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Dodgers have a date, possibly with destiny — it's Sept. 24
Dodgers have a date, possibly with destiny — it's Sept. 24

You can circle the date now — Sept. 24, a week from Wednesday. No heroics required. Keeping pace in the standings will be just fine. If the Dodgers simply pick up a half-game over the next nine days, they can clinch the National League West on Sept. 24 — at Dodger Stadium, against the Giants, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Yeah, that would work. On Sunday, the Dodgers extended their lead over the Giants to three games, with 13 to play. None of the Dodgers would go so far as to call the race over, at least not publicly. "Still too close," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. "Only an idiot would say that it's over." On Friday, the Dodgers lost...

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