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Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness.

AP source: Manny Machado, Padres agrees to $300M, 10-year deal

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. Machado’s deal, if completed, would be the second-largest in baseball history behind Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million, 13-year deal signed with the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2015 season.

Russell Martin reunited with Clayton Kershaw, connecting with new teammates

The Los Angeles Dodgers are already pleased with what they’ve seen from Russell Martin, who is back with the team after a January trade. He has reunited with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for a bullpen session. He’s also connecting with returning catcher Austin Barnes. Martin was with the Dodgers from 2006 to 2010 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances.

AP source: A.J. Pollock agrees to $55M, 4-year deal with Dodgers

Free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $55 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The 31-year-old outfielder hit .257 last year with 21 home runs, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games for NL West rival Arizona. He will fill a void created when the Dodgers traded outfielders and right-handed hitters Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati for a pair of prospects in December.

Friedman: Manny Machado’s lack of hustle was not a secret

Andrew Friedman knew he was getting a player who didn’t hustle all the time when he traded for Manny Machado. Still, the Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations was willing to acquire the four-time All-Star infielder because his good points outweighed the bad. Machado is among the top two free agents on the market along with outfielder Bryce Harper after a 3fraction>1/2/fraction>-month stay with the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw stays with Dodgers in $93M, 3-year deal

Clayton Kershaw is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a $93 million, three-year contract that avoids free agency. The agreement was reached on the day Kershaw opted out of his previous deal, a $215 million, seven-year contract that had two seasons remaining at a total of $65 million. The new agreement includes $4 million annually in performance bonuses based on starts, in four $1 million increments. He also can earn award bonuses.

Wow! Dodgers top Boston in 18th inning, longest Series game

Max Muncy ended the longest game in World Series history with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 18th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston Red Sox 3-2 to pull within 2-1 in this Fall Classic. Muncy connected off Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of relief. The game lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes.

No decision on J.D. Martinez in Red Sox lineup; Mookie Betts not at 2B

The Boston Red Sox likely won’t know until Friday afternoon whether slugger J.D. Martinez will start Game 3 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. Martinez is Boston’s main designated hitter, and the DH spot won’t be used for the games at the National League park. Martinez can play the outfield, but he’s been nursing a sore ankle after slipping in the opener. Red Sox manager Alex Cora says star right fielder Mookie Betts won’t start at second base. Boston leads the Series 2-0.

Red Sox beat Dodgers 8-4 at Fenway in World Series opener

Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on a chilly, windy night. Benintendi delivered four hits, Martinez drove in two early runs and pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez golfed a three-run homer to seal it.

Dodgers’ Manny Machado grilled on eve of World Series

Most players are questioned ahead of their World Series debuts. Manny Machado was cross–examined. October’s villain is especially despised at Fenway Park for planting his spikes into Dustin Pedroia in April 2017. The Boston second baseman hasn’t been the same.

Dodgers beat Brewers in Game 7, face Red Sox in World Series

Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer, Chris Taylor made a key catch and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached the World Series for the second straight year, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw closed out the win, setting up a showdown with the Boston Red Sox starting Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Los Angeles fell short last year, losing to Houston in Game 7.

Jesus Aguilar, Brewers beat Dodgers 7-2, send NLCS to Game 7

Jesus Aguilar and the Milwaukee Brewers forced the NL Championship Series to Game 7, bolting to a big lead and handing it to their dominant bullpen in a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Aguilar hit a two-run double in the Brewers’ four-run first inning against Hyun-Jin Ryu and added a late RBI single that helped the Brewers even the matchup at three games each. Game 7 is Saturday night at Miller Park with Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler facing journeyman Jhoulys Chacin.