Kazmir turns in quality start, but bats are blanked

Kazmir turns in quality start, but bats are blanked

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Nicolino clamped down the Dodgers with 7 1/3 shutout innings and took home a victory in his first start of 2016, guiding the Marlins to 2-0 victory on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

"Any time you get that call it's an unbelievable feeling," Nicolino said. "I got the call on Monday night and it was official today. I was excited and I was ready to go. I wanted to be here from the get-go. I wanted to just take the ball and run with it. The guys gave me a good opportunity and put some runs on the board in the first inning."

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Dodgers handed first three-game skid of season

Offense shut down in frustrating loss to Marlins

Dodgers handed first three-game skid of season

LOS ANGELES -- On Day Three of their Coors Field hangover, the Dodgers offense got two hits off Minor League callup Justin Nicolino.

So, don't blame Scott Kazmir and his sore wrist for Wednesday night's excruciating 2-0 loss to the Marlins, which gave the Dodgers' their first three-game losing streak of the year. After allowing singles to four of the first five batters he faced for a pair of first-inning runs, Kazmir shut down the Marlins.

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Monday, Steiner ink multiyear extensions with Dodgers

Broadcast pair has called team's games on radio for past 12 seasons

The Dodgers' radio duo of Rick Monday and Charley Steiner signed new multiyear agreements with the team on Thursday.

Monday and Steiner have worked together for the past 12 seasons, calling games on the Dodgers' flagship station AM 570 LA Sports and the Dodgers Radio Network.

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Pipeline preview: Dodgers' Urias among arms in action

Pipeline preview: Dodgers' Urias among arms in action

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Bobby Bradley (Indians' No. 3)

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Roberts sticks with matchups in center field

Dodgers start Pederson vs. righties, Thompson vs. lefties

Roberts sticks with matchups in center field

LOS ANGELES -- Trayce Thompson's start in center field Wednesday against Justin Nicolino continued a pattern of him getting every start against left-handed starters, and Joc Pederson appearing in the lineup in every matchup against right-handers.

Still, manager Dave Roberts has been hesitant to label the situation a platoon.

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Maeda looks to build on historic start vs. Marlins

Maeda looks to build on historic start vs. Marlins

Kenta Maeda is not yet a full month into his first Major League season, and the Dodgers starting pitcher is already becoming a must-watch when he takes the mound. Maeda will look to continue the historic beginning to his big league career when he gets the ball Thursday night at Dodger Stadium in the finale of a four-game series against the Marlins.

Maeda (3-0, 0.36 ERA) has made four starts and allowed a total of one run, becoming the first pitcher since at least 1913 to begin a career in that fashion. The Japanese right-hander is only the third pitcher since 1900 to throw at least 25 innings in his first four Major League starts while allowing no more than one run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his last start Saturday against the Rockies at Coors Field, finishing with 6 1/3 scoreless innings to record his third win of the season.

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Kershaw's gem shattered by Marlins' rally

Kershaw's gem shattered by Marlins' rally

LOS ANGELES -- Giancarlo Stanton's three-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning off Clayton Kershaw as the Marlins stormed back to beat the Dodgers, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Stanton, a native of Sherman Oaks, Calif., has 12 home runs and 29 RBIs in 31 career games against his former hometown team.

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Kershaw dusts himself off after rough inning

Kershaw dusts himself off after rough inning

LOS ANGELES -- As the sixth inning began, Clayton Kershaw had everything. He had struck out eight, walked none and allowed only one hit, all on 60 pitches.

He felt better than he had in his last two starts, during which he had allowed just three total runs in 15 innings. And then, it slipped away as five consecutive Marlins got a hit, ending with an emphatic three-run blast from Giancarlo Stanton to put the Marlins up, 5-3, on their way to handing the Dodgers a 6-3 loss.

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Celebrate Tell a Story Day with some of Scully's best

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Celebrate Tell a Story Day with some of Scully's best

Vin Scully has always been less broadcaster than bard. Sure, he can narrate the action with the best of them, but that's not what makes a Scully call so special. It's all the stuff in between: his ability to fill in the gaps with bits and pieces that breathe new life into the game, all in that iconic voice. The man can turn a grocery list into poetry, is what we're saying.

Since today is National Tell a Story Day, let's celebrate baseball's premier storyteller. He's seen a lot of life over his 67 years in the booth -- perfect games to historic home runs to a move to L.A., and he's got tall tales to prove it. 

