Freddie Freeman

Dodgers' Kenta Maeda pitches seven scoreless innings in win over Braves

Dodgers' Kenta Maeda pitches seven scoreless innings in win over Braves

Years ago, Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda trained with Yu Darvish. When Maeda became an All-Star in Nippon Professional Baseball, Darvish invited him to dinner. Over time, Maeda was able to pick the brain of Japan’s most celebrated pitcher.

Yet on Monday, when the Dodgers acquired Darvish from the Texas Rangers, Maeda served as one of the potential casualties. With Darvish in the fold, Maeda has been effectively squeezed out of the playoff rotation — if Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood and Rich Hill are all sound by October.

The reality did not hamper Maeda in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on...

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