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With his eight RBIs against the Brewers on Thursday, he joined some elite company. Only three other Dodgers have ever driven in at least eight runs in one game: Gil Hodges drove in nine runs against Boston in a 19-3 victory in 1950,
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Grandal hit a walk-off homer in the Dodgers' 1-0 victory over Arizona on Sunday, then Pederson led off the next game with a home run against Milwaukee. It's not often you get to see consecutive home runs come over 24 hours apart.
It must be tough in some ways to be Clayton Kershaw. Here's a guy who had two of the best seasons in baseball history the last two years (No, I'm not counting the playoffs). So when he gets off to a normal start this season, everyone starts gnashing their teeth, wondering what could be wrong with him. He gives up three runs in 7.1 innings against Milwaukee, striking out eight, and fans are in panic mode. If he doesn't pitch a no-hitter every time out, it's like he is a big disappointment. Steve Dilbeck has a great take on the subject here.
Some of you wrote in and took issue with me wanting to rename Dodger Stadium as Scully Stadium, with most of the complaints being that Vin Scully tells too many boring stories and needs to be in a two- or three-man booth. That is totally wrong. One of the reasons Scully is great is because he works by himself. He tells stories and has conversations with us, the listener. Two-man booths are too busy trying to entertain each other and forget they are talking to people. Scully makes you feel like he is sitting in the den with you. Working solo is one of the secrets to his success.
Can someone explain to me why Chris Hatcher is still with the team? He comes into Monday's game with a man on and one out in the eighth, leading 3-2. He promptly gives up a double and a single and the Dodgers lose, 4-3. He is now 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA. In his career, he is 0-7 with a 5.06 ERA. Sure, he throws hard, but his ball doesn't move. It's time for him to move, either to the minors or to the waiver wire.
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The Times' team of Dodgers reporters (Dylan Hernandez, Bill Shaikin, Steve Dilbeck) provide great day-to-day coverage of the team. Make sure to bookmark our Dodgers page, so you can get all the inside info on the team.
Yasiel Puig (hamstring) ran the bases on Wednesday, and will get a rehab stint at Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. Look for him to come off the disabled list when the Dodgers return home Monday. Kenley Jansen (foot) has made three appearances at Rancho and is 0-1 with a 10.12 ERA. Don't worry too much about that though, because he is there to build up arm strength. He says he will return next week, but Don Mattingly isn't too sure about that. Ryu (shoulder) threw a bullpen session last Friday, but didn't reach above 83 mph on the speed gun, well below where he needs to be. He hasn't thrown since. He is eligible to come off the DL on May 26, but at this rate, don't look for him to come back until the All-Star break.
There are still three more days left to vote in our "10 Greatest Dodgers of All Time" balloting. We will start announcing the list on Monday. You have until Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. PT to vote. For details, go here.