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Kenley Jansen is one part of impressive trio

Kenley Jansen is only the third Dodgers closer with at least 30 saves in three seasons. Who are the other two? Answer at the end of these notes…. Miguel Cabrera became only the third Tiger with at least eight 20-homer seasons. The other two: Norm Cash (11) and Al Kaline (9)…. Current estimates...

  • Dodgers unable to do much in 3-1 loss to Rays

    Dodgers unable to do much in 3-1 loss to Rays

    All those empty seats on a toasty afternoon in Chavez Ravine and a controversial television deal that prevents so many fans from watching games at home might have been a blessing for the Dodgers on Wednesday. This was not a game for a highlight video or one the Dodgers would want those in attendance...

  • Tyler Skaggs impresses as Angels continue to dominate in 13-0 win over Royals

    Tyler Skaggs impresses as Angels continue to dominate in 13-0 win over Royals

    Most nights since July 31, 2014, Tyler Skaggs fell asleep thinking of this day. Most mornings, he awoke imagining it. But it took so long to become real, and now that it was, the pace of the game felt so fast. The first pitch Skaggs threw from a major league mound since he ripped the ulnar collateral...

  • Dodgers hold off Rays, 3-2

    Dodgers hold off Rays, 3-2

    Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer arrived at Dodger Stadium a few hours before Tuesday night’s game not completely sure if he would pitch for the Rays or get blown by trade winds to the home clubhouse. Such are the zany scenarios that can play out in the week before the non-waiver trade deadline, as his...

  • For Dodgers and Andrew Friedman, this is the time to step up, not stand pat

    For Dodgers and Andrew Friedman, this is the time to step up, not stand pat

    With baseball’s trade deadline looming, the backward buzz at Chavez Ravine on Tuesday was about whom the Dodgers would not be acquiring before next week. They’re not going to be adding Clayton Kershaw. He sat gloomily on the dugout bench and said he had no idea when he might return from his back...

  • Blue Jays trade for Padres’ Upton

    Blue Jays trade for Padres’ Upton

    The Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from San Diego for minor league right-hander Hansel Rodriguez. Upton, batting .256 with 16 home runs, 45 RBIs and 20 stolen bases, is under contract through 2017.  Sale criticizes Ventura Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, suspended for...

  • Kenta Maeda has proved to be the real deal for the Dodgers

    Kenta Maeda has proved to be the real deal for the Dodgers

    No translation is necessary when Kenta Maeda is asked what achievement he’s most proud of in his first season in the U.S. after starring for eight years in Japan. “The home run,” the Dodgers pitcher said in English, breaking into a huge grin before interpreter Will Ireton could ask the question...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols starts at first base for first time since mid-June

    Angels' Albert Pujols starts at first base for first time since mid-June

    Albert Pujols started at first base for the first time in more than a month Tuesday. He wanted to test the state of his sore hamstring with two games at Wrigley Field looming. He pulled the muscle June 17 in Oakland, the last time he played the field. The injury forced him to miss two games that...

  • Dodgers report: Clayton Kershaw provides no timetable for return

    Dodgers report: Clayton Kershaw provides no timetable for return

    Clayton Kershaw did not shed much light on his recovery from a herniated disk in his lower back Tuesday, offering few details about his setback after a July 16 simulated game or any timetable for his return. While the Dodgers ace said his goal is “to make it back to have an impact on this season...

  • White Sox's Chris Sale says 'easy fix' by manager could have prevented him from destroying uniforms

    Chris Sale’s epic tantrum Saturday night easily could have been avoided, the Chicago White Sox star pitcher said in an interview two days later. Sale told MLB.com he destroyed some of the 1976 throwback jerseys the White Sox were planning to wear that night only after Manager Robin Ventura refused...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Is Chris Archer headed to L.A.?

    Dodgers Dugout: Is Chris Archer headed to L.A.?

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and every year during trade deadline week I remember the time I was crushed that the Dodgers traded Jim Wynn and Tom Paciorek to Atlanta for Dusty Baker. But that trade turned out OK. Chris Archer headed this way?...

