Dodgers' three homers in eighth down Braves

Dodgers' three homers in eighth down Braves

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers launched three home runs off reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning to beat the Braves, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Trailing, 2-1, at the seventh-inning stretch, Los Angeles tied the game on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout in the seventh and Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the the lead the following inning with a solo shot to right-center field. Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins followed suit with homers of their own.

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Gaudin nears return from wrist surgery

Dodgers pitcher was shut down in Spring Training

Gaudin nears return from wrist surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin recently underwent carpal tunnel release surgery on his right wrist and could be pitching in a month.

Gaudin, 32, was bidding to make the Dodgers roster out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, after missing last year while recovering from neck surgery. But he encountered nerve issues while making a spot start March 21 and was shut down. He has been at the club's Arizona complex the past two months rehabilitating.

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Dodgers face questions about back end of rotation

Wieland will start Thursday; Beachy and Bedard continue rehab

LOS ANGELES -- After Carlos Frias was rocked to the tune of 10 runs over four innings Sunday against San Diego, the Dodgers face questions about the back end of their starting rotation.

The club already lost Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu to a torn UCL and torn labrum, respectively. Both pitchers will miss the entire season.

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Kershaw takes on Braves, hoping to find groove

Kershaw takes on Braves, hoping to find groove

When Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Braves right-hander Julio Teheran oppose each other at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, both highly regarded hurlers will be attempting to distance themselves from the frustration they have experienced thus far this season.

Kershaw has struggled in his early bid to win a fourth consecutive National League ERA title and his fourth Cy Young Award within a five-year span. Since posting a 2.73 ERA in his final three April starts, the southpaw has produce a 4.00 ERA in four May starts. He has limited opponents to a .233 batting average this month, but has also issued nine walks in his past 19 2/3 innings.

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Mattingly: Frias' rotation spot not in jeopardy

'It can happen to anyone,' Dodgers manager says of rough outing

Mattingly: Frias' rotation spot not in jeopardy

LOS ANGELES -- If the last two games proved anything, it's that the Dodgers can't know what they'll get from starters Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias.

It could be genius, like Bolsinger's eight scoreless innings Saturday night. Or it could be ghastly, like Frias' 11-3 loss to the Padres on Sunday. That's why management wants to trade for more pitching.

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Dodgers fan films himself catching home run

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Dodgers fan films himself catching home run

On Sunday afternoon, a fan at Dodger Stadium not only caught Alex Guerrero's two-run shot in the seventh, he also managed to have the manual dexterity to film himself doing it. 

Do you get the feeling you've seen this before? If you're having deja vu or experiencing the weird sensation that you've come unstuck in time, don't worry. This very same thing happened in the very same stadium about three weeks ago

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Frias roughed up; Dodgers drop finale with Padres

Frias roughed up; Dodgers drop finale with Padres

LOS ANGELES -- With Justin Upton's six RBIs and seven solid innings from James Shields, the Padres on Sunday avoided a series sweep while coasting to a 11-3 win over the Dodgers.

"He's swinging the bat great. Right from the get-go, he's had good at-bats. He's a threat. He's doing what he does," said Padres manager Bud Black of Upton.

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'He's back': Jansen shows dominant self in return

Dodgers closer reports no issues after notching back-to-back saves

'He's back': Jansen shows dominant self in return

LOS ANGELES -- After pitching in back-to-back nights for the first time this season, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is fully healthy, according to manager Don Mattingly.

"He's back. We don't have any handcuffs on him or anything else," Mattingly said. "He's a no-restrictions guy for us right now."

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Grandal likely to have brief rehab stint before return

Dodgers catcher on 7-day concussion DL

Grandal likely to have brief rehab stint before return

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that he expects catcher Yasmani Grandal  to appear in two or three Minor League games as Grandal works to return from a concussion.

"I was talking to him yesterday and he was working out and he feels good," Mattingly said. "I think he felt like he could've kept going but we wanted to err on the side of caution with him."

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Bolsinger rides 'roller coaster' curve in gem

Dodgers starter retires 23 straight over 8 dominant innings

Bolsinger rides 'roller coaster' curve in gem

LOS ANGELES -- In a contest in which a Dodgers starting pitcher would throw the season's first masterpiece, even Mike Bolsinger wouldn't have guessed Mike Bolsinger.

But there he was Saturday night, surrounded by media asking for details on the curveball (he taught himself) that had the Padres flailing and fumbling and, in Justin Upton's case, complaining enough with plate umpire Clint Fagan to be ejected.

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Bolsinger retires 23 straight; Dodgers take series

Bolsinger retires 23 straight; Dodgers take series

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger pitched one-hit ball over a career-high eight innings and rookie Joc Pederson homered again as the Dodgers blanked the Padres Saturday night, 2-0.

"He was really spinning it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Bolsinger's curveball.

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Grandal placed on 7-day concussion list

Barnes called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City

Grandal placed on 7-day concussion list

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day disabled list Saturday with a mild concussion and recalled catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Grandal was removed in the fifth inning of Friday night's game with the Padres, his former team, after being clobbered twice on the head, once by a bat, once by a foul tip.

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'Rally banana' does wonders for Dodgers

'Rally banana' does wonders for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- As the Dodgers tied a franchise record with 35 straight scoreless innings in the midst of Friday's game, something had to change.

Enter super-utilityman Kiké Hernandez and the "rally banana."

