Kazmir fans 12 as LA runs Cincy's skid to 10

Kazmir fans 12 as LA runs Cincy's skid to 10

LOS ANGELES -- Behind Scott Kazmir's 12 strikeouts, the Dodgers continued their dominance of the Reds, completing a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Dodgers have now won nine straight matchups against the Reds, whose losing streak extended to 10 games.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Reds on Wednesday.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dominant Kazmir lets bats have an off night

Dominant Kazmir lets bats have an off night

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' bats ran cold Wednesday night, hitting just 3-for-27 with one walk against the Reds.

Luckily, Scott Kazmir pitched well enough that it didn't matter. The left-hander allowed just one run on four hits and struck out a season-high 12 batters over six innings, leading the Dodgers to a 3-1 win that completed a series sweep of the Reds.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wood seeks reward for gems as Dodgers visit Mets

Wood seeks reward for gems as Dodgers visit Mets

Alex Wood has been one of baseball's best pitchers over the past month. The only problem? He hasn't been able to win any games.

Wood will look to correct that trend when the Dodgers travel to New York for a three-game series beginning Friday at Citi Field. Striking out 13 in his last outing against the Padres, Wood owns a 2.67 ERA with 43 strikeouts -- fourth-most since April 29 behind Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer -- and just five walks over his last five starts. But Wood is 0-1 with four no-decisions during that stretch.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryu goes four scoreless for OKC in rehab outing

LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu took another step toward rejoining the Dodgers, making his third Minor League rehab start on Wednesday.

Ryu tossed four scoreless innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City against the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, Calif. The lefty allowed just four hits with no walks and three strikeouts and made 55 pitches, 40 of them for strikes.

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Dodgers cruise to hand Reds 9th straight loss

Dodgers cruise to hand Reds 9th straight loss

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger rejoined the Dodgers' rotation Tuesday with a strong outing against the Reds, limiting Cincinnati to two runs as his club won, 8-2, at Dodger Stadium, extending the Reds' losing streak to nine games.

Bolsinger, who began the season on the disabled list, improved on his season debut in a spot start last week by allowing three hits over 5 2/3 innings and striking out six batters against one walk. He made just one costly mistake, serving up a two-run homer to Adam Duvall in the fourth.

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Puig benched for not hustling out of box

Puig benched for not hustling out of box

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig's night ended early before the Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Reds on Tuesday night, as he was removed for disciplinary reasons as his team took the field to begin the seventh inning.

Puig was benched for not running out an RBI single in the sixth inning. Thinking he hit a home run, Puig lingered near the plate after the hitting a line drive into right field for what should have been a double.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitching with confidence benefits Bolsinger

Pitching with confidence benefits Bolsinger

LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in 10 days, a Dodgers starter not named Clayton Kershaw earned a win.

That starter was Mike Bolsinger, a new addition to the Dodgers' rotation. Pitching in place of rookie Ross Stripling -- who tossed three innings in Sunday's 17-inning marathon in San Diego and then was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City -- Bolsinger limited the Reds to two runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Dodgers won, 8-2, at Chavez Ravine.

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Van Slyke could return after road trip

Van Slyke could return after road trip

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Van Slyke is progressing toward a return to the Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday he expects Van Slyke (back) to come off the disabled list around June 3-4, after the club's upcoming seven-game road trip.

Until then, Roberts said the Dodgers will continue with a short bench and an additional reliever through series against the Mets and Cubs in New York and Chicago.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De Jong among top prospect performers Tuesday

De Jong among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rhys Hoskins has hit his share of home runs this season, but none have been bigger than the walk-off grand slam he hit Tuesday to lead Double-A Reading past Erie, 11-9.

The Fightin' Phils (30-15) loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a pair of walks and a single to set the stage for Hoskins, who blasted right-hander Paul Voelker's 1-0 offering over the wall in left-center field to win the game. The home run was the Phillies' No. 19 prospect's eighth in 42 games this season. He's hitting .263 with 30 runs scored and 30 RBIs on the season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershutout! Clayton's two-hitter stymies Reds

Kershutout! Clayton's two-hitter stymies Reds

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw dominated again Monday night at Dodger Stadium, firing a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 Dodgers win over the Reds, whose losing streak reached eight.

