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Former Laker and local broadcaster Tommy Hawkins dies at 80

It was the spring of 1985, and the Lakers stood one victory away from avenging a painful history of playoff losses to the Boston Celtics. Watching on television from home, the long-retired Tommy Hawkins — who had played for the Lakers when they moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles — couldn’t help...

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  • Diamondbacks have snaked their way into contention this season

    Diamondbacks have snaked their way into contention this season

    Forty minutes before they took the field in Cincinnati on July 18, the Arizona Diamondbacks received welcome news. They were all assembled inside the visiting clubhouse at Great American Ball Park, browsing their phones, playing cards, when a Twitter report that the team had made a big trade caught...

  • Three up, three down: A Dutch treat while the Mariners tread water

    Three up, three down: A Dutch treat while the Mariners tread water

    A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball this week: 3 UP Dutch treat: The best double-play duo this year? That would be Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Next best? Our vote goes to the unheralded duo of Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons, the second baseman and...

  • 'Psycho' Rich Hill is again on display in Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Padres

    'Psycho' Rich Hill is again on display in Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Padres

    As her husband Rich stepped into the batter’s box, Caitlin Hill lifted her iPhone, centered the camera and pressed record. She was sitting a dozen rows behind Citi Field’s home plate last weekend with their 5-year-old son, Brice. Caitlin joked to Brice that they might see history: Rich’s first...

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session, getting closer to return

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session, getting closer to return

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched off a mound on Friday afternoon for the first time since injuring his back on July 23. Sidelined with a lower back strain for the last three weeks, Kershaw indicated the session went “fine” after throwing about 35 pitches before a series opener against San Diego....

  • Letters: Maybe the fans know best about the Dodgers

    Letters: Maybe the fans know best about the Dodgers

    Is there a Los Angeles Times front page curse like the Sports Illustrated cover? If so, the Dodgers are doomed! Wayne Muramatsu Cerritos :: Dodgers Optimism: C you in October = Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Clayton Kershaw and Chase Utley. For the 2017 Dodgers, five “C”s equals A...

  • Derek Jeter, your new Miami Marlins co-owner

    Derek Jeter, your new Miami Marlins co-owner

    Derek Jeter was the last captain of the New York Yankees. Now he’ll lead the effort to beat them to a World Series championship. Jeter is the headline name in a group that has reached an agreement to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion, the Miami Herald reported Friday. Michael Jordan is one...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Here's what to do when Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez come back

    Dodgers Dugout: Here's what to do when Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez come back

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I’m wondering if the team will wait until after the regular season or after the playoffs to retire Cody Bellinger’s number. Crowding the lineup The Dodgers should be getting a couple of key players back soon:...

  • She flashed a Dodger Stadium crowd and became a viral sensation. Now Rally Granny is making national headlines

    She flashed a Dodger Stadium crowd and became a viral sensation. Now Rally Granny is making national headlines

    For nearly half a century, Mark and Betty True would celebrate the day’s first cocktail with a kiss and a toast. They would clink glasses, profess their love, and vow to squeeze every ounce out of their lives. It was a promise kept. They took this toast to balconies in Brazil, cafes in Nigeria,...

  • Dodgers' Tony Watson surrenders grand slam in loss to Diamondbacks

    Dodgers' Tony Watson surrenders grand slam in loss to Diamondbacks

    This is where they are. The Dodgers are so far ahead in the National League West that manager Dave Roberts treated the seventh inning of a one-run game against a division rival as an audition stage. Roberts didn’t frame it that way. He said instead that he hoped to burn an Arizona reserve by replacing...

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw claims to be recovered from back issue

    Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw claims to be recovered from back issue

    Clayton Kershaw met his Dodgers teammates in Phoenix on Tuesday, completed a workout inside the haven from heat that is Chase Field, and pronounced himself recovered from the lower-back strain that has forced him to miss his last two starts. “I feel healthy,” Kershaw said before the Dodgers lost...

  • Dodgers' domination could temper Rockies' celebration

    Dodgers' domination could temper Rockies' celebration

    The Colorado Rockies play in a beautiful ballpark, to great crowds year in and year out, featuring stars from Larry Walker and Todd Helton to Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado. Of the four most recent expansion franchises — the Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays — Colorado...

