Kershaw makes 1st Fenway start in Game 1
Ryu, Buehler to follow Dodgers' ace in playoff rotation
BOSTON -- After Clayton Kershaw starts Game 1 of the World Series for the Dodgers tonight at Fenway Park, manager Dave Roberts said Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 2 on Wednesday night on the road and Walker Buehler will start Game 3 at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
Roberts did not confirm Rich Hill for Game 4, but that's how it sets up, with Kershaw Game 5, Ryu Game 6 and Buehler Game 7, as they did for the National League Championship Series.
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Ryu will be starting two games on the road, which he did in the NLCS while recording an 8.59 ERA. But management would prefer to get two starts from Ryu over Hill, as Ryu finished the season stronger. Hill also is more adaptable to relief should he be needed in Games 6 or 7.
When Kershaw takes the Fenway Park mound, it'll be the first time the 30-year-old will pitch at the 106-year-old ballpark, and it'll also be the first time he faces the Red Sox, regular season or postseason.
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"I don't really think about that stuff," Kershaw said. "I appreciate the history and everything that goes along with Fenway Park. But I came here, I don't know how long ago, 2000-something, and got to at least see it, got to be here, got to appreciate the stadium and things like that."
Kershaw will toe the rubber opposite Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who had to deal with a stomach illness during the American League Championship Series.
At his Monday news conference, Kershaw found another way to say how badly he wants to win a World Series.
"When we go to the postseason six times in a row, it becomes that much more evident that we're very fortunate to be on a great team," he said. "But we're still missing that ring. There's no secret that we want to win."
Machado offers tips
As a former player in the American League East, Manny Machado knows Fenway Park, so it was no surprise the former Baltimore Orioles star spent part of Monday afternoon briefing his teammates on the uniqueness of the stadium, like the Green Monster and the Pesky Pole.
"You guys know this ballpark," a jovial Machado said to media before the workout. "I don't need to let you guys know. I need to let my teammates know."
Machado -- who sports a .278 batting average, a .315 on-base-percentage and is slugging .468 in 49 games at Fenway Park for his career -- has driven in 32 runs and hit eight home runs in Boston, including a 466-foot blast last season.
"The ballpark can have an impact both positively and negatively," Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward said. "From a positive standpoint, there's a certain style of pitchers and certain style of hitters that you would want to use that big wall to your advantage, but on the flipside of that, there are some guys you don't want even to think about that wall. But knowing our hitters, the wall can play to our advantage."
Joc Pederson, who became a father during the NLCS, is looking forward to holding his newborn daughter and hitting at Fenway Park, two more signs his right wrist is fine.
"The wrist is good," he said. "It's all good. Zero limitations."
Pederson, who was struck on the wrist by a 96-mph fastball from Corey Knebel in Game 6 of the NLCS, started in left field and led off Game 7 with a groundout in his only at-bat.
"[Family] is coming out to see me and I'm pretty excited about that," Pederson said. "I've missed them. They weren't in Milwaukee."