Julio Urias

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts encouraged by Julio Urias' return

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts encouraged by Julio Urias' return

The ninth inning at Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon did not feature drama. The Dodgers were leading 17-4. A win was cinched. It was about getting three outs to put the St. Louis Cardinals on the brink of a sweep in a heated playoff race. But the man tasked to secure those three outs added a layer of intrigue, and emerged with an outing the Dodgers were pleased to witness.

Pitching in his first major league game since May 2017, Julio Urias threw 12 pitches, nine for strikes, to retire the Cardinals in order. He struck out one batter. His fastball averaged 93 mph. His surgically repaired shoulder did not hinder him. Manager Dave Roberts liked what...

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