Dodgers' stopper Greinke continues mastery of Padres

Dodgers' stopper Greinke continues mastery of Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers won the Friday night series opener of their battle for first place with the Padres, Zack Greinke standing out in his familiar role of stopper while rookie Yimi Garcia throwing his cap into the ring for closer with Joel Peralta's status uncertain.

Greinke brought a halt to his club's three-game losing streak with seven scoreless innings, pinpointing his fastball for seven strikeouts and supported in the 3-0 win with RBIs from the bottom of the lineup -- one each from Carl Crawford (his first homer), Juan Uribe (his first RBI) and Joc Pederson.

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Puig's status uncertain after hamstring flareup

Puig's status uncertain after hamstring flareup

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was non-committal whether outfielder Yasiel Puig will wind up on the disabled list after reinjuring his left hamstring muscle in Friday night's 3-0 win over the Padres.

"The DL is always on the table" when dealing with a re-injury, Mattingly said. "As of right now, there's not much more we can do tonight."

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Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

SAN DIEGO -- Zack Greinke continued his mastery of the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park, allowing four hits in seven innings as the Dodgers picked up a 3-0 victory in an early season showdown between the top two teams in the National League West.

Greinke (3-0), who struck out seven while walking three, is 4-0 with 1.41 ERA against the Padres dating back to 2013.

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McCarthy leads Dodgers against Padres

McCarthy leads Dodgers against Padres

Ian Kennedy comes off the disabled list for the Padres to face his former Arizona teammate and Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy Saturday night at Petco Park. After a 3-0 win in the series opener, Los Angeles has a one-game lead over San Diego in the National League West.

Kennedy strained a hamstring in his only start April 9 after 2 1/3 innings. He has had a history of friction with the Dodgers, most notably the 2013 brawl at Dodger Stadium triggered when Kennedy hit Zack Greinke with a pitch after Greinke hit Miguel Montero with a pitch in retaliation for Kennedy hitting Yasiel Puig with a pitch. The brawl resulted in five ejections.

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Dodgers add veteran reliever Santos

Dodgers add veteran reliever Santos

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers continued their daily roster tinkering on Friday, purchasing the contract of right-handed reliever Sergio Santos, optioning Thursday starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger back to Triple-A Oklahoma City and designating for assignment left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno.

Still to come is naming a starting pitcher for Sunday and a corresponding move, although manager Don Mattingly wouldn't announce one. The two most logical contenders are Joe Wieland and Zach Lee. Wieland was scratched from his Friday night start for Oklahoma City.

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Richard Justice

Mattingly deftly manages deep Dodgers roster

Finding playing time for rookie Guerrero is latest challenge for LA skipper

Mattingly deftly manages deep Dodgers roster

Dodgers rookie infielder Alex Guerrero is hitting .474. He has to play, right? It can't be that complicated, can it? I mean, it just can't be. Hey, there's nothing easier -- or more enjoyable -- than telling another guy how to run his baseball team.

Say this for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly: He has some experience in this area, having spent much of the last three seasons figuring how out to work four or five starting outfielders into three spots.

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Dodgers succumb to another Giants walk-off win

Dodgers succumb to another Giants walk-off win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Justin Maxwell's one-out single Thursday shattered a 10th-inning deadlock and gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing a three-game sweep for the defending World Series champions. It was the second straight walk-off victory for the Giants in the series.

With the score tied, 2-2, Angel Pagan launched San Francisco's winning surge by singling on a full-count pitch from Juan Nicasio, the Dodgers' sixth reliever. One out later, after Pagan stole second base, Brandon Belt drew an intentional walk before Maxwell whistled his hit past third base.

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Slugging Guerrero making most of limited action

Mattingly considering time in left field for hot-hitting player

Slugging Guerrero making most of limited action

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Guerrero has packed quite a punch for the Dodgers lineup in his limited opportunities so far this season. With Wednesday night's pinch-hit, two-run blast off Madison Bumgarner, Guerrero pushed his home run total to three and his RBI count to 11 despite having just 16 at-bats.

Thursday marked the third start of the year for Guerrero and his first since April 13, as he has essentially been an expensive pinch-hitter for the Dodgers. He's been a good one, though, going 3-for-7 with two homers and five RBIs in that role.

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Kendrick's great grab extends Dodgers' hopes

Second baseman preserves lead in eighth with amazing catch before walk-off loss

Kendrick's great grab extends Dodgers' hopes

SAN FRANCISCO -- For a little while Thursday afternoon, it appeared Howie Kendrick would be the hero of the series finale between the Dodgers and Giants. But San Francisco squashed those thoughts with its second walk-off win in as many days, completing a three-game sweep with a 3-2 comeback victory.

The Giants needed to conjure up some ninth-inning magic after Kendrick made a superb defensive play in the previous frame. Justin Maxwell came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth as the Dodgers clung to a 2-1 lead, drilling a line drive up the middle. But Kendrick quickly dived to his right and stabbed the ball out of mid-air, robbing Maxwell and keeping his team's one-run lead intact.

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Yasiel Puig spotted reading in dugout

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Yasiel Puig spotted reading in dugout

I am an unapologetic bookworm, and I read every spare second I get. I bring books to the grocery story in case the line is long. I read three paragraphs while I'm taking the elevator to work. You know who else apparently does this? Yasiel Puig. 

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Howie Kendrick warped space-time to make catch

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Howie Kendrick warped space-time to make catch

What's the shortest distance between two points? Is it a straight line? Not if one of the points is a baseball and the other is Howie Kendrick's glove, because this catch from Thursday's Dodgers-Giants game clearly broke all of the mathematical laws of the universe. 

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Drama-filled 9th ends with Dodgers losing walk-off

Drama-filled 9th ends with Dodgers losing walk-off

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's bases-loaded sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie Wednesday night and lifted the San Francisco Giants to their second straight victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a 3-2 decision.

With the score knotted, Buster Posey began San Francisco's winning rally with a one-out single off Chris Hatcher, who grazed Justin Maxwell with his next pitch. With the left-handed-batting Brandon Belt due up, lefty J.P. Howell relieved Hatcher. Belt's single to left loaded the bases for Panik, whom the Dodgers tried to counter by employing a five-man infield. Panik rendered the strategy moot with his first-pitch drive to medium-deep right-center field, scoring pinch-runner Gregor Blanco.

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Dodgers dispute lack of interference call in 9th

Giants' Blanco makes contact with 3B coach before scoring winning run

Dodgers dispute lack of interference call in 9th

SAN FRANCISCO -- The intense ninth inning of Wednesday's 3-2 walk-off win by the Giants left a bad taste in the mouth of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Speaking after the game, Mattingly was clearly still upset about a non-call in the final frame that helped set up Joe Panik's game-winning sacrifice fly.

With the game tied, one out and runners on first and second, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt roped a single into left field. As pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco rounded third base, he bumped Giants coach Roberto Kelly's midsection before returning to the bag.

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Dodgers Foundation raises $1.3M at Blue Diamond Gala

Inaugural event hosts 900 guests, honors Jackie Robinson Foundation, more

A good cause turned into a momentous event.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation played host to 900 guests at Dodger Stadium last Thursday at its inaugural Blue Diamond Gala in honor of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the LA84 Foundation, and $1.3 million was raised as a result of the event.

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Lyle Spencer

Kershaw, MadBum labor, but remain on point

Lefties slated to meet again Monday after earning no-decisions in battle of aces

Kershaw, MadBum labor, but remain on point

SAN FRANCISCO -- The only drawback with being as great as Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner is found in the implausibly high standards they set for themselves. Living up to that greatness is an ongoing challenge.

Neither left-hander was at the peak of his powers on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, but each made progress in that direction before the Giants seized a 3-2 decision from the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning on Joe Panik's winning sacrifice fly.

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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.

'Direct shot' to hand forces Ellis' exit in ninth

Dodgers doctors will confirm negative X-rays on catcher

'Direct shot' to hand forces Ellis' exit in ninth

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis suffered an injury scare in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Giants after a pitch hit his right hand. Ellis had to the leave the contest in a crucial sequence, but was relieved to find out that postgame X-rays were negative.

With the scored tied at 2 and a runner on, Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher threw a ball that hit Giants outfielder Justin Maxwell before ricocheting off Ellis' faceguard to his right hand. The ball made contact above the top knuckle of Ellis' right index finger, and his whole hand was wrapped in ice after the game.

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Hall of Famers lead Dodgers Franchise Four vote

Koufax, Robinson, Snider, Drysdale are top four in fan balloting

Hall of Famers lead Dodgers Franchise Four vote

Sandy Koufax is the early leader in Dodgers voting for the Franchise Four campaign, which allows fans to elect the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each Major League franchise out of eight choices from its lineage.

The Dodgers are one of only seven franchises to have four Hall of Famers representing them in their respective Franchise Fours. Jackie Robinson is second in voting for the Dodgers, followed by Duke Snider and Don Drysdale. Other candidates include: Roy Campanella, Steve Garvey, Clayton Kershaw and Fernando Valenzuela. An additional write-in option is available to fans on the ballot.

