Dodgers' big third boosts McCarthy

Britton sparks five-run frame, falls triple short of cycle

Dodgers' big third boosts McCarthy

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmy Rollins, Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke doubled in a five-run third inning as the Dodgers rallied to beat Texas, 10-5, on Sunday at Camelback Ranch.

The runs came against Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch, who is fighting to make the club, and in support of Brandon McCarthy, who overcame a three-run top of the third that included an RBI double from former Dodger Adrian Beltre, who also doubled in the fifth inning.

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Pederson, Grandal show muscle vs. Giants

Rookie slugs sixth homer; catcher contributes two doubles

Pederson, Grandal show muscle vs. Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Emerging from a spring hitting hiatus, Joe Panik went 3-for-3 and scored three runs Sunday to help the Giants defeat a Los Angeles Dodgers split squad, 11-9, in a Cactus League game.

Panik, who lifted his batting average from .154 to .200, doubled and scored in the first inning to open the Giants' scoring. He also doubled and scored in the fifth, when San Francisco's three-run outburst broke 3-3 tie, and singled before scoring in the sixth.

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Lyle Spencer

A-Gon shines outside the Hollywood spotlight

Soft-spoken first baseman has been model of consistent production for a decade

A-Gon shines outside the Hollywood spotlight

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the case of Adrian Gonzalez, understated evidently equates to underrated.

Gonzalez led the Majors in RBIs last season with 116 and is widely regarded as the game's premier defensive first baseman. He rarely misses a game and does his best work under pressure. Add it all up and this is what you get: Major League Baseball's most underappreciated superstar.

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McGowan feels good after back-to-back outings

Dodgers check out relief candidate in intrasquad game

McGowan feels good after back-to-back outings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers president Andrew Friedman, manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt made the trek to the Minor League side Sunday to watch reliever Dustin McGowan pitch in an intrasquad game.

McGowan, who allowed a long home run to Mike Trout of the Angels on Saturday, was pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this spring.

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Kids take charge as Pederson, Guerrero launch long balls

Huff puts in another solid showing, allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings.

Kids take charge as Pederson, Guerrero launch long balls

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero each homered as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-4, on Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Erick Aybar and Mike Trout homered for the Angels, who out-hit their Los Angeles counterparts, 11-9, but couldn't sustain a rally.

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Initially devastated, League now focused on rehabbing shoulder

Dodgers reliever agrees that non-surgical route is the best way to go

Initially devastated, League now focused on rehabbing shoulder

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon League said he was initially "devastated" to learn he had a significant right shoulder injury, but quickly decided he would accept a two-month rehab in an attempt to avoid surgery that would likely end his season before it begins.

"It was kind of devastating, but I'm past that point," said League, who was examined by Drs. Neal ElAttrache and James Andrews Friday in Las Vegas, where they were attending an orthopedic surgeons convention. "I had time to sulk on the hour flight. I've got goals in mind."

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Dodgers have wealth of left-handed bullpen options

Mattingly indicates club will start season with seven relievers

Dodgers have wealth of left-handed bullpen options

TEMPE, Ariz. -- "How many left-handed relievers are too many?", Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked Saturday.

"Eight would be one too many," Mattingly said, meaning the club will probably open the season with seven relievers and four starters.

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Pederson keeps striving to impress as decision looms

Dodgers outfielder hits fifth spring homer, raises batting average to .373

Pederson keeps striving to impress as decision looms

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Not knowing where he stands hasn't stopped Joc Pederson from knowing what he needs to do.

"There's always stuff I need to work on, and I need to continue to impress," Pederson said after launching his fifth home run of the spring Saturday, boosting his batting average to .373.

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Greinke shifted to start Minor League game Wednesday

Mattingly says starter needs work on the ups and downs between innings

Greinke shifted to start Minor League game Wednesday

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will throw in a Minor League game Wednesday instead of the Freeway Series game against the Angels on Thursday.

Greinke, who reached his pitch count of 76 Friday night without getting out of the fourth inning, will use the Minor League game to control the amount of times he gets up and down for the start of an inning, manager Don Mattingly said.

