Ethier day to day after getting hit by pitch on right elbow

Ethier day to day after getting hit by pitch on right elbow

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch on his right elbow Tuesday against the White Sox and came out of the game. X-rays came back negative, and Ethier is day to day.

Ethier was struck by the Carlos Rodon pitch in the second inning and was replaced by Chris Heisey.

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Dodgers' 2015 club rebuilt by relying on metrics, analytics

Dodgers' 2015 club rebuilt by relying on metrics, analytics

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Watching the Dodgers' infield turn four double plays on Monday made all of those offseason discussions about metrics and analytics come to life.

Assuming that shortstop Hanley Ramirez would leave as a free agent, and deciding it was time to move Matt Kemp and most of his contract to make outfield room for Joc Pederson, the new management team set out to improve the defense and compensate for a loss of offense by saving runs in the field.

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Wieland goes five, Heisey homers in LA's loss to White Sox

Righty rotation hopeful allows two runs; outfielder hits second spring HR

Wieland goes five, Heisey homers in LA's loss to White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Abreu had a pair of doubles and a pair of singles, and J.B. Shuck doubled and singled as the White Sox beat the Dodgers, 2-1, on Tuesday. Abreu doubled in one run, and Melky Cabrera brought home the other with a sacrifice fly.

Chicago lefty Carlos Rodon lost a shutout on a home run by Chris Heisey leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. Dodgers starter Joe Wieland was charged with both runs on nine hits over five innings.

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Adams, McGowan won't be on Dodgers' Opening Day roster

Adams, McGowan won't be on Dodgers' Opening Day roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On a day when rookie Yimi Garcia might have pitched himself into the Opening Day bullpen, the Dodgers told veterans Dustin McGowan and Mike Adams that they hadn't.

No official moves were made on McGowan and Adams. The former has a Major League contract, and it is believed that the club is attempting to keep him in the Minor Leagues while he works on command. Adams is on a Minor League contract and will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Through his free-agent rights, Adams receives a $100,000 retention bonus and a June 1 opt-out.

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Anderson goes six scoreless as Dodgers double up D-backs

Provided early run support, LA's No. 4 starter allows just four hits, one walk

Anderson goes six scoreless as Dodgers double up D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers did not give D-backs starter Yoan Lopez a chance to get his feet under him, scoring a pair of early runs and holding on for a 4-2 win Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields.

Lefty Brett Anderson got the start for the Dodgers and was quite impressive, delivering six scoreless innings and allowing just four hits.

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Dodgers acquire utilityman Johnson from Rangers

Dodgers acquire utilityman Johnson from Rangers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers acquired Minor League utilityman Elliot Johnson from the Texas Rangers for cash on Tuesday.

Johnson, 31, has played parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues with Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Atlanta and Cleveland.

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Growing up: Puig now letting play do talking

Surrounded by supportive former opponents, Dodgers star minimizing theatrics, gaffes

Growing up: Puig now letting play do talking

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The guess here is that Yasiel Puig arrives on time for Opening Day this year.

The Dodgers right fielder, emerging face of the game and lightning rod for controversy has been -- for him -- drama free this Spring Training, making headlines for home runs and not throwing to the wrong base.

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Mattingly, Dodgers having difficulty settling on bullpen

Manager seeking long reliever; other spots also remain undecided

Mattingly, Dodgers having difficulty settling on bullpen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the bullpen presents the club's toughest roster decisions as Opening Day approaches. Notice he didn't say center field.

He said management is still "wrestling back and forth" to come up with seven relievers.

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Ground-ball specialist Anderson praises Dodgers' infield

Rollins, Kendrick and Co. turn three double plays behind veteran lefty

Ground-ball specialist Anderson praises Dodgers' infield

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers acquired starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who gets ground balls, and a middle infield that knows what to do with them.

The combination on Monday illustrated what some of those radical offseason moves were about. Anderson pitched six shutout innings in a 4-2 win over the D-backs, inducing a dozen ground balls. The Dodgers infield turned four double plays, three behind Anderson, two of them by new shortstop Jimmy Rollins and new second baseman Howie Kendrick.

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Dodgers sign free-agent righty Garcia to Minors deal

Dodgers sign free-agent righty Garcia to Minors deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have signed right-handed free-agent pitcher Freddy Garcia to a Minor League contract.

Garcia, 38, played in Taiwan last year after being released by Atlanta. A two-time All-Star, his best seasons were in Seattle, where he had seasons winning 18, 17 and 16 games beginning in 1999.

