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Bellinger leading off for LA in Game 5

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger is leading off for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday, hours after his game-winning single pulled Los Angeles into a 2-all tie with Milwaukee in the best-of-seven series.

Bellinger singled home the winning run with two outs in the 13th inning of a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that lasted more than five hours. The Dodgers primarily have been using Chris Taylor in the leadoff spot.

Manager Dave Roberts said he made the change to "shake things up" and because he likes Bellinger's at-bats against Brewers left-handed starter Wade Miley.


Down 2-1, Astros turn to rested Morton

HOUSTON -- Like staff mate Dallas Keuchel but to an even greater extent, Houston right-hander Charlie Morton has been more observer than participant in recent weeks because of the Astros' success combined with off days that are part of the annual postseason schedule.

When Morton starts Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park with the Astros trailing 2-1 in the series, it will be his first appearance since Sept. 30.


Astros cleared by MLB in photo incident

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on an MLB investigation of an Astros employee seen taking photos or video near Cleveland's dugout (all times local):

3:50 p.m.


Machado called 'dirty player' by Yelich

LOS ANGELES (AP) Manny Machado has stepped into trouble again, causing at least one opponent to call him "a dirty player."

Both benches cleared after the Los Angeles Dodgers' star shortstop clipped the back leg of Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar while running out his groundout Tuesday night in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.


Bellinger lifts Dodgers in 13, NLCS tied

LOS ANGELES (AP) By the time Manny Machado rounded third base, the Los Angeles Dodgers had already started streaming out of the dugout.

After more than five hours of tension-filled baseball, they were certainly eager to celebrate.


Red Sox uncertain when Sale will pitch

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Sale is back with the Boston Red Sox and says he feels well enough to pitch. Whether he'll start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series remains to be seen.

Sale returned to the team Tuesday in Houston after being hospitalized for a stomach illness. The club hasn't specified the ailment or treatment, though manager Alex Cora said it was nothing serious.


Kershaw mum on future with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) If Clayton Kershaw is pitching his final games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner isn't saying.

Kershaw can opt out of the last two years and $70 million remaining on his contract after the World Series ends. Dodgers ownership has made it clear the team would like its ace to stay.


Angels opt out of Angel Stadium lease

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels opted out of their Angel Stadium lease with the city of Anaheim on Tuesday, renewing the possibility they could build a stadium somewhere near their longtime Orange County home.

The team and the city will negotiate on a new deal to keep the Angels in the fourth-oldest ballpark in the major leagues. The Angels also will renew their explorations of the feasibility of building a stadium elsewhere in Southern California.


Marlins to remove home run sculpture

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins' home run sculpture is outta here.

The team won county permission Tuesday to move the kitschy, widely disliked Red Grooms sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside the ballpark. The vote was a victory for Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, who can now remove from the ballpark one reminder of unpopular previous owner Jeffrey Loria's regime.