Dodgers rally to 50 games over .500

Dodgers rally to 50 games over .500

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued their historic 2017 run, using a five-run eighth inning to beat the White Sox, 6-1, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, becoming the first team since the 2004 Cardinals to be 50 games over .500.

The Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball at 84-34, reached 50 wins at home for the third straight season. They are on pace to win 117 games, one more than the Major League record shared by the 2001 Seattle Mariners and the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

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Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the White Sox on Tuesday.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Tuesday.

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Wood stellar, but 15th win will have to wait

Wood stellar, but 15th win will have to wait

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers lefty Alex Wood likes to put his trust in his infielders, inducing ground balls and not allowing many fly balls.

Wood entered Tuesday's game against the White Sox with a 57.5 percent ground-ball rate, but Chicago's Tim Anderson cranked the first pitch of the game out the park to give the White Sox an early advantage.

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Darvish set for Dodger Stadium debut

Darvish set for Dodger Stadium debut

Yu Darvish will make his highly anticipated Dodger Stadium debut Wednesday as he looks to continue his sizzling start with his new club in the finale of a two-game set against the White Sox.

Chicago will counter with left-hander Carlos Rodon, who's coming off one of his finest starts of the season, an eight-inning effort against the American League West-leading Astros.

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Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

Look out for Redturn2 and Codylove during Aug. 25-27 event

Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

PHOENIX -- Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger will be among the Dodgers' participants when MLB and the MLB Players Association hold their inaugural Players Weekend on Aug. 25-27.

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers trade Hatcher, reinstate Segedin

Righty dealt to A's for int'l amateur signing bonus pool space; INF/OF activated off 60-day DL

Dodgers trade Hatcher, reinstate Segedin

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have traded right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher to the Oakland A's in exchange for international pool bonus money, the club announced on Tuesday.

Hatcher was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday after missing 42 games because of thoracic inflammation and hasn't pitched since June 22. Manager Dave Roberts said innings would have been hard to come by for Hatcher, given the Dodgers' bullpen depth.

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Inbox: Will Taylor start when A-Gon returns?

Beat reporter Ken Gurnick fields Dodgers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Taylor start when A-Gon returns?

Is Chris Taylor a lock to start over Logan Forsythe and Chase Utley if Adrian Gonzalez comes back on a tear?
-- @daviddee40

Dave Roberts has already indicated that when Gonzalez returns, it will be in a part-time role. And Gonzalez will need to show he's healthy and productive. The same is true for Andre Ethier, and both could be competing for the same postseason spot as a seasoned left-handed hitter off the bench. Taylor has become a vital everyday outfielder and leadoff hitter, and that won't change. Roberts' toughest decision will probably involve Joc Pederson, if his bat doesn't heat up.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGwire keeping tabs on Judge, Bellinger

Rookie HR record holder impressed by pair of young sluggers

McGwire keeping tabs on Judge, Bellinger

LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire arrived in Oakland in 1987, a bright-eyed rookie with a powerful swing. Before he had time to fully comprehend his status as a big leaguer, he says, he was already threatening Major League Baseball's 31-year-old rookie homer record -- held at the time by Frank Robinson and Wally Berger.

With 49 dingers that year, McGwire shattered the previous mark of 38. Thirty summers later, he's on the opposite end of the chase.

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Grandal, JT (2) HRs keep LA rolling in series

Grandal, JT (2) HRs keep LA rolling in series

LOS ANGELES -- Heading into a rubber match against the Padres, Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal ensured that the Dodgers wouldn't lose their first series since the first week of June as they homered to push Los Angeles past San Diego, 6-4, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers -- who have played 19 straight series without a series loss and who have gone 28-5 since July 4 -- improved their Major League-best record to 83-34 and are on pace for 115 wins, one shy of the MLB record set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego and covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Roberts: Turner 'glue to our ballclub'

All-Star third baseman slugs two homers in win over Padres

Roberts: Turner 'glue to our ballclub'

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts likes to look at All-Star third baseman Justin Turner as the "glue" that holds the clubhouse together.

Turner, who hit two homers on Sunday, showed why in the Dodgers' series-clinching 6-4 win against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. Turner, who entered Sunday's game leading the National League in batting average, has started to come out of a slump that riddled him in the beginning of August.

