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Dodgers put eyes on next Japanese phenom: Shohei Ohtani

A couple weeks after acquiring Yu Darvish, the Dodgers sent a sizable contingent including president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and former ace Orel Hershiser to Japan to see the country’s newest phenom: 23-year-old pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani recorded a pair of hits as...

  • Clayton Kershaw takes one step closer to return for Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw takes one step closer to return for Dodgers

    At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw finished warming in Dodger Stadium’s home bullpen and walked toward the mound. He then took another scheduled step toward returning to the team when he faced Chase Utley, Rob Segedin and Joc Pederson in a two-inning simulated game. It went off without a noticeable...

  • Luis Valbuena and Kole Calhoun homer as Angels defeat Nationals, 3-2

    Luis Valbuena and Kole Calhoun homer as Angels defeat Nationals, 3-2

    A humid day ended Ricky Nolasco's outing a batter earlier than he would have liked. He still did enough to help the Los Angeles Angels stymie the Washington Nationals. Nolasco bounced back from a rocky first inning to pitch into the sixth inning Wednesday before departing with cramps, and Luis...

  • Dodgers set postseason ticket prices. World Series seats would start at $166

    Dodgers set postseason ticket prices. World Series seats would start at $166

    If the Dodgers make the World Series for the first time in 29 years, fans wishing to enjoy the games in person will dig deep for the privilege. The Dodgers announced their postseason ticket prices Wednesday, in a letter sent to season-ticket holders. If the Dodgers do play their first World Series...

  • Longtime Angel Jered Weaver announces retirement from baseball

    Longtime Angel Jered Weaver announces retirement from baseball

    Jered Weaver, who won more games than all but one pitcher in Angels history and left some $60 million on the table to play for them, announced his retirement Wednesday. Weaver, 34, a three-time All-Star for the Angels and the franchise’s most recent 20-game winner, called it a career after failing...

  • Galaxy, Angels keep their fans the happiest, survey says

    Galaxy, Angels keep their fans the happiest, survey says

    The Galaxy and the Angels do the best job of local professional teams in satisfying their fans, according to a survey released Wednesday. The Lakers ranked third, followed in order by the Ducks, Kings, Clippers, Dodgers and Rams. The survey, conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, asked more than...

  • Yu Darvish to make home debut for Dodgers, 12 years after Lasorda's failed pitch to coax him from Japan

    Yu Darvish to make home debut for Dodgers, 12 years after Lasorda's failed pitch to coax him from Japan

    The visitor from Los Angeles arrived in Osaka a dozen years ago, as Yu Darvish pondered leaving home for Major League Baseball. Darvish was a senior in high school, but his talent induced a fleet of baseball lifers to board planes bound for Japan. One of them represented the beating heart of the...

  • Dodgers move 50 games above .500 for the first time since 1953

    Dodgers move 50 games above .500 for the first time since 1953

    That was quite a team the Dodgers assembled in 1953. They had Hall of Famers everywhere — at catcher (Roy Campanella), shortstop (Pee Wee Reese), left field (Jackie Robinson), center field (Duke Snider) and in the broadcast booth (Vin Scully and Red Barber). They were Brooklyn’s finest, immortalized...

  • MLB: Tigers' Ian Kinsler says umpire Angel Hernandez should get another job

    MLB: Tigers' Ian Kinsler says umpire Angel Hernandez should get another job

    Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had harsh words Tuesday for Angel Hernandez, saying the veteran umpire should find another job. A day after being ejected from a game for questioning Hernandez's calls on balls and strikes, Kinsler told reporters covering the Tigers that Hernandez is a...

  • Gio Gonzalez throws two-hitter as Nationals snap Angels' streak

    Gio Gonzalez throws two-hitter as Nationals snap Angels' streak

    Gio Gonzalez didn't have much time to worry about an infield single ending another no-hit bid. Not with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols due up. Gonzalez shook off a single up the middle by Trout, walked Pujols and was saved by Daniel Murphy's leaping catch at second base. Six innings of two-hit baseball...

  • Dodgers trade Chris Hatcher to the Oakland Athletics

    Dodgers trade Chris Hatcher to the Oakland Athletics

    Chris Hatcher had his equipment bag packed, the one with the Dodgers logo. He had just been told he had been traded to the Oakland Athletics, and he quickly changed into street clothes, exchanged a few hugs and handshakes, and left in search of a more secure job. “I don’t really know much about...

