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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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.

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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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.

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

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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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 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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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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.

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

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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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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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Jansen breaks another Dodgers record

Closer passes Jim Brewer for career K's by a reliever

Jansen breaks another Dodgers record

LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen is filling up the resume this season, from a first All-Star berth to the franchise save record to the latest milestone: tying Jim Brewer for the Dodgers' career record for strikeouts by a reliever.

But what mattered more to Jansen on Wednesday night, when Ehire Adrianza became his 604th strikeout victim, was locking down a 1-0 Dodgers win over the Giants. It extended the Dodgers' National League West lead to three games and gave Jansen back-to-back saves in the first two games of the showdown series against the upstate rivals.

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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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Tracy Ringolsby

Hill proves to be worth the wait for Dodgers

Lefty gives rotation boost after delayed start to career in LA

Hill proves to be worth the wait for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- A year removed from the likes of David Price and Cole Hamels finding new homes at baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, contenders scrambled this year, hoping to get lucky in finding a veteran arm who could fill a stretch-run void.

By the time this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline of Aug. 1 passed, contending teams had taken a gamble on 11 available pitchers hoping to fill rotation voids. The Giants came up with Matt Moore, an All-Star with the Rays in 2013, and Drew Pomeranz, the Padres' All-Star rep this year, found himself joining the Red Sox.

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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.

Sore foot won't slow down Utley

Sore foot won't slow down Utley

LOS ANGELES -- Foot soreness forced Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley to leave Tuesday night's 9-5 win over the Giants in the eighth inning, but he was back in the starting lineup Wednesday.

Utley has been working through foot maintenance for a month and was pulled Tuesday when the problem escalated into "something he couldn't really tolerate," per manager Dave Roberts. Utley came in as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and singled, then scored from first on a double by Andrew Toles. He stayed in the game and played second base for an inning before leaving.

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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.

Dodgers pull away from Giants to pad West lead

Dodgers pull away from Giants to pad West lead

LOS ANGELES -- Recent trends in the National League West continued Tuesday night, as the streaking Dodgers beat the slumping Giants in the opener of their showdown three-game series at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, extending L.A.'s division lead to two games.

Rookies Andrew Toles (three RBIs) and Rob Segedin homered for the second consecutive game, while Adrian Gonzalez also drove in three runs -- two on a tiebreaking, bases-loaded single in the fifth inning off losing pitcher Madison Bumgarner (12-8), who allowed a season-high five earned runs in five innings.

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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.

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

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Tracy Ringolsby

Dodgers show fight in overcoming injuries

LA erases deficit in divison while waiting on Kershaw's return

Dodgers show fight in overcoming injuries

LOS ANGELES -- In the final days of June, fresh off being swept in a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and falling eight games behind the Giants in the National League West, the Dodgers learned that Clayton Kershaw, arguably the best starting pitcher in the game (or at least tied for that distinction), was suffering from a herniated disk in his back, and he was placed on the disabled list.

Flash forward two months.

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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.