With a third shutout (all this month), Kershaw is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA, 5-0 in May, and the Dodgers have won nine of his 10 starts this season. He struck out seven and walked one, snapping an MLB-record streak of six consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts and no more than one walk. The walk he issued on Monday was only his fifth this year, compared to an MLB-leading 95 strikeouts in 79 innings. Over the last calendar year, Kershaw is 21-5 with a 1.42 ERA with 323 strikeouts and 31 walks in 253 1/3 innings.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Reds on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw's shutout exactly what Dodgers needed

Two-hitter vs. Reds comes one day after 17 grueling innings in San Diego

Kershaw's shutout exactly what Dodgers needed

LOS ANGELES -- Throughout his postgame interview Monday night, Clayton Kershaw kept the middle finger of his golden pitching hand dipped in a tiny cup with a solution he said makes the skin tougher.

As if Clayton Kershaw isn't tough enough.

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

Kershaw's curveball makes Duvall's helmet fall off

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Kershaw's curveball makes Duvall's helmet fall off

Clayton Kershaw took the hill for the Dodgers against the Reds on Monday night and, once again, he was brilliant. The lefty pitched a complete game in a near-Madduxian 102 pitches -- striking out seven, giving up two hits and walking one in the 1-0 victory. He now has three of baseball's 11 shutouts this year, his ERA stands at a miniscule 1.48 and his WHIP is at a record 0.66. He has 95 strikeouts and five walks. He's unfair.

And during the eighth inning of Monday's game, Kershaw showed just how unfair his stuff has been. Not only did he make Adam Duvall whiff badly on a 73-mph curveball, he also made the outfielder's helmet fall off.

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Calhoun among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 4 prospect makes strong Double-A debut, Marlins' No. 2 has first pro multi-homer game

Calhoun among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in the RoughRiders' lopsided 11-1 win.

Monday's outing marked the third time in his last four starts that Ortiz matched his career high mark with six innings while allowing one or no earned runs. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA through eight games (seven starts) with Frisco and Class A Advanced High Desert this year.

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Dodgers add fresh arms in Bolsinger, Avilan

Dodgers add fresh arms in Bolsinger, Avilan

LOS ANGELES -- After playing 17 innings on Sunday, the Dodgers on Monday recalled pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Luis Avilan from Triple-A Oklahoma City, optioned Ross Stripling to OKC and placed Chin-Hui Tsao on the 15-day disabled list with a right triceps strain.

Unless pressed into emergency service on Monday night against the Reds at Dodger Stadium, Bolsinger will start against Cincinnati on Tuesday night in place of Stripling, who was the eighth reliever used in Sunday's 9-5 victory, working the final three innings and picking up the win.

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

Puig singles in two in 17th inning to beat Padres

Puig singles in two in 17th inning to beat Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Yasiel Puig's two-run single with the bases loaded keyed a four-run 17th inning as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep with a 9-5 marathon win over the Padres on Sunday.

Howie Kendrick, who homered and doubled earlier, led off the inning with another double and Adrian Gonzalez was walked intentionally by San Diego pitcher Luis Perdomo. Thursday night's starting pitcher Ross Stripling, pressed into relief duty as the ninth Dodgers pitcher, moved the runners over with a groundout after squaring to bunt. Joc Pederson was walked intentionally to load the bases for Puig, who singled up the middle for his third hit.

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17 facts for 17 innings: LA outlasts Padres

17 facts for 17 innings: LA outlasts Padres

After needing 11 innings to decide Saturday's game, the Padres and Dodgers decided they just couldn't say goodbye in the series finale Sunday at Petco Park.

A game that started in bright sunshine at 1:43 p.m. PT finished as the stadium lights kicked on. Even the outfield sprinklers, rightfully figuring that the game was well expired, decided to go off. When it was all said and done, 17 innings worth of baseball -- almost an entire extra game -- had been put up on the scoreboard.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lasorda, Joyce to represent Dodgers at Draft

Lasorda, Joyce to represent Dodgers at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bellinger on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Bellinger on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of May 16-22, is highlighted by a trio of 20-year-old prospects in Willy Adames, Cody Bellinger and Jamie Westbrook, all of whom have excelled this season against older competition in their first tastes of the Double-A level.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Puig's game-winner atones for baserunning gaffe

Dodgers right fielder happy to have chance to help team

Puig's game-winner atones for baserunning gaffe

SAN DIEGO -- Dave Roberts used the word "crazy" to describe the Dodgers' 9-5 win in 17 innings over the Padres on Sunday.

