Scully says 2016 will be his last season

Dodgers broadcaster has been advised by friends, doctor

Scully says 2016 will be his last season

LOS ANGELES -- Discussing his decision to return for the 2016 season on Saturday, Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said he expects next year to be his last one in the broadcast booth.

Scully, 87, had Jimmy Kimmel announce to the Dodger Stadium crowd Friday night that he will return for a 67th season with a series of cue cards on the Dodger Stadium message board.

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Baez's lenghty layoff due to change in role

Dodgers righty is healthy and will be used as long reliever

Baez's lenghty layoff due to change in role

LOS ANGELES -- Despite not pitching in the past 10 days, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly insists that right-hander Pedro Baez is healthy and available.

"He's healthy," Mattingly said. "I know he hasn't been out there in a bit, but he will be."

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LA's Win, Vin situation: 15 K's, Scully in '16

LA's Win, Vin situation: 15 K's, Scully in '16

LOS ANGELES -- On the night Vin Scully announced he will return to the broadcast booth next season, Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 and the Dodgers put up a three-run sixth inning to beat the Cubs, 4-1, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete a 15-K night for Dodgers pitchers.

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Kershaw speaks volumes, as Vin reveals plan

Dodgers ace dominates Cubs; broadcaster announces he'll return

Kershaw speaks volumes, as Vin reveals plan

LOS ANGELES -- Broadcaster Vin Scully announced Friday that he'll return for his 67th season with the Dodgers in 2016, but even the legend behind the microphone might have to find new ways to describe Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw was at his best, tying a season-high with 14 strikeouts and dominating his eight innings, allowing just three hits and one run. Kenley Jansen struck out another batter for good measure as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 4-1, on Friday night.

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Utley displays aggressive style in home debut

Dodgers second baseman triples, scores with baserunning smarts

Utley displays aggressive style in home debut

LOS ANGELES -- While much was made about Chase Utley coming home by joining the Dodgers on Aug. 19, Friday night was the first time he was back in Los Angeles.

In his first game in front of the hometown fans, Utley made an impression by going 1-for-3 with an RBI triple and brought an added dimension on the basepaths in the 4-1 win over the Cubs.

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Celebrate Vin Scully returning with his best calls

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Celebrate Vin Scully returning with his best calls

If you heard a mighty roar rise up from the West Coast and spread across the nation on Friday night like a great crescendo of human joy and were wondering why, now you know: Vin Scully, the venerated voice of the Dodgers, will be returning for his 67th season behind the mic in 2016

So with the legend coming back for at least one more season of memories and highlights, let's look back at 17 of the most memorable moments that Scully has called over the years. 

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Puig placed on DL; Dodgers call up Peraza

Puig placed on DL; Dodgers call up Peraza

LOS ANGELES -- For the second time in less than two weeks, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig injured his hamstring, although this injury forced him to the 15-day disabled list on Friday. To replace Puig, Los Angeles called up infielder Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Manager Don Mattingly believes the 24-year-old Puig will be sidelined for more than 10 days, so the club opted to put Puig on the disabled list.

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Scully to return for 67th season

Scully to return for 67th season

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have a personnel decision greeted with unanimous support on Friday, as Vin Scully will return for a 67th season as the club's announcer.

"I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said in a release. "There's no place like home ... and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends."  

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Kendrick hits plateau in rehab

Dodgers push back timetable for second baseman's return

Kendrick hits plateau in rehab

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly said the rehab of second baseman Howie Kendrick has halted in recent days and the second baseman's timetable for return will have to be pushed back.

"Howie has, in our minds, plateaued a little bit," Mattingly said. "He can get to where he's running 90, 95 percent but not just get all the way there."

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Maddon honored to meet with Scully

Cubs manager goes over notes with legendary Dodgers broadcaster

Maddon honored to meet with Scully

LOS ANGELES -- When Vin Scully calls, Joe Maddon not only listens, but makes the trek from the clubhouse to the press box to meet with the Dodgers' legendary broadcaster.

Scully returning for 67th season as broadcaster in 2016

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Greinke cruises as Dodgers sweep Reds

Greinke cruises as Dodgers sweep Reds

CINCINNATI -- Zack Greinke fired a four-hitter for seven scoreless innings to outduel Anthony DeSclafani as the Dodgers edged the Reds on Thursday afternoon, 1-0, for their first series sweep at Great American Ball Park since 2008.

