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      Texas recalled prize outfield prospect Willie Calhoun from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday at the end of the minor league season , but Calhoun’s at-bats will be limited by his limitations defensively to left field and the Rangers‘ glut of young corner outfielders and veteran designated hitters.Calhoun will be in Arlington on Tuesday when the Rangers continue a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park. The Angels took the first game 3-1 on Monday as Texas was held to six hits a day after scoring 18 runs in a win over Minnesota.The Angels will send left-hander Andrew Heaney (8-8, 4.09 ERA) to the mound for the middle game of the series and Texas will counter with left-hander Mike Minor (10-7, 4.33).Article continues below ...Calhoun, 23, has hit .275 with a .716 OPS for 69 major league at-bats this year. After a slow start at Round Rock, he finished the season hitting .294 with a .782 OPS. Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo will receive the lion’s share work in the corner outfield spots. The Rangers have too many bats for the DH spot between Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo for Calhoun to fill that spot with any regularity.“There won’t be regular at-bats for Willie as we’re constructed right now,” Texas general manager Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News on Monday. “We want him to come up here and continue to do the work he’s been doing. He really got after it last time.”Meanwhile, the Angels are confident that prized two-way player Shohei Ohtani came out of his first pitching performance in nearly three months in good stead despite a dip in fastball velocity from 96-97 mph in the first inning to 91-92 mph in the third. A Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament kept the Japanese phenom off the mound since June 6.The Angels said after Sunday’s game that Ohtani was dealing with some back stiffness and a sore finger after attempting to barehand a comebacker, leading to the dip in velocity.“Naturally, a red flag goes up, especially with what happened last time,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told “But Shohei said he felt great. He had no apprehension about what was happening in his elbow. His delivery was a little out of whack. He wanted to make sure he could get the ball into decent zones, so he wasn’t really jumping on it.”Ohtani said his back and finger both feel fine and that he’ll “hopefully” be able to make his next scheduled start on the mound on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.Heaney will head to hill for the 26th time this year and for his 14th start on the road. Tuesday’s game will be his second start of the year versus Texas (in which he did not get a decision). In five career starts against the Rangers, Heaney is 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA.Heaney won his most recent start on Thursday at Houston after tossing six scoreless innings and allowing five hits and one walk with six strikeouts. He is seeking first his winning decision against Texas since July 26, 2015. In three starts at Globe Life Park, Heaney is 0-3 with a 10.38 ERA, his highest ERA of any ballpark.Minor will make his 25th start of the season, and will be working on five days’ rest after suffering the loss Wednesday in the Rangers’ 3-1 defeat at home against the Dodgers. He has gone 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA in his past five outings.Minor is without a decision with a 5.68 ERA in three career games, one of them starts Michael Pineda Jersey , against the Angels. He will make his first start against the Angels this season and has not started against the Los Angeles since June 15, 2014, when he played for Atlanta. Minor made two relief appearances versus the Angels last season with he was with Kansas City, going 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA. It has been 30 years since the Los Angeles Dodgers last won a World Series, and a look back at their 1988 victory over the Oakland A's is one of the most joyous moments in team history.The Dodgers were an overachieving bunch in 1988. They had a brilliant leader in Orel Hershiser as their No. 1 pitcher, but the rest of Tommy Lasorda's team did not appear to have enough going for it to compete with the powerful Oakland A's.Oakland won 104 games that season, and they seemed to be on a non-stop roll to the World Series championship. They had Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Don Baylor, Dave Henderson and Carney Lansford, along with a pitching staff that included Dave Stewart, Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley.The Dodgers had a gimpy Kirk Gibson, Mickey Hatcher, Steve Sax and Mike Scioscia. An interesting lineup, but one that did not compare with the A's. The disparity was so strong that NBC commentator Bob Costas referred to the lineup that the Dodgers put out prior to Game 4 of the World Series as one of the worst in the history of the Fall Classic.That may have been fairly accurate, but the Dodgers beat the A's in five games.This year's Dodger team is not going to compare with the one that had such a pedestrian batting order, but they are clear underdogs to the American League champion Boston Red Sox. The World Series starts Tuesday night at Fenway Park.The Red Sox are -136 favorites in the World Series, while the Dodgers are +112 underdogs, per OddsShark. A Red Sox backer has to risk $136 to win $100 Fernando Rodney Jersey , while a Dodger supporter will earn $112 for a $100 bet.World Series ScheduleTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 24 (Game 2):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETFriday, October 26 (Game 3):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSaturday, October 27 (Game 4):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by Fox.The Red Sox won 108 games in the regular seasonand dispatched the New York Yankees and Houston Astros in the American League playoffs. The Dodgers won 92 games during the season and defeated the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers in the National League playoffs.The Red Sox may not have Canseco and McGwire, but they have J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts and a lineup that was themost productive offense in the Major Leagues in 2018.If the Dodgers are going to emerge victorious , they are going to have to limit the Red Sox lineup and not allow them to score 16 runs in one game as they did in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees.It will be up to pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu to keep that lineup in check.Unlike the 1988 Dodgers, this Los Angeles lineup can hit with power and do it consistently. They had seven players that hit 21 or home runs during the regular season, led by Max Muncy who smashed 35.The Red Sox will try to counter that lineup with starters Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi, and a bullpen that has performed better than expected.Relievers like Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly have performed above expectations, and the only question mark has been closer Craig Kimbrel.Manager Alex Cora is hoping Kimbrel can get back to his best form in the World Series, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would like to see Kimbrel continue to struggle with his command.Roberts, one of the heroes of Boston's 2004 World Championship team, faces a major challenge as his team prepares to take on the Red Sox.His Dodgers are underdogs against a powerful team, but that's an obstacle that this team overcame 30 years ago. If this year's team can match that achievement, it will lead to another memorable celebration in Los Angeles.