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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.

This...

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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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Dodgers' Bolsinger seethes over seeing-eye singles

Mike Bolsinger had to leave his last start because of food poisoning. On Sunday, the New York Mets had him feeling sick again.

Physically, Bolsinger was fine. His mechanics were solid, he said. His stomach was no longer bothering him. His pitches were doing what they were supposed to do.

But time and time again, New York poked holes in the Dodgers defense with well-placed ground balls, leaving Bolsinger...

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Bad luck, weak offense doom Dodgers in 8-0 loss to Mets

Fly balls lost in the sun, ground balls off umpires, wild throws, players leaving the game after being hit by pitches.

Murphy’s Law was in full effect Sunday afternoon for the Dodgers. Just about anything that could go the Mets’ way did so in a series-clinching 8-0 victory.

But all that bad luck merely piled on to a day in which the Dodgers struggled in almost every facet of the game.

Mike Bolsinger...

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Dodgers place pitcher Carlos Frias on disabled list

The Dodgers put pitcher Carlos Frias on the disabled list Sunday and plan to call up a minor league pitcher to start Monday, according to Manager Don Mattingly.

Frias said he has been hampered by lower back tightness for his last three starts. Although tests ruled out structural damage, Frias said doctors warned him he could injure his arm if he continued to pitch, since he could alter his mechanics...

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