4:50 PM EDT, Mon July 24, 2017
3 hours ago

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw may be out 4-6 weeks

The initial prognosis for Clayton Kershaw’s time on the disabled list is four to six weeks, according to people familiar with the situation. The Dodgers have not determined a definitive timetable for his return. The team is expected to provide more information before Monday’s game against San Francisco....
4 hours ago

Dodgers mailbag: With Clayton Kershaw injured, should the team acquire Yu Darvish?

The Dodgers are 68-31. That translates to a 111-win pace — but who cares. Who cares, because on Sunday afternoon, Clayton Kershaw went down with a back injury. He exited the game after only two innings. The initial diagnosis was tightness in his lower back, with more clarity to emerge after an...
5 hours ago

Dodgers Dugout: In the wake of Clayton Kershaw's injury, does anyone out there have Yu Darvish's phone number?

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and just how long do the Dodgers plan to stick with Alex Wood in the rotation? If you take away his first 11 wins, then he’s only 0-1. Not again Today’s newsletter was going to be about which left-handed reliever...
16 hours ago

Trading for Yu Darvish is crucial for Dodgers with or without Clayton Kershaw

The Dodgers warned their fans in recent weeks they might not make a major addition before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. The words and ideas shared by the front office pointed to the organization retaining its top prospects instead of trading them for reinforcements, as the team’s architects...
19 hours ago

Mike Trout's thumb — and bat — appear to be in working order

Six weeks after tearing up his left thumb and undergoing surgery, two-time American League MVP Mike Trout was back in the Angels’ lineup. What to expect? Since returning to the lineup July 14, Trout has barely missed a beat. He’s hitting without apparent discomfort and hitting pretty close to how...
22 hours ago

Luis Valbuena drives Angels past Red Sox 3-2

Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered and the Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday. Valbuena hit his ninth shot of the season into short right field to leadoff the inning, rounding out a trio of solo homers for...
23 hours ago

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw leaves game in second inning with tightness in his back

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw left his start on Sunday because of tightness on the right side of his lower back, opening a vein of concern as his team marches toward a fifth consecutive National League West title. Kershaw departed after two innings against Atlanta. He missed six weeks in 2016 after...
Jul 23, 2017

Juiced ball or not, it's rarely all-or-nothing for the Red Sox's Mookie Betts when it comes to hitting

Whether it’s juiced baseballs or an increase in launch angles or hitters taking more of an all-or-nothing approach at the plate, players are hitting home runs and striking out at a record pace this season. The 1,101 homers hit in June were the most in any calendar month in major-league history...
Jul 23, 2017

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez takes batting practice as rehab assignment draws near

Dave Roberts left his office Sunday morning to see an unexpected sight. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was in the midst of a particularly vigorous round of batting practice at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time he had taken the field since being placed on the disabled list on June 13...
Jul 23, 2017

Gerald Madkins leaves Clippers to join the New York Knicks' front office

Gerald Madkins, who spent the last five seasons working as an executive in the Clippers’ front office, has taken a job with the New York Knicks to become the team’s assistant general manager, said NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Madkins joins newly promoted...
Jul 23, 2017

Dodgers snap two-game slide with 6-2 win over Braves

Yasmani Grandal is not a small man. He is not a swift man, either, which added to the intrigue as he lumbered toward home plate in the sixth inning of a 6-2 Dodgers victory over Atlanta. Grandal had led off the inning with a walk. He landed at third base after Joc Pederson hit into a double play....
Jul 23, 2017

Angels swat Red Sox 7-3 to keep their wild-card hopes alive

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, JC Ramirez pulled on his baseball pants, laced up his cleats, buttoned his uniform, buckled his belt, and headed for the bullpen behind left field at Angel Stadium. This between-starts bullpen session, 75 hours before Ramirez took the mound Saturday against the Boston Red...
Jul 22, 2017

Angels' Martin Maldonado has been a steady presence behind the plate

Over the first six seasons of his major league career, Martin Maldonado never caught more than 74 games in a season. He was forever Jonathan Lucroy’s backup in Milwaukee. Now, in his first season as an Angel, the 30-year-old Maldonado leads the big leagues in games caught. Saturday marked his 82nd...
Jul 22, 2017

Don Sutton shouldn't be a forgotten link between Dodgers greatness of the past and now

In a magical Dodgers summer where destiny could be colliding with history, every bit of Dodgers greatness seems to unearth another Dodgers great. With every Clayton Kershaw start, somebody mentions Sandy Koufax. With every Kenley Jansen save, there appears Eric Gagne. As Cody Bellinger swings,...
Jul 22, 2017

Best way for Dodgers to win the World Series is by adding a pitcher

There is no great mystery about the most effective way to win a World Series. The Dodgers demonstrated how in 1963, when they swept the New York Yankees. The Dodgers got 108 outs in that World Series. Their starting pitchers got 106 of them. Sandy Koufax pitched two complete games. Don Drysdale...