Maeda debuts with 2 solid frames in loss to Rox

Maeda debuts with 2 solid frames in loss to Rox

PHOENIX -- Rockies catcher Tony Wolters hit a three-run homer and starter Jon Gray struck out two over two scoreless innings to lead Colorado to a 7-1 victory over the Dodgers on Monday at Camelback Ranch.

The Rockies did not waste any time getting on the board. Second baseman Alexi Amarista walked on four pitches to start the game, and after a double play, first baseman Jordan Patterson followed with a homer to center field to put Colorado up, 1-0.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez likely won't return until Classic

Dealing with elbow tendinitis, Dodgers star hasn't been cleared to hit

Gonzalez likely won't return until Classic

PHOENIX -- Adrian Gonzalez's first at-bat in a game could come next week for Team Mexico.

Gonzalez, who has been nursing right elbow tendinitis and has yet to be cleared by team doctor Neal ElAttrache to start hitting, is on track to begin hitting off a tee and participate in soft-toss hitting drills, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Gonzalez is also working out in the gym and participating in conditioning drills, but he has not started taking ground balls.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers weigh options on Urias' starting point

Lefty could begin season in extended spring training

Dodgers weigh options on Urias' starting point

PHOENIX -- Julio Urias will make his first Cactus League start Tuesday and take another step toward being ready to start the regular season. Exactly where he starts the season remains uncertain.

"They haven't told me yet," Urias, 20, said. "We talked a few times and we have gone over various options. I'll do what they want me to do. We will see how Spring Training goes from here."

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Richard Justice

Deep Dodgers favorites to capture NL West

Front office retained core and added key pieces in productive offseason

Deep Dodgers favorites to capture NL West

PHOENIX -- When last season ended and the Los Angeles Dodgers had some time to sort through the whole thing, this is what they decided: They had a good thing going.

"I've been around a lot of really good teams, and you get to the end of the year and look back and critically assess it as you look ahead, and feel you need to make some changes," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "As we got to the end of last year, we felt really strongly that the group we had, if we could retain it and augment around it, was what was in our best interests."

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Dodgers' Bellinger hits HR out of stadium

Segedin, Verdugo also club booming homers in Dodgers' win

Dodgers' Bellinger hits HR out of stadium

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' youth put on a power show late in Sunday's 10-8 win over the Brewers, highlighted by top prospect Cody Bellinger's eighth-inning go-ahead home run that one-hopped its way out of Maryvale Baseball Park.

"I had no idea it went out of the stadium until they told me after the game," Bellinger said. "Can't wait to watch the video of it."

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Hill goes 2 scoreless in spring debut vs. Crew

Hill goes 2 scoreless in spring debut vs. Crew

PHOENIX -- Rich Hill's curveball looked ready for the regular season, as did the Dodgers' lineup.

Hill kept the Brewers off balance for two scoreless innings, while Justin Turner, Chase Utley and Scott Van Slyke combined for seven RBIs on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Dodgers employed a late rally to beat the Brewers, 10-8. For Milwaukee, outfielder Ryan Cordell homered and drove in four runs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hill's remarkable journey continues in LA

After death of his son and numerous injuries, left-hander has found success

Hill's remarkable journey continues in LA

PHOENIX -- Two years ago, left-hander Rich Hill went into Spring Training without a Major League job. On Sunday, he threw his first pitches for the Dodgers in a 10-8 Cactus League win over the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park after signing a three-year, $48 million contract.

Hill's journey is a well-documented trail of persistence and fortitude through constant physical injury and heart-wrenching personal tragedy.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baez set back by bruised right thumb

Roberts announces Urias will make first start of spring on Tuesday

Baez set back by bruised right thumb

PHOENIX -- Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez is nursing a bruised right thumb that will set him back a few more days, but X-rays were negative.

Baez took a comebacker off the lower part of the thumb while throwing live batting practice earlier in the week, causing him to miss a bullpen session on Friday. By Sunday, he was playing catch with other pitchers, but he was throwing at about half-speed.

