Pederson, Kendrick cap comeback win

Pederson, Kendrick cap comeback win

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.

Arizona led three times, on a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, an RBI single by Ender Inciarte in the second inning and an Aaron Hill solo homer in the fourth inning, all off Dodgers starter Scott Baker.

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Nicasio, Garcia continue to impress in relief

Dodgers bullpen overcomes Baker's short outing

Nicasio, Garcia continue to impress in relief

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.

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Giants, Dodgers net victories on interference

Giants, Dodgers net victories on interference

Baseball sure is a crazy game, isn't it?

Entering Saturday, the last time a game had ended with a baserunner being struck by a batted ball was June 27, 2010. The Pirates lost to Oakland that day, after Pedro Alvarez was hit on the basepaths.

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Scully amused by fan filming his own HR catch

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Scully amused by fan filming his own HR catch

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: 

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Uribe expected back as Anderson faces D-backs in finale

Uribe expected back as Anderson faces D-backs in finale

It will be a battle of the Andersons when the D-backs and Dodgers square off Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in the final game of a three-game series, as the Dodgers go for the sweep.

Chase Anderson will make his fifth start of the year for the D-backs and his second this season against the Dodgers. In his first outing against Los Angeles, Anderson allowed three runs over five innings in Arizona's 4-3 win at Chase Field.

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Injured pitchers take steps toward returning

Jansen ready for another rehab outing, while Ryu and League improve

Injured pitchers take steps toward returning

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.

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Strong bench earns praise from Mattingly

Keeping backup players in mix a priority for manager

Strong bench earns praise from Mattingly

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.

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Pederson's slam fuels rout as Frias earns win

Pederson's slam fuels rout as Frias earns win

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.

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Frias' win keeps him in mix for starter job

Rookie swingman pitches 5 1/3 scoreless innings vs. D-backs

Frias' win keeps him in mix for starter job

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.

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Pederson's big 'bop' a war hero's dream

Dodgers rookie had pregame chat with wounded veteran

Pederson's big 'bop' a war hero's dream

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.

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Dodgers change Joc Pederson's music to 'MMMbop'

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Dodgers change Joc Pederson's music to 'MMMbop'

Joc Pederson is the truth. 

Through the first 22 games of the season, young Joc is rocking a .300/.463/.633 slash line to go with five homers, and 14 RBIs.

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Jansen throws one scoreless inning for Rancho

Dodgers closer expected to make about six rehab appearances

Jansen throws one scoreless inning for Rancho

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.

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Puig set for rehab assignment next week

Injured Dodgers outfielder to play games with Minor League club

Puig set for rehab assignment next week

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.

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McCarthy to 60-day DL as Dodgers claim De La Rosa

McCarthy to 60-day DL as Dodgers claim De La Rosa

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.

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Dodgers' Seager homers, promoted to Triple-A

L.A.'s top prospect lifted during Thursday's Double-A Tulsa game, headed to Oklahoma City

Dodgers' Seager homers, promoted to Triple-A

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.

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Dodgers dedicated to youth baseball in LA area

Foundation invested $1.5 million in Dreamfields, RBI programs in past year

Dodgers dedicated to youth baseball in LA area

LOS ANGELES -- While continuing to mine for ballplayer talent all over the world, the Dodgers remain just as committed to supporting youth baseball in their backyard.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the club's charitable arm, invested $1.5 million in the past year to its cornerstone programs -- the Dodgers Dreamfields and Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI).

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Dodgers' first-inning power downs Giants

Dodgers' first-inning power downs Giants

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.

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#ASGWorthy: Pederson thrills with bat and glove

Rookie center fielder could earn plenty of support on All-Star ballot from LA fans

#ASGWorthy: Pederson thrills with bat and glove

Who said you need longevity to stand out amongst your peers? Joc Pederson has only played in 39 games at the big league level, but he's earning raves for his play on both offense and defense. On Wednesday night, Pederson took his well-rounded feats to a new #ASGWorthy level.

Pederson, the Dodgers' fleet-footed center fielder, homered on the second pitch of the game Wednesday night and later came back to deliver a highlight-reel catch. Pederson tracked back toward the wall, made a course correction and then a sprawling backhand catch in the Dodgers' 7-3 win over the Giants.

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New-look Dodgers show off muscle

Pederson, Gonzalez, Ethier homer in first; Rollins goes yard in third vs. Giants

New-look Dodgers show off muscle

LOS ANGELES -- Why are home runs this season flying out of Dodger Stadium, with its six-decade reputation as a pitcher's park?

"You mean other than global warming?" Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after his club hit four of them in a 7-3 win over the Giants on Wednesday night. Then Mattingly came up with another explanation from left field.

