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Woodruff gets the start...Swanson not on Braves roster...Cuban prospects to try out

October 4, 2018

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have decided to give the ball to young right-hander Brandon Woodruff to start Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies. Manager Craig Counsell revealed earlier that it would be a bullpen day for the Brewers to open their first postseason series since 2011. Woodruff is 3-0 with a 3.61 ERA in 19 games this year with four starts. The 25-year-old has pitched exclusively in relief after Sept. 1, going 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 12 1/3 innings in seven appearances.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun is batting third for the Milwaukee Brewers as they open the Division Series. The veteran outfielder, who hit .346 with five homers over the final seven games of the regular season, is in the lineup behind table-setters Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. A third-place hitter for most of his career, Braun has been hitting lower in the order at times this season, especially with the emergence of power-hitting first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Injured shortstop Dansby Swanson didn’t make the Atlanta Braves’ roster for the National League Division Series. His replacement is Charlie Culberson. The Braves announced their roster Thursday hours before the start of Game 1. Swanson tore a ligament in his left hand against the New York Mets in the next-to-last series of the regular season. Culberson is making his third straight playoff appearance. He helped the Dodgers to the World Series last year.

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets was picked as the pitcher of the year and Oakland closer Blake Treinen was selected as the top reliever. A 15-person panel including broadcaster Bob Costas, former team executive Jim Duquette and ex-player Eduardo Perez chose the winners.

MIAMI (AP) — Three Cuban prospects, including top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, will try out for major league scouts on Friday at Marlins Park. Also participating will be Mesa’s brother, Victor Mesa Jr., and pitcher Sandy Gaston. All teams are invited to attend. The Mesas, both outfielders, were recently declared free agents by Major League Baseball and can be signed by any team.

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