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  • Podcast | Sportswriters Blues: Loud talk, sad tweets, Rich Hill, Puig, and books

    Podcast | Sportswriters Blues: Loud talk, sad tweets, Rich Hill, Puig, and books

    Welcome to another edition of the “Sportswriters Blues” with Times beat writers Pedro Moura and Andy McCullough.   Among this week’s topics:   Andy shares his distaste for Canada Mike Trout’s dominance of 0-2 counts Pitchers who hit: Rich Hill vs. Johnny Cueto What’s up with Josh Reddick?   pedro.moura@latimes.com...

  • Why did the Dodgers pursue Carlos Ruiz?

    Why did the Dodgers pursue Carlos Ruiz?

    This week, Dodgers catching prospect Austin Barnes was hit in the hand. The severity of the injury turned out to be minimal, but the uncertainty around Barnes heightened the front office’s concern about its catching depth. That worry, along with the team’s continued interest in improving against...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Looking back at Game 2 of the Giants series

    Dodgers Dugout: Looking back at Game 2 of the Giants series

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. There was this strange sight on TV last night: A bunch of guys wearing Dodgers uniforms running around and playing baseball. I haven't seen something like that on TV in ages. Game 2 of the Giants series I will be...

  • October looks brighter with Kershaw, Hill, Maeda

    October looks brighter with Kershaw, Hill, Maeda

    For the first time this season, the Dodgers could see October. The Chicago Cubs could see October from the day they reported to spring training. The Washington Nationals could see it in April, when they won nine of their first 10 games and Daniel Murphy emerged as Babe Ruth for a new millennium....

  • Rich Hill's pitching, Justin Turner's home run are enough for Dodgers' 1-0 win over Giants

    Rich Hill's pitching, Justin Turner's home run are enough for Dodgers' 1-0 win over Giants

    For 22 days, Rich Hill existed as a Dodger in name only. He wore the uniform of the franchise but never graced the field. On two occasions, the team scheduled him to start a game only to scratch him because of a blister on his left hand. The only competitive outing he threw for the team was a simulated...

  • Angels catcher Jett Bandy likes to mix in fun with success

    Angels catcher Jett Bandy likes to mix in fun with success

    The 37 lockers inside Angel Stadium’s home clubhouse are almost uniformly unadorned. Players do not bother with them, except for Jett Bandy, the rookie catcher who has made his a shrine to his teammates since his May promotion. “You know how when you have a desk at an office, you put pictures of...

  • Andre Ethier takes batting practice with Dodgers, still not cleared for rehab assignment

    Andre Ethier takes batting practice with Dodgers, still not cleared for rehab assignment

    Andre Ethier visited Dodger Stadium on Wednesday and took batting practice with his teammates. But neither Ethier nor Manager Dave Roberts would reveal any details of the team’s plan to return Ethier to big league action this season. “No plan,” Ethier said before the Dodgers faced the San Francisco...

  • Giants' slump defies explanation, and Brandon Belt is among the perplexed

    Giants' slump defies explanation, and Brandon Belt is among the perplexed

    The San Francisco Giants are in the kind of tailspin that is beyond explanation. They went into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball, only to post the league’s worst mark since. What was once an eight-game lead in the National League West completely vanished, and then some. The Giants...

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw getting closer to facing hitters

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw getting closer to facing hitters

    In throwing a 40-pitch bullpen session at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, Clayton Kershaw took a significant step toward a return to the Dodgers by completing an activity that sounds mundane. He sat down without incident. Kershaw threw a pair of simulated innings in the bullpen, and did not...

  • Dodgers could open playoffs Oct. 5 or 7

    Dodgers could open playoffs Oct. 5 or 7

    The Dodgers, on pace for a fourth consecutive postseason appearance, would open the playoffs Oct. 5 or 7, according to the postseason schedule released Tuesday by Major League Baseball. The Dodgers have a 94% chance of making the playoffs as of Tuesday, according to Baseball Prospectus. The Dodgers...

  • Adrian Gonzalez hits three home runs in Dodgers' 18-9 victory over Reds

    Adrian Gonzalez hits three home runs in Dodgers' 18-9 victory over Reds

    A few steps away from the Dodgers dugout, moments after his third home run of the afternoon cleared the outfield fence, Adrian Gonzalez revealed his affection for this bandbox along the banks of the Ohio River. “I love this ballpark,” Gonzalez shouted as he thumped biceps with Joc Pederson, repeating...

  • Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir to have neck and back examined

    Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir to have neck and back examined

    The Dodgers medical staff will examine the neck and back of pitcher Scott Kazmir when the team returns to Los Angeles on Tuesday. Kazmir described the condition as stiffness on the right side of his neck, which prevents him from completing his delivery properly. “We’re going to address it to see...

