Dodgers can't pick up Hill vs. Cardinals

Dodgers can't pick up Hill vs. Cardinals

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Leake fired a four-hitter for eight innings while the Cardinals capitalized on seven walks issued by Dodgers starter Rich Hill and a two-run error by left fielder Cody Bellinger in a 6-1 win Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The win was the Cardinals' 10th in their last 11 road games and pulled them to within a half-game of the division-leading Brewers.

Leake (5-2) reclaimed the National League ERA lead from Clayton Kershaw at 1.91, striking out five without a walk. All nine of his starts this year have been quality starts, and he completed a turn through the Cardinals' rotation in which the starters allowed three runs over 38 1/3 innings.

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

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

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Hill laments 'unacceptable' 7 walks

Hill laments 'unacceptable' 7 walks

LOS ANGELES -- If it's any consolation to the slice of Twitterverse that excoriated Rich Hill Wednesday night, he's not arguing with you.

"Bad outing," said Hill, who walked a career-high seven while losing to the Cardinals, 6-1. "I take full responsibility for that. Gave them the game. It's unacceptable. It's really a tough thing to swallow."

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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.

Pederson still sore after collision with Puig

Pederson still sore after collision with Puig

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson on Wednesday said he was feeling better but was still a little sore a day after sustaining a neck strain and assorted injuries in a violent collision with teammate Yasiel Puig during a 2-1 win over the Cardinals.

"I think that was expected," he said, "but we're going to take that day by day."

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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.

Maeda, Wacha to duel for series win

Maeda, Wacha to duel for series win

Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda is slated to come off the disabled list to start Thursday night's rubber match at Dodger Stadium against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals.

Maeda, one of seven starting pitchers the Dodgers have used this season, was placed on the DL with hamstring tightness one day after throwing 8 1/3 innings against the Pirates on May 10. In that start, he threw a career-high 104 pitches while holding the Pirates to two runs on five hits.

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Grandal bats with wrong helmet

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Grandal bats with wrong helmet

Being a switch-hitter is usually a huge advantage for a baseball player. It does, however, typically force switch-hitters to own two different styles of helmets, since most leave the ear not facing the pitcher uncovered.

The Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal is one such switch-hitter who owns multiple helmets. Unfortunately, in the first inning of his team's Wednesday night game against the D-backs, he grabbed the wrong one.

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LA wins in 13th after epic Kershaw-Lynn duel

LA wins in 13th after epic Kershaw-Lynn duel

LOS ANGELES -- Logan Forsythe, who returned from the disabled list with strikeouts in his first four at-bats, doubled home Enrique Hernandez with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night as the Dodgers walked off with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals, after a classic pitchers' duel between Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn.

"Once it happens, after that fourth one, I was like, 'OK, well something needs to change,'" said Forsythe. "But that was even the case after the first one. I was like, 'All right, make an adjustment.' Sometimes it takes a little bit or a couple more at bats to find it. Luckily, I was able to get the barrel and make a play."

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

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw dominant despite missing shutout

Dodgers' ace lowers ERA to 2.01 after 10-K gem

Kershaw dominant despite missing shutout

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw's slider is not only tough to hit, it can be even trickier to block in the dirt.

Kershaw was two outs away from his 16th career shutout and 25th complete game when a slider to Dexter Fowler got away from and out of sight of catcher Yasmani Grandal, allowing Randal Grichuk to score from second base to tie a game the Dodgers eventually won in 13 innings, 2-1, on Logan Forsythe's walk-off double.

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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.

Pederson, Puig walk off after scary collision

Dodgers center fielder exits in 10th with stiff neck

Pederson, Puig walk off after scary collision

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson got the worst of it in a collision with right-field teammate Yasiel Puig and had to leave Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals in the 10th inning with neck stiffness.

Following the Dodgers' thrilling 2-1 win in 13 innings, manager Dave Roberts said Pederson felt like he "got in a car accident," but the player and club were optimistic the disabled list would not be needed. Pederson said he might only miss one or two games.

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Dodgers get 'huge lift' with Forsythe off DL

Infielder to play mix of second, third base with Turner out

Dodgers get 'huge lift' with Forsythe off DL

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts welcomed Logan Forsythe back to the club on Tuesday, saying Forsythe, Chris Taylor and Chase Utley will form a rotation of sorts to play second base and third base until the return of injured third baseman Justin Turner.

"I'm just happy to be back," said Forsythe, who hit a walk-off double in the 13th inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Cardinals.

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Bellinger leaps onto Pederson's back for grab

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Bellinger leaps onto Pederson's back for grab

Ball hit to the gap. Outfielders are chasing for it. Who makes the grab? And, more importantly, who will be the piggybacker and who will be the piggbybackee? 

