Dodgers send Stewart to Double-A, recall Maeda

Dodgers send Stewart to Double-A, recall Maeda

DENVER -- The latest victim of the Dodgers' aggressive roster manipulation is Brock Stewart, who was optioned back to Double-A Tulsa one day after blanking the Cubs for five innings.

Stewart was sent down to clear a spot on the roster for Monday night starter Kenta Maeda, who had been parked for three days on the roster of the Dodgers' Rookie-level Arizona League club. Because that club's season has ended, Maeda is allowed to be recalled without waiting the usual 10-day freeze period.

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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.

Seager's speed, D key as LA denies Cubs

Seager's speed, D key as LA denies Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- A grounder from Adrian Gonzalez, a foot race won by Corey Seager and a run scored by Andrew Toles were the difference in a 1-0 victory for the Dodgers over the Cubs on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, a contest that legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said "all boiled down to a whisper, a toenail, a 'toe dance' around second base."

With the game in a scoreless tie going into the bottom of the eighth inning, Toles got aboard on a hit-by-pitch from Trevor Cahill, then advanced to third when Howie Kendrick reached base on Cahill's throwing error.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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LA leans on rising rookies in huge homestand

LA leans on rising rookies in huge homestand

LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts had two words to describe a series that never saw a lead larger than two runs: playoff baseball. Given who his team beat this homestand, it's an atmosphere he certainly needs to start preparing for.

The Dodgers eked out a 1-0 win over the Cubs on Sunday, ending a homestand in which they won a series against the Giants, the only team left between them and the division crown, and the Cubs, owners of the best record in baseball.

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Jonathan Mayo

De Leon on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

De Leon on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

We here at MLB Pipeline are running out of superlatives for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Luckily for us, we're running out of weeks for the Prospect Team of the Week.

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Maeda opens Colorado series in battle of rookies

Maeda opens Colorado series in battle of rookies

The National League West-leading Dodgers will arrive at Coors Field on Monday to test the theory that the Rockies rise to the level of the better opponent.

After winning two of three in Washington over the weekend, the Rockies -- with rookie right-hander Jon Gray (8-6, 4.61 ERA) starting after fanning 10 in six innings his last outing -- are a combined 13-11 against the Nationals, Cubs and Dodgers, the three division leaders.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adrian snatches screaming liner to save run

Seager's defense also shines to secure 1-0 win

Adrian snatches screaming liner to save run

LOS ANGELES -- Four-time Gold Glover Adrian Gonzalez flashed the leather yet again and preserved a shutout for the Dodgers in the sixth inning of Sunday's 1-0 win over the Cubs.

The Cubs put runners on the corners with two outs against right-hander Jesse Chavez with Jason Heyward up to bat. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Chavez for southpaw Grant Dayton to face the left-handed Heyward, who registered the only two hits the Cubs had against starter Brock Stewart.

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Puig reportedly placed on trade waivers

Puig reportedly placed on trade waivers

Yasiel Puig has been placed on trade waivers by the Dodgers, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday.

It is common for teams to place their players on revocable trade waivers during August. If Puig is claimed by another team, which according to Rosenthal is likely, the Dodgers could either work out a deal with the claiming team, allow Puig to go to that team without a trade or pull Puig back from waivers.

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Ruiz spending time in 'pen to learn pitchers

Ruiz spending time in 'pen to learn pitchers

LOS ANGELES -- Dodger relievers found themselves throwing to an unexpected bullpen catcher while warming up during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cubs: Carlos Ruiz. It's a gesture from the veteran that has left the team impressed, to say the least.

After spending his entire career in the Phillies' organization, Ruiz was acquired through a waiver trade Thursday and found himself having to learn the movement and velocities of an entire new pitching staff. To accelerate the learning process, he asked the coaching staff if he could catch every reliever in the bullpen before they entered Saturday's game.

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Bellinger, De Leon among top prospect performers Sunday

Yankees No. 2 prospect collects first four-hit game for Tampa; No. 7 allows 1 hit in 5 scoreless

Bellinger, De Leon among top prospect performers Sunday

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and left-hander Justus Sheffield, two of the New York Yankees' key prospect acquisitions from the non-waiver Trade Deadline, have made strong impressions as teammates on Class A Advanced Tampa. On Sunday, the duo paced their new club to an 8-2 victory over Brevard County, with Torres leading the offense with four hits and Sheffield tossing five scoreless innings.

Making his fifth start for Tampa after coming over from the Indians along with Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 1) as part of the Andrew Miller trade, Sheffield, the Yankees' No. 7 prospect, tossed three hitless frames before yielding a knock to begin the fourth. It was the only hit allowed in five innings by the No. 87 overall prospect, who walked three and struck out five while throwing 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

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Seager sets Dodgers shortstop homer record

Seager sets Dodgers shortstop homer record

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager continued his assault on the Dodgers' record books, setting the single-season franchise record for home runs by a shortstop with 23 in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.

