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by Rowan Kavner

At some point, Zach Reks will get his glove back from Gavin Lux.

Lux first began receiving outfield game reps while on a minor league assignment in early September, hoping to add to his versatility. The final stop of his Triple-A stint was in Salt Lake City, where a clubhouse attendant accidentally packed Reks’ outfield glove in Lux’s bag.

He put it to good use.

One of the most productive stretches of Lux’s Major League career followed after he was recalled on Sept. 10. He slashed .444/.524/.639 …

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by Rowan Kavner

The number of the day is 100.

For the third time in the last five seasons (and four full seasons), the Los Angeles Dodgers have won 100 games. They reached the mark in a 3–0 shutout win Sunday afternoon in Arizona in which Corey Seager and Trea Turner each recorded their 100th career home runs.

“To go out and compete and grind and play like that every year, to win 100 games, it’s not easy,” said Seager, who has played a major role on each of those 100-win teams in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

All three runs…

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by Rowan Kavner

It was not even three weeks ago that AJ Pollock slid awkwardly into third base in San Francisco, requiring the assistance of trainers as he walked gingerly off the field and down the steps of the dugout of Oracle Park.

Twenty days later — and two days after getting activated from the injured list — Pollock’s right hamstring eased up enough for him to homer and contribute to a medley of majestic Dodger outfield displays in a 4–2 Dodger win Friday night at Chase Field.

“Quite frankly, when it first happened, seeing him and how he was…

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by Rowan Kavner

For the Dodgers’ hopes of claiming a ninth straight National League West crown, Thursday was a perfect 10.

Down to their last out in the ninth inning at Coors Field, they rallied to tie the game with three straight singles before Max Muncy jumped on the first pitch of the 10th inning for a go-ahead two-run homer. Minutes after their 7–5 comeback win, the Padres toppled the Giants in the 10th inning of their own back-and-forth battle.

Suddenly, a potential three-game deficit in the division is instead down to one for a Dodger team back on the…

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by Rowan Kavner

Walker Buehler charged into September with the best ERA in the Majors, a testament to the consistency that made him a leading Cy Young Award candidate. Suddenly, he’s seeking to recapture that form with the playoffs around the corner.

Buehler had gone at least five innings in each of his first 27 starts — and fewer than six innings only once — so it looked like an anomaly when the Giants chased him after three innings in his first start of September. He rebounded to post two quality starts, despite allowing more contact than usual. …

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by Rowan Kavner

Albert Pujols has spent enough time with the Dodgers, occupying a role unlike any other in his decorated 21-year Major League career, that he can “smell it a little bit” when his chance to impact a game approaches.

That moment arrived in the 10th inning Tuesday at Coors Field. As he has so often off the bench this season, he delivered.

Pujols, who is now 13-for-32 as a pinch-hitter with the Dodgers, supplied the deciding hit with an RBI single up the middle to start the series against the Rockies with a 5–4 win.

“There might have…

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by Rowan Kavner

After undergoing right shoulder surgery late last year, it’s the left side of Cody Bellinger’s body wreaking havoc in 2021.

The Dodger outfielder played through his latest ailment for three games last week, but a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side forced him to the injured list Tuesday. It’s his third stint on the IL this season.

Bellinger missed nearly two months with a hairline fracture in his left leg and 10 games with left hamstring tightness earlier this year. Both of those issues occurred in the season’s first half, making it difficult for the former…

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Jo Lasorda, the widow of Dodger Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, passed away Monday evening surrounded by loved ones at her home in Fullerton at the age of 91.

Jo was born on March 14, 1930, in Greenville, South Carolina. She met Tommy, then a left-handed pitcher, at a Single-A Greenville Spinners minor league game. The two went on a lunch date in 1949, at which point Tommy predicted they’d get married. A year later, his prediction came true on April 14, 1950.

Jo and Tommy were married for 70 years before Tommy passed away on Jan. 7 of this year. Jo leaves a daughter, Laura, and a granddaughter, Emily Tess. She is survived by one sister, Gladys Reeves of Greenville. Funeral services are pending.

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by Rowan Kavner

Trea Turner has played alongside Max Scherzer for parts of seven seasons. He watched Scherzer win two of his three Cy Young Awards and make multiple All-Star teams. They won a championship together.

He’s not sure he’s ever seen Scherzer better than he’s been in Dodger blue.

Scherzer’s sensational September streak continued Saturday, recording his fifth straight start without allowing an earned run. The Dodgers’ spectacular deadline acquisition continues to exceed even the wildest expectations, lowering his ERA to 0.78 …

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by Rowan Kavner

The Dodgers don’t feel they need any reminders of the dangers of a one-game playoff. Regardless, Friday night provided one.

Starter Luis Castillo, pitching for a Reds team jockeying for a spot in the playoffs, silenced a Dodger group that hit the road on a six-game winning streak. He became the only pitcher this season to strike out 10 Dodger batters in at least 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

“We know how important every game is,” manager Dave Roberts said after the 3–1 loss. “We’re trying to win every game. It just didn’t happen tonight. …

Rowan Kavner

Editor, Digital & Print Publications for the Los Angeles Dodgers | Twitter: @RowanKavner

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