Kershaw gives Uribe confidence boost with BP homer

MVP tabbed for Dodgers' second game of spring

Kershaw gives Uribe confidence boost with BP homer

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Of the 40 pitches Clayton Kershaw threw in batting practice Saturday, Juan Uribe turned around one of them for a home run to center field.

"I'll have to hear about Uribe's home run all season," bemoaned the 2014 National League MVP. "I'm glad I gave him confidence for the whole year."

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Lyle Spencer

Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

Offseason acquisition from San Diego clicks with Yeager in early workouts

Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Camp Boomer, presided over by Dodgers coach Steve "Boomer" Yeager, just opened, but newcomer Yasmani Grandal -- the centerpiece in the Matt Kemp trade with the Padres -- already has opened eyes.

"I like what I see and what I hear from him," Yeager said. "It takes time to gain the respect of the pitching staff and teammates whenever a catcher comes from somewhere else, but some of them already know him. In the old Dodger tradition, we've welcomed him with open arms. He has come in with a good attitude; you don't have to go looking for him. He's right there, ready to go to work."

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Bedard to start Dodgers' first Cactus League game

Veteran lefty expected to provide insurance for top five in rotation

Bedard to start Dodgers' first Cactus League game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers will get an early look at non-roster veteran pitcher Erik Bedard, who will start the exhibition opener against the White Sox on Wednesday and turn 36 on Thursday.

The left-hander, who is a former staff ace and was a 15-game winner for Baltimore in 2006, was pitching for Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman with Tampa Bay last year until being released in August. He's insurance for the Dodgers in case something goes wrong early with one of their top five starting pitchers.

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Ryu, Peralta on track for bullpen sessions

Ryu, Peralta on track for bullpen sessions

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hyun-Jin Ryu and Joel Peralta are expected to throw bullpen sessions on Monday, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.

Ryu played catch for the second day after missing two days with mid-back stiffness. Peralta hasn't thrown off a mound in a month after experiencing shoulder stiffness working out in the Dominican Republic before Spring Training.

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Dodgers want versatile Barnes to focus on catching

Acquired from Miami, prospect likely advancing to Triple-A this season

Dodgers want versatile Barnes to focus on catching

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Austin Barnes has the rare skill set for catching and second base, but the Dodgers have told him to put away the infield glove.

For now, Barnes will work exclusively as a catcher, general manager Farhan Zaidi said. When Barnes was acquired from Miami in the Dee Gordon trade, the Dodgers said Barnes' versatility was one of the attractions.

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Turner looks to keep turning heads with Dodgers

Versatile infielder went from non-roster invitee to clutch performer in 2014

Turner looks to keep turning heads with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Being a non-roster position player in a Dodgers Spring Training camp is likely to lead to a year as Triple-A insurance, or worse.

Numerous non-roster pitchers -- Wilson Alvarez, Takashi Saito, Jose Lima, Jeff Weaver, etc. -- have carved out Major League roles of impact going that route, but position players? Not so much.

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Jansen fitted for weight-bearing boot

Dodgers' closer on crutches following foot surgery, throwing in meantime with knee on chair

Jansen fitted for weight-bearing boot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Injured Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was fitted with a protective boot on Friday as he continues his recovery from left-foot surgery.

After stitches are removed next week, the boot will allow Jansen to begin placing weight on the foot and gradually ramp up athletic activity. Until then, he will continue on crutches.

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Mattingly in early planning stages as BP gets underway

Mattingly in early planning stages as BP gets underway

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the Dodgers creep closer to Wednesday's Opening Day of the exhibition season, manager Don Mattingly continues to defer any and all questions about his lineup and batting order.

"I've been doing other things," said Mattingly, in an attempt to downplay upcoming decisions. "Farhan [Zaidi, general manager] and I have thrown it around a little bit. There will be different combinations, with lefty-righty [opposing pitchers] and if a guy is out of the lineup."

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Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Outfielder, who played for six teams, is not ready to coach

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

JUPITER, Fla. -- Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base-stealers of his generation, has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.

