Dodgers keep home mojo working with win vs. Giants

Dodgers keep home mojo working with win vs. Giants

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers sustained a four-run outburst in Monday night's third inning and held on to extend their home winning streak to eight games with an 8-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

With one out, runners at the corners and a run in, the Dodgers accelerated their rally with three consecutive hits off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Carl Crawford singled to set up Juan Uribe's RBI single before Joc Pederson drilled a run-scoring double.

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Pederson's pop, defense lead Dodgers to win

Center fielder robs Giants to start double play, drives in two runs

Pederson's pop, defense lead Dodgers to win

LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson had the biggest moments Monday night at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers finally won in their fourth try against the Giants this season, 8-3.

The Dodgers' 23-year-old center fielder drove in two runs, with a home run and a double, scored twice and took an extra-base hit and RBI away from Angel Pagan with a spectacular catch in the first inning that turned into a double play.

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McCarthy has torn UCL, likely needs Tommy John surgery

McCarthy has torn UCL, likely needs Tommy John surgery

LOS ANGELES -- When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly got to the ballpark Monday, he said he got some news he wasn't expecting.

Bad news.

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Tight side causes Dodgers' Crawford to exit early

Tight side causes Dodgers' Crawford to exit early

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford had to come out of Monday night's 8-3 Dodgers victory over the Giants in the bottom of the third inning because of tightness in his right side.

Crawford tripled leading off the second inning, but took his defensive station in the top of the third. He's day to day.

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Kershaw gets rematch with Bumgarner

Kershaw gets rematch with Bumgarner

Ace left-handers Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Madison Bumgarner of the Giants match up again Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in the second game of a three-game series.

The Giants won their last encounter Wednesday at AT&T Park, 3-2, with neither starter involved in the decision. Kershaw (1-1, 4.07) pitched six innngs and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out nine and walked one.

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Dodgers' Urias whiffs career-high 10 for Tulsa

L.A.'s No. 2 prospect allows one hit in six shutout innings for Double-A Drillers

Dodgers' Urias whiffs career-high 10 for Tulsa

Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias bounced back from a rough start in a big way for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers on Monday night.

L.A.'s No. 2 prospect (No. 8 overall) gave up just one hit and struck out 10 batters in six shutout innings against the Arkansas Travelers, as the Drillers fell, 1-0, in 12 innings. Urias atoned for an April 21 start in which he gave up five earned runs in just four innings.

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Dodgers fall despite Baker's fine outing

Dodgers fall despite Baker's fine outing

SAN DIEGO -- Solo home runs by Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris powered the Padres to a 3-1 win over the Dodgers Sunday to avoid being swept in their three-game series at Petco Park and end a four-game losing streak. Norris also doubled in a run for the Padres.

Brandon Morrow allowed a solo home run to Alex Guerrero in the fifth inning for the only Dodgers run of the game. He pitched seven innings, allowing five hits to earn his first win since April 9, 2014 against Houston as a member of the Blue Jays.

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Guerrero's hot bat forcing Dodgers' hands

Cuban slugger hits fifth homer in fourth start of season

Guerrero's hot bat forcing Dodgers' hands

SAN DIEGO -- Labels can be hard to shake, but Alex Guerrero is rewriting an early reputation that might have been unfair to begin with.

"The spurt I'm going through, I think it is impressive and I hope it impresses everybody and I want it to continue," Guerrero said after belting his fifth home run of the season in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Padres in only his fourth start.

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Baker gives Dodgers boost with strong debut

Right-hander fans six over seven innings in spot start

Baker gives Dodgers boost with strong debut

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers didn't get the series sweep over the Padres on Sunday, but they did get a quality start, which is no minor achievement considering their rotation is under siege.

Scott Baker, released by the Yankees at the end of Spring Training and signed by the Dodgers for a spot-start role like this one, pitched seven innings after getting called up from Triple-A in a 3-1 loss to the Padres. He allowed three runs, two on solo homers by Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris, who also doubled in the other run.

