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3/6/14: Well, maybe starting pitcher Zach Grienke may not have to worry about that trip to Australia after all. He was pulled after throwing just three pitches in his spring training debut last week, apparently with a strained calf muscle. The Australia trip and season opener are still a few weeks away, so no word if he will be available or not. He said a couple weeks ago what many players probably believe - that there is 'no excitement' about going halfway around the world to play two games against a team that is just an hour's flight away.
2/27/14: Major League Baseball has been starting the season overseas for the past several years. Some traditionalists do not like it, and some players complain that it shortens spring training and puts them at a disadvantage due to fatigue and odd start times. Count Dodgers' pitcher Zack Grienke among them. He is not excited to start the season in Australia. The Dodgers will play a two game series in Sydney against the rival Arizona Diamondbacks to start the 2014 season. Playing overseas is good for the overall game, but does lead to complications for those that actually have to travel and play. But, hey, its just two games.
2/20/14: What is a Dodgers update without a bit of Yasiel Puig? Puig, of course, burst onto the national scene last season with explosive hitting and a reckless attitude towards going hard at everything. That makes for great baseball, but the recklessness makes employers nervous. So Puig and the Dodgers are working on 'slowing' him down this season. That, hopefully, means less collisions with walls and reduced chance of injury. It also means that he may be less fun to watch because his aggressiveness is intoxicating and refreshing. In any case, he should still be one of the best young players in the game and worth watching.
2/13/14: The Dodgers bolstered their bullpen by adding veteran lefty Paul Maholm to a one year, $1.5 million deal last week. The $1.5 million is simply the base salary, and Maholm can earn up to $6.5 million with incentives. The Dodgers look like they got a good deal here, especially since Maholm was pretty solid in Atlanta last season - he did not allow a run to score until the sixth inning of his fourth start. He had a 3.69 ERA for the first half of the season, when he was healthy. He sprained his wrist and had some elbow inflammation in the later part of the summer, and his pitching suffered. Presumably healthy now, this should be a solid addition to the Dodgers.
2/6/14: The Dodgers missed out on Japanese league superstar Marahiro Tanaka, but they seem to be OK, especially considering they still have Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw locked up, as well as Zach Grienke. That does not even mention the other aces they have in the rotation. Some would argue that a pitcher is only as good as the catcher, and to that end the Dodgers avoided arbitration with catcher A.J. Ellis - so he will be back this coming season. The parties agreed on a one year deal for $3.55 million. While this is under the midpoint of their respected offers, Ellis can make that up in appearances and production.
1/30/14: Dodgers pitcher (and Cy Young Award winner) Clayton Kershaw is considered to be the best pitcher in baseball these days. He certainly earned the Cy Young last season and, at 25 years old, may win several more. He also signed a seven year deal that averages over $30 million annually. But here is something money cannot buy. Kershaw was presented the Cy Young by Dodgers' legend Sandy Koufax. Koufax received a standing ovation when he was on stage, and it is great to see legends of the past with the best in the baseball business today.
1/23/14: Welcome to Yankees West. The Dodgers seem to have endless amounts of cash and may have no regard at all for the luxury tax. The team announced that they have locked up Cy Young Award winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw to a seven year, $215 million contract. The number $300 million had been floated around amongst media circles, but a smaller term and value was agreed upon. While most monstrous contracts like this do not work out, Kershaw is only 25, so his best years may be ahead of him. At the same time, the question must be asked - is 20 wins per year worth $30 million per year?
1/16/14: When the wallets are full, you can take certain liberties. The Dodgers certainly have all the money they need to buy whomever they want, and they seem to want Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka will post at the $20 million maximum and then has some time to chose who he wants to sign with in MLB (if anyone). The Dodgers are apparently going all out to sign the young star, who won over 20 games last season in Japan. Tanaka, for his part, reportedly wants to play in L.A., New York, or Boston, should he come state-side.
1/9/14: Just seven months ago, most of the baseball world thought that Dodger manager Don Mattingly was a dead man walking. The Dodgers were off to a very slow start - particularly unacceptable considering how much money they had sunk into the roster and because a few months prior they thought they had too many starting pitchers, but soon ran out due to injuries and trades. My how the tides have turned. The team, of course, rallied in the second half of the year and made it to the playoffs. Mattingly is getting rewarded, finally, with an extension. The deal is not finished up, but is reportedly in the final stages.
1/2/14: The Dodgers are gearing up for a legitimate World Series run, but they will need everyone healthy to get there. Everyone saw how the team struggled for the first three months of 2013 (falling to last place) before getting healthy and simply dominating the National League for a couple months. One key piece is Matt Kemp. The Dodgers publicly say that it is unlikely that he will be ready for spring training, but the good news is that he is out of a walking boot. When he heals, he will likely be the Dodgers primary center fielder this season.
