LEADING OFF: Dodgers-Brewers in postseason rematch

The Dodgers and Brewers begin a four-game set between NL division leaders in Milwaukee

A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday:

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NATIONAL POWERS

The Dodgers and Brewers begin a four-game set between NL division leaders in Milwaukee. Los Angeles swept the Brewers in a first-round postseason series last year en route to a World Series title and also knocked out Milwaukee in the 2018 NL Championship Series. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer (3-0, 2.53) will start the opener for the Dodgers against Eric Lauer (0-0, 0.00).

WELCOME BACK

Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan is set for his first regular season appearance after making his big league debut during last year’s postseason. Among the top prospects in Tampa Bay’s loaded farm system, McClanahan will start against Oakland a day after his 24th birthday. He allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 relief innings in the 2020 playoffs for the AL champions. Prior to that, he’d made just four starts above Class A.

TAKE TWO

The Tigers and White Sox are slated for a straight doubleheader after their game Wednesday night was postponed by rain. Detroit right-hander Casey Mize and Chicago left-hander Carlos Rodón were pushed back to pitch in the first game Thursday while left-hander Matthew Boyd and right-hander Dylan Cease will start in the second game.

FRESH START

Martín Pérez tries to keep up an unexpected trend — dominant starting pitching from the Red Sox. Garrett Richards pitched seven scoreless innings against the Mets on Tuesday, and Nick Pivetta followed with five scoreless to start against New York on Wednesday. Boston’s starting pitchers have a 4.09 ERA this season, way down from their 5.34 mark in 2020, which was third worst in the AL.

Pérez (0-1, 5.71) is scheduled to face the Rangers — his old club — in the opener of a four-game series. Texas right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-0, 2.30) has allowed one earned run or fewer in his past four starts.

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