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Sep 19, 2017

Dodgers to give Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda chance to make postseason roster as relievers

During the final two weeks of the season, the Dodgers plan to audition Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu for spots in the postseason bullpen, manager Dave Roberts said. Roberts stopped short of guaranteeing the team had set its rotation for October. But the Dodgers appear ready to use Clayton Kershaw,...
Sep 18, 2017

Clayton Kershaw gives up first ever grand slam in Dodgers' loss to Phillies

Clayton Kershaw peeked his head over his right shoulder, noted the flight of the baseball and looked away. The history carried no weight for him. Kershaw never saw the baseball land, never saw the disappearance of the first grand slam he had ever allowed in the majors. It happened in the 10th...
Sep 18, 2017

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager not throwing at 100%, must manage pain through postseason

A wayward throw by shortstop Corey Seager on Sunday night exemplified a worry the Dodgers face in the playoffs. Seager airmailed a throw to the plate in the seventh inning against Washington, offering a visual complement to manager Dave Roberts’ remarks on Monday when he said Seager was not throwing...
Sep 18, 2017

Dodgers mailbag: Should Austin Barnes start at catcher in the playoffs?

The Dodgers are 96-53. That translates to a 104-win pace. The Dodgers did it last week. They won a baseball game. In fact, they won four of them. After a 1-16 skid, that is something worth celebrating. The team downed San Francisco early in the week, then took two of three from the Nationals over...
Sep 17, 2017

Dodgers can't sweep Nationals after Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer changes the game

The evening unraveled in an instant, the chance for a sweep disappearing in the vapor trail of Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s game-changing home run. A three-run shot off Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling cost his club the lead in a 7-1 defeat in Sunday’s series finale. Aided by an umpire’s...
Sep 17, 2017

Dodgers veteran Adrian Gonzalez settling into role on bench

On Saturday, the day before the Dodgers faced Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg in a series finale, manager Dave Roberts met with Adrian Gonzalez. Roberts had planned to start Gonzalez against Strasburg. He pointed to Gonzalez’s seven hits in 15 at-bats against the pitcher. Gonzalez...
Sep 16, 2017

Dodgers extend winning streak to four with 3-2 victory over Nationals

The solution lurked beneath their noses, but as the Dodgers meandered through a 1-16 skid earlier this month, the group attempted a series of stunts to exorcise their demons. Yu Darvish sprinkled salt in the Dodger Stadium dugout. Adrian Gonzalez carried the lineup to umpires before one game. Someone...
Sep 16, 2017

Dodgers expect to activate pitcher Brandon McCarthy next week

The Dodgers intend to activate pitcher Brandon McCarthy “sometime next week,” manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals. McCarthy completed a six-inning rehab assignment for double-A Tulsa on Friday. The Dodgers have not determined how McCarthy will be used...
Sep 15, 2017

Sparked by Corey Seager's home run, Dodgers trounce Nationals

The baseball soared off Corey Seager’s bat, bound for a clearing beyond the center-field fence at Nationals Park. The three-run homer functioned as a message. After three weeks of ineptitude, the Dodgers offered a reminder of who is favored to represent the National League in the World Series next...
Sep 15, 2017

'Good at-bats' from Yasiel Puig would be great for Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

For most of this season, the Dodgers kept Yasiel Puig in the same spot in the batting order against right-handed pitchers. Even as Puig mashed a career-high number of home runs, manager Dave Roberts kept him in the No. 8 spot. He received something of a promotion in recent weeks, moving into the...
Sep 14, 2017

Alex Wood looking to regain All-Star form Friday against Nationals

On several occasions each week, usually two or three times in between his starts, Alex Wood will climb atop a mound and simulate his delivery. He does not actually throw a baseball. He often holds a weighted, 24-ounce ball in his glove to strengthen his front side. He pantomimes his delivery to...
Sep 13, 2017

Desperate Dodgers finally end losing streak — and clinch a playoff spot

The desperation of the Dodgers, a team in possession of baseball’s best record yet stuck in the sport’s longest losing streak in 2017, streamed across the face of Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night. You could see it in the fourth inning, when he roared at his dugout after his double continued a four-run...
Sep 12, 2017

Dodgers mailbag: It is time to panic

The Dodgers are 92-52. That translates to a 103-win pace. The team has a nine-game lead in the National League West. They lead Washington in the race for homefield advantage by 3 1/2 games. Hey, that’s not bad! These are ugly times to be a Dodger or to be a fan of the Dodgers. The team has lost...
Sep 12, 2017

Questions and answers with Dodgers baseball boss Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, joined the team at AT&T Park before Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers had just lost all seven games in a homestand amid a 10-game losing streak and a 1-15 stretch. Even so, the Dodgers still own the best record...
Sep 11, 2017

How did Dodgers go from possibly the best of all time to, right now, the worst team in the majors?

The first loss felt innocuous. On Aug. 26, a crisp, clear evening out at Chavez Ravine, there was no way Dodgers manager Dave Roberts could have foreseen the avalanche awaiting his team. After getting shut out by the Milwaukee Brewers, Roberts wore a smile as he pulled up a chair at his postgame...

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