12/26/13: Los Angeles does not have many holes to fill this offseason, and luckily for them, they have the money to buy everything on their Christmas list. The priority earlier was third base. The Dodgers solved that issue by re-signing Juan Uribe to man the post after a solid 2013 season. L.A. is still linked to a trade for Tampa Bay ace David Price. Price has another year left on his contract and there is plenty of reason to believe the Rays will not be able to re-sign him next year - so they are looking for a trade. The price has been too high so far, but a deal may be in order before spring training or at the trade deadline.
12/26/13: They are not generating the buzz that more famous East Coast teams do, but the L.A. Kings are rolling in December. The team is 9-1 during the month. The only loss was in Chicago (a top three team) and that was back to back game as the Kings had played in Ottawa the night before. They have outscored their opponents 32-13 in the span, which means they are giving up just over a goal a game - and that wins a lot of hockey games. As a testament to that, they have three shutouts by backup goalie Martin Jones in that span. L.A. has beaten good teams including St. Louis, Anaheim, San Jose and Colorado in December and has climbed into second place in the Pacific Division.
12/19/13: The Dodgers have been tremendously active in overhauling their roster since Magic Johnson and his ownership group (and their deep pockets) took over. Many people are expecting for another big splash this offseason, and so far, that has not happened. To be fair, L.A. does not have many holes, though they do need a third baseman. They have interest in Juan Uribe, but no results so far. There is also the chance that they may trade for Rays' ace David Price. His asking price may be too much right now, so that is likely a 'wait and see' game.
12/12/13: The Dodgers have been very pleased with the play of Juan Uribe since he joined the team in 2011. Uribe has played mostly third base in that time, but he has enjoyed some of his best offensive production of his career. Last season, he posted a .769 OPS in 426 at bats. He also had a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of 5.1 games. Los Angeles wants Uribe back and GM Ned Colletti claims he has made multiple offers to Uribe. However, the Dodgers have not heard back from the player, making it pretty difficult to pencil him on the roster for next season.
12/5/13: The Dodgers have a great one-two punch for the starting rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Zach Grienke. They also have all the money needed to buy other pitching assets if they were so inclined. They may have a couple open spots to fill. First off, Ted Lilly announced that he is retiring. Lilly has had neck and shoulder problems in the last two years. He tried to pitch winter ball in Venezuela, which did not go well. On top of that, Ricky Nolasco is now off the market as he signed with the Minnesota Twins last week.
11/28/13: Give Dodgers' phenom Yasiel Puig another gold star for his work in the community. Puig took a group of little leaguers to Dodgers' Stadium to practice last week, and even participated and signed autographs. A few weeks ago, it was reported that Puig was driving in L.A. and saw a little league practice. He stopped and helped coach the youngsters in a spur-of-the-moment decision. For all the terrible things said about the young man by media members, it seems he loves the game and has a big heart. Good for him, and good for the kids that got to go to the stadium.
11/21/13: The Los Angeles Dodgers are planning on honoring one of their own next season wiith his own Bobblehead day. No, it is not Tommy Lasorda or Sandy Koufax, it is a name never associated with the Dodgers - Babe Ruth. Ruth was base coach for the Dodgers in 1938 (back in the Brooklyn days). His only job was to show up in a uniform and he did not even get to give signals to batters or runners. He wanted to be a manager but the Dodgers told him that would not happen - and it didn't. That was the last year Ruth was in a baseball uniform, and sadly, only for publicity purposes.
11/14/13: The Dodgers announced a minor move this week, moving Tim Wallach from third base coach to bench coach. Wallach interviewed for a few managerial positions over the past couple of months and was a finalist for both the Seattle and Detroit jobs. He was not hired for either, as those jobs went to Brad Ausmus and Lloyed McClendon, respectfully. The Dodgers' bench coach position became open when the Dodgers fired Trey Hillman. Perhaps this move will give Wallach the bench experience he needs to finally land a big league manager position in the future, while providing continuity in the short term.
11/7/13: Spending about $230 million on a payroll that only got to the National League Championship Series was not enough, so the Dodgers may open the wallet back up to bring in some more big name free agents. The team may pursue Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price as well as try to pry Masahiro Tanaka from Japan. They have the minor league resources to trade for Price, and the Rays love young talent. And they simply have the money to buy Tanaka if they want. They would have one of the most amazing rotations around with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Price, Tanaka, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
10/31/13: For all the talk about Yasiel Puig being to flamboyant and immature and even selfish, he gave something back last week. Puig showed up unannounced to a little league baseball practice. He played with the kids, gave a few lessons, and signed autographs. Apparently, he was just driving by and decided to stop in for the impromptu visit. That kind of generosity is uncommon with today's athlete and should not go unrewarded or unnoticed. It was a great thing that Puig did and created lifelong memories for the youngsters - and will hopefully go a long way to debunking his reputation.
