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ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Taylor Jersey , the Atlanta Braves are throwing a changeup.Trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 in their best-of-five NL Division Series, the Braves will start left-hander Sean Newcomb in Game 3 on Sunday night rather than Kevin Gausman. Newcomb nearly pitched a no-hitter against Los Angeles in July, and the Dodgers have beaten right-handers in the first two games of the series.“We need to win,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said Saturday. “And not that Gausman doesn’t give us that opportunity. We like how Newcomb matches up with them and the success that he’s had against the Dodgers this year.”Snitker said he discussed the switch with general manager Alex Anthopoulos on the flight home after Atlanta’s 3-0 loss Friday. They agreed to the move Saturday afternoon.“Snit came up and talked to me on the plane before we took off, let me know that that was a possibility, so kind of get my mind right before I kind of went to bed,” Newcomb said. “So I kind of had a forewarning. But excited, ready to go.”Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is scheduled to start for the Dodgers. He allowed one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday during a 5-2 win over Colorado in the NL West tiebreaker and finished 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA.Atlanta has been outscored 9-0 in the first two games of the series, and the Dodgers have scored all their runs on four homers off Braves right-handers.The 25-year-old Newcomb threw a career-high 134 pitches when he went 8 2/3 innings against Los Angeles in a 4-1 win on July 29 in Atlanta. Chris Taylor singled to left field on a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth for the Dodgers’ first hit.Newcomb was 12-9 with a 3.90 ERA in his first full big league season, but had a 5.68 ERA in 10 late-season starts after the near no-hitter. He tossed two scoreless innings Thursday in relief of Game 1 starter Mike Foltynewicz.Gausman went 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts for the Braves after he was acquired from Baltimore. He and every Atlanta pitcher other than Foltynewicz will be available out of the bullpen.“We’re going to let Newcomb get the thing off the ground,” Snitker explained. “And I talked to Kevin, and he was like, ‘Whatever we gotta do.'”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts doesn’t think his hitters will be surprised by Newcomb’s stuff the way they were when they faced him for the first time and his fastball was dazzling.“Obviously, their backs are against the wall http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , and they feel it’s the best chance to give them a chance to win (Sunday). So, he’s had success against us,” Roberts said. “I just think (the near no-hitter) was one of those things that you just don’t know a pitcher and you really don’t know the life that it might have, and so it kind of snuck up on us.”Newcomb hopes to build off the success he’s already had against Los Angeles.“Yeah, definitely going to use that to my advantage,” he said. “And they can use that to their advantage, too, because they’ve seen me throw a lot of pitches. So, it’s going to go both ways. Go out there and use my strengths and attack them.”Atlanta has managed just nine hits in the series, and only two runners have reached third base.Snitker hopes the return home from Los Angeles will wake up his team’s bats.He said he might move switch-hitting second baseman Ozzie Albies up to No. 2 in the lineup. But the manager is not anticipating any changes to his starting eight with the Braves on the brink of elimination.“I think in this situation, we’ve got to be aggressive,” he said. “We’ve got to take the safety off and start firing.” MIAMI (AP) — Cody Reed is enjoying his starter’s role.After spending the majority of his three-year career in the bullpen, Reed joined the Cincinnati Reds rotation last month, and on Thursday night the left-hander won his first decision as a starter.Reed pitched six shutout innings and Scooter Gennett homered and doubled to lead the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.“I was happy I got the first but the team got the win http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-ross-stripling-jersey , that’s the most important thing,” Reed said. “I feel good.”Reed (1-2) scattered five hits and struck out six and extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings.“I was just throwing the ball over the plate,” Reed said. “Getting those quick outs and getting the team off the field and back swinging the sticks was good.”Gennett’s two-run home run in the seventh gave Cincinnati a 4-0 lead. Gennett’s blast off Miami reliever Elieser Hernandez landed in the upper deck in right field and was his 23rd homer.“I knew I got that one,” Gennett said.The Marlins threatened in the sixth as Starlin Castro and J.T. Realmuto singled, but Reed retired Peter O’Brien on a double-play grounder and Austin Dean on a fly to center.“He could be a real weapon for us as we face our division where none of those left-handed hitters sit,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said of Reed. “We talk about it all the time. In our own division, we have to find somebody to get those left-handed hitters out and we’re hoping he can be one of the guys that can do it.”Realmuto’s two-out RBI double off reliever Jared Hughes cut Cincinnati’s lead to 4-1. Raisel Iglesias inherited Realmuto and allowed a run-scoring single by O’Brien before retiring pinch hitter Derek Dietrich on a fly to center.“Everybody went up there and tried to compete,” Castro said. “There is nothing more important than coming in here and try to finish strong.”Iglesias walked two in the ninth before Gennett made a diving stop on a hard grounder by Miguel Rojas and threw him out at first for the final out. Iglesias earned his 29th save in 33 opportunities.“I was just trying to get to the clubhouse and shower, quickest way to do it,” Gennett said of his game ending play. “I was kind of playing more straight up rather than pull. If I was, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get to it.”The Reds struck early on Gennett’s two-run double off Miami starter Jeff Brigham in the third. Gennett drove in Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler, who had reached on walks.Brigham (0-3) allowed two runs, three hits, four walks and struck out six in his third major league start since being promoted from Triple A New Orleans on Sept. 1“I think I learned a lot again in this start Yasmani Grandal Jersey ,” Brigham said. “Every start is a step forward.”REALMUTO VOTED TEAM MVP:Realmuto, the Marlins’ leader in home runs, runs batted in and OPS, has been selected the team’s Most Valuable Player in a vote by the South Florida chapter of the Baseball Writers Association. 3B-RF Brian Anderson won the Rookie of the Year award. . The Marlins named OF Austin Dean the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year and Nick Neidert Pitcher of the Year. A September call-up, Dean hit .345, 12 home runs and had 68 RBI, in stops at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. Neidert, acquired from Seattle for Dee Gordon in the offseason, finished 12-7 with a 3.26 ERA at Double A Jacksonville.FAMILIAR LINEUPS AHEAD:The Reds just completed three series against playoff contending teams but Riggleman said he will continue using offensive leaders Gennet, Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Jose Peraza now that the club will play Miami and Kansas City, last in their respective divisions. “I don’t anticipate looking at too many different lineups,” Riggleman said. “I’ve been using them as I have to this point.”TRAINER’S ROOM:Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle, bothered by right shoulder fatigue http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-joc-pederson-jersey , will miss his next scheduled start on Sunday and Riggleman is uncertain if he will pitch again this season. “If I had an update as to when he will pitch in a game, I will say so,” Riggleman said. “We don’t even know if he will pitch in a game between now and the end of the year. He feels fine but we’re just going to make a determination – do we want to do it in a controlled simulated situation or putting him a game for two innings?”UP NEXT:Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (10-12, 4.52), a former Marlins prospect, will start the second game of the series Friday. Castillo, acquired for RHP Dan Straily before the 2017 season, pitched eight innings, allowed one run and three hits and got the victory in his other previous start against his former team on July 30, 2017.Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (6-11, 4.93) will attempt to continue his home success on Friday. Chen has a 1.77 ERA in 12 home starts while his road ERA in 12 starts balloons to 9.29.

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