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Dodgers rookie Julio Urias makes case to Dave Roberts

Dodgers rookie Julio Urias makes case to Dave Roberts

The Dodgers checked off three important boxes in a 9-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, pounding left-handed pitching, regaining the edge they lost since Sunday’s division-clinching victory and keeping their hopes for home-field advantage in the first round alive.

But one significant box, the one indicating who might start Game 4 of the National League division series against the Washington Nationals, remained empty despite Julio Urias’ best effort to claim the spot with three scoreless, one-hit, five-strikeout innings in Petco Park.

“I’m not sure about the start,” Manager Dave Roberts said, when asked if Urias has earned a...

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