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Left hamstring strain forces Puig to DL

'Dead arm' sidelines Peralta; Baker, Frias recalled to bolster pitching depth

Left hamstring strain forces Puig to DL

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers on Sunday placed All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig and their leader in saves, righty Joel Peralta, on the 15-day disabled list, replacing them with Sunday's starting pitcher, Scott Baker, and swing man Carlos Frias.

Puig is sidelined by a strained left hamstring, while Peralta said he has a "dead arm," probably from a pinched nerve near his neck. Reliever Brandon League was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Baker.

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Ryu takes next step toward recovery from shoulder injury

Left-hander throws off mound for first time since impingement in mid-March

Ryu takes next step toward recovery from shoulder injury

SAN DIEGO -- With the MRI on Brandon McCarthy's injured elbow set for Monday, Hyun-Jin Ryu delivered the only good news from a Dodgers starting pitcher Sunday when he threw off a mound for the first time since suffering a left shoulder impingement in mid-March.

Ryu made 20 throws and reported no discomfort, although he threw at bullpen speed. He will throw off a mound again Tuesday, but there's no timetable for his return to the club as he essentially must go through a Spring Training to rebuild arm strength for a 100-pitch start in the Major Leagues.

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A-Gone, Ethier power Dodgers past Padres

A-Gone, Ethier power Dodgers past Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers clubbed four home runs, with Adrian Gonzalez continuing to torment his former team, in an 11-8 victory over the Padres on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 44,454 at Petco Park.

Gonzalez had two hits, including a three-run homer, his sixth against the Padres this season and Juan Uribe, Andre Ethier and Howie Kendrick also added long balls for the Dodgers.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCarthy exits start due to elbow tightness

McCarthy exits start due to elbow tightness

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy left Saturday night's 11-8 win over the Padres in the sixth inning after experiencing elbow tightness.

McCarthy had just allowed the third Padres home run of the night, and second by Justin Upton, a three-run shot to trim the Dodgers' lead to 10-6. After releasing the pitch, McCarthy winced and motioned to the dugout.

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Dodgers engage in powerful show at Petco

Dodgers engage in powerful show at Petco

SAN DIEGO -- On back-to-back nights, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly kept the media waiting as he huddled with his boss to deal with the latest crisis.

And these were after wins.

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Dodgers reportedly ink Carp to Minors deal

Dodgers reportedly ink Carp to Minors deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers signed journeyman outfielder Mike Carp to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to truebluela.com. The club has not confirmed the signing.

Carp, 28, did not make the Washington Nationals' roster out of Spring Training and declined his Minor League assignment.

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Dodgers tab Baker to start finale vs. Padres

Dodgers tab Baker to start finale vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The rotational roulette wheel has landed on Scott Baker, who on Sunday becomes the Dodgers' third different fifth starter in as many opportunities.

Baker will need to be added to the 40-man roster with a corresponding move and it could be reliever Joel Peralta landing on the disabled list. Peralta said he has a dead arm that doesn't hurt, but has robbed him of velocity.

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Dodgers' stopper Greinke continues mastery of Padres

Dodgers' stopper Greinke continues mastery of Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers won the Friday night series opener of their battle for first place with the Padres, Zack Greinke standing out in his familiar role of stopper while rookie Yimi Garcia throwing his cap into the ring for closer with Joel Peralta's status uncertain.

Greinke brought a halt to his club's three-game losing streak with seven scoreless innings, pinpointing his fastball for seven strikeouts and supported in the 3-0 win with RBIs from the bottom of the lineup -- one each from Carl Crawford (his first homer), Juan Uribe (his first RBI) and Joc Pederson.

