Dodgers discussing all options ahead of Deadline

Los Angeles weighing winning now against rebuilding for future

Dodgers discussing all options ahead of Deadline

LOS ANGELES -- When franchise history includes being on the wrong end of Mike Piazza and Pedro Martinez trades, it's understandable if the Dodgers' current management is reluctant to be the guys who let Julio Urias or Jose De Leon or Grant Holmes get away.

But last year, they passed on Cole Hamels, so there's the dilemma with one week left until the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers pounce on Cards rookie, close to 3 back

Dodgers pounce on Cards rookie, close to 3 back

ST. LOUIS -- Unfamiliarity was no obstacle for the Dodgers on Sunday as they ambushed a pitcher making his Major League debut en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win, highlighted by Adrian Gonzalez's fifth career grand slam, sealed a series victory for Los Angeles, which now returns home following a 5-4 road trip. The Dodgers have pulled to within three games of the Giants in the National League West standings.

The Dodgers scored a half-dozen runs off Cardinals callup Mike Mayers before the Cardinals ever came to bat. The first four trotted home when Gonzalez tattooed a 2-2 fastball 427 feet over the center-field wall. Gonzalez finished the game with three hits, the second of which preceded Howie Kendrick's home run with one out in the second.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Meises among top prospect performers Monday

Cubs' No. 4 prospect goes 4-for-4 in a twin bill sweep for Class A South Bend

Meises among top prospect performers Monday

A pair of Cubs prospects shined at the Class A level on Monday, helping propel the South Bend Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of Peoria.

Eloy Jimenez -- Chicago's No. 4 prospect -- and Eddy Martinez (Cubs' No. 13) each contributed big offensive performances against the Chiefs.

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Hall-time great: Piazza joins elite at Cooperstown

Inductees praise family, fans on emotional day in front of second-largest Cooperstown crowd

Hall-time great: Piazza joins elite at Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- To punctuate close to an hour of combined speeches by this year's pair of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. turned around his cap to end the Sunday proceedings.

Mike Piazza spoke to his Italian immigrant father, Vince, in his native language, thanking him and Italy for giving him his dad.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Calhoun, Barnes on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Calhoun, Barnes on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Run ends Liberatore's record-setting streak

Dodgers reliever posted 28 scoreless appearances

Run ends Liberatore's record-setting streak

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore informed manager Dave Roberts in Spring Training that he's the best left-handed reliever in the Major Leagues. Roberts told him to "prove it." Over the past 64 days, he certainly came close with a streak of 28 consecutive appearances without allowing a run.

That impressive string of games came to an end Sunday night in the Dodgers' 9-6 win over the Cardinals, but Roberts believes Liberatore answered the call.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis who covered the Dodgers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Norris set for start vs. Rays after emergency relief

Norris set for start vs. Rays after emergency relief

When Dodgers starter Bud Norris takes the hill against the Rays, he'll be on shorter rest than Rays starter Chris Archer, but Norris will have the edge in experience when the two meet in the opener of a two-game set Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Norris' most recent outing came in relief, two days after his last start. He pitched during the 15th inning Friday night against the Cardinals and gave up a walk-off home run to Matt Adams in the 16th with the Dodgers short on arms.

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Piazza's proud pop watches son's call to Hall

Lifelong friends with Lasorda, Vince helped jumpstart catcher's career

Piazza's proud pop watches son's call to Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Vince Piazza said on Sunday morning that he was very tough on his son, Mike, as a kid and budding baseball player growing up in Norristown, Pa.

"It made him tough mentally. I really believe that," Vince told MLB.com at the famous Otesaga Hotel. "As I look back, maybe that wasn't the best way of going about it, but here we are today."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HOFer Piazza forever linked to Dodgers

HOFer Piazza forever linked to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, and the cap on his plaque has a Mets logo, but his career was launched and made possible by the Dodgers.

They famously drafted him in the 62nd round in 1988 and signed him as a favor to then-manager Tom Lasorda, who grew up in Norristown, Pa., buddies with Piazza's father, Vince, and would let Mike serve as a batboy when the Dodgers visited Philadelphia.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Toles bringing energy to Dodgers since callup

Toles bringing energy to Dodgers since callup

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers rookie Andrew Toles replaced Yasiel Puig in right field Saturday night in St. Louis due to tightness in Puig's right hamstring and was in the lineup again Sunday night as his replacement. Toles rocketed through the Minors after signing with Los Angeles last October and is making an impact as a left-handed bat when the Dodgers need it most.

The No. 28 prospect in the Dodgers system according to MLBPipeline.com, Toles is hitting .333 (9-for-27) in his first 11 Major League games. He had his first multi-hit game Saturday and scored twice on a 3-for-4 night. Toles has hit safely in four of six starts and seven of his first 11 games.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers get back on track against Cardinals

Dodgers get back on track against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- One night after letting a plethora of scoring chances go untapped, the Dodgers capitalized against Mike Leake early on Saturday and then coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. The win kept the Dodgers ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race and halted St. Louis' winning streak at five.

