Dodgers top D-backs' comeback with one of their own

Dodgers top D-backs' comeback with one of their own

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs punched and the Dodgers punched right back in a seventh inning that saw 12 runs scored and left Los Angeles with an 8-7 lead on its way to a 9-7 win Friday night.

The Dodgers entered the one-hour, 13-minute inning with Kenta Maeda cruising, having allowed just two hits and no runs. Hits from Paul Goldschmidt and Welington Castillo prompted the hook from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, but that didn't stop the bleeding. The D-backs plated seven runs against five Dodgers' pitchers, topping out with an RBI double from Goldschmidt.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Offense, Jansen step up after bullpen falters

Dodgers show resilience, fight with team victory

Offense, Jansen step up after bullpen falters

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers didn't need Jay Bruce or Wade Davis or Chris Archer to beat the D-backs on Friday night.

With trade rumors swirling, the current roster got it done in a wild 9-7 win, answering Arizona's seven-run top of the seventh inning with five runs in the bottom of the 73-minute inning to slice San Francisco's lead to one game.

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Puig pinch-hits after missing five games

Off-days allow club to be cautious with right fielder's hamstring

Puig pinch-hits after missing five games

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig appeared off the bench in Friday's 9-7 win over the D-backs, his first time on the field since leaving the game on July 21 with hamstring tightness.

The appearance effectively removes any chance of the outfielder hitting the DL, as the Dodgers are no longer able to make a placement retroactive to the time of the injury.

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Kazmir set to face D-backs for first time this season

Kazmir set to face D-backs for first time this season

Braden Shipley's MLB debut was derailed by a sixth-inning homer, so the right-hander will look to get on track Saturday as the D-backs take on Scott Kazmir and the Dodgers.

Shipley entered the sixth inning Monday against the Brewers down, 3-2, but two singles followed by a homer from backup catcher Martin Maldonaldo ended his outing. That was the third home run of the day allowed by Shipley, rated Arizona's No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He also struck out and walked four.

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Mieses among top prospect performers Friday

Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer

Mieses among top prospect performers Friday

Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.

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Chairman addresses trade rumors about Puig

Dodgers' Walter touts outfielder's potential

LOS ANGELES -- If the Dodgers are on the verge of trading outfielder Yasiel Puig, chairman and controlling owner Mark Walter said it's news to him.

"I haven't heard anything about moving Yasiel," Walter said a few minutes after chatting with Puig by the cage during batting practice Friday. "I don't think we want to. He has a lot of potential."

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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 place five on Top 100 Prospects list

Teenage southpaw Urias is the highest ranked at No. 6

Dodgers place five on Top 100 Prospects list

LOS ANGELES -- Teenage left-hander Julio Urias, whose name has understandably surfaced in numerous trade rumors in recent days, remains the Dodgers' top-rated prospect, according to the latest rankings by MLBPipeline.com.

The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. The rankings follow the Collective Bargaining Agreement guidelines for which players fall under the international pool money rules: Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.

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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.

McCarthy shares love of soccer and 'Seinfeld'

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McCarthy shares love of soccer and 'Seinfeld'

Here are a few facts about Brandon McCarthy:

1) He's a right-handed starter for the Dodgers.

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Buzz in Dodgers' clubhouse: Trade for pitching

Players eager for team to strike deal for premium starter or strong reliever

Buzz in Dodgers' clubhouse: Trade for pitching

LOS ANGELES -- While Wade Davis is the rumor of the day for the Dodgers' trade targets, he's just one name mentioned by a cross section of Dodgers players who generally believe management should focus on acquiring a starting pitcher by Monday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Not surprisingly, the win-now agenda in the clubhouse has players showing no hesitation trading teenage top prospect Julio Urias or underachieving outfielder Yasiel Puig if that's what it takes to improve the current club.

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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 held in check in McCarthy's first loss

Dodgers held in check in McCarthy's first loss

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Moore allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings and Evan Longoria slugged a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning as the Rays beat the Dodgers on Wednesday, 3-1, for the franchise's first win at Dodger Stadium.

"It's a long flight home," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the road-trip finale. "It's nice to have a 'W' under our belts. Matt Moore was outstanding, again. It's not hard to believe. But what he's done over here the last eight, nine, 10 starts has been really impressive."