10/24/13: The Dodgers had the most exciting season of any team. They started out terrible. Got into brawls with several teams. Called up a young prospect that sparked them from 9.5 games back (and in last place) to a double digit lead on the rest of the NL West. They eliminated the Braves easily and were favored against the Cardinals. But the Cardinals rookie pitchers were better than Dodgers' aces Zack Grienke and Clayton Kershaw. The final game, in St. Louis, had to be the toughest. The Cardinals knocked Kershaw out of the Game in the fifth inning and built up a 9-0 lead. Ignoring the last game (and first tow months), the Dodgers had a great season and look for more next season - especially since they have an unlimited budget and are building thier team in the Yankees mold. The bottom line is that a $250 million payroll does not buy a championship.
10/17/13: The National League Championship Series will go back to St. Louis for a game 5. The Dodgers started the series with their two aces Zach Grienke and Clayton Kershaw taking the mound in Games 1 and 2. Both pitched well, but the Cardinals' rookie pitchers were up to the task and kept the Dodgers to only two runs in the first two games. L.A. won Game 3 behind a nice outing by Ryu - who outdueled St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright en route to a 3-0 win. It has been a great series so far and should not be missed by any baseball fan.
10/10/13: The Dodgers are moving on to the National League Championship Series. A win in that round puts them in the World Series. L.A. eliminated the Atlanta Braves three games to one in the divisional round, which included a demoralizing rout in game three. This has been an amazing season for the Dodgers. They were in last place and given up for dead back in June, then turned everything around. They ended up dominating the NL West (and the rest of the league) from June on and now sit only four wins away from going to the World Series.
10/3/13: The Dodgers completed their amazing turnaround from the beginning of the season and captured the NL West title. For all the press the Dodgers received about their strong play from June on, they actually enter the playoffs with the fewest wins of any National League team. That may be surprising, but the NL West was not that good this season. They will start the playoffs with a series against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves will have homefield advantage for the best of five matchup. L.A. will also be without Matt Kemp who has an ankle injury that the team announced has ended his season already.
9/26/13: The Dodgers, to no one's surprise, clinched the National League West this past week. They did it on the road against the Diamondbacks, becoming the first team besides the D'Backs to clinch a championship in Arizona. The Dodgers were obviously joyous, but took the celebration too far in some peoples' opinions. They celebrated by swimming in the pool at the ballpark, which angered some fans and local reporters. Perhaps this is being disrespectful to the home team, but it also begs the question of why have a swimming pool at a baseball park in the first place?
9/19/13: Of course Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig and ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw get most of the publicity - and they are deserving of it. However, Hanley Ramirez has put up a very impressive year for the Dodgers, even if he is stuck in the shadows. Looking closely at the Dodgers' two month assault on the league, one could argue that Ramirez was the MVP, and not Puig or Kershaw. Unfortunately, Ramirez has some tightness in a hamstring and will be out of the line up for a week or so. L.A. has a comfortable lead, so they have the luxury of sitting him - as long as he is ready for the playoffs.
9/12/13: The wins have come so easy for the Dodgers over the last two months maybe we should have expected a bit of a slide. They were swept by the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend. That does not matter too much to L.A., who owns a commanding lead in the NL West and will undoubtedly be in the playoffs. It does, however, mean a lot more to the Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals. The NL Central leaders were depending on L.A. to put a dagger in the Reds, but the opposite happened. No worries for the Dodgers, however. The team is still 12 games up on their nearest rival.
9/4/13: Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly caused a minor stir this past week by pulling Yasiel Puig from a game in the fifty inning for not being prepared defensively. Many in the media say this is a long time coming and that Puig has to mature. Puig is young and does not have the experience that most big leaguers have. However, he is also a dynamic player and the Dodgers' would not be dominating the NL West without him. The Dodgers are fortunate enough to have a large lead in the division and they can sit Puig while the season winds down. The question then becomes how does he behave and perform in the playoffs.
8/29/13: Lost in the Dodgers 43-10 run and Puig-mania is the fact that star center fielder Matt Kemp has barely played. In fact, he has only 37 at bats during the streak that saw the Dodgers go from worst to first in a couple of months. The Dodgers need Kemp to heal well enough for their playoff run, which would allow Andre Ethier to move to his natural position in left field. Kemp can also hit, but simply having his defense available make the Dodgers an even tougher team to beat in the playoffs and possibly the World Series.
