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TBLA Monday morning links: Aug. 26, 2019

Happy Monday (and first day of school)!

MLB: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers news ...

The Dodgers dropped the series to the Yankees on Sunday with a 5-1 loss. You can read the TBLA game recap here.

Alden Gonzalez with ESPN talked to Kenley Jansen about where his head is during this rather rough stretch.

Jansen was serenaded by boos as he retreated to the home dugout. Moments later, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was pushing against the idea of a change at closer. The following afternoon, Jansen was lamenting his mindset. The right-hander knows the cutter is no longer untouchable, and he understands the need to incorporate his slider and fastball more frequently -- and yet sometimes he just can’t help himself.

Here’s a story about Cody Bellinger falling in love with baseball at the Little League World Series.

And yet, part of him longs for the good old days. Even now, he gets nostalgic. He cherishes the moments that made him fall in love with the game.

“Back in the day,” he said, “you’re just playing for fun.”

Around the league ...

Louisiana shutout Curacao 8-0 to win the Little League World Series.

Speaking of youth playing baseball, a survey found 3 million more kids are playing softball and baseball this year! wrote about 11 players who turned things around in the second half. Spoiler: a Dodger made the list. Can you guess who?

Aaron Judge promised to hit a home run for a fan during batting practice and he fulfilled this promise! We’re just sorry it had to come against the Dodgers.