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NL West champions hope to take next step

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Friedman arrived at Chavez Ravine in October from the Rays and built the big-spending Dodgers' $285 million roster to win championships, not merely division titles.

Lately at least, that has meant trying to get through the pesky Cardinals — the team that sent Los Angeles home from the postseason the past two years.

While the corks flew and beer flowed to celebrate a third straight NL West title Tuesday night, former Rays OF Carl Crawford hollered out a gentle reminder: "Just the first step!"

The Dodgers haven't reached the World Series since winning it all against the Athletics in 1988, losing eight postseason series in a row.

"It just feels great to do it again," manager Don Mattingly said. "It takes a lot. There's a lot of perseverance in there from guys that have been here for the other two and getting knocked out. Hopefully we're able to have a little bit of luck but play great baseball and see where it goes."

FASTER GAMES: Commissioner Rob Manfred envisions more experiments with speed-up rules, such as limiting pitching changes and trips to the mound, or requiring each pitcher to face multiple batters. Speaking at the Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium in New York, Manfred said he doesn't see any need to expand the DH to the National League.

METS: LHP Steven Matz continued to feel stiffness in the right side of his back and won't start today.

ROYALS: Closer Greg Holland, diagnosed last week with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery Friday.

NL West champions hope to take next step 09/30/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 10:09pm]
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