Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trimmed their magic number to one to clinch a fourth consecutive division title by crushing the Rockies on Saturday night, 14-1, with Clayton Kershaw firing seven scoreless innings and Josh Reddick blasting a grand slam.

The Dodgers are assured of no worse than a one-game tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3. If the Dodgers win the National League West, they would play the NL East champion Nationals in the NL Division Series. Washington has a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in that matchup. They can clinch the division with a win Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in the final home game to be broadcast by retiring legend Vin Scully.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.



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Dodgers assured of at least a tiebreaker game

Dodgers assured of at least a tiebreaker game

The Dodgers are one step closer to the postseason, having guaranteed themselves at least a Game 163 as a result of their 14-1 victory over the Rockies on Saturday evening.

Los Angeles' win improved its win total on the season to 89 -- a total the Giants can only tie and cannot surpass, even if they win all of their remaining games. A fourth consecutive National League West title for Los Angeles could also be imminent, as one more win by the Dodgers or one more loss by the Giants will clinch the division crown for L.A.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw flashes ace form in dominant outing

Dodgers lefty holds Rox to 3 hits over 7 shutout frames

Kershaw flashes ace form in dominant outing

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hoped they would get Clayton Kershaw back to pitching like he did in the first half, and the ace certainly looked more like his old self in Saturday's 14-1 win, striking out six and allowing three hits in seven scoreless innings.

He threw 91 pitches, the most he has in a game since his activation from the disabled list on Sept. 9, and is now on a 19-inning streak without allowing an earned run.

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Richard Justice

Scully happy to be riding off into retirement

Scully happy to be riding off into retirement

LOS ANGELES -- Regrets? He has none. In the end, it couldn't be simpler than that. Vin Scully said he's prepared to go happily into the next chapter of his life.

"The Lord has blessed me," he said Saturday afternoon. "He gave me this job at such a youthful age and allowed me to live and do it 67 years. What am I going to say? `Darn it, why didn't I get No. 68?' I'm totally at ease. I'm so thankful."

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rank the 10 best calls of Vin Scully's career

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Rank the 10 best calls of Vin Scully's career

Scully's seen a lot over his 67 years in the booth, and he's called it all with eloquence, humor and warmth -- from perfect games and walk-off homers to particularly large beards. But one question still remains: Which Vin Scully call is the very best? MLB.com's Richard Justice gave us his top 10, and now it's your turn to make your voice heard. Take a look at the nominees below, and rank them from 10 to number one.

 

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Hill scratched; McCarthy to start today

Hill scratched; McCarthy to start today

LOS ANGELES -- Previously scheduled to pitch on Sunday in the Dodgers' final home game of the regular season, Rich Hill will instead have to wait until the final series of the season at San Francisco. Brandon McCarthy will start in his place, returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list with right hip stiffness.

The Dodgers chose to scratch Hill due to continued concerns about a blister that forced him to miss a month earlier in the season and more recently ended a perfect game in the making after seven innings on Sept. 11. With the National League West nearly in hand, the Dodgers' priority is to now make sure HIll is ready to give them as many innings as they need in the playoffs.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCarthy, LA aim to honor Scully, claim West

McCarthy, LA aim to honor Scully, claim West

Dodger Stadium has never been without the voice of Vin Scully. That will be true for one last game on Sunday, as Scully continues the end of his 67-year career with his final home broadcast. Taking the mound will be Brandon McCarthy for the Dodgers, who will look to secure a fourth straight division title as they enter the day with a magic number of one.

After Sunday, Scully will have just three games remaining: a series at San Francisco from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 between the team he has called for nearly seven decades against the Giants, who he rooted for as a child.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rios, Stewart named L.A.'s top Minors players

Rios, Stewart named L.A.'s top Minors players

LOS ANGELES -- Edwin Rios, named the Dodgers Branch Rickey Minor League position player of the year, won that award over a group of better-known farmhands like Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo and Willie Calhoun.

Rios, taken in the sixth round of last year's Draft, said gaining notice -- he's ranked the 26th-best prospect in the organization by MLBPipeline.com -- is part of his motivation.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scully reveals his drink order in Japanese

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Scully reveals his drink order in Japanese

Of course Vin Scully speaks a little Japanese. In fact, if you were to ask me, I'd assume that Scully was fluent in every major language, could read some of the smaller ones and even knew a bit about some dead languages. 

At a news conference before the Dodgers' game against the Rockies on Saturday, Scully revealed that not only did he start learning some Japanese all the way back in 1956, but he made sure to know one very specific phrase for "Scotch and water and a lot of ice." 

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Dodgers pay tribute to 'national treasure' Scully

Legendary announcer thanks fans, club in ceremony; Koufax, Manfred and Costner among speakers

Dodgers pay tribute to 'national treasure' Scully

LOS ANGELES -- It was Sandy Koufax who told the story that seemed to sum up Vin Scully's remarkable life so perfectly. That it would come from the great Koufax seems appropriate since these two men have known one another for more than 60 years, their lives forever intertwined in the hearts and minds of generations of baseball fans.

