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Dodgers still can't find themselves at home in 4-1 loss to Padres

Frustration, thy name is Dodgers. It simply has to be, right?

On the road they pummel people. They’re all frisky and full of life. At home, they roll over like they want their bellies rubbed. Maybe they should stay in a hotel at home.

It’s a confusing scenario, one for which the Dodgers have no explanation. Kind of like their 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

The loss evened the Dodgers’ home record at 31-31. Meanwhile, away from Dodger Stadium they are a major-league best 40-26.

This is the opposite of the way things are supposed to be, something ex-Dodger Eric Stults must have taken to heart before starting Wednesday for the Padres.

The Dodgers had no room for Stults in 2012 and sold him in the spring to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese League. He battled his way back to the majors, and for the last three years has pitched for the Padres.

Which the Dodgers found just fine. Stults was 1-4 against the Dodgers in six previous career starts.

But he did well...

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Dodgers push Zack Greinke's next start back because of sore elbow

So Zack Greinke has an elbow problem, but not a particularly serious one?

The Dodgers announced before Wednesday’s game that Greinke would not take his regular turn Thursday but will be pushed back to Saturday to give his tender elbow a bit more time to calm down.

Greinke, however, apparently has been experiencing the soreness for some time. Manager Don Mattingly said the right-hander had an MRI on the elbow before the last road trip.

“He had an MRI like two weeks ago and it didn’t show anything different than when we first signed him, so everybody felt good about that,” Mattingly said. “We’re just basically trying to take precautions.”

Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday in Greinke’s place. With Monday’s off-day, Kershaw will be pitching with his normal five days' rest.

Greinke seems to think the injury may linger, but is not serious enough to warrant the disabled list.

“It’s nothing like a ligament. It’s something that comes and goes," he said. "I can’t guarantee it will be good from...

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Dodgers' Zack Greinke looks doubtful for next start

The Dodgers have been having trouble digging up five healthy starters, but now it appears they’ll have to go a tad deeper.

Manager Don Mattingly refused to say Tuesday whether Zack Greinke would be able to make his next scheduled start Thursday, which is normally managerial code for: "It’s not happening."

The Dodgers’ rotation -- with the best numbers in the National League -- is suddenly looking paper thin.

Greinke mentioned some elbow soreness after his last road start, in Milwaukee on Aug. 9. He started Friday against the Brewers at Dodger Stadium, walking five in his five innings and needing 99 pitches, though claiming afterward he actually felt stronger than in Milwaukee.

But asked after Tuesday’s 8-6 win over the Padres if Greinke was still scheduled to make his next start, Mattingly said:

“Nothing that we would talk about right now. It’s a possibility.”

Greinke, 30, has never been on the disabled list with elbow or arm trouble. He did not throw his normal bullpen session Tuesday...

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Carl Crawford, Justin Turner lead Dodgers to 8-6 win over Padres

It can be a miserably long season, six grueling months with precious few days off, playing 162 games without a clock.

Bodies break down, spirits lag, the sun bakes. Yet it’s not always the strongest teams that survive but the deepest.

The Dodgers liked their depth last year led by Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto, and there was understandable concern when both signed elsewhere in the off-season.

But the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres, 8-6, on Tuesday night, getting key contributions not only from one of their regulars, Carl Crawford,  but from one of their main reserves,  Justin Turner.

Crawford continued his recent hot play, acting like a guy with no interest in sharing left field with Andre Ethier, going three for three with three runs batted in, three runs scored and a stolen base; he drove in two with his fifth home run, his first homer since May 23.

In his last nine games, Crawford is 16 for 32.

And with Juan Uribe on the disabled list for an unknown period with a strained...

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Dodgers recall Erisbel Arruebarrena, option Carlos Triunfel

Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena was called up Tuesday from the minor leagues by the Dodgers, who optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to triple-A Albuquerque.

This will be the 24-year-old Arruebarrena’s third time in the major leagues this season. Arruebarrena, who signed a $25-million deal with the Dodgers in the spring, was five for 16 with two runs batted in in his two previous call-ups.

Arruebarrena most recently played for the Dodgers’ rookie-league affiliate in Arizona as he recovered from a sore right shoulder.

Arruebarrena made unwanted headlines last month, when he started a violent bench-clearing brawl in a game with triple-A Albuquerque and subsequently drew a five-game suspension. Arruebarrena was on the major league disabled list at the time and is believed to be the first player to ever draw a suspension while on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.

Arruebarrena will provide the Dodgers with depth at shortstop at a time when Hanley Ramirez is on the disabled list with a...

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Will it really matter that the Dodgers have soft schedule remaining?

It’s a setup, right? Money in the bank. Sunrise should be so predictable.

Unless, of course, it’s not.

The Dodgers are about to embark on a new phase in their schedule, the one that is supposedly easy as they come. This after a tough stretch that might have been their most difficult of the year.

The Dodgers came out of the All-Star break and promptly were assigned 29 games in 31 days, 26 against winning teams and with 18 on the road.

They went 16-13 in that stretch and actually increased their division lead from one game to the current 3½ games over San Francisco.

And beginning Tuesday against the Padres, they start their final 36 games of the year – only nine against winning teams and with only 15 on the road.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan analyzed the remaining schedules of each of the 19 teams still in postseason contention and determined the Dodgers had the easiest remaining stretch.

Wrote Passan: “Lowest winning percentage among remaining teams? Check. Second-highest percentage of...

