Sources: Cahill to sign Minor League contract

Sources: Cahill to sign Minor League contract

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have signed former Major League starting pitcher Trevor Cahill to a Minor League contract, according to a baseball source. The club has not confirmed. 

Cahill, who is 27 years old, was released by the Braves last month after going 0-3 with a 7.52 ERA. A month prior to that he was traded by Arizona on April 2. He is being paid $12 million this year -- $6.5 million by Arizona, and the rest by Atlanta. The Dodgers will be responsible for a pro-ration of the Major League minimum if he makes the Major League roster.

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Dodgers open int'l signing period with a flurry

Sources say club has deals with Alvarez, Heredia, Brito and Cruz

Dodgers open int'l signing period with a flurry

The Los Angeles Dodgers are making a big splash on the first day international prospects can sign, stocking their Minor League system with several top international prospects, including right-handed pitcher Yadiel Alvarez for $16 million.

The Dodgers signed Alvarez, 19, ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list; outfielder Starling Heredia, ranked No. 5, for $2.6 million; infielder Ronny Brito, ranked No. 21, for $2 million; outfielder Christopher Arias for $500,000 and shortstop Oneal Cruz for $950,000.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers acquire DeJong, Locastro from Blue Jays

LA makes moves, obtains Minor Leaguers

The Dodgers acquired Minor Leaguers Chase DeJong and Tim Locastro from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday in exchange for three international signing slots.

DeJong, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher, and Locastro, a 22-year-old infielder, have been assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

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Seager hits dinger; Sweeney falls homer shy of the cycle

Dodgers Nos. 1 and 7 prospects help power Oklahoma City's offense in win

Seager hits dinger; Sweeney falls homer shy of the cycle

A trio of top Dodgers prospects helped Triple-A Oklahoma City wallop Memphis, 8-4, on Thursday night.

No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Corey Seager led the way with a two-run homer. The third baseman finished 1-for-3 and has hit in eight of his past nine games. No. 7 prospect Darnell Sweeney -- 3-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI -- and No. 8 prospect Scott Schebler, who smashed a solo homer in a 1-for-5 night, also pitched in to help the Dodgers improve to 52-27, the best record in the Pacific Coast League.

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Facing Mets, Kershaw looks to snap 3-game skid

Facing Mets, Kershaw looks to snap 3-game skid

Friday night's Dodgers homestand opener against the Mets at Dodger Stadium will be historic in at least one way. It will mark the first time in his career that Clayton Kershaw will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak.

Kershaw will be facing Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard, who allowed the Reds one run over eight innings in his last start.

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Dodgers part ways with ex-closer League

Team designates reliever for assignment

Dodgers part ways with ex-closer League

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Thursday designated for assignment reliever Brandon League, deciding that the former closer would not be able to improve the current bullpen alignment.

The Dodgers were facing a decision on League, who was on the 60-day disabled list and just completed a Minor League rehabilitation assignment after missing all of this season with a right shoulder impingement that developed in Spring Training.

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Anderson continues his remarkable comeback story

Anderson continues his remarkable comeback story

PHOENIX -- When the Dodgers signed Brett Anderson, it was all about one big "if."

If … he could stay healthy.

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Hernandez shines, coming a homer short of the cycle

Hernandez shines, coming a homer short of the cycle

PHOENIX -- To give Joc Pederson a day off, manager Don Mattingly started in his place the guy in the banana suit.

Rookie Kiké Hernandez doesn't actually wear the banana suit while he's playing, although he's probably considered it. The inventor of the rally banana has embraced the role of clubhouse clown to keep things loose, but he showed Wednesday night he's got game too.

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Hernandez, Howie lift Dodgers past D-backs

Hernandez, Howie lift Dodgers past D-backs

PHOENIX -- Brett Anderson pitched seven quality innings, and Howie Kendrick continued to torment the D-backs as the Dodgers cruised to a 4-3 win on Wednesday night to capture the three-game series at Chase Field.

"He's a competitor. He's kept us in the game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Anderson. "He's got weapons. He knows what he's doing, and he doesn't get rattled."