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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McCarthy's 4-inning start continues trend for LA staff

McCarthy's 4-inning start continues trend for LA staff

LOS ANGELES -- As if the Dodgers didn't already know that their starting rotation needs improvement, the Rays made it clear.

With Brandon McCarthy able to go only four innings Wednesday in his fifth start after Tommy John surgery, Tampa Bay's Matt Moore pitched into the seventh inning for a 3-1 win, only hours after teammate Chris Archer went a solid seven innings against the Dodgers in a tough-luck loss.

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LA wives, girlfriends volunteer for homeless

LA wives, girlfriends volunteer for homeless

LOS ANGELES -- A large group of wives and girlfriends of Dodgers players, coaches and broadcasters volunteered for a day of service Wednesday at the Downtown Women's Center, pitching in to help homeless women of the Los Angeles community.

After a quick tour of the facility, the women went to work, preparing a meal for the day, sorting donated clothing and assembling snack packs for the center's women to receive as they leave.

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Stewart among top prospect performers Thursday

Rockies catcher continues torrid month; Yankees' first-round pick hitting .429 at Pulaski

Stewart among top prospect performers Thursday

Tom Murphy is likely hoping July never ends considering the Rockies' No. 11 prospect has raised his batting average over 100 points in 16 games so far this month.

Murphy went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in Triple-A Albuquerque's 8-3 win over Salt Lake.

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A.J. Ellis stole his first base after 1,904 PAs

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A.J. Ellis stole his first base after 1,904 PAs

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis made his Major League debut on Sept. 15, 2008. His first hit came in the 10th plate appearance of his career. His first home run came in his 200th plate appearance. But he waited until after his 1,904th career plate appearance during the second inning of the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the Rays on Wednesday to do this.

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Bellinger among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Bellinger among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

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Dodgers fend off Rays, keep heat on Giants

Dodgers fend off Rays, keep heat on Giants

LOS ANGELES -- Scouts sent to watch Chris Archer on Tuesday night saw him outdueled by Bud Norris, as the Dodgers kept the heat on the first-place Giants with a 3-2 Interleague win over Tampa Bay.

Archer (5-14), whose rumored Trade Deadline destinations include Los Angeles, allowed three runs (two unearned) on four hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. But Norris (5-9 overall and 3-2 with LA) allowed only two hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and surpassed 1,000 career strikeouts, three nights after relieving in St. Louis and allowing a walk-off home run to Matt Adams in the 16th inning.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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

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Norris records 1,000th strikeout in stellar start

Righty turns in best outing since joining Dodgers

Norris records 1,000th strikeout in stellar start

LOS ANGELES -- Dodger Stadium might not have seen a fully rested Bud Norris in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Rays, but it did see as good a version as it could have hoped for when the organization traded for him in June.

Norris turned in his best outing since his debut with the Dodgers, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings while allowing two hits and striking out six.

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Kershaw weighs in on surging teammates

Dodgers ace frustrated he can't pitch, but proud of club's performance

Kershaw weighs in on surging teammates

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw still can't say when he will make his return, but he is at least taking solace in the fact the team is making up ground on the Giants without him.

"It's been so fun to watch," Kershaw said. "It's not easy watching the games on TV, but these guys are really making me want to be a part of it. The way these guys are playing, it's a great team. It's fun to watch. One of the closest teams that I've been a part of. It's hard to be away, I hate it, but really happy they're doing so well. Hopefully I can make it back and help out in some way."

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Ethier takes batting practice for first time

Dodgers outfielder ramps up rehab in hopes of returning this season

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier took batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his tibia in Spring Training, taking another step in a long rehab process that could be running out of time.

Ethier was well into the baseball-activities phase of his rehab earlier this month and preparing for an early August return, but a scan of his fractured tibia revealed that the injury had still not fully healed. The Dodgers pushed his return date back, but are now ramping him up with the hope he can return this season.

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Dodgers discussing all options ahead of Deadline

Los Angeles weighing winning now against rebuilding for future

Dodgers discussing all options ahead of Deadline

LOS ANGELES -- When franchise history includes being on the wrong end of Mike Piazza and Pedro Martinez trades, it's understandable if the Dodgers' current management is reluctant to be the guys who let Julio Urias or Jose De Leon or Grant Holmes get away.