The Reds have lost 12 of 13, while the Dodgers had lost the first five games of the trip in Oakland and Houston before the three-game sweep. The win left the first-place Dodgers 2 1/2 games ahead of the Giants, who beat the Cubs, 9-1.

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Stats of the Day: Greinke on a historic pace

With his seven scoreless innings Thursday, Dodgers star lowers ERA to 1.61

Stats of the Day: Greinke on a historic pace

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues Thursday …

Zack Greinke threw seven scoreless innings, the Dodgers plated a run on a double play, and Los Angeles emerged from Great American Ball Park with a 1-0 victory over the Reds. In his 26th appearance of the year, Greinke lowered his ERA to 1.61. Since 1968, the five-lowest season-ending ERAs were Bob Gibson's 1.12 in 1968, Dwight Gooden's 1.53 in '85, Greg Maddux's 1.56 in '94, Luis Tiant's 1.60 in '68 and Maddux's 1.63 in '95. While Greinke leads the National League in ERA, he ranks fifth in wins (two behind the co-leaders) and is eighth in strikeouts. Of the nine pitchers in the live-ball era to finish with an ERA below 1.70, only Gooden (in '85) captured the pitching Triple Crown in his league.

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Unlikely relievers seal win for Greinke

Hatcher, Johnson each toss scoreless inning after Dodgers righty twirls gem

Unlikely relievers seal win for Greinke

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers used five relievers in each win Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The price paid was having closer Kenley Jansen and bullpen mates Juan Nicasio, Luis Avilan and J.P. Howell unavailable Thursday behind starter Zack Greinke.

"I didn't know how many people weren't available," Greinke said after throwing a four-hitter through seven innings of a 1-0 nail-biting win over the Reds. "Good thing I didn't have a bad outing today. I don't remember the last time this many were down. Crazy."

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Dodgers may use sixth starter to rest rotation

Bolsinger, Lee, Wieland and Thomas among candidates when rosters expand

Dodgers may use sixth starter to rest rotation

CINCINNATI -- Manager Don Mattingly said he's considering using a sixth starter at some point after rosters expand Tuesday to give the Dodgers' rotation an extra day of rest.

Among the candidates now with Triple-A Oklahoma City and already on the 40-man roster are Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee, Joe Wieland and Ian Thomas.

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Seager homers and triples in first two at-bats for OKC

Dodgers' No. 1 prospect hits his fourth home run in his past seven Triple-A games

Seager homers and triples in first two at-bats for OKC

With a potential callup in September on the horizon, Corey Seager is getting hot at the perfect time.

The Dodgers' No. 1 prospect (No. 2 overall) homered and tripled on Thursday in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-7 win over El Paso. He finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

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Dodgers' bullpen rewarding Mattingly's faith

For second straight game, manager plays matchups with relievers, who get big outs to escape jams

Dodgers' bullpen rewarding Mattingly's faith

CINCINNATI -- Nobody has more riding on the success or failure of the Dodgers' bullpen than manager Don Mattingly.

But nobody seems to be more faithful than Mattingly, either.

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Ellis taking hot bat back to bench

Filling in for returning Grandal, Dodgers catcher has four homers in last 13 starts

Ellis taking hot bat back to bench

CINCINNATI -- Now that A.J. Ellis' bat has caught fire, he's headed back to the bench.

It's all part of the adjustment of being a backup, Ellis' role since the acquisition of Yasmani Grandal over the winter. Ellis has started the last three games behind the plate for the Dodgers, but Grandal is expected to return from a sore left shoulder for Thursday's series finale against the Reds.

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Dodgers erupt early, hold off rallying Reds

Dodgers erupt early, hold off rallying Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers homered three times in a five-run fourth inning Wednesday night to chase rookie starter David Holmberg, and they held on for a 7-4 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

With the victory, the Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Giants, who beat the Cubs, 4-2. Since Aug. 13, the Dodgers are 5-5, all of the wins against the Reds.

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Dodge bat: Hernandez puts scare in Suarez

Los Angeles OF forces Reds SS to take evasive measures, as splintered lumber leads to double

Dodge bat: Hernandez puts scare in Suarez

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers center fielder Kiké Hernandez gave new meaning to the term "broken-bat double" in Los Angeles' 7-4 win over the Reds on Wednesday night.

Leading off the sixth inning against reliever Pedro Villarreal, Hernandez hit what would have been a routine ground ball to shortstop if his bat hadn't separated, with the barrel aiming directly at the feet of infielder Eugenio Suarez along with the ball.

