Jansen throws off mound for first time since foot surgery

Jansen throws off mound for first time since foot surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen took another step toward his return Saturday when he threw off the bullpen mound for the first time since February foot surgery.

Jansen threw 15 pitches and said his velocity went from 79 mph to 86 mph.

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Gonzalez, Kendrick swing hot bats as Kershaw fans 12 in six innings

Gonzalez, Kendrick swing hot bats as Kershaw fans 12 in six innings

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick homered and doubled, Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of RBI doubles and Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 in six innings of a 7-3 win over the Rockies on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, extending the Dodgers' win streak to five games and snapping Colorado's road win streak at six.

Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon homered off Kershaw, with two of the three Colorado runs unearned. Kershaw is 5-0 in his last five starts against the Rockies, including a no-hitter. Starter Kyle Kendrick went 4 2/3 innings for the Rockies and was charged with six runs on seven hits.

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Kershaw has plenty of help in his first win of season

Dodgers ace strikes out a dozen, but gives up a pair of homers

Kershaw has plenty of help in his first win of season

LOS ANGELES -- The bar is now set so high that when Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 and allows one earned run in six innings for a win, the postgame talk is about what's wrong with him.

"I still think Clayton's searching," manager Don Mattingly said after Kershaw got plenty of help in Friday night's 7-3 win over the Rockies, running the Dodgers win streak to five games. "It seems he's not totally happy with what's going on."

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Dodgers claim righty Corcino off waivers from Reds

Liberatore recalled; Dennick designated for assignment

Dodgers claim righty Corcino off waivers from Reds

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore, claimed right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino off waivers from Cincinnati and designated for assignment left-handed pitcher Ryan Dennick.

Liberatore, who had an impressive Spring Training, was recalled after pitching in one game at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Frias heads back to Triple-A after one day with Dodgers

Frias heads back to Triple-A after one day with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. A corresponding callup will be made before Friday night's game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

Frias, ranked by MLB.com as the Dodgers' No. 17 prospect, spent only one day with the club. He was recalled on Wednesday to provide a fresh bullpen arm after David Huff's four-inning start on Tuesday night.

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Through Amalfitano's eyes, history has unfolded

From The Catch to Gibson's blast, baseball lifer has seen special moments firsthand

Through Amalfitano's eyes, history has unfolded

Joe Amalfitano is a star witness to baseball history. He didn't just see some of the game's most enduring moments in person. Amalfitano experienced them from what amounted to a front-row seat -- or even better, in most cases.

Amalfitano was a rookie with the New York Giants in 1954 when Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch in Game 1 of the World Series. Seven years later, Mays borrowed a bat from Amalfitano to hit a record-tying four home runs on a Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee. Having migrated to the Cubs, Amalfitano was the next-to-last batter Sandy Koufax retired when the legendary left-hander threw his perfect game in 1965. Amalfitano stayed in the game as a coach after his playing career ended in 1967, and while coaching third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988, he was the first man to greet Kirk Gibson after his epic World Series home run.

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Physical therapist elevates Paco's game

Southpaw credits Larco with helping him refine mechanics in offseason

Physical therapist elevates Paco's game

LOS ANGELES -- There are countless shadow coaches out there, and when Major Leaguers struggle, they often seek out their "go-to guys."

Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez's "go-to," though, isn't a guy.

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Dodgers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by sweeping Seattle

Dodgers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by sweeping Seattle

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers roughed up Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker for five runs in four innings and ran their win streak to four games with a 5-2 victory in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium.

In five-plus innings, Dodgers starter Brett Anderson allowed a fourth-inning home run by Nelson Cruz (who hit four in the three-game series) and an unearned run in the sixth, when a baserunning blunder by Robinson Cano at third base torpedoed the Seattle rally. J.P. Howell, the fourth Dodgers reliever, got the save.

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Barry M. Bloom

Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue later this year

Team will get input from Hall of Famer's widow and daughter

Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue later this year

LOS ANGELES -- On the 68th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson shattered Major League Baseball's color barrier, the Dodgers announced they are going to further honor the man whom Commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday called "the most historic figure to ever play the game."

Just before the pregame festivities for the now-combined Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers president Stan Kasten announced there would be a statue of Robinson unveiled later this year at the refurbished Dodger Stadium.

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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.

Meeting Rachel Robinson a special thrill for Rollins

Dodgers excited to honor franchise, MLB hero Jackie Robinson

Meeting Rachel Robinson a special thrill for Rollins

LOS ANGELES -- Everywhere you looked at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night there were Most Valuable Players celebrating the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day. But Jimmy Rollins might have come away with the most valuable memory.

"The real cool thing for me was that I got to meet Rachel Robinson," Rollins said of Robinson's widow, an active participant in the pregame ceremonies at age 92. "I talked to her and thanked her for everything. It was a real honor."

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Pederson robs Zunino of extra bases with diving catch

Pederson robs Zunino of extra bases with diving catch

LOS ANGELES -- The National League Rookie of the Year award is named in his honor, so on Jackie Robinson Day, in the first Civil Rights Game hosted at Dodger Stadium, it was fitting that the Dodgers were led by their most likely Rookie of the Year candidate.

Center fielder Joc Pederson made a diving catch to rob extra bases, threw out a runner at the plate, singled in a run and walked three times as the Dodgers beat the Mariners, 5-2, to sweep the Interleague Series and extend their win streak to four games.