But last year, they passed on Cole Hamels, so there's the dilemma with one week left until the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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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 pounce on Cards rookie, close to 3 back

Dodgers pounce on Cards rookie, close to 3 back

ST. LOUIS -- Unfamiliarity was no obstacle for the Dodgers on Sunday as they ambushed a pitcher making his Major League debut en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win, highlighted by Adrian Gonzalez's fifth career grand slam, sealed a series victory for Los Angeles, which now returns home following a 5-4 road trip. The Dodgers have pulled to within three games of the Giants in the National League West standings.

The Dodgers scored a half-dozen runs off Cardinals callup Mike Mayers before the Cardinals ever came to bat. The first four trotted home when Gonzalez tattooed a 2-2 fastball 427 feet over the center-field wall. Gonzalez finished the game with three hits, the second of which preceded Howie Kendrick's home run with one out in the second.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

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

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Meises among top prospect performers Monday

Cubs' No. 4 prospect goes 4-for-4 in a twin bill sweep for Class A South Bend

Meises among top prospect performers Monday

A pair of Cubs prospects shined at the Class A level on Monday, helping propel the South Bend Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of Peoria.

Eloy Jimenez -- Chicago's No. 4 prospect -- and Eddy Martinez (Cubs' No. 13) each contributed big offensive performances against the Chiefs.

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Hall-time great: Piazza joins elite at Cooperstown

Inductees praise family, fans on emotional day in front of second-largest Cooperstown crowd

Hall-time great: Piazza joins elite at Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- To punctuate close to an hour of combined speeches by this year's pair of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. turned around his cap to end the Sunday proceedings.

Mike Piazza spoke to his Italian immigrant father, Vince, in his native language, thanking him and Italy for giving him his dad.

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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.

Calhoun, Barnes on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Calhoun, Barnes on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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

Run ends Liberatore's record-setting streak

Dodgers reliever posted 28 scoreless appearances

Run ends Liberatore's record-setting streak

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore informed manager Dave Roberts in Spring Training that he's the best left-handed reliever in the Major Leagues. Roberts told him to "prove it." Over the past 64 days, he certainly came close with a streak of 28 consecutive appearances without allowing a run.

That impressive string of games came to an end Sunday night in the Dodgers' 9-6 win over the Cardinals, but Roberts believes Liberatore answered the call.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis who covered the Dodgers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Piazza's proud pop watches son's call to Hall

Lifelong friends with Lasorda, Vince helped jumpstart catcher's career

Piazza's proud pop watches son's call to Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Vince Piazza said on Sunday morning that he was very tough on his son, Mike, as a kid and budding baseball player growing up in Norristown, Pa.

"It made him tough mentally. I really believe that," Vince told MLB.com at the famous Otesaga Hotel. "As I look back, maybe that wasn't the best way of going about it, but here we are today."

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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.

HOFer Piazza forever linked to Dodgers

HOFer Piazza forever linked to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, and the cap on his plaque has a Mets logo, but his career was launched and made possible by the Dodgers.

They famously drafted him in the 62nd round in 1988 and signed him as a favor to then-manager Tom Lasorda, who grew up in Norristown, Pa., buddies with Piazza's father, Vince, and would let Mike serve as a batboy when the Dodgers visited Philadelphia.

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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.

Toles bringing energy to Dodgers since callup

Toles bringing energy to Dodgers since callup

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers rookie Andrew Toles replaced Yasiel Puig in right field Saturday night in St. Louis due to tightness in Puig's right hamstring and was in the lineup again Sunday night as his replacement. Toles rocketed through the Minors after signing with Los Angeles last October and is making an impact as a left-handed bat when the Dodgers need it most.

The No. 28 prospect in the Dodgers system according to MLBPipeline.com, Toles is hitting .333 (9-for-27) in his first 11 Major League games. He had his first multi-hit game Saturday and scored twice on a 3-for-4 night. Toles has hit safely in four of six starts and seven of his first 11 games.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers get back on track against Cardinals

Dodgers get back on track against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- One night after letting a plethora of scoring chances go untapped, the Dodgers capitalized against Mike Leake early on Saturday and then coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. The win kept the Dodgers ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race and halted St. Louis' winning streak at five.

The Dodgers recovered from an exhausting, 16-inning loss quickly enough to even the three-game series at Busch Stadium. All nine players in L.A.'s starting lineup had at least one hit off Leake, who allowed a career-high 12 over his six innings. Five of those came in the third, when the Dodgers utilized three infield hits to generate some momentum before Justin Turner punctuated the four-run frame with a two-run double.

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

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.