LOS ANGELES -- Nick Markakis' ground-rule double capped a two-run eighth inning against an erratic Adam Liberatore as the Braves capitalized on an Alex Wood gem for a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Andrelton Simmons scored the go-ahead run when Liberatore's 3-1 pitch to Freddie Freeman went to the backstop. Markakis followed the wild pitch with an RBI double, which provided the insurance run the Braves needed to overcome the one-out homer Alex Guerrero hit off Braves closer Jason Grilli in the ninth inning.
Gonzalez is nearly doubling his competition at the position. He has 929,016 fan votes, while no other NL first baseman has more than 500,000. The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt are second and third, respectively.
The Cardinals and Dodgers will meet on Friday at Busch Stadium in a reunion of the 2014 National League Division Series. St. Louis took that series in four games and has eliminated Los Angeles the past two postseasons.
This is the first meeting between the clubs since October, and the Dodgers will bring a surprising contributor on the mound in Mike Bolsinger. In his second season in the Major Leagues, Bolsinger has allowed two runs over four starts, including an eight-inning, one-hit gem against the Padres on May 23.
LOS ANGELES -- Rick Monday was a few days away from driving from Arizona State University to the 1965 College World Series championship in Omaha, Neb., when word arrived that he'd been taken by the Kansas City A's with the first overall pick in Major League Baseball's inaugural First-Year Player Draft.
Fifty years later, Monday reflected on the momentous events swirling around that 19-year-old kid. Two years earlier, his mother had promised a persistent scout named Tommy Lasorda that her son -- having just graduated from Santa Monica (Calif.) High School -- would sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers after attending college. The Draft altered those plans.
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.
MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player
By Mark Newman
Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.
LOS ANGELES -- For everyone saying there's something wrong with Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner proved he can still be dominant in Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves.
His ERA of 3.86 is much more mortal than the 1.77 and 1.83 he posted in 2014 and '13, respectively, and at 3-3 he's already lost as many games as he did last season.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers used a six-run fourth inning and a 10-strikeout gem from Clayton Kershaw to cruise to an 8-0 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning in what was his most impressive start of the season. The lefty scattered four hits over seven innings and added an RBI single in the fourth, the Dodgers' highest-scoring inning this season.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been hitting and increased his participation in baseball activities over the past few days, according to manager Don Mattingly.
Puig was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 25 with a strained left hamstring. An MRI exam on May 12 showed he suffered a setback while playing in a rehab game for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers launched three home runs off reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning to beat the Braves, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
Trailing, 2-1, at the seventh-inning stretch, Los Angeles tied the game on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout in the seventh and Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the lead the following inning with a solo shot to right-center field. Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins followed suit with homers.
LOS ANGELES -- A whole squadron of players out to prove people wrong led the Dodgers to a 6-3 Memorial Day win over the Braves on Monday.
Right fielder Andre Ethier, marginalized during the offseason, continued his resurgence as Yasiel Puig's injury replacement with a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, one of three the Dodgers hit off reliever Nick Masset to blast out of a team-wide slump that saw them score nine runs in the previous eight games.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin recently underwent carpal tunnel release surgery on his right wrist and could be pitching in a month.
Gaudin, 32, was bidding to make the Dodgers roster out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, after missing last year while recovering from neck surgery. But he encountered nerve issues while making a spot start March 21 and was shut down. He has been at the club's Arizona complex the past two months rehabilitating.
Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Seager smacks first two Triple-A homers
In 22nd game with Oklahoma City, Dodgers top prospect breaks 1-for-19 skid with pair of blasts
By Alex M. Smith
In his 22nd Triple-A game, Dodgers No. 1 prospect (No. 7 overall) Corey Seager hit his first and second home runs for Oklahoma City on Monday night, breaking a 1-for-19 skid. The shortstop collected three RBIs, going 2-for-4 in the Dodgers' 6-1 win over Salt Lake.
The 21-year-old tore through Double-A pitching in April, hitting .375/.407/.675 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 20 games with Tulsa. He was promoted to Oklahoma City on May 1 but has struggled to continue his torrid pace, hitting .250/.290/.364 without any display of power until Memorial Day.
LOS ANGELES -- If the last two games proved anything, it's that the Dodgers can't know what they'll get from starters Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias.
It could be genius, like Bolsinger's eight scoreless innings Saturday night. Or it could be ghastly, like Frias' 11-3 loss to the Padres on Sunday. That's why management wants to trade for more pitching.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Dodgers fan films himself catching home run
By Gemma Kaneko |
On Sunday afternoon, a fan at Dodger Stadium not only caught Alex Guerrero's two-run shot in the seventh, he also managed to have the manual dexterity to film himself doing it.
Do you get the feeling you've seen this before? If you're having deja vu or experiencing the weird sensation that you've come unstuck in time, don't worry. This very same thing happened in the very same stadium about three weeks ago.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
'He's back': Jansen shows dominant self in return
Dodgers closer reports no issues after notching back-to-back saves
By Steve Bourbon
LOS ANGELES -- After pitching in back-to-back nights for the first time this season, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is fully healthy, according to manager Don Mattingly.
"He's back. We don't have any handcuffs on him or anything else," Mattingly said. "He's a no-restrictions guy for us right now."
LOS ANGELES -- In a contest in which a Dodgers starting pitcher would throw the season's first masterpiece, even Mike Bolsinger wouldn't have guessed Mike Bolsinger.
But there he was Saturday night, surrounded by media asking for details on the curveball (he taught himself) that had the Padres flailing and fumbling and, in Justin Upton's case, complaining enough with plate umpire Clint Fagan to be ejected.