Back issues may prevent Frias' next start

Back issues may prevent Frias' next start

LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Frias' next start is up in the air as the Dodgers right-hander continues to deal with a lower back injury.

Frias had an MRI that showed no structural damage, and he threw a bullpen session on Friday. He's scheduled to start against the Phillies on Monday.

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Mattingly believes Puig's power will return

Mattingly believes Puig's power will return

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig made a return from the disabled list on June 6, but his home run power has yet to return.

Entering Saturday, Puig was hitting .286 in 34 games this season, but his power numbers have declined, even going back to the second half of last season. The 24-year-old had three home runs this season and eight home runs in his last 555 plate appearances over his last 131 games.

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Offense can't come through for Kershaw

Offense can't come through for Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- The Mets still aren't scoring particularly often, but on Friday night, at least, they managed to score enough. Kevin Plawecki hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, lifting the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on a night that saw Noah Syndergaard hold one of the National League's best offenses to two hits in six innings.

The Mets never led until the ninth, when they parlayed a bloop double, an infield single and Plawecki's sacrifice fly into their second run. They still scored two or fewer runs for the 12th time in 14 games, but won for the fifth time during that stretch.

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Jansen focuses on team's record, not loss

Dodgers closer allows run in third straight game for first time in career

Jansen focuses on team's record, not loss

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had not given up a run in three straight games in his career before Friday night's series opener against the Mets at Dodger Stadium, which the Dodgers lost, 2-1.

He entered the game with a 1.53 ERA and 0.509 WHIP, and he hadn't lost a game since last June. And prior to the ninth inning Friday, the Mets had managed just 24 runs in their last 15 games -- including a seven-run outburst last Sunday.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Kershaw grades Syndergaard on curve

Dodgers ace impressed with Mets rookie

Kershaw grades Syndergaard on curve

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't Noah Syndergaard's high-90s fastball that got Clayton Kershaw. The first time he batted against the Mets' flamethrowing rookie -- in the third inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Mets on Friday night at Dodger Stadium -- Kershaw put a clean swing on a knee-high, outside-corner 96-mph heater and grounded out sharply to shortstop. Pulling up just past first base, Kershaw looked annoyed he hadn't hit the ball harder.

No, it was Syndergaard's curveball, the hammer of Thor, that got Kershaw, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player -- whose curveball is commonly regarded as one of baseball's best pitches.

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Dodgers snap basestealing drought

Kendrick swipes second to end 23-game stretch of futility

Dodgers snap basestealing drought

LOS ANGELES -- In a 2-1 loss to the Mets at Dodger Stadium on Friday, the Dodgers snapped a franchise-long drought for stolen bases.

When Howie Kendrick swiped second base in the sixth inning, it snapped a streak of 23 consecutive games without a stolen base for Los Angeles. The last time the Dodgers stole a base was June 7, when Andre Ethier swiped his first base of the season and during the drought, the Dodgers were 0-for-6 in stolen-base attempts.

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Crawford likely out until after All-Star break

Dodgers left fielder had slight setback because of illness

Crawford likely out until after All-Star break

LOS ANGELES -- After two partial games with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, Carl Crawford will be moving to Oklahoma City for the next step in his rehab.

Crawford was in Los Angeles on Friday and has been set back by a day or two with flu-like symptoms. Crawford is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a right oblique injury.

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League's DFA signals 'changing of the guard'

Dodgers manager Mattingly wishes reliever the best

League's DFA signals 'changing of the guard'

LOS ANGELES -- After the Dodgers designated Brandon League for assignment on Thursday, manager Don Mattingly said the move represented a changing of the times.

"It's just a little bit of a changing of the guard," Mattingly said. "We've got some younger guys throwing really well out of the bullpen for us. You try to keep your best seven guys and obviously we didn't feel like, at this point, we didn't feel like he was one of those guys."

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Sources: Cahill to sign Minor League contract

Sources: Cahill to sign Minor League contract

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have signed former Major League starting pitcher Trevor Cahill to a Minor League contract, according to a baseball source. The club has not confirmed. 

Cahill, who is 27 years old, was released by the Braves last month after going 0-3 with a 7.52 ERA. A month prior to that he was traded by Arizona on April 2. He is being paid $12 million this year -- $6.5 million by Arizona, and the rest by Atlanta. The Dodgers will be responsible for a pro-ration of the Major League minimum if he makes the Major League roster.

