Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals updates: Brusdar Graterol placed on injured list

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Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Anderson delivers during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Anderson delivers during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Thursday.
(Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)

Live updates as the Dodgers close out their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The game is underway.

Final: Dodgers take series against Cardinals with 4-0 shutout win

The Dodgers have won their fourth-straight series and 13th game out of the last 15 overall, shutting out the Cardinals 4-0 to take two of three games at Busch Stadium.

It was the Dodgers’ sixth shutout of the season and improved their record to 58-30.

Final: Dodgers 4, Cardinals 0

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Dodgers extend lead as Tyler Anderson completes scoreless gem

Tyler Anderson completed a scoreless six-inning start, in which he gave up just three hits, two walks and struck out four.

His ERA is now 2.96, and he’s pitched at least six inning in four straight starts.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, gave him a little extra breathing room, after Will Smith doubled home a run in the sixth and Gavin Lux lifted a two-run home run in the seventh.

Mid 7th: Dodgers lead 4-0

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Freddie Freeman’s ex-agent sues Doug Gottlieb over tweet about Braves negotiations

ST. LOUIS — Almost three weeks ago, Freddie Freeman fired his agents at Excel Sports Management as his representatives in the wake of a dramatic offseason free-agency process.

In a libel lawsuit filed Thursday by Excel and its lead agent, Casey Close, against sports radio personality Doug Gottlieb, the agency detailed its side of the story.

Thursday’s lawsuit, which was filed in a New York court, centered on a report Gottlieb posted to Twitter in the wake of Excel’s firing by Freeman last month, when the Fox Sports radio host alleged Close never told Freeman of a supposed final offer the Atlanta Braves made during the free-agency process.

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Dodgers open scoring as Freddie Freeman continues torrid stretch

Dodgers baserunner Freddie Freeman scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner during the fourth inning Thursday.
(Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)

If he wasn’t already, Freddie Freeman is officially the hottest hitter in baseball.

Coming off three straight games in which he reached base at least four times, Freeman has been aboard in each of his first two trips tonight.

He singled in the first. Then he doubled in the fourth and came around to score on a Justin Turner RBI single.

Freeman has reached base safely in 16 of his last 18 trips to the plate.

Mid 4th: Dodgers lead 1-0

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Brusdar Graterol placed on injured list; Max Muncy bats seventh again

Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws against the Colorado Rockies on July 5.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

ST. LOUIS — Dodgers reliever Brusdar Graterol was placed on the injured list Thursday with shoulder inflammation and is scheduled to get an MRI, although the Dodgers do not believe the injury is serious.

According to manager Dave Roberts, Graterol felt a “twinge” in his shoulder following plyometric ball drills Wednesday.

The team decided to shut him down and placed him on the injured list. His IL stint was backdated to July 11, meaning he will be eligible to return after the All-Star break on July 26.

While Graterol will get an MRI when the team returns to Los Angeles on Friday, Roberts said “we’re pretty optimistic because there’s really not one incident that triggered this. I think we feel pretty confident.”

Roberts said the upcoming All-Star break made it easier for the team to decide to play it safe and put Graterol on the injured list.

Reyes Moronta, who had been on the trip already as a taxi squad member, was activated in Graterol’s place.

Max Muncy batting seventh again

When the Dodgers put Max Muncy in the seventh spot of the batting order Wednesday, Roberts said it would be for one game only.

However, after slotting Muncy seventh again for Thursday’s series finale, Roberts acknowledged he “might choose to leave him there for a little bit longer.”

“I like him there,” Roberts added. “But I do believe in the longer term, we’re better if Max is hitting a little bit higher.”

On the mound Thursday, left-hander Tyler Anderson (9-1, 3.15 ERA) will start for the Dodgers against Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson (6-5, 4.00 ERA).

Here is the Dodgers’ full lineup:

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Baseball’s cathedral: At 60, Dodger Stadium has never looked better

A view of Dodger Stadium with downtown Los Angeles in the background.
The third-oldest stadium in baseball, Dodger Stadium remains one of baseball’s best. On Tuesday, it will host the MLB All-Star Game for the first time since 1980.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The tour starts at Section 1. At the top of Dodger Stadium. Where the mountainous backdrop, picturesque playing surface and 56,000 seats all come into view.

Before thousands of fans file into the ballpark every night, groups of about a dozen each walk the grounds on guided tours every afternoon.

They go from the top deck to the field-level seats. From the historic hallway that leads to the clubhouse, where World Series trophies and a century’s worth of awards adorn the walls, to the baseball diamond the Dodgers have called home for the last 60 years.

They don’t come for modern amenities. They don’t see many cutting-edge features. They aren’t dazzled by architectural advancements.

This place offers something different. A portal to the past. A connection to the present.

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Their shining moment quickly faded. The story of the 1980 All-Star Game starting pitchers

Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard shows his sense of humor while shaking hands with Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Stone.
Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard, left, shows his sense of humor while shaking hands with Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Stone during All-Star workouts at Dodger Stadium on July 7, 1980.
(Lennox McLendon / Associated Press)

The way the clouds never formed in an ocean blue sky, the way the afternoon sun hit the San Gabriel Mountains, the way one of baseball’s truest cathedrals was dropped right into the center of it — this was Dodger Stadium at its heavenliest.

“It was a postcard,” Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey said.

More than 36 million people — roughly one in every six Americans — received that postcard when they watched the 1980 All-Star Game on TV. Another 56,088 were in the stands.

“Everything was just perfect,” Seattle Mariners pitcher Rick Honeycutt remembered.

And in the middle of the idyllic setting, two men celebrated everything that they’d achieved on a square foot of rubber. The game’s starting pitchers, Baltimore’s Steve Stone and Houston’s J.R. Richard, were at the pinnacle of their profession.

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Talks resume to avert All-Star Game strike by Dodger Stadium concession workers

Dodger Stadium in September 2020.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

The union representing Dodger Stadium concession workers and the company that employs them said Wednesday they have returned to the bargaining table, two days after workers threatened a strike that could affect the All-Star Game.

On Monday, the union announced that 99% of those workers had authorized a strike “at any time.” The workers are employed by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, the company with which the Dodgers contract to operate stadium concessions.

The Major League Baseball Players Assn. and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) since have spoken out in support of the workers.

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Dodgers rally from six runs down late to beat Cardinals 7-6

ST. LOUIS — Cody Bellinger began to sense it in the seventh inning after a two-run home run by Will Smith.

For Trea Turner, the belief set in during the top of the eighth, when the Dodgers lineup began chipping away again.

Manager Dave Roberts could tell over the entirety of the last three innings, as his lineup wore down the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen, strung together one productive at-bat after the next, and orchestrated their latest — and biggest — comeback.

And then there was Max Muncy, who even at the depths of the team’s deficit Wednesday felt as if the Dodgers never flinched.

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How to watch and stream the Dodgers this season

Here’s a look at the Dodgers broadcast and streaming schedule for the remainder of the 2022 regular season:

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