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'Milestone' for Hyun-Jin Ryu as Dodgers sweep Phillies

The magnitude of the moment was not lost on Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who struck out nine over 5 1/3 one-run, three-hit innings on Sunday to earn his first victory since Aug. 31, 2014. “Today is definitely a milestone for me because it’s been almost 1,000 days since I’ve had a W,” Ryu,...

  • MLB | Three up, three down: Zimmerman's hot, Mets are not

    MLB | Three up, three down: Zimmerman's hot, Mets are not

    A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball: Three Up Ryan Zimmerman: In the seventh inning of the final game of last year’s National League division series against the Dodgers, the Washington Nationals trailed by one run. They removed Zimmerman in a double switch, a decision that would...

  • Manager Don Mattingly has to be decisive in Miami while sale of the Marlins hangs in the balance

    Manager Don Mattingly has to be decisive in Miami while sale of the Marlins hangs in the balance

    The anchors of his professional life might be about to be kicked out from under him, but Don Mattingly was a man at ease as we sat and chatted. He had an air of serenity about him, really. We were talking about the looming sale of the Miami Marlins, and how the manager of the team has to steer...

  • Kenta Maeda lasts seven innings in Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Phillies

    Kenta Maeda lasts seven innings in Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Phillies

    He bared his teeth as he bore down on third base, but Corey Seager was not smiling. The exertion stretched his face into a rictus. Seager does not possess upscale speed, but he emptied his tank in chugging from first to third in the fifth inning of a 5-3 Dodgers victory over Philadelphia on Friday...

  • Angels get the power they need in victory over Rangers 6-3

    Angels get the power they need in victory over Rangers 6-3

    By the time he approached the plate with two men on in a tied eighth inning Friday night at Globe Life Park, Albert Pujols had seen several breaking balls and made solid contact with none of them, striking out twice and weakly popping out once. So, when Jeremy Jeffress flipped in a first-pitch...

  • Angels' Ricky Nolasco goes with instinct over routine when he gets in a jam

    Angels' Ricky Nolasco goes with instinct over routine when he gets in a jam

    As his allotment of pitches approached expiration in a one-run game Thursday night in Anaheim, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco found himself in trouble. So he let his instincts take over his pitching. In a 3-and-1 count against Oakland power hitter Khris Davis with two outs and the potential tying...

  • Dodgers could get three injured players back next week

    Dodgers could get three injured players back next week

    Back from a weeklong trip, the Dodgers observed a flurry of rehabilitating players testing their various injured limbs. Joc Pederson ran sprints to gauge the readiness of his strained groin. Logan Forsythe completed agility drills on his broken right toe. Andre Ethier was able to run despite the...

  • MLB: Mets' Yoenis Cespedes put on the 10-day DL

    MLB: Mets' Yoenis Cespedes put on the 10-day DL

    The New York Mets placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. His absence is another blow to a team that has lost six straight, nine of 10 and fallen into last place in the NL East. He is hitting .270 with six homers and 10 RBIs. “They didn't...

  • Letters: Who's pitching in for the Dodgers?

    Letters: Who's pitching in for the Dodgers?

    Not much seems to have changed. Still the same old Dodgers. Five-hit-game wonders and Dave Roberts looking more and more like Don Mattingly as he shuffles his pitching staff, most notably removing Alex Wood, who pitched six innings of shutout ball and threw only only 77 pitches, followed by a shaky...

  • Kenta Maeda may be pitching to stay in the rotation as Dodgers face Phillies

    Kenta Maeda may be pitching to stay in the rotation as Dodgers face Phillies

    Kenta Maeda is set to make his fifth start of the 2017 season on Friday at Dodger Stadium. He’s facing the Phillies, a team with a winning record in April but few legitimate threats in the lineup. It would behoove Maeda to pitch well, if he wants to remain in the Dodgers rotation. Through four...

  • Angels’ rotation continues to roll in 2-1 win over Athletics

    Angels’ rotation continues to roll in 2-1 win over Athletics

    Their names will not strike fear into opposing batters. Their numbers are underwhelming. There is not an ace in the bunch, probably not a real No. 2. Yet after a rough stretch, the Angels’ rotation is performing well, performing better than all but the most blinded of red-clad fans could expect....

