Kershaw versus Gonzalez in NLCS opener tonight...Gregorius to have surgery... Falcons deal with multiple injuries
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers tonight in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez and — more notably — Milwaukee’s deep bullpen which carries a 3.47 ERA, second in the NL only to the Chicago Cubs, Gonzalez probably won’t need to go more than four or five innings. The ALCS starts Saturday night when Houston’s Justin Verlander takes on Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
NEW YORK (AP) —The New York Yankees say star shortstop Didi Gregorius will need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after injuring himself during the AL Division Series. Manager Aaron Boone is optimistic Gregorius will spend most of next season with the club, but the team will know more after surgery. The Yankees say he was hurt in Boston during the division playoffs. Gregorius, hit .268 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs this season.
UNDATED (AP) — The injury plagued Atlanta Falcons will be without defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and running back Devonta Freeman for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jarrett is sitting out his second straight game with a sprained ankle, while Freeman is sidelined yet again with a foot injury. The Falcons, who are 1-4, have lost three in a row.
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki’s debut in his record 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks won’t be in the opener. Coach Rick Carlisle says the 40-year-old Nowitzki will miss “multiple weeks” with a longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery in April. The NBA Mavericks open the season Wednesday in Phoenix. Nowitzki said he had a setback when he started playing again about a week before training camp. He hasn’t practiced in the preseason.
UNDATED (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Minnesota Timberwolves for this morning’s shootaround in Milwaukee, a few hours ahead of their preseason finale. Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team on Wednesday, a session that featured the disgruntled star verbally challenging teammates and coaches. Coach Tom Thibodeau says that Butler was not suspended and was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis.