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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have joined the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group.The Dodgers made the announcement Thursday. The tennis great says Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter and the organization have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field.King says they share a “commitment to equality and inclusion Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team’s efforts in those areas as we move forward together.”Walter says he’s proud to welcome “two trailblazing athletes, social advocates and business women.”King, Walter and CEO Stan Kasten will hold a press conference Friday at Dodger Stadium. King and Kloss also will become part of the ownership group of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.In 2014, King and Kloss co-founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, which addresses diversity and inclusion in the workplace.King grew up a Dodgers fan in Long Beach. Her brother Jose Iglesias Jersey , Randy Moffitt, pitched for 12 seasons in the majors, mostly for the rival San Francisco Giants.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred called King a “true American trailblazer” and “we are excited to have them both join the national pastime.” Rookie Walker Buehler gets the start for the Dodgers, and he's been excellent at home all season. In 74.2 innings at Dodger Stadium spanning 12 starts and one relief appearance, he's posted a 1.93 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 10.1 K/9.The 24-year-old will have the advantage of unfamiliarity on his side Denny McLain Jersey , as second baseman Ian Kinsler is the only player on the Red Sox roster who has faced him before. He went 1-for-2 against him back on July 13 while he was still playing for the Los Angeles Angels.A strong start from Buehler would go a long way toward the Dodgers righting the ship.On the Red Sox side, Rick Porcello gets the start."I'm looking forward to the opportunity," Porcello told reporters. "That's a good ballclub over there. They're versatile, and I'm ready for the challenge."With a righty on the mound, the Dodgers will likely have lefty sluggers Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson in the starting lineup for the first time this series.Cody BellingerStacy Revere/Getty ImagesBellinger won NLCS MVP honors , but he's gone just 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the World Series.Porcello hasn't pitched since Oct. 17 in Game 4 of the ALCS when he allowed seven hits and four earned runs in four innings.Manny Machado (13-for-38, 2B, 2 HR) has gaudy career numbers against Porcello, so look for him to do more damage in the middle of the Dodgers lineup.Manager Dave Roberts will have a decision to make at second base with Brian Dozier. The veteran has been used largely as a platoon option against left-handed pitching, but he has nine hits and three home runs against Porcello in his career.One way or another, the Dodgers will need to find a way to win this one , as a 3-0 deficit would leave the odds overwhelmingly stacked against them.Final Score Prediction:Dodgers 5, Red Sox 3All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted.

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