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MLB roundup: Dodgers' Kershaw to start Game 4

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Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the National League Division Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night against the Atlanta Braves.

It was a surprise move considering Ricky Nolasco was the scheduled starter as of Sunday night.

Kershaw won Game 1 of the series but he has never pitched a major-league game on just three days of rest. He had 12 strikeouts over seven innings in a 1-0 win in the opener.

Kershaw is opposed by veteran right-hander Freddie Garcia, a late-season pickup for the Braves.

Kershaw led the majors with a 1.83 ERA in the regular season.

The Dodgers lead the best-of-5 series 2-1.

---Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price apologized a day after venting his frustration over Saturday's loss to the Boston Red Sox via Twitter.

Price, who referred to his critics as "nerds" in a tweet, sent out another tweet Sunday apologizing for the insult.

"Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here...if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so...#thatsnotme," he wrote.

---Major League Baseball is investigating comments Los Angeles Dodgers minority owner Magic Johnson made last week about pending free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, ESPN reported.

Teams are not allowed to comment on other teams' pending free agents or they can be fined for tampering.

Cano, still a New York Yankee, is eligible to file for free agency after the World Series is over.

Without naming him directly, Johnson implied the Dodgers will not pursue Cano.

"Though I can't talk about it, that other guy in New York is going to get paid," Johnson said. "Not by us, but he's going to get paid."

--The Chicago Cubs reportedly will try to outbid the New York Yankees for the services of Joe Girardi, but in the meantime, they plan to interview former Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta, CSNChicago.com reported.

The Chicago Tribune reported the Cubs are "willing to top whatever offer" Girardi gets from the Yankees.

Girardi is under contract with the Yankees until November 1, and the Yankees have not granted him permission to speak to teams before then.

---The Houston Astros named Brent Strom as their new pitching coach, MLB.com reported.

Strom replaces Doug Brocal, who was moved to a different role within the organization.

Strom, 64, was a minor-league pitching instructor in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Before that he was the Kansas City Royals' pitching coach in 2000 and 2001.
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