Dodgers roll into NLCS with sweep of rival Padres

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a division-series sweep of NL West rival San Diego with a 12-3 victory Thursday night, setting up an NLCS showdown against the only other unbeaten team this postseason, the Atlanta Braves.

The two best teams in the National League will square off in a seven-game series starting Monday. The ALCS, featuring Houston and the winner of New York and Tampa Bay’s ALDS Game 5, will begin Sunday.

“We obviously feel really confident about our club, [but] we’ve still got a lot to work to do though,” A.J. Pollock said. “We did what we wanted to do, we did what we’re supposed to do. We’re going to celebrate that, but we expected it.”

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