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  • Dodgers' hot season fires up the faithful

    Dodgers' hot season fires up the faithful
    With her Dodgers dogged by injuries, Emma Amaya made a stop before work at the Our Lady Queen of Angels church in downtown Los Angeles, where she lit a prayer candle for her boys in blue. The next day, as the team prepared for game one of their series...
  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez has ears ringing in the NLCS

    Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez has ears ringing in the NLCS
    The ball soared high into the right-field pavilion as the bat sailed high above foul territory, the ball flying, the bat flipping, Adrian Gonzalez preening. Yes, he was going to pimp his prize home run. He swung. He stopped. He stared. He jogged. And...
  • There are no miracles for Dodgers on this night in crucial loss

    There are no miracles for Dodgers on this night in crucial loss
    In a year of the improbable, the impossible may have to wait. On the 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's home run Tuesday night, the only fists pumps belonged to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the only brake lights applied were to the Dodgers' journey to...
  • Dodgers take the solo route to stay alive with 6-4 Game 5 victory

    Dodgers take the solo route to stay alive with 6-4 Game 5 victory
    Seems the Dodgers want to keep playing. Using the sudden power of the solo home run and a terrific turnaround pitching performance from Zack Greinke, the Dodgers lived to fight another day with their 6-4 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Cardinals in...
  • 'Rally Bear' or not, should the Dodgers have a mascot?

    'Rally Bear' or not, should the Dodgers have a mascot?
    It was one of those moments when you shove an elbow into the ribs of the guy sitting next to you and say, “Hey, didja see that?” In the eighth inning of Monday’s game at Dodger Stadium, a guy in a bear costume jumped on top of the...
  • Dodgers face elimination after Cardinals win Game 4 of NLCS, 4-2

    Dodgers face elimination after Cardinals win Game 4 of NLCS, 4-2
    Momentum is a one-game deal in the playoffs, and as high as the Dodgers were feeling Monday, they were as low after Tuesday. The Dodgers fell, 4-2, to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, leaving them down...
  • Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier make sure Cardinals hurt worse

    Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier make sure Cardinals hurt worse
    More than two hours before Monday's first pitch, amid the early stirrings of a stadium on the brink, two men made a single quiet decision. They each announced it alone. They each spoke while wincing in pain. There were no fans around to cheer it....
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu gets big win, and save, in Dodgers' 3-0 NLCS Game 3 victory

    Hyun-Jin Ryu gets big win, and save, in Dodgers' 3-0 NLCS Game 3 victory
    Only four starting pitchers in Dodgers history have thrown seven or more scoreless innings in a postseason game and allowed three or fewer hits: Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Orel Hershiser and, most recently, Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu recovered from the worst...
  • Yasiel Puig displays all his talents, and emotions, in Dodgers' win

    Yasiel Puig displays all his talents, and emotions, in Dodgers' win
    For the true baseball fan, Cuba is a mecca. There are no giant video screens with animated hands demanding that you clap. There are no overcaffeinated and overamplified cheerleaders pressuring you to make some noise. In Cuba, there is no artificial...
  • Dodgers' Dee Gordon insists he was safe on stolen base attempt

    Dodgers' Dee Gordon insists he was safe on stolen base attempt
    ATLANTA — Dee Gordon was adamant: When he attempted to steal second base in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 defeat to the Atlanta Braves Friday night, he was safe. "I'm not going to harp on what he called, but I thought I was safe," Gordon...
  • Dodgers' Don Mattingly's margin for error just got smaller

    Dodgers' Don Mattingly's margin for error just got smaller
    ATLANTA — He stared sullenly from the dugout as thousands of red-foam tomahawks were shaking above him. He quietly shook his head at the field as ominous chanting echoed around him. Later, in a cramped and still interview room, he spoke slowly...