Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner breaks franchise mark for career playoff homers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Justin Turner launched a first-inning homer Saturday in Game 4 of the World Series, surpassing Los Angeles Dodgers legend Duke Snider for the most postseason home runs in franchise history.

Turner’s 420-foot drive to center field off Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough gave him 12 postseason homers for his career and three since Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

Turner, a pending free agent, became the first player to hit first-inning home runs in consecutive World Series games. On Friday night, he homered to left field off righty Charlie Morton in the first inning of Game 3. 

The only other players with multiple first-inning homers in the same World Series, regardless of the game, are Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in 2019 and Mickey Hatcher for the 1988 Dodgers.

Corey Seager followed with a solo homer off Yarbrough in the third, giving him 11 for his postseason career. His eight home runs in this year’s playoffs are second only to Randy Arozarena, whose fourth-inning homer gave him a record nine in a single postseason.

Seager’s shot made the Dodgers the first team in postseason history to hit multiple homers in seven consecutive games.

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Damaging Santa Ana winds are on tap for Monday in the Los Angeles region, forecasters say

Santa Ana winds straighten a flag in Fontana.
Santa Ana winds blow through Fontana. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Damaging Santa Ana winds could cause power outages, downed power lines and felled tree limbs on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Widespread critical fire weather conditions are likely from late Sunday night through Tuesday.

The strongest winds are expected late Sunday night through Monday, especially early Monday morning into the evening hours. Gusts of 60 to 75 mph are possible in the mountains. Winds could exceed 55 mph in the valleys and 45 mph at the coast, the weather service said.

Relative humidity will range from 4% to 10% in the mountains and foothills and from 8% to 18% in the valleys. Humidity levels will recover poorly overnight.

A fire weather watch is in effect for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties from late Sunday night through Tuesday. Vegetation is already extremely dry, and single-digit humidity will create the potential for extreme fire danger and fire behavior. Any fire that is ignited will spread rapidly. Peak fire danger will persist from Monday morning through Monday night.

California is experiencing its worst fire season on record.

Climate scientist Daniel Swain writes that this wind event is poised to be the strongest of the season so far and “will likely approach the magnitude of the extreme autumn wind events in 2019 and 2017. Given that vegetation is now at or near record dryness levels — much as it was prior to the North Bay firestorm in October 2017 — this is a very concerning forecast.”

Cold Santa Anas are often the strongest such winds.
Cold Santa Anas can be the strongest such winds. (Paul Duginski / Los Angeles Times)

A deep, cold, upper-level low — which may drop a little light rain on areas south of Point Conception Saturday night and Sunday — will move through, then to the southeast of the region by late Monday. As the cold front departs, high pressure will build into the Great Basin of Nevada and Utah, setting up a strong pressure gradient and northeasterly winds at the surface, in typical Santa Ana fashion. Strong northerly flow aloft and movement of cold air down to lower levels of the atmosphere will support these winds.

“That cold, dry and dense air will align with ridgetop wind direction from the northeast — the typical Santa Ana direction — and sync together to tighten the surface pressure gradient,” said Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “When we have all three elements — cold air, winds aligned and surface pressure gradient — we can get some of our strongest wind events,” he said.

The air in the Great Basin is unusually cold, so the winds reaching Los Angeles won’t be terribly warm, said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Typically, cold Santa Anas tend to be stronger.”

Santa Anas that are generated by very cold air in the Great Basin will warm up as they plummet downslope because of compression heating. “They follow the same

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