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NL picks Clayton Kershaw over Zack Greinke for pitcher of the month

Seems they could choose between Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke for the outstanding pitching performance in July.

On Monday, Major League Baseball named Kershaw the National League Pitcher of the Month for July.

Given that he went 3-0 with a 0.27 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, struck out 45 and walked just two in 33 innings, and is currently riding a 37-inning scoreless streak, his selection might have seemed obvious.

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Mat Latos begins what Dodgers hope will be a big final two months

Understand this, Mat Latos is a big man. He’s listed at 6 feet 6 and 245 pounds, though in truth he seems larger.

The Dodgers, of course, are hoping he will be huge the last two months of the season. Their rotation has been missing two regulars -- Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu -- almost the entire year.

And now at the nonwaiver trade deadline, it’s been fortified with the addition of Latos and...

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Andre Ethier's second homer gives Dodgers sweep of Angels, 5-3

It looked promising the first time Andre Ethier hit a home run, his solo shot putting the Dodgers up by a run in the eighth. Only, in the ninth, the Dodgers fumbled away the lead and the game went into extra innings.

Given another chance in the 10th inning, Ethier hit a two-run homer to leave the Dodgers with a 5-3 victory over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.

That wrapped what the Dodgers called a pretty...

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Dodgers activate Mat Latos for game against Angels, send Yimi Garcia back down

The effects of that 13-player trade continued prior to Sunday’s game, with the Dodgers sending reliever Yimi Garcia back down to create a spot on the 25-man roster for Mat Latos.

Latos, acquired Thursday from Miami, is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut Sunday in the series finale against the Angels.

Garcia made the Dodgers out of camp and was just short of a sensation early this season. In his first...

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Yasmani Grandal is the unsung hero in Dodgers' win over Angels

Clayton Kershaw's eight-inning shutout performance was the story of the afternoon on Saturday, but Yasmani Grandal was pretty good too.

Grandal's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning was the added cushion the Dodgers needed to defeat the Angels by a score of 3-1.

"He’s getting big hits, he’s swinging the bat right-handed," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think he continues to grow with our...

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Defense is the biggest difference in the Dodgers this season

What’s the biggest difference in the Dodgers this year over last? I mean, besides that army in the front office.

Home runs? Lack of speed? Juan Uribe’s missed wardrobe?

Try defense.

Not the sexiest subject, but more often than not, a key one for winning teams.

The Dodgers have gone from being a poor defensive team, to one of baseball’s best. That’s a pretty impressive turnaround in one season.

That...

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