Chicago White Sox

Dave Roberts to Dodgers: Please don't talk to ESPN while playing the game

On the day after third baseman Justin Turner did an in-game ESPN interview while playing third base , Dodgers manager Roberts said he does not want his players to do any more.

Although television networks have encouraged putting microphones on players as a way to popularize and humanize them, Roberts said he is "not a fan" of such interviews during postseason games.

But the concept drew widespread criticism Thursday, when three balls were hit to Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano during the inning he wore a microphone.

Roberts started right-handed-hitting AJ Pollock in left field and Will Smith at designated hitter, while the left-handed-hitting Pederson, who has made a living crushing right-handers, was on the bench.

Pederson, who will be a free agent after the postseason, is the architect of several huge October moments, but he had his worst season in 2020, batting .190 with a .681 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, both career lows, and seven homers and 16 RBIs in 43 games.

Braun, a Granada Hills High product, was replaced in the lineup by Ryon Healy, who spent most of the season at the team’s alternate training site in Appleton, Wis., and had only seven at-bats for the Brewers but was in the cleanup spot for Game 2.

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