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Verdugo hits for the cycle for Rancho Cucamonga

Dodgers' No. 7 prospect thumps a triple in the eighth inning to complete the feat for Quakes

Verdugo hits for the cycle for Rancho Cucamonga

Alex Verdugo had a game to remember Wednesday, hitting for the cycle as part of a 4-for-4 performance -- his second career four-hit game -- in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga's 10-2 win over Lancaster.

The Dodgers No. 7 prospect got the home run out of the way in his first at-bat, taking Lancaster starter Keean Yuhl deep to center field in the second inning. The home run was Verdugo's seventh of the season and second since joining Rancho Cucamonga.

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Utley takes preparatory grounders at third

Dodgers veteran could sometimes fill in for Turner at hot corner when Kendrick returns

Utley takes preparatory grounders at third

CINCINNATI -- Career second baseman Chase Utley began a potential conversion to third base Wednesday afternoon in a brief workout that included manager Don Mattingly and bench coach Tim Wallach, a former All-Star third baseman.

Utley, acquired last week primarily to fill in for injured second baseman Howie Kendrick, took grounders for less than five minutes at Great American Ball Park.

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Dodgers answer call, find winning feeling

After Kershaw speaks up, club gets complete effort in snapping 5-game losing streak

Dodgers answer call, find winning feeling

CINCINNATI -- Whether it was Clayton Kershaw's call for a sense of urgency or just the drop in class of the opposition, the Dodgers pulled out of their five-game tailspin Tuesday night by beating the Reds, 5-1.

Along with home runs by Justin Turner and Jimmy Rollins, three double plays from the defense and clutch relief pitching, there was a win by fourth starter Alex Wood against a team that has lost 10 of its last 11.

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Sweet relief: Bullpen battles, comes up clutch

Dodgers use five relievers down stretch to get out of jams in skid-busting win

Sweet relief: Bullpen battles, comes up clutch

CINCINNATI -- It was almost as if manager Don Mattingly couldn't wait to get into his beleaguered bullpen, removing starting pitcher Alex Wood after 5 2/3 shutout innings.

But he had sounded a tone all day about the season starting anew, and it sort of looked that way as five relievers pitched the last 3 1/3 innings of a 5-1 win over the Reds that snapped the Dodgers' five-game losing streak Tuesday.

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Dodgers power up to halt skid in Cincinnati

Dodgers power up to halt skid in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Justin Turner and Jimmy Rollins slugged two-run homers as the Dodgers snapped a five-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 5-1 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

With the victory, the Dodgers extended their National League West lead to 2 1/2 games after the Giants lost to the Cubs, 8-5.

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Mattingly backs Kershaw's call for 'urgency'

Dodgers' manager confident clubhouse received message from respected ace

Mattingly backs Kershaw's call for 'urgency'

CINCINNATI -- Manager Don Mattingly didn't agree with using the word "panic," but he didn't argue with Clayton Kershaw's Sunday observation that the Dodgers -- in a five-game losing streak before beating the Reds, 5-1, on Tuesday night -- need to pick it up.

Mattingly, in fact, sounded pleased that Kershaw spoke up.

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Dodgers activate Nicasio from disabled list

Grandal out of action with left shoulder bruise; Kendrick nearing rehab assignment

Dodgers activate Nicasio from disabled list

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers activated right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio from the 15-day disabled list and had good news on second baseman Howie Kendrick's recovery, but they were missing catcher Yasmani Grandal from the lineup for Tuesday night's series opener against the Reds.

Nicasio immediately saw action in the Dodgers' 5-1 win Tuesday, during which he induced a groundout and a flyout in the eighth inning before loading the bases with two walks that surrounded a single.

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Seager, Bellinger homer; Urias hurls 6 scoreless in Minors

No. 1 prospect homers for Triple-A, No. 2 throws six scoreless for Tulsa, No. 9 blasts his 28th homer

Seager, Bellinger homer; Urias hurls 6 scoreless in Minors

Both of the Dodgers' highest-rated prospects had excellent nights, while a top slugger climbed closer to catching the Minor League home run leader.

No. 1 prospect (No. 2 overall) Corey Seager homered in a 2-for-5 game in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 8-2 triumph over Albuquerque. The blast was his 12th since joining the Oklahoma City Dodgers on May 1 and he's hit three homers in his past five games to bring his season line to .277/.330/.445.

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