The Dodgers recovered from an exhausting, 16-inning loss quickly enough to even the three-game series at Busch Stadium. All nine players in L.A.'s starting lineup had at least one hit off Leake, who allowed a career-high 12 over his six innings. Five of those came in the third, when the Dodgers utilized three infield hits to generate some momentum before Justin Turner punctuated the four-run frame with a two-run double.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stripling provides scoreless relief in return to Dodgers

Stripling provides scoreless relief in return to Dodgers

ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers optioned left-handed reliever Grant Dayton to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled right-hander Ross Stripling on Saturday. Then they threw their former starter into the fire in relief during a 7-2 win over the Cardinals.

Stripling pitched the eighth and ninth innings without giving up a hit and striking out two to preserve the Dodgers' five-run lead. He has now pitched five innings of scoreless relief over his last two outings.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCarthy sharp again, exits with leg cramps

Dodgers righty allows 2 runs, 1 hit through 6 1/3 innings

McCarthy sharp again, exits with leg cramps

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left Friday night's game against Cardinals in the seventh inning with leg cramps, but he still looked sharp in his longest outing since returning from Tommy John surgery.

He had given up two runs (one earned) on one hit through 6 1/3 innings, with his only miscue coming in the third inning, when he surrendered a run-scoring single to Aledmys Diaz. McCarthy's effort didn't yield a victory as the Dodgers fell 4-3 in 16 innings. "Coming out when I did wasn't something I really cared for, but there was nothing I could do," McCarthy said.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers upended in not-so-sweet 16th

Dodgers upended in not-so-sweet 16th

ST. LOUIS -- On a night when the Dodgers squandered repeated chances with runners in scoring position, the Cardinals made a little go a long way to outlast Los Angeles, 4-3, in 16 innings Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Jedd Gyorko denied Kenley Jansen his 29th save with a two-out, game-tying homer in the ninth, and Matt Adams sealed the team's second walk-off victory in as many nights hours later with a one-out homer in the 16th. The victory extended the Cardinals' winning streak to five and boosted the club a season-best eight games above .500.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday.

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Urias sent to Triple-A; Barnes recalled

Roberts foresees LA going with 4-man rotation through next series

Urias sent to Triple-A; Barnes recalled

ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers optioned left-hander Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled infielder/catcher Austin Barnes before starting a three-game series against the Cardinals on Friday night.

Urias made a spot start against the Nationals on Thursday and gave up one run on five hits over four innings. He has a 4.69 ERA in nine starts for the Dodgers this season. Los Angeles has won the last five games Urias has started.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

10 GIFs that show off the majesty of Piazza's HOF career

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10 GIFs that show off the majesty of Piazza's HOF career

Mike Piazza, along with Ken Griffey Jr., will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com, and you'll be able to see the ceremony there. But what was it truly like to watch Piazza play? From milestones to mustaches, here's Piazza in essential 10 GIFs.

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Calhoun, De Jong among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Calhoun, De Jong among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Turner continues surge with 2-homer game

Dodgers 3B takes Strasburg deep twice, has raised average 47 points since June 8

Turner continues surge with 2-homer game

WASHINGTON -- Over the previous two seasons, Justin Turner was one of the Dodgers' best hitters and an anchor in the middle of their lineup. But for one reason or another, the third baseman stumbled to start the 2016 season, and on June 8, he was hitting only .220.

Turner insists nothing in his swing has changed since then, but his numbers certainly have. Since that date, he has lifted his average 47 points by hitting .333 with 13 home runs, including two off Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg in a 6-3 Dodgers win Thursday.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers reportedly front-runner for Archer

Dodgers reportedly front-runner for Archer

The Dodgers could be on the verge of landing an impact starting pitcher in advance of the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Los Angeles appears to be the front-runner to land coveted right-hander Chris Archer from the Rays, and it reportedly has a "70 percent" chance to acquire Archer, according to ESPN, which quoted an unnamed baseball executive on Thursday.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Turner goes yard twice to beat Stras, win series

Turner goes yard twice to beat Stras, win series

WASHINGTON -- The Dodgers showed on Thursday afternoon that right-hander Stephen Strasburg is not invincible, as Justin Turner took the Nats ace deep twice to lead Los Angeles to a 6-3 win at Nationals Park. The Dodgers won two out of three games in the series.

