Dodgers to push rotation back a day

Bolsinger's start allows club to give pitchers extra rest

Dodgers to push rotation back a day

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers made official their plans to push the entire rotation back one day as a result of Mike Bolsinger's start Friday night. What remains unclear is how the club will proceed after this turn through.

Alex Wood will get the ball Saturday and Brett Anderson will start Sunday, pushing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to the first two games of the Freeway Series against the Angels, beginning Monday.

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Kendrick should be back before season's end

Puig and Hernandez will need more time to heal hamstrings

Kendrick should be back before season's end

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was about to reveal a timetable for second baseman Howie Kendrick's return to the big league club -- until he had second thoughts.

"Unless something were to happen to him, he's going to be back within ...," Mattingly started, before cutting himself off sharply.

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Seager makes quick impact in Dodgers debut

Shortstop is ranked as the second-best prospect in all of baseball

Seager makes quick impact in Dodgers debut

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Corey Seager was locked in before Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Padres, his focus on third base coach Ron Roenicke.

"Now if I touch here, the bunt is off,'' Roenicke said, getting Seager up to speed on the Dodgers' signs.

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Dodgers loss spoils Seager's dynamite debut

Dodgers loss spoils Seager's dynamite debut

SAN DIEGO -- Jedd Gyorko's go-ahead home run sparked a Padres' four-run rally in the eighth inning, as San Diego beat the Dodgers, 10-7, on Thursday night at Petco Park.

Dodgers reliever Jim Johnson allowed a leadoff walk to Justin Upton before Gyorko smashed a 380-foot, two-run homer to center field. Juan Nicasio later allowed a triple to Melvin Upton Jr. , which scored Derek Norris. Yangervis Solarte, who went 4-for-5, added an RBI double.

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Jonathan Mayo

What to expect from Seager in Major Leagues

Game's No. 2 prospect will finally get his chance with the Dodgers

What to expect from Seager in Major Leagues

For the greater part of the second half of the season, the question was asked repeatedly: When will Corey Seager get called up?

The first whispers may have started way back when Kris Bryant got called up by the Cubs in April. When the Dodgers promoted Seager, who is now the No. 2 prospect in baseball, to Triple-A Oklahoma City in early May, those murmurs got louder. When Carlos Correa came up to the Astros in early June, and the Twins' Byron Buxton followed a week later, it reached a fever pitch.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Ker-show: 132 pitches, 15 K's, 1 sweep

Another masterpiece from ace lifts Dodgers to 6 1/2-game lead in NL West

Ker-show: 132 pitches, 15 K's, 1 sweep

LOS ANGELES -- From his observation point roughly 75 feet away, Jimmy Rollins saw nothing of concern with Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning Wednesday as the pitch count rose along with pulse rates at Dodger Stadium. The Giants were threatening, but the big lefty was still dealing.

"If the velocity starts dropping and he's not as sharp, that's when you know he's getting tired," Rollins said in the afterglow of a 2-1 Dodgers triumph completing a three-game sweep and knocking the Giants 6 1/2 games off their National League West lead.

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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.

Utley's first LA homer cashes in Kersh's gem

Utley's first LA homer cashes in Kersh's gem

LOS ANGELES -- The other hero of the game for the Dodgers was Chase Utley.

His game-winning home run became a footnote Wednesday night, but without it, Clayton Kershaw would have had a 15-strikeout, hang-with-'em no-decision.

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Kershaw's 15-K CG secures sweep of Giants

Kershaw's 15-K CG secures sweep of Giants

LOS ANGELES -- Chase Utley's first home run as a Dodger was the difference as reigning National League MVP Clayton Kershaw tied a career high with 15 strikeouts in a six-hit, 2-1 win Wednesday night that gave the Dodgers a sweep of their three-game showdown series against the division-rival Giants at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers, who have won eight of their last nine games, have a season-high 6 1/2-game lead over the Giants, who have lost five straight. The teams play one more series in San Francisco the last week of the season.

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Bolsinger to start Friday as LA rests rotation

Bolsinger to start Friday as LA rests rotation

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger will start for the Dodgers on Friday in San Diego, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced after Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Giants.

"We've been wanting to slip him into the rotation to either move somebody forward or to give someone an extra day," Mattingly said. "Just if somebody needs a blow, kind of looking at all our guys individually and what's best for them."