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Frias will undergo MRI, expected to make next start

Mattingly doesn't expect back injury to be serious

Frias will undergo MRI, expected to make next start

PHOENIX -- Dodgers starting pitcher Carlos Frias will have an MRI on his lower back on the Thursday day off, but manager Don Mattingly said the club expects Frias to make his next scheduled start on Monday.

Frias has been bothered by lower-back tightness in his last two starts. In Chicago last week, the discomfort was believed to be cramping from dehydration because he had been experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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Justin Turner watches himself bat from the stands

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Justin Turner watches himself bat from the stands

During the top of the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 win over the D-backs on Wednesday night, Justin Turner stepped to the plate. With a runner on -- wait, wait one minute. If Turner was at-bat, who was sitting in the stands at Chase Field?

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Beachy sharp in rehab outing for Oklahoma City

Beachy sharp in rehab outing for Oklahoma City

PHOENIX -- Brandon Beachy had another successful injury rehab start Wednesday night for Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing one run on six hits in five innings while making 80 pitches.

Beachy is recovering from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction and could provide the Major League club with a starting alternative after the All-Star break. This was his fourth rehab start.

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Mattingly giving lefty hitters a virtual two-day break

Mattingly giving lefty hitters a virtual two-day break

PHOENIX -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sat most of his left-handed hitters against D-backs lefty Robbie Ray on Wednesday, but he said the schedule was more of a reason than the arm with which Ray throws.

Because of Thursday's day off, regulars Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal and Andre Ethier will get what a nearly 72-hour break from their last start Tuesday night to their next one Friday night.

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Kendrick continues to thrive hitting second

2B goes 4-for-5 with go-ahead home run vs. D-backs

Kendrick continues to thrive hitting second

PHOENIX -- Number crunchers will point out that Howie Kendrick, who had four hits Tuesday night, is 12-for-21 since being moved to the second spot in the Dodgers batting order.

Manager Don Mattingly, who put him there, said he thinks Kendrick might have been ready to break out anyway, but he won't argue that the move is "working for him." Kendrick said he's "just playing my game," that he doesn't change the way he hits because of where he's batting.

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Grandal paying major dividends for Dodgers

Los Angeles getting the best of the deal that sent Kemp to San Diego

Grandal paying major dividends for Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The big offseason trade that sent Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres has been turned upside down and analyzed from the San Diego end. But Los Angeles has also been a big beneficiary of the Dec. 18 deal.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal was the Dodgers' main addition in the five-player swap, and he's also had a major impact.

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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.

Dodgers' bullpen gets its redemption

Relief corps works 5 scoreless in relief of ailing Frias

Dodgers' bullpen gets its redemption

PHOENIX -- Those tweeting that the Dodgers should release their bullpen en masse after Monday night's 10-run meltdown can calm down, at least for a night.

Most of the same relievers took over after a five-inning start by Carlos Frias Tuesday night, and they contained the D-backs until a three-run 10th-inning rally gave the Dodgers a 6-4 win in 10 innings at Chase Field.

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Grandal, Kendrick slug Dodgers past D-backs

Grandal, Kendrick slug Dodgers past D-backs

PHOENIX -- Howie Kendrick (4-for-5) homered leading off the 10th inning and Yasmani Grandal, who homered earlier, added a two-run double as the Dodgers beat the D-Backs Tuesday night, 6-4, at Chase Field.

Former Dodger Rubby De La Rosa allowed a two-run homer to Grandal in the top of the second inning, Grandal's second homer in as many games.

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Olivera visits big league clubhouse in Arizona

Olivera visits big league clubhouse in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, rehabbing a strained left hamstring at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch complex, visited the big league clubhouse at Chase Field to introduce himself to manager Don Mattingly and staff.

The 30-year-old Olivera signed a $62.5 million contract May 20 and had been learning to play third base to go with his natural second base position when he was injured June 20 while playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City. It's not clear how Mattingly will work Olivera into the mix when he's promoted. But Mattingly said he was impressed with Olivera's maturity and adjustment to the United States.

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Bloom: Bolsinger's early exit taxes Dodgers' bullpen

Short start followed by more struggles for Los Angeles' relief corps

Bloom: Bolsinger's early exit taxes Dodgers' bullpen

PHOENIX -- It wasn't exactly the way Dodgers manager Don Mattingly mapped it out, with his club clinging to a first-place slot in the National League West almost halfway through the season.

