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10/8/2015 | Ethier, Wright recall 2006 NLDS matchup

Nine years later, David Wright and Andre Ethier are the lone remnants of the Mets and Dodgers teams that faced off in the 2006 National League Division Series.

10/8/2015 | Past behind him, Kershaw focused on winning

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw knew he'd be hearing his least favorite question on Thursday in the customary press conference for Game 1 starting pitchers. The media found several ways to ask Kershaw about his postseason shortcomings, and he was ready.

10/8/2015 | Dodgers' strong defense overlooked in 2015

The Dodgers, who open their National League Division Series clash with the New York Mets on Friday (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS), are readily associated with their twin aces, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Los Angeles' offense gained increasing respect this year. Less attention tends to be paid to the Dodgers' defense, which provided stability throughout the club's march to the NL West title.

10/8/2015 | Gonzalez ready to go for Dodgers in Game 1

The Dodgers and Mets meet for Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS), and for veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, it's the same game, just with higher stakes. Gonzalez went through his normal routine of hitting this week and after four days off, he said he'll be ready to go.

10/8/2015 | Collins returns to LA with Dodgers roots

For Terry Collins, this National League Division Series opening at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS) is a homecoming. The Mets' manager has some of that Tommy Lasorda blue blood running through his veins, having acquired most of his philosophies and attitudes as a young player and young manager in the Dodgers' system.

10/8/2015 | Bridging gap to Jansen key for Dodgers

The Dodgers have Kenley Jansen as their closer, one of the more consistent stoppers in the game, but bridging the gap between starter and closer has been a question at times this season.

10/8/2015 | Through criticism, Mattingly has LA in position

Don Mattingly has managed the Dodgers into the postseason three consecutive years, something that Hall of Famers Walt Alston, Tom Lasorda, Joe Torre, Leo Durocher, Ned Hanlon and Wilbert Robinson never did. Yet, critics are already speculating that Mattingly's job is on the line if the Dodgers don't reach the World Series this month.

10/8/2015 | Scully to miss playoffs after medical procedure

Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully underwent a recommended medical procedure Thursday morning and will miss the postseason, the club announced.

10/8/2015 | Mattingly: 'No surprises' in Game 1 lineup

Manager Don Mattingly on Thursday wouldn't announce the Dodgers starting lineup for Friday night's National League Division Series opener (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS), but said the players in it -- and out of it -- know what's coming.

10/8/2015 | How they fared: Mets vs. Dodgers in 2015

The Mets posted a winning record against just one of the four other National League postseason teams. That team was the Dodgers, who New York edged, 4-3, in a season series that featured pitching duels, slugfests and a dramatic walk-off finale.

10/8/2015 | Tale of the Tape: Kershaw vs. deGrom

Two of the National League's best pitchers will square off Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (9:30 ET/6:30 PT on TBS) at Dodger Stadium, one making his postseason debut and the other hoping to erase some playoff demons.

10/7/2015 | Statcast previews Mets-Dodgers NLDS

There will obviously be no shortage of aces taking the mound in the National League Division Series matchup between the Dodgers and the Mets that begins Friday (9:30 p.m. ET, TBS).

10/7/2015 | Dodgers' Ellis a trusted, dependable backstop

In front of every successful pitcher crouches a good catcher, a man brimming with wisdom, vision, perspective and the sensitive understanding of human nature normally found in a trained psychologist.

10/7/2015 | Turner: Facing Mets 'doesn't mean a whole lot'

When the Dodgers take on the Mets in the National League Division Series Game 1 on Friday (6:30 p.m. PT, TBS), Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner will get a chance to face his former team on the big stage.

10/7/2015 | Van Slyke out of NLDS; door open for Puig

Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke said he won't be active for the National League Division Series because of an injured right wrist, probably opening a spot for Yasiel Puig.

10/7/2015 | Mets, Dodgers to open NLDS with showdown of aces

A riveting NL Division Series loaded with big names and intrigue opens on Friday night with the Mets sending Jacob deGrom out to engage three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium.

10/7/2015 | Hardworking Kershaw not your average ace

Clayton Kershaw's troubles against the Cardinals in the past two postseasons are an indirect reason why Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is more impressed by Kershaw now than ever.

10/7/2015 | Seager motors from NASCAR country to bigs

Corey Seager comes from deep in the heart of NASCAR country. Kannapolis, N.C., is the hometown of Corey Justin and Kyle Seager. But it's known as the hometown of the racing Earnhardts, a short drive from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

10/6/2015 | Turner surprises first grader with tickets

In the back of an SUV on its way to Solano Avenue Elementary School, Justin Turner sat holding a pair of oversized cardboard Dodgers playoff tickets, like a game show host about to present a winner with a novelty check.

10/6/2015 | Dodgers tab Kershaw for Game 1 start

Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers on Friday, followed by Zack Greinke in Game 2 on Saturday and Brett Anderson in Game 3 on Monday, the club announced Tuesday.

10/6/2015 | Zaidi lauds Mattingly's preparation skills

The Dodgers will put their ticket in the lottery in search of the ultimate prize as they open the National League Division Series against the Mets on Friday. Manager Don Mattingly unnerves fans at times with some of his bullpen decisions and double switches, but accomplished something that no one else in Dodgers history had done: win three straight division titles.

10/6/2015 | Puig, Van Slyke working on return to form

Scott Van Slyke was "not as good" as manager Don Mattingly was hoping for on Tuesday as he works out his injured right wrist, while outfielder Yasiel Puig is still rusty as he returns from a hamstring injury.

10/6/2015 | Mets and Dodgers offer bountiful GIF baskets

The Mets and Dodgers open the National League Division Series on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. As we prepare for this intriguing matchup, which can be seen on TBS, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.

10/6/2015 | Mets-Dodgers full of dream matchups

Individual matchups aren't everything in the postseason crucible, but they do offer a few hints about what might unfold with pulses pounding and so much on the line. As the Dodgers and Mets do their prep work for their National League Division Series opening Friday night at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), reams of numbers will be studied intently. Every conceivable edge looms as a potential game-changer.

10/5/2015 | Zaidi: Mattingly has done a 'great job'

Farhan Zaidi is pleased with Don Mattingly and the Dodgers winning the division in his first year as their general manager, but the expectations are far greater, as he details in a Q&A with

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