The Latest: No triple digits in LA this time for Series
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers (all times local):
What a difference a week makes in the weather at the World Series.
The temperature for first pitch on Tuesday night was forecast to be 67 degrees. That’s 36 degrees cooler than last Tuesday when the mercury hit 103 for Game 1 in Los Angeles.
Skies were overcast and drizzle began falling about 1 1/2 hours before Game 6. Earlier in the day, light rain fell on Dodger Stadium and the grounds crew had the tarp covering the infield.
A day before playing for a championship, a few of the Houston Astros went to see a team of champions.
Catcher Brian McCann bought a luxury suite at the Staples Center and took some Astros to see Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Curry scored 31 points to lead the Warriors to a 141-113 romp.
“These guys all create that chemistry among themselves. And I’ve seen more guys, that’s different, going out on the road, to dinners, to the games these guys play behind the scenes. So it doesn’t surprise me at all with what McCann has brought, specifically in those type of things,” manager A.J. Hinch said.
Yuli Gurriel wanted to apologize in person. Yu Darvish said it wasn’t necessary.
Major League Baseball suspended the Astros’ Gurriel last Saturday, a day after he made a racist gesture toward the Dodgers’ Darvish, a Japanese right-hander, during Game 3.
Darvish said before Game 6 on Tuesday that Gurriel contacted the Dodgers about meeting with him to apologize, but Darvish declined because he said he wasn’t that mad at Gurriel.
The pitcher says he found out about the Cuba-born Gurriel pulling on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish when a Dodgers employee informed him in the dugout last Friday. Darvish says initially he didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, but then he realized it was after the game. Gurriel also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish.
Darvish says that he gets why baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred didn’t impose Gurriel’s suspension until the start of next season. But Darvish says he can’t really judge whether five games is too much or too little.
Darvish would start Wednesday if the Dodgers can force a seventh and deciding game.
Justin Turner is back at third base and hitting third in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series, while the Astros juggled the bottom of their lineup.
Turner served as designated hitter in Game 5 after taking a grounder off a knee during Game 4.
Center fielder Chris Taylor leads off Tuesday night for the Dodgers, followed by shortstop Corey Seager, Turner, first baseman Cody Bellinger, right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Joc Pederson, second baseman Logan Forsythe and catcher Austin Barnes. Left-hander Rich Hill starts.
Pederson had been the DH in the first two games in Houston before being dropped in Game 5. Kike Hernandez and Charlie Culberson are dropped.
Center fielder George Springer tops the Astros’ order, followed by third baseman Alex Bregman, second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, catcher Brian McCann, left fielder Marwin Gonzalez and right fielder Josh Reddick. Right-hander Justin Verlander is on the mound. McCann moves from last to sixth in the lineup and Reddick drops from sixth to last. Evan Gattis, who DH’d in the last game, drops out.
The Astros won 13-12 in 10 innings Sunday night take a 3-2 Series lead.
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