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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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dodgers overcome injury to Brandon McCarthy in 8-4 victory over Pirates

    Dodgers overcome injury to Brandon McCarthy in 8-4 victory over Pirates

    The baseball gods clearly are mocking the prevailing talking point of the Dodgers’ front office. The executives amassed what they hoped would be unrivaled depth in starting pitching, only to lose enough pitchers to populate two starting rotations. On that front, Saturday offered a microcosm of...

  • Julio Urias comes to the rescue for the Dodgers

    Julio Urias comes to the rescue for the Dodgers

    There might come a season, perhaps soon, when the Dodgers put Julio Urias in the starting rotation and leave him there for the entire season. The Dodgers had scripted this season for their phenom, but the plans were ruined and the team’s hand was forced by an injury-ravaged pitching staff. So there...

  • Dave Roberts isn't missing a beat in first year as Dodgers manager

    Dave Roberts isn't missing a beat in first year as Dodgers manager

    The clock usually strikes midnight before Dave Roberts wraps up his meetings, grabs a bite to eat, changes into civilian clothes and heads home from Dodger Stadium. He replays the game in his mind for another couple hours, challenging himself on his decisions. He might get six or seven hours of...

  • Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy leaves game because of hip injury

    Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy leaves game because of hip injury

    Brandon McCarthy has made three increasingly shaky starts, and his next stop could be the disabled list. McCarthy left the Dodgers’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday in the second inning, with what the team called stiffness in his right hip. Bud Norris, who is scheduled to make a rehabilitation...

  • Dodgers' starting rotation is about to get overcrowded

    Dodgers' starting rotation is about to get overcrowded

    The Dodgers plan to activate Brett Anderson, Rich Hill and Bud Norris within the coming week, meaning a team that has struggled to fill out a rotation for much of the season might suddenly find itself with too many starting pitchers. Anderson, out all season after back surgery, is scheduled to...

  • Dodgers get the hits, but not the runs in loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1

    Dodgers get the hits, but not the runs in loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1

    The two numbers stood side by side on the scoreboard at Dodger Stadium, an incongruent pair in a dreary 5-1 Dodgers defeat. In the runs column stood the lone tally, not nearly enough to overcome the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the hits column was the number 12, a double-digit total that revealed the...

  • Brett Anderson will make 2016 debut for Dodgers on Sunday

    Brett Anderson will make 2016 debut for Dodgers on Sunday

    After  being sidelined for the first four months of the season, Brett Anderson is scheduled to make his 2016 debut for the Dodgers on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Anderson underwent back surgery in March, and acted as the first domino to fall in a season marred by pitching injuries. But the Dodgers...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Despite the doubters, Dodgers continue to move forward

    Dodgers Dugout: Despite the doubters, Dodgers continue to move forward

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I bet I could beat Michael Phelps in a race if I was allowed to wear floaties. Best team in the second half? So, in the last edition of Dodgers Dugout, I mentioned how well the Dodgers have been playing, and...

  • As Julio Urias turns 20, Dodgers strive for both development and big-league production

    As Julio Urias turns 20, Dodgers strive for both development and big-league production

    Julio Urias turns 20 on Friday. The birthday ends his reign as the lone teenager in Major League Baseball. What will not end, what will continue into 2017 and beyond, is the Dodgers’ ongoing effort to develop Urias into a front-line starter while still extracting value from him at the big-league...

  • Yasiel Puig to face news conference before debut in Oklahoma City

    Yasiel Puig to face news conference before debut in Oklahoma City

    With Yasiel Puig on the eve of playing the first home game of his triple-A stay, the Dodgers’ Oklahoma City affiliate announced that Puig would hold an informal press conference Friday. Puig played his first three games for Oklahoma City on the road. Alex Freedman, the Oklahoma City director of...

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