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Dodgers clubhouse crew well-versed in cleaning up champagne celebrations

Alex Torres, the Dodgers’ clubhouse manager, said he was a little torn by the champagne-and-beer-fueled celebration Friday that followed the team’s division-clinching victory. On one hand it was a tremendous achievement by a group of guys with whom he spends most of his waking hours. On the other...

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    Dodgers get a scare in 5-4 victory over the Phillies, but they clinch a tie for West title

    Fatigued on their trudge toward clinching the National League West, and irritated by an ineffectual performance against the Philadelphia Phillies this week, the Dodgers ended their three-city trip Thursday with an unnerving sight: Justin Turner clutching his right thumb after getting hit by a pitch....

  • Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager gets the day off to rest sore ankle

    Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager gets the day off to rest sore ankle

    Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager received a day off Thursday after fouling a pitch off his right ankle the night before. An X-ray came back negative, but the foul ball left a bruise causing Seager to limp through the clubhouse after Wednesday’s game. Seager already is dealing with inflammation in...

  • Dodgers' relievers falter in 7-5 loss to Phillies

    Dodgers' relievers falter in 7-5 loss to Phillies

    Dave Roberts opened the door to his office and descended a flight of steps toward the visitors’ batting cage at Citizens Bank Park. Inside the room awaited the position players of the Dodgers. Roberts called them together Wednesday afternoon to deliver a message. The address lasted 15 minutes....

  • Los Angeles Dodgers give struggling reliever Pedro Baez time off

    Los Angeles Dodgers give struggling reliever Pedro Baez time off

    After losing Tuesday night for the fourth time in three weeks, Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez informed manager Dave Roberts that he could pitch Wednesday. Roberts made a counter offer. “I asked him to sit with me in the dugout for the next couple days,” Roberts said before his team faced the Philadelphia...

  • Pedro Baez unravels in Dodgers' 6-2 loss to the Phillies

    Pedro Baez unravels in Dodgers' 6-2 loss to the Phillies

    Dave Roberts could not have engineered a softer landing. In the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-2 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Roberts sent Pedro Baez to protect a one-run lead against the No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 hitters of a last-place team. It was perhaps a test to see whether Baez belongs...

  • Dodgers veteran Adrian Gonzalez settling into role on bench

    Dodgers veteran Adrian Gonzalez settling into role on bench

    On Saturday, the day before the Dodgers faced Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg in a series finale, manager Dave Roberts met with Adrian Gonzalez. Roberts had planned to start Gonzalez against Strasburg. He pointed to Gonzalez’s seven hits in 15 at-bats against the pitcher. Gonzalez...

  • Dodgers extend winning streak to four with 3-2 victory over Nationals

    Dodgers extend winning streak to four with 3-2 victory over Nationals

    The solution lurked beneath their noses, but as the Dodgers meandered through a 1-16 skid earlier this month, the group attempted a series of stunts to exorcise their demons. Yu Darvish sprinkled salt in the Dodger Stadium dugout. Adrian Gonzalez carried the lineup out before one game. Someone...

  • Dodgers' single-game playoff tickets on sale next week

    Dodgers' single-game playoff tickets on sale next week

    The Dodgers will put single-game postseason tickets on sale next week. The prices range from $42 to $230 for the division series and $80 to $250 for the National League championship series. The Dodgers said they would sell tickets at the Dodger Stadium box office and on dodgers.com, starting at...

  • Dodgers Dugout: These three Dodgers should get reduced playing time

    Dodgers Dugout: These three Dodgers should get reduced playing time

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I told you that my lucky socks would do the trick. So this is what winning feels like All it took was a trip to San Francisco to right the ship! The World Series is guaranteed! The best team ever! OK, maybe I’m...

  • Alex Wood looking to regain All-Star form Friday against Nationals

    Alex Wood looking to regain All-Star form Friday against Nationals

    On several occasions each week, usually two or three times in between his starts, Alex Wood will climb atop a mound and simulate his delivery. He does not actually throw a baseball. He often holds a weighted, 24-ounce ball in his glove to strengthen his front side. He pantomimes his delivery to...

  • Yu Darvish has strong outing against Giants, and Dodgers breathe sigh of relief

    Yu Darvish has strong outing against Giants, and Dodgers breathe sigh of relief

    There was laughter and lightness in the Dodgers’ clubhouse. There were players enjoying a relatively easy victory, and there was Clayton Kershaw boisterously providing quotes to the reporters waiting outside the office of Manager Dave Roberts. “Yu pitched great tonight,” Kershaw said. Kershaw proceeded...