Facing Jason Hammel in the first inning, Seager clubbed a 401-foot shot to center to tie the game. The Cubs had scored a run off fellow rookie Julio Urias in the top of the first. In another testament to a power stroke that has established Seager as one of the game's young stars, he said he wasn't looking for a home run with the swing.

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With growth comes confidence for young Urias

With growth comes confidence for young Urias

LOS ANGELES -- Julio Urias didn't need an outing like he had in Saturday's 3-2 win to prove how much he has grown as a 19-, now 20-year-old making his way through the Majors as the youngest player in the league.

Entering the game, the Dodgers left-hander held a 3.10 ERA since his second career start, a difficult outing in which the Cubs' lineup took him for five earned runs and three homers at Wrigley Field.

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Dodgers chase Hammel early, reward Urias

Dodgers chase Hammel early, reward Urias

LOS ANGELES -- Starter Julio Urias recovered from a shaky beginning and fellow rookie Corey Seager slugged a record-setting home run Saturday as the Dodgers held on to edge the Cubs, 3-2, in a battle of first-place teams.

"To go to Chicago [May 30-June 2] and lose three of four, then to perform well and go toe-to-toe with a team that has been very good all year, I think sends a message to our guys, as well as those guys in that clubhouse," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Kershaw to test back in simulated game

Ace will face hitters on Tuesday as he continues recovery from disk herniation

Kershaw to test back in simulated game

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will take the next step in his recovery from a herniated disk in his lower back on Tuesday, facing hitters in a simulated game setting.

Kershaw reached 60 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, and he was playing catch at Dodger Stadium on Saturday with no problems. Manager Dave Roberts did not say where Kershaw would face the hitters, as the ace could go on the team's road trip to Colorado or stay in Los Angeles.

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Van Slyke to address wrist issue with surgery

Van Slyke to address wrist issue with surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist next Thursday.

Van Slyke had been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 9, and was moved to the 60-day list on Thursday, signaling the end of his 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.

Ruiz finds Jansen tough to handle in debut

'I don't have an excuse,' catcher says of pitches that got away in 9th

Ruiz finds Jansen tough to handle in debut

LOS ANGELES -- The game has a tendency to find you, as it found Carlos Ruiz in his Dodgers debut Friday night.

The Dodgers lost to the Cubs in the series opener between division leaders, 6-4 in 10 innings, on the second of two Kris Bryant moonshots and a two-strikeout save by Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman. But the Dodgers, and Ruiz, let this one get away.

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Dodgers fall in 10th after Cubs get to Jansen

Dodgers fall in 10th after Cubs get to Jansen

LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant made yet another addition to his MVP case as he hit home runs in the eighth and 10th innings to power a 6-4, comeback win for the Cubs over the Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

To force extra innings, Jason Heyward tied the game against Kenley Jansen when he doubled to lead off the ninth, then advanced on a Jorge Soler strikeout and scored on Jansen's first wild pitch of the season.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Dodgers wear Vin Scully masks in team photo

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Dodgers wear Vin Scully masks in team photo

With Vin Scully's last game rapidly approaching, the dream of cloning the announcer and having hundreds of them wandering around, teaching you about pirates and beards and any number of subjects, sounds really appealing. 

Turns out: It would be kind of terrifying. 

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Kershaw: Ellis trade 'tremendous subtraction'

'It's not going to be easy,' Dodgers ace says of batterymate's absence

Kershaw: Ellis trade 'tremendous subtraction'

LOS ANGELES -- Because life goes on, Clayton Kershaw threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Friday and said he would face hitters next week. He also spoke for the first time about the trade of good friend and batterymate A.J. Ellis.

"It's been a rough couple of days," said Kershaw. "Just a really abrupt ending. A.J. kind of described it as a car wreck. This might have been our last season together, but we've been saying that for four years and it keeps working out. We realize what a huge blessing it was to have that time. But you see each other every day all season and you take it for granted a little bit."

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Monday on giving autographs to young fans

Q&A: Monday on giving autographs to young fans

Rick Monday broke into the big leagues at the age of 20, and 50 years later, he is still making daily trips to the ballpark. After 19 seasons in the Majors, he moved into the broadcast booth.

Monday was the first pick of the first amateur Draft in baseball history, coming out of Arizona State University to sign with the Kansas City A's in 1965. By the end of the next season, he was in the big leagues.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Results: Which starter has the best pitch in MLB?

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Results: Which starter has the best pitch in MLB?