Pierre, who lives in south Florida, is now a self-proclaimed "stay-at-home dad." He also isn't ready to accept a coaching position at this point.

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Ryu reports no back issues after playing catch

Ryu reports no back issues after playing catch

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to the practice field on Friday and resumed throwing after missing two days with mid-back stiffness.

Ryu said he made about 35 throws from 60 feet in a game of light catch and reported no ill effects. His back stiffened up after throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. An MRI revealed no structural damage.

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Legendary Koufax stops by for first full-squad workout

Hall of Famer comments on Kershaw, new-look Dodgers at Spring Training

Legendary Koufax stops by for first full-squad workout

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With all of the new faces in uniform for the first full-squad workout on Thursday, there was also the most iconic Dodgers face in uniform: Sandy Koufax.

The Hall of Famer did his thing as special assistant to the chairman, watching a full set of bullpen sessions, including that of 18-year-old prospect Julio Urias.

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Mattingly ready for some 'open competition' in camp

Mattingly ready for some 'open competition' in camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Don Mattingly held a 70-minute meeting before the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Thursday, presumably just to introduce everybody.

There were 58 players in last year's Major League camp and 61 this year, but only 24 are holdovers from 2014 to '15.

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Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

Dodgers veteran reliever dealing with right shoulder stiffness

Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the club is confident reliever Joel Peralta will be ready for Opening Day.

"We all expect him to be ready for the season," Mattingly said.

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Anthony Castrovince

McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion in L.A.

McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion in L.A.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- That they are former A's reunited as Dodgers teammates only scratches the surface of the Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson relationship. They are similarly strong Twitter follows, similarly cynical sorts, similarly proud of what McCarthy calls a "terrible" taste in music. They are similarly curious, as evidenced the other day when Anderson tweeted about their discussion pertaining to whether fish sleep (and yes, fish sleep, for the record).

As McCarthy put it, "We're similarly socially awkward people with dry senses of humor."

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Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After throwing his first bullpen session since a Thursday elbow injection, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said he has no more concern about his health now than he did a year ago.

"It's the same as I did last year, at the end of the year, at the beginning of the year, in the offseason and the last time I talked to you guys," said Greinke. "There's always a little bit of concern."

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Veteran right-hander Gaudin in camp with Dodgers

Swingman has pitched for nine big league teams in 11 seasons

Veteran right-hander Gaudin in camp with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' collection of veteran pitchers continued to grow Wednesday with the signing of free agent right-hander Chad Gaudin to a Minor League contract with a big league camp invitation.

Gaudin, 32 next month, failed a physical with Philadelphia last spring. He then underwent a foraminotomy procedure by back specialist Robert Watkins to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck that caused a loss of feeling and dexterity in his hand and forearm. He missed the entire 2014 season.

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Ethier meets with Dodgers about role on club

Ethier meets with Dodgers about role on club

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andre Ethier said he met with club management on Monday to "clear the air" about his desire to be a starting outfielder, whether on the Dodgers or elsewhere.

"I hope so. I think so," Ethier said when asked if he will be given a chance to win back his starting job. "I think they understand where I'm coming from and my intentions. With me still being here, I have to assume they're at least considering it."

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Jansen, Dodgers relieved after MRI delivers good news

Growth in left foot not life-threatening; closer should return in two to three months

Jansen, Dodgers relieved after MRI delivers good news

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Kenley Jansen hobbled into the Dodgers' clubhouse Monday on crutches with his left foot in a cast to his mid-shin, feeling pretty lucky. When the doctors tell you that a growth in your foot isn't life-threatening, you feel lucky.

Jansen said he had been feeling increasing discomfort after recent workouts, and he decided to have it checked. The initial X-ray sent chills throughout the medical department, until an MRI assured the club that the growth wasn't serious and the closer would be able to resume his career in two to three months.

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Mattingly believes Ryu deserves more attention

Mattingly believes Ryu deserves more attention

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In a starting rotation headed by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly thinks Hyun-Jin Ryu doesn't get enough credit.

