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McCarthy, like Anderson, getting a look out of bullpen

COLORADO ROCKIES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 p.m.
Howie Kendrick, LF
Justin Turner, 3B
Corey Seager, SS
Yasiel Puig, RF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Rob Segedin, 1B
Kiké Hernández, CF
Charlie Culberson, 2B
Rich Hill, P

By Jon Weisman

Like Brett Anderson did on Thursday, Brandon McCarthy is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the Dodgers when they open their season-ending series at San Francisco tonight.

The relief appearances by Anderson (2 1/3 innings, five hits, two strikeouts) and McCarthy keep alive the chances that either could be added to the Dodger playoff pitching staff.

“We wanted to get a different look from Brett, for him to come out of the pen — it’s something he’s really not accustomed to,” Dave Roberts said after Thursday’s game, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Times. “His velocity was up. He was victim to some soft-contact hits, but his breaking ball was good. For Brett to come in … it was a positive outing for him.”

The Dodger playoff bullpen was already overflowing with candidates before Anderson and McCarthy slid from starter campaigns into the relief race, essentially trading with Julio Urías, who struck out five Thursday in three shutout innings of what appears to have been a tuneup to start Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

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Urías wraps his 2016 — regular season, that is

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By Cary Osborne

One door closes and another opens.

The one that closed represents the rookie season of Julio Urías, who pitched for the last time in the 2016 regular season.

Urías started and pitched three scoreless innings on Thursday, striking out five of the last six batters he faced in the Dodgers’ 9-4 win over the Padres in San Diego. In his last five starts, the left-hander has been dominant in the early going, with a 0.60 ERA in innings one through three.

In his last 13 starts, Urías had a 2.48 ERA, and since June 7, his third career game, he has a 2.73 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings.

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Dodgers revise rotation to include Julio Urías

Sandy Koufax speaks with Rich Hill, Julio Urias and interpreter Jesus Quinoes before the Vin Scully Appreciation Day ceremony September 23. Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Sandy Koufax speaks with Rich Hill, Julio Urías and interpreter Jesus Quinonez before the Vin Scully Appreciation Day ceremony September 23. Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian González, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Andrew Toles, LF
Joc Pederson, CF
Kenta Maeda, P

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers have announced their starting pitchers for the regular season’s remaining six games, and while it is (as always) subject to change, there are some interesting tea leaves to read.

Fresh off a recent conversation with Sandy Koufax (above), Julio Urías has been pegged to start Thursday for the Dodgers, following — in a switch — Kenta Maeda tonight and Jose De León on Wednesday.

With Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Maeda slated for the final series against the Giants, that means veterans Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy would appear to be all but out of consideration for the National League Division Series.

In their only appearances of the month, Anderson threw five innings September 22, Kazmir a single inning September 23 and McCarthy — most encouragingly — six innings of two-run ball September 25.

There’s never been any shortage of surprises with these Dodgers, but you’d be asking any of those pitchers to start on 2 1/2 weeks of rest, simulated innings aside. Game 4 of the NLDS would be played October 11.

Aside from the implications for finalizing the NLDS roster, the main question now is whether Urías, who has a 3.53 ERA this season but has thrown only two innings since September 13, is in a competition with De León to be positioned as No. 4 starter in the playoffs, or whether this is all a backup plan.

Based on Dodger playoff history from 2013-15, Clayton Kershaw would come back on three days’ rest to pitch in Game 4. His recovery from a disk herniation has mostly tabled that concept, but if Kershaw is feeling 100 percent, would you count him out?

Essentially, the Dodgers can start Kershaw in Game 4, turn to one of the rookies, or treat it as a glorified bullpen game, with Urías or De León combining with Ross Stripling to take the starter innings.

We’ll find out soon enough, won’t we?

Meanwhile, Hill pitching before Kershaw this weekend in San Francisco shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as a change in the pecking order. It’s far more likely to give Hill an extra day of rest before he takes the mound in the playoffs. By pitching Saturday, Kershaw would open the NLDS on five days’ rest, with Hill on seven days’ rest.

