Maeda steps up as Dodgers win set vs. Brewers

Maeda steps up as Dodgers win set vs. Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- If ever there was a day for a Dodgers pitcher to deliver, this was that day. And Kenta Maeda delivered.

Hours after ace Clayton Kershaw hit the 15-day disabled list with a mild herniated disc, Maeda scattered three hits and surrendered a lone run in six innings of the Dodgers' decisive 8-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday. It gave injury-battered Los Angeles two wins in three days for a second series victory over Milwaukee in as many weeks.

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Kershaw heads to DL with mild herniated disc

Dodgers left-hander won't need surgery after receiving epidural injection

Kershaw heads to DL with mild herniated disc

MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts couldn't say he was optimistic that his ace will return in the minimum time.

Kershaw received an epidural injection for pain relief, and following an MRI on Thursday, the 28-year-old was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation that won't require surgery. The recovery time is not yet known.

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Trade reunites righty Norris with Roberts

Dodgers acquire veteran, Toscano, player to be named, cash from Braves for 2 Minor Leaguers

Trade reunites righty Norris with Roberts

MILWAUKEE -- Bud Norris has had a mixed-bag career, as well as a curious season. But under the circumstances, manager Dave Roberts said he's glad the Dodgers traded for the veteran right-hander, who pitched briefly last year for San Diego when Roberts was a bench coach there.

"I had him in San Diego for a bit, and he's really thrown well lately," Roberts said of Norris, an emergency acquisition after the Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list for a mild herniated disc on Thursday. "To give us a guy to go deep and eat innings was huge. He'll be our starter tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to getting reacquainted."

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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.

All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue

Rosters announced at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN; Final Vote next

All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue

The people have spoken and the countdown is on.

After 68 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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Ace may be out, but don't tell Dodgers that

Ace may be out, but don't tell Dodgers that

MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw goes down and the Dodgers' season is over at the midway point, right? Sell at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, wait till next year, yadda, yadda. Right?

Well, no, that wasn't the vibe in the Dodgers' clubhouse after Thursday's 8-1 win over the Brewers. 

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Pederson only has bruise, but may go on DL

Pederson only has bruise, but may go on DL

MILWAUKEE -- Yasiel Puig bounced off the outfield fence at Miller Park on Wednesday night and was back in the lineup Thursday, but fellow Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was still unavailable after crashing into a wall, with a disabled-list stint still on the table.

"We'll make a decision as far as what we do with Joc and the roster in the next day or two," manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday.

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Dodgers won't fret over Kershaw's absence

Dodgers won't fret over Kershaw's absence

MILWAUKEE -- The 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers are 14-2 when Clayton Kershaw starts for them. They are 30-35 when anybody else starts.

That captures the essence of this situation. Now, the one player on the Dodgers' roster who could truly be considered indispensable is headed to the 15-day disabled list with what was diagnosed as a mild herniated disc in his lower back that will not require surgery.

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Norris to make Dodgers debut vs. Rockies

Norris to make Dodgers debut vs. Rockies

Jorge De La Rosa will pitch for the Rockies against Bud Norris, who will make his Dodgers debut, stepping in for the injured Clayton Kershaw, in the series opener on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Norris was acquired in a five-player trade with Atlanta on Thursday.

De La Rosa has faced the Dodgers 25 times in his career, opposing only the Padres, Giants and D-backs more. He has historically struggled against Los Angeles, holding a 5.22 ERA over 120 2/3 innings. However, he has a 3.90 ERA at Dodger Stadium and has a 2.87 ERA in his last five starts against the Dodgers, spanning back to August 2014.

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Stewart likely to get 2nd look in rotation

Roberts praises right-hander's poise in 5-inning debut

Stewart likely to get 2nd look in rotation

MILWAUKEE -- The Brock Stewart summerfest will not be a one-and-done event. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, following Stewart's Major League debut Wednesday night in a 7-0 loss to the Brewers, said there is a "high possibility" the 24-year-old gets another start in five days.