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Mattingly noncommital on choice of starting center fielder

Dodgers manager not in a hurry to choose between Pederson, Ethier

Mattingly noncommital on choice of starting center fielder

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' Friday night lineup was loaded with expected starters, as well as Joc Pederson.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked why he hadn't yet named Pederson his starting center fielder for Opening Day.

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League out 'several months' with right shoulder injury

Reliever hasn't pitched since March 9 due to discomfort

League out 'several months' with right shoulder injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Brandon League will be out for "several months," manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

The club described the injury as "right posterior shoulder inflammation." Mattingly said a conservative approach would be taken, beginning with three weeks of rest.

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Frustrated Greinke self-critical after rough start

Dodgers starter feels behind schedule in preparing for season

Frustrated Greinke self-critical after rough start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke started Spring Training behind schedule because of a "precautionary" elbow lubricating injection. With his first regular-season start 11 days away, he's still behind schedule.

An annoyed Greinke was removed after only 3 2/3 innings Friday night by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly when he reached his 76-pitch limit. Greinke said he felt fine physically, but lacked command with all pitches. Greinke gets one more Spring Training start, tentatively on an extra day of rest Thursday in the Freeway Series against the Angels, although Mattingly hinted there were "other options" that would allow Greinke to start April 7 against the Padres. Greinke was asked if one more start will be enough to start the season.

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Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings

Gonzalez hits RBI double, but Dodgers bats ineffective vs. Giants

Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Susac slugged a homer off reliever Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning as the Giants came from behind Friday night to beat the Dodgers, 8-4 at Camelback Ranch.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hit his pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. Two of the four runs Greinke allowed were unearned on an error by left fielder Carl Crawford, who earlier had an RBI single.

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Kershaw, Grandal more in sync as tandem

Battery continues to build working relationship

Kershaw, Grandal more in sync as tandem

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw wasn't impressed with his start on Thursday, but he was effective, striking out eight while allowing one run over six innings in a 9-6 win over the White Sox.

His pitch count was up to 88 (plus more in the bullpen afterward) and he will make a short start next Wednesday as a final prep for his Opening Day start on April 6.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Kershaw the engine that drives Dodgers

Kershaw the engine that drives Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw has taken on a larger-than-life persona -- and not just with the Dodgers' fan base.

Kershaw is more than the ace of the Dodgers' rotation. He is the trump card.

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Gaudin, Liberatore limited by injuries

Righty bothered by nerve discomfort; lefty works through groin tightness

Gaudin, Liberatore limited by injuries

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers had new injury reports Thursday on relievers Chad Gaudin and Adam Liberatore.

Gaudin, scheduled to pitch two innings in a Minor League game, had a recurrence of nerve discomfort while warming up and was shut down, with an MRI scheduled. This came five days after Gaudin came out of a game against the Rockies in the third inning after experiencing tingling in his bicep, but insisted he wasn't hurt.

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Kershaw cruises behind Puig, Rollins homers

Lefty fans 8 over six; pair of 2-run shots sets tone

Kershaw cruises behind Puig, Rollins homers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Penny's push for a White Sox roster spot, either as a spot-starter for Chris Sale or a long reliever, took a bit of a hit on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-6 victory.

The Los Angeles offense was led by Yasiel Puig's fifth home run, a two-run shot, of the spring and four RBIs from Jimmy Rollins, who also hit a two-run homer. Penny allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings, while Clayton Kershaw struck out eight in six innings.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Mattingly has logical cure to what ails batters

Dodgers' manager says whole-field approach to hitting is best remedy for downturn in offense

Mattingly has logical cure to what ails batters

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has witnessed the decline of offense firsthand.

He doesn't like it. And he has a solution. It has nothing to do with outlawing defensive shifts or lowering the mound or shrinking the strike zone. It is all about basics.

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Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

Puig, Pederson, Turner and Van Slyke go deep; LA uses all relievers on mound

Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke homered Wednesday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-5 win over the Padres, who got home runs from catcher Derek Norris and starting pitcher Jason Lane.

