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Dodgers' Dave Roberts: “Every team in baseball would want Yu Darvish"

On the first day of an indefinite number of days without Clayton Kershaw, the manager of the Dodgers volunteered the name of a pitcher the team might do well to acquire. Kershaw is expected to sit out four to six weeks because of what the team called a lower-back strain, according to a person familiar...

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

    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,...

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

    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...

  • Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy to test blister before Tuesday's start

    Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy to test blister before Tuesday's start

    Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy will throw a bullpen session on Sunday to test the blister on his right hand and determine if he can make his start Tuesday against San Francisco. The Dodgers have told Kenta Maeda to be ready to pitch in McCarthy’s place if the blister worsens, manager Dave Roberts...

  • Grand spanking Blue: Jaime Garcia’s slam leads Braves’ rout of Dodgers

    Grand spanking Blue: Jaime Garcia’s slam leads Braves’ rout of Dodgers

    If the Dodgers had played reasonably well, they could have blamed this all on the Minnesota Twins. The Twins, you see, were close to acquiring pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves. The trade was so close that the Braves flew a minor league pitcher to Los Angeles, to take Garcia’s scheduled...

  • Mistakes led to Dodgers acquiring Alex Wood, the new 'bulldog'

    Mistakes led to Dodgers acquiring Alex Wood, the new 'bulldog'

    Alex Wood could be described by his college alma mater’s mascot, a former teammate of his said. “He’s a bulldog,” Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “He went to Georgia and that’s their mascot. He is 100% that.” Call a pitcher a bulldog and it’s a compliment. Call a pitcher a bulldog...

  • Cody Bellinger has become a favorite for Dodgers fans

    Cody Bellinger has become a favorite for Dodgers fans

    Cody Bellinger turned 22 last week. He was in the minor leagues three months ago. Yet, on a team with some of baseball’s brightest stars, the rookie slugger rapidly has become one of the Dodgers’ most popular players. Take a walk around a Dodger Stadium concourse, and you’ll see plenty of fans...

  • Letters: Fans have a field day with Dodgers asking $12 million for naming rights

    Letters: Fans have a field day with Dodgers asking $12 million for naming rights

    So the Dodgers are soliciting sponsorships for the naming rights to the field at Dodger Stadium. If Spectrum puts in the winning bid, does that mean the fans attending the game won’t be able to see it? Paul Feinsinger Agoura Hills :: So the Dodgers announced they’re selling naming rights to their...

  • It's official: The Yankees are the most-hated team in baseball — and the Dodgers aren't far behind

    It's official: The Yankees are the most-hated team in baseball — and the Dodgers aren't far behind

    America has spoken, and the New York Yankees are the country’s most-hated baseball team. It’s no surprise that one of the most successful sports franchises in the world with 18 division titles, 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series championships — all Major League Baseball records — continues...

  • Dodgers organist pays tribute to Chester Bennington with pregame performance of Linkin Park's 'Numb'

    Dodgers organist pays tribute to Chester Bennington with pregame performance of Linkin Park's 'Numb'

    Dodger Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle received a special request on Thursday afternoon, hours before a home game against the Atlanta Braves. Earlier in the day, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found dead in his home near Los Angeles at age 41. The death is being investigated as an apparent...

  • Dodgers' 11-game winning streak ends as Braves rough up McCarthy

    Dodgers' 11-game winning streak ends as Braves rough up McCarthy

    And on the 18th day, they lost. The Dodgers’ latest and longest winning streak this season died Thursday, after a robust life span that included 11 victories, four sweeps and six off days. The Atlanta Braves temporarily chilled baseball’s hottest team, scoring six runs in the first four innings...

  • Dodgers' Alex Wood has franchise-best ERA, but might not be eligible for record

    Dodgers' Alex Wood has franchise-best ERA, but might not be eligible for record

    In 1916 — a decade and a half before the Dodgers nickname would stick to the Brooklyn franchise of the National League — Hall of Famer Rube Marquard posted a 1.58 earned-run average for the Brooklyn Robins. That remains the franchise record, even amid the excellence of Clayton Kershaw and Sandy...

  • Dodgers cut pitcher Sergio Romo

    Dodgers cut pitcher Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo had been all but invisible in the Dodgers’ bullpen. On Thursday, the invisible turned into the inevitable, when the Dodgers removed Romo from their roster. Romo, 34, posted a 6.12 ERA in 30 appearances. He had faced one batter this month. The Dodgers signed Romo to a one-year, $3-million...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Breaking down the amazing 29-4 run

    Dodgers Dugout: Breaking down the amazing 29-4 run

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and it doesn't seem the Home Run Derby has hurt Cody Bellinger too much. The amazing race After completing a three-game sweep of Miami over the weekend, the Dodgers have won 29 of their last 33 games, an amazing...

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw tweaks strategy on the mound

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw tweaks strategy on the mound

    Seven days removed from his final start of the first half, Clayton Kershaw climbed down a set of steps inside the visitors clubhouse at Marlins Park in Miami on Sunday morning. His destination was the dugout, not the mound. He wore a headband, not his Dodgers cap. He would wait until Tuesday to...

  • Dodgers mailbag: Should they pursue Tigers ace Justin Verlander?

    Dodgers mailbag: Should they pursue Tigers ace Justin Verlander?

    The Dodgers are 64-29. That translates to a 111-win pace. I can repeat that again, if you’d like. 64-29. 111 wins. Yeah. The Dodgers are playing well. They have won nine in a row, including a sweep of the Marlins over the weekend in Miami. They have won 29 of their last 33. The team has not lost...

  • Dodgers' tear continues with victory over Marlins 3-2

    Dodgers' tear continues with victory over Marlins 3-2

    On Sunday morning, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen told Dave Roberts that his flu had faded. Jansen had pitched the first night of this series, but Roberts still felt cautious about his usage. The symptoms, as Jansen described them, were not pleasant, a combination of feverish nights and gastro-intestinal...

  • Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig gets day off as team faces lefty

    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig gets day off as team faces lefty

    When Yasiel Puig returned from his minor-league exile in September, the Dodgers assigned him a diminished but specific role. The acquisition of Josh Reddick took at-bats away against right-handed pitchers. Puig started only against the left-handers, a task he accomplished with distinction, posting...

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