Dodgers ace Kershaw set to return Friday in Miami

Jose De Leon struck out nine while winning his major league debut, Yasmani Grandal and Yasiel Puig homered, and Los Angeles increased its lead to three games over the Giants, who lost to the Cubs.

Christmas has been rescheduled for Friday.

"You're going to make me cry", he said when asked to explain the ritual. "It's been a long time coming".

Two veteran hitters and a rookie pitcher combined to extend the Los Angeles Dodgers' lead in the National League West on Sunday. They have no plans to start Ross. De Leon's nine strikeouts are the second most by a Los Angeles Dodgers rookie in his debut; Pedro Astacio in 1992 and Kazuhisa Ishii in 2002 each had 10. "Everybody in that clubhouse is excited".

Clayton Kershaw's long-awaited return is finally nearly over.

He is certainly over watching baseball.

That's definitely encouraging. Assuming Kershaw gets through Sunday without a setback, it's expected he'll prepare to throw again on Wednesday or Thursday.

"I didn't really learn anything other than it's not fun to not play".

Then Puig hit his eighth homer when he sent left-hander Friedrich's 88 miles per hour fastball into the Dodgers' bullpen down the left-field line.

Kershaw was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA before getting injured in late June. "Just to see that youthful enthusiasm that we've seen from a lot of our guys this year is pretty cool". That's different - with (Chris) Withrow, (Shawn) Tolleson and Brett (Anderson). "I look forward to staying in the rotation".

Kershaw, who has been out with discomfort associated with a herniated disc in his back, told reporters he would pitch again in four or five days. He has a 3.68 ERA in 22 innings in those four starts, with 20 strikeouts and three walks. They can afford to be patient with Kershaw in September, and not rush him back and risk a setback.

"We'll find out Friday", he said. His return, on the heels of Rich Hill's second scoreless start, gives the Dodgers even more reason to feel good about their immediate future.

Left-hander Brett Anderson's rehab appearance in the same game as Kershaw did not go almost as well.

The Dodgers entered Sunday with a 16-19 record against left-handed starters and a major league-worst.637 OPS against all left-handed pitchers. The team said that Shoemaker suffered a laceration to the right side of his head. But McCarthy walked 15 batters and hit two more in just 81/3 innings over his final three starts.

"I'm happy for him", said Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, who also caught De Leon at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year.

Mets 3, Nationals 1: Robert Gsellman (2-1) pitched out of trouble for six innings, and NY moved within one game of St. Louis for the final N.L. playoff berth. They will start four in a row - De Leon, Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart - in the middle of a pennant race this week.

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