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Kershaw opens spring with scoreless inning

Kershaw opens spring with scoreless inning

PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw looked like himself in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the White Sox in the Cactus League opener on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

Kershaw tossed a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 inning, with a strikeout. He then left the game and threw an additional 17 pitches, continuing to show no ill effects from the herniated disk that sidelined him for more than two months last season.

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Richard Justice

Kershaw's consistency awe-inspiring for teammates

'He expects perfection,' Kazmir says of Dodgers' ace

Kershaw's consistency awe-inspiring for teammates

PHOENIX -- If you'd like to understand what Clayton Kershaw means to the Los Angeles Dodgers, you can start with the area behind the bullpen mound in left field.

That's where Dodgers pitchers gathered prior to Saturday's 5-3 win over the White Sox to line up and watch their ace warm up for his first start of Spring Training. This is what respect looks like. There's surely some awe as well.

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Dodgers reserves begin battle for utility position

Dodgers reserves begin battle for utility position

PHOENIX -- When the stars make early exits in Spring Training games, it provides opportunities for roster contenders to bid for jobs.

In Saturday's 5-3 Dodgers win over the White Sox, outfielder Brett Eibner homered, Scott Van Slyke hit an RBI single and Chris Taylor got his first action in center field since he was playing Little League. 

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Ryu progressing; Kazmir working out kinks

Pair of lefties battled injuries last season but are healthy this spring

Ryu progressing; Kazmir working out kinks

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers are seeing more good things early from Hyun-Jin Ryu than expected this spring.

Ryu, limited to just one game the past two seasons because of shoulder and elbow operations, had another impressive outing Friday, pitching two innings of live batting practice to Dodgers hitters. He could advance into game action next week.

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Baseball bonds Kiké and dad from early age

Baseball bonds Kiké and dad from early age

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At age 12, Enrique Hernandez thought he had killed his father.

While hitting baseballs with his dad, Enrique Sr., he smashed a line drive right back up the middle. The ball struck his father in the chest. The child's first instinct was not to check on his injured father -- it was to find his phone.

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Fabian Ardaya is a senior majoring in journalism at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Glove Day arrives at Dodgers camp

Occasion a reminder how quirky some players are about their gloves

Glove Day arrives at Dodgers camp

PHOENIX -- Oh, the things you can learn when it's Wilson Glove Day in a Major League camp.

Manufacturer representatives visited Camelback Ranch-Glendale on Friday to deliver orders from Dodgers players that wear Wilson models.

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Barry M. Bloom

Pain-free A-Gon eagerly anticipating Classic

Pain-free A-Gon eagerly anticipating Classic

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adrian Gonzalez told MLB.com that his right elbow is now free of pain early Thursday morning before the team worked out on the back fields of Camelback Ranch.

That assessment was corroborated shortly thereafter by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seager says he didn't have 'A' swing in '16

NL ROY, MVP candidate claims he wasn't comfortable at times

Seager says he didn't have 'A' swing in '16

PHOENIX -- Here's a stunning revelation, passed along by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts: Corey Seager said he didn't have his "A" swing last year.

"I thought I could be better at times mechanically than I was," Seager confirmed Wednesday. "I wasn't always 100 percent comfortable. Still competing, not uncomfortable, but not comfortable. I wasn't exactly where I wanted to be."

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Dodgers' Urias coping with innings ration

20-year-old lefty being held back early in camp

Dodgers' Urias coping with innings ration

PHOENIX -- Every starting pitcher in Dodgers camp has thrown live batting practice this week except 20-year-old Julio Urias. He'll get his turn Thursday, but he's aware he's still being treated with kid gloves, and he's dealing with it.

Management wants to protect Urias' arm after jumping him from 80 1/3 innings in 2015 to 127 2/3 innings in 2016. To ration innings so he's available in September and October, one of the considerations is to have him open the season in extended Spring Training. Another is to put him in the big league rotation and cut short his starts.

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Ethier has no lingering effects from '16 injury

With leg 100 percent, veteran outfielder trying to win starting job

Ethier has no lingering effects from '16 injury

PHOENIX -- Even after he returned from a broken right leg late last season, Andre Ethier played hurt. But Ethier says he's fully healed now and ready to compete for a starting outfield job.