  • With Brett Anderson's next start in jeopardy, Ross Stripling rejoins Dodgers

    With Brett Anderson's next start in jeopardy, Ross Stripling rejoins Dodgers

    Three days after being optioned to the minor leagues, Ross Stripling rejoined the Dodgers as a member of the taxi squad. His presence clarifies the severity of the blister on Brett Anderson’s left index finger. With Anderson uncertain to make his start on Thursday at Dodger Stadium, Stripling looms...

  • The young and the old help Dodgers end losing streak with 4-0 win over Reds

    The young and the old help Dodgers end losing streak with 4-0 win over Reds

    The distance between the two men can be measured in milestones. When the Dodgers drafted Chase Utley in 1997, Julio Urias was a nine-month-old toddler in Culiacan, Mexico. When the Dodgers signed Urias in 2012, Utley had already made five All-Star teams, anchored the Phillies to five consecutive...

  • Dodgers don't expect Hyun-Jin Ryu to pitch again in 2016

    Dodgers don't expect Hyun-Jin Ryu to pitch again in 2016

    The words from Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts did not exactly classify as a revelation. Hyun-Jin Ryu has not picked up a baseball since the middle of July, and the Dodgers have not provided many updates about his progress. But on Thursday, Roberts confirmed the obvious: Ryu is not expected to pitch...

  • Power surge continues for Dodgers in 7-2 win over Phillies

    Power surge continues for Dodgers in 7-2 win over Phillies

    Adrian Gonzalez bashed a pair of home runs as the Dodgers rolled the Phillies, 7-2. The victory improved the Dodgers’ lead over the still-reeling Giants to 1 1/2 games in the National League West. The Dodgers (67-52) can finish off a sweep of the Phillies on Thursday evening. Justin Turner also...

  • Rich Hill could debut for Dodgers against Giants next week

    Rich Hill could debut for Dodgers against Giants next week

    After two weeks of false starts, the Dodgers are hopeful the wait for Rich Hill’s debut could end next week. Hill will pitch a simulated game on Thursday in Arizona to test the blister on his left middle finger. Manager Dave Roberts acknowledged the “possibility” that Hill could pitch when the...

  • Yasiel Puig thrives in minor leagues as Dodgers move into first place without him

    Yasiel Puig thrives in minor leagues as Dodgers move into first place without him

    If Yasiel Puig were hitting to his capabilities, the Dodgers probably never would have sent him to the minor leagues. For all the talk of his coachability and his need to be a better teammate, teams tend be far more tolerant of players whose bats strike fear in the hearts of opposing pitchers. ...

  • Chase Utley's return to Philadelphia comes with a wallop in Dodgers' 15-5 win

    Chase Utley's return to Philadelphia comes with a wallop in Dodgers' 15-5 win

    As each home run took flight, a sea of red rose to salute a player wearing the visiting gray of the Dodgers. The sports fans of this city carry a reputation for a charming blend of passion and poison, but they have never been considered traitorous. Only one player can make them root against their...

  • Dodgers push back Bud Norris and plan to start Ross Stripling on Thursday

    Dodgers push back Bud Norris and plan to start Ross Stripling on Thursday

    The ever-twirling carousel that is the Dodgers starting rotation continued to spin Tuesday, as the team pushed back Bud Norris’ return from the disabled list to Friday and penciled Ross Stripling into a start Thursday. “It’s just more of just giving Bud an extra day,” Manager Dave Roberts said...

  • Dodgers Dugout: How has the Dodgers’ reliance on once-injured pitchers worked out for them?

    Dodgers Dugout: How has the Dodgers’ reliance on once-injured pitchers worked out for them?

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. This morning I woke up with a sore arm, so I am hoping Andrew Friedman will sign me to a big contract. Sore-armed crew As longtime readers of this newsletter know, I have not been the biggest fan of Andrew Friedman....

  • The evolution of Justin Turner: How a bench player in New York became a Dodgers star

    The evolution of Justin Turner: How a bench player in New York became a Dodgers star

    The ritual begins when Justin Turner unsheathes his 31.5-ounce Rawlings bat from the rack and strides through the dugout.   When he was still a teenager, he learned the importance of a routine, and so he stands on the steps, near Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, repeating a set of actions ingrained...

  • Plans for Rich Hill's debut with Dodgers change again

    Plans for Rich Hill's debut with Dodgers change again

    The debut of left-hander Rich Hill, acquired in an Aug. 1 deal from Oakland, was delayed for a third time because of blisters on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Hill was originally scheduled to start Aug. 7 against Boston, but a second blister pushed him back to Friday against Pittsburgh....

  • Brett Anderson's return a horrendous one for Dodgers

    Brett Anderson's return a horrendous one for Dodgers

    This was not what Brett Anderson envisioned during those seemingly endless weeks of core-strengthening and stretching exercises, of weightlifting and long toss, of coping with the tedium of rehabilitating from major surgery. The Dodgers left-hander spent five months working his way back from a...

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