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MLB Roundup 10/20: Dodgers to the World Series; Ron Gardenhire hired in Detroit

Half the World Series has been decided

League Championship Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - Game Five Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Dodgers win NLCS, advance to first World Series since 1988

While the Yankees are looking to finish off the Astros in the ALCS on Friday night, the Dodgers have already taken care of business on Thursday with a huge 11-1 victory over the Cubs. That game was led by Enrique Hernandez, who smoked three homers and knocked in seven runs en route to the win. That gave Los Angeles their fourth win of the series and their first World Series berth in almost 30 years. The Dodgers, of course, have been one of the top teams in the league for years now, but this is their first time making it over the ultimate hump. It’s fortunate for Boston that they’re in the National League, because it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon. It’s easy to imagine a number of Dodgers-Cubs NLCS’s in the near-future.

Ron Gardenhire reportedly hired by the Tigers

This is big news for the Red Sox, who had just recently interviewed the former Twins manager for their own opening. The Tigers were having their own search, though, and they pulled the trigger on hiring the veteran manager. Many of us around these parts were nervous that the Red Sox may actually go through with a hiring of Gardenhire, who for all we know is a fine manager but one that doesn’t appear to represent much of a change from John Farrell. That leaves the Red Sox down to two candidates that we know of between Alex Cora and Brad Ausmus. Of course, all signs are still pointing towards the former.