Frias roughed up; Dodgers drop finale with Padres

Frias roughed up; Dodgers drop finale with Padres

LOS ANGELES -- With Justin Upton's six RBIs and seven solid innings from James Shields, the Padres on Sunday avoided a series sweep while coasting to an 11-3 win over the Dodgers.

Upton slugged a first-inning grand slam and added a two-run double in a four-run second inning off losing Dodgers starter Carlos Frias, whose ERA more than doubled from 2.55 to 5.34. Will Middlebrooks hit a solo homer and Derek Norris also drove in two runs off Frias, who allowed 12 hits with no strikeouts in four-plus innings.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'He's back': Jansen shows dominant self in return

Dodgers closer reports no issues after notching back-to-back saves

'He's back': Jansen shows dominant self in return

LOS ANGELES -- After pitching in back-to-back nights for the first time this season, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is fully healthy, according to manager Don Mattingly.

"He's back. We don't have any handcuffs on him or anything else," Mattingly said. "He's a no-restrictions guy for us right now."

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Grandal likely to have brief rehab stint before return

Dodgers catcher on 7-day concussion DL

Grandal likely to have brief rehab stint before return

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that he expects catcher Yasmani Grandal to appear in two or three Minor League games as Grandal works to return from a concussion.

"I was talking to him yesterday and he was working out and he feels good," Mattingly said. "I think he felt like he could've kept going but we wanted to err on the side of caution with him."

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Bolsinger rides 'roller coaster' curve in gem

Dodgers starter retires 23 straight over 8 dominant innings

Bolsinger rides 'roller coaster' curve in gem

LOS ANGELES -- In a contest in which a Dodgers starting pitcher would throw the season's first masterpiece, even Mike Bolsinger wouldn't have guessed Mike Bolsinger.

But there he was Saturday night, surrounded by media asking for details on the curveball (he taught himself) that had the Padres flailing and fumbling and, in Justin Upton's case, complaining enough with plate umpire Clint Fagan to be ejected.

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Bolsinger retires 23 straight; Dodgers take series

Bolsinger retires 23 straight; Dodgers take series

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger pitched one-hit ball over a career-high eight innings and rookie Joc Pederson homered again as the Dodgers blanked the Padres Saturday night, 2-0.

"He was really spinning it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Bolsinger's curveball.

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Grandal placed on 7-day concussion list

Barnes called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City

Grandal placed on 7-day concussion list

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day disabled list Saturday with a mild concussion and recalled catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Grandal was removed in the fifth inning of Friday night's game with the Padres, his former team, after being clobbered twice on the head, once by a bat, once by a foul tip.

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'Rally banana' does wonders for Dodgers

'Rally banana' does wonders for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- As the Dodgers tied a franchise record with 35 straight scoreless innings in the midst of Friday's game, something had to change.

Enter super-utilityman Kiké Hernandez and the "rally banana."

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Dodgers end record-tying scoreless drought

Dodgers end record-tying scoreless drought

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers tried something different Friday night. They scored.

Twice, in fact, which was just enough to beat the Padres, 2-1, on Joc Pederson's clutch tiebreaking home run on an 0-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Padres claim lefty De La Rosa from Dodgers

Padres claim lefty De La Rosa from Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers lost left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa to the San Diego Padres on a waiver claim on Saturday.

De La Rosa was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Tuesday to make room for the signing of Cuban infielder Hector Olivera.

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Joc backs Zack's attack vs. Padres

Joc backs Zack's attack vs. Padres

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson hit a tiebreaking homer on an 0-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning and Zack Greinke spun a gem on Friday night as the Dodgers edged the Padres, 2-1. It was Pederson's 11th home run.

Earlier in the game, the Dodgers finally ended an historic scoring drought with a fifth-inning run. Justin Turner singled off Andrew Cashner, advanced to second on center fielder Will Venable's fielding error and was doubled home by Andre Ethier to snap a Dodgers scoreless streak of 35 consecutive innings, matching the record set in 1962 for the longest in Los Angeles history. 

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Ryu had pitched through shoulder issue since '12

Ryu had pitched through shoulder issue since '12

LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu said the shoulder labrum repaired in season-ending surgery on Thursday showed up on the first MRI exam he had before signing with the Dodgers in 2012.

But Ryu, his left arm in a sling during a Dodger Stadium news conference, said he was always able to pitch with it and figured he'd be able to again after it flared up in Spring Training.

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Puig still sidelined with tight hamstring

Left leg bothered Dodgers outfielder while trying to jog this week

Puig still sidelined with tight hamstring

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig felt continued left hamstring tightness trying to jog this week and remains sidelined indefinitely, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

Puig, an All-Star last year, has played only 11 of the Dodgers' 40 games this year. He has two home runs and four RBIs. He was originally injured April 13, then reinjured April 24. He hurt it for a third time during a Minor League rehab game May 8.

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Dodgers' bats need boost after suffering another shutout

L.A.'s offense has gone 31 straight innings without scoring

Dodgers' bats need boost after suffering another shutout

SAN FRANCISCO -- Among the comparisons between Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw, add pitching for an offense that can't score.

The Dodgers suffered another series sweep by the Giants at AT&T Park, this time with all shutouts. They fell in Thursday's game with Kershaw pitching, 4-0, to go with previous nights' losses of 4-0 and 2-0.

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Dodgers blanked again in finale

Dodgers blanked again in finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner supported himself with a home run and distinguished himself with a 6 1/3-innings effort Thursday as the San Francisco Giants completed their three-game shutout sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4-0 victory.

