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    World Series Notebook: Urías, 4-0 In Postseason, Set For G4

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Will Smith rounds the bases after a home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson during the sixth inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Will Smith rounds the bases after a home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson during the sixth inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    In his only other start this postseason, Julio Uras had an 110 lead before taking the mound when the Los Angeles Dodgers blew out the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series.

    ARLINGTON, Texas: In his only other start this postseason, Julio Uras had an 11-0 lead before taking the mound when the Los Angeles Dodgers blew out the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series.

    The left-hander finished that series with three perfect innings, the last two protecting a 4-3 lead in Game 7 and sending LA to the World Series against Tampa Bay.

    Now comes the next start for Uras in Game 4 of the Series on Saturday night. The 24-year-old with four wins in four postseason outings this year will face another lefty who was primarily a starter in the pandemic-shortened regular season but has more postseason appearances out of the bullpen in the Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough.

    Uras has allowed just seven hits and two runs one earned in 16 postseason innings with three walks and 16 strikeouts. His 0.56 ERA leads the club.

    Ive always known the potential Julio has, catcher Austin Barnes said. His demeanor he has, and the temperament. Hes not scared, thats for sure. Hes making big pitches, thrown some big innings.

    The strong Game 7 showing came with closer Kenley Jansen watching from the bullpen, a move manager Dave Roberts never had to make. Uras needed 39 pitches and no strikeouts to finish off Atlanta.

    Uras also pitched three scoreless innings in his first postseason outing, a 4-2 win over Milwaukee. The next two were five innings apiece, including the 15-3 win over Atlanta when the lefty gave up his only earned run of the postseason.

    Its the notion of going out there and thinking more like a starter, Uras, who had 10 starts in 11 regular-season outings, said through an interpreter. But I have experience now in both situations. I like starting. I like being in the bullpen. Im just happy to have the opportunity and Im ready for tomorrow.

    Nine of Yarbrough’s 11 regular-season outings were starts, and he won his only postseason start in Game 3 of the ALCS against Houston on Oct. 13. Yarbrough threw 19 pitches out of the bullpen in Game 1 of the World Series.

    Im going to throw until they take the ball out of my hands, Yarbrough said. I havent done it recently, the last week or so. But I dont think thats going to be a factor.

    NO GOLD GLOVE FOR KK

    Kevin Kiermaier knew the questions were coming, and had plenty of time to think about toning down his answers.

    The Tampa Bay center fielder still didn’t hold back much when asked about not being among the three finalists for the American League Gold Glove at his position. He’s a three-time winner, most recently last season.

    I was disappointed, he said. I was upset. I feel like what I did defensively was underappreciated this year. I wasnt flawless by any means, but I thought I was darn good out there. Im not going to lose any sleep over it, but Id be lying if I said I wasnt upset about it.

    The AL finalists are Minnesota’s Byron Buxton, the 2017 winner, Oakland’s Rmon Laureano and Chicago White Sox rookie Luis Robert.

    Not even being a nominee for top three, thats where I had to scratch my head a few times and think it over, Kiermaier said.

    Kiermaier said he found out about not being among the finalists on Twitter during the off day, and said several times he had more immediate issues at hand at the World Series.

    But next year youll definitely be hearing words from me that once again I have to prove to everyone out there who the best defensive center fielder in the major leagues is, Kiermaier said. Im going to work my butt off this offseason and display that next season to remind everyone of just that.

    His manager won’t be among those waiting for a reminder.

    As far as Im concerned, he’s the best defensive player on whatever field hes on, Kevin Cash said. Those guys are really good. I saw the list of everybody. I just think KK, you know, there should be a bigger award, a higher award. He’d probably get that one.

    FOUR ACROSS

    Cash had four outfielders a few times in the first few games, including when Will Smith hit it over all of them for a solo homer to left field off reliever Nick Anderson in Game 2.

    It’s a combination of what the hitter does and what our pitchers are capable of doing, Cash said. And there’s enough information that we trust that more times than not, this guy’s going to hit the ball in the air off a specific pitcher.

    Cash also described the approach as another version of no-doubles defense, trying to cover the gaps.

    They’re just playing the numbers, Smith said. My approach doesn’t really change when that happens. I’m still trying to get a pitch I can drive. In certain situations, might try to hit more of a groundball.

    HOMETOWN FEEL

    With the Rays taking over as home team in Game 3 of the neutral-site series at the home of the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay director of game presentation and production Michael Weinman sent content to the Rangers for the video boards.

    Games 3-4-5 were to have a Rays home game feel, and Weinman was to be on a headset during the game with the Rangers production team to help schedule Tampa Bays normal home game features.

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