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OUT LOUD

"It'll be fun. It's a chance for us to sort of play our October baseball these three games. So we're going to give it everything we've got."

— Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale before Arizona's three-game series with Houston, which is playing for an AL wild-card spot. (Twins like to hear that quote.)

GAME OF NUMBERS

48

Consecutive games Joey Votto of the Reds has reached base, tying a franchise record.

294

Strikeouts for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, most in the majors.

In a groove

Stephen Strasburg

P, Washington

The righthander have up only six hits and struck out seven as the National beat host Atlanta 3-0 on Thursday. In his final four starts of the season, Strasburg was 3-0 with an 0.62 ERA. He struck out 44 in 29 innings. "I learned a lot about myself in this process," said Strasburg, who battled injuries this season. "It's obviously nice to go out with a solid outing. I'm just trying to focus on what I can control."