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All-time Angels team beats Dodgers in best-of-seven simulation game

The Angels can claim bragging rights in Los Angeles, or at least claim fantasy bragging rights, as their all-time team defeated the L.A. Dodgers team in a best-of-seven series held online over the weekend.

The teams were chosen by readers of The Times website in a series of polls conducted over a two-week period. Those teams were then matched up using the online simulation game, Dynasty League Baseball, with Times assistant sports editor Houston Mitchell managing the Dodgers and Dynasty League game designer Mike Cieslinski managing the Angels.

The series went the distance, with the Angels winning Game 7 on the strength of a solo pinch-hit home run by Garret Anderson in the top of the ninth off of Kenley Jansen. You can view complete box scores and game recaps at Monday morning. A quick recap of the seven games:

Game 1: Angels 2, at Dodgers 1. Nolan Ryan pitched a four-hitter and struck out 12, outpitching Sandy Koufax, who struck out 11. Box score

Game 2: Angels 6,...

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Will this year's Dodgers ever really get it all together?

We now interrupt this season to say, “Wake up! You’re supposed to be better than this."

The Dodgers returned home fresh off a 6-3 road trip with the best record in the National League and feeling good about themselves.

And they were promptly swept in three games by the Brewers and left with the third-best record in the league. Their 5½-game division lead was reduced to 3½, the Giants unexpectedly rejuvenated.

Every time it seems like the Dodgers might finally get it all in sync, they take a step back. At no point this season has it really felt like the Dodgers had put it all together -- pitching, offense, defense.

They’re so talented they can win running on three or four cylinders. Which just leaves you wondering how good they could be if they ever really got it all going.

“We were like this last year, really,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “We had that one stretch, other than that we were up and down.”

Yeah, that one stretch where they went 42-8. Pretty sure that qualifies as getting it...

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Brewers chase Dan Haren early to sweep Dodgers, 7-2

What to do, what to do?

Perhaps most frightening, the options are of the very limited variety.

Dan Haren reverted back to bad Dan Haren on a hot Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, and the Milwaukee Brewers were all too happy to jump on him early and often in a 7-2 victory and series sweep.

Should the Dodgers make it to the playoffs, they better hope they don’t run up against the Brewers. Milwaukee won five of six meetings against the Dodgers this season.

It was the first time this season the Dodgers had been swept in a series that was three games or longer, and it cut their lead in the National League West to 3½ games over the San Francisco Giants.

They were out of Sunday’s game in a hurry, and so was Haren.

Haren gave up a two-run homer to Jonathan Lucroy in the first and then a three-run double to him in the second. The Dodgers had batted only once and already trailed Lucroy, 5-0.

Haren (10-10) gave up one more in the third and called it a day, having already thrown 74 pitches.


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Hanley Ramirez won't play third base for Dodgers this season

The future is a mystery to Hanley Ramirez, and not just his long-term future.

At season’s end, he’ll wrestle with free agency. For now he remains on the disabled list, nursing a strain to an oblique muscle.

On Saturday, Ramirez, who generally has been shunning the press this season, caused fresh intrigue over his immediate future when he took ground balls at third base.

Third baseman Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a strained hamstring and his return is uncertain. The Dodgers like Miguel Rojas defensively at shortstop, so naturally speculation rose that when Ramirez comes off the DL it could be as a third baseman.

Apparently he was just messing with us. Manager Don Mattingly dismissed the immediate possibility, which makes sense for such a late-season move.

“Not right now,” he said. “We’ve talked about it in the past. We feel like he thinks moving forward in his career, he’s a third baseman.

“I think he likes to just make everybody raise their eyebrows. No real...

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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw suffers first loss since May

It took just two swings to give Clayton Kershaw his first loss since May 28 on Saturday.

The left-hander pitched a complete game and struck out 11 while allowing just five hits, but also gave up two home runs to the Milwaukee Brewers in a 3-2 loss.

The last time Kershaw allowed more than two home runs in a game was April 17, 2013, against the San Diego Padres. This season, Kershaw hasn’t had a month in which he gave up more than two combined home runs. He’s been so dominant that before the game, Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly said that he considers his ace a candidate for the National League MVP award.

For most of Saturday, Kershaw was as good as ever. On his last pitch of the night, he struck out Brewers’ left fielder Khris Davis with a 94-mph fastball. Of his 97 pitches, 71 of them were strikes. The Dodgers had two fundamentally awful errors, but Kershaw stranded them on first both times.

With Yovani Gallardo mowing down the Dodgers’ offense, though, those two homers were all it took to...

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Dodgers' Juan Uribe lands back on disabled list

Another day, another Dodger on the disabled list.

Today, it’s third baseman Juan Uribe, who was pulled from last night’s game with tightness in his right hamstring. The move was called precautionary, since it’s the same hamstring that caused him to miss more than a month earlier in the season.

On Saturday, Uribe said that he injured it while chasing a foul ball down the third base line that was caught by catcher A.J. Ellis in the fifth inning. The bad news is that he also said that the hamstring felt the same way it did when he injured it in May.

Not wanting to have Uribe reinjure the hamstring, as he did in May, the Dodgers put him on the disabled list before their game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

“We want to play it a little bit cautiously with him, too, with it being the same leg,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “Last time he felt good for four or five days, played three or four, and then he missed 30 days. That’s the one thing that we don’t want to have happen, so we’re...

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