8/22/13: No question that the Dodgers have been the best team in the entire league over the past couple of months. They are 42-8 in their last 50 games, which ties a major league record and includes winning their last 11 outings. At this point, they have all but locked up the NL West. Arizona was closest, but they can really only hope to compete for a wild card spot now. As a side note, of the three teams that have gone 42 and 8 over 50 games, two (St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees) won the World Series. The other was the Cubs in 1906, and they (predictably) lost out on the championship.
8/15/13: The Dodgers continue to roll on, especially on the road. L.A. visited the struggling St. Louis Cardinals for a four game series, and took three games in the Gateway City. Yasiel Puig continues to impress, after he took a double off the wall and made the relay to the second baseman, who made a perfect throw home and got the Cardinals' runner out. L.A. is in command of the NL West at this point, and it seems that all other teams are just fighting for a wild card spot, which will be tough to get considering St. Louis and Cincinnati are well above the pack.
8/8/13: Everyone hated the Dodgers in mid-June when half the team was injured. Then came Puig and Hanley Ramirez came back. And Greinke came back. And a host of other high paid players. Now the Dodgers are the hottest team in the league. They have gone from last in the division to holding a 3.5 game lead and show no signs of relinquishing their cushion. If the Dodgers can keep somewhere near this pace, then they actually have a chance to catch the Cardinals and Pirates for the best record in the National League - which would give them home field throughout the playoffs.
8/1/13: Now that Puig-mania has settled down a bit, it is time to look at the Dodgers for who they are - which right now is the best team in the NL West. The team has come all the way back to take a multi-game lead in the NL West, and is showing everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with come playoffs. At this point, the only competition appears to be the Arizona Diamondbacks, with no one else within six games of the Dodgers. What is funny is that now manager Don Mattingly looks like a prophet, where as six weeks ago many thought he was the worst manager in baseball.
7/25/13: The Dodgers have gotten hot and the entire National League West is shaking in their collective boots - at least that is what the national media would have you think. It is true that the Dodgers are surging. Six weeks ago it looked like manager Don Mattingly was out of the place. Now he is a genius. L.A. is within striking distance of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the two teams are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Should the trends continue, then the L.A. Dodgers may well win the division after all.
7/18/13: It will not get the publicity that Tim Lincecum's no-hitter got for him, but Dodgers' pitcher Zack Grienke tossed a gem of a two-hit complete game of his own on Saturday. The complete game shutout against the Rockies included nine strikeouts, and he did not even record his first strikeout until the fifth inning. Young star Yasiel Puig sat out the game with a minor hip injury, but the team did not need his help as Grienke did exactly what the Dodgers paid him so much money in the offseason to do - keep other teams off base.
7/11/13: All of Major League Baseball is buzzing about the appropriateness of the Dodgers' star young outfielder Yasiel Puig going to the All-Star Game. Phillies closer Johnathan Papelbon said it would be "a joke" if he goes. The real problem is that MLB needs to decide what this game is. Is it an exhibition for fans to see their favorite players, or is it a real game that is earned by merit. In either case, Puig has an argument. People certainly want to see him. Also, he has been the hottest player in the game (albeit for only a month), and could be a contributor for the National League.
7/4/13: About a year ago, the Boston Red Sox and L.A. Dodgers made a megatrade. The Dodgers got Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett. One year later and it looks like the Red Sox got the better end of the deal. The Dodgers picked up $250 million of contract obligations and a lot of time on the disabled list. Beckett has been particularly disappointing. He was 0-5 and huge ERA when he went on the DL in May. He is now out for the season with nerve damage and will undergo surgery to release the pressure. The Dodgers have been snakebitten all year and this is just another item to a long list of terrible season.
6/27/13: Some Dodgers faithful are getting upset with Bruce Bochy, who happens to manage the archrival San Francisco Giants and is the National League manager for the All-Star Game. Dodger fans want rookie Yasiel Puig in the game. Bochy is not inclined to add him to the roster. Puig is leading the league in hitting since he was called up, at well over .400. In Bochy's defense, Puig has only been in the big leagues for a few weeks. While he has set the league on fire, he really does not have the length of service to warrant an All-Star Game invite. That being said, this is a game for the fans, and the fans want to see Puig.
6/20/13: The L.A. Dodgers just don't spend enough money. The $230 million payroll is obviously not enough. That must be the thinking as the Dodgers and ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw are negotiating a long-term deal. Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander each signed the richest deals, but Kershaw's is expected to eclipse that. Kershaw is only 25 years old and has a Cy Young - so he may be worth $250 million over 8-10 years. That does not excuse the Dodgers of giving Zack Grienke about $150 million or taking over the Josh Becket and Carl Crawford deals. The question must be asked: Are they simply printing their own money in Los Angeles these days?
