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  • Clayton Kershaw praises new Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz, laments loss of A.J. Ellis

    Clayton Kershaw praises new Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz, laments loss of A.J. Ellis

    A new catcher occupied A.J. Ellis’ old locker at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon. On his first day as a Dodger, Carlos Ruiz found himself next door to Clayton Kershaw, a close friend of Ellis and one of his strongest advocates in the organization. The departure of Ellis on Thursday rocked the...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Was the A.J. Ellis trade a good deal?

    Dodgers Dugout: Was the A.J. Ellis trade a good deal?

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I wish A.J. Ellis a fond farewell. Looking at Game 3 of the Giants series --The Dodgers lost after nearly being no-hit by Matt Moore. They still have a two-game division lead with the Chicago Cubs coming into...

  • A.J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw get emotional after catcher is dealt to Phillies

    A.J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw get emotional after catcher is dealt to Phillies

    Shortly after A.J. Ellis received clarification about his future, he asked Clayton Kershaw to meet him outside by the Dodgers bench. There, the backup catcher shared the news to his closest friend on the team. The Dodgers had traded Ellis to the Philadelphia Phillies for another veteran backstop,...

  • Giants' Matt Moore nearly no-hits the Dodgers in 4-0 victory

    Giants' Matt Moore nearly no-hits the Dodgers in 4-0 victory

    The baseball splashed at the feet of San Francisco Giants outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, and Dodger Stadium erupted. The Dodgers would not win this baseball game, a 4-0 defeat to the Giants, but at least they would not occupy a place in history. A two-out single in the ninth inning by Corey Seager...

  • 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...

  • Yes, that's former Dodger Eric Gagne behind the bar ... and on the big screen

    Yes, that's former Dodger Eric Gagne behind the bar ... and on the big screen

    Eric Gagne used to emerge from the bullpen like Darth Vader swinging a dental drill. Even the dorky safety goggles hinted at impending doom. A blowtorch four-seamer. The change-up that dropped like a bowling ball off a picnic table. Get a whiff of that, with three outs to go in the bottom of the...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Looking back at Game 1 of the Giants series

    Dodgers Dugout: Looking back at Game 1 of the Giants series

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. What happened to that nightly reality show that was on NBC the last couple of weeks? It was set in Rio and featured the wacky antics of a character they obviously made up named Ryan Lochte. Did they cancel it? Game...

  • Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is dealing with a foot issue

    Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is dealing with a foot issue

    Chase Utley made a brief appearance in the Dodgers’ rout of San Francisco on Tuesday night. He hit a single off the bench in the sixth inning and scored on a double by Andrew Toles. After an inning in the field, Manager Dave Roberts removed Utley because of soreness in one of his feet. Roberts...

  • For fifth consecutive time, the Giants fail to win a Madison Bumgarner start against the Dodgers

    For fifth consecutive time, the Giants fail to win a Madison Bumgarner start against the Dodgers

    When all else fails, the San Francisco Giants turn to Madison Bumgarner. When that fails, well … For the third time in three tries this season — and for the fifth consecutive time over the last 12 months — the Giants started their ace against the Dodgers and lost the game.  “I don’t get concerned...

  • Dodgers take series opener by pummeling Madison Bumgarner and the Giants, 9-5

    Dodgers take series opener by pummeling Madison Bumgarner and the Giants, 9-5

    Adrian Gonzalez tracked the baseball as it exited the hand of San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner. He maintained his focus as his bat ripped through the strike zone, connecting with the slider and lining it up the middle. He did not turn away until it cleared the glove of shortstop Brandon Crawford,...

  • 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...

  • Brett Anderson suffers a blister and the Dodgers an 11-1 loss to the Reds

    Brett Anderson suffers a blister and the Dodgers an 11-1 loss to the Reds

    The walk from the mound to the dugout can be a lonely one, long enough for a pitcher to ponder the pitifulness of his outing, short enough to prevent the discovery of answers. But a guest followed Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson as he shuffled off the field in Saturday’s 11-1 loss to the Reds, the...

  • It's a dead heat between the Dodgers and the Giants in the National League West

    It's a dead heat between the Dodgers and the Giants in the National League West

    On the final Sunday of June, Clayton Kershaw walked off the mound in Pittsburgh. Across the country, the San Francisco Giants walked off too, with a ninth-inning victory that left the home team leading the National League West by eight games. Kershaw has yet to return to the mound. But a funny...

  • Dodgers upbeat after Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session

    Dodgers upbeat after Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session

    A stream of Dodgers officials trotted across the slick grass at Great American Ball Park, bound for the bullpen near the right-field foul pole. Inside the bullpen, for the first time since July 16, Clayton Kershaw was throwing off a mound. The audience included Manager Dave Roberts, pitching coach...

  • Bud Norris has a rough return to the rotation in Dodgers' 9-2 loss to the Reds

    Bud Norris has a rough return to the rotation in Dodgers' 9-2 loss to the Reds

    As he warmed up on Friday evening, Dodgers starter Bud Norris noticed a chunk of clay missing from the mound. The grounds crew at Great American Ball Park fixed the surface, but Norris never found his footing in a 9-2 loss to the Reds. In his return from the disabled list, Norris could not complete...

  • Letters: Liars, divers and cowards, all on NBC from Rio (on tape)!

    Letters: Liars, divers and cowards, all on NBC from Rio (on tape)!

    Ryan Lochte has played a frustrated supporting actor in the “Legend of Michael Phelps” story for over a decade. He now has the podium all to himself, with a gold medal for fiction.  Hugh K. Malay Oxnard :: For those still wondering “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” we now have the answer: Lie. Gary...

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