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Kershaw set for sim game on Wednesday

Hatcher activated from DL; Farmer sent to Triple-A

Kershaw set for sim game on Wednesday

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw threw his second bullpen session in three days on Sunday and continued to show signs of progression from his lower back strain injury, manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw tossed around 35 pitches in his first bullpen session on Friday, and he ramped up his pitch count to 50 on Sunday. The next step for Kershaw is to throw a two-inning simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Roberts said, and the plan is for Kershaw to throw around 30 to 35 pitches during that simulated game.

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Verdugo stays hot for Oklahoma City

Verdugo stays hot for Oklahoma City

Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect (No. 28 overall) got off to a fast start as he doubled home a pair of runs in the second and then hit a solo blast in the fourth before finishing 2-for-3.

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Comparing '17 Dodgers to winningest teams

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Comparing '17 Dodgers to winningest teams

The Dodgers just won't quit. Heading into play Monday night, they sit at 79-32, have won nine of their past 10 games and simply seem untouchable. There's little to no doubt they'll continue this charge to the NL West title and another trip to the Postseason. 

But how do they compare to the best teams in history?

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Bellinger 1 HR from Dodgers' rookie record

With No. 34 on Saturday, 22-year-old is on Piazza's heels

Bellinger 1 HR from Dodgers' rookie record

LOS ANGELES -- The accolades for Cody Bellinger's rookie season continue to grow.

On Saturday during the Dodgers' 6-3 win over the Padres, the 22-year-old homered for the 34th time, bringing him within one of the club's rookie record, set by Hall of Famer Mike Piazza in 1993.

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Dodgers shocked by Utley's unusual ejection

Dodgers shocked by Utley's unusual ejection

LOS ANGELES -- With one out in the top of the ninth during the Dodgers' 6-3 win over the Padres on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, second-base umpire Ramon De Jesus ejected Chase Utley after the veteran second baseman and De Jesus had a disagreement about the ump's positioning.

Utley said over his 15-year career, he's asked umpires to change positioning so he won't get blocked out a play. The 38-year-old said he thought it was fair to ask De Jesus to fix his positioning.

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A-Gon likely to return on road trip in Detroit

Dodgers first baseman will continue rehab through Wednesday

A-Gon likely to return on road trip in Detroit

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' potent lineup will add another weapon in Adrian Gonzalez, who is set to return to the club during the next road trip.

Gonzalez, who has been on the disabled list since June 12 with a herniated disk, will play through Wednesday with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. He will "probably" join the Dodgers when they travel to Detroit, manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. Gonzalez, who is batting .255 with one homer in 49 games, landed on the DL for the first time in his career at the start of the season with elbow soreness.

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Kershaw talks healthy lifestyle at PLAY event

Kershaw talks healthy lifestyle at PLAY event

LOS ANGELES -- When delivering tips to a group of children about how to conduct a healthy lifestyle, who better than Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to help the message sink in?

On Saturday morning at Dodger Stadium, Kershaw surprised a group of nearly 70 kids who were participating in the latest stop on the National PLAY (Promoting a Lifestyle of Activity for Youth) Campaign.

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Dodgers fastest in NL to 82 wins in 73 years

Dodgers fastest in NL to 82 wins in 73 years

LOS ANGELES -- Not that there was ever much doubt -- but the Dodgers assured themselves of a winning season with a 6-3 victory over the Padres on Saturday night. And they did so with more than a month and a half left in the regular season.

Yasiel Puig's aggressive baserunning put L.A. on top, and Cody Bellinger added his 34th home run, as the Dodgers became the fastest National League team to 82 victories since the 1944 Cardinals. (The last AL team to reach the mark so quickly was the record-setting 2001 Seattle Mariners, who did so in 113 games. Los Angeles needed 116.)

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Statcast of the Day: Puig's 96-mph frozen rope

Statcast of the Day: Puig's 96-mph frozen rope

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig's arm strength has been on display in right field all season for the Dodgers, and he showed off his cannon in the third inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Padres on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

With the bases-loaded against Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill, Cory Spangenberg ripped a two-out RBI single to right. After one run scored to give the Padres a 2-1 lead, Hunter Renfroe decided to test Puig's arm, only for Puig to fire a ball 96.2 mph to catcher Austin Barnes, his second-fastest throw from the outfield this season, according to Statcast™. The ball arrived just in time for Barnes to tag out Renfroe, ending the inning.

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Hill OK after taking pitch to throat

Hill OK after taking pitch to throat

LOS ANGELES -- After taking a 91-mph fastball from Padres lefty Clayton Richard to the throat in the fourth during the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Padres on Friday, Rich Hill stayed in the game and finished six innings, but the 37-year-old lefty was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests following the series opener at Dodger Stadium.

