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Joe Wieland expected to start for Dodgers this weekend vs. Padres

Joe Wieland is expected to start for the Dodgers this weekend against the San Diego Padres, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under condition of anonymity because the right-hander hasn’t yet been officially recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wieland will start Saturday or Sunday, the person said.

The game at Petco Park would mark a homecoming of sorts for Wieland, who was acquired by the Dodgers as part of the off-season trade that sent Matt Kemp to the Padres.

Once considered one of the top prospects in the Padres system, Wieland has been slowed in recent seasons by arm trouble. He pitched in four games for the Padres last season, including two starts. He earned his first career victory on Sept. 24 by limiting the Colorado Rockies to three runs over 5 1/3 innings.

In two starts for Oklahoma City this season, Wieland is 2-0 with a 1.80 earned-run average. He last pitched on Sunday, when he tossed five scoreless innings in a rain-shortened game.

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Collapse of Comcast-TWC merger could extend Dodgers' TV blackout

Dodgers fans should brace for a second full season without the home team on television throughout Southern California.

That was the word Thursday from sports business analysts, as the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable teetered  near collapse.

“That creates uncertainty for a while,” said Ed Desser, president of Desser Sports Media. “Uncertainty is not helpful in terms of resolving this.”

The Dodgers did not immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday. Their games currently are televised on SportsNet LA, a team-owned channel distributed by TWC and unavailable in most homes in the Los Angeles market.

However, a person familiar with the Dodgers' thinking said the team remains adamant that TWC needs to solve the dilemma, whether by adjusting the asking price for SportsNet LA or finding another solution.

"They thought they were going to be bailed out by the Comcast deal," the person said. "It's squarely in their lap."

For more than a year, Dodgers executives have...

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Alex Guerrero in Dodgers lineup for series finale vs. Giants

Alex Guerrero will start at third base for the Dodgers in their series finale against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, but it’s not because he delivered a pinch-hit, two-run home run the previous night.

“I told him the first game of the series he had this game,” Mattingly said.

Guerrero is batting .438. In only 16 plate appearances, he has driven in 11 runs — only three fewer than Adrian Gonzalez and two more than Angels star Mike Trout.

Asked if Guerrero was merited consideration for increased playing time, Mattingly replied, “I think you have to pay attention to the way he’s swinging the bat. We’ve been paying attention. With him, I think he’s been a surprise, not necessarily offensive, but just the way he’s looked defensively. He’s actually gotten even better offensively from last year to this year.”

Last season was Guerrero’s first in the United States. Before that, Guerrero was in Cuba but refused to play for a season in the country’s domestic league.

But for now, it sounds as...

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X-rays negative on Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis' right hand

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said Wednesday night that X-rays on his right hand, injured earlier in a game against the San Francisco Giants, were negative.

“That’s a relief,” he said.

Ellis hurt his hand on a ninth-inning pitch by Chris Hatcher that struck Giants outfielder Justin Maxwell on the left elbow. The ball ricocheted off Maxwell’s elbow and hit Ellis in the back of his hand.

With trainer Stan Conte by his side, Ellis then tried to make a couple of practice throws to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Both of his throws sailed into the outfield.

Ellis said he hoped to be available for the series finale against the Giants on Thursday.

As a precaution, team officials said, Ellis’ X-rays will be sent to specialists in Los Angeles to be reviewed.

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Don Mattingly upset about non-call in Dodgers' loss to Giants

In the wake of the Dodgers’ walk-off 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, Manager Don Mattingly was fuming.

When Brandon Belt singled in the ninth inning to load the bases, Mattingly thought pinch runner Gregor Blanco should have been called out at third base for running into coach Roberto Kelly. Blanco scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe Panik to win the game.

The explanation Mattingly said he received from the umpires on the non-call at third base: They weren’t watching.

Third base umpire and crew chief Fieldin Culbreth offered a different recollection of his conversation with Mattingly.

“Don came out and asked me did I see him grab him,” Culbreth told a pool reporter. “I told him no, I did not see him grab him.”

However, Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy posted on his Twitter account an image from the Bay Area telecast of the game. The picture shows Culbreth with his back to Blanco and Kelly as they collided.

McCarthy wrote, “you had one job.”

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40th-man shuffle continues as Dodgers acquire Xavier Cedeno

Catch and release, baby, catch and release. It’s the front office’s new game, which I suppose at least passes away those idle hours.

On Wednesday the Dodgers acquired left-hander Xavier Cedeno from the Washington Nationals for cash, added him to the 40-man roster and designated right-hander Daniel Corcino for assignment.

The Dodgers had claimed Corcino on waivers from the Reds last Friday and released Ryan Dennick, whom they had claimed from the Reds two days earlier and designated David Huff for assignment. Corcino made it into one whole game at double-a Tulsa.

Meanwhile, at triple-A Oklahoma City they released journeyman right-hander Freddy Garcia.

Remember Dodger Ryan Lavarnway? Didn’t think so. Catch and release, baby. Fortieth man on the Dodgers' roster is like being a journalist. Not a lot of job security these days.

What all this roster craziness means for the moment is they have Cedeno, who you would hope packs lightly.

Cedeno, 28, has spent most of his career split between the...

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