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  • Dodgers Dugout: Time for short-sighted fans to abandon ship

    Dodgers Dugout: Time for short-sighted fans to abandon ship

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and see what happens when I go away for a week? The Dodgers just fall apart. Abandon ship The e-mails have been coming in really fast, and very furious. “This team will never win.” “Management obviously doesn't have...

  • Dodgers take the fifth (and its six runs) to defeat the Diamondbacks

    Dodgers take the fifth (and its six runs) to defeat the Diamondbacks

    His itinerary did not allow much time to dawdle. A few hours after Brandon McCarthy steadied the Dodgers through a 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks, he planned to drive to Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in Scottsdale. It was a momentous evening for the club, which counts McCarthy as part of the...

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts offers encouragement, advice to struggling starter Kenta Maeda

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts offers encouragement, advice to struggling starter Kenta Maeda

    Dave Roberts called Kenta Maeda into his office Sunday morning. The Dodgers were a little more than 12 hours removed from a second thrashing at Chase Field, this one wrought by a disastrous performance from Maeda. Roberts met with Maeda to help boost his pitcher’s confidence after he surrendered...

  • Dodgers, and Kenta Maeda, get rocked again in 11-5 loss to Diamondbacks

    Dodgers, and Kenta Maeda, get rocked again in 11-5 loss to Diamondbacks

    He wanted excellence, but he was willing to settle for competence. After exhausting his bullpen the previous evening, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sought a steady outing from the shakiest member of his starting rotation Saturday. Worry about Kenta Maeda gnawed at Roberts from the moment he arrived...

  • Julio Urias could make 2017 debut for Dodgers in San Francisco

    Julio Urias could make 2017 debut for Dodgers in San Francisco

    On Friday evening, as the Dodgers’ pitching staff combusted at Chase Field, Julio Urias pitched into the sixth inning of a game for triple-A Oklahoma City. He extended his pitch count to 93. It appeared to be the final stop on his sojourn away from the major league club. Manager Dave Roberts indicated...

  • Letters: Some blistering commentary on the Dodgers

    Letters: Some blistering commentary on the Dodgers

    A carpenter’s hands, an electrician’s hands, a farmworker’s hands ... what do they all have in common? Calluses. None of these occupations generally allow one to take six months off. Apparently Rich Hill, who is paid quite a bit more than a farmworker, doesn’t pick up a baseball during his six...

  • MLB's most popular jerseys: Cubs, Clayton Kershaw, more Cubs

    MLB's most popular jerseys: Cubs, Clayton Kershaw, more Cubs

    If you measure popularity by jersey sales, four of the five most popular players in the major leagues play for the Chicago Cubs. The other one is Clayton Kershaw. To sell jerseys, apparently, it helps to play for the team that just won its first World Series in 108 years, or to be baseball’s best...

  • Dodgers' season-ticket wait list is no more

    Dodgers' season-ticket wait list is no more

    The Dodgers’ waiting list for season tickets is no more. After three years in which the Dodgers capped season tickets at 35,000 and established a waiting list, season tickets are currently on sale for all levels of Dodger Stadium, at a prorated price. In the 2015-16 offseason, the Dodgers said...

  • Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood gets another chance to audition for starting rotation

    Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood gets another chance to audition for starting rotation

    In the summer before his junior year of high school, Alex Wood sat at a computer and composed a series of emails. He addressed them to the coaches at the 15 to 20 colleges where he wanted to play baseball. He was a gangly left-hander from Charlotte, N.C., with a goofy delivery, but he exhibited...

  • Clayton Kershaw rips Rockies' Tyler Anderson after Dodgers' 4-2 win

    Clayton Kershaw rips Rockies' Tyler Anderson after Dodgers' 4-2 win

    As Dave Roberts spoke with reporters Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers had played 15 games this season. They had 147 to play, and yet the Dodgers manager actually used the words “must win.” In just about any other context, you would suspect the Dodgers had gone into panic mode. But Wednesday was...

  • Dodgers put Logan Forsythe on disabled list because of broken toe

    Dodgers put Logan Forsythe on disabled list because of broken toe

    The Dodgers addressed their weakness last season against left-handed pitching by acquiring second baseman Logan Forsythe and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. Barely two weeks into the season, Forsythe and Gutierrez are on the disabled list. Forsythe was put on the disabled list Wednesday because...