  • MLB: Shelby Miller is considering elbow surgery

    MLB: Shelby Miller is considering elbow surgery

    Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow, leaving him with a difficult decision. He could have Tommy John surgery, a route that would keep him out at least until the middle of next season. He also could try rehabilitating it, even go with...

  • Bud Norris, the unexpected Angels closer, is putting the finishing touches on wins

    Bud Norris, the unexpected Angels closer, is putting the finishing touches on wins

    There is Bud Norris, lifetime starting pitcher. Bud Norris, nonroster invitee pegged for long-inning relief. And now, at age 32, Bud Norris the unexpected closer. It’s a curious turnaround for someone who mostly started for the Dodgers last season, going 3-3 but with a less than sterling 6.54 ERA...

  • Alex Wood is sharp but bullpen lets down Dodgers in 4-3 loss to Giants

    Alex Wood is sharp but bullpen lets down Dodgers in 4-3 loss to Giants

    On nights when Clayton Kershaw does not pitch, the deployment of Dodgers pitchers often resembles a procession of men stepping across a high wire. The starter rarely appears in the seventh inning. The relievers building the bridge to closer Kenley Jansen can incite anxiety. The process is fraught...

  • MLB: Seattle puts Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger on the DL

    MLB: Seattle puts Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger on the DL

    Right-handed ace Felix Hernandez was put on the 10-day disabled list by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday because of right shoulder inflammation. Hernandez lasted only two innings in Seattle’s 19-9 loss at Detroit on Tuesday. The Mariners also put former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo star outfielder...

  • Angels have to adjust bullpen on the fly

    Angels have to adjust bullpen on the fly

    Sketch out a plan in pencil only to see it go sideways, and best to have an eraser at the ready. And then a quick new plan. The Angels figured they had this bullpen thing under control going into spring, boasting three relievers who had experience closing — Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian and Andrew...

  • Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill tests blistered finger in simulated inning

    Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill tests blistered finger in simulated inning

    During a 25-pitch simulated innings Wednesday, Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill removed the bandage that protects the blister on his left middle finger. He faced hitters in the most stressful test on his finger since beginning his second stint on the disabled list. Hill said he experienced no issue with...

  • Angels beat the Athletics 2-1 with a walk off in the 11th

    Angels beat the Athletics 2-1 with a walk off in the 11th

    The Angels and the Oakland Athletics combined to throw 238 pitches through nine innings Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. At no point in all that time, over 60 plate appearances, did either team manage to send one runner as far from home as second base. They carried a scoreless tie into extra innings....

  • Cody Bellinger's debut goes just fine in Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Giants

    Cody Bellinger's debut goes just fine in Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Giants

    Cody Bellinger burst through the doorway of the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park and veered to his left. He stutter-stepped in that direction before he realized his error. The route to the diamond had been in front of him the entire time. “I have no idea where I’m going,” Bellinger joked to a camera...

  • Angels pitcher JC Ramirez's rise has been due to a curveball of sorts

    Angels pitcher JC Ramirez's rise has been due to a curveball of sorts

    Only one major league starter throws harder than the Angels’ JC Ramirez: New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard. But it is not Ramirez’s powerful velocity that has fueled his rise into the Angels’ rotation. It is his development of a second breaking pitch, a curveball, to accompany his longstanding...

  • Dodgers promote Julio Urias, say pitcher is with them to stay

    Dodgers promote Julio Urias, say pitcher is with them to stay

    It was not a secret that Julio Urias would make his 2017 debut for the Dodgers on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Dodgers had hinted at his arrival for several days. What remained unclear, at least until Tuesday afternoon, was what the team planned to do with Urias after...

  • Report: Miami Marlins to be sold to group led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush

    Report: Miami Marlins to be sold to group led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush

    Could Derek Jeter do for the Miami Marlins what Magic Johnson did for the Dodgers? In 2012, as the face of a Dodgers ownership group that had bought the team from Frank McCourt, who had taken the team into bankruptcy, Johnson stood at a Dodger Stadium news conference and proclaimed: "Frank is not...

