The high-fives and also hugs to be subdued. Piped-in group noise filled the background as “I Love L.A.” serenaded the cutouts in attendance in ~ Dodger Stadium. T-shirts and also hats were distributed prior to the Dodgers, some wearing masks, gathered in the center of the infield for a team photo and also exited to a clubhouse where an alcohol-soaked celebration to be prohibited.

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The Dodgers clinched their eighth consecutive National league West title through a 7-2 success over the Oakland Athletics ~ above Tuesday night, and also it was unlike any kind of of the an initial seven.

“It’s yes, really strange,” Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock said. “We’re top top the field and the group is walking nuts and also you’re looking at every other and you’re like, ‘Wait a second, we’re the only ones here.’ It to be bizarre, but it’s still special.”

They got to the goal in their 55th game with 5 games to spare in this pandemic-shortened season with assist from the Angels, that beat the san Diego Padres around an hour earlier. In the clubhouse, a couple of people offered speeches and also the team toasted v champagne. COVID-19 required a muted celebration that an achievement expected due to the fact that they reported for feather training in February but not given.


“They all count,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. “You can’t take it because that granted. You can’t assume this every year, and also we’ve to be on a pretty unique run. It’s to be really funny to it is in a component of.”


Tuesday’s win additionally ensured the Dodgers (39-16) the No. 1 particle in the National organization for the expanded 16-team postseason. They’ll play game 1 of the wild-card round following Wednesday in Los Angeles. The foe is a No. 8-seeded club to be determined.

“I remind a time a couple of months ago where ns didn’t know if we were even going to have actually a season this year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “So, to currently fast-forward and also be crowned NL West champs again, the a credit transaction to everyone in the clubhouse and everybody in the organization.”

The next objective is winning their an initial World series since 1988. Having Justin Turner healthy and easily accessible will be vital in that pursuit. But the third baseman isn’t 100% a week before the start of the playoffs.

The Dodgers’ initial lineup Tuesday had actually Turner beginning at third base for the very first time since he strained his left hamstring Aug. 28. He went back last week, however his first five games were together the club’s designated hitter. Roberts stated Turner would play five or 6 innings at third base Tuesday as he eased back into the much more intensive role. The start was supposed to be a step forward.


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Max Muncy’s go-ahead, two-run shooting in the third inning was one of four home operation the Dodgers hit versus the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
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Dodgers football player celebrate on the field at Dodger stadion after beating the Athletics to clinch the NL West location Tuesday.
But Turner to be scratched native the lineup two hrs before very first pitch and also Edwin Ríos started in his place. After ~ the game, Roberts claimed Turner had actually a “cramp” in the hamstring. Turner notified him the would like to beat Wednesday, however Roberts claimed that decision will certainly be made when they report to the ballpark.

The Dodgers didn’t require him Tuesday. Castle crushed 4 home runs and also received five solid innings indigenous Dustin may to beat the best team they’ve play this season not named the Padres a job after the Athletics (33-21) clinched the American organization West title.

With it, they ongoing a run that began in 2013. Clayton Kershaw and also Kenley Jansen are the only Dodgers left from the club. The coaching staff, front office and roster have due to the fact that been overhauled, however the run has ongoing through the strangest season to date.

“This among other year is more than likely the many challenging,” Roberts said.

The question now is whether the Dodgers can win the can be fried championship through a World series triumph. They’ll have to win 13 games beginning next week to execute so.

“The arrangement is to success the human being Series,” Dodgers appropriate fielder Mookie Betts said. “This is just step one.”


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Three takeaways for the Dodgers

1. Joc Pederson started at DH and also went one for 4 with 2 strikeouts in his very first game due to the fact that coming turn off the family members medical emergency list. Manager Dave Roberts stated Pederson’s family members matter might force him to leaving the team prior to the season is over but added he expects Pederson will stay with the team at least through the wild-card round.

2. The Dodgers unveiled a four-man outfield because that the an initial time this season in the eighth inning v Matt Olson, a left-handed hitter, in ~ the plate. Chris Taylor moved to the outfield from 2nd base, leave Corey Seager, Edwin Ríos and Max Muncy in the infield. Olson to win out against Pedro Báez.

3. The Philadelphia Phillies entered Tuesday as the No. 8 particle — projected to challenge the Dodgers in the wild-card ring — prior to getting swept by the Washington Nationals in a doubleheader to loss to 27-29.

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