6/13/13: The biggest story in baseball this week is Dodgers' rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. Puig burst on to the big stage this week in a major way. He hit four home runs in his first five games. He threw out a runner at first base, from right field, to end a game. And most importantly, he has given Dodger fans something to cheer about. He will not continue this torrid pace, but he should be a fixture on the team for years to come. He is bringing the spark and excitement back to Dodger Stadium - one that has not been seen since Manny Ramirez and "Mannywood" came to town several years ago.
6/6/13: This week's report on the Dodgers is much like every other week. Manager Don Mattingly, who was given a $230 million roster, is on the hot seat because the team is doing very poorly, and there is another significant injury. This time is is Carl Crawford. Crawford pulled up lame as he ran into second base over the weekend. He was holding his hamstring and limping. There is no timetable for his return, but hamstrings often take a few weeks to heal properly. At eight games under 500 and in last place in the NL West, the last thing the team needs is another injury to a starter.
5/30/13: The end may be near for the Don Mattingly era in L.A. While it is true that the Dodgers have suffered an unbelievably high number of injuries - particularly to their starting pitching and to shortstop Hanley Ramirez - this is a team of high priced all stars that has just not come to play at all this season. Most recently, the Cardinals took two of three from the Dodgers over the weekend, including scoring the most runs off of staff ace Clayton Kershaw since last July. The season seems over before it even began for the Dodgers, and the next step will probably mean new faces in the clubhouse.
5/23/13: So the Dodgers are in last place. That is especially hard to hear for those that bleed Dodger Blue after all the money they spent the last two years to win a World Series. But the Dodgers have been snake bitten this year. They started out with nine (count them, nine) pitchers who could be starters. But between trades and injuries, they are down to two or three. Zach Grienke came back, but he alone is not enough to move the needle. L.A. may have already played themselves out of a playoff spot, but with a good second half, then maybe they can prove that they are a team worth considering.
5/16/13: All is not well in Dodgertown. The team lost eight in a row before finally defeating the hapless Miami Marlins at home. The losing streak has dropped the team to fourth in the division, looking up at the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Colorado Rockies. L.A. has been decimated by injuries to their starting pitching and Hanley Ramirez is not coming back anytime soon. Rumors are swirling now that manager Don Mattingly is on the hot seat, though a lot of this is simply out of his control. But L.A. is paying for a winner, so only time will tell.
5/9/13: The Dodgers are simply snake bitten this season. L.A. loaded up on big names through trades and free agency once former L.A. Lakers superstar Magic Johnson and his group purchased the team. Money is no object. What is an object is the unbelievable amount of injuries the team has suffered. They started spring training with 9 pitchers. Only two are healthy. One of their callups, Steven Fife, went down right away. Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez broke his thumb in the World Championships. He came back last Monday, then pulled his hamstring on Thursday. The Giants and Rockies are being handed the division race right now, leaving the Dodgers dazed and confused.
5/2/13: The Dodgers just keep losing starting pitchers. The talk around Dodgers' camp a month ago was they had too many starting pitchers. Now they have proven that too much is never enough. Call up Steven Fife (replacing the injured Ted Lilly) has been placed on the 15 day disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder. Matt McGill has been called up to fill in . He will be the ninth starting pitcher for LA this season, and the season is less than a month old. Without their rotation, this looks like the Giants division to lose this season.
4/25/13: It seems like only yesterday when the Dodgers had eight, count 'em, eight starting pitchers. Well, that was a couple months ago in spring training. Now they only have three active. The latest casualty is Chad Billingsley. He is done for the year with a Tommy John injury and will be out 12 months. Ted Lilly will return from the DL soon making it four pitchers. Zach Grienke is out for a few months with a broken collarbone. Chris Cauano has a calf injury, and the Dodgers traded away Aaron Harang because they had a surplus. Go figure.
4/18/13: By now everyone has heard about the Quinten vs. Zach Grienke showdown. In the aftermath, the San Diego Padres lost Quinten for eight games (or less than 5% of the season). Grienke meanwhile is out for about two months (or 33% of the season). That is a tough pill to swallow for the Dodgers, particularly since Grienke was just signed to a $147 million contract. Quinten, very smartly mind you, dropped his appeal of his suspension. Dodgers and Padres are up again early next week, so maybe it is best that he sits out that series.
