- The Washington Times - Monday, October 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES —Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has said keeping Washington Nationals leadoff man Trea Turner off the bases in the National League Division Series was crucial.

To do so, the Dodgers have thrown Turner a lot of off-speed pitches. Through the first two games, Turner was 2-for-7. He had seen 13 fastballs, five of which came in his finals at-bat of Game 2, nine curveballs, seven sliders and three cut fastballs.

Turner adjusted to the Dodgers‘ approach in Game 2 when he hit two curveballs for singles.

The Dodgers countered by striking him out on three fastballs in his first at-bat in Game 3 on Monday.

NOTES: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos made the trip with the team. Ramos is out for the season because of a torn ACL in his right knee. He had considered going to Florida to conduct his rehabilitation, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker had hoped to talk him into coming along with the team. It appears to have worked. … Dodgers legend Orel Hershiser threw out the first pitch to former teammate Steve Sax. … The Dodgers announced a crowd of 53,901, calling it a sellout despite several empty seats. The stadium was little more than half full for first pitch at 1:08 p.m. local.


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