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Butler has pushed his team all season

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LOS ANGELES — When the San Francisco Giants arrive in Los Angeles to face a red-hot Dodgers club in the opener of a three-game series Friday Rashaan Evans Jersey , it will not be with a full head of steam.

The Giants are returning to California having barely avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins, needing 16 innings Thursday afternoon in South Florida to do it. There should be exhaustion and jet lag aplenty, especially from Buster Posey, who caught all 16 innings.

Now the Giants will be facing one of baseball’s hottest teams in a Dodgers club that has gone 9-2 in June and has crushed a baseball-best 30 home runs this month.

Back in April, when the Giants and Dodgers seemingly met on a daily basis, things mostly went San Francisco’s way. The Giants took three of four in a series at AT&T Park in late April and won six of the first 10 matchups between the clubs.

The Dodgers struggled with runners in scoring position back then and barely showed any power. And when they did go deep the odds of nobody being on base were high.

That all has changed now, and the two hitters getting the most credit for L.A.’s power revival both have Bay Area ties.

Palo Alto native Joc Pederson has eight home runs this season, seven of which have come in June.

And former Oakland A’s infielder Max Muncy is in the midst of a coming-out party for the Dodgers with 13 home runs, 30 RBIs and a .631 slugging percentage in 46 games. Before the season Lamar Jackson Youth Jersey , Muncy played in 96 major league games and hit five home runs with 17 RBIs and a .321 slugging percentage.

“I try not to think about it, (but) it’s hard not to,” Muncy said, according to mlb.com. “Games are a lot of fun right now. Everyone’s feeling the momentum up and down the lineup.”

Also in a bit of a revival is Cody Bellinger, who had a home run in four consecutive games last week.

The common thread among Pederson, Muncy and Bellinger is that all three bat left-handed and the answer from the Giants will come with lefties Derek Holland (Friday) and Madison Bumgarner (Saturday) starting in the first two games of the series.

Holland (4-6, 4.54 ERA) has helped the Giants toward six victories in his last nine starts. In two starts against the Dodgers this season he is 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA. In three career outings against the Dodgers he is 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA.

“Definitely we don’t feel good when you know going in these are ballgames you should be winning, and we’re not getting (victories) like we should,” the Giants’ Andrew McCutchen said Cheap Billy Price Jersey , according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s not something you take lightly.”

The Dodgers are scheduled to send Ross Stripling (5-1, 1.65) to the mound in the series opener. The right-hander, who threw 7 1/3 no-hit innings in his major league debut at San Francisco in 2016, has won each of his last five starts, posting a 1.15 ERA in that stretch (31 1/3 innings).

MINNEAPOLIS — Eighty-one games boil down to the finale for the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Win and in.

Months of play have led to Wednesday’s final regular-season game between the two teams in Minnesota. Wednesday’s winner will go to the playoffs. The loser will start its offseason. There are different seeding possibilities for the winner in the packed Western Conference standings but a win is the only thing that matters for now.

“I just want to clinch it,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after Monday’s victory against Memphis. “Tonight, Wednesday, whenever it is. Just get it done. We talked about finishing. That’s been our thing. Just finish. And whatever way we have to get there, let’s get there.”

Thibodeau was talking to reporters before Denver had finished its game on Monday night to set up Wednesday’s showdown. The Nuggets came from behind to beat Portland 88-82.

“Our guys stepped up and understood the urgency of the situation Cheap Josh Allen Jersey ,” Denver coach Mike Malone told the team’s website.

Two weeks ago, the season coming down to the final game was unlikely. Minnesota was playing without All-Star Jimmy Butler and fading down the stretch. When the Wolves lost 100-96 at Denver on April 5, it was their final game without Butler and ended a 6-9 stretch.

Minnesota has won the past two games with Butler back in the lineup after knee surgery.

Monday’s win against Portland was the Nuggets’ sixth in a row.

“We’ve got to go to Minnesota,” Denver swingman Will Barton told the team’s website, “and get the job done.”

It will be a different matchup than even six days earlier. Butler didn’t play in that game. Still on a minutes restriction, Butler played 22:58 in Monday’s win and had 15 points, three steals and three assists.

However, forward Taj Gibson left Monday’s game early with a sore neck and is questionable for Wednesday.

“We’ll see,” Thibodeau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune about Gibson’s availability. “Based on what he did today Cheap Da'Ron Payne Jersey , we’ll see how he feel tomorrow. If he’s not (in), we have more than enough. We just need guys to step and get it done.”

Gibson, like Butler, has been a backbone-type player in his first season with the ‘Wolves.

“I hope so,” guard Jamal Crawford told the Star Tribune about Gibson playing. “To be honest, Taj is the heart and soul of our team. Everybody talks about everybody else for good reason, but he’s the guy who’s the rock of our team. Knowing Taj, I would put my money that he plays, I hope.”

The Nuggets got back guard Gary Harris on Monday after he missed 11 games with a knee injury. He had 12 points and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench.

“He didn’t play like a player that missed 25 days Austin Corbett Browns Jersey ,” Malone told the team’s website.

While Minnesota is sitting on a 13-season playoff drought, Gibson knows the intensity that will come Wednesday after having experienced a win-and-in regular-season finale in 2010 with the Bulls. Teammate Derrick Rose also was on that Chicago team.

“We’ve been through this before,” Gibson told the Star Tribune. “It all comes down to knowing your opponent and wanting it even more. Understanding the last game with Denver didn’t sit right with us.”

Butler has pushed his team all season. He has one more in the regular season.

“A win can control our own destiny,” he told the Star Tribune. “We’ve got a game on Wednesday anyway. No matter what, we’re going in there to win.”


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