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Dodgers ponder skipping Stripling next week

Dodgers ponder skipping Stripling next week

LOS ANGELES -- With the Dodgers scheduled for two off-days during their road trip next week, manager Dave Roberts mentioned the possibility of skipping rookie Ross Stripling in the rotation in order to preserve the right-hander's innings.

"We're thinking, with Ross and his usage," Roberts said when asked if any starters could possibly be skipped. "That's something that's still definitely in its infancy, but there's some conversations. We're trying to figure out what's best for our club."

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Crawford activated off 15-day disabled list

Crawford activated off 15-day disabled list

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the Marlins and optioned right-hander Zach Lee to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Crawford, who had been on the DL since April 9 with lower back soreness, played three rehab games with Oklahoma City and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, going 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and three RBIs. The 34-year-old appeared in five games for the Dodgers before his injury and went 3-for-11 with a double and two RBIs.

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Seager brothers play out rivalry with R.B.I. 16

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Seager brothers play out rivalry with R.B.I. 16

Corey and Kyle Seager are professional baseball players and brothers, so you can probably imagine that they get pretty competitive. But, since Corey plays for the Dodgers and Kyle plays for the Mariners, they won't get a chance to try to outdo each other on an actual baseball diamond this season.

Luckily, they have R.B.I. Baseball 16. Watch the video above for an ultimate sibling showdown. Oh, and we're not saying you have to root for younger brother Corey, but today is his 22nd birthday, so you probably should.  

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Dodgers raise money for earthquake recovery

Dodgers raise money for earthquake recovery

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers raised $10,000 for the Red Cross' relief efforts for the devastating earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan with a pregame autograph signing on Tuesday.

Pitcher Kenta Maeda, outfielder Yasiel Puig, announcer Jaime Jarrin and manager Dave Roberts participated, with proceeds from the signings raising $4,500 and the Dodgers donating the remaining funds to push the total to $10,000.

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Pair of homers isn't enough vs. Marlins

Pair of homers isn't enough vs. Marlins

LOS ANGELES -- Like many times in the past, Giancarlo Stanton brought the power in his Southern California stompin' grounds to drive the Marlins to a 3-2 win on Monday at Dodger Stadium. The right fielder was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and home run.

Wei-Yin Chen picked up his first Marlins win with a strong 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts. His biggest trouble came on solo homers by Yasiel Puig and Trayce Thompson in the fourth inning. The Dodgers were prepared for the southpaw with a starting lineup completely devoid of left-handed hitters, but they couldn't make enough of a dent to get the win.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thompson capitalizing on teammates' experience

Thompson capitalizing on teammates' experience

LOS ANGELES -- As Trayce Thompson entered Dodger Stadium before Monday's 3-2 loss, he was aware his 2016 season didn't match up with what he felt he could do. His slash line was at .234/.300/.324, a sharp decline from last year's .295/.363/.533, and a misplay in left field had nearly cost his team a win a day ago in Colorado.

He responded with highlights on both sides of the ball, starting with his first home run in a Dodger uniform, then flashing the leather in center field. It was a performance that came thanks to advice from everywhere around the 25-year-old, from teammates to manager Dave Roberts.

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Why you should pledge to watch every Kershaw start

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Why you should pledge to watch every Kershaw start

One of our largest flaws as humans is that when we are regularly presented with something wonderful, we still find a way to take it for granted. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been so dominant for so long -- an ERA below 2.92 each season since 2009 -- that his start-to-start excellence is easy to overlook.

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Mattingly reflects on time with Dodgers

Mattingly reflects on time with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Before moving forward with a four-game series against the Dodgers, Marlins manager Don Mattingly on Monday afternoon spent some time looking back at his five-year tenure at the helm in Los Angeles.

Mattingly's first visit to Dodger Stadium since relocating to Miami garnered plenty of media attention. The new Marlins skipper covered plenty of ground, reflecting on his relationships in Los Angeles as well as the challenges he faces in South Florida.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers reinstate Coleman, option Avilan

Dodgers reinstate Coleman, option Avilan

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reinstated right-hander Louis Coleman from the bereavement list on Monday and optioned left-hander Luis Avilan to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Coleman, who was placed on the bereavement list Thursday following the death of his grandfather, will rejoin the bullpen after four games away from the team. The right-hander has struggled so far this season, allowing runs in his last three appearances and possessing a 7.20 ERA.

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Dodgers' rallies bookend wild game vs. Rox

Dodgers' rallies bookend wild game vs. Rox

DENVER -- Chase Utley's two-out double capped a five-run ninth inning that gave the Dodgers a 12-10 victory over the Rockies and secured a series victory in a wild weekend at Coors Field.

