Taylor's tear continues as LA reaches 70 wins

Taylor's tear continues as LA reaches 70 wins

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Taylor continued his torrid July with a pair of doubles and three RBIs as the Dodgers beat the Twins, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium to become the fifth team in the expansion era to reach 70 wins by its 101st game. Los Angeles also increased its division lead over Arizona to a season-high 12 1/2 games while dropping Minnesota below .500 for the first time since late April.

"I just learned we won 70 games. I've got such narrow vision," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "It's a credit to the guys in the clubhouse. But we've got a lot of work to do."

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Double-switch snafu leads to 18-minute delay

Dodgers point out mistake in Twins' move during odd sequence

Double-switch snafu leads to 18-minute delay

LOS ANGELES --- One pitch after Twins manager Paul Molitor made a double switch with one out in the bottom of the sixth in the Dodgers' 6-2 win, manager Dave Roberts called over to home-plate umpire Lance Barrett.

As it had been relayed to the Dodgers by Barrett, Molitor had subbed righty Ryan Pressly for left fielder Eddie Rosario in the No. 5 spot and Ehire Adrianza for pitcher Trevor Hildenberger in the No. 9 spot, but when Pressly threw his first pitch to Yasiel Puig, Rosario was still in left, Adrianza was at shortstop and No. 7 hitter Jorge Polanco had left the game.

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Joshua Thornton 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.

Ravin's first save shows Dodgers' relief depth

Ravin's first save shows Dodgers' relief depth

LOS ANGELES -- It didn't take 18 minutes to sort out, but there was a second unusual rule that came into play in the Dodgers' 6-2 win over the Twins Tuesday night.

Josh Ravin, recalled on Monday from Triple-A Oklahoma City, pitched the final three innings for the Dodgers and was credited with his first Major League save, which came as a total surprise to him.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers send Stewart after sweep of Twins

Dodgers send Stewart after sweep of Twins

Los Angeles righty Brock Stewart will make his first start of the season on Wednesday as the Dodgers try to complete a three-game sweep of the Twins at Dodger Stadium. Minnesota will give the ball to righty Ervin Santana.

Stewart, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Dodgers' No. 10 prospect, has been inserted into the starting rotation because of injuries to ace Clayton Kershaw and righty Brandon McCarthy. The 25-year-old Stewart has been used out of the bullpen this season, appearing in six games and throwing 13 innings.

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Joshua Thornton 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.

Buehler is Dodgers' new No. 1 prospect

Pitcher jumps to No. 13 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100

Buehler is Dodgers' new No. 1 prospect

LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Walker Buehler, whose promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this month signaled his fast track to the Major Leagues, also proved to be on the fastest track in MLBPipeline.com's update of the Top 100 Prospects.

Buehler, now the top prospect in the Dodgers' system after ranking third in the preseason Top 30, also made the highest leap on the Top 100 Prospects list, shooting from No. 80 in the preseason rankings to No. 13. Cody Bellinger, who was No. 13 coming into the season, has graduated from the list.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stewart steps into Kershaw's rotation spot

Stewart steps into Kershaw's rotation spot

LOS ANGELES --- With Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a lower back strain, manager Dave Roberts will insert righty Brock Stewart into the Dodgers' starting rotation.

Roberts said Tuesday the club is still not ready put a timetable on Kershaw, who was placed on the DL Monday after making an early exit to his Sunday start.

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Joshua Thornton 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.

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Mark Feinsand

Ace in cards? Yanks, Nats, Dodgers eye prize

Gray, Verlander available, while Darvish could be at right price

Ace in cards? Yanks, Nats, Dodgers eye prize

The starting-pitching market is turning into a game of three-card monte, and everybody is trying to find the ace.

According to a source, the Yankees, Nationals and Dodgers are all increasing their efforts to land a top-notch starter, but at the moment, only two are available for certain -- Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander -- while a third (Yu Darvish) might be the most desirable for this year's stretch run if he's made available.

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'The Secret of Ebbets Field' a fun tale for kids

Seidman's new book offers unique fictional fantasy look at 1955 Dodgers

'The Secret of Ebbets Field' a fun tale for kids

Eli Schwartz is 11 years old living in an orphanage in Brooklyn. His life is made complicated by an evil headmaster named Reiger and a bully, Marty, so he takes his mind off his troubles by dreaming of playing for the Dodgers. Who, at this moment in 1955, are playing the Yankees in the World Series.

Then, one day, Eli overhears another boy talking about a million-dollar treasure secreted somewhere at the Dodgers' home ballpark. And with that "The Secret of Ebbets Field," a fantastical romp targeted at kids between eight and 12, is off and running.

