MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw hit a wall, and the Brewers took advantage to make a winner of their rookie manager on Monday.
Held to a run on three hits while Kershaw cruised through the first seven innings on 76 pitches, the Brewers scored three runs in the eighth off Kershaw and reliever Chris Hatcher for a 4-3 win over the Dodgers at Miller Park. The game ball went to new Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who had been formally named to the post less than 12 hours earlier.
He wasn't very helpful to those asking how he took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning and a 3-1 lead into the eighth against the 7-18 Brewers on Monday night without getting his 100th career win or the Dodgers getting their fourth consecutive win.
MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected in the third inning of Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Brewers for arguing with first-base umpire Paul Emmel after a balk call on Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw appeared to have picked opposing pitcher Kyle Lohse off first base, but Emmel called a balk. Although arguing a balk is grounds for immediate ejection, Kershaw walked toward Emmel, they exchanged words, and Emmel moved toward Kershaw, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stepping in front of Emmel.
MILWAUKEE -- It must be more than luck when Clayton Kershaw gloves a potential base hit behind his back.
He did it again during Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Brewers, robbing former teammate Elian Herrera of a ball headed toward center field by snagging it with his glove behind his back and throwing Herrera out.
Greinke starts in second game of road trip vs. Brewers
By Ken Gurnick
For his first two games as a manager, Craig Counsell's Brewers faced Clayton Kershaw Monday night and Tuesday night he won't get a break with Zack Greinke on the mound for the Dodgers.
"That's the big leagues. There's challenges every night, and this is just the first of many," Counsell said. "I'm perfectly fine -- I'm happy about it. It's going to be a good story someday. It's good we're going up against those guys. It's going to happen, so let's do it. That's the attitude you take. If anything, I hope it puts us on top of our game. You know you need to be on top of your game to beat those guys."
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero has had a bit of a roller-coaster ride since defecting from Cuba as a free agent in 2013. He primarily played shortstop for Las Tunas in the Cuban National Series, where he was a member of the 2010-11 All-Star Team. Guerrero was named to Cuba's roster of the 2013 World Baseball Classic club, but he did not make the final roster. He sat out the regular season following the tournament.
Guerrero made his professional debut with the Dodgers playing in the Dominican Winter League, but a hamstring injury limited him to 12 games. Guerrero hit .289 in 40 plate appearances, and of his 11 hits, three were doubles and one was a home run. Other than his season-ending injury, his offensive beginning was promising.
Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Gonzalez, Guerrero get monthly NL honors
Dodgers slugger named top player after eight HRs; phenom gets rookie nod
By Joey Nowak
After a historic start to the season, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been named the National League Player of the Month for the first time in his career, while Alex Guerrero was named the NL Rookie of the Month after leading all first-year players in the Senior Circuit with a .423 average.
Gonzalez was previously voted American League Player of the Month while with the Red Sox in June 2011. The first baseman led the Majors in slugging (.790) and the NL in home runs (eight) in April, while posting a .383 batting average, nine doubles, 19 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .432 on-base percentage.
MILWAUKEE -- In Monday's roster moves, the Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City, moved starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to the 60-day disabled list and purchased pitcher Matt West from Toronto.
Manager Don Mattingly said Ryu, out since Spring Training with a left shoulder impingement, did not suffer a setback.
Two decisive plays come in final inning to cap shutout, sweep
By Earl Bloom
Special to MLB.com |
LOS ANGELES -- It took four hours, two minutes and 13 innings Sunday afternoon for the Dodgers to complete a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 1-0 victory, their 13th in 15 Dodger Stadium games this season.
And, if you blinked twice in the 13th, you would have missed the two decisive plays in the game, which happened moments apart, as the Dodgers won their fourth in a row to improve to 16-8.
First, there was Dodgers left-handed reliever J.P. Howell's no-look tag at the plate on the foot of the D-backs' Jordan Pacheco, who was trying to score the game's first run from third base when a Howell slider in the dirt hit catcher Yasmani Grandal in his throwing arm, and kicked away about a dozen feet to the right.
"Just a crazy play," manager Don Mattingly said.
Then, Grandal -- who made the quick scramble, and the accurate throw to Howell -- led off the bottom of the 13th with a game-winning home run to center field off a 1-1 changeup from D-backs right-hander Evan Marshall (0-2).
"It feels great to win this game," Grandal said. "The pitching staff did a great job. And [starting catcher] A.J. Ellis called a great game. I was just lucky to get into the game, then have that chance."
On the way Howell, a former high school linebacker, threw himself into harm's way to tag Pacheco, Grandal said: "You don't want to see a pitcher put his hand in front of home plate like that, .... but, we wanted to win the game
Howell said he wasn't cleated on his glove hand, nor on his backside, which dropped onto the plate as he made the tag.
"It got all leather," he said of Pacheco's cleated foot.
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LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal led off the 13th with a home run to left-center as the Dodgers walked off the D-backs, 1-0, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
"At that point in the game, obviously you're out of bullets, you're out of players, you're pretty much in a game you don't want to be in," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the 13th inning. "Unless you win."
Outfielder could return from hamstring strain in a week
By Earl Bloom
Special to MLB.com |
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (left hamstring strain) ran in the outfield for a second day Sunday, and remains on target to be activated from the 15-day disabled list next Sunday at Colorado, when he's eligible.