And that was before he revealed that had the game gone another inning, he considered using outfielder Yasiel Puig to pitch. Talk about crazy.

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

These were the 7 strangest scenes from Sunday's 17-inning Dodgers-Padres marathon

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These were the 7 strangest scenes from Sunday's 17-inning Dodgers-Padres marathon

There's no better time to take in a ballgame than a Sunday afternoon. The sun is out, the birds are chirping and the specter of Monday's commute still seems so far away. So when the Dodgers and Padres teamed up for a 17-inning marathon on Sunday afternoon, which LA eventually won 9-5, it was a treat for everyone watching. Unless you had to pick up your brother-in-law at the airport, in which case this was probably your reaction: 

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Umpire exits after being hit by foul tip

Umpire exits after being hit by foul tip

SAN DIEGO -- Home-plate umpire David Rackley was struck in the groin by a foul ball in the fifth inning of Sunday's 17-inning, 9-5 Dodgers win over the Padres and exited the game.

Rackley was hit by a failed bunt attempt by Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson, and the umpire immediately fell to the ground. He remained on the dirt behind home plate for about five minutes as he was attended to by the Padres' training staff.

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Roberts asks offense to dig a little deeper

Roberts asks offense to dig a little deeper

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers offense entered Sunday eighth in the league in runs scored and ninth in on-base percentage.

So while the streaky bullpen has been the focus of attention, particularly after two walk-off losses against the Padres, the hitters have been struggling ever since they outscored San Diego, 25-0, in the season-opening series sweep.

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

Bellinger among Sunday's top prospect performers

Righty K's eight over four scoreless frames for Cardinals' Triple-A club

Bellinger among Sunday's top prospect performers

Alex Reyes did not disappoint in his highly anticipated season and Triple-A debut on Sunday, as the No. 11 overall prospect allowed just two hits (both singles) in four scoreless innings to pace Memphis in an 8-1 win over Fresno. He recorded eight strikeouts -- matching the season-high for a Redbirds starting pitcher -- against three walks, with 48 of his 85 pitches going for strikes.

The Cardinals' No. 1 prospect fanned a two Memphis hitters in the first inning and then struck out the side in the following frame, while pitching around a pair of walks. He punched out three more hitters across his final two innings, including back-to-back called third strikes to end the third after he had allowed the first two batters to reach base.

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Wood's 13-K performance goes to waste

Bullpen adds six strikeouts, but Tsao walks in Padres' game-winner

Wood's 13-K performance goes to waste

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers pitchers struck out 19 opposing batters and Clayton Kershaw never left the dugout.

And they lost anyway.

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

Dodgers fan 19, but Tsao allows walk-off walk

Dodgers fan 19, but Tsao allows walk-off walk

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers reliever Chin-hui Tsao walked Yangervis Solarte with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday night as the Padres overcame 19 strikeouts with their second walk-off win over the Dodgers in as many games, 3-2.

"Obviously we didn't start offensively like we wanted to, but it's always nice to win a one-run game in extra innings,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. "So you kind of look past some of those things.''

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Grandal exits game after fouling ball off foot

X-rays negative on Dodgers catcher after loss to Padres

Grandal exits game after fouling ball off foot

SAN DIEGO -- X-rays were negative on the right foot of Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, who left Saturday night's 11-inning, 3-2 loss to San Diego in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Grandal fouled a pitch off the foot in front of the ankle in the seventh inning and the swelling was pronounced. He stayed in the game with the injury, but in the top of the 10th inning, Grandal bounced into a forceout and beat out the double-play relay throw to first base.

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Puig gives Dodgers reason for optimism

Right fielder's mechanical adjustments paying off

Puig gives Dodgers reason for optimism

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers are ever hopeful that Yasiel Puig fulfills his offensive potential, so his productive game Friday night gave manager Dave Roberts an upbeat takeaway from a crushing walk-off loss to the Padres.

"I think his approach was better," Roberts said, after Puig slugged a two-run homer, singled and scored twice.

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