  • Angels pile on runs early in 6-2 win over Royals

    Angels pile on runs early in 6-2 win over Royals

    Most major league starting pitchers speak sparingly to their teammates and not at all to reporters in the hours before games they are scheduled to start. To ask that night’s starter a question is to commit an infraction akin to gross misdemeanor.  Hector Santiago is different. Not three hours before...

  • Fielder to have neck surgery

    Fielder to have neck surgery

    Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years.  Fielder got a second opinion Monday, and General Manager Jon Daniels says Dr. Drew Dossett recommended surgery. That was the same as Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles said last...

  • Mike Scioscia: Minor modifications will make Los Angeles Angels contenders in 2017

    Mike Scioscia: Minor modifications will make Los Angeles Angels contenders in 2017

    Long out of the playoff race, the Angels won’t need to rebuild to contend next season, according to Manager Mike Scioscia, who said Monday that minor modifications would be enough to improve the team. “Rebuild is not the right word,” Scioscia said. “If you want to call it retooling or getting tooled...

  • The best lefty in the game? Adam Liberatore wants to show the Dodgers he's that guy

    The best lefty in the game? Adam Liberatore wants to show the Dodgers he's that guy

    The first substantive conversation Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts had with Adam Liberatore happened in late March, inside Roberts’ office at the club's Camelback Ranch spring training complex in Arizona. The tone was unpleasant. The rookie manager had the awkward assignment of sending a player to...

  • Dodgers hold off Cardinals, 9-6

    Dodgers hold off Cardinals, 9-6

     The television on the wall in Dave Roberts’ office revealed the score, Dodgers 9, Cardinals 6, and the length of the game, 3 hours 49 minutes. A thermometer recorded the temperature, sizzling into triple digits at Busch Stadium. The standings revealed the progress made by the Dodgers on this 10-day,...

  • Angels are outmatched in 13-3 loss to Astros

    Angels are outmatched in 13-3 loss to Astros

    His forehead glistening with sweat, his confidence shot, his future uncertain, Tim Lincecum trudged off the field at Minute Maid Park on Sunday afternoon. His day was done not a half-hour after it had  begun. It was the 268th major league start by the man who was once baseball’s best pitcher, and...

  • Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    Two players who began their careers at opposite ends of the spectrum nearly three decades ago ended up in the same place on Sunday — with their names etched on plaques at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  For Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the culmination of their long journeys was tinged with tears...

  • Yasiel Puig is out of Dodgers' lineup again, and another DL stint is a possibility

    Yasiel Puig is out of Dodgers' lineup again, and another DL stint is a possibility

    On Thursday in Washington, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts chose to give Yasiel Puig a day off. He wanted to keep Puig rested for the weekend at Busch Stadium. The strategy backfired when Puig came off the bench that day against the Nationals and tweaked his right hamstring. Puig sat out for the fourth...

  • White Sox suspend ace Chris Sale after he destroyed throwback uniforms

    White Sox suspend ace Chris Sale after he destroyed throwback uniforms

    The Chicago White Sox suspended ace Chris Sale five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear.  The White Sox announced the punishment on Sunday after Sale was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home the previous night.  The suspension comes...

  • Astros knock Jered Weaver around in victory over Angels, 7-2

    Astros knock Jered Weaver around in victory over Angels, 7-2

    Eleven times, the Angels have played Houston this season. Not since the first game have they won. The Astros have secured 10 consecutive victories, for reasons of randomness and also for the fact that they are, definitively, a better team than the Angels. “Well,” Jered Weaver said when asked for...

  • Andrew Toles shows his potential in Dodgers' 7-2 win over Cardinals

    Andrew Toles shows his potential in Dodgers' 7-2 win over Cardinals

    Andrew Toles rounded the bag as Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward held up his hands, the universal sign to stop, a message that Toles did not recognize in time. He paused between third base and home plate, hung up without an exit strategy in the sixth inning of a 7-2 victory Saturday, before...

  • Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons brings back the toe tap as he surges at the plate

    Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons brings back the toe tap as he surges at the plate

    One month before Saturday, Andrelton Simmons was the Angels’ No. 9 hitter, carrying a .204 batting average and .494 OPS into the summer. Saturday, Simmons was the Angels’ No. 5 hitter, carrying a .279 average and .676 OPS after his two-for-four day at Minute Maid Park. He has been the team’s hottest...

  • Chris Sale misses start for White Sox because of clubhouse incident

    Chris Sale misses start for White Sox because of clubhouse incident

    Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start Saturday against Detroit and sent home from the park after he was involved in what the team called a “non-physical clubhouse incident.” Sale, who was to attempt to become the majors' first 15-game winner, was sent home from the park. ...

  • Ross Stripling is recalled by Dodgers to help out in relief

    Ross Stripling is recalled by Dodgers to help out in relief

    Ross Stripling watched the Dodgers game drag from Friday night into the 16th inning so he was not surprised to receive a phone call at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday from Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development. Stripling heard good news, even if it’s only a temporary assignment: He rejoined...

  • A week before the MLB trade deadline, Angels are playing it close to the vest

    A week before the MLB trade deadline, Angels are playing it close to the vest

    There are eight shopping days left before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, plenty of time for the supposedly “big game-hunting” Dodgers to acquire a front-line starting pitcher and/or impact outfield bat, and for the Angels to . . . do just what, exactly? The Angels were 32-48 and 19 1/2 games...

  • Kenley Jansen blows save and Dodgers fall to Cardinals in 16 innings

    Kenley Jansen blows save and Dodgers fall to Cardinals in 16 innings

     The result counted as relief, if only for its finality. In the 16th inning Friday, made necessary by Kenley Jansen’s blown save, Dodgers pitcher Bud Norris gave up a walk-off home run to Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams to complete a 4-3 loss.  So much had gone wrong to bring Norris, who was...

  • Mike Trout and the Angels are thrown a curve in 2-1 loss to the Astros

    Mike Trout and the Angels are thrown a curve in 2-1 loss to the Astros

    It came in at the same angle like so many had before, and dropped down to the same level so many had before. Finally, in Friday’s ninth inning at Minute Maid Park, Mike Trout resisted Lance McCullers’ crooked curveball and worked a walk. But by then it was too late. Trout had already swung and...

  • Skaggs might be back on mound for Angels as soon as Tuesday

    Skaggs might be back on mound for Angels as soon as Tuesday

    Tyler Skaggs is in line to start Tuesday for the Angels at Kansas City, if a weekend bullpen session with triple-A Salt Lake goes as hoped. The 25-year-old left-hander would be returning to the majors nearly two years to the day that he tore his ulnar collateral ligament. After suffering multiple...

  • Blue Jays' Russell Martin misses game after a fall in shower

    An off-day trip to the health club knocked out Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin. Feeling “woozy” following an extended spell in the sauna Thursday, Martin injured his left knee when he passed out and fell while taking a cold shower. He is expected to miss at least two games.  “I woke up...

  • Around the Horn: Mike Leake, Jose Fernandez keep them missing

    Around the Horn: Mike Leake, Jose Fernandez keep them missing

    With is 11 strikeouts, no walks outing against San Diego on Monday, St. Louis pitcher Mike Leake joined Bob Gibson as the only Cardinals pitchers with consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks…. In his 65 career starts with the Marlins, Jose Fernandez has struck out 14 or more...

  • Dodgers report: Julio Urias goes back to minors

    Dodgers report: Julio Urias goes back to minors

    By shipping 19-year-old rookie Julio Urias to the minors Friday, the Dodgers reduced their starting rotation to a four-man unit. So they will remain, perhaps until the first weekend in August, as the team awaits clarity on Clayton Kershaw’s health. The schedule created an opportunity for the team....

  • Letters: Readers play the numbers game

    Letters: Readers play the numbers game

    Until the Dodgers finally come to their senses and retire Gil Hodges’ No. 14, clubhouse manager Mitch Poole [“Digital Domination,” July 19] should exercise his discretion, as he has been doing with Fernando's No. 34, and not give out No. 14. And, for that matter, how about the No. 36 of Don Newcombe,...

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