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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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Statcast: Kershaw threw Bumgarner a fat pitch

3 reasons why fastball from LA lefty landed in the seats

Statcast: Kershaw threw Bumgarner a fat pitch

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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Lyle Spencer

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.

Greinke aims to stay undefeated vs. Padres in opener

Greinke aims to stay undefeated vs. Padres in opener

Don't think Adrian Gonzalez has forgotten the last time he faced Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, who makes the start Friday at Dodger Stadium, in the first game of a three-game series.

It was Gonzalez, the former Padre, who hit three home runs off Cashner on April 8 at Dodger Stadium. Cashner has been much better since that first outing, allowing five home runs over his last seven starts. His ERA in that stretch is 2.60.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. 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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Dodgers suspend Arruebarrena for rest of '15

Dodgers suspend Arruebarrena for rest of '15

SAN FRANCISCO -- Minor League infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended for the rest of the season due to repeated failures to comply with his contract, the club announced on Thursday.

Arruebarrena -- a defensive specialist signed out of Cuba last year to a five-year, $25 million contract -- has had repeated run-ins with staff over the last two years and was taken off the 40-man roster during the offseason.

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Dodgers' slump raises questions

Dodgers' slump raises questions

SAN FRANCISCO -- Is the Dodgers' offense just in a temporary slump? Or, in the idiom of the stat-minded management team, is it experiencing a reversion to the mean?

The Dodgers were so uncharacteristically homer happy over the first six weeks that some theorized it was global warming. They scored so many runs they didn't seem to miss the bats of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez.

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Dodgers suffer second straight shutout vs. Giants

Dodgers suffer second straight shutout vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conjuring the magic he displayed during his Cy Young Award-winning years, Tim Lincecum allowed three hits in seven innings to lead the Giants to their second straight shutout victory over the Dodgers, a 4-0 verdict on Wednesday night. San Francisco lengthened its winning streak to five games while improving to 6-2 this season against its archrival.

Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a homer and scored twice to back Lincecum (4-2), who won his fourth consecutive start at AT&T Park, a streak he last built from July 4-Aug. 1, 2009. Lincecum has allowed one run in his last 27 innings at home, including a current stretch of 22 shutout innings in a row.

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Guerrero hilariously tries to sell blatant non-catch

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Guerrero hilariously tries to sell blatant non-catch

Even the most casual fan of America's pastime could tell you that you can't record a fly ball out on a ball that's already hit the grass, but that didn't stop Alex Guerrero from trying to pull a fast one on the umpires in Wednesday's Giants-Dodgers game.

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Lyle Spencer

A-Gone having fun leads to personal success

Veteran first baseman plays game unconcerned with numbers

A-Gone having fun leads to personal success

SAN FRANCISCO -- Adrian Gonzalez is enjoying the first quarter of what could be a career season. Having turned 33 two weeks ago, the Dodgers' graceful, durable first baseman appreciates his good fortune and how it came to pass. His secret? Stop creating stress by trying to impress.

"I feel great," Gonzalez said before Wednesday night's game against Tim Lincecum and the Giants.

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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.

At 26, Mattingly dressed like your dad on Letterman

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At 26, Mattingly dressed like your dad on Letterman

At the end of the 1987 MLB season, Don Mattingly appeared on "Late Night With David Letterman" and the only thing better than his mustache was his awesome dad sweatshirt.

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Frias provides silver lining in losing cause

Frias provides silver lining in losing cause

SAN FRANCISCO -- If the Dodgers get the bad news they expect regarding Hyun-Jin Ryu's possible surgery on Wednesday, they will need to keep getting starts like the one rookie Carlos Frias delivered in defeat Tuesday night.

Frias pitched well enough to win in the 2-0 loss to the Giants, allowing one run in six innings and displaying more of a pitching repertoire than the heat he's relied on previously.

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Frias is sharp, but Dodgers get shut out by Giants

Frias is sharp, but Dodgers get shut out by Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Hudson ended a mini-slump with an effectively stubborn 6 1/3-inning performance, and Buster Posey delivered a key run with a third-inning single Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants outdueled the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0.

Hudson (2-3) allowed nine runs and 21 hits in 12 innings spanning his previous two outings. But the 39-year-old stopped trouble before it started by permitting just one leadoff hitter to reach base as the Giants trimmed the Dodgers' National League West lead to 3 1/2 games.

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Cuban star Olivera begins path to Dodgers

Slugging infielder heads to spring complex; club also finalizes deal with right-hander Fernandez

Cuban star Olivera begins path to Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO - Two months after the original agreements were reached, the Dodgers on Tuesday finally announced the signings of Cuban free agents Hector Olivera and Pablo Millan Fernandez.

Olivera is the jewel of their recent aggressive push in the Cuban market, a power-hitting infielder who landed a six-year, $62.5 million Major League deal that includes a $28 million signing bonus.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Influx of Cuban signees set to help Dodgers

Guerrero excelling in Majors; infielder Olivera, pitcher Fernandez on deck

Influx of Cuban signees set to help Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The current Dodgers regime has aggressively pursued Cuban talent to provide Major League-ready replacements for an aging roster and jumpstart a rebuilding farm system.

Encouraged by the initial impact of Yasiel Puig ($42 million contract), the club went all in to outbid for infielders Alex Guerrero ($28 million) and Erisbel Arruebarrena ($25 million).

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Urias to have elective surgery with Dodgers' support

No. 8 prospect in baseball will miss a month after undergoing procedure on eye

Urias to have elective surgery with Dodgers' support

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias will undergo elective cosmetic surgery on his left eye to repair a defect and be sidelined for about a month.

Urias will have the procedure -- peri orbital benign mass removal -- on May 28 in Phoenix. He will resume baseball activity in the middle of June and is expected to be back in games by the end of the month.

