astros in the American League playoffs. The Dodgers won 92 games during the season and defeated the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers in the National League playoffs.The Red Sox may not have Canseco and McGwire, but they have J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts and a lineup that was themost productive offense in the Major Leagues in 2018.If the Dodgers are going to emerge victorious, they are going to have to limit the Red Sox lineup and not allow them to score 16 runs in one game as they did in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees.It will be up to pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey , Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu to keep that lineup in check.Unlike the 1988 Dodgers, this Los Angeles lineup can hit with power and do it consistently. They had seven players that hit 21 or home runs during the regular season, led by Max Muncy who smashed 35.The Red Sox will try to counter that lineup with starters Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi, and a bullpen that has performed better than expected.Relievers like Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly have performed above expectations, and the only question mark has been closer Craig Kimbrel.Manager Alex Cora is hoping Kimbrel can get back to his best form in the World Series, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would like to see Kimbrel continue to struggle with his command.Roberts, one of the heroes of Boston's 2004 World Championship team, faces a major challenge as his team prepares to take on the Red Sox.His Dodgers are underdogs against a powerful team, but that's an obstacle that this team overcame 30 years ago. If this year's team can match that achievement, it will lead to another memorable celebration in Los Angeles. TORONTO (AP) — Francisco Lindor had two solo homers and four RBIs, rookie Shane Bieber pitched into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten in nine road starts and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Thursday night for their third straight win.Cleveland trimmed its magic number to seven for clinching a third consecutive AL Central championship.Lindor connected on Sam Gaviglio’s third pitch for his 10th career leadoff homer and seventh this season. He went deep to right off Gaviglio again in the third for his eighth career multihomer game. Lindor has 33 home runs, matching his total from last year. He added a two-run single in the fifth and singled again in the ninth.Toronto’s Rowdy Tellez doubled in the second and fourth after getting a pinch-hit double in his debut Wednesday, making him the first player in major league history with extra-base hits in each of his first three plate appearances.Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer off Blue Jays reliever Mark Leiter Jr. in the ninth.Bieber (9-3) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He improved to 5-0 away from home.Gaviglio (3-8) gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings to lose for the fourth time in five starts.BRAVES 7 Brian Flynn Jersey , DIAMONDBACKS 6, 10 INNINGSPHOENIX (AP) — Dansby Swanson scored the go-ahead run on Yoshihisa Hirano’s wild pitch in the 10th inning, and Atlanta regrouped to beat Arizona after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.Coming off a three-game sweep by Boston, the NL East-leading Braves jumped on Zack Greinke with homers by Kurt Suzuki and Johan Camargo to lead 6-4 heading into the ninth. But then A.J. Pollock hit a sacrifice fly and Paul Goldschmidt tied it with a homer off winner Jesse Biddle (5-1).The Braves loaded the bases against Brad Boxberger (2-6) in the 10th before Hirano uncorked a wild pitch that scored Swanson.Brad Bach worked around a walk for his first save with Atlanta.Nick Markakis had four hits and a run-scoring single in the ninth for the Braves, who increased their division lead to 3½ games over Philadelphia.Arizona has lost five of six to fall 2½ games behind first-place Colorado in the NL West.Nick Ahmed hit a three-run double for the Diamondbacks.CUBS 6, NATIONALS 4, 10 INNINGSWASHINGTON (AP) — Pinch-hitter David Bote had an RBI double and scored in the 10th inning as Chicago came back to beat Washington in the opener of a four-game series.Bote, who hit a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Nationals on Aug. 12 in Chicago, knocked a 100 mph fastball from Jimmy Cordero (1-2) into right field to score Albert Almora Jr. Bote came home on a single by pinch-hitter Taylor Davis.Daniel Murphy went 1 for 5 with a strikeout in his first return to Washington since the Nationals traded him to the Cubs on Aug 21.Chicago leads the NL Central by 4½ games over Milwaukee. Washington has lost three straight to fall to 69-72.Pedro Strop (5-1) pitched a scoreless ninth, and Jesse Chavez earned his third save.Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer for the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg gave up three runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings.PADRES 6, REDS 2CINCINNATI (AP) — Francisco Mejia hit a solo homer and a three-run shot during his first start as the Padres‘ up-and-coming catcher, leading San Diego over Cincinnati.Mejia connected on his first two swings against Luis Castillo (8-12) for his first homers in the majors. The 22-year-old was called up Tuesday as the Padres get him ready for a bigger role next season.San Diego got Cleveland’s top catching prospect in a July trade for relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber. Mejia hit seven homers at Triple-A after the deal, prompting his September call-up.Hunter Renfroe also hit a solo homer off Castillo , who gave up three for the first time in his career.Jose Castillo (2-2) retired the three batters he faced. Scott Schebler and Mason Williams homered off Trey Wingenter in the seventh.

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