Dodgers ride 4 homers to sweep of Cubs

Dodgers ride 4 homers to sweep of Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- In a marquee pitching matchup between Clayton Kershaw and Jon Lester, it was all about the hitting. Rookie Cody Bellinger, Kiké Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig each homered for the Dodgers in a 9-4 victory Sunday to complete a sweep of the Cubs, who belted three home runs of their own.

If someone had told Cubs manager Joe Maddon that both Kershaw and Lester would struggle, and the two teams would combine for 22 hits off the power lefties, he wouldn't have believed them.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bellinger slugs way into Dodgers lore

Rookie is fastest in club history to reach 10 career homers

Bellinger slugs way into Dodgers lore

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Cody Bellinger on Sunday became the fastest Dodger in the modern era to reach 10 career home runs, according to Elias.

Bellinger, playing in his 31st game, belted a three-run shot off a hanging 1-2 curveball from Cubs lefty Jon Lester in the bottom of the second to give the Dodgers the lead for good in a 9-4 win at Dodger Stadium.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Bullpen of the Week: Dodgers

Bullpen of the Week: Dodgers

The Dodgers have won four games in a row and are right in the thick of the National League West, as usual. They defeated the Cubs in an NL Championship Series rematch on Sunday to pull to within 1 1/2 games of the surprising first-place Colorado Rockies.

A good reason for their consistency and steadiness as October veterans is their relief pitching, which was stellar over the last seven days and earned them the honor of being named "MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford."

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Puig hit his longest homer of the Statcast era

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Puig hit his longest homer of the Statcast era

The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 9-4, on Sunday to wrap up a weekend sweep of the reigning World Series champions at Dodger Stadium -- and they did it with flair, cracking four homers on the afternoon.

One of them came from Yasiel Puig, who extended a 7-4 lead to a 9-4 advantage in the seventh inning with a shot that registered at a projected 450 feet, his longest of the Statcast era. It was a booming blast that settled well into the Left Field Pavilion, and he couldn't help but admire it a bit afterward.

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Lasorda resting at home following surgery

Dodgers Hall of Fame manager received new pacemaker

Lasorda resting at home following surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Hall of Fame former manager Tom Lasorda was released from the hospital on Sunday and is resting at home after Friday surgery to replace a pacemaker.

"Tommy Lasorda has been released from the hospital and is at home resting comfortably," the club announced on its Twitter account.

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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.

Hill, Leake set for rematch in St. Louis

Hill, Leake set for rematch in St. Louis

After having his worst start of the season in loss to the Cardinals and Mike Leake five days prior, Dodgers lefty Rich Hill will get another start against both of them on Monday, this time in St. Louis.

Hill (1-2, 4.76 ERA) walked a career-high seven batters and gave up a season-high five runs on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. Though the southpaw said it wasn't a factor, he has twice this season been placed on the disabled list with a lingering blister issue on his middle finger.

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Guti exits with illness vs. Cubs

Guti exits with illness vs. Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- After attempting to chase down Cubs slugger Kris Bryant's broken-bat bloop single in the first inning of Sunday's 9-4 win at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers left fielder Franklin Gutierrez exited the game with an illness.

Gutierrez suffers from an immune-arthritic condition, Ankylosing Spondylitis, which came about in 2011, causing stiff joints and associated debilitating symptoms. Gutierrez sat out 2014 to let the medication, which he still takes, heal his body.

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McCarthy expected to make his next start

McCarthy expected to make his next start

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who left Saturday's game against the Cubs with tendinitis in his right knee, is expected to stay on schedule and start again on Thursday in St. Louis.

After needing only 79 pitches to throw six scoreless innings against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium, McCarthy was taken out of the game and sent for an MRI exam. McCarthy said he's been battling soreness in the knee since Spring Training and it's just something he will have to manage.