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Dodgers' big third boosts McCarthy

Britton sparks five-run frame, falls triple short of cycle

Dodgers' big third boosts McCarthy

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmy Rollins, Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke doubled in a five-run third inning as the Dodgers rallied to beat Texas, 10-5, on Sunday at Camelback Ranch.

The runs came against Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch, who is fighting to make the club, and in support of Brandon McCarthy, who overcame a three-run top of the third that included an RBI double from former Dodger Adrian Beltre, who also doubled in the fifth inning.

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Pederson, Grandal show muscle vs. Giants

Rookie slugs sixth homer; catcher contributes two doubles

Pederson, Grandal show muscle vs. Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Emerging from a spring hitting hiatus, Joe Panik went 3-for-3 and scored three runs Sunday to help the Giants defeat a Los Angeles Dodgers split squad, 11-9, in a Cactus League game.

Panik, who lifted his batting average from .154 to .200, doubled and scored in the first inning to open the Giants' scoring. He also doubled and scored in the fifth, when San Francisco's three-run outburst broke 3-3 tie, and singled before scoring in the sixth.

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Lyle Spencer

A-Gon shines outside the Hollywood spotlight

Soft-spoken first baseman has been model of consistent production for a decade

A-Gon shines outside the Hollywood spotlight

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the case of Adrian Gonzalez, understated evidently equates to underrated.

Gonzalez led the Majors in RBIs last season with 116 and is widely regarded as the game's premier defensive first baseman. He rarely misses a game and does his best work under pressure. Add it all up and this is what you get: Major League Baseball's most underappreciated superstar.

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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.

McGowan feels good after back-to-back outings

Dodgers check out relief candidate in intrasquad game

McGowan feels good after back-to-back outings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers president Andrew Friedman, manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt made the trek to the Minor League side Sunday to watch reliever Dustin McGowan pitch in an intrasquad game.

McGowan, who allowed a long home run to Mike Trout of the Angels on Saturday, was pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this spring.

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Yasiel Puig's arm is the new NASA launch station

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Yasiel Puig's arm is the new NASA launch station

In the bottom of the fourth inning of Sunday's Spring Training game between the Dodgers and Giants, NASA unveiled its new space program.

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Kids take charge as Pederson, Guerrero launch long balls

Huff puts in another solid showing, allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings.

Kids take charge as Pederson, Guerrero launch long balls

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero each homered as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-4, on Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Erick Aybar and Mike Trout homered for the Angels, who out-hit their Los Angeles counterparts, 11-9, but couldn't sustain a rally.

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Initially devastated, League now focused on rehabbing shoulder

Dodgers reliever agrees that non-surgical route is the best way to go

Initially devastated, League now focused on rehabbing shoulder

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon League said he was initially "devastated" to learn he had a significant right shoulder injury, but quickly decided he would accept a two-month rehab in an attempt to avoid surgery that would likely end his season before it begins.

"It was kind of devastating, but I'm past that point," said League, who was examined by Drs. Neal ElAttrache and James Andrews Friday in Las Vegas, where they were attending an orthopedic surgeons convention. "I had time to sulk on the hour flight. I've got goals in mind."

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Dodgers have wealth of left-handed bullpen options

Mattingly indicates club will start season with seven relievers

Dodgers have wealth of left-handed bullpen options

TEMPE, Ariz. -- "How many left-handed relievers are too many?", Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked Saturday.

"Eight would be one too many," Mattingly said, meaning the club will probably open the season with seven relievers and four starters.

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Pederson keeps striving to impress as decision looms

Dodgers outfielder hits fifth spring homer, raises batting average to .373

Pederson keeps striving to impress as decision looms

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Not knowing where he stands hasn't stopped Joc Pederson from knowing what he needs to do.

"There's always stuff I need to work on, and I need to continue to impress," Pederson said after launching his fifth home run of the spring Saturday, boosting his batting average to .373.

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Greinke shifted to start Minor League game Wednesday

Mattingly says starter needs work on the ups and downs between innings

Greinke shifted to start Minor League game Wednesday

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will throw in a Minor League game Wednesday instead of the Freeway Series game against the Angels on Thursday.

Greinke, who reached his pitch count of 76 Friday night without getting out of the fourth inning, will use the Minor League game to control the amount of times he gets up and down for the start of an inning, manager Don Mattingly said.