The starting rotation has been a patchwork job. The bullpen has again been problematic.

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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.

Dodgers can't hold off pesky D-backs

Dodgers can't hold off pesky D-backs

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo doubled home Jake Lamb to trigger a four-run eighth inning as the D-backs rallied to beat the Dodgers on Monday night, 10-6, snapping Los Angeles' seven-game win streak over Arizona.

"I think we just answered," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "They came out swinging it, hitting home runs, and put us in a hole, and we just answered. It was incredible. They did a great job."

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Pederson raps 20th HR, nears NL rookie mark

Dodgers outfielder two away from record for dingers before July

Pederson raps 20th HR, nears NL rookie mark

PHOENIX -- Dodgers rookie slugger Joc Pederson continues to polish up the resume for All-Star consideration.

Pederson was one of three Dodgers to homer off Arizona starting pitcher Allen Webster on Monday night, all in the fourth inning of a 10-6 loss to the D-backs. With 20 homers, Pederson trails Wally Berger (22 in 1930) and Albert Pujols (21 in 2001) for the most homers by a National League rookie before July 1.

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Mattingly disappointed with Dodgers' play

Manager laments lost scoring chances, bullpen's struggles in loss

Mattingly disappointed with Dodgers' play

PHOENIX -- Monday night's game started with Mike Bolsinger sick to his stomach, and by the end of the night he had company.

"It didn't seem to matter what we did, nothing seemed to work," manager Don Mattingly said after a 10-6 Dodgers loss to the D-backs, snapping a seven-game win streak over Arizona. "This is probably one of the worst feels after a game this year, for me at least."

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Illness forces Bolsinger's early exit vs. D-backs

Dodgers starter leaves after fourth inning with stomach ailment

Illness forces Bolsinger's early exit vs. D-backs

PHOENIX -- Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger left Monday night's 10-6 loss to Arizona after throwing four scoreless innings with possible food poisoning.

The Dodgers were leading, 4-0, when Bolsinger was visited on the mound by athletic trainer Stan Conte during the fourth inning, but remained in the game to finish off the frame.

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Crawford slated for Minor League rehab

Crawford slated for Minor League rehab

PHOENIX -- Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is scheduled to begin a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment Tuesday night with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Crawford has been on the disabled list since April 28 with a torn right oblique.

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Yasmani Grandal wears wrong helmet to the plate

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Yasmani Grandal wears wrong helmet to the plate

You know those moments when you wear the wrong thing to some important public event?

Well, switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal did just that during Monday's Dodgers-D-backs game. He wore a left-hander's batting helmet instead of a right-hander's -- leaving one of his ears open to the elements. 

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ERA leader Greinke ends drought in Miami

ERA leader Greinke ends drought in Miami

MIAMI -- The dry spell is finally over for Zack Greinke, who threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 2-0 win over Miami on Sunday at Marlins Park. The victory was the All-Star's first since May 5, a span of 10 outings.

"A lot of stuff was working and I didn't have too many guys on base -- multiple guys in the same inning -- very often," Greinke said. "Just got some early outs, some good hits were hit at people and that made it a little easier."

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers give Greinke little help, lot of praise

Mattingly likens righty's season to that of Kershaw's 2014 NL MVP, Cy Young campaign

Dodgers give Greinke little help, lot of praise

MIAMI -- Dodgers starter Zack Greinke received just two runs from his offense on Sunday. But that was two more than he got in his last two starts, and it was all he needed to log his first win since May 5.

Greinke was dominant in Los Angeles' 2-0 series-ending victory at Marlins Park, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out six, walking one and allowing four hits.

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As ASG voting winds down, Adrian heats up

As ASG voting winds down, Adrian heats up

MIAMI -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stayed hot in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Marlins, going 3-for-5 while notching a key seventh-inning RBI double. The big day pushed the slugger's batting average to .302, to go along with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Gonzalez is currently second in the National League All-Star voting for first basemen. In the latest ballot update, the 33-year-old had 3,329,716 votes, trailing Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt's 5,867,602 votes.

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