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Dodgers open int'l signing period with a flurry

Sources say club has deals with Alvarez, Heredia, Brito and Cruz

Dodgers open int'l signing period with a flurry

The Los Angeles Dodgers are making a big splash on the first day international prospects can sign, stocking their Minor League system with several top international prospects, including right-handed pitcher Yadiel Alvarez for $16 million.

The Dodgers signed Alvarez, 19, ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list; outfielder Starling Heredia, ranked No. 5, for $2.6 million; infielder Ronny Brito, ranked No. 21, for $2 million; outfielder Christopher Arias for $500,000 and shortstop Oneal Cruz for $950,000.

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

Dodgers acquire four Minor Leaguers in moves

LA obtains prospects from Blue Jays, Braves for four international signing slots

The Dodgers acquired Minor Leaguers Chase DeJong and Tim Locastro from the Toronto Blue Jays and also Caleb Dirks and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in exchange for four international signing slots.

DeJong, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher; Locastro, a 22-year-old infielder; and Dirks, a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher, have been assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Paroubeck, a 20-year-old outfielder, will go to Arizona and continue rehabbing a minor quad injury.

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Seager hits dinger; Sweeney falls homer shy of the cycle

Dodgers Nos. 1 and 7 prospects help power Oklahoma City's offense in win

Seager hits dinger; Sweeney falls homer shy of the cycle

A trio of top Dodgers prospects helped Triple-A Oklahoma City wallop Memphis, 8-4, on Thursday night.

No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Corey Seager led the way with a two-run homer. The third baseman finished 1-for-3 and has hit in eight of his past nine games. No. 7 prospect Darnell Sweeney -- 3-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI -- and No. 8 prospect Scott Schebler, who smashed a solo homer in a 1-for-5 night, also pitched in to help the Dodgers improve to 52-27, the best record in the Pacific Coast League.

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Dodgers part ways with ex-closer League

Team designates reliever for assignment

Dodgers part ways with ex-closer League

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday designated for assignment reliever Brandon League, deciding that the former closer would not be able to improve the current bullpen alignment.

The Dodgers were facing a decision on League, who was on the 60-day disabled list and just completed a Minor League rehabilitation assignment after missing all of this season with a right shoulder impingement that developed in Spring Training.

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Anderson continues his remarkable comeback story

Anderson continues his remarkable comeback story

PHOENIX -- When the Dodgers signed Brett Anderson, it was all about one big "if."

If … he could stay healthy.

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Hernandez shines, coming a homer short of the cycle

Hernandez shines, coming a homer short of the cycle

PHOENIX -- To give Joc Pederson a day off, manager Don Mattingly started in his place the guy in the banana suit.

Rookie Kiké Hernandez doesn't actually wear the banana suit while he's playing, although he's probably considered it. The inventor of the rally banana has embraced the role of clubhouse clown to keep things loose, but he showed Wednesday night he's got game too.

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Hernandez, Howie lift Dodgers past D-backs

Hernandez, Howie lift Dodgers past D-backs

PHOENIX -- Brett Anderson pitched seven quality innings, and Howie Kendrick continued to torment the D-backs as the Dodgers cruised to a 4-3 win on Wednesday night to capture the three-game series at Chase Field.

"He's a competitor. He's kept us in the game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Anderson. "He's got weapons. He knows what he's doing, and he doesn't get rattled."

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Justin Turner watches himself bat from the stands

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Justin Turner watches himself bat from the stands

During the top of the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 win over the D-backs on Wednesday night, Justin Turner stepped to the plate. With a runner on -- wait, wait one minute. If Turner was at-bat, who was sitting in the stands at Chase Field?

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Beachy sharp in rehab outing for Oklahoma City

Beachy sharp in rehab outing for Oklahoma City

PHOENIX -- Brandon Beachy had another successful injury rehab start Wednesday night for Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing one run on six hits in five innings while making 80 pitches.

Beachy is recovering from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction and could provide the Major League club with a starting alternative after the All-Star break. This was his fourth rehab start.

