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Dodgers use five homers to beat Padres, 8-4, push lead to 7 1/2 games

It was home run or go home.

The Dodgers’ offense has been surprisingly reliant on the long ball all season. When they’re sending baseballs over fences, they win a lot of games.

If they Padres had any doubt, the Dodgers provided a little additional education Friday night, hitting five home runs to power their way to an 8-4 victory at Petco Park.

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Mat Latos talks to Don Mattingly about postgame comments

Dodgers pitcher Mat Latos spoke Friday with Manager Don Mattingly about comments Latos made the previous night.

After pitching only four innings Thursday in the Dodgers’ 10-7 loss to the San Diego Padres, Latos complained that his early removal from the game prevented him from developing a rhythm.

Latos initiated the conversation with Mattingly, who said he didn’t read Latos’ remarks.

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Dodgers' Yasiel Puig could remain sidelined for rest of regular season

Yasiel Puig might not play again in the regular season, Manager Don Mattingly acknowledged Friday.

Puig was placed on the disabled list last week with a strained right hamstring. He is rehabilitating at the Dodgers' spring-training complex in Arizona.

"We've got about a month and Yas has been out a few days, a week, maybe," Mattingly said.

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Have the Dodgers reached the end of their Mat Latos experiment?

Well, it was better than what they had. That was pretty much the reasoning.

At the trade deadline, the Dodgers did not pick up a David Price or a Cole Hamels, but they did acquire Mat Latos and Alex Wood to add to their rotation. Jettisoned were Mike Bolsinger to triple-A and Carlos Frias (already on the disabled list).

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Corey Seager shines but bullpen falters again in Dodgers' 10-7 loss

Early review after phenom Corey Seager played his first game for the Dodgers: He’s not going to let high expectations be a burden.

Repeated view of their bullpen: Really? That no longer needs to be explained.

Seager, the Dodgers’ most talked about phenom for a couple of years now, made his major league debut a memorable one Thursday night.

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Corey Seager batting eighth, starting at shortstop for Dodgers

Speaking to a pack of reporters a few hours before he was to play in his first major league game, Corey Seager was asked whether his parents would be at Petco Park that day.

“They’re actually right there,” Seager said, pointing to a couple standing nearby.

Seager smiled.

“They’re making this a little more awkward,” he said.

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