"With Yasiel, it seems like he's doing more and more," manager Don Mattingly said. "All reports have been good. He should be ready to play some [rehab] games later in the week."
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Dodgers acquire INF Wilkins from Blue Jays
L.A. DFA's Baker to clear roster space
By Doug Miller
The Dodgers and Blue Jays swung a trade on Sunday, and infielder Andy Wilkins is going to Los Angeles in exchange for cash considerations.
Wilkins, 26, was batting .264 in 21 games for Triple-A Buffalo. The left-handed hitter, who was designated for assignment by Toronto on Saturday, was acquired by the Blue Jays on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on March 29. Wilkins, a veteran of six Minor League seasons, appeared in 14 games for the White Sox last year, his only Major League action.
LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson homered again to tie the game and Howie Kendrick's tie-breaking RBI single helped lift the Dodgers to a 6-4 comeback win over the D-backs Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't the Fight of the Century, but the Dodgers had to battle their way to a 6-4 decision over the D-backs on Saturday.
They erased three deficits. Joc Pederson wiped away the sting of three consecutive strikeouts with a massive game-tying home run. The bullpen overcame Scott Baker's four-inning start with five scoreless frames, three of them by winning long reliever Juan Nicasio.
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Scully amused by fan filming his own HR catch
By Chris Landers |
When Aaron Hill homered for the D-backs during their 6-4 loss to L.A. on Saturday night, the broadcasting icon was afforded the opportunity to wax poetic about another technological revelation -- the selfie:
LOS ANGELES -- Closer Kenley Jansen, who's on the disabled list, said he came out of his one-inning rehab start Friday night in good shape and will do it again Sunday for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
Jansen said his fastball was clocked at a high of 96 mph. Based on his tentative schedule, he could be activated as early as May 15. He is recovering from left-foot surgery.
LOS ANGELES -- Another starting lineup without third baseman Juan Uribe had manager Don Mattingly turning reporters' questions Saturday into an explanation of his bench's importance.
"Put it like this for all the guys: There are a lot of factors for who and when, and some of it is the pitcher that night, sometimes it's about defense and sometimes it's day game after night game," Mattingly said.
LOS ANGELES -- Rookie outfielder Joc Pederson blasted a grand slam in a five-run second inning and rookie starter Carlos Frias pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Dodgers blanked the D-backs, 8-0, Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Frias, in a tryout to replace injured starter Brandon McCarthy, outpitched former Minor League teammate Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed a solo shot to Justin Turner leading off the second inning. De La Rosa walked three of the nine batters before the slam by Pederson, who has homered in each of his last three starts. Andre Ethier also homered for the Dodgers, who lead the league with 35.
LOS ANGELES -- The audition for Brandon McCarthy's spot in the Dodgers' starting rotation began Friday night with rookie Carlos Frias, and he'd like it to end there too.
Frias took the opportunity and pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks, his first win in three career starts. It all but assured Frias of keeping the job for at least one more tryout.
LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson's Friday night was even more amazing than you think.
Before the Dodgers-D-backs game, he had an arranged phone call with Sgt. Nick Becker, a wounded veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who is undergoing treatment at Columbia Hospital in New York. Becker's girlfriend set up the call because Pederson is his favorite player.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had his first game action of the season Friday night, throwing one scoreless inning in a Minor League rehab assignment for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
Jansen, on the disabled list after having surgery six weeks ago for a growth on the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot, had a 14-pitch scoreless first inning. Jansen struck out one, allowed a single and stolen base, but escaped on a line drive double play.
LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will play some games on a Minor League rehab assignment next week and is likely to be sidelined the minimum 15 days, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.
Puig, placed on the disabled list April 25 for a strained left hamstring, is eligible to be activated May 10, the last day of next week's seven-game trip. Mattingly said Puig won't go to the first city on the trip, Milwaukee. If ready, he could be active for the final game in Colorado.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers claimed left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa from the Oakland A's, optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City and moved pitcher Brandon McCarthy to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday.
McCarthy was believed to have undergone Tommy John surgery Thursday and is out until mid-2016.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Dodgers' Seager homers, promoted to Triple-A
L.A.'s top prospect lifted during Thursday's Double-A Tulsa game, headed to Oklahoma City
By Alex M. Smith
Dodgers No. 1 prospect Corey Seager played his final game at Double-A Tulsa on Thursday night, and he went out on a high note. The No. 7 overall prospect belted a 404-foot home run -- his fifth of the year -- before being lifted from the contest in the fourth inning, promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Seager, the Dodgers' 2012 first-round Draft pick, has destroyed Double-A pitching this season. He has seven doubles and 15 RBIs to go along with a .375/.407/.675 slash line.
LOS ANGELES -- With a rearranged batting order, the Dodgers blasted four home runs in the first three innings Wednesday night and coasted to a 7-3 win in the rubber game of their three-game series against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins homered off Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) in support of Zack Greinke (4-0), who battled through six innings to continue his mastery over the Giants in particular and the National League West in general. Greinke is 6-0 lifetime against the Giants and 22-1 against division rivals since he joined the Dodgers. He is 20-6 and the club is 24-8 when he starts following Dodgers losses. Greinke also had an RBI with a sacrifice fly.