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Lyle Spencer

Magic's altruism teams well with Jackie's grace

Key to building up local community, Dodgers partner joins Civil Rights Roundtable

Magic's altruism teams well with Jackie's grace

LOS ANGELES -- A man of many words with a long history of speaking freely and openly, Earvin "Magic" Johnson once paraphrased President John F. Kennedy in making a point about the secret to the success of "Showtime." It seemed perfectly fitting on Jackie Robinson Day.

"Ask not what your teammates can do for you," Magic said. "Ask what you can do for your teammates."

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Activist Huerta honored as part of Civil Rights Game festivities

Activist Huerta honored as part of Civil Rights Game festivities

LOS ANGELES -- The latest honor of Dolores Huerta's career will have plenty of company. Huerta, a two-time winner of a Presidential medal for her work in labor and civil rights activism, was lauded with the Beacon of Life Award on Wednesday as part of the Civil Rights Game festivities.

Huerta, 85 years old, accepted her honor at the Millennium Biltmore on Wednesday afternoon before taking part in a roundtable discussion on civil rights and progress in America.

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Puig, Crawford sit out with minor injuries

Puig, Crawford sit out with minor injuries

LOS ANGELES -- Carl Crawford joined fellow Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig on the sidelines Wednesday night with minor injuries, but both could return when play resumes Friday night.

Puig was improved, but still had some tightness in his left hamstring, first felt during Monday night's game. Manager Don Mattingly said he would take advantage of the Thursday off-day to give Puig three full days to rest the leg.

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Dodgers claim lefty Dennick from Reds, designate Huff

Right-hander Frias recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City

Dodgers claim lefty Dennick from Reds, designate Huff

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued searching for pitching solutions Wednesday by recalling reliever Carlos Frias, claiming left-handed reliever Ryan Dennick from Cincinnati and optioning him to Double-A Tulsa, and designating left-hander David Huff for assignment.

Huff was promoted to make the Tuesday night spot start and allowed first-inning home runs to Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. If Huff clears waivers, he can reject a Minor League assignment, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hopes Huff would accept it.

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Jackie's day a fitting backdrop for Civil Rights Game

Dodgers honored to host annual event, while all of MLB pays tribute

Jackie's day a fitting backdrop for Civil Rights Game

It has been more than 42 years since Jackie Robinson left us.

The number is everywhere you look.

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Dodgers have put the rally back in their bag of tricks

Dodgers have put the rally back in their bag of tricks

LOS ANGELES -- After Game No. 8 of 2015, the Dodgers already have as many comebacks as they did all last season. Trailing after six innings last year, they were 2-54. This year, they are 2-2.

"It could very well be coincidence," manager Don Mattingly said after Howie Kendrick's bases-loaded, two-run single in the ninth beat the Mariners, 6-5, for the Dodgers' second walk-off win in as many nights and first late-inning comeback since rallying for a 6-3 victory over the Padres on Opening Day. "But early on, the quality of our at-bats has been very good.

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Lyle Spencer

Jackie inspired Abdul-Jabbar, generations at UCLA

Before breaking baseball's color barrier, No. 42 excelled in four collegiate sports

Jackie inspired Abdul-Jabbar, generations at UCLA

The 2015 Civil Rights Game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be played tonight on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium. Check out complete coverage at mlb.com/civilrightsgame.

LOS ANGELES -- Jackie Robinson had no trouble grasping the stakes when he accepted Branch Rickey's challenge to crash through Major League Baseball's racial barriers in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He had passed this way before.

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Dodgers stun Mariners on Kendrick's walk-off single

Dodgers stun Mariners on Kendrick's walk-off single

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick's two-run broken-bat single with one out in the ninth inning rallied the Dodgers to their second walk-off win in as many nights, 6-5, over the Mariners on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

"I got a sinker running in, pretty firm," Kendrick said of the pitch from Mariners closer Fernando Rodney, his Angels teammate in 2010-11. "The big thing was to get a pitch up that I could hit. It's always good to come through for my teammates."

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Rookie Garcia is an early unsung hero in Dodgers' bullpen

Rookie Garcia is an early unsung hero in Dodgers' bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- When the Dodgers lost closer Kenley Jansen to injury on the eve of Spring Training and manager Don Mattingly indicated he would mix and match and close by committee, even he didn't offer up Yimi Garcia as an off-the-radar savior.

But the rookie has quickly risen up the late-game pecking order and has come away with decisions in back-to-back walk-off wins, making Garcia the team leader with two victories.

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MLB, Dodgers hold free baseball clinic in L.A.

Event staged in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day, Civil Rights Game

MLB, Dodgers hold free baseball clinic in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached out to the local community Tuesday, providing a free instructional clinic in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day and the Civil Rights Game.

Around 200 kids showed up at the Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and they were eager to learn about the game they love from some of the region's most successful players.

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Lyle Spencer

Campanella's wisdom was without boundaries

Historic tribute creates lasting bond with Hall of Fame catcher on West Coast

Campanella's wisdom was without boundaries

The 2015 Civil Rights Game between the Mariners and Dodgers will be played at Dodger Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, at 10:10 p.m. ET.

LOS ANGELES -- For a 10-year-old kid full of wonder, the numbers carried some sort of magic: 93,103. The child grew into a man, countless combinations of numbers running through his head. He might not remember his own phone number 56 years later, but 93,103 remains etched indelibly in his brain.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.