  • Dodgers (presumably) will open playoffs Oct. 6

    Dodgers (presumably) will open playoffs Oct. 6

    It only feels as if the Dodgers already have clinched the National League West. Amid all the talk of their trying to win more games than any team in major league history, we offer this reminder: The magic number is not zero. (It’s 36.) That said, the Dodgers are about to win their fifth consecutive...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Here's one reason the Dodgers are playing so well

    Dodgers Dugout: Here's one reason the Dodgers are playing so well

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I’m awaiting “Sharknado 6: Dodgers Save the Day” starring Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner. Not left out anymore Fair warning: I’ll be throwing a lot of stats out there the next couple of sections, so if you...

  • Yasiel Puig's return to good graces is sealed with a kiss

    Yasiel Puig's return to good graces is sealed with a kiss

    This is starting to become a routine: Yasiel Puig launching a home run, returning to the bench and wrapping his left arm around Turner Ward’s head, the right fielder’s python-like strangle preventing the hitting coach from freeing himself. Then, it happens. Puig plants his lips on Ward’s cheek....

  • Don Baylor put the Angels on the major league map

    Don Baylor put the Angels on the major league map

    The Angels never really became a major league team until Don Baylor showed up. They were born in Los Angeles, shared Dodger Stadium for four years, then moved to Anaheim and renamed themselves the California Angels in trying to escape the Dodgers’ shadow. The scoreboard is what it is, even if you...

  • Dodgers mailbag: What happens when Adrian Gonzalez returns from the disabled list?

    Dodgers mailbag: What happens when Adrian Gonzalez returns from the disabled list?

    The Dodgers are 79-32. That translates to a 115-win pace. In case you were wondering: Yes, this is real life. The Dodgers demolished the Mets this past weekend at Citi Field. They won by a cumulative score of 21-4 and pitched a pair of shutouts. Yu Darvish looked good in his Dodger debut. Justin...

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu is sharp in Dodgers' sweep-clinching 8-0 victory over the Mets

    Hyun-Jin Ryu is sharp in Dodgers' sweep-clinching 8-0 victory over the Mets

    Justin Turner could not identify the culprit. It might have been a member of the team. It might have been a Citi Field support staffer. Turner was unsure who asked what the Dodgers’ record was after Sunday’s 8-0 victory over the New York Mets, but he was positive about the response. “Who cares?”...

  • Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish is skilled as a southpaw as well

    Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish is skilled as a southpaw as well

    Two days after his Dodgers debut, Yu Darvish ventured outside to throw on Sunday afternoon. There was only one catch: He was pitching with his left hand. The Dodgers acquired Darvish, in part, to serve as a right-handed complement to the team’s left-handed starting trio of Clayton Kershaw, Rich...

  • Dodgers erase early three-run deficit with five homers in 7-4 victory over Mets

    Dodgers erase early three-run deficit with five homers in 7-4 victory over Mets

    The 1912 New York Giants were a formidable bunch. Running the team from the bench was Hall of Fame manager John McGraw. Christy Mathewson won 23 games and saved five others. Larry Doyle hit .330 and was the National League most valuable player. At one point during their charmed summer, the group...

  • Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager keeps quiet, but his excellent play speaks for itself

    Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager keeps quiet, but his excellent play speaks for itself

    A relatively large crowd of reporters started gathering around Corey Seager’s locker. Seager smiled wearily. Ironically, we had been talking about how he had managed to maintain a low profile this season. Now, he was about to have to speak into a collection of television cameras and voice recording...

  • Yasiel Puig heads to Jersey to promote the game on MLB Network

    Yasiel Puig heads to Jersey to promote the game on MLB Network

    Yasiel Puig did not linger at Citi Field on Friday night. After setting a new career-high with his 20th home run this season, Puig took a car across the Hudson River to Secaucus, N.J., and stopped by MLB Network’s studios to appear as a guest on a live broadcast. The field trip amused manager Dave...

  • Yu Darvish's smashing debut has Dodgers dreaming of October

    Yu Darvish's smashing debut has Dodgers dreaming of October

    Can’t we skip the next two months? Can’t the postseason start, like, now? Because if you watched Yu Darvish dominate the New York Mets on Friday night in his first start for the Dodgers, how could you not think ahead to October? It wasn’t only the sight of Darvish doing pretty much whatever he...

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