Los Angeles Times

Dodgers hope for third try at a championship

PHOENIX - Manager Dave Roberts does not hesitate when posed the question. After two heartbreaks, after two chances to win the Los Angeles Dodgers' first World Series since 1988, what makes him believe this year's iteration will end its season in celebration?

"We're a better ballclub than we were last year," Roberts asserts.

History is not on the Dodgers' side. They are vying to become the first National League club to advance to the World Series three straight seasons since the St. Louis Cardinals accomplished the feat in 1942, 1943 and 1944. And they are attempting to become the first team to win

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