That means Stewart nearly balanced the books on a five-run second inning by holding the Brewers at bay the other four innings. It also means the Dodgers have virtually no other options to fill the fifth starter spot, especially as they await word on how serious No. 1 starter Clayton Kershaw is injured.

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Bats silenced as 1 inning sours Stewart's debut

Bats silenced as 1 inning sours Stewart's debut

MILWAUKEE -- Junior Guerra pitched eight scoreless innings and Ryan Braun homered on a four-RBI night in the Brewers' 7-0 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run home run and Braun added a two-run double as the Brewers spoiled Dodgers right-hander Brock Stewart's Major League debut with a five-run, 11-batter second inning. Stewart, a 24-year-old who began the season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, rebounded to pitch through the fifth, but Guerra, another rookie, albeit a 31-year-old one, remained in control all night. After Corey Seager's double with one out in the first inning, no Dodger reached second base.

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Puig OK after crashing into wall chasing HR

Roberts removes Dodgers right fielder as a precaution

Puig OK after crashing into wall chasing HR

MILWAUKEE -- Yasiel Puig is not expected to miss a game, said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who removed the right fielder in the eighth inning of a 7-0 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday night after he crashed into the fence chasing a Ryan Braun home run.

Roberts said Puig sustained a minor left knee contusion.

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Dodgers' starting pitching depth being stretched thin

Dodgers' starting pitching depth being stretched thin

MILWAUKEE -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have won three straight National League West titles. A fourth would require some serious adjustments in their starting pitching situation.

The Dodgers have four starters on the disabled list. They are auditioning for replacements at the Major League level and the results have been a bit uneven.

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Hernandez to DL as Dodgers call up Stewart

Utility man out with rib-cage injury; Wood to 60-day DL

Hernandez to DL as Dodgers call up Stewart

MILWAUKEE -- The Dodgers needed to find a roster spot for Wednesday's starting pitcher, Brock Stewart, and it figured to be Kiké Hernandez's, but it came with a twist.

Instead of being optioned to Triple-A, the struggling Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the left rib cage, which manager Dave Roberts said has bothered him for nearly two weeks.

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A-Gon tossed after check-swing strikeout

Dodgers' first baseman irked by interpretation of rule

A-Gon tossed after check-swing strikeout

MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wants Major League Baseball to define the check swing.

In the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 7-0 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, Gonzalez struck out on an 0-2 check swing called by plate umpire Toby Basner. Gonzalez had a check swing on the previous pitch, with Basner asking for help from third-base umpire Dan Bellino, who called a strike.

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Urias tops Brewers for 1st big league win

On heels of Urias' 1st W, LA has decisions

Urias tops Brewers for 1st big league win

MILWAUKEE -- What were you doing when you were 19 years old?

Left-hander Julio Urias was holding his breath as the Dodgers fended off a late Brewers rally for Urias' first Major League win, a 6-5 triumph on Tuesday at Miller Park. Urias set career highs for innings (six), pitches (100) and walks (six) while striking out six and limiting the damage to two runs on two hits to become the first teenager to win a game in the Majors since Felix Hernandez in 2005.

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Cotton, Calhoun get Futures Game invites

Cotton, Calhoun get Futures Game invites

MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers prospects Willie Calhoun and Jharel Cotton have been selected to represent the organization in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 4 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.

Calhoun, an infielder currently playing with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, will be on the U.S. Team. Cotton, a starting pitcher currently playing with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, will be on the World Team.

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On heels of Urias' 1st W, LA has decisions

On heels of Urias' 1st W, LA has decisions

MILWAUKEE -- Julio Urias earned his first Major League victory Tuesday night. At age 19, he is well ahead of anybody's schedule.

Urias and the Dodgers defeated the Brewers, 6-5, in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park.

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Dodgers' rotation in flux amid glut of injuries

Dodgers' rotation in flux amid glut of injuries

MILWAUKEE -- As if discussing Clayton Kershaw's back injury wasn't painful enough for Dave Roberts on Tuesday, the Dodgers' manager also had to give a rundown on all of his other starting-rotation challenges.