"I talked to a few other athletes that had the kind of fracture I had, and they said it takes 12-18 months," said Ethier. "But I worked out with every drill possible, landing on my leg at different angles, and it's 100 percent."

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Photo of the Day: Yasiel Puig is caught in a net

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Photo of the Day: Yasiel Puig is caught in a net

Just like in a Looney Toons cartoon, the best way to catch a Yasiel Puig turns out to be ... a big net. 

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Zaidi: Gonzalez to get strategic rest in 2017

Urias may begin season in extended spring training

Zaidi: Gonzalez to get strategic rest in 2017

PHOENIX -- General manager Farhan Zaidi, speaking at the annual Cactus League Media Day on Tuesday, touched on a few minor issues his loaded Dodgers face on the first day of full-squad workouts.

Zaidi repeated manager Dave Roberts' desire to find more days off for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who earlier in the day said he will learn from team doctor Neal ElAttrache in the first week of March whether he will be cleared to begin hitting. Gonzalez has been shut down with right elbow tendinitis, and he added that if he can play in at least one Dodgers exhibition game, he will join Team Mexico for the World Baseball Classic the second week of March.

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Dodgers calm, healthy at first club workout

Magic's role as part-owner won't change despite new job running Lakers

Dodgers calm, healthy at first club workout

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers held their first full-squad workout on Tuesday, and the talk of camp was basketball.

Club officials said part-owner Magic Johnson's status with the Dodgers hasn't changed because he just took over running the Los Angeles Lakers, but camp interest in Johnson's new job was a sign that things are relatively calm at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Manager Dave Roberts addressed his 63 players in camp and reminded them of the unfinished business by falling two games short of the World Series last season.

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Gutierrez hoping to contribute as part-timer

After Dodgers dealt him in 2004, outfielder is back where he began his career

Gutierrez hoping to contribute as part-timer

PHOENIX -- Franklin Gutierrez is back where he started, in a Dodgers uniform, sort of amazed at everything that has happened since he last wore it 13 Spring Trainings ago.

Between the time he was dealt to Cleveland for Milton Bradley in 2004 and re-signed as a free agent on Monday, Gutierrez has won an American League Gold Glove Award, fought through a rare disease that almost ended his career and now has returned as a part-time player seeking that elusive World Series.

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Dodgers at forefront of Black History Month

Dodgers at forefront of Black History Month

LOS ANGELES -- As Major League Baseball recognizes Black History Month, the Dodgers remain as much a shining example of the impact of African-Americans today as they were when Jackie Robinson first wore Dodger Blue in Branch Rickey's historic "Noble Experiment."

The Dodgers have an African-American co-owner in Magic Johnson. They have one of only two current African-American managers in Dave Roberts. Don Newcombe, at age 90, and a special advisor to chairman Mark Walter, left the Negro Leagues in 1946 to sign with Rickey's Dodgers and join Robinson and Roy Campanella as the first African-Americans in the Minor Leagues.

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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.

Kershaw, Wood look sharp throwing live BP

Both Dodgers left-handers battled injuries in 2016

Kershaw, Wood look sharp throwing live BP

PHOENIX -- Dodgers Nation breathed another sigh of relief Monday when Clayton Kershaw threw to hitters for the first time this spring and afterward said he felt fine.

Alternating on the mound with Kershaw on Monday was Alex Wood, who also returned from injury (elbow surgery) last season and is determined to earn back a spot in the starting rotation after being limited to 60 1/3 innings in 2016.

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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.

Cuban infielder Fernandez shaking off rust

Non-roster invitee can play second base, trying to learn third

Cuban infielder Fernandez shaking off rust

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' latest Cuban talent is 28-year-old infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez, who is among the non-roster invitees that will participate in Tuesday's first full-squad workout.

Fernandez played seven seasons for Matanzas in Cuba's Serie Nacional but was suspended in 2015 for attempting to defect. He left Cuba in December of that year and didn't play competitively until the recently completed Dominican Republic Winter League, where he hit .286 in 18 games.

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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.