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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Braves-Dodgers: Managers key in Game 3

By David Schoenfield

Of the past 15 Division Series that were tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner won the series 14 times, so you can understand the importance of Sunday night's Braves-Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Interestingly, the matchup between Julio Teheran and Hyun-jin Ryu is just the 11th between rookie starters in postseason history.

Even more interesting may be the strategies that managers Fredi Gonzalez and Don Mattingly employ in what should be another tense, close game. Both skippers made several questionable moves in Game 2, topped by Mattingly intentionally walking Reed Johnson with two outs to load the bases for Jason Heyward, who singled in two critical runs.

Here are some strategic elements to potentially watch for in this game: