On the day he turned 44, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts received a bevy of presents, all of them unwanted.
One of his starting pitchers, Alex Wood, reported a bout of elbow soreness that forced him onto the disabled list. Kenta Maeda dealt with residual swelling in his pitching hand, which rendered his start on Thursday in doubt. Yasiel Puig felt soreness in his left hamstring and was scratched just before the game started.
Oh, and as a bonus? His team faced Jake Arrieta, Chicago’s right-handed answer to Clayton Kershaw, and Arrieta blanked the Dodgers for seven innings.
Yet Roberts’ players found a way to present him with a gift, scratching out a 5-0 victory...