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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles confronts the National Leagues most potent offense without the major leagues best pitcher Friday night when the Dodgers begin a three-game series at home against the Colorado Rockies. Cheap Air Jordan 13 Shoes .Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, scheduled to start Friday, instead went on the disabled list with a herniated disk. Kershaw, who lost his last start Sunday in Pittsburgh, complained of back stiffness after the game. The Dodgers on Wednesday flew him back to Los Angeles, where he received an epidural Thursday after consulting with a back specialist.Kershaw was making a serious case for his fourth Cy Young Award in six years. Kershaw led the majors with a 1.79 ERA, ranked second with 145 strikeouts, allowed opponents to bat .185 against him and conceded only six home runs and nine walks in 121 innings.To lose Clayton for any length of time is a big blow, but I think our guys have made a point that were going to move forward and were going to go out there and keep winning baseball games, manager Dave Roberts said. We did that (Thursday, an 8-1 victory in Milwaukee) and thats our goal tomorrow.The Dodgers filled Kershaws spot in the rotation by acquiring right-hander Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves for two minor leaguers in a five-player trade Thursday. He will start Friday night. Norris is 3-7 with a 4.22 ERA this season but in his past 29 1/3 innings, the eight-year veteran amassed 29 strikeouts while conceding only seven runs and eight walks.Obviously, where were at with starting pitching and Buds been pitching well -- I had him in San Diego for a bit -- hes really thrown well, Roberts said. For them to give us a guy that can go deep into a game, can eat innings and get guys out, was huge. Were excited about it.Said Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal: Obviously, it takes a toll when you lose your No. 1 guy, especially a guy like Kershaw whos a presence not only in the clubhouse, but out on the field I felt like Bud Norris did a pretty good job against us this year when he pitched against us.I feel like he can be another addition, not only as a starter, but maybe once we get all the guys back, he can help us out in the pen, too. I feel like hes going to fit really good in this staff and on this team. But, its always hard to lose your No. 1 guy.Kershaw or no Kershaw, Los Angeles must defuse the Rockies volatile offense. Colorado leads the National League with a .276 team batting average, a .469 on-base percentage, 418 runs and 402 RBI. The Rockies also hold third in the NL with 104 home runs.Those exploits helped move Colorado within four games of the New York Mets, who hold the second wild-card spot, and within 5 1/2 of the second-place Dodgers in the National League West.Right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who leads the Rockies with a .329 average, views the six-game road trip starting Friday night as pivotal in narrowing the distance between themselves and both the Dodgers and the first-place San Francisco Giants.This road trip is going to be huge for us, Gonzalez said. Were going to play the two teams ahead of us. Weve got to gain ground, and we all understand that were going to be facing some tough pitchers. Weve just got to continue to put some runs on the board, and expect better outings from the pitchers to give us an opportunity to win.Gonzalez ranks fourth in the National League in batting average, with second baseman DJ LeMahieu three points behind him in fifth place, and third with 98 hits. Third baseman Nolan Arenado has driven in a league-leading 65 runs while hitting 21 home runs.Rookie shortstop Trevor Story provides stability after the Rockies traded All-Star Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto last year. Storys 19 homers and 50 RBI lead all major league rookies.Story and LeMahieu missed two of the past three games because of a bruised right finger and a bruised left knee, respectively. After Thursdays off day, both are expected to be in the Rockies lineup Friday night.The Dodgers also have serious injury problems outside of Kershaw, whose absence further depletes a staff that has five other starting pitchers on the disabled list. An inflamed left rib cage put utilityman Enrique Hernandez on the disabled list Thursday. Outfielder Joc Pederson, an All-Star last year, could join them after injuring the AC joint in his right shoulder by crashing into the outfield wall at Milwaukees Miller Park on Tuesday. Pedersons 13 home runs rank second on the club. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledged Saturday that the results of Novembers U.S. presidential election could weigh heavily on his citys chances of hosting the 2024 Olympics, saying that a victory by Donald Trump could turn off IOC voters.