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Mattingly giving lefty hitters a virtual two-day break

Mattingly giving lefty hitters a virtual two-day break

PHOENIX -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sat most of his left-handed hitters against D-backs lefty Robbie Ray on Wednesday, but he said the schedule was more of a reason than the arm with which Ray throws.

Because of Thursday's day off, regulars Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal and Andre Ethier will get what a nearly 72-hour break from their last start Tuesday night to their next one Friday night.

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Kendrick continues to thrive hitting second

2B goes 4-for-5 with go-ahead home run vs. D-backs

Kendrick continues to thrive hitting second

PHOENIX -- Number crunchers will point out that Howie Kendrick, who had four hits Tuesday night, is 12-for-21 since being moved to the second spot in the Dodgers batting order.

Manager Don Mattingly, who put him there, said he thinks Kendrick might have been ready to break out anyway, but he won't argue that the move is "working for him." Kendrick said he's "just playing my game," that he doesn't change the way he hits because of where he's batting.

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Barry M. Bloom

Grandal paying major dividends for Dodgers

Los Angeles getting the best of the deal that sent Kemp to San Diego

Grandal paying major dividends for Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The big offseason trade that sent Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres has been turned upside down and analyzed from the San Diego end. But Los Angeles has also been a big beneficiary of the Dec. 18 deal.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal was the Dodgers' main addition in the five-player swap, and he's also had a major impact.

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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.

Dodgers' bullpen gets its redemption

Relief corps works 5 scoreless in relief of ailing Frias

Dodgers' bullpen gets its redemption

PHOENIX -- Those tweeting that the Dodgers should release their bullpen en masse after Monday night's 10-run meltdown can calm down, at least for a night.

Most of the same relievers took over after a five-inning start by Carlos Frias Tuesday night, and they contained the D-backs until a three-run 10th-inning rally gave the Dodgers a 6-4 win in 10 innings at Chase Field.

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Grandal, Kendrick slug Dodgers past D-backs

Grandal, Kendrick slug Dodgers past D-backs

PHOENIX -- Howie Kendrick (4-for-5) homered leading off the 10th inning and Yasmani Grandal, who homered earlier, added a two-run double as the Dodgers beat the D-Backs Tuesday night, 6-4, at Chase Field.

Former Dodger Rubby De La Rosa allowed a two-run homer to Grandal in the top of the second inning, Grandal's second homer in as many games.

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Olivera visits big league clubhouse in Arizona

Olivera visits big league clubhouse in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, rehabbing a strained left hamstring at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch complex, visited the big league clubhouse at Chase Field to introduce himself to manager Don Mattingly and staff.

The 30-year-old Olivera signed a $62.5 million contract May 20 and had been learning to play third base to go with his natural second base position when he was injured June 20 while playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City. It's not clear how Mattingly will work Olivera into the mix when he's promoted. But Mattingly said he was impressed with Olivera's maturity and adjustment to the United States.

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Barry M. Bloom

Bloom: Bolsinger's early exit taxes Dodgers' bullpen

Short start followed by more struggles for Los Angeles' relief corps

Bloom: Bolsinger's early exit taxes Dodgers' bullpen

PHOENIX -- It wasn't exactly the way Dodgers manager Don Mattingly mapped it out, with his club clinging to a first-place slot in the National League West almost halfway through the season.

The starting rotation has been a patchwork job. The bullpen has again been problematic.

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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.

Dodgers can't hold off pesky D-backs

Dodgers can't hold off pesky D-backs

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo doubled home Jake Lamb to trigger a four-run eighth inning as the D-backs rallied to beat the Dodgers on Monday night, 10-6, snapping Los Angeles' seven-game win streak over Arizona.

"I think we just answered," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "They came out swinging it, hitting home runs, and put us in a hole, and we just answered. It was incredible. They did a great job."

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Pederson raps 20th HR, nears NL rookie mark

Dodgers outfielder two away from record for dingers before July

Pederson raps 20th HR, nears NL rookie mark

PHOENIX -- Dodgers rookie slugger Joc Pederson continues to polish up the resume for All-Star consideration.

Pederson was one of three Dodgers to homer off Arizona starting pitcher Allen Webster on Monday night, all in the fourth inning of a 10-6 loss to the D-backs. With 20 homers, Pederson trails Wally Berger (22 in 1930) and Albert Pujols (21 in 2001) for the most homers by a National League rookie before July 1.

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