  • Dodgers suffer painful loss to the Rockies, 4-3, and a Justin Turner scare

    Dodgers suffer painful loss to the Rockies, 4-3, and a Justin Turner scare

    The fastball registered at 92 mph when it connected with Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. It ricocheted off his left hand and dribbled across the grass beyond home plate. Turner tumbled into the dirt. Quiet descended upon Dodger Stadium. The possibility of injury loomed larger than insult...

  • Survey: Dodgers pass Lakers as L.A.'s favorite team

    Survey: Dodgers pass Lakers as L.A.'s favorite team

    Magic Johnson arrived in Los Angeles as a wide-eyed teenager in 1979, when Dusty Baker, Ron Cey and Steve Garvey starred for the team that had captured the affection of the city. “I've seen how the Dodgers can be as big as the Lakers,” Johnson said when he announced his pursuit of an ownership...

  • As Rich Hill continues to throw, Dodgers unsure about what's causing his blister

    As Rich Hill continues to throw, Dodgers unsure about what's causing his blister

    On Tuesday afternoon, two days after irritating a blister on his left middle finger, Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill went outside to play catch. He distanced himself about 90 feet from his target. He wore a bandage over his damaged finger for the duration of the exercise. After dealing with Hill’s blister...

  • Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson to start against lefties as Dodgers start series with Colorado

    Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson to start against lefties as Dodgers start series with Colorado

    Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has taken seven plate appearances against left-handed pitchers this season. He is, thanks to the quirks of small-sample-size oddities, 3-for-7 in these encounters and hitting .148 against right-handed pitchers. Manager Dave Roberts indicated on Monday evening he...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Rick Honeycutt gets a bum rap

    Dodgers Dugout: Rick Honeycutt gets a bum rap

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and please, whenever Rich Hill pitches next, don't say the opposing batter really blistered the ball. Rick Honeycutt gets a bum rap For some reason, I get a lot of email from Dodgers fans who don't like Rick Honeycutt....

  • Dodgers taxed bullpen gives up first homer in 4-2 loss to Diamondbacks

    Dodgers taxed bullpen gives up first homer in 4-2 loss to Diamondbacks

    The mounds near the left-field pavilion stood empty as the eighth inning began on Monday evening. The inactivity symbolized both a dearth of alternative options and the temporary trust extended by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to the most combustible reliever in his bullpen. Chris Hatcher trotted...

  • Blister again forces Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill to leave game early

    Blister again forces Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill to leave game early

    Rich Hill’s blister popped up again. For the second consecutive start — his only starts this season — a blister foiled Hill’s chance to pitch deep into the game. Hill lasted only three innings in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers said Hill left after “re-aggravating” the...

  • Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks despite another rough start for Kenta Maeda

    Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks despite another rough start for Kenta Maeda

    There were bookend celebrations in Dodger Stadium on Saturday, the team unveiling a statue of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson outside the left-field reserve plaza in the afternoon and closer Kenley Jansen recording the final four outs of the Dodgers’ 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to cap...

  • Statue of Jackie Robinson unveiled at Dodger Stadium

    Statue of Jackie Robinson unveiled at Dodger Stadium

    After all the lovely words had been spoken, the blue curtain raised, and the majestic statue of Jackie Robinson unveiled, his daughter reflected on a day she called powerful and inspirational. “It was wonderful,” Sharon Robinson said, “to share that with Mom.” Rachel Robinson is 94. She celebrated...

  • Dodgers' batters make Zack Greinke pay this time in 7-1 win over Diamondbacks

    Dodgers' batters make Zack Greinke pay this time in 7-1 win over Diamondbacks

    Clayton Kershaw fell short in his bid for the 16th shutout and 25th complete game of his distinguished career Friday when the Arizona Diamondbacks nicked the Dodgers left-hander for a meaningless run in the ninth inning. That hardly detracted from another evening of dominance. Kershaw held up his...

  • Clayton Kershaw is clearly the No. 1 pitcher in duel with Zack Greinke

    Clayton Kershaw is clearly the No. 1 pitcher in duel with Zack Greinke

    Admit it, for the three seasons Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were the Dodgers’ historically great one-two punch, there were occasions you wondered. Who was one? Who was two? Their first duel as opponents Friday night at Dodger Stadium reminded everyone of the folly of such wonder, illuminating...

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