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Paul Hagen, a reporter for MLB.com, won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 2013 for a lifetime of excellence in baseball writing. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verdugo, Calhoun homer for OKC

Verdugo, Calhoun homer for OKC

Shane Bieber has passed every test the Indians have thrown his way this season, a trend that continued Tuesday with his scoreless debut for Double-A Akron.

Starting for Akron in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, Bieber, the Indians' No. 13 prospect, limited opposing hitters to five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He found the zone with 65 of his 94 pitches, striking out five and walking one, and generated another nine outs on the ground.

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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.

Bellinger's blast in 8th saves the day for LA

Bellinger's blast in 8th saves the day for LA

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Monday night showed they haven't forgotten how to win after a Clayton Kershaw injury, as rookie Cody Bellinger slugged a clutch three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 6-4 comeback victory in their Interleague series opener at Dodger Stadium.

Bellinger's one-out homer to center off Taylor Rogers was his 28th, tying Jose Abreu for second-most after 80 MLB games (Rudy York had 30 from 1934-37). The win extended the Dodgers' MLB record of winning 47 consecutive games in which they led at any point. The Dodgers' 69 wins in the first 100 games are the second-most in the National League since 1969 (Cincinnati had 70 in '70). This was the Dodgers' 26th comeback win and sixth when they trail after seven innings.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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LA optimistic about Kershaw; timetable TBD

Roberts hedges on reported recovery of 4-6 weeks

LA optimistic about Kershaw; timetable TBD

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts painted the most optimistic picture possible of the back injury that put ace Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day disabled list on Monday.

Roberts said scans revealed Kershaw has a lower back strain, not a recurrence of the disk herniation that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months last year. Roberts also hedged on a reported return of four to six weeks, saying any timetable would be "unfair to Clayton," but added that a return this year "is a very safe bet."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bellinger gets curtain call amid MVP chants

Bellinger gets curtain call amid MVP chants

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger yelled, frustrated moments after he fouled a 78-mph curveball from Twins lefty Taylor Rogers down the right-field line, upset that he missed a chance at a home run.

"It was a good pitch to hit and I pulled off it," Bellinger said after the Dodgers' 6-4 win on Monday. "I was kind of mad at myself."

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Joshua Thornton 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.

Paredes, 30, gets the win in big league debut

Paredes, 30, gets the win in big league debut

LOS ANGELES -- Edward Paredes has been a Minor League lifer, so when Triple-A pitching coach Matt Herges told him Sunday night that he had been called up to the Major Leagues for the first time, how did Paredes react?

"I didn't believe it," he said. "I asked, 'Are you sure?'"

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Colon has faced Cody and Clay Bellinger

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Colon has faced Cody and Clay Bellinger

Bartolo Colon has been a presence in baseball since 1997. Distinguished careers have started and ended, all while the burly right-hander kept pitching. The amusing byproduct of spending 20 years in the Majors, however, is that the next generation is now around to face Colon.

For example, take Cody Bellinger. On Monday night at Dodger Stadium, Colon took the mound for the Twins and faced the up-and-coming star in the second inning. He triumphed by inducing a fly ball to left field.

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LA adds Paredes, Ravin, options Thompson

Ryu activated, but Kershaw and McCarthy land on DL

LA adds Paredes, Ravin, options Thompson

LOS ANGELES --- The Dodgers on Monday recalled right-handed reliever Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City, selected the contract of OKC lefty Edward Paredes, activated lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 10-day disabled list, optioned Trayce Thompson to OKC and placed pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy on the DL.

Ravin, 29, joins the Dodgers for the third time. He struck out two in two innings vs. the Reds on June 17 in his lone appearance this season. He is 3-0 with two saves and a 4.66 ERA in the Minors this year. Paredes has never appeared in the Major Leagues. The 30-year-old went a combined 1-2 with one save and a 2.23 ERA in 30 games between OKC and Double-A Tulsa.

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Kendall hits first professional homer

Kendall hits first professional homer

In many ways, Monday belonged to Ronald Acuna.

Acuna made the largest jump of any player in MLB Pipeline's freshly revamped Top 100 Prospects list, going from No. 86 all the way up to No. 8, as well as from No. 7 to No. 1 on the Braves' new Top 30 list.

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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 get walk-off win after losing Kershaw

Dodgers get walk-off win after losing Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers rallied for a wild 5-4 walk-off win over the Braves on Sunday with Logan Forsythe's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th, overcoming the loss of MLB wins leader Clayton Kershaw after two innings to another lower back injury and closer Kenley Jansen's first blown save of the year.

"We won a game, and we've got to make sure Clayton's fine, and we're holding out hope," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the Braves on Sunday.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Sources: Dodgers showing interest in Darvish

Sources: Dodgers showing interest in Darvish

The Dodgers have shown strong interest in trading for Rangers ace Yu Darvish, sources told MLB.com.

