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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Kenley Jansen gave up Jackie Bradley Jr.’s dramatic tying homer in the eighth inning Friday night Kenny Lofton Jersey , the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ bullpen apparently had failed at a crucial time in another World Series.As it turned out, Game 3 wasn’t even half over.LA’s up-and-down bullpen shook off the disappointment of Bradley’s quiet circling of the bases and provided several hours of redemption in an epic 18-inning affair.The Dodgers’ eight relievers pitched 11 collective innings of five-hit ball in the longest World Series game ever, largely shutting down Boston’s powerhouse offense after rookie starter Walker Buehler dazzled the Red Sox with seven innings of two-hit excellence.“The way that our guys, our pen, got the outs that they needed, they did a heck of a job,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “So you look at tomorrow, after playing 7 hours and 20 minutes, our pen is in pretty good shape.”Jansen still blew his attempt at a six-out save in his third major World Series failure of the past two years. Bradley’s homer set in motion the events that led this game all the way into Saturday.But the Dodgers’ vaunted closer shook it off to pitch a perfect ninth.His successors largely shut down Boston’s powerhouse offense, hanging in while the Dodgers’ bats went 10 innings between runs. After giving up one weird run in the 13th on Scott Alexander’s throwing error, Los Angeles’ relievers eventually yielded just one hit in the final five extra innings.Los Angeles’ bullpen threw 170 pitches — a pittance compared to the Boston bullpen’s 222 pitches, and a possible advantage in Game 4. Most of LA’s bullpen can throw again on Saturday night , since none of the eight relievers threw more than two innings or Kenta Maeda’s 36 pitches.“There’s some guys that we wanted to stay away from today, namely (Ryan) Madson, Julio (Urias),” Roberts said. “But for those guys to give us big outs and pick us up when we needed it, it’s kind of a signature of our ballclub. Had our backs against the wall many times, and for us to persevere, and it wasn’t how we scripted it, but it was a big win for us.”Late in the season during which the “bullpen game” entered baseball’s lexicon and relievers became arguably more important than ever, Boston and Los Angeles set a new postseason record in Game 3 by using a combined 18 pitchers.Both bullpens were outstanding, and both minimized the damage when both teams scored unusual runs in the bizarre 13th inning.Maeda might have produced the biggest single inning from LA’s bullpen in the 15th after Eduardo Nunez singled and Bradley walked. Maeda fielded Christian Vazquez’s bunt and boldly spun and threw to third, forcing out Nunez by inches — and then Maeda struck out Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts to quell the threat.Alex Wood, the starter coming out of the bullpen , got the win by pitching out of trouble in the 18th after Leon drew a leadoff walk. MESA, Ariz. (AP) — So far, all the talk about the Milwaukee Brewers adding a front-line starting pitcher has turned into absolutely nothing.If Chase Anderson and Zach Davies can return to form, they might not need one.Anderson, Davies and Jimmy Nelson were three of Milwaukee’s top pitchers in 2017, but they were spectators for much of the Brewers’ run to the NL Championship Series last year. Anderson was left off the postseason roster after he surrendered an NL-high 30 homers. Davies made just one relief appearance in the playoffs, and Nelson missed the whole season following surgery on his right shoulder.Without Anderson, Davies and Nelson, manager Craig Counsell leaned heavily on his powerful bullpen last October. He might not have to do that as much this year if Anderson’s mechanical adjustments pay off and Davies and Nelson can stay on the field.“It’s exciting, and I think the front office knows that, too,” Davies said. “I think they see that having down years and having injured years last year collectively that everybody comes back healthy and you know Danny Salazar Jersey , Jimmy’s going to start to get into some games and start to feel ready to get back. So I think the front office sees that. I think we see it as a group too that we’re all excited for it.”Anderson and Davies each pitched an inning in Milwaukee’s spring opener Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Anderson yielded a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the first, and Davies retired the side in order in the second.The 31-year-old Anderson had a breakout season in 2017, going 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts. But the right-hander had some trouble with his motion last year and was never able to get on track.His final numbers — a 9-8 record and a 3.93 ERA in 30 starts — weren’t too bad, but Anderson was disappointed. And he turned that disappointment into motivation for this year.“That kind of fueled me in the offseason,” Anderson said. “It’s kind have been my lifespan in baseball. I’ve been the underdog a little bit.”Anderson has made some changes to his delivery, bringing his hands over his head to help keep them moving during his motion. He also is staying on top of the rubber to help his hips stay in the right place.He was a little up on the pitch Bryant drove over the wall in left-center, but felt good about his first day.“I was in the zone. That’s the goal for your first outing is stay in the zone, come out healthy,” he said. “I felt like everything was crisp. The rhythm is starting to get going.”Davies led the Brewers with 17 wins, 33 starts and 191 1/3 innings two years ago. He was hampered by injuries last season and finished with a 2-7 record and a 4.77 ERA in 13 starts.Davies, who turned 26 on Feb. 7, and Anderson are part of a crowded field of candidates for Milwaukee’s rotation. Nelson , Jhoulys Chacin, Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta also are in the mix.However it shakes out, Davies thinks the Brewers will be in good shape.“Innings, health and consistency is really what pitching is, and so I think as a group that’s what all of us focus on,” he said. “You don’t have to be the 300 strikeouts a year or the guy that throws 250 innings but as long as you’re out there and giving the team a chance to win then that’s really all you can ask for.”

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