4/4/13: The Dodgers got off to a hot start against their arch rival, the San Francisco Giants. Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw got the start at home on opening day, and he made it a memorable one. Kershaw went the distance, pitching a four hit complete game shutout in a gem of an exhibition. Additionally, Kershaw hit his first career home run. He gave L.A. a one to nothing lead at the time, so he ended up knocking in the winning run. It is only one game, but the Dodgers looked like a team on the rise against the defending World Series Champions.
3/21/13: All Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez was a big 'get' for the Dodgers last year, as the team loaded up on talent to become the Yankees East (or the NL Anaheim). Ramirez is one of the better shortstops available (and is thankfully out of Miami), so the team is rightfully concerned about his thumb. The prognosis is that he could be out two weeks or two months. He injured the thumb while playing third base and diving for a ball in the Championship Game of the World Baseball Classic. It could be a sprain or a ligament tear. And people wonder why team owners do not want their players playing in the WBC.
7/30/12 ? With the trade deadline approaching, the Los Angeles Dodgers made some moves to bolster their team for the stretch run. The Dodgers reached into the talent pool of the NL East for their needs. From the Miami Marlins, the Dodgers acquired shortstop/third-baseman Hanley Ramirez and relief pitcher Randy Choate. From the Philadelphia Phillies, outfielder Shane Victorino and pitcher Joe Blanton were traded to the Dodgers. All four players go from the bottom of the NL East to the top of the NL West. Ramirez and Victorino give more depth to a strong Dodgers offense led by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, while Blanton and Choate join a pitching staff that has overachieved to be the strength of this Dodgers team.
The Los Angeles Dodgers added a new offensive weapon for their postseason playoff push, acquiring infielder Hanley Ramirez in a four-player trade with the Miami Marlins. A three-time All-Star and former National League batting champion, Ramirez is hitting .251 with 14 homers and 48 RBI's this year. The 28-year-old has been a disappointment over the past two seasons. He is expected to fill in at third base and take over for Juan Uribe who is hitting just .190 with two homers and 17 RBI's. The Dodgers also acquired left-fielder Randy Choate for starter Nate Eovaldi and minor league right-hander Scott McGough. Los Angeles is 2 _ games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
The sliding Los Angeles Dodgers needed something to provide them with a much- needed spark and that spark came in the form of a trade on Wednesday that sent Miami Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers. Ramirez, who was moved from shortstop to third base this season with the arrival of Jose Reyes in Miami, debuted on Wednesday night for the Dodgers, although he played third base instead of going back to his natural position. Interestingly, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly offered Ramirez the choice to play either shortstop or third and Hanley picked third. In his debut, Ramirez picked up two hits and an RBI.
The depleted Los Angeles Dodgers have been struggling to score runs lately, and are currently in the midst of a major midseason swoon, having lost 9 of their last 10. The Dodgers, who once held the best record in baseball only a few short weeks ago, are now in second place in the NL West at 43-34 and are sorely missing Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Kemp, who will likely not return until the All-Star break, is the biggest bat in the Dodgers lineup and has been a big reason why Los Angeles has struggled to score in his absence.
The Los Angeles Dodgers owned the best record in baseball before being swept by the Oakland Athletics this week and losing the crown, at least fpr the moment, to the Texas Rangers. The sweep was capped off by the Dodgers falling 4-1 on Thursday after A's rookie Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run walk-off home run. The Dodgers will now face their Los Angeles counterparts, the Angels, in a three-game interleague series this weekend. The Dodgers will send the 8-2 Chris Capuano to the mound for the series opener on Friday night.
Sporting the best record in baseball halfway through the month of June and about a month before the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to be on a tear as of late, winning 7 of their last 10 games and storming out to a 40-24 record, becoming the first team to reach the 40-win plateau this season. The Dodgers are four games in front of the second-place Giants. Los Angeles will open up a three-game series on Friday night at Dodger Stadium against the Chicago White Sox and will send their ace Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.65 ERA) to the mound against Chris Sale.
After completing a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the 37-21 Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in first place in the NL West, 4 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants. Despite the fact that Matt Kemp remains on the DL with his hamstring injury, the Dodgers continue to get on base and score runs against just about anyone, and are one of the hottest teams in baseball at the moment. They will begin a three-game interleague series with the Seattle Mariners on Friday night and will look to keep their winning streak going against American League competition.
The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a four game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies as they continue to play well without injured outfielder Matt Kemp. The Dodgers own the best record in the majors and hold a four game lead in the NL West over the San Francisco Giants. Starter Chris Capuano is in the early running for best offseason signing as he has posted a 8-2 record with a 2.82 ERA in just first year in Los Angeles aftre going 11-12 last season with the Mets. Capuano has never finished a season with an ERA under three, but looks like he will change that this season.