The defending World Series champions lengthened their winning streak to six games while improving to 7-2 this season against the Dodgers. The Giants last blanked Los Angeles in a three-game series June 25-27, 2012.

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Kershaw shows off glove with behind-the-back play

Kershaw shows off glove with behind-the-back play

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has already fielded two ground balls behind his back this season, knocked down one that was going between his legs in Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Giants.

With two out in the bottom of the second inning, Giants shortstop Joaquin Arias sent a ground ball back through Kershaw's legs on the pitcher's follow. Bringing his right arm behind him, Kershaw got his glove on the ball and knocked it down, then retrieved it in time to throw out Arias at first base.

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MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

3 reasons why fastball from LA lefty landed in the seats

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

Clayton Kershaw has faced more than 5,700 hitters over his eight-year career, but never once had he allowed an opposing pitcher to hit a home run -- never, that is, until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner crushed a first-pitch third inning fastball into the AT&T Park seats for the first run in what would be a 4-0 Giants win. Let's start by giving fair credit to Bumgarner, who now has seven homers to his name, third among active pitchers behind Yovani Gallardo (12) and Travis Wood (9).

But all due respect to the outstanding Bumgarner, this is the defending NL MVP and three-time Cy Young winner we're talking about in Kershaw. How in the world does the best pitcher in baseball give up a homer to his opposite number, even one who can swing the bat like Bumgarner? Let's dig into Statcast™, which calculated the distance of the homer at 415 feet with an exit velocity of 105 mph, and the other tools at our disposal to point out three reasons how that ball ended up in the stands.

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Lyle Spencer

MadBum, Kershaw a compelling rivalry

MadBum, Kershaw a compelling rivalry

SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw didn't call the shot, but he might have unwittingly hinted at it four weeks ago. Before they hooked up the first of three times this season, on April 22 at AT&T Park, Kershaw acknowledged that Madison Bumgarner had one advantage in their classic confrontations: his dangerous right-handed bat.

Bumgarner, the Giants' ace, brought that edge to living color with one swing in Thursday's matinee at AT&T Park. His mammoth, 415-foot homer launched a 4-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep and brought San Francisco to within 1 1/2 games of Los Angeles in the National League West.

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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.

Ryu has season-ending surgery on shoulder

Dodgers expect left-hander to be ready for Spring Training 2016

Ryu has season-ending surgery on shoulder

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending left shoulder surgery for a torn labrum Thursday morning and should be ready for Spring Training, manager Don Mattingly said.

"Stan [Conte, VP of medical services] was optimistic and upbeat," said Mattingly. "For someone that had to have surgery, it sounded like a good result. He should be OK for next year."

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Dodgers suspend Arruebarrena for rest of '15

Dodgers suspend Arruebarrena for rest of '15

SAN FRANCISCO -- Minor League infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended for the rest of the season due to repeated failures to comply with his contract, the club announced on Thursday.

Arruebarrena -- a defensive specialist signed out of Cuba last year to a five-year, $25 million contract -- has had repeated run-ins with staff over the last two years and was taken off the 40-man roster during the offseason.

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Dodgers' slump raises questions

Dodgers' slump raises questions

SAN FRANCISCO -- Is the Dodgers' offense just in a temporary slump? Or, in the idiom of the stat-minded management team, is it experiencing a reversion to the mean?

The Dodgers were so uncharacteristically homer happy over the first six weeks that some theorized it was global warming. They scored so many runs they didn't seem to miss the bats of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez.

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Dodgers suffer second straight shutout vs. Giants

Dodgers suffer second straight shutout vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conjuring the magic he displayed during his Cy Young Award-winning years, Tim Lincecum allowed three hits in seven innings to lead the Giants to their second straight shutout victory over the Dodgers, a 4-0 verdict on Wednesday night. San Francisco lengthened its winning streak to five games while improving to 6-2 this season against its archrival.

Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a homer and scored twice to back Lincecum (4-2), who won his fourth consecutive start at AT&T Park, a streak he last built from July 4-Aug. 1, 2009. Lincecum has allowed one run in his last 27 innings at home, including a current stretch of 22 shutout innings in a row.

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Guerrero hilariously tries to sell blatant non-catch

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Guerrero hilariously tries to sell blatant non-catch

Even the most casual fan of America's pastime could tell you that you can't record a fly ball out on a ball that's already hit the grass, but that didn't stop Alex Guerrero from trying to pull a fast one on the umpires in Wednesday's Giants-Dodgers game.

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Lyle Spencer

A-Gone having fun leads to personal success

Veteran first baseman plays game unconcerned with numbers

A-Gone having fun leads to personal success

SAN FRANCISCO -- Adrian Gonzalez is enjoying the first quarter of what could be a career season. Having turned 33 two weeks ago, the Dodgers' graceful, durable first baseman appreciates his good fortune and how it came to pass. His secret? Stop creating stress by trying to impress.

"I feel great," Gonzalez said before Wednesday night's game against Tim Lincecum and the 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.

At 26, Mattingly dressed like your dad on Letterman

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At 26, Mattingly dressed like your dad on Letterman

At the end of the 1987 MLB season, Don Mattingly appeared on "Late Night With David Letterman" and the only thing better than his mustache was his awesome dad sweatshirt.

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Frias provides silver lining in losing cause

Frias provides silver lining in losing cause

SAN FRANCISCO -- If the Dodgers get the bad news they expect regarding Hyun-Jin Ryu's possible surgery on Wednesday, they will need to keep getting starts like the one rookie Carlos Frias delivered in defeat Tuesday night.

Frias pitched well enough to win in the 2-0 loss to the Giants, allowing one run in six innings and displaying more of a pitching repertoire than the heat he's relied on previously.

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