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Garcetti also said Los Angeles could offer the last best hope for the United States to host the Summer Olympics again before the American people begin tuning out from the games.Garcetti, a 45-year-old Democrat and supporter of Hillary Clinton, is in Brazil to observe the Rio de Janeiro Games and pitch his citys bid to members of the International Olympic Committee. One of the main topics of conversation with IOC delegates has been the U.S. election -- and the prospects of a Trump presidency.I think for some of the IOC members they would say, `Wait a second, can we go to a country like that, where weve heard things that we take offense to? Garcetti said. But I think that gives us even more urgency globally, where we can say, `This is something that is a different strength maybe than the things that youve heard or the things you believe. I think we continue no matter what the outcome of the election is.A new U.S. president will be in office when the IOC selects the 2024 host city in September 2017. Los Angeles, which hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984, is competing with Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary.Everything that were going through right now in the United States politically, I dont want us to be a country that turns into itself, said Garcetti, who spoke at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last month. I think we have to look outward to the world.The IOCs 98 members come from all over the world, and Trumps comments on Mexicans, Muslims and other issues wont encourage them to vote for a U.S. city.They wonder, `Is America going to take this strange turn? Garcetti said. Were there to be an election result that is less international, more inward focused, maybe theres even greater urgency to a bid like this.But even if that doesnt happen, even the threat of that, the talk of that, the idea that we exclude people based on who they are at our borders, gives us urgency to having things like the Olympics underscore who we are and what were about.Los Angeles bid chairman Casey Wasserman said the city will continue to push the bid on its own technical merits.I dont think you can judge a country by who runs for president, he said. I think you should judge a country on who is the president and their beliefs and their policies. And clearly thats something the members will take into account. But thats something I cant control.Los Angeles is seeking to bring the Summer Olympics back to the U.S. for the first time since Atlanta hosted the 1996 Games. The bid follows failed attempts by New York and Chicago for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively.I dont know if this is the last best hope, but I do think that after a few bids, after a while, there will be real feeliing of people tuning out in America, a new generation that isnt connected with the legacy sports, said Garcetti, who attended Rios opening ceremony on Friday night, 32 years after going to the close of the 84 Games as a 13-year-old. Jordan 13 For Sale Cheap. Recent American bids have suffered from anti-U.S. sentiment among some members in the European-dominated IOC, and Garcetti said he is working to change that.There may be a general anti-Americanism but once you create a relationship with somebody, it becomes a relationship with Eric and that person, he said. As we get to know each other over time, they realize you cant slap a title, just like `American and a caricature of what that means on anybody.I want to listen, Garcetti said. I dont want to just come in and say, `Were the Americans, we get the most medals, we bring in the sponsorships. That turns people off.He acknowledged there could be a backlash among some IOC members to what they consider U.S. meddling in global sports affairs, including the Justice Department investigation of world soccer body FIFA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agencys call for a total ban on Russias Olympic team over state-sponsored doping.Ive been very careful to say, `Look, what prosecutors or anti-doping officials do, at least in our country, is completely separate from what a mayor or a city government is about. Were not involved at all.On other issues, Garcetti:- encouraged Rome to remain in the 2024 race despite current opposition from new mayor Virginia Raggi, who says the city has bigger priorities at the moment. Garcetti said he has been in touch with Raggis office to urge Rome to stay in.You can fix your problems first, but that doesnt mean you have to exclude great opportunities like the Olympics, he said.- embraced the five new sports approved by the IOC for the 2020 Tokyo Games -- baseball/softball, surfing, skateboarding, karate and sport climbing. While they have been added for Tokyo only, Garcetti said he would hope they could also be included in Los Angeles.Skateboarding and surfing, those are synonymous with LA, he said. If were lucky enough to win, I would absolutely see us continuing those sports.- confirmed that the new NFL stadium being built for the Los Angeles Rams would be used for the Olympics if the city wins the bid. Rams owner Stan Kroenke is helping to build a new $2.6 billion retractable roof stadium in Inglewood, California, scheduled to be completed in 2019.The new stadium could be considered for hosting the opening and closing ceremonies. 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