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The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Houston Astros for the first time since the Astros’ cheating scandal was unmasked to the baseball world. The Dodgers, perhaps more than any other team, have legitimate reason to be upset after losing the World Series to the Astros in 2017.

As such, Dodgers fans were likely plotting just how they were going to welcome Houston since the scandal broke over the winter. Unfortunately, a global pandemic got in the way, and the cardboard cutouts of the fans in the stands at Dodger Stadium will be doing no booing.

That is not stopping Dodgers fans, who got all decked out in anti-Astros gear to welcome Houston’s team bus to the stadium. They got creative in some instances, kept it simple in others. It’s a beautiful sight.

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Andrew Friedman didn’t make a major trade despite the Dodgers’ need for another starting pitcher. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Anyone who expected the Dodgers to improve their roster before the trade deadline hasn’t paid attention.

In a season in which a shameless cash grab by Major League Baseball bastardized an already questionable postseason format, there was virtually no chance the Dodgers would solve a short-term problem by trading coveted prospects.

There’s an extra round of playoff games this year, with the first round now a three-game series.

However, if the increased chance of something freakish happening in October dissuaded the Dodgers from adding a starting pitcher, it was also a reason to do what the San Diego Padres did.

The Padres made five trades in the two days leading up to the deadline, the most notable of them for

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