Coffee and Clippings: Ramirez, Ethier play through injuries, help Dodgers win Game 3

Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) of the LA Times talks about Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier’s impact on the Dodgers’ win over the Cardinals despite being injured…

More than two hours before Monday’s first pitch, amid the early stirrings of a stadium on the brink, two men made a single quiet decision.

They each announced it alone. They each spoke while wincing in pain. There were no fans around to cheer it. There were no teammates nearby to inspire it.

Yet it was a decision that altered legacies, energized a city and perhaps even saved a season.

In the Dodgers’ dugout, Hanley Ramirez announced he was going to play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a broken left rib.

Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at David Freese’s injury in the Cardinals’ loss last night…

It’s not a good day when David Freese limps from the field in the fifth inning only moments after rookie Yasiel Puig has pointed, danced and strutted his way to a two-out triple.

It’s not exactly promising when Adam Wainwright is punished for offering a quality start instead of an exceptional one.

The Cardinals took the field at Dodger Stadium on Monday night with one foot on the home team’s throat. They left it having lost to Hyun-Jin Ryu without offering a counter-punch behind their ace.

Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) of Masslive.com discusses John Lackey taking the mound for the Red Sox after 9 days of rest…

The final month of the season was John Lackey’s only stumbling point in a tremendous bounce-back season. Maybe that’s to be expected coming off Tommy John surgery, or maybe it’s just coincidence.

The highest ERA Lackey posted in a single month prior to September was 3.67, in July. There were four other months where Lackey’s ERA was below 3.10, and then there was September, when he had a 4.98 ERA.

Lackey’s only postseason start thus far was along the September lines. He had 10 days of rest before allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Rays in Game 2 of the Division Series, in a 7-4 Sox win.

Matt Stout (@MattPStout) of the Boston Herald talks about Boston cop Steve Horgan’s reaction to David Ortiz’s grand slam Sunday night…

Sunday afternoon before the ballgame started, he was just Steve Horgan, Boston cop. Now he’s Red Sox Nation Citizen No. 1. Now he’s part of Fenway history. Now, he’s a verb: “To Horgan.”

Fenway’s bullpen cop whose now-famous reaction to David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam went viral after the Red Sox’ Sunday night playoff win, said he’s a “quiet guy” who just was cheering for a great play — and he’ll be all too happy to have the attention go back where it belongs, on the Olde Towne team.

“I’m an Internet celebrity — for today,” Horgan, 50, reluctantly admitted yesterday from his home south of Boston, his voice strained after an uncomfortable day spent dodging the spotlight.

David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves may try to re-sign Tim Hudson…

When Tim Hudson was felled by a gruesome ankle injury July 24 against the Mets, many observers figured the 15-year veteran had pitched his last game for the Braves. But perhaps not.

Braves general manager Frank Wren expects to discuss with Hudson, 38, the possibility of re-signing the pending free agent, whose 205-111 career record includes 113-72 with a 3.56 ERA over nine seasons with the Braves.

Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) of the NY Daily News writes that the Yankees and Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran have mutual interest…

Baseball’s newest Mr. October could be a Yankee next year.

Carlos Beltran, who has become one of the most clutch players in postseason history (except for that one night at Shea), could be on the Yankees’ radar this winter, a move the former Met, sources say, would strongly consider.

According to multiple sources, the Yankees could be in the market for an outfielder this winter as they look to add some pop to a lineup that finished next-to-last in the American League in home runs and 10th in runs scored.

The NY Daily News I-Team reports that Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer has be restrained from going after the attorney of Anthony Bosch…

Alex Rodriguez decided last summer that he needed a street fighter in his corner to beat his 211-game doping suspension.

When he hired lawyer Joe Tacopina in August, he got one.

The high-profile defense attorney had to be physically restrained from brawling with another lawyer two weeks ago during his defense of Rodriguez when the steroid-stained slugger’s appeal kicked off in the normally sedate Park Avenue offices of Major League Baseball.