Roberts now concedes the planned throttling back of 19-year-old Julio Urias to save innings for later in the season might be scrubbed, because the Dodgers simply don't have enough starting pitching.

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Dodgers claim utility man Figueroa from Pirates

Dodgers claim utility man Figueroa from Pirates

MILWAUKEE -- The Dodgers claimed infielder Cole Figueroa from the Pirates on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Figueroa, 28, has appeared in 48 Major League games in three seasons with the Rays (2014), Yankees ('15) and Pirates ('16), batting .208 with nine RBIs. He is a career .291 hitter in the Minors.

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Dodgers rally from early hole to edge Bucs

Dodgers rally from early hole to edge Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates landed the first blow Monday afternoon, jumping out to a big lead in the opening inning. But the Dodgers landed a pair of counters, silencing the Bucs' bats and rallying in the fifth to secure a 5-4 win at PNC Park.

"We salvaged the series," manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers avoided their first four-game sweep by Pittsburgh since 1944.

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Kazmir shows mettle to set stage for comeback

Kazmir shows mettle to set stage for comeback

PITTSBURGH -- It's usually the other way around, but the Dodgers flipped the script on Monday and won a game after a Clayton Kershaw loss.

They avoided an historic four-game sweep by edging the Pirates, 5-4, after starting pitcher Scott Kazmir spotted the Pirates a four-run first inning. The win was almost enough to obscure apparent minor injuries to Kershaw (sore lower back) and Justin Turner (right leg cramp).

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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.

In midst of surge at plate, Seager gets breather

In midst of surge at plate, Seager gets breather

PITTSBURGH -- He's 22, a leading candidate for National League Rookie of the Year with a 10-game hitting streak. But on Monday, Corey Seager was out of the starting lineup in the Dodgers' eventual 5-4 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

Seager said he fought manager Dave Roberts' decision, but got nowhere.

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Kershaw gets little offensive help on off night

LA ace allows 4 runs to end 10-start unbeaten streak

Kershaw gets little offensive help on off night

PITTSBURGH -- He's only human, so on rare occasions Clayton Kershaw gets hit, even gets beat, as he did by the Pirates, 4-3, on Sunday night.

"He can't be perfect," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "We expect him to be perfect every night, we do."

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Kershaw, Dodgers edged by Bucs, drop series

Kershaw, Dodgers edged by Bucs, drop series

PITTSBURGH -- Sparked by one rookie on the mound and another in right field, the Pirates beat the seemingly unbeatable Clayton Kershaw on Sunday night at PNC Park, riding Chad Kuhl's Major League debut and a four-run second inning to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers.

"That was a really, really fun team win," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, "from all over the place."

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Dodgers give slumping Gonzalez 2-game break

'Hopefully a couple games will allow him to reset,' Roberts says

Dodgers give slumping Gonzalez 2-game break

PITTSBURGH -- Slumping Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will sit two games and try to "reset" his offensive approach, manager Dave Roberts said before Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Pirates.

Gonzalez did pinch-hit in the game, grounding out in the seventh inning.

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Sheffield set to become Dodgers' latest Draft signing

Sheffield set to become Dodgers' latest Draft signing

PITTSBURGH -- Vanderbilt right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield's Instagram photo of him with pen in hand and a Dodgers script backdrop, the text reading "Not a bad first gig," seems to indicate the club has signed the 36th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.

The club has not confirmed the signing.

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Dodgers host third annual RBI PlayerFest

LOS ANGELES -- Usually, Dodger Stadium will play host to 50 baseball players. On Saturday, with the team in Pittsburgh, it instead welcomed more than 100 times that number as gates opened for the third annual Dodgers RBI PlayerFest.

6,000 members of the Dodgers Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, run by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, were given the opportunity to spend the day at Chavez Ravine with activities and giveaways. Among the experiences was a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, and running the bases in the infield.

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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.