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Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

KANSAS CITY -- Fourteen-year veteran Rafael Furcal retired suddenly on Monday night, moments before he was to be promoted to Triple-A Omaha.

Furcal, who had recently been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, has been dealing with a hamstring and back issue and informed the Royals that he was considering "shutting it down."

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sarah's Take: LA surprising with early power

Patience key to Dodgers' production; club buoyed by in-house rotation replacements

Sarah's Take: LA surprising with early power

Although the Los Angeles Dodgers stumbled a little on the just-completed homestand, they still have the second best record in the National League and third best in the Majors.

The Dodgers have a powerful offense, but it faltered against the Colorado Rockies, whose ERA is the worst in the NL. It happens over the course of a long season. Yet the Dodgers' offense is surprising everyone. Hitting coach Mark McGwire repeatedly has said that the Dodgers aren't a home run-hitting team and should hit line drives, and yet they lead the NL in this category by six.

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Sarah D. Morris can be reached at sarahmorris27@gmail.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bolsinger outduels Kendrick for series split

Bolsinger outduels Kendrick for series split

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal's two-out, RBI single in the fourth inning stood, as the Dodgers took a 1-0 victory over the Rockies on Sunday afternoon to earn a split of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The run was enough to support Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger, who held the Rockies to three hits in six innings, lowering his ERA to 1.04 in three starts. Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher pitched clean relief innings, and Kenley Jansen -- activated Friday after undergoing left foot surgery in Spring Training -- earned his first 2015 save.

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Billy Bean

Changing times, perspectives evident at Old-Timers Game

Changing times, perspectives evident at Old-Timers Game

Last week I got a call from Dodgers executive Lon Rosen inviting me to play in their annual Old-Timers Game this past Saturday. As someone who grew up in Southern California and once had the privilege of playing alongside the likes of Orel Hershiser, Mike Scioscia and Fernando Valenzuela in Dodger Blue, it was a humbling request.

Starting with the great Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers' history of social conscience speaks for itself, and they should be commended for their leadership. They knew that inviting the only living openly gay former player to participate would send a powerful message of acceptance, and I didn't want to let them or anyone else down. 

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Bolsinger stakes claim to fifth spot in rotation

Dodgers starter impressive in third outing; Jansen earns first save

Bolsinger stakes claim to fifth spot in rotation

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger has put a halt to the Oklahoma City shuttle.

The Dodgers have been filling the fifth spot in their pitching rotation with a carousel of candidates, but the right-hander put a firm grip on the job Sunday afternoon in his third start for his new team.

Bolsinger threw six scoreless innings at the Rockies, stuck out six (one shy of his career-high set with the D-backs last year), and combined with relievers Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen for a three-hit, 1-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.

"Mike is more of a finesse guy, but he's a guy who can really spin a breaking ball," manager Don Mattingly said after Bolsinger lowered his ERA to 1.04 in his 85-pitch, 52-strike outing. "And, he can do a lot with it. He's able to pitch off of it. He doesn't get into a lot of trouble.

"Guys come in, and have opportunities. He's pitched good three times now."

Bolsinger, 27, calls himself "a backwards pitcher" because of the way he leads with his breaking stuff.

"He mixed in that curve ball, and he threw in that cutter, too," Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "He threw strikes a lot with that curve ball."

Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon struck out three times in five innings against Bolsinger, and was so steamed by umpire Marty Foster's calls early in his last at-bat, he was ejected.

That punchout ended the Rockies' biggest threat, runners on first and third with one out. Bolsinger wouldn't let opposite number Kyle Kendrick lay down a sacrifice and got him on strikes before ending the threat against Blackmon.

Bolsinger escapes a jam

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Beachy throws to hitters as recovery continues

Dodgers remain cautious as pitcher rehabs from second Tommy John

Beachy throws to hitters as recovery continues

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers remain cautious in their approach to the progress of right-hander Brandon Beachy, who's coming back from a second Tommy John surgery.
 
"We're just leaving it in the hands of the medical staff -- it's still their call," manager Don Mattingly said before Sunday's game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. "There's no timetable. We're just letting his elbow tell us when he's ready [to pitch in rehab games]."

Beachy, 28, underwent his second Tommy John procedure March 21, 2014. He threw 30 pitches, in two segments, to Dodgers hitters Saturday, and seemed to come through it well.

"I feel pretty good, and bounced back, for the day after," Beachy said Sunday after his live-BP outing Saturday.

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Greinke's win streak snapped at 10 by Rockies

Greinke's win streak snapped at 10 by Rockies

LOS ANGELES -- Jorge De La Rosa held the Dodgers scoreless on two hits in 7 1/3 innings before leaving with an apparent left groin injury, and Carlos Gonzalez, Daniel Descalso and Nolan Arenado homered as the Rockies ended Zack Greinke's career-best win streak at 10 games and beat the Dodgers, 7-1, at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

De La Rosa (1-2), who hadn't gone more than five innings in a start this year, struck out three with no walks but left after fielding Scott Van Slyke's grounder for the first out of the eighth. He missed much of Spring Training and the season's first two weeks with a left groin issue, and entered Saturday with a 9.56 ERA.

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Dodgers log second 4-K inning in two nights

Reliever Santos allows three runs in eighth

Dodgers log second 4-K inning in two nights

LOS ANGELES -- Saturday, for the second time in two nights, a Dodgers reliever struck out four Rockies in the eighth inning. This time, it was Sergio Santos, but he also allowed three runs in the inning for a 6-0 deficit in the Dodgers' eventual 7-1 loss.

On Friday, Kenley Jansen struck out four in a scoreless eighth. Four strikeouts by a pitcher in an inning has only happened seven times in Dodgers history.

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