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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor out of Game 6 lineup with ankle injury

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Chris Taylor wasn’t in the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, a day after injuring his right ankle.

Manager Dave Roberts said Taylor was moving around and feeling better than expected. Roberts indicated the versatile player could be available to play if needed with the Dodgers facing potential elimination again.

Kike Hernandez started at second base for the Dodgers against Braves left-hander Max Fried. AJ Pollock was in left field.

Atlanta, trying to get to its first World Series since 1999, had its same lineup as Game 5 to face Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler.

Taylor injured his right ankle on a throw from the left field line in the eighth inning of Friday night. Taylor finished the game.

It was only the second time this postseason that Taylor didn’t start for the Dodgers. He has started seven times at second base, and Game 5 of the NLCS was the fifth time in those games that he had a midgame switch to left. His other two starts in these playoffs came in left field.

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Padres lefty Matt Strahm to undergo knee surgery to repair tendon

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San Diego Padres left-hander Matt Strahm is scheduled to undergo patellar tendon repair in his right knee.

Strahm underwent a similar surgery on his left knee in 2017 while he was with the Kansas City Royals.

Strahm was 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 19 appearances in his third season in San Diego and fifth big league season overall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nelson Cruz, Freddie Freeman winners at Players Choice Awards

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NEW YORK — Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been voted Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been picked as Player of the Year in annual Players Choice award voting by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Freeman was voted the National League’s outstanding player, Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer outstanding pitcher, San Diego infielder Jake Cronenworth outstanding rookie and Colorado pitcher Daniel Bard comeback player.

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was voted the American League’s outstanding player, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber outstanding pitcher, Seattle outfielder Kyle Lewis outstanding rookie and Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco comeback player.



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Washington Nationals re-sign Josh Harrison to one-year contract

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The Washington Nationals have re-signed utility player Josh Harrison to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

Harrison spent the 2020 season with the Nationals after signing with them in July, less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old hit .278 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 33 games for Washington.

He is a two-time All-Star and right-handed hitter who has started games at second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots during his 10 years in the majors.

Harrison played eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates before joining the Detroit Tigers in 2019 and has compiled a career .273 batting average with 56 homers and 291 RBIs. He was a National League All-Star in 2014 and 2017 for Pittsburgh. But Harrison hit .175 with one homer in 36 games for the Tigers last year before getting released in August 2019.

He had signed a minor league contract with the Phillies in November before they let him go in July and he wound up in Washington.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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