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Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale: Dodgers good at cheap talk

Come on, D-backs, let’s play nice.

The Dodgers will play the Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch today, and let’s all just try to get along, shall we? No more overreaction to every inside pitch. No more bully pulpit proclamations of perceived indignities. No more trying to create a rivalry that has become largely one-sided.

When the two teams met a week ago, hit batters led to four ejections, all Diamondbacks. It’s really pretty silly, but Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale was still stirring the pot the next day when asked about some rather innocuous comments from Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

“They can talk all they want, talk is cheap in my opinion,” Hale said to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “You know, they're good at it. We're just going to worry about playing the game. They can talk all they want about it.”

Wow, you’d think Hale was deeply entrenched in this supposed rivalry, rather than being the Diamondbacks manager for all of six seconds.

Now I barely know the chippy Hale. He actually...

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Dodgers are getting down to it after splitting games Sunday

It’s only spring training. It’s the refrain to temper expectations of a player scorching it in the exhibition season and to shrug off a veteran struggling.

But spring training is serious stuff when you’re trying to make the club or earn a starting spot. The Dodgers have plenty of that going on in their bullpen, and one serious position battle.

So from their perspective, these games do matter, and it is why the Dodgers splitting a pair of games Sunday -- defeating the Rangers, 10-5, at Camelback Ranch and losing to the Giants, 11-9, in Scottsdale -- were still noteworthy.

The Dodgers have twice as many relievers as spots in the bullpen. With only a week remaining until the start of the season, the Dodgers would like to see players begin to separate themselves.

So Carlos Frias’ fleeting hopes of making the team as a swing man were seriously derailed against the Giants, when he gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. Sergio Santos didn’t do anything to help his...

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Dodgers continue their long-ball show in 5-4 win over Angels

Home runs, nice to have. Generally very helpful when you’re attempting to outscore the other team.

The Dodgers lost their two most powerful bats in the off-season -- Matt Kemp traded to the Padres, Hanley Ramirez signing with the Red Sox -- so they aren’t expected to be blasting rockets out of ballparks this year.

Which is not to say they won’t get their share, just that they won’t be leading baseball with their home-run total. Like they are this spring.

That’s right, a team supposedly built around gritty at-bats and line drives leads every team this spring with 42 home runs, five more than the second-place Cubs. They’re clobbering everything.

The Dodgers came up with two more homers Saturday afternoon in their 5-4 victory over the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Alex Guerrero crushed a solo shot in the third, both coming off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. It was the fifth of the spring for Pederson, tying him with Yasiel Puig...

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Dodgers' Brandon League opts for weeks of rehabilitation over surgery

Dodgers reliever Brandon League said he was “devastated” when told his shoulder problems would sideline him for at least the first two months of the regular season.

“I feel like crap,” League said. “Worked three months, four months, in the off-season to avoid this stuff. And the fact that you get this news and the fact that I felt the best I’ve felt ever in spring training, it’s kind of devastating. I’m past that point now. I had my time to sulk in the hour flight. Got my goal in mind and I’m pretty good at reaching them.”

The results of League’s recent MRI examination were reviewed on Friday by Drs. Neal ElAttrache and James Andrews.

League said he was now on an eight-week rehabilitation program.

Surgery was a consideration.

League said he didn’t know how long an operation would have sidelined him, but said, “I know it’s more than eight weeks.”

The possibility of surgery could be revisited if League fails to complete his rehabilitation program.

“That’s my next option, I guess,” he...

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Paco Rodriguez remains nearly perfect but Dodgers fall, 8-4

If you’re nearly perfect, you’d think that would mean something in spring training. You know, like a job. But the exhibition season is littered with those with spotless ERAs and high batting averages sent back to the minors.

The Dodgers have plenty of roster openings in their uncertain bullpen and you’d have to think left-hander Paco Rodriguez has earned a spot. Anyway, you’d like to think so.

After another excellent outing in the Dodgers’ 8-4 loss to the Giants on Friday night at Camelback Ranch, Rodriguez has been about as perfect this spring as anyone would have reason to demand.

In his eight appearances, Rodriguez has not given up a run. In his 8 1/3 innings, he has surrendered only three hits and no walks while striking out 10. The only reason he’s not a slam dunk to make the team is because he can still be optioned. And that’s not a good enough reason, not the way he’s pitching.

He came into Friday’s game to replace Zack Greinke with two outs in the fourth inning and runners at...

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Dodgers' Brandon League to be sidelined for extended period

Reliever Brandon League is expected to be sidelined for a couple of months with shoulder inflammation, Manager Don Mattingly said.

"It's an extended period of time," Mattingly said.

The results of League's recent MRI examination were reviewed Friday by team physician Neal ElAttrache, as well as another doctor. League was diagnosed with posterior shoulder inflammation and prescribed rest.

"I think it's three weeks of rest," Mattingly said.

League would have to build his arm strength after that. He is also expected to pitch in minor league games to get in competitive form.

League pitched in only two games in the exhibition season, most recently March 9.

If League is placed on the 60-day disabled list, he wouldn't count against the team's 40-man roster. That could create an opening necessary to place a non-roster player such as Sergio Santos or David Huff on the opening-day roster.

League, 32, had a bounce-back season last year, posting a 2.57 earned-run average in 63 games. He is in the...

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