That played out in the seventh inning of the Cardinals-Dodgers game on Tuesday night

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Champ Pederson throws out first pitch to brother Joc

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Champ Pederson throws out first pitch to brother Joc

It's hard to find a pair of brothers closer than Joc and Champ Pederson. The 25-year-old Dodgers outfielder has a huge fan in his older brother, and Champ has been a frequent presence around the team, too, from home run derbies to clinching celebrations.

So before the Dodgers faced the Cardinals on Joc Pederson Bobblehead Night, who would be better to throw the first pitch than Champ? They made it a moment to remember, with Champ throwing a strike in to Joc behind the plate.

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Toles undergoes season-ending knee surgery

Toles undergoes season-ending knee surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be out for remainder of the season.

Toles injured the knee May 9 trying to chase down Andrew McCutchen's ground-rule double in the left-field corner leading off the seventh inning against the Pirates, which ended Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias' attempt at a no-hitter. Toles was hitting .271 with 17 runs, three doubles, five homers and 15 RBIs.

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Inbox: How will returning players impact Taylor?

Beat reporter Ken Gurnick fields Dodgers fans' questions

Inbox: How will returning players impact Taylor?

What will the Dodgers do with Chris Taylor once Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner are back from the DL?
-- @richardjr84

If Taylor continues his productivity, he could be rotated in to give extra rest to Turner at third base and Forsythe at second base. Turner has a history of knee injuries and now a second hamstring problem. Forsythe has had repeated foot issues and is coming back from a hamstring injury. When Turner's performance deserved more than part-time status, the Dodgers made him an everyday player. If Taylor is the next Turner, he'll play.

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Puig hosts charity poker tournament at stadium

Several of outfielder's teammates and other celebrities were in attendance

Puig hosts charity poker tournament at stadium

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig and several of his teammates spent a rare off-day in the Dodgers' 162-game schedule Monday giving back to the community for the inaugural Wild Horse Poker Tournament at Dodger Stadium.

The sold out Texas Hold'em tournament, hosted by Puig in the ballpark's Stadium Club, benefited the outfielder's Wild Horse Foundation and drew a number of current Dodgers players -- including Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, Logan Forsythe, Chase Utley and Brandon McCarthy -- as well as some former players who once wore Dodger blue, including Don Newcombe, Orel Hershiser, Manny Mota, Jerry Hairston and Paul Lo Duca.

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A-Gon backs McCarthy as Dodgers take finale

A-Gon backs McCarthy as Dodgers take finale

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Joc Pederson homered, as the Dodgers beat the Marlins, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon to win a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.

"When you see pitchers grinding through our lineup, there's traffic created, and we've been getting big hits," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "And today, Adrian came up with some big hits for us."

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Will Laws is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

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Gonzalez shows signs of breaking out at plate

Dodgers first baseman drives in three during win over Marlins Sunday

Gonzalez shows signs of breaking out at plate

LOS ANGELES -- Before the Dodgers' 6-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Dodgers Stadium, manager Dave Roberts was asked if the club had considered putting Adrian Gonzalez back on the disabled list to give him more rest. After all, Gonzalez had returned ahead of schedule following the loss of Andrew Toles to a torn ACL last week.

Roberts immediately dismissed the idea, saying that the full extension in the lead arm of Gonzalez's swing had returned, implying it was only a matter of time before Gonzalez broke out of his season-long slump.

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Will Laws is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the Dodgers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alvarez throws five scoreless

Alvarez throws five scoreless

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Urias optioned to Triple-A; Ravin recalled

Dodgers hope young lefty can work on locating pitches in Oklahoma City

Urias optioned to Triple-A; Ravin recalled

LOS ANGELES -- Julio Urias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday after his second straight poor outing Saturday night against the Marlins, when he gave up seven runs (six earned) off seven hits and three walks in a 10-6 loss.

It was the shortest start of Urias' Major League career (20 starts) and the first time he didn't strike out a batter, including three relief appearances he made last season. He's now issued 14 walks against just 11 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings this season, resulting in an unsightly 5.40 ERA.

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Utley makes dazzling diving play up the middle

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Utley makes dazzling diving play up the middle

Chase Utley, if you can believe it, is one of the oldest everyday position players in baseball. He's 38 -- an age when most ballplayers think about hanging it up and spending their days taking selfies on the beach.

But Utley isn't ready to ride off into the sunset just yet. During the Dodgers' 6-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday, the second baseman made an outstanding dive to rob J.T. Riddle of a sure base hit. Get on UP, Chase.

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Ellis appreciates warm response to LA return

Marlins catcher starts, drives in run during loss on Sunday

Ellis appreciates warm response to LA return

LOS ANGELES -- Marlins catcher A.J. Ellis felt right at home squatting behind the plate at Dodger Stadium.

Ellis started the Marlins' 6-3 loss on Sunday, his first game action as a visitor at Chavez Ravine, where he played with the Dodgers for parts of nine seasons from 2008-16, going 1-for-4 with one RBI against the franchise that drafted and developed him.

