The Latest: LA’s batting practice optional after long Game 3


LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Latest on Game 4 of the World Series (all times local):


2:45 p.m.

After Friday night’s 18-inning game, the Dodgers have shortened batting practice to 30 minutes and made it optional.

Manager Dave Roberts says he is set to go after a short night of sleep.

“We’re in a good mental space right now. I slept a few hours. I’m three cups of coffee deep,” Roberts said. “It’s the World Series. If you can’t get up for this, we have to find something else to do.”

Game 3 was the longest game in World Series history at 7 hours, 20 minutes.


2:15 p.m.

David Freese is leading off for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series.

He will start at first base against the Boston Red Sox.

Max Muncy, whose home run leading off the 18th inning gave the Dodgers a 3-2 victory in Game 3, bats second and plays second base.

Third baseman Justin Turner bats third, followed by shortstop Manny Machado, center fielder Cody Bellinger, right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Chris Taylor, catcher Chris Barnes and pitcher Rich Hill.

The Red Sox are tweaking their lineup against left-hander Hill.

Mookie Betts is hitting leadoff and playing center field.

Andrew Benintendi bats second and plays left field, with shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropping to fifth in the batting order.

Steve Pearce starts at first base and hits third after entering Game 3 as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning.

Right fielder J.D. Martinez bats fourth, followed by Bogaerts and third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who pinch hit in the 10th inning in Game 3.

Second baseman Brock Holt bats seventh, followed by catcher Christian Vasquez and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.


1:45 p.m.

Rich Hill is starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series after all.

The left-hander was originally announced as the starter, but on Saturday morning the team backed off on him and said its starter was to be announced.

The Dodgers confirmed Hill on their Twitter account after the Red Sox said lefty Eduardo Rodriguez would be their starter.

Hill is well-rested, unlike most of the Dodgers’ staff. Los Angeles used nine pitchers to eke out a 3-2 victory in Game 3, which lasted a record 7 hours, 20 minutes.

The Dodgers trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series.


1:20 p.m.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start Game 4 for the Boston Red Sox against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

The Red Sox announced the decision on Twitter about four hours before Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have yet to confirm their starter.

Boston leads the best-of-seven Series 2-1.

The Dodgers won 3-2 early Saturday after Max Muncy’s homer leading off the 18th inning ended the longest game in Series history at 7 hours, 20 minutes.

Rodriguez returns after throwing just six pitches in striking out Joc Pederson for the final out of the fifth inning Friday.

Rodriguez was 13-5 with a 3.82 ERA and 146 strikeouts in the regular season. He made 27 appearances, with 23 starts.


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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, and manager Dave Roberts talk during batting practice before Game 3 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)