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Turner cautious, skips BP ahead of Game 1

Dodgers' 3rd baseman batting 2nd in World Series opener
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LOS ANGELES -- Not wasting any swings, Dodgers starting third baseman Justin Turner skipped on-field batting practice for a third consecutive day before Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV.

The club has offered no specific injury update for Turner, other than general manager Farhan Zaidi saying he was "banged up" from the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

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LOS ANGELES -- Not wasting any swings, Dodgers starting third baseman Justin Turner skipped on-field batting practice for a third consecutive day before Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV.

The club has offered no specific injury update for Turner, other than general manager Farhan Zaidi saying he was "banged up" from the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

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Turner ran sprints and did agility drills on Monday and took ground balls Tuesday, showing no ill effects except on long throws from behind third base, which bounced.

Playing with aches and pains is nothing new for Turner, who reinvented himself as a premier offensive force after joining the Dodgers in 2014 despite chronic knee issues. On Monday, he said he does most of his work inside, and he had no concern about being healthy enough to play through the World Series.

Roberts reflects
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walked out to the apex of the A in the L.A. logo carved out of the center-field grass at a nearly empty Dodger Stadium at 12:30 p.m. PT Tuesday, 4 1/2 hours prior to the 5 p.m. start of Game 1 of the Fall Classic.

Roberts took a knee and spent nearly five minutes alone in his thoughts before walking back to the dugout and into the clubhouse, about to become the first African-American manager of a Dodgers World Series club, seven months after the death of his father.

Grandal rejoins team
After his wife delivered a healthy "22-inch baby," Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal flew back from Arizona and rejoined the team in time for the World Series. Grandal missed the team's past two workouts to be with his expecting wife.

With a lefty on the mound, Grandal was left out of the lineup, and Austin Barnes was inserted at catcher. Roberts was noncommittal if Grandal will start vs. righties.

"He's ready to go," Roberts said about Grandal. "I don't know, we haven't decided that yet. I'm going to kind of look at each day individually and see who's going to start behind the plate. I know that Austin is starting tonight, and Verlander tomorrow, but we'll deal with tomorrow, tomorrow."

Worth noting
• Of course, we've heard this before, but Roberts said he still doesn't plan on pitching Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 4 on Saturday.

"After today and tomorrow we'll talk, but I just don't see us deviating," said Roberts, who plans to start Alex Wood, as he did in Game 4 of the NLCS, even if the Dodgers trail the series at that point.

"We have four guys we believe in and a 'pen that we trust. So to have him go on short rest right now doesn't seem to make sense. I wouldn't say nothing isn't up to change, but right now, our only thought is to have the four guys go in any circumstance. That is the plan."

• Is Roberts apprehensive about Corey Seager's first slide?

"Yeah -- I think he did it yesterday and passed the test, but that's how he initially injured it, and I think he's apprehensive," Roberts said, as Seager was injured sliding into second base in the clincher of the NL Division Series presented by T-Mobile and missed the NLCS.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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