Clayton Kershaw has been one of the best pitchers in the major leagues in 2020, unearthing previously lost velocity and sharpening his stuff to post a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts, while Walker Buehler got off to a slow start before a blister landed him on the injured list twice. But Buehler, not Kershaw, will start Game 1 of the wild-card round against a to-be-determined opponent Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts announced Sunday morning.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers are on the verge of beginning a postseason run that they hopes ends with a World Series title, the L.A. Lakers are deep into their playoff run and back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. The Lakers eliminated the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night, with their win coincidentally coming not long before yet another Dodger Stadium power outage.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke will not return in 2021, the team said before its final game on Sunday, ending his tenure as a one-year, shotgun stopgap for a pandemic-shortened season with a last-place finish in the AL East. Hired on the eve of spring training after Alex Cora was caught cheating during his time in Houston, Roenicke took over a roster that would soon shed 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price, who were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom also commended Roenicke for navigating the coronavirus shutdown and for holding the team together when racial protests interrupted the season.