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Dodgers could turn to Brandon Beachy for rotation opening Saturday

Is now the time to attempt to cash in on the Brandon Beachy gamble, or would the Dodgers be pushing his return because of obvious need?

The Dodgers put together their ugliest victory of the season Monday night when they started reliever Yimi Garcia, tried and failed to squeeze six innings out of Eric Surkamp, and ultimately took more than four hours to defeat the Phillies (corrected), 10-7.

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An All-Star Game without the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw?

They announced the 2015 All-Star team Monday, and the National League’s reigning Cy Young winner was not on it. Neither was the reigning MVP, which just happens to be the same guy.

So maybe you’re thinking Clayton Kershaw must be having some kind of horrible season to be left off this year’s team. He wasn’t one of the five starting pitchers voted on by the players, or one of the two starters added...

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For Dodgers, 10-7 win over Phillies is a labor of love

Some baseball games are tougher to watch than others. And sometimes, there are games like the Dodgers’ 10-7 win over the Phillies, which almost seem like some kind of advanced torture from Guantanamo.

Jimmy Rollins might argue all that, despite his two-run single being the difference maker in his first meeting against his former team before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 45,180.

But it was a labored, silly,...

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Why the Dodgers called up Eric Surkamp and started Yimi Garcia

The Dodgers brought up starter Eric Surkamp from triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday … and decided to fill their rotation hole with reliever Yimi Garcia?

Well, not exactly. Garcia will start all right, but the right-hander won’t be around long. Two innings would be his max, the Dodgers then would be able to hit for him possibly as early as the second inning and bring on the left-handed Surkamp.

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Four Dodgers selected to NL All-Star team, but not Clayton Kershaw

For the second consecutive season, the Dodgers had four players selected for the National League All-Star team.

After the Dodgers were shut out in fan voting on Sunday, they did well when reserves and pitchers were announced Monday. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, catcher Yasmani Grandal, center fielder Joc Pederson and pitcher Zack Greinke all were selected to the National League All-Star team on...

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Yimi Garcia to start for Dodgers against Phillies

Right-handed reliever Yimi Garcia will start for the Dodgers on Monday night in their series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Dodgers' previously scheduled starter, Carlos Frias, landed on the disabled list Sunday because of lower-back problems.

Garcia has posted a 3.89 earned-run average in 39 relief appearances this season. He hasn’t pitched more than two innings in any game. He  presumably...

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