  • Austin Barnes could be Dodgers' primary catcher in playoffs

    Austin Barnes could be Dodgers' primary catcher in playoffs

    On the day after the Dodgers clinched a postseason berth, their manager did not rule out the possibility that Austin Barnes could be their primary catcher in the playoffs. The Dodgers have used Barnes to spell Yasmani Grandal against left-handers this season. But Barnes has been more effective...

  • Dodgers skip the champagne after their playoff-clinching victory they didn't know about

    Dodgers skip the champagne after their playoff-clinching victory they didn't know about

    The Dodgers did not win a game Tuesday as much as they simply exhaled. Clayton Kershaw pitched and the Dodgers won and, yeah, that’s a start. That’s also the closest thing to a given that the Dodgers have. They still have not won a game Kershaw did not start since Aug. 25. They still have lost...

  • Desperate Dodgers finally end losing streak — and clinch a playoff spot

    Desperate Dodgers finally end losing streak — and clinch a playoff spot

    The desperation of the Dodgers, a team in possession of baseball’s best record yet stuck in the sport’s longest losing streak in 2017, streamed across the face of Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night. You could see it in the fourth inning, when he roared at his dugout after his double continued a...

  • Ryu will start Sunday against Nationals

    Ryu will start Sunday against Nationals

    After a 49-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, Hyun-Jin Ryu will rejoin the Dodgers rotation this weekend for a pivotal series against Washington. Ryu will start on Sunday, following Alex Wood on Friday and Rich Hill on Saturday. The Dodgers skipped Ryu’s turn in the rotation this week in order to...

  • Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani shows his stuff to major league scouts

    Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani shows his stuff to major league scouts

    Travel by railroad from mainland Japan to the northern-most island of Hokkaido and you will see Shohei Ohtani. Of this, I’m certain. A couple of days ago, I stared for nearly two hours directly into an advertisement bearing his image in the crowded, standing-room only section of a train. Arrive...

  • Dodgers mailbag: It is time to panic

    Dodgers mailbag: It is time to panic

    The Dodgers are 92-52. That translates to a 103-win pace. The team has a nine-game lead in the National League West. They lead Washington in the race for homefield advantage by 3 1/2 games. Hey, that’s not bad! These are ugly times to be a Dodger or to be a fan of the Dodgers. The team has lost...

  • Can Dodgers fans take solace in the plight of the Chicago Cubs?

    Can Dodgers fans take solace in the plight of the Chicago Cubs?

    As Dodgers fans nervously sweat out September, counting down the days and anxious about whether the greatest collapse in baseball history really is happening, the Dodgers are not the only team putting their fans on edge. The Dodgers should clinch a playoff spot any day now. The Chicago Cubs might...

  • Dodgers Dugout: The ship is sinking, but the Dodgers keep paddling

    Dodgers Dugout: The ship is sinking, but the Dodgers keep paddling

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I finally realized the problem: I haven’t been wearing my lucky Dodgers socks. Random thoughts The Dodgers have lost 15 of their last 16 games, and some will tell you that it doesn’t matter, because a lot of...

  • Dodgers' losing streak reaches a record-tying 10 when Rockies take 8-1 win

    Dodgers' losing streak reaches a record-tying 10 when Rockies take 8-1 win

    At this point, after 10 losses in a row and 15 defeats in 16 games, the metaphors write themselves. On Sunday afternoon, during an 8-1 trouncing by Colorado, the Dodgers distributed a gift to thousands of fans at Dodger Stadium: A plastic trash can. The timing was cruel. This season does not yet...

  • Dodgers still committed to Yu Darvish despite his rough starts

    Dodgers still committed to Yu Darvish despite his rough starts

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will start on Tuesday against San Francisco, but the team has not determined if Yu Darvish will follow on Wednesday. Darvish would be pitching on regular rest that day, but manager Dave Roberts indicated the team has yet to make a decision. Roberts did offer this prediction...

  • Dodgers' magic number is reduced again despite another loss to the Rockies

    Dodgers' magic number is reduced again despite another loss to the Rockies

    The Dodgers have been telling everyone who will listen that this slump is just a bump, a speed bump on the way to the inevitable postseason run. For all their futility, the Dodgers lead the National League West by 10 games, with 20 to play. They keep telling their fans not to worry, and yet their...

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