This was a Friday night the Los Angeles Dodgers hoped would never come, one set aside to say a formal goodbye to their voice of 67 of their 127 seasons.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scully pens heartfelt letter to Dodgers fans

Scully pens heartfelt letter to Dodgers fans

LOS ANGELES -- A letter from Vin Scully awaited fans at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, the first day of Vin Scully Weekend, as Los Angeles commenced three days of difficult goodbyes to a legendary broadcaster.

Looking back to the moment that made him a baseball fan -- a Giants fan, even -- and remembering the good times he has shared with fans, Scully thanked fans for the support, love, and passion that has uniformly greeted him and his family in his 67 years calling the team.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen delivers after Kazmir's quick exit

Dodgers lefty lasts just 1 inning in return from DL

Bullpen delivers after Kazmir's quick exit

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Kazmir's first start back from the disabled list was cut short after the first inning due to right intercostal spasms, another roadblock as the veteran tries to make the postseason roster.

The southpaw was replaced by rookie Ross Stripling at the start of the second inning in Friday night's 5-2 win against the Rockies. Stripling went on to strike out four and allow two hits in three innings of long relief, with the bullpen totaling two earned runs in eight innings while striking out 11.

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Vin's big night a winner! Dodgers near clinch

Vin's big night a winner! Dodgers near clinch

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Appreciation Night started with an emotional pregame tribute for the retiring Hall of Fame announcer and ended with a 5-2 Dodgers win over the Rockies on Friday night, cutting their magic number to win the National League West to two while extending the lead over the Giants to seven games with eight to play.

The NL West champion will play the NL East champion in the NL Division Series. The Dodgers trail Washington for home-field advantage by 1 1/2 games.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Best moments from the Vin Scully ceremony

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Best moments from the Vin Scully ceremony

We never wanted this weekend to come, but sadly, it had to. With this weekend marking Vin Scully's final three home games broadcasting Dodgers games, the team -- and really, the whole city -- came together to say goodbye. While he'll still be around next week to call the team's games in San Francisco, with the Giants' radio network even airing Scully's call in the third inning on the season's final day, it just won't be the same. 

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Vote: Seager up for Best Rookie Award

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote: Seager up for Best Rookie Award

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five groups, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters and fans like you at MLB.com.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers honor Vin Scully at final homestand

Dodgers honor Vin Scully at final homestand

The Dodgers have announced their plans to celebrate broadcaster Vin Scully over their final homestand of the season this weekend.

A celebration entitled "Vin Scully Weekend" to honor the Ford C. Frick Award winner and "Voice of the Dodgers" will include special tributes during the team's four-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies. The festivities will begin Friday with "Vin Scully Appreciation Day," as the first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a letter of appreciation written by the broadcaster himself.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Utley boots ball, recovers to make unreal play

Utley boots ball, recovers to make unreal play

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley made one of those "Are you kidding me?" plays to end the top of the fourth inning of Thursday night's 7-4 win over the Rockies.

After booting Colorado pitcher Tyler Chatwood's bouncer, Utley spun around and in one movement, with his back to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as he fell face first, grabbed the ball barehanded and made a blind backward flip of the ball right into Gonzalez's glove.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Listen to 10 of Vin Scully's funniest calls

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Listen to 10 of Vin Scully's funniest calls

Vin Scully's unmatched prowess at calling baseball games is well documented, as is his fondness for relaying illuminating stories about everything from the players on the field to the fans in the stands. But there is an aspect of Scully's ability that remains, in this blogger's humble opinion, underrated: His comedic chops.

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Grandal slam drops Dodgers' magic No. to 4

Grandal slam drops Dodgers' magic No. to 4

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Weekend at Dodger Stadium doesn't officially start until Friday, but the Dodgers got the celebration started early Thursday night with a 7-4 comeback win over Colorado, Yasmani Grandal's two homers cutting the magic number to win the National League West to four.

Trailing 4-1, the Dodgers scored one run on a pair of misplays in the sixth inning, then erupted for five in the seventh. One scored on a bases-loaded walk to Adrian Gonzalez by Boone Logan, then Grandal blasted his second career grand slam and his 27th homer of the season after his solo shot in the second inning. Grandal also had a missed fly ball ruled a double and a single in four plate appearances.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.



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Utley wins club's Roy Campanella Award

Dodgers present honor to player who displays leadership qualities

Utley wins club's Roy Campanella Award

LOS ANGELES -- Veteran infielder Chase Utley was named winner of the 11th annual Roy Campanella Award, given to the Dodger who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame Brooklyn catcher.