The Dodgers used relievers throughout, beginning with Juan Nicasio, who allowed two runs in three innings. The fourth Dodgers pitcher, J.P. Howell, was the first one to go unscored upon. Yimi Garcia, the club's No. 15 prospect according to MLB.com, closed the game out with a scoreless ninth and remains in the running for one of the two open bullpen spots.

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Jim Callis

MLB Pipeline checks in from Dodgers camp

Sweeney, Schebler among impressive young talent to shine at Spring Training

MLB Pipeline checks in from Dodgers camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- No organization has three higher-ranked prospects than the Dodgers do with shortstop Corey Seager (No. 7 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 list), left-hander Julio Urias (No. 8) and outfielder Joc Pederson (No. 14). Though they tend to dominate talk about Los Angeles' farm system, there's plenty of intriguing talent beyond the big three.

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Puig's strong arm, powerful swing on display in same inning

Dodgers right fielder nabs runner at first base, then crushes two-run blast

Puig's strong arm, powerful swing on display in same inning

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig showed off his throwing arm and bat flip in the first inning of Wednesday's Dodgers-Padres game, which the Dodgers won, 9-5, at Camelback Ranch.

San Diego's Wil Myers led off the game with a single past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to right field, where Puig casually fielded the ball and saw that pitcher Juan Nicasio snuck behind Myers to cover first. Nicasio took Puig's powerful throw and easily tagged Myers out.

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Ryu says left shoulder issue similar to last year

Dodgers lefty unhappy to start season on DL, will work on conditioning, preparing arm

Ryu says left shoulder issue similar to last year

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said he wasn't surprised doctors discovered no new damage to his left shoulder in an MRI earlier this week.

"I wasn't too worried," Ryu said Wednesday. "It's very similar pain to last year."

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Garcia remains in running for one of open relief roles

Dodgers righty prospect continues impressive spring in bullpen-only game

Garcia remains in running for one of open relief roles

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sent nothing but relievers to the mound in Wednesday's 9-5 win over the Padres.

Of the seven that pitched, swingman Juan Nicasio started and allowed two runs in his third inning of work. Of the others, Sergio Santos and Dustin McGowan allowed home runs, while J.P. Howell, David Aardsma, Paco Rodriguez and Yimi Garcia pitched single scoreless innings.

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Dodgers sell 3 million tickets in record time

Club reaches milestone for 2015 season one week earlier than last year

Dodgers sell 3 million tickets in record time

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have reached 3 million tickets sold for the 2015 season, the earliest date in franchise history they have reached that mark.

The milestone was reached one week earlier than a year ago, which was the previous franchise record.

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Dodgers land Cuban infielder Olivera for six years

$62.5 million deal includes $28 million bonus

Dodgers land Cuban infielder Olivera for six years

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has agreed to a $62.5 million deal with the Dodgers, according to an industry source.

The club has not confirmed the agreement, which includes a $28 million signing bonus.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryu to be re-evaluated after rest and rehab

Friedman: News on lefty's shoulder 'wasn't nearly as severe as I probably feared'

Ryu to be re-evaluated after rest and rehab

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was ordered by doctors to rest and rehab his sore left shoulder for two weeks, which club president Andrew Friedman considered a good thing.

"It wasn't nearly as severe as I probably feared," said Friedman, who probably had considered season-ending surgery on Ryu's shoulder, which has flared up three times in the past year.

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Anderson pleased with outing in 'B' Game

With mounting injuries, left-hander's health key to Dodgers' rotation

Anderson pleased with outing in 'B' Game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With third starter Hyun-Jin Ryu sidelined, fifth starter Brett Anderson's importance to the Dodgers rotation intensifies.

So with most of the club enjoying a day off on Tuesday, Anderson's Minor League start was watched by club president Andrew Friedman and a handful of executives, in addition to manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

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Mattingly: Dodgers looking at options for Ryu's replacement

Mattingly: Dodgers looking at options for Ryu's replacement

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While waiting for a medical update on Hyun-Jin Ryu and seemingly prepared for bad news, manager Don Mattingly on Monday morning spoke vaguely about how to replace Ryu short-term.

Based on new management's bold and expensive offseason deals, a long-term injury to Ryu likely will be met with a bold and expensive acquisition from outside the organization.

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