"He's one of the top pitchers in baseball," Mattingly said.

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When scorpions attack: Dodgers staffer stung twice

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When scorpions attack: Dodgers staffer stung twice

Last week's scorpion invasion of the White Sox training camp hit the Dodgers' side of Camelback Ranch Tuesday, when assistant public relations director Jon Chapper was stung twice.

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Transfer news: Has Yasiel Puig joined Real Madrid?

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Transfer news: Has Yasiel Puig joined Real Madrid?

Dodgers fans probably didn't think they had to worry about Yasiel Puig leaving the club to go play professional soccer, especially after the January transfer window closed with nary a peep from the English tabloids. But with Puig having shown that he can dominate in the Majors, perhaps he's now looking for a new challenge in the world of European football. 

Earlier this week, Puig posted two videos showing off his impressive ball-handling skills. At first it seemed like the kind of a thing a player would do to stay loose during Spring Training and no one thought anything of it. 

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Search it: Aardsma credits web for rebirth

Veteran reliever's trek back from multiple injuries began with simple online query

Search it: Aardsma credits web for rebirth

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What if you could search, "Fix my pitching mechanics," and it really worked? What if we ask David Aardsma?

"That's pretty much how it happened," Aardsma said after reporting to the Dodgers' Major League spring camp.

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Mattingly expects Ethier will be 'professional'

Manager doesn't think playing-time issue will be a distraction

Mattingly expects Ethier will be 'professional'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier reported to Spring Training on Monday and gave a glimpse of how awkward his situation could become.

Wearing earbuds, Ethier avoided interaction with the media only hours after manager Don Mattingly said there would "definitely be conversations" with the outfielder "so we're all on the same page."

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Losing Lopez dampened pursuit of Moncada

Dodgers never made formal offer to phenom after Cuban pitcher chose D-backs

Losing Lopez dampened pursuit of Moncada

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' desire to sign Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada apparently was blunted when they lost out to Arizona in the bidding for countryman Yoan Lopez in January.

Moncada agreed to a deal with Boston on Monday for $31.5 million, plus an equal amount in tax. The Dodgers -- although communicating with Moncada's agent throughout his free agency in case the market failed to materialize -- never made a formal offer, general manager Farhan Zaidi said.

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Dodgers add reliever McGowan to pitching ranks

Versatile right-hander signs one-year deal; righty Beachy placed on 60-day disabled list

Dodgers add reliever McGowan to pitching ranks

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The same day that Kenley Jansen hobbled into the clubhouse on crutches, free-agent reliever Dustin McGowan joined the Dodgers, and that's no coincidence.

"It came together pretty quick," said the former Blue Jays right-hander, who officially signed a one-year contract that could pay as much as $3 million.

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Grandal getting practice catching Kershaw

Though Ellis likely will pair with Dodgers ace, new backstop prepping

Grandal getting practice catching Kershaw

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmani Grandal said he expects A.J. Ellis to get most of the catching starts for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw because of their successful history, but he'll be ready just in case.

Manager Don Mattingly said earlier that Ellis won't be Kershaw's personal catcher and provided further proof Sunday by having Grandal catch Kershaw's second bullpen session of the spring.

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Anderson taking it slow with bullpen sessions

Anderson taking it slow with bullpen sessions

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Every Dodgers pitcher who threw a bullpen session Friday threw a second one Sunday except Brett Anderson, whose workload is being managed as he returns from lower back surgery.

Instead, Anderson said he played extra catch Sunday and expects to throw a bullpen session Monday.

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Nicasio embracing new life as reliever

Acquisition expected to be long man; Frias shifting to starting role

Nicasio embracing new life as reliever

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the Major Leagues last year, Juan Nicasio was mostly a starting pitcher and Carlos Frias was mostly a reliever.

But in this new Dodgers world, at least at the start of Spring Training, manager Don Mattingly said Nicasio will be a multi-innings reliever and Frias will be a starter.

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