Dodgers clinch playoff berth

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team in MLB to clinch a playoff berth Wednesday, defeating San Diego, 7-5. This year's playoff field is expanding to 16 teams because of the COVID-19-related schedule changes.

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September 17, 2020 - 9:32 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the pandemic-shortened season, beating the San Diego Padres 7-5 Wednesday behind Dustin May’s gutty effort out of the bullpen and home runs from AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor.

Will Smith drove in three runs for the seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who opened a 3 1/2-game lead in the division by winning two of three in the matchup of the NL’s two best teams.

Mookie Betts tied his career high with three stolen bases, had two hits and scored a run.

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