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Tracy Ringolsby

NL West no match for Greinke, Kershaw

NL West no match for Greinke, Kershaw

Zack Greinke has been a difference-maker for the Dodgers. The Dodgers have won back-to-back National League West titles since signing Greinke as a free agent. He has teamed with Clayton Kershaw to give the Dodgers a dominant 1-2 punch, bringing back memories of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

The Dodgers have dominated their division since the start of the 2013 season, compiling a 87-65 record within the division. And it's been the Greinke-Kershaw duo that has been the key.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

Greinke outduels Cashner in NL West showdown

SAN DIEGO -- Zack Greinke continued his mastery of the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park, allowing four hits in seven innings as the Dodgers picked up a 3-0 victory in an early season showdown between the top two teams in the National League West.

Greinke (3-0), who struck out seven while walking three, is 4-0 with 1.41 ERA against the Padres dating back to 2013.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of the Dodgers @kengurnick on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers add veteran reliever Santos

Dodgers add veteran reliever Santos

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers continued their daily roster tinkering on Friday, purchasing the contract of right-handed reliever Sergio Santos, optioning Thursday starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger back to Triple-A Oklahoma City and designating for assignment left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno.

Still to come is naming a starting pitcher for Sunday and a corresponding move, although manager Don Mattingly wouldn't announce one. The two most logical contenders are Joe Wieland and Zach Lee. Wieland was scratched from his Friday night start for Oklahoma City.

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Richard Justice

Mattingly deftly manages deep Dodgers roster

Finding playing time for rookie Guerrero is latest challenge for LA skipper

Mattingly deftly manages deep Dodgers roster

Dodgers rookie infielder Alex Guerrero is hitting .474. He has to play, right? It can't be that complicated, can it? I mean, it just can't be. Hey, there's nothing easier -- or more enjoyable -- than telling another guy how to run his baseball team.

Say this for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly: He has some experience in this area, having spent much of the last three seasons figuring how out to work four or five starting outfielders into three spots.

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Dodgers succumb to another Giants walk-off win

Dodgers succumb to another Giants walk-off win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Justin Maxwell's one-out single Thursday shattered a 10th-inning deadlock and gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing a three-game sweep for the defending World Series champions. It was the second straight walk-off victory for the Giants in the series.

With the score tied, 2-2, Angel Pagan launched San Francisco's winning surge by singling on a full-count pitch from Juan Nicasio, the Dodgers' sixth reliever. One out later, after Pagan stole second base, Brandon Belt drew an intentional walk before Maxwell whistled his hit past third base.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Slugging Guerrero making most of limited action

Mattingly considering time in left field for hot-hitting player

Slugging Guerrero making most of limited action

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Guerrero has packed quite a punch for the Dodgers lineup in his limited opportunities so far this season. With Wednesday night's pinch-hit, two-run blast off Madison Bumgarner, Guerrero pushed his home run total to three and his RBI count to 11 despite having just 16 at-bats.

Thursday marked the third start of the year for Guerrero and his first since April 13, as he has essentially been an expensive pinch-hitter for the Dodgers. He's been a good one, though, going 3-for-7 with two homers and five RBIs in that role.

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Kendrick's great grab extends Dodgers' hopes

Second baseman preserves lead in eighth with amazing catch before walk-off loss

Kendrick's great grab extends Dodgers' hopes

SAN FRANCISCO -- For a little while Thursday afternoon, it appeared Howie Kendrick would be the hero of the series finale between the Dodgers and Giants. But San Francisco squashed those thoughts with its second walk-off win in as many days, completing a three-game sweep with a 3-2 comeback victory.

The Giants needed to conjure up some ninth-inning magic after Kendrick made a superb defensive play in the previous frame. Justin Maxwell came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth as the Dodgers clung to a 2-1 lead, drilling a line drive up the middle. But Kendrick quickly dived to his right and stabbed the ball out of mid-air, robbing Maxwell and keeping his team's one-run lead intact.

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Yasiel Puig spotted reading in dugout

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Yasiel Puig spotted reading in dugout

I am an unapologetic bookworm, and I read every spare second I get. I bring books to the grocery story in case the line is long. I read three paragraphs while I'm taking the elevator to work. You know who else apparently does this? Yasiel Puig. 

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