However, if you want to mull something off the wall, consider this: There are three days’ rest between NLDS Game 1 (October 7) and Game 4, but four days’ rest between NLDS Games 2 (October 8) and Game 5 (October 13). So if you wanted Kershaw to pitch on normal rest for two games, a Game 2 start would be the way to go. In that case, though, you’re guaranteeing the need for a fourth starter in the series.

Update: Dave Roberts confirmed tonight that it would be Kershaw, Hill and Maeda to begin the playoffs, in that order.

Yasmani goes grand, and magic is in the air

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By Cary Osborne

That sound off the bat of Yasmani Grandal — so distinctive of him that you could close your eyes and know what’s happening — happened twice on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Once in the second inning, and again in the seventh inning.

Grandal, one of the most forceful hitters in the game, hit a solo home run in the second inning. Then he hit a grand slam in the seventh with the Dodgers down by a run. The second explosion off his bat, his 27th homer of the year, put the Dodgers ahead for good in a 7-4 win over Colorado. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the National League West is now down to four. (more…)

As Dodgers sift pitching options, Kazmir to start Friday

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Howie Kendrick, LF
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian González, 1B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Kiké Hernández, CF
Charlie Culberson, 2B
Kenta Maeda, P

By Jon Weisman

Scott Kazmir will follow Brett Anderson’s Thursday start against the Rockies by taking the mound Friday, Dave Roberts said today.

The left-handed Kazmir hasn’t pitched in a Major League game since August 22, when he allowed four runs and nine baserunners in a season-low 2 2/3 innings against the Reds (a game the Dodgers won, 18-9). Kazmir and Anderson both went on the disabled list the next day.

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Brett Anderson gets the nod for Rockies opener

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By Cary Osborne

Brett Anderson will start for the Dodgers on Thursday — the first of a four-game series with Colorado — Dave Roberts told reporters on Tuesday.

The veteran left-hander hasn’t had a big league start since August 20 and went on the disabled list the next day with a blister on his left index finger.

Anderson last pitched September 16 in a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. He went five innings, allowed three hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out five. He threw 54 pitches, 41 for strikes.

In two starts with the big league Dodgers, after returning from surgery to repair a bulging disc in his back, Anderson has allowed 11 earned runs in four innings.

Jansen deals with wrist, but batters have to deal with him

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 5:10 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrián González, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Joc Pederson, CF
Andrew Toles, LF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Brock Stewart, P

By Cary Osborne

As MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reported on Friday night, Kenley Jansen is dealing with some discomfort in his right wrist. Dave Roberts told reporters before Saturday’s game in Arizona that Jansen has a mild stiff wrist and added that he’s not concerned.

Good thing because Jansen has been utterly dominant since June 14 when he struck out the side for the first time this season.

In his last 41 games, Jansen has struck out 69 of the 141 batters he has faced (48.9 percent) and walked only five in 39 1/3 innings. He is averaging 15.8 strikeouts per nine innings in that span.

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Anderson thrives, Oklahoma City stays alive in PCL

By Jon Weisman

After Brett Anderson pitched five strong innings, Triple-A Oklahoma City scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 4-2 victory over El Paso in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League finals.

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Loons head to championship series, Anderson heads to Oklahoma City

By Cary Osborne

Jubilation on one end and frustration on the other.

The Low-A Great Lakes Loons made the Midwest League Championship Series for the first time in their 10-year history with a 5-2 win on Tuesday to take their series with West Michigan (Detroit Tigers) two games to one.

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Scott Kazmir’s rehab outing cut short

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Joining Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy in the past week, Scott Kazmir tonight had a short-circuited rehab outing.

Kazmir, whom Dave Roberts today said was potentially on track to pitch for the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium next week, faced seven batters for Oklahoma City in its opening playoff game against Nashville. Two walked, two were hit by pitches, and one — Renato Nunez — hit a three-run home run.

Kazmir then left with the trainer before the inning was over, and was said to be heading back to Los Angeles for evaluation, as Jack Baer of MLB.com wrote.

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