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Dodgers end record-tying scoreless drought

Dodgers end record-tying scoreless drought

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers tried something different Friday night. They scored.

Twice, in fact, which was just enough to beat the Padres, 2-1, on Joc Pederson's clutch tiebreaking home run on an 0-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Padres claim lefty De La Rosa from Dodgers

Padres claim lefty De La Rosa from Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers lost left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa to the San Diego Padres on a waiver claim on Saturday.

De La Rosa was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Tuesday to make room for the signing of Cuban infielder Hector Olivera.

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Joc backs Zack's attack vs. Padres

Joc backs Zack's attack vs. Padres

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson hit a tiebreaking homer on an 0-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning and Zack Greinke spun a gem on Friday night as the Dodgers edged the Padres, 2-1. It was Pederson's 11th home run.

Earlier in the game, the Dodgers finally ended an historic scoring drought with a fifth-inning run. Justin Turner singled off Andrew Cashner, advanced to second on center fielder Will Venable's fielding error and was doubled home by Andre Ethier to snap a Dodgers scoreless streak of 35 consecutive innings, matching the record set in 1962 for the longest in Los Angeles history. 

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Ryu had pitched through shoulder issue since '12

Ryu had pitched through shoulder issue since '12

LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu said the shoulder labrum repaired in season-ending surgery on Thursday showed up on the first MRI exam he had before signing with the Dodgers in 2012.

But Ryu, his left arm in a sling during a Dodger Stadium news conference, said he was always able to pitch with it and figured he'd be able to again after it flared up in Spring Training.

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Puig still sidelined with tight hamstring

Left leg bothered Dodgers outfielder while trying to jog this week

Puig still sidelined with tight hamstring

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig felt continued left hamstring tightness trying to jog this week and remains sidelined indefinitely, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

Puig, an All-Star last year, has played only 11 of the Dodgers' 40 games this year. He has two home runs and four RBIs. He was originally injured April 13, then reinjured April 24. He hurt it for a third time during a Minor League rehab game May 8.

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Dodgers' bats need boost after suffering another shutout

L.A.'s offense has gone 31 straight innings without scoring

Dodgers' bats need boost after suffering another shutout

SAN FRANCISCO -- Among the comparisons between Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw, add pitching for an offense that can't score.

The Dodgers suffered another series sweep by the Giants at AT&T Park, this time with all shutouts. They fell in Thursday's game with Kershaw pitching, 4-0, to go with previous nights' losses of 4-0 and 2-0.

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Dodgers blanked again in finale

Dodgers blanked again in finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner supported himself with a home run and distinguished himself with a 6 1/3-innings effort Thursday as the San Francisco Giants completed their three-game shutout sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4-0 victory.

The defending World Series champions lengthened their winning streak to six games while improving to 7-2 this season against the Dodgers. The Giants last blanked Los Angeles in a three-game series June 25-27, 2012.

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Kershaw shows off glove with behind-the-back play

Kershaw shows off glove with behind-the-back play

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has already fielded two ground balls behind his back this season, knocked down one that was going between his legs in Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Giants.

With two out in the bottom of the second inning, Giants shortstop Joaquin Arias sent a ground ball back through Kershaw's legs on the pitcher's follow. Bringing his right arm behind him, Kershaw got his glove on the ball and knocked it down, then retrieved it in time to throw out Arias at first base.

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MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

3 reasons why fastball from LA lefty landed in the seats

MadBum HRs off Kershaw; Statcast tells you why

Clayton Kershaw has faced more than 5,700 hitters over his eight-year career, but never once had he allowed an opposing pitcher to hit a home run -- never, that is, until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner crushed a first-pitch third inning fastball into the AT&T Park seats for the first run in what would be a 4-0 Giants win. Let's start by giving fair credit to Bumgarner, who now has seven homers to his name, third among active pitchers behind Yovani Gallardo (12) and Travis Wood (9).

But all due respect to the outstanding Bumgarner, this is the defending NL MVP and three-time Cy Young winner we're talking about in Kershaw. How in the world does the best pitcher in baseball give up a homer to his opposite number, even one who can swing the bat like Bumgarner? Let's dig into Statcast™, which calculated the distance of the homer at 415 feet with an exit velocity of 105 mph, and the other tools at our disposal to point out three reasons how that ball ended up in the stands.

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MadBum, Kershaw a compelling rivalry

MadBum, Kershaw a compelling rivalry

SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw didn't call the shot, but he might have unwittingly hinted at it four weeks ago. Before they hooked up the first of three times this season, on April 22 at AT&T Park, Kershaw acknowledged that Madison Bumgarner had one advantage in their classic confrontations: his dangerous right-handed bat.

Bumgarner, the Giants' ace, brought that edge to living color with one swing in Thursday's matinee at AT&T Park. His mammoth, 415-foot homer launched a 4-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep and brought San Francisco to within 1 1/2 games of Los Angeles in the National League West.

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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.

Ryu has season-ending surgery on shoulder

Dodgers expect left-hander to be ready for Spring Training 2016

Ryu has season-ending surgery on shoulder

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending left shoulder surgery for a torn labrum Thursday morning and should be ready for Spring Training, manager Don Mattingly said.

"Stan [Conte, VP of medical services] was optimistic and upbeat," said Mattingly. "For someone that had to have surgery, it sounded like a good result. He should be OK for next year."

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