And that was before Dodgers icon Clayton Kershaw left Sunday's start with right lower back tightness.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Taylor delights Dodgers, confounds opponents

Dodgers utility man comes off bench to homer, triple in win over Braves

Taylor delights Dodgers, confounds opponents

LOS ANGELES -- The secret is out. Chris Taylor is good. But, how good?

"Until you've done it, you really don't know what you have," manager Dave Roberts said of Taylor, who came off the bench Saturday night with a homer and two-run triple that helped power the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over the Braves.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers trade righty reliever Romo to Rays

Dodgers trade righty reliever Romo to Rays

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers traded reliever Sergio Romo and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The 34-year-old Romo, whose salary this year is $3 million, was designated for assignment on Thursday to make room for the activation of left-handed reliever Grant Dayton.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers hit 3 HRs, return to winning ways

Dodgers hit 3 HRs, return to winning ways

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor homered Saturday night at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers returned to their slugging and winning ways with a 6-2 victory over the Braves, snapping their two-game losing streak.

Dodgers starter Rich Hill (7-4) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings and is 4-0 in his career against Atlanta. He is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA since modifying his delivery six starts back. Braves starter Julio Teheran (7-8) is 0-6 in his career against the Dodgers.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles He covered the Braves on Saturday.

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Calhoun hits pinch-hit homer for OKC

Calhoun hits pinch-hit homer for OKC

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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

'No panic' for LA after Wood's first setback

All-Star lefty chased in 5th inning after 9 runs, 7 earned

'No panic' for LA after Wood's first setback

LOS ANGELES -- It seemed like only yesterday when his Dodgers had won 31 of 35, so Dave Roberts summed up Friday night with the insight of a manager of the year.

"You're not going to win them all," he said after a 12-3 wipeout by the Braves that was the second loss in a row for the Dodgers, largest margin of defeat of the season and first loss of the year for Alex Wood. "No panic here."

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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.

Wood's unbeaten streak slammed by Braves

Wood's unbeaten streak slammed by Braves

LOS ANGELES -- Rumored Atlanta trade chip Jaime Garcia pitched seven solid innings and slugged a grand slam Friday night as the Braves handed former teammate Alex Wood his first loss of the year and the Dodgers their second loss in a row, a 12-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.

Garcia's third career homer, on an 0-2 pitch, was the first slam by an Atlanta pitcher since 1966. It capped a five-run fifth inning and ended the night for Wood (11-1), whose ERA jumped from 1.56 to 2.17. Tyler Flowers slugged a three-run homer off reliever Grant Dayton in the sixth inning, also on an 0-2 pitch. Estimated by Statcast™ at 447 feet, it tied Brandon Phillips for the longest Braves home run of the year.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the Braves on Friday.

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A-Gon, Ethier building up in pregame work

Sluggers out with back injuries; Gonzalez's return expected in August

A-Gon, Ethier building up in pregame work

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers sluggers Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier, sidelined by herniated disks in their backs, inched closer on Friday to returning to game action.

Gonzalez, on the disabled list since June 12, resumed taking ground balls. Manager Dave Roberts reiterated that he expects Gonzalez back sometime in August, but a rehab assignment has not been scheduled.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Jansen lifting Dodgers this season

Hoffman, Rivera have never met LA's closer, but his cutter resembles both

Jansen lifting Dodgers this season

CHICAGO -- Kenley Jansen has never met Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, the top closers in Major League Baseball history, with a combined 1,253 saves in 37 seasons.

It's tempting to say that as good as the Dodgers' closer is right now at age 29, he hasn't even begun to make the grade with 213 saves in his eighth season with Los Angeles.

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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.

After root canal, Grandal catches, hits homer

Dodgers catcher shows toughness after dental procedure

After root canal, Grandal catches, hits homer

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal didn't go home for the day after having a root canal. Instead, he homered and caught nine innings for the Dodgers in a 6-3 loss to the Braves on Thursday night, which snapped the team's 11-game win streak.

Major League catchers are tough, and Grandal is no exception. The Dodgers returned home late Wednesday night, following a road trip through Miami and Chicago, and Grandal said he intended on playing the series opener against the Braves, despite a lack of sleep and a painful dental procedure.

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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.

Cruz goes deep again for Great Lakes

Cruz goes deep again for Great Lakes

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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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.

Organist pays tribute to late Linkin Park singer

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Organist pays tribute to late Linkin Park singer

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington passed away at the age of 41 on Thursday.

Linkin Park released seven studio albums including their well-known debut "Hybrid Theory," which sold millions of copies and was Grammy-nominated.

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