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Dodgers ballgirl bounces back with great play

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Dodgers ballgirl bounces back with great play

There's something -- nay, a lot -- to be said for resilience, especially with the game of baseball. Just because a play doesn't go your way one time doesn't mean you won't get it right the next time around.

This goes for ballboys, ballgirls and balldudes, too, with our most recent example coming in the Dodgers' 9-4 win over the Cubs at sunny Dodger Stadium.

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Blanks-giving: LA carves up Cubbies again

Blanks-giving: LA carves up Cubbies again

LOS ANGELES -- A dominant pitching performance by Brandon McCarthy and four-run fifth inning by the offense led the Dodgers to their second straight shutout of the Cubs on Saturday, this one a 5-0 win that clinched the series.

The Dodgers have won eight of their last 10 games and their last six wins over the Cubs, including the postseason, have been shutouts.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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McCarthy's gem cut short by knee tendinitis

McCarthy's gem cut short by knee tendinitis

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy allowed only two hits over six innings in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Cubs, but he left after only 79 pitches because of a bout with right knee tendinitis.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said McCarthy told team trainers he had issues with the knee in his fourth inning. McCarthy would pitch two more innings before the Dodgers called on Ross Stripling in the seventh.

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Utley rewarding Roberts' faith in him

Utley rewarding Roberts' faith in him

LOS ANGELES -- Despite Chase Utley's rough start to the season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was never worried about the 15-year veteran.

With second baseman Logan Forsythe forced out of the lineup after fracturing his right toe, Utley was thrust into a starting role.

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Wood leads two-hit shutout of Cubs

Wood leads two-hit shutout of Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- In a rematch of the 2016 National League Championship Series, lefty Alex Wood tossed five innings of a combined two-hitter to lead the Dodgers to a 4-0 win over the Cubs in Friday night's series opener at Dodger Stadium.

"They just pitched well," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the Dodgers. "It was a good baseball game -- they got homers, we didn't."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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A-Gon finds form with first homer of season

A-Gon finds form with first homer of season

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hadn't seen Adrian Gonzalez belt a home run like he did during Friday night's 4-0 win over the Cubs in a "couple of years."

Gonzalez sent towering two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to give the Dodgers a comfortable 4-0 lead. The home run was also his first since the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Cubs in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, back on Oct. 16.

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Lasorda has surgery to replace pacemaker

Lasorda has surgery to replace pacemaker

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Hall of Fame former manager Tom Lasorda underwent surgery to replace a pacemaker, the club announced on Friday.

"Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker yesterday. He's doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium," the club announced on its Twitter account.

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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.

Dodgers claim Freeman, Heston off waivers

Dodgers claim Freeman, Heston off waivers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added to their Minor League depth on Friday by claiming infielder Mike Freeman and right-handed pitcher Chris Heston off waivers from Seattle and optioning both to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

To make room for them, the club transferred outfielder Andrew Toles (right knee surgery) and pitcher Scott Kazmir (left hip strain) to the 60-day disabled list. Toles had ACL surgery this week. Kazmir has not pitched this season.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. Ken Gurnick contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peters goes deep twice for Quakes

Peters goes deep twice for Quakes

Angel Perdomo and Kyle Funkhouser put together quite a pitcher's duel on Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin topped Lakeland, 3-1.

Perdomo, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect, put together his best start of the season, giving up three hits over six scoreless innings. Control has been a struggle for the 23-year-old in the past, but he was able to harness it Friday.

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Maeda a dual threat as Dodgers top Cards

Maeda a dual threat as Dodgers top Cards

LOS ANGELES -- Activated off the disabled list to be the starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda's two-run RBI single in the fourth inning put the Dodgers on top for good in a 7-3 series-clinching win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Maeda's five-inning, 78-pitch night was backed by Chase Utley's first home run of the season and Chris Taylor's three hits and RBI. Hyun-Jin Ryu earned a four-inning save in his first Major League relief appearance, allowing two hits.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Ryu shines in relief debut, still wants to start

Ryu shines in relief debut, still wants to start

LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu came out of the bullpen for the first time as a Major Leaguer Thursday night and made it look easy with a rare four-inning save in the Dodgers' 7-3 win over the Cardinals.

