Kershaw doesn't pay attention to spring numbers

Kershaw doesn't pay attention to spring numbers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw has an idea what his final Cactus League numbers were this spring, but once again, he's not going to invest too much into them.

On Wednesday, Kershaw gave up one hit and one unearned run in three innings against the Royals in his final tuneup before Monday's season opener against the Padres. The left-hander walked two batters and struck out two.

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Mattingly envisions deeper, more versatile lineup

Dodgers manager enters fifth season with 'more of a team' after winter overhaul

Mattingly envisions deeper, more versatile lineup

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Don Mattingly enters his fifth season as Dodgers manager, seeking to become the first in franchise history to finish first in three consecutive seasons. With Spring Training winding down, he spoke to MLB.com about the roster, the relievers and the rookies.

MLB.com: The Dodgers won 94 games, and during the offseason they tore up the roster and they tore up the front office. There are plenty of new faces; in fact, there's a new face at your home. First things first, let's talk about the baby and mom.

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Kershaw solid in final spring tuneup vs. Royals

Kershaw solid in final spring tuneup vs. Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals farmhand Brett Eibner came into the game with a 1.077 slugging percentage and he promptly belted two more homers, his second a two-run shot in the ninth that helped the Royals earn a 4-4 tie with the Dodgers on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.

"He had a real good spring," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Eibner. "We've just been waiting for him to get healthy at some point and he is now. Now, we got an idea [what he can do]."

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Greinke likes mechanics tweak in camp start

Greinke likes mechanics tweak in camp start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke's frustrating Spring Training might have turned the corner on a fastball away in a camp game on Wednesday.

Having given up solo home runs to two of the previous seven Dodgers Minor Leaguers (Spencer Navin and Ivan Vela), "I tried something with a pitch and it came out perfect," Greinke said of a mechanical adjustment. The pitch induced a grounder to shortstop to end the fifth inning.

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Dodgers officially part ways with McGowan

Dodgers officially part ways with McGowan

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers officially released reliever Dustin McGowan on Wednesday, a day after he was told he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster.

McGowan had a Major League contract that would have guaranteed him $1 million once he made the 25-man roster. Management was intrigued by McGowan's fastball velocity, but his lack of command led to a disappointing Spring Training.

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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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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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Sarah's Take: Injuries fog up Dodgers' pitching picture

Sarah's Take: Injuries fog up Dodgers' pitching picture

With Opening Day less than a week away, the Los Angeles Dodgers have pitching problems to solve before then.

The Dodgers spent the offseason trying to improve their bullpen, and injuries have made it more complicated. They wanted a better starting rotation than they had last year. Hyun-Jin Ryu, with an inflamed shoulder, will miss at least two weeks of the regular season, forcing the Dodgers to look for a substitute starter.

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Puig again showcases strong arm in Cactus finale

Puig again showcases strong arm in Cactus finale

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In his final Cactus League game, Yasiel Puig checked in with one base hit and two highlight plays.

Puig got to show off his right-field throwing arm in the fourth inning, when Conor Gillaspie tried to go from first to third on a two-out single by Carlos Sanchez. Puig charged the bouncing single and came up firing a perfect one-hopper to third baseman Juan Uribe, who tagged out Gillaspie.

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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.

"That's the plan, to come to Spring Training and start the season hot," said Abreu, through translator and White Sox Spanish language broadcaster Billy Russo. "Right now, I am very glad about what my results are, and I think I can keep the momentum into the season. I'm ready for the season. I am anxious and tired, because the sun is so hot here."

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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.

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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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Yasiel Puig steals base with elusive maneuver

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Yasiel Puig steals base with elusive maneuver

On a 2-0 pitch to Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday's Dodgers-White Sox Spring Training matchup, Yasiel Puig attempted to steal second base. The throw from Geovany Soto was in plenty of time.

Puig made it safe anyway.

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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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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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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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Ken Gurnick is the Los Angeles Dodgers beat reporter for MLB.com. He has covered the Dodgers for 25 seasons.

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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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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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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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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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