While Hill was attempting to bunt, Richard missed the zone and tagged Hill in his throat, sending him down to the ground in pain. Dodgers trainers rushed out, but Hill popped up quickly, cracking a few jokes to the medical staff and flashing a thumbs up to Richard while jogging to first base.

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Ed Sheeran wore a Justin Turner jersey at gig

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Ed Sheeran wore a Justin Turner jersey at gig

When Dodgers All-Star Justin Turner strides to the plate, he does so to the tune of Ed Sheeran's inescapable (and infectious) "Shape Of You." 

On Friday night, while Turner's Dodgers were hosting the Padres at Dodger Stadium, Sheeran was in town for a gig at Staples Center. When it was time for the encore, Sheeran -- who must know that Turner, one of MLB's most noteworthy redheads, uses his smash hit single as his walk-up music -- donned a Turner Dodgers jersey for the song.

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Bellinger spends time giving back to youth

Along with Dodgers Foundation, rookie participates at community event

Bellinger spends time giving back to youth

LOS ANGELES -- Having a dad who played three seasons for the New York Yankees, Cody Bellinger was always in the company of Major League stars.

On Friday, Bellinger was in a different position.

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Stripling stumbles as Padres pull away

Stripling stumbles as Padres pull away

LOS ANGELES -- Manuel Margot slugged two game-tying home runs, Jose Pirela led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer off Ross Stripling and Brad Hand set down L.A.'s Nos. 1-4 hitters for a four-out save as the Padres surprised the Dodgers with a 4-3 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers, with the best record in baseball, got three hits and two RBI singles from rookie sensation Cody Bellinger (who will wear the nickname Codylove on his jersey for Players Weekend) and a clutch RBI double from Austin Barnes for a 3-2 lead after five innings. Bellinger has 78 RBIs in 95 games and 11 in his last 12 games.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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LA starts fast, adds on to thwart D-backs' rally

LA starts fast, adds on to thwart D-backs' rally

PHOENIX -- All year long the Dodgers have gotten production from their entire roster as they built the best record in the Majors.

Thursday night's hero was Enrique Hernandez, who started in place of right fielder Yasiel Puig and drove in three runs to help the Dodgers defeat the D-backs, 8-6, at Chase Field.

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Darvish labors but delivers 10 K's, 2nd LA win

Darvish labors but delivers 10 K's, 2nd LA win

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers saw the best of Yu Darvish in New York. What they got six nights later wasn't the best, but it was good enough.

Darvish battle through five innings Thursday night and the deep Dodgers offense kept on scoring for an 8-6 win over the D-backs.

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Turner trips over bat, recovers with key double

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Turner trips over bat, recovers with key double

Justin Turner had a somewhat unusual night for the Dodgers during their 8-6 win over the D-backs. Everything started normally for the red-hot team, as in the first inning, Turner singled and came around to score during a three-run rally that gave the Dodgers a lead they would not relinquish.

In Turner's fifth-inning at-bat, though, he grounded out to third base, and had a bit of a fall near the batter's box. His bat got caught between his legs while running to first, and he fell.

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Darvish lookalike watches start in Arizona

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Darvish lookalike watches start in Arizona

After a seven-inning shutout effort in his Dodgers debut, Yu Darvish faced the D-backs on Thursday night at Chase Field. Even before ever putting on a Dodgers uniform, Darvish had loyal fans following his every pitch.

So, it wasn't that much of a surprise to see that a familiar Darvish lookalike was taking it all in. He posed with a small baseball and, perhaps appropriately, wore a jersey that said "Minivish" on the back.

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Barry M. Bloom

Darvish a great fit at perfect time for Dodgers

New acquisition steps up with Kershaw sidelined

Darvish a great fit at perfect time for Dodgers

PHOENIX -- It's nice to be manager of the Dodgers. When you have a need and the resources, upper management goes out and fills it.

Such was the case when Clayton Kershaw went on the disabled list with a lower back strain on July 24. A week later, the Dodgers obtained Yu Darvish from the Rangers for three Minor Leaguers just prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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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.

White goes five scoreless for Tulsa

White goes five scoreless for Tulsa

Free from the pitcher-friendly ballparks of the Florida State League, Nick Senzel's home-run power is starting to show in earnest.

Senzel, the Reds' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall), turned in his first career multi-homer performance while he stuffed the box score on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Double-A Pensacola's 10-9 loss against Mobile.

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