We began Wednesday morning with eight pitchers and one goal: to find the starter with the nastiest pitch in Major League Baseball. The competition was divided into four categories -- fastball, curveball, slider, changeup -- each with two nominees. On Thursday, one representative from each offering faced off against each other, and we were left with one final showdown: Clayton Kershaw's curve against Chris Sale's slider, with the title of Best Pitch in Baseball on the line. 

 

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Ruiz joins Dodgers, 'ready to play in October'

Ruiz joins Dodgers, 'ready to play in October'

LOS ANGELES -- One could say parallel careers intersected on Thursday, when the Dodgers acquired Carlos Ruiz for A.J. Ellis and a Minor Leaguer.

The two catchers shared humble origins as Ruiz first signed with the Phillies for $8,000 in 1998, while Ellis was drafted in the 18th round of the 2003 Draft. Both fought their ways to the Majors and instilled themselves as fan favorites. And, until Thursday, both had known only one team.

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On his bobblehead night, Seager breaks up no-no

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On his bobblehead night, Seager breaks up no-no

Matt Moore was absolutely brilliant during the Giants' 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Thursday night. With the help of seven strikeouts and Denard Span's defense (twice!), he had a no-hitter going through 8 2/3 innings. Here's what some of Moore's nastiness looked like in GIF form.

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Terence Moore

Dodgers in the midst of magical season

Rookie manager Roberts has LA atop division despite numerous injuries

Dodgers in the midst of magical season

Pay attention, Cubbies, despite looking totally blessed.

And, yes, LeBron James brought Cleveland its first world championship for a major sports franchise in 52 years, but the Indians aren't necessarily the next Chosen Ones.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers land Ruiz from Phils for 'shocked' Ellis

LA also sends Minor Leaguer and player to be named or cash to Philly

Dodgers land Ruiz from Phils for 'shocked' Ellis

LOS ANGELES -- Just shipped from the first-place Dodgers to the fourth-place Phillies, A.J. Ellis broke that crushing news to close friend and batterymate Clayton Kershaw.

"Shocked. Quiet," Ellis said, describing Kershaw's reaction. "The shock kind of hit us both simultaneously and we both cried."

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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 stifled by Moore's near no-hitter

Dodgers stifled by Moore's near no-hitter

LOS ANGELES -- In the biggest game of the year for the Giants, Matt Moore delivered the best game of his life. He fell one out shy of a no-hitter Thursday, broken up by Corey Seager's soft single to right with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but beat the Dodgers, 4-0, to snap his club's four-game losing streak. The decision prevented the Giants from being swept in this showdown series and trimmed their deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to two games in the National League West.

Nearly pitching the Giants' first no-hitter over the Dodgers in 101 years (by Rube Marquard), Moore (8-10) walked three and struck out seven in 8 2/3 innings. He was removed immediately after Seager's hit, having thrown a career-high 133 pitches. Right-hander Santiago Casilla threw just one pitch to retire Justin Turner on a foul popup.

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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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Zarraga was thrilled to be in his first MLB dugout

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Zarraga was thrilled to be in his first MLB dugout

Shawn Zarraga is a 27-year-old catcher with nine Minor League seasons under his belt. His career has spanned over 1,800 plate appearances with eight different cities for two different affiliates. On Thursday night, he arrived to Dodger Stadium in the bottom of the fourth inning of the Giants' 4-0 victory over the Dodgers as a Major League player for the very first time.

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Dodgers aim to move past quiet night at plate

Dodgers aim to move past quiet night at plate

LOS ANGELES -- A.J. Ellis was traded, the clubhouse was somber and the Dodgers were nearly no-hit by Matt Moore in a 4-0 loss to the Giants on Thursday night.

Exactly how those dots connect is open for debate, but there is no doubt that the Dodgers can't wait to turn the page after their lead in the National League West was trimmed back to two games. It was the third time they were one-hit this year.

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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.

Hill outduels Cueto in Dodgers debut

Hill outduels Cueto in Dodgers debut

LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill proved to be worth the wait, beating out Johnny Cueto in a pitchers' duel and handing the Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday night. Los Angeles now holds a season-high three-game lead in the National League West.

Sidelined with a blister since his acquisition from Oakland at the Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, Hill threw 81 pitches before getting pulled following the sixth inning. The veteran lefty struck out three and allowed five baserunners, all reaching on singles. Justin Turner's fourth-inning home run and three scoreless innings from the L.A. bullpen, culminating with Kenley Jansen's perfect ninth for save No. 37, assured that Hill would walk away with a win.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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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Dodger Stadium will host 2017 World Baseball Classic final

San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico, announced as other North American sites

Dodger Stadium will host 2017 World Baseball Classic final

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic were announced on Thursday, with host cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dodger Stadium will host the WBC semifinals and final, which will take place on March 20-22, 2017. It will be the second time the Dodgers' ballpark plays host to the tournament's final rounds, the first having been in 2009.

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