After starting the season 13-0, Strasburg picked up his first loss of the season. The righty lasted six innings, allowed six runs on seven hits and fanned 10 batters. It marked the eighth time this season that Strasburg has struck out at least 10 in a game. Thursday marked just the second game this season that the Nats lost when Strasburg was on the mound. The first was on June 4 against the Reds in a game in which he allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. The last time Strasburg lost a decision was September 9 against the Mets.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Puig exits Nats finale with right hamstring tightness

Puig exits Nats finale with right hamstring tightness

WASHINGTON -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig exited Thursday's 6-3 win against the Nationals with right hamstring tightness.

Puig retreated down the tunnel after attempting to beat out a ground ball in the top of the seventh inning. He was replaced in right field by Scott Van Slyke.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roberts: Surgery a 'possibility' for Kershaw

Roberts: Surgery a 'possibility' for Kershaw

WASHINGTON -- A day after announcing that Clayton Kershaw had suffered a setback in his rehab from a back injury, manager Dave Roberts would not rule out surgery for the Dodgers ace.

"With the way it flared up, it's more of an indication that surgery is more of a possibility," Roberts said.

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Norris, Dodgers stung by the long ball vs. Nats

Norris, Dodgers stung by the long ball vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper led the hitting barrage on Wednesday night, and the Nationals pounded the Dodgers, 8-1, at Nationals Park.

It was Harper who put Washington ahead in the first inning off right-hander Bud Norris. After Daniel Murphy doubled with two outs, Harper swung at a 3-1 pitch and launched the ball into the third deck in right field for a two-run homer, his 20th. It marked the fourth time Harper has hit 20 home runs in a season.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington and covered the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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Hatcher the latest Dodgers arm to hit the DL

Hatcher the latest Dodgers arm to hit the DL

WASHINGTON -- Another Dodgers pitcher is headed to the disabled list.

The latest hurler to go down is right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher, who strained his left oblique while pitching against the Nationals on Tuesday.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Culberson makes most of return to the bigs

Culberson makes most of return to the bigs

WASHINGTON -- Infielder Charlie Culberson arrived at the ballpark on Wednesday after being recalled from Triple-A, and it didn't take long for him to make his presence felt.

Culberson got the start at shortstop against the Nationals and slapped an RBI single in the second inning, plating the Dodgers' only run in an 8-1 loss.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wood to miss 8 weeks after elbow debridement

Wood to miss 8 weeks after elbow debridement

WASHINGTON -- The Dodgers' pitcher-injury woes continued on Wednesday, when the team announced that lefty Alex Wood will miss eight weeks after undergoing an elbow debridement in New York.

The bad news comes just one day after the Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left elbow and revealed that Clayton Kershaw had suffered a setback in his rehab from a back injury, with surgery a possibility. Los Angeles has already used 12 starting pitchers this season, tied for the most in the Majors.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De Leon, Alvarez among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Dodgers pitching prospects each rack up double-digit K's in strong starts

De Leon, Alvarez among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.

De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the Top 100, yielded four hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to pace Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of Tacoma. The 23-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk in the outing, as he demonstrated exemplary command of his arsenal by throwing 80 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers double up Nats behind Utley, Kazmir

Dodgers double up Nats behind Utley, Kazmir

WASHINGTON -- There was good news and not-so-good news when it came to Reynaldo Lopez's Major League debut on Tuesday night. He struck nine batters, which was five short of the Nationals rookie record set by Stephen Strasburg in 2010. The not-so-good news was that Lopez was hit hard as the Dodgers beat the Nationals, 8-4, at Nationals Park.

The problems started in the first inning, when Chase Utley hit a leadoff home run as part of a three-RBI night. The next two hitters -- Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner -- reached base on a single and a double, respectively. Lopez managed to get the next two outs, but Kendrick and Turner scored on a single by Joc Pederson. Lopez acknowledged he was nervous when the game started.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington and covered the Dodgers on Tuesday.

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Kazmir defeats Nats, cramps with special remedy

Lefty strikes out eight over seven innings for eighth victory

Kazmir defeats Nats, cramps with special remedy

WASHINGTON -- When Scott Kazmir suffered cramps in both legs in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Nationals, it looked like his outing could be over early. So the pitcher turned to a secret antidote: spicy mustard and pickle juice.

After drinking "everything under the sun," in hopes of fighting off cramps, Kazmir remained in the game and finished off an impressive seven-inning outing.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Calhoun among top prospect performers Tuesday

Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect strikes out 10 in 6 one-hit frames, Nats' No. 1 wins Triple-A debut

Calhoun among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he gave up a season-worst six earned runs in his last start, Sean Reid-Foley returned to form Tuesday as he fired six innings of one-hit ball to lead Class A Advanced Dunedin in a 2-0 shutout over Charlotte.

Reid-Foley, the Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect, struck out the side in his first and last innings of work and fanned 10 of the 21 hitters he faced, marking his third start this season in which he's recorded double-digit strikeouts. He recorded five ground-ball outs and walked a pair, while throwing 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.