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Mattingly noncommital on choice of starting center fielder

Dodgers manager not in a hurry to choose between Pederson, Ethier

Mattingly noncommital on choice of starting center fielder

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' Friday night lineup was loaded with expected starters, as well as Joc Pederson.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked why he hadn't yet named Pederson his starting center fielder for Opening Day.

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League out 'several months' with right shoulder injury

Reliever hasn't pitched since March 9 due to discomfort

League out 'several months' with right shoulder injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Brandon League will be out for "several months," manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

The club described the injury as "right posterior shoulder inflammation." Mattingly said a conservative approach would be taken, beginning with three weeks of rest.

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Frustrated Greinke self-critical after rough start

Dodgers starter feels behind schedule in preparing for season

Frustrated Greinke self-critical after rough start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke started Spring Training behind schedule because of a "precautionary" elbow lubricating injection. With his first regular-season start 11 days away, he's still behind schedule.

An annoyed Greinke was removed after only 3 2/3 innings Friday night by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly when he reached his 76-pitch limit. Greinke said he felt fine physically, but lacked command with all pitches. Greinke gets one more Spring Training start, tentatively on an extra day of rest Thursday in the Freeway Series against the Angels, although Mattingly hinted there were "other options" that would allow Greinke to start April 7 against the Padres. Greinke was asked if one more start will be enough to start the season.

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Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings

Gonzalez hits RBI double, but Dodgers bats ineffective vs. Giants

Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Susac slugged a homer off reliever Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning as the Giants came from behind Friday night to beat the Dodgers, 8-4 at Camelback Ranch.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hit his pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. Two of the four runs Greinke allowed were unearned on an error by left fielder Carl Crawford, who earlier had an RBI single.

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Kershaw, Grandal more in sync as tandem

Battery continues to build working relationship

Kershaw, Grandal more in sync as tandem

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw wasn't impressed with his start on Thursday, but he was effective, striking out eight while allowing one run over six innings in a 9-6 win over the White Sox.

His pitch count was up to 88 (plus more in the bullpen afterward) and he will make a short start next Wednesday as a final prep for his Opening Day start on April 6.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Kershaw the engine that drives Dodgers

Kershaw the engine that drives Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw has taken on a larger-than-life persona -- and not just with the Dodgers' fan base.

Kershaw is more than the ace of the Dodgers' rotation. He is the trump card.

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Gaudin, Liberatore limited by injuries

Righty bothered by nerve discomfort; lefty works through groin tightness

Gaudin, Liberatore limited by injuries

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers had new injury reports Thursday on relievers Chad Gaudin and Adam Liberatore.

Gaudin, scheduled to pitch two innings in a Minor League game, had a recurrence of nerve discomfort while warming up and was shut down, with an MRI scheduled. This came five days after Gaudin came out of a game against the Rockies in the third inning after experiencing tingling in his bicep, but insisted he wasn't hurt.

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Kershaw cruises behind Puig, Rollins homers

Lefty fans 8 over six; pair of 2-run shots sets tone

Kershaw cruises behind Puig, Rollins homers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Penny's push for a White Sox roster spot, either as a spot-starter for Chris Sale or a long reliever, took a bit of a hit on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-6 victory.

The Los Angeles offense was led by Yasiel Puig's fifth home run, a two-run shot, of the spring and four RBIs from Jimmy Rollins, who also hit a two-run homer. Penny allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings, while Clayton Kershaw struck out eight in six innings.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Mattingly has logical cure to what ails batters

Dodgers' manager says whole-field approach to hitting is best remedy for downturn in offense

Mattingly has logical cure to what ails batters

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has witnessed the decline of offense firsthand.

He doesn't like it. And he has a solution. It has nothing to do with outlawing defensive shifts or lowering the mound or shrinking the strike zone. It is all about basics.

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Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

Puig, Pederson, Turner and Van Slyke go deep; LA uses all relievers on mound

Dodgers power up, swat four homers to beat Padres

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke homered Wednesday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-5 win over the Padres, who got home runs from catcher Derek Norris and starting pitcher Jason Lane.

The Dodgers used relievers throughout, beginning with Juan Nicasio, who allowed two runs in three innings. The fourth Dodgers pitcher, J.P. Howell, was the first one to go unscored upon. Yimi Garcia, the club's No. 15 prospect according to MLB.com, closed the game out with a scoreless ninth and remains in the running for one of the two open bullpen spots.

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