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Playing time getting Ethier into good groove

Outfielder showing off power, defense with opportunity created by injuries

Playing time getting Ethier into good groove

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers rolled out the heavy artillery Wednesday night, and Andre Ethier, no longer on the outside looking in, was delighted to be part of the fireworks display.

"Long balls, that's a pretty cool way we scored that inning," Ethier said of the trio of first-inning homers at Dodger Stadium that sent Zack Greinke on his way to a 7-3 victory at the expense of the Giants.

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Dodgers name Frias, Baker for starts vs. D-backs

Dodgers name Frias, Baker for starts vs. D-backs

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed Wednesday that Carlos Frias and Scott Baker, both part of Triple-A Oklahoma City's starting rotation a week ago, would be the Dodgers' starting pitchers Friday and Saturday against Arizona.

The moves are necessitated by injuries to third and fourth starters Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy. Ryu is expected to be out another month with a left shoulder impingement, while McCarthy will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday and be sidelined until mid-2016.

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Gonzalez headlines Dodgers' All-Star ballot

Gonzalez headlines Dodgers' All-Star ballot

LOS ANGELES -- A torrid start to the 2015 season could propel Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to his fifth All-Star Game and first start since '11 if he wins fan balloting, which launched on Wednesday.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 8:59 p.m. PT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

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Great start from Kershaw not enough in duel

Great start from Kershaw not enough in duel

LOS ANGELES -- In a rematch of last week's ace showdown, Buster Posey homered and drove in both runs as the Giants and Madison Bumgarner edged the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, 2-1, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

After his double no-decision duel with Kershaw last week in San Francisco, Bumgarner (2-1) allowed one run on five hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. Going seven innings for the first time this year, Kershaw (1-2) allowed both runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Both have 3.73 ERAs. Santiago Casilla earned his sixth save. The loss snapped the Dodgers' home win streak at eight.

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Kershaw takes blame for loss despite lack of support

With injuries, large bullpen, Dodgers forced to use lineup of bench players

Kershaw takes blame for loss despite lack of support

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't exactly Clayton Kershaw against the world Tuesday night, but it was Kershaw against the World Series champions, the combination of Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey proving just enough more than the Dodgers could handle.

Kershaw was brutually tough on himself sizing up the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Giants and their ace. He's 1-3 in five starts against Bumgarner.

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Oblique strain sends Crawford to disabled list

Dodgers recall Hernandez from Triple-A, start him in center vs. Bumgarner

Oblique strain sends Crawford to disabled list

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers placed outfielder Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right oblique and recalled utility man Kiké Hernandez from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Crawford was injured on a swing during a Monday night at-bat in which he tripled and joins fellow starting outfielder Yasiel Puig on the sidelines. Crawford was hitting .245 with no stolen bases.

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Jansen opposes hitters; Ryu nearing same step

Dodgers closer set for rehab outing Friday, on track for mid-May return

Jansen opposes hitters; Ryu nearing same step

LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen faced live hitting Tuesday for the first time since February foot surgery and will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Friday.

Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, also on the disabled list, threw a bullpen session as well Tuesday, and manager Don Mattingly said Ryu will have another bullpen session Friday, after which he might face hitters. Being a starting pitcher, Ryu will need to build arm strength for a 100-pitch outing and will need a longer rehab than Jansen.

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Magic Johnson gifts Pederson a Magic Johnson jersey

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Magic Johnson gifts Pederson a Magic Johnson jersey

For those who may not know, Magic Johnson is not just a partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He used to be a pretty, pretty good basketball player for 13 seasons. Joc Pederson, who was just four years old when Magic officially hung up his sneaks in 1996, may not remember much from these days. So on Wednesday, the NBA Hall of Famer reminded him with a little gift.

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Gibson reveals diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

Former NL MVP and manager to resume analyst job with Tigers as health permits

Gibson reveals diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

DETROIT -- Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The former Tigers great revealed the news Tuesday in a statement released through Fox Sports Detroit, which hired him this spring as an analyst.

"I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles," Gibson said in the statement. "While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible."

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Posey homers off Kershaw, fan makes catch with hat

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Posey homers off Kershaw, fan makes catch with hat

It's difficult to imagine anyone not named Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner could steal the show when the Dodgers and Giants have their aces squaring off against each other, but one Dodgers fan gave it his best shot when he hauled in a home run on Tuesday.

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Dodgers keep home mojo working with win vs. Giants

Dodgers keep home mojo working with win vs. Giants

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers sustained a four-run outburst in Monday night's third inning and held on to extend their home winning streak to eight games with an 8-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

With one out, runners at the corners and a run in, the Dodgers accelerated their rally with three consecutive hits off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Carl Crawford singled to set up Juan Uribe's RBI single before Joc Pederson drilled a run-scoring double.

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