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

Bellinger rewards Roberts, homers in 3-hole

Rookie becomes fastest Dodger to reach 9 career blasts

Bellinger rewards Roberts, homers in 3-hole

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers already boast the reigning National League Rookie of the Year on their roster in Corey Seager -- and with Cody Bellinger, they might have the 2017 favorite for the award.

Saturday night's 10-6 loss to Miami marked the first time Bellinger held down the No. 3 spot for Los Angeles, as the team looks for someone to replace the production usually generated in that slot by injured slugger Justin Turner. The 21-year-old adapted to the role with aplomb, going 2-for-4 and homering for the second consecutive night.

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Will Laws is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers' rally falls short after Urias struggles

Dodgers' rally falls short after Urias struggles

LOS ANGELES -- Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs and rookie J.T. Riddle had four RBIs in a 10-6 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Miami snapped its five-game losing skid and ended the Dodgers' three-game win streak.

"Motivation, whatever, just wake up, have some drive, have some fight generated towards the field the right way," Stanton said of the team's response to some late drama in Friday night's game that saw the benches clear. "It was good. It was a little wake-up. Hello. For us, for all of us, with how we've been playing and everything."

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Marlins on Saturday.

Will Laws is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

No one brings joy to ballpark like Tommy

Wishing a speedy recovery to one of the all-time greats

No one brings joy to ballpark like Tommy

"All managers will talk about taking pride in the uniform. It goes on Page Three. Tommy Lasorda put in on Page One and put a banner over it.
-- Bill James, "The Bill James Guide to Baseball Managers"

Tommy Lasorda is probably the last celebrity manager we'll ever have in the big leagues. That's what comes to mind tonight as we hear that he is in the hospital, resting comfortably, at age 89. He managed the Los Angeles Dodgers in a golden age of baseball managers, the age of Earl Weaver and Sparky Anderson, Billy Martin and Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Dick Williams and Bobby Cox.

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Joe Posnanski is an executive columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers fan catches 2 homers

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Dodgers fan catches 2 homers

For most baseball fans, catching a home run in a Major League game is a once-in-a-lifetime event. If you ever happen to catch a second MLB homer, then that's remarkably special.

What about catching two in the same game? Well, that just sounds patently absurd.

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Dodgers legend Lasorda resting in hospital

Hall of Fame manager expected to be released next week

Dodgers legend Lasorda resting in hospital

The Dodgers issued a statement on Saturday night confirming a report that former manager Tommy Lasorda is in the hospital with an undisclosed condition and is comfortable. He is expected to be released from the hospital by the middle of next week.

"Hall of Fame Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized," the statement read. "Lasorda is resting comfortably and appreciates all of the support."

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Roberts backs decision to swing with 3-0 count

Mattingly took issue with Seager's cut in 7th inning

Roberts backs decision to swing with 3-0 count

LOS ANGELES -- One of baseball's unwritten rules -- at least in the eyes of Marlins manager Don Mattingly -- became an unlikely talking point after Friday night's 7-2 Dodgers win at Dodger Stadium, which featured a benches-clearing skirmish in the ninth inning.

Tempers flared on the field after Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling threw behind Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton. Miami reliever A.J. Ramos had drilled Brett Eibner after Cody Bellinger hit a home run in the previous frame.

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Super subs: Dodgers' fill-in players flying high

Wood, Taylor, Bellinger and Eibner lead way in 7-2 win

Super subs: Dodgers' fill-in players flying high

LOS ANGELES -- When the season started, Alex Wood was in the bullpen, while Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger and Brett Eibner were in the Minor Leagues.

Friday night, Wood continued his run as the hottest pitcher in the National League, while the other three homered in the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Marlins.

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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 puts up zeros as Dodgers mash Marlins

Wood puts up zeros as Dodgers mash Marlins

LOS ANGELES -- Reigning National League Player of the Week Alex Wood continued his sudden dominance with 7 1/3 scoreless innings and fill-ins Chris Taylor, Brett Eibner and Cody Bellinger homered as the Dodgers beat the Marlins Friday night, 7-2, in a game that included an injury to Yasiel Puig and a bench-clearing fracas.

Wood (5-0, 1.88 ERA overall) is 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last five starts and has a streak of 20 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. He had only four strikeouts, but the Dodgers turned four double-plays behind him.

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

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

Stripling, Geren ejected as tempers flare

Stripling, Mattingly, Geren ejected after scrum in 9th inning

Stripling, Geren ejected as tempers flare

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, bench coach Bob Geren and Miami manager Don Mattingly were ejected in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 7-2 win Friday night after Stripling threw behind Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Stripling's first pitch of the inning sailed behind Stanton in apparent retaliation for Miami reliever A.J. Ramos hitting Brett Eibner with a pitch in the previous inning.

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