With the best record in baseball as we begin the month of June, the Los Angeles Dodgers are actually on a losing streak, believe it or not. The 32-19 Dodgers are losers of their last four games, and still they manage to have the best mark in the league. They lead the second-place San Francisco Giants by a comfortable 5 games in the NL West and are winning ballgames thanks to outstanding pitching from the trio of Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly, and Chris Capuano. However, the Dodgers did get some bad news this week as Matt Kemp returned to the lineup only to reinjure him hamstring and leave the game. A return to the DL for Kemp is imminent and he will likely miss some more time.
With the best record in baseball as we begin the month of June, the Los Angeles Dodgers are actually on a losing streak, believe it or not. The 32-19 Dodgers are losers of their last four games, and still they manage to have the best mark in the league. They lead the second-place San Francisco Giants by a comfortable 5 games in the NL West and are winning ballgames thanks to outstanding pitching from the trio of Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly, and Chris Capuano. However, the Dodgers did get some bad news this week as Matt Kemp returned to the lineup only to reinjure him hamstring and leave the game. A return to the DL for Kemp is imminent and he will likely miss some more time. The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a four game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies as they continue to play well without injured outfielder Matt Kemp. The Dodgers own the best record in the majors and hold a four game lead in the NL West over the San Francisco Giants. Starter Chris Capuano is in the early running for best offseason signing as he has posted a 8-2 record with a 2.82 ERA in just first year in Los Angeles aftre going 11-12 last season with the Mets. Capuano has never finished a season with an ERA under three, but looks like he will change that this season. After completing a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the 37-21 Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in first place in the NL West, 4 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants. Despite the fact that Matt Kemp remains on the DL with his hamstring injury, the Dodgers continue to get on base and score runs against just about anyone, and are one of the hottest teams in baseball at the moment. They will begin a three-game interleague series with the Seattle Mariners on Friday night and will look to keep their winning streak going against American League competition. Sporting the best record in baseball halfway through the month of June and about a month before the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to be on a tear as of late, winning 7 of their last 10 games and storming out to a 40-24 record, becoming the first team to reach the 40-win plateau this season. The Dodgers are four games in front of the second-place Giants. Los Angeles will open up a three-game series on Friday night at Dodger Stadium against the Chicago White Sox and will send their ace Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.65 ERA) to the mound against Chris Sale. The Los Angeles Dodgers owned the best record in baseball before being swept by the Oakland Athletics this week and losing the crown, at least fpr the moment, to the Texas Rangers. The sweep was capped off by the Dodgers falling 4-1 on Thursday after A's rookie Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run walk-off home run. The Dodgers will now face their Los Angeles counterparts, the Angels, in a three-game interleague series this weekend. The Dodgers will send the 8-2 Chris Capuano to the mound for the series opener on Friday night. The depleted Los Angeles Dodgers have been struggling to score runs lately, and are currently in the midst of a major midseason swoon, having lost 9 of their last 10. The Dodgers, who once held the best record in baseball only a few short weeks ago, are now in second place in the NL West at 43-34 and are sorely missing Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Kemp, who will likely not return until the All-Star break, is the biggest bat in the Dodgers lineup and has been a big reason why Los Angeles has struggled to score in his absence.
5/31/12 - With Matt Kemp headed back to the disabled list, the Los Angeles Dodgers have called up second baseman Alex Castellanos from AAA Albuquerque. In 21 games for the Isotopes, Castellanos has hit .361 with 17 extra base hits, four home runs, and seven stolen bases. Castellanos came to the Dodgers as part of last year's Rafael Furcal trade and has hit well since coming to the Dodgers organization, hitting .322 in 32 games for AA Chattanooga. The 25 -year-old will certainly not replace Kemp's production, but Castellanos is believed to be a solid bat with the ability to keep the Dodgers afloat.
5/25/12 The surprising Los Angeles Dodgers are winners of 7 of their last 10 and currently boast the best record in all of baseball with a 30-14 mark. Despite Matt Kemp being out of the lineup for the last few weeks with a hamstring injury, the Dodgers are still been rolling, with their pitching staff being one of the best in the league right now. The trio of Clayton Kershaw, Chris Capuano, and Ted Lilly has been dominant thus far. Kershaw is 4-1 with an ERA of 1.90, while Capuano is 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA and Lilly also has a 5-1 record. The Dodgers will look to continue their hot streak with a three-game set against the Houston Astros this weekend.
5/18/12 After splitting a 2-game series with the division rival San Diego Padres, the 25-13 Los Angeles Dodgers, in first place in the NL West, will open up a 3-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Pitching for the Dodgers in the first game of the series is Ted Lilly, who has been fantastic thus far this season with a 5-0 record and a paltry 2.11 ERA. With star Matt Kemp placed on the 15-day DL earlier this week with a hamstring injury, the rest of the lineup will have to begin picking up some of the slack, at least until Kemp returns.
