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.

According to industry sources, the Dodgers agreed to terms with 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; and shortstop Oneal Cruz for $950,000. The club hasn't confirmed any of the deals.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Frias will undergo MRI, expected to make next start

Mattingly doesn't expect back injury to be serious

Frias will undergo MRI, expected to make next start

PHOENIX -- Dodgers starting pitcher Carlos Frias will have an MRI on his lower back on the Thursday day off, but manager Don Mattingly said the club expects Frias to make his next scheduled start on Monday.

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Facing Mets, Kershaw looks to snap 3-game skid

Facing Mets, Kershaw looks to snap 3-game skid

Friday night's Dodgers homestand opener against the Mets at Dodger Stadium will be historic in at least one way. It will mark the first time in his career that Clayton Kershaw will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak.

Kershaw will be facing Mets rookie Noah Snydergaard, who allowed the Reds one run over eight innings in his last start.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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League nearing end of rehab stint

Beachy set to start on Wednesday; Crawford starts rehab assignment

League nearing end of rehab stint

PHOENIX -- Reliever Brandon League pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday night in another injury rehab appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mattingly disappointed with Dodgers' play

Manager laments lost scoring chances, bullpen's struggles in loss

Mattingly disappointed with Dodgers' play

PHOENIX -- Monday night's game started with Mike Bolsinger sick to his stomach, and by the end of the night he had company.

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Illness forces Bolsinger's early exit vs. D-backs

Dodgers starter leaves after fourth inning with stomach ailment

Illness forces Bolsinger's early exit vs. D-backs

PHOENIX -- Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger left Monday night's 10-6 loss to Arizona after throwing four scoreless innings with possible food poisoning.

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Joc, A-Gon need help in All-Star voting

Dodgers first baseman trailing Goldschmidt; rookie sixth among outfielders

Joc, A-Gon need help in All-Star voting

PHOENIX -- The 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot fan voting ends Thursday night and the Dodgers are running out of time to earn a starting spot in the National League lineup.

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Crawford slated for Minor League rehab

Crawford slated for Minor League rehab

PHOENIX -- Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is scheduled to begin a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment Tuesday night with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

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Yasmani Grandal wears wrong helmet to the plate

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Yasmani Grandal wears wrong helmet to the plate

You know those moments when you wear the wrong thing to some important public event?

Well, switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal did just that during Monday's Dodgers-D-backs game. He wore a left-hander's batting helmet instead of a right-hander's -- leaving one of his ears open to the elements. 

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ERA leader Greinke ends drought in Miami

ERA leader Greinke ends drought in Miami

MIAMI -- The dry spell is finally over for Zack Greinke, who threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 2-0 win over Miami on Sunday at Marlins Park. The victory was the All-Star's first since May 5, a span of 10 outings.

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Dodgers give Greinke little help, lot of praise

Mattingly likens righty's season to that of Kershaw's 2014 NL MVP, Cy Young campaign

Dodgers give Greinke little help, lot of praise

MIAMI -- Dodgers starter Zack Greinke received just two runs from his offense on Sunday. But that was two more than he got in his last two starts, and it was all he needed to log his first win since May 5.

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As ASG voting winds down, Adrian heats up

As ASG voting winds down, Adrian heats up

MIAMI -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stayed hot in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Marlins, going 3-for-5 while notching a key seventh-inning RBI double. The big day pushed the slugger's batting average to .302, to go along with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.

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Sloppy defense costs Kershaw, Dodgers vs. Fish

Sloppy defense costs Kershaw, Dodgers vs. Fish

MIAMI -- With Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list with a fractured left hand, the Marlins are searching for ways to manufacture runs. They capitalized on two errors Saturday, scoring two unearned runs, and edged the Dodgers, 3-2, at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw in three-start skid for first time

Dodgers' ace throws another quality outing -- three runs (one earned) -- but takes loss

Kershaw in three-start skid for first time

MIAMI -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has racked up plenty of positive accomplishments over his young, yet already storied career. But in Los Angeles' 3-2 loss at Marlins Park on Saturday, the lefty reached a negative milestone despite turning in another strong effort.

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Joc, Dodgers lament early miscues

Joc, Dodgers lament early miscues

MIAMI -- When Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson misplayed Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler's line drive in the bottom of the second on Saturday, it capped a bad two innings of defense for Los Angeles. In the end, Pederson's error cost the Dodgers in their 3-2 loss at Marlins Park.

"I just dropped it," Pederson said. "I messed up and lost the game for us."

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Reliever Rodriguez out at least 2 more months

Lefty had hoped to return from DL this weekend, but will have elbow surgery

Reliever Rodriguez out at least 2 more months

MIAMI -- Despite completing a rehab stint on Tuesday, Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez will not rejoin the big league club. Instead, he will have arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow next Thursday, a procedure that typically comes with an 8-to-10-week recovery time.

"Disappointing for us and for him, obviously," manager Don Mattingly said prior to Saturday's game against the Marlins.

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