The award, voted upon by Dodgers uniform personnel, will be presented to Utley by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, and his grandson, Cary Bell, during pregame ceremonies Saturday.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Respect mutual between Scully and men in blue

Umpires offering final salutes to esteemed Dodgers broadcaster

Respect mutual between Scully and men in blue

It began, as so many great stories do, in a hotel bar.

Specifically, it was the back-room bar at the since-demolished Shamrock Hilton in Houston, where an umpire found himself sitting two seats away from an iconic broadcaster on the eve of a Dodgers-Astros series.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Josh Reddick had a chance to show off his Spider-Man shirt to Stan Lee, and he didn't waste it

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Josh Reddick had a chance to show off his Spider-Man shirt to Stan Lee, and he didn't waste it

We'd all like to meet our heroes, but many of us will live our lives without being lucky enough to do that. 

Professional athletes lead different lives than the rest of us, though, and that afforded Josh Reddick such an opportunity prior to Thursday night's Rockies-Dodgers tilt at Dodger Stadium, which was won by the Dodgers, 7-4.

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Roberts calls impressive rookie Toles 'a joy'

Outfielder bats second for first time in opener vs. Rockies

Roberts calls impressive rookie Toles 'a joy'

LOS ANGELES -- The Andrew Toles phenomenon is gaining momentum.

For Thursday night's series opener with the Rockies, manager Dave Roberts started the rookie in left field and put his .340 average into the No. 2 spot in the batting order, the first time Toles has batted higher than seventh this season.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scully awed by Utley's no-look toss to first

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Scully awed by Utley's no-look toss to first

There are impressive defensive plays, and then there's what Chase Utley pulled in the fourth inning of Thursday night's Rockies-Dodgers series opener at Chavez Ravine. 

Utley bobbled a grounder hit in his direction by Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, but as seen atop this post he recovered with the type of improvisational expertise that stand-up comedians can only dream about. 

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Rockies pay visit to Scully's booth, gift in hand

Rockies pay visit to Scully's booth, gift in hand

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies catching coach Rene Lachemann is 72, but remembers being 13 when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. Famed broadcaster Vin Scully's voice flowed from his transistor radio and filled his summer evenings.

By 1960, Lachemann was a Dodgers bat boy, who was learning to play like the big leaguer he would become and becoming well-versed in big league-sounding words of four or more letters. But the vocabulary changed when he would have the honor of running a hot dog to Scully in the broadcast booth at the LA Coliseum.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Scully's smooth sendoff

The famed Dodgers broadcaster has filled the airwaves with keen insight and subtle humor for nearly 70 seasons

Scully's smooth sendoff

October is a time for celebration. A world champion is crowned, postseason heroes emerge and communities rally in support of their teams. But for many baseball fans, especially those in Los Angeles, the autumn of 2016 brings a tinge of sadness regardless of the outcome on the field. That's because, barring a guest appearance, October marks the last time they will ever hear Vin Scully's voice in the booth.

After a record 67 years behind the mic, the game's most legendary broadcaster has chosen to retire, and an entire era will retire with him. Never again will a game be broadcast by a man who can tell you firsthand what it was like to see Babe Ruth play.

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Eric Enders is a freelance writer and baseball historian based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson goes five innings after coming off DL

Anderson goes five innings after coming off DL

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers activated left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson off the 15-day disabled list to start Thursday night's game against the Rockies.

Anderson went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk in the 7-4 Dodgers' win.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers thump Giants, trim magic no. to 5

Dodgers thump Giants, trim magic no. to 5

LOS ANGELES -- Presented with a chance to regain some of their long-lost momentum, the Giants reacted as they have done with virtually every opportunity in recent weeks. They couldn't capitalize.

San Francisco took the field Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium knowing that the Mets and Cardinals, their rivals in the National League Wild Card competition, already had lost. A victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers would put the Giants back on top of the NL Wild Card standings. But instead of delivering an aggressive response, San Francisco offered only an ineffectual retreat in the form of a 9-3 loss.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Look at this: Puig does it all vs. Giants

Look at this: Puig does it all vs. Giants

LOS ANGELES -- How can a .254 hitter with 43 RBIs at this point in the season be a potential game-changer in October?

When he's Yasiel Puig, as he showed Wednesday night in the Dodgers' 9-3 win over the Giants that cut the magic number to win the National League West to five.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roberts gets his turn in Vin's booth

Dodgers' skipper joins parade of players and coaches visiting legendary broadcaster

Roberts gets his turn in Vin's booth

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said this week that one of the most touching tributes he's received during this farewell season is the parade of players and officials who visit him in the press box, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts added his name to the list on Wednesday.

"I got to talk to the man and take my picture with Vin," said Roberts, covered by Scully as a Dodgers player, a visiting player and coach, and now as the 12th Dodgers manager during Scully's tenure.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.