5/11/12 At 20-11, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the second place San Francisco Giants by 5 games in the NL West. The stellar production from Matt Kemp rivals only the Rangers' Josh Hamilton for the hottest start in the majors so far this season. Kemp is batting .385 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI and is making a very strong case thus far for winning the MVP award that he came so close to capturing last season. The Dodgers are also getting the job done on the mound as well, with Ted Lilly and Clayton Kershaw. Lilly is 4-0 with a 1.41 ERA in the early-going.
5/2/12 - After a torrid month of April, Matt Kemp has been voted the National League Player of the Month for April. In 23 games, Kemp led the Majors with a .417 batting average and 12 home runs. He also led the National League in RBI (25), hits (35), runs (24), and slugging percentage (.893). Kemp also set a new franchise record with 12 April home runs. He also had a 10 game hitting streak in April going 20 for 36 and hit .556 during that span. Kemp is following up a great 2011 campaign where he was second in the NL MVP voting.
5/4/12 The 17-8 Los Angeles Dodgers remain in first place in the NL West, still 4.5 games ahead of the second place Colorado Rockies thanks to the scorching start from early MVP candidate and 2011 MVP runner-up Matt Kemp. Kemp is leading the league in batting average and home runs, and is tied for second in RBI. With a .411 average, 12 home runs and 25 RBI, Kemp has looked like a man out to prove that he was the one who deserved to win last year's MVP award, and not the Brewers' Ryan Braun, who was later wrapped up in a PED controversy.
4/12/12 With brand new ownership at the helm and the hot-hitting MVP runner-up Matt Kemp getting off to a red-hot start to the season, the 6-1 NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers are the talk of the town out in Hollywood. Currently sixth in the league in runs scored with 30, the Dodgers' lineup is bolstered by Matt Kemp, batting .414 with 2 home runs, and Andre Ethier who has also gotten off to a hot start with 10 RBI. The Dodgers have been the surprise story of the early part of the 2012 season and look to ride this wave all the way to their first NL West title since 2009.
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Talk about some serious traveling across the country, butthis team known as the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't even start out on that side of America. Established back in 1883, the team actually was born in Brooklyn, New York. You've heard of the Brooklyn Dodgers, right? Same exact team. Back in 1958, the team moved to Los Angeles, changing their name, and playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before finally moving to their final home called Dodger Stadium, one of three ballparks that remain as the oldest parks in MLB history. Surprisingly, though, the Dodgers didn't even begin with that name when they were in Brooklyn. Originally, they wereknown as the Atlantics. They were also known as the Bridegrooms, Grooms,Superbas, Robins, Trolley Dodgers, and then of course the Dodgers by 1930.
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Yes, we did. And here's why. The Dodgers were actually the first team to bring in an African-American player -- the legendary Jackie Robinson. Not to be outdone by that, the Dodgers also recruited the very first Taiwanese player, Chin-Feng Chen. Other Asian players were standard fare for the Dodgers, such as Hong-Chih Kuo from Taiwan, Takashi Saito from Japan, and Chan Ho Park from South Korea. Pretty much puts the Dodgers in the record booksnow doesn't it?
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While it's actually an enjoyable state to visit -- especially with the Terminator as governor (we love you, Ahnold) --nothing beats a game with the Dodgers playing. There's always something fun to see -- after all,it's Los Angeles! Look around! There's nothing but fun there.
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Los Angeles Dodgers tickets allow fans the opportunity to experience one of baseball's most storied franchises. The Dodgers, established in 1883 and based in LA since moving from Brooklyn in 1958, have won six World Series championships to go along with 21 NL pennants. The Dodgers play at Dodger Stadium in downtown LA. Grab some Dodgers tickets and enjoy a game this season!
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It's been tough sledding for the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years, but the team looks to take big steps forward in the AL West in 2011. Last season didn't begin the way the Dodgers planned, but encouragement and hope comes with the hiring of first-year skipper Don Mattingly. In addition to Mattingly, the Dodgers spent nearly $90 million this offseason to upgrade in various places, chief among them, former San Francisco Giant Juan Uribe.
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Los Angeles Dodgers tickets ensure that fans see the Dodgers playing top contenders throughout the entire MLB season. The Dodgers have their work cut out for them in an always-tough National League West. With matchups with great teams like the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres and non-divisional meetings with the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies throughout the season, the Dodgers will have plenty of opportunity to test themselves against top talent in 2011. Buy your tickets now and don't miss the action!
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