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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to be snake-bit.

This is the franchise that’s won its division eight straight times and fallen short of a title — and huge expectations — in each of those years. They’ve kept tinkering with trades and signings that seem to make each team better than the next … and then they falter in soul-crushing ways.

All hope isn’t lost yet in 2020, but after Tuesday night’s 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves, it isn’t looking great. That was a game in which Clayton Kershaw — who’s had his share of postseason struggles compared to stellar regular seasons — was scratched due to back spasms. Tony Gonsolin made the start and gave up five earned runs. Then, down 8-3 in the ninth, the Dodgers bats came alive for four runs … and Mark Melancon got A.J. Pollock to hit into a groundout with Cody Bellinger — who’s had himself quite a playoffs — on third. Atlanta has a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

Credit absolutely goes to the Braves, who have a balanced lineup and a young pitching staff that’s been lights-out the entire playoffs.

But this nightmare keeps happening to L.A. There was losing to the Nationals last year in extra innings in Game 5 of the NLDS thanks to a Washington comeback from a 3-0 lead early. In 2018, the Red Sox were a buzz-saw that kept the Dodgers’ bats mostly quiet. You know what happened in 2017 — the Astros won in seven World Series games and then everyone found out their sign-stealing tactics a couple of years later. The year before, it was the NLCS loss to the eventual champion Cubs. It goes on and on.

I get that you’re probably making the Joe Kelly face right now, that maybe you don’t feel so bad for a team that’s second in payroll (per Spotrac) and can afford to give Mookie Betts a huge contract extension. But I completely understand the frustration that this team just can’t live up to the hype.

Quick hits: Snoop Dogg’s new ink … What’s next for Dak Prescott … The Bachelorette is back … and more.

— Snoop Dogg got an incredible new Lakers tattoo with a Kobe Bryant tribute.

— Our Henry McKenna breaks down how the Cowboys could approach Dak Prescott’s deal in the offseason.

— If you’re a fan of The Bachelorette, you must read Nick Schwartz’s breakdown of the 2020 cast.

— LeBron James got his daughter a miniature house!

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