But a convenient long-term solution to the Dodgers' ongoing starting-pitching surplus? That's not in Ryu's plans.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson lands on 7-day concussion DL

Pederson lands on 7-day concussion DL

LOS ANGELES -- One day after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn't think center fielder Joc Pederson's neck injury was a disabled-list situation, Pederson landed on the seven-day concussion DL.

The Dodgers ran a few more tests on Pederson Thursday morning, and Roberts said there was some "fogginess," which led the club to rethink its decision.

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Dodgers grooming Eibner as spot-reliever

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Dodgers grooming Eibner as spot-reliever

No manager really likes sending a position player to the mound, as it almost always means his team is on the wrong side of a lopsided score. But what if the manager went to the bullpen for one of his outfielders in a non-blowout?

That's an alluring scenario, definitely, and it's something the Dodgers are actually considering with Brett Eibner. In a story from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times earlier this week, it was revealed that Eibner, a utility outfielder who's on his third big league club in two seasons, has thrown a few bullpen sessions for the Dodgers ... and they like what they see. 

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Hill laments 'unacceptable' 7 walks

Hill laments 'unacceptable' 7 walks

LOS ANGELES -- If it's any consolation to the slice of Twitterverse that excoriated Rich Hill Wednesday night, he's not arguing with you.

"Bad outing," said Hill, who walked a career-high seven while losing to the Cardinals, 6-1. "I take full responsibility for that. Gave them the game. It's unacceptable. It's really a tough thing to swallow."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers can't pick up Hill vs. Cardinals

Dodgers can't pick up Hill vs. Cardinals

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Leake fired a four-hitter for eight innings while the Cardinals capitalized on seven walks issued by Dodgers starter Rich Hill and a two-run error by left fielder Cody Bellinger in a 6-1 win Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The win was the Cardinals' 10th in their last 11 road games and pulled them to within a half-game of the division-leading Brewers.

Leake (5-2) reclaimed the National League ERA lead from Clayton Kershaw at 1.91, striking out five without a walk. All nine of his starts this year have been quality starts, and he completed a turn through the Cardinals' rotation in which the starters allowed three runs over 38 1/3 innings.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Grandal bats with wrong helmet

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Grandal bats with wrong helmet

Being a switch-hitter is usually a huge advantage for a baseball player. It does, however, typically force switch-hitters to own two different styles of helmets, since most leave the ear not facing the pitcher uncovered.

The Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal is one such switch-hitter who owns multiple helmets. Unfortunately, in the first inning of his team's Wednesday night game against the D-backs, he grabbed the wrong one.

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LA wins in 13th after epic Kershaw-Lynn duel

LA wins in 13th after epic Kershaw-Lynn duel

LOS ANGELES -- Logan Forsythe, who returned from the disabled list with strikeouts in his first four at-bats, doubled home Enrique Hernandez with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night as the Dodgers walked off with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals, after a classic pitchers' duel between Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn.

"Once it happens, after that fourth one, I was like, 'OK, well something needs to change,'" said Forsythe. "But that was even the case after the first one. I was like, 'All right, make an adjustment.' Sometimes it takes a little bit or a couple more at bats to find it. Luckily, I was able to get the barrel and make a play."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw dominant despite missing shutout

Dodgers' ace lowers ERA to 2.01 after 10-K gem

Kershaw dominant despite missing shutout

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw's slider is not only tough to hit, it can be even trickier to block in the dirt.

Kershaw was two outs away from his 16th career shutout and 25th complete game when a slider to Dexter Fowler got away from and out of sight of catcher Yasmani Grandal, allowing Randal Grichuk to score from second base to tie a game the Dodgers eventually won in 13 innings, 2-1, on Logan Forsythe's walk-off double.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.