  • Could Adrian Gonzalez's return push Joc Pederson out of center field?

    Could Adrian Gonzalez's return push Joc Pederson out of center field?

    Adrian Gonzalez is expected to rejoin the Dodgers this week. The domino effect of his return could lead to reduced playing time for center fielder Joc Pederson. Pederson has one hit in his last 35 at-bats. He is batting .216, and the only lower batting averages among National League players with...

  • Baseball notes: Astros get reliever Tyler Clippard in trade with White Sox

    Baseball notes: Astros get reliever Tyler Clippard in trade with White Sox

    The Houston Astros have acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named or cash considerations. Clippard was traded from the New York Yankees to Chicago in a seven-player deal on July 18. The 32-year-old right-hander went 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and two saves in...

  • Diamondbacks have snaked their way into contention this season

    Diamondbacks have snaked their way into contention this season

    Forty minutes before they took the field in Cincinnati on July 18, the Arizona Diamondbacks received welcome news. They were all assembled inside the visiting clubhouse at Great American Ball Park, browsing their phones, playing cards, when a Twitter report that the team had made a big trade caught...

  • MLB notes: Nationals slugger Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent leg injury

    MLB notes: Nationals slugger Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent leg injury

    Bryce Harper appeared to injure his left knee when he slipped on a wet first base, a potentially devastating blow to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants, Harper...

  • Three up, three down: A Dutch treat while the Mariners tread water

    Three up, three down: A Dutch treat while the Mariners tread water

    A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball this week: 3 UP Dutch treat: The best double-play duo this year? That would be Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Next best? Our vote goes to the unheralded duo of Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons, the second baseman and...

  • Angels wipe out four-run deficit to beat Mariners on error in ninth inning

    Angels wipe out four-run deficit to beat Mariners on error in ninth inning

    Mike Trout scored from second base on Jean Segura's error in the top of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. For the second straight night, Trout was the source of some ninth-inning misery for the Mariners....

  • 'Psycho' Rich Hill is again on display in Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Padres

    'Psycho' Rich Hill is again on display in Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Padres

    As her husband Rich stepped into the batter’s box, Caitlin Hill lifted her iPhone, centered the camera and pressed record. She was sitting a dozen rows behind Citi Field’s home plate last weekend with their 5-year-old son, Brice. Caitlin joked to Brice that they might see history: Rich’s first...

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session, getting closer to return

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws bullpen session, getting closer to return

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched off a mound on Friday afternoon for the first time since injuring his back on July 23. Sidelined with a lower back strain for the last three weeks, Kershaw indicated the session went “fine” after throwing about 35 pitches before a series opener against San Diego....

  • Derek Jeter, your new Miami Marlins co-owner

    Derek Jeter, your new Miami Marlins co-owner

    Derek Jeter was the last captain of the New York Yankees. Now he’ll lead the effort to beat them to a World Series championship. Jeter is the headline name in a group that has reached an agreement to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion, the Miami Herald reported Friday. Michael Jordan is one...

  • Mike Trout's three-run double in ninth inning gives Angels win after blowing three-run lead

    Mike Trout's three-run double in ninth inning gives Angels win after blowing three-run lead

    Mike Trout looped a three-run double just inside the left-field line with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels cooled off the Seattle Mariners with a 6-3 victory on Thursday night. Trout's bases-clearing hit off Seattle closer Edwin Diaz (2-5) came after the Mariners staged...

  • Dodgers defeat Diamondbacks despite the struggles of Yu Darvish

    Dodgers defeat Diamondbacks despite the struggles of Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish did not dominate the Arizona Diamondbacks the way he had the New York Mets in his Dodgers debut. He repeatedly struggled to locate his fastball within the strike zone Thursday night, staking 10 Diamondbacks to advantageous 2-and-0 counts. What Darvish displayed at Chase Field was still...

  • Dodgers' Yasiel Puig gets a day off to rest his legs

    Dodgers' Yasiel Puig gets a day off to rest his legs

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts elected to rest right fielder Yasiel Puig in Thursday’s series finale against Arizona. Roberts cited some minor ailments in Puig’s legs as the impetus for his decision. Roberts said Puig is nursing soreness within his hamstring and around his knee. This latest iteration...

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