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Mattingly dismisses Marlins rumors

Mattingly dismisses Marlins rumors

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Wednesday dismissed any talk of him leaving Los Angeles, despite rumors swirling about him going to Miami as a potential replacement for Marlins interim manager Dan Jennings.

Mattingly said he first heard of the rumors when his son, Preston, called him about them Wednesday morning.

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Greinke wins duel as Dodgers extend lead

Greinke wins duel as Dodgers extend lead

LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke outdueled fellow Cy Young candidate Madison Bumgarner and slumping Joc Pederson homered as the Dodgers defeated the Giants on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, 2-1, extending their division lead to 5 1/2 games.

The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight, while the Giants have a four-game losing streak.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson shakes off slump with big fly

Adjustments show promise as rookie homers vs. lefty Bumgarner

Pederson shakes off slump with big fly

LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson has been slumping at the plate for most of the second half, but for one night against a division rival, he was able to break out from the funk.

With one swing, Pederson let out a month's worth of frustration as he launched a solo home run to center field in the seventh inning off the Giants' left-handed ace, Madison Bumgarner, to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win Tuesday.

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Lyle Spencer

Hollywood trending: Greinke, Dodgers edge MadBum

Hollywood trending: Greinke, Dodgers edge MadBum

LOS ANGELES -- In a dream matchup with a postseason feel to it, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner came fully charged. Two of the best in the fraternity of pitchers, they did not disappoint.

Greinke and the Dodgers prevailed over the Giants, 2-1, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in a September game fit for October.

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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.

Triple-A teams played 26 innings in one day

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Triple-A teams played 26 innings in one day

Time stops for no one, but it can't stop baseball. The fact that baseball operates outside the normal constructs of the space-time continuum is what prompted MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to implement new pace-of-play measures at various levels of the game. It's also what makes an 18-inning postseason game so incredible.

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Dodgers double their fortunes in eighth inning

Avilan induces key ground ball; Peraza's nifty play snuffs Giants' threat

Dodgers double their fortunes in eighth inning

LOS ANGELES -- The pitchers' duel between Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner came off as advertised, but the pivotal at-bat of the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday night actually came down to a pair of players who were Atlanta Braves in July.

With two on and one out in the top of the eighth inning and Greinke having hit the wall after 114 pitches, former Atlanta left-handed reliever Luis Avilan came on for the Dodgers to face left-handed-hitting Brandon Belt and protect a one-run lead, with Buster Posey on deck.

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Scully spins yarn about young dancing Dodgers fan

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Scully spins yarn about young dancing Dodgers fan

Our very existence is defined to a large extent by dualities, the relationship between seemingly disparate ideas that, in fact, are inextricably intertwined -- yin and yang, light and dark, life and death, Pinky and the Brain. We were once again confronted with this paradox on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, as two young fans of the Dodgers and Giants -- two teams who tend to not like each other very much -- presented us with a fascinating study in contrasts.

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Farmer among Dodgers headed to AFL

Dixon, Scavuzzo, Trinkwon also slated for Desert Dogs; pitchers to be named

Farmer among Dodgers headed to AFL

LOS ANGELES -- Four Dodgers farmhands on Tuesday were named to the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. In addition, the club has four pitching slots on the roster still to be named.

Named to the roster of the Desert Dogs -- who will be managed by Bill Haselman, manager of the Dodgers' Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga affiliate -- were catcher Kyle Farmer, infielders Brandon Dixon and Brandon Trinkwon and outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo.

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Alyson Footer

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Contributions to charities will give bidders chance to play with Los Angeles stars

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Their teams are crosstown rivals on the field, but away from the ballpark, Albert Pujols and Clayton Kershaw have more in common beyond their obvious baseball ability.

They are two of the most charitable players in the Major Leagues, and soon, they'll band together to raise funds for their respective foundations through a fan-friendly, interactive event.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Rollins, Utley give Dodgers a good feeling

Experience of onetime champions providing a path for team to follow

Rollins, Utley give Dodgers a good feeling

LOS ANGELES -- The top third of the Dodgers' batting order is a combined 105 years old, with 41 years of combined Major League experience. Youth is wonderful, but age is not necessarily such a bad thing.

Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez put their accumulated wisdom to use in a variety of ways on Monday night, lifting the Dodgers to a 5-4 triumph in 14 innings at Dodger Stadium that had to jolt the three-time World Series-champion Giants.

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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.

Dodgers bring outfielder Heisey back into fold

Dodgers bring outfielder Heisey back into fold

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced on Tuesday they reacquired Minor League outfielder Chris Heisey on Monday night from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named or cash.

The Dodgers released Heisey on Aug. 7, but they now have a shortage of outfielders after hamstring injuries to Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez. Heisey hit .154 for the Dodgers.

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Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reacquired Minor League outfielder Justin Ruggiano and received cash from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for a player to be named or cash.

Ruggiano, 33, was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 Draft and was traded in 2006 with Dioner Navarro and Jae Seo to Tampa Bay for Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson. Ruggiano played for current Dodgers president Andrew Friedman at Tampa Bay.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Enrique Hernandez became his own rally banana

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Enrique Hernandez became his own rally banana

"Gotta do what the boss says."

That quote from Enrique Hernandez, via reporter J.P. Hoornstra, could mean any number of things. Maybe Don Mattingly told him to lay down a bunt. Maybe he meant "boss" in the Rick Ross sense, referring to someone like Clayton Kershaw and his MLB-leading 236 strikeouts.

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Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez, who homered eight innings earlier, lofted a single to deep left field with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 5-4, walk-off Dodgers win over the Giants in their showdown series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 4 1/2 games, the largest margin since July 16, but manager Don Mattingly's celebration was muted.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hatcher keeps Dodgers alive vs. Giants

Reliever hurls three scoreless frames, gets win in 14-inning battle

Hatcher keeps Dodgers alive vs. Giants

LOS ANGELES -- When starter Brett Anderson was pulled after five innings Monday, the Dodgers knew they would have to rely on their bullpen. As the game stretched into a 14-inning marathon, the club's relief corps was its savior.

The Dodgers' relievers fired nine innings, allowing just one run, and no one was better than Chris Hatcher, who earned his second career win in the 5-4 victory over the Giants.

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Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

T-Pain sings national anthem without Auto-Tune

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T-Pain sings national anthem without Auto-Tune

He's T-Pain, you know him -- and you probably associate him with boat rides and Auto-Tune, the audio tool that, well, auto-tunes voices to sound less like cat screeches and more like very calm robot song. You might not even know that T-Pain isn't simply just a walking Auto-Tune device. After all, you can download an app called "I Am T-Pain" that is exactly that.

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Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

LOS ANGELES -- As Monday's slugfest between the Giants and Dodgers dragged on into extra innings, Los Angeles was forced to turn to unlikely hitters in its 5-4, walk-off victory.

Clayton Kershaw came to bat as a pinch-hitter in the 11th with a runner on first, two out and the score tied, 4-4, as the Dodgers were out of position players. Kershaw, a career .153 hitter, came to the plate with a standing ovation and "M-V-P" chants from those remaining at Dodger Stadium.

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Hamstring injury puts Hernandez on DL

Hamstring injury puts Hernandez on DL

LOS ANGELES -- Kiké Hernandez, who left in the eighth inning of the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs on Sunday, has a strained hamstring, manager Don Mattingly said, and the Dodgers placed Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list before Monday's game vs. the Giants.

Mattingly said the injury is about the same severity as injuries to Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig. Kendrick has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 while Puig has been out since Friday.

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Urias makes start for Triple-A Oklahoma City

Urias makes start for Triple-A Oklahoma City

LOS ANGELES -- Julio Urias, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and the No. 4 overall prospect in the Majors, according to MLB Pipeline, made his first start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

His start for Oklahoma City was a rocky one. He lasted just one inning, allowing three runs and four walks while striking out a pair. He threw 44 pitches in the inning before being replaced by Juan Jaime.

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Bolsinger, Thomas among Dodgers' additions

Barnes, Peralta also slated for expanded September rosters

Bolsinger, Thomas among Dodgers' additions

LOS ANGELES -- The first wave of Dodgers callups arrived Monday, as lockers appeared for pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Ian Thomas, along with catcher Austin Barnes.

Also showing up Monday was reliever Joel Peralta, who is on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his neck and has made three Minor League rehab appearances. The four are expected to be activated when rosters expand Tuesday.

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