Posted: Oct 15, 2009 7:34 AM by Associated Press
After a two-day break, baseball's postseason resumes with its final four: Phillies vs. Dodgers and Angels vs. Yankees.
The Dodgers and Phillies are in Los Angeles gearing up for tonight's National League Championship Series opener. Dodgers manager Joe Torre will send 21-year-old Clayton Kershaw to the mound against Cole Hamels, last year's World Series MVP. Kershaw was 8-and-8 this season with Hamels sporting a 10-and-11 mark.
The Phillies knocked off the Dodgers in last year's NLCS before beating Tampa Bay in the World Series. But L.A. had a slight edge during the 2009 regular season, winning four of the seven games between the two teams. The American League Championship Series doesn't get started until tomorrow night.
The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels have been off since Sunday, when both completed three-game sweeps in the first round.