  • MLB: Cardinals' Matt Carpenter out for ump bump

    MLB: Cardinals' Matt Carpenter out for ump bump

    St. Louis first baseman Matt Carpenter was suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for making contact with umpire John Tumpane following his ejection last weekend. Carpenter was called out on strikes by Tumpane during the seventh inning of Sunday's game at Milwaukee....

  • Dodgers to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger to aid outfield

    Dodgers to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger to aid outfield

    With Joc Pederson on the disabled list and the team’s outfield production stalled, the Dodgers have decided to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The team needs to clear a spot on its 40-man roster to make room for Bellinger, a 21-year-old...

  • Notre Dame High's Hunter Greene to be featured on Sports Illustrated cover

    Notre Dame High's Hunter Greene to be featured on Sports Illustrated cover

    Hunter Greene is joining an elite group of athletes that includes LeBron James, Bryce Harper and Kevin Garnett. All were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as high school athletes. The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School baseball player will be only the 13th high school athlete ever bestowed...

  • Madison Bumgarner and the perils of product placement

    Madison Bumgarner and the perils of product placement

    If you’re a Ford dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area, this would be a good time to lay low. Stoking anger among the customer base generally is not a wise marketing strategy. But when San Francisco Giants fans turned on their televisions last weekend, they saw their ace pitcher in a Ford commercial...

  • Jesse Chavez gets it done for Angels

    Jesse Chavez gets it done for Angels

    As Friday night morphed into Saturday morning, Angels right-hander Jesse Chavez jogged from the dugout to the bullpen at Angel Stadium to warm up. After exhausting its standard configuration of relievers, his team needed him late in an extra-innings loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Angels needed...

  • Encouraging night for Hyun-Jin Ryu, but Dodgers offense is ew

    Encouraging night for Hyun-Jin Ryu, but Dodgers offense is ew

    By the time Justin Turner realized his mistake, by the time he recognized the sudden distance between himself and second base, the ball was in the air and the outcome of this 2-1 Dodgers loss to the San Francisco Giants was finalized. All that awaited him was the application of the tag. So Turner...

  • Desperate for depth, Angels acquire right-hander David Hernandez from Atlanta

    Desperate for depth, Angels acquire right-hander David Hernandez from Atlanta

    The state of the Angels’ pitching staff is beginning to resemble last season’s. Desperate for depth to handle the inevitable innings, Angels general manager Billy Eppler struck a deal with Atlanta to acquire right-hander David Hernandez and immediately inserted the veteran into the bullpen. A year...

  • MLB notes: Red Sox' Matt Barnes banned for four games

    MLB notes: Red Sox' Matt Barnes banned for four games

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined for throwing a fastball past the head of Baltimore star Manny Machado. The commissioner’s office issued the penalty Monday. The Red Sox are off and Barnes is appealing, meaning the reliever can continue to pitch until the...

  • Dodgers place Joc Pederson on the disabled list with strained groin

    Dodgers place Joc Pederson on the disabled list with strained groin

    Joc Pederson became the 12th Dodger to land on the disabled list this season after his sore right groin failed to loosen up while he took swings in the batting cage Monday afternoon at AT&T Park. The team recalled outfielder Brett Eibner to take Pederson’s place on the roster. Eibner had been optioned...

  • As a hitter, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw takes an outside-the-box approach

    As a hitter, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw takes an outside-the-box approach

    The appreciation for Clayton Kershaw trickled through the Dodgers dugout during his outing against Colorado last week. Accolades are customary for his performances on the mound, but these he earned with a bat in his hand. After falling into an 0-2 count against Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, Kershaw...

  • Angels mailbag: Where to go from here?

    Angels mailbag: Where to go from here?

    Hello, Angels fans. As of today, your favorite baseball team is 8-12, on a 65-win pace, and its best starting pitcher is not going to pitch at least until June. The outlook is not great. So let’s answer some questions about the state of the team. As always, please submit mailbag questions through...

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