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Giants turn to ex-Dodger in MLB NLDS Game 3

LOS ANGELES: Alex Wood is coming home to start Game 3 of the NL Division Series at Dodger Stadium. For the Giants.

The ex-Dodgers pitcher gets the ball Monday (Tuesday in Manila) against Los Angeles ace Max Scherzer with the best-of-five series tied at a game apiece.

Wood was a key member of the Dodgers’ bullpen in their run to the World Series championship last year after rejoining the team on a one-year deal.

“I don’t think we won the World Series last year without him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday.

Wood became a free agent after the season and was eager to become a starter again. In January, he signed with the rival Giants.

Wood was 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 26 regular-season starts. In three outings against his former team, the left-hander had a pair of 1-0 losses and a no-decision. He pitched six innings in each of the first two outings, allowing two runs and four runs. In his third outing, he was tagged for three runs.

With so much familiarity between the Dodgers and Wood, Roberts said any edge comes down to the day.

“That’s what’s going to be fun, to see how it goes,” the manager said. “Is he going to go fastball to get ahead or is he going to throw a curveball to steal a strike? In an even count is he going fastball to trick us or is he going to go with his strength, the changeup? Ultimately, it just comes down to execution.”

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