The Dodgers had an early 7-1 lead, only to see the Rockies chip away and take a 10-7 lead with a five-run bottom of the eighth. But Rockies closer Jake McGee gave up five hits and a walk during an inning that saw him wild-pitch in the tying run, and give up a Corey Seager RBI double after the go-ahead hit by Utley.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002.

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Adrian leading Dodgers' charge on All-Star ballot

Adrian leading Dodgers' charge on All-Star ballot

DENVER -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is at it again with another quick start to the season, placing him among a group of worthy Dodgers listed on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which was released on Sunday.

Gonzalez made the All-Star team last year for the fifth time. Other Dodgers on the ballot having outstanding Aprils include catcher Yasmani Grandal, right fielder Yasiel Puig and second baseman Chase Utley.

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Jansen, Utley show veteran chops in slugfest

Closer, second baseman help Dodgers lock down win in zany game

Jansen, Utley show veteran chops in slugfest

DENVER -- Marking the kickoff of All-Star voting, the Dodgers on Sunday won a zany Coors Field slugfest in spite of themselves, with Chase Utley and Kenley Jansen stepping up in the ninth inning the way All-Stars should.

After blowing a six-run lead through three innings to fall behind by three runs through eight innings, Utley capped a five-run Dodgers ninth inning off Colorado closer Jake McGee with the go-ahead RBI double and Jansen locked it down with his ninth save in an exhausting but exhilarating 12-10 win.

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Monday saving flag resonates 40 years later

Former outfielder prevented protesters from burning Old Glory in 1976

Monday saving flag resonates 40 years later

DENVER -- Rick Monday played 19 seasons in the big leagues, made two All-Star squads, appeared in the World Series two times and was a member of the Dodgers' 1981 World Series championship team. He was the first player selected in the first Draft in June 1965.

And Monday is best known for saving an American flag from being burned by two protesters on the outfield grass during a game at Dodger Stadium 40 years ago on Monday.

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Wall-banger: Puig's catch robs Rox of runs

Dodgers right fielder steals extra bases with another amazing play

Wall-banger: Puig's catch robs Rox of runs

DENVER -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig showed off several of his amazing tools in Sunday's 12-10 win over the Rockies, robbing Brandon Barnes of extra bases by sprinting to grab his line drive, then holding on while slamming his body into the right-field fence at Coors Field.

Preserving the Dodgers' 7-4 lead over Colorado in the bottom of the fourth inning, Puig raced back to flag down the long drive one stride before crashing into the padded fence, crumbling to the warning track, but holding up his glove to prove he made the catch that ended the inning.

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Tracy Ringolsby

'Ugly' win looks great to Dodgers

Club heads home satisfied after roller-coaster game

'Ugly' win looks great to Dodgers

DENVER -- It was in the summer of 1983. The Chicago White Sox were on their way to winning the American League West title. Then-Texas manager Doug Rader moaned that the White Sox "are winning ugly."

White Sox manager Tony La Russa smiled when the messaged was relayed.

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Puig crashes prom in Colorado

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Puig crashes prom in Colorado

Yasiel Puig is at it again, grabbing headlines with crazy outfield assists and, now, partaking in some amusing extracurricular activities during the Dodgers' weekend set in Colorado against the Rockies.

In Sunday's contest, Brandon Barnes lofted a deep fly ball to right-center field in a bid for some RBIs. Puig, though, charged toward the bullpen wall in pursuit of the ball, caught it and crashed into the wall while maintaining possession of the baseball:

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Maeda in America: 4-start debut is best ever

Maeda in America: 4-start debut is best ever

DENVER -- At sea level, a Mile High and on either side of the Pacific Ocean, Kenta Maeda can pitch.

Maeda completed his first time through the NL West Saturday night with a start nobody could expect for a Coors Field debut. He had a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings, deftly eluded a bases-loaded jam and racked up career win No. 100 (97 in Japan) as the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 4-1.

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Maeda dominant as Dodgers top Rox

Maeda dominant as Dodgers top Rox

DENVER -- Kenta Maeda took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and got another win while A.J. Ellis slugged a two-run homer as the Dodgers beat the Rockies Saturday night, 4-1.

Maeda (3-0), lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.36. After a spectacular tumbling catch by left fielder Enrique Hernandez to end the fifth inning preserved the no-hitter, Maeda's flirtation with history was dashed on a line single to center by D.J. LeMahieu with one out in the sixth inning.

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

Owen Perkins is a contributor for MLB.com based in Denver.

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