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Dodgers' win streak stopped in San Francisco

Dodgers' win streak stopped in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants received six solid innings from Tim Lincecum and scratched together enough offense to emerge with a 6-2 victory Tuesday night over the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers, halting the National League West leaders' seven-game winning streak.

Lincecum yielded one run and five hits in six innings while outclassing Los Angeles starter Brett Anderson, who surrendered four of the Giants' runs and nine hits in four innings.

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Lyle Spencer

In pitched battle, Bumgarner and Kershaw to take their cuts

Marquee mound matchup made extra special with aces batting against each other

In pitched battle, Bumgarner and Kershaw to take their cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- For the fourth time, the game's elite lefties -- the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and the Giants' Madison Bumgarner -- are set to square off on Wednesday night at AT&T Park. As if this entree needed any extra spice, it's the first time a reigning league Most Valuable Player (Kershaw) has engaged a reigning World Series MVP (Bumgarner) on the mound.

The Dodgers and Giants, rivals forever, keep finding new ways to hold us captive.

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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.

Dodgers offer $22 ticket specials for April 29

The classic rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants will be taking place at AT&T Park this week, but the two teams will meet again in Chavez Ravine in just a few days. From now until Thursday, fans can purchase a limited number of $22 reserve-level tickets to the Wednesday, April 29 matchup at Dodger Stadium. First pitch for the series finale is set for 7:10 p.m. PT.

Sweetening the deal, the first 40,000 fans to arrive will receive a Clayton Kershaw fleece blanket. To purchase the discounted tickets online, visit www.dodgers.com/22 or call 866-DODGERS. Fans can also buy tickets at the advance ticket office in parking lot P of Dodger Stadium between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday and Thursday, until the allotment is sold out.

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Anderson vexed by Giants' well-placed hits

Dodgers starter allows four runs over four innings in hard-luck loss

Anderson vexed by Giants' well-placed hits

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tuesday's start against the Giants was a frustrating one for Dodgers southpaw Brett Anderson.

Not only did he give up four earned runs on nine hits across four innings, but Anderson thought he was making his pitches. The Giants might not have mashed the ball against Anderson, but they were effective in the 6-2 win, sending the Dodgers to their first defeat in eight games.

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No longer under radar, Garcia realizing dream

After working through injury in 2014, reliever thriving in big leagues

No longer under radar, Garcia realizing dream

LOS ANGELES -- There's a generation of Dominican boys that grew up wanting to be the next Pedro Martinez, and Yimi Garcia is one of them.

Garcia wanted no part of carpenter life like his father or hospital work like his mother. And he wanted to leave the island -- an opportunity afforded to few in his hometown of Moca, in the highlands.

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Say happy birthday to Dodgers phenom Joc Pederson

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Say happy birthday to Dodgers phenom Joc Pederson

Yes, you read that correctly: Joc Pederson turns 23 years old today. You'd be forgiven for doing a double-take, though, because the fact that Pederson -- you know, the guy with an OPS pushing 1.000 and doing generally amazing things for the Dodgers in center field -- had his first legal beer two years ago is just silly. 

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Dodgers blank Rox, complete sweep with power barrage

Dodgers blank Rox, complete sweep with power barrage

LOS ANGELES -- The first-place Dodgers' win streak reached seven games Sunday as Brandon McCarthy threw six scoreless innings and Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner had three extra-base hits each in a 7-0 victory over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

Van Slyke had a pair of doubles and the second of the three home runs the Dodgers hit in the five-run sixth inning off reliever Scott Oberg. The others were hit by Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson. Van Slyke's long ball came after Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau missed his foul popup for an error. Van Slyke and Pederson also had RBI doubles in the second inning. Turner tied a career high with four hits, three doubles. More >

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McCarthy keeps ball in the park in six scoreless

Dodgers righty rebounds from previous start, in which he allowed four homers

McCarthy keeps ball in the park in six scoreless

LOS ANGELES -- After winning his previous start despite allowing four home runs, Brandon McCarthy went with a more conventional approach Sunday.

He kept the ball in the park, allowing nothing longer than three singles during six scoreless innings, and beat the Rockies for the first time in a 7-0 Dodgers' win.

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Dodger Stadium suddenly a hitter-friendly park

Backup players come through with power surge in sweep

Dodger Stadium suddenly a hitter-friendly park

LOS ANGELES -- The prolific Dodgers offense has Dodger Stadium playing like Coors Field.

"I haven't seen the ball fly at Dodger Stadium like it is this year. I hope they're not talking about a humidor," catcher A.J. Ellis said Sunday after watching an assault of 10 extra-base hits in a 7-0 win over the Rockies that extended the Dodgers' win streak to seven games and concluded a sweep of the six-game homestand.

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