No longer under radar, Garcia realizing dream

After working through injury in 2014, reliever thriving in big leagues

No longer under radar, Garcia realizing dream

LOS ANGELES -- There's a generation of Dominican boys that grew up wanting to be the next Pedro Martinez, and Yimi Garcia is one of them.

He wanted no part of carpenter life like his father or hospital work like his mother. And he wanted to leave the island -- an opportunity afforded to few in his hometown of Moca, in the highlands.

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Dodgers blank Rox, complete sweep with power barrage

Dodgers blank Rox, complete sweep with power barrage

LOS ANGELES -- The first-place Dodgers' win streak reached seven games Sunday as Brandon McCarthy threw six scoreless innings and Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner had three extra-base hits each in a 7-0 victory over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

Van Slyke had a pair of doubles and the second of the three home runs the Dodgers hit in the five-run sixth inning off reliever Scott Oberg. The others were hit by Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson. Van Slyke's long ball came after Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau missed his foul popup for an error. Van Slyke and Pederson also had RBI doubles in the second inning. Turner tied a career high with four hits, three doubles. More >

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Dodger Stadium suddenly a hitter-friendly park

Backup players come through with power surge in sweep

Dodger Stadium suddenly a hitter-friendly park

LOS ANGELES -- The prolific Dodgers offense has Dodger Stadium playing like Coors Field.

"I haven't seen the ball fly at Dodger Stadium like it is this year. I hope they're not talking about a humidor," catcher A.J. Ellis said Sunday after watching an assault of 10 extra-base hits in a 7-0 win over the Rockies that extended the Dodgers' win streak to seven games and concluded a sweep of the six-game homestand.

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Puig's hamstring soreness lingers, DL a possibility

Dodgers outfielder returned to lineup Saturday night, but did not start Sunday

Puig's hamstring soreness lingers, DL a possibility

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was out of the lineup again on Sunday because of left hamstring soreness, but manager Don Mattingly said he still believes the injury is not serious.

"We're taking it as regular soreness," Mattingly said. "We hope it's nothing serious and this buys us an extra day [because of Monday's off-day]."

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McCarthy keeps ball in the park in six scoreless

Dodgers righty rebounds from previous start, in which he allowed four homers

McCarthy keeps ball in the park in six scoreless

LOS ANGELES -- After winning his previous start despite allowing four home runs, Brandon McCarthy went with a more conventional approach Sunday.

He kept the ball in the park, allowing nothing longer than three singles during six scoreless innings, and beat the Rockies for the first time in a 7-0 Dodgers' win.

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Anderson opens series, seeking first career win vs. Giants

Anderson opens series, seeking first career win vs. Giants

The Dodgers will be going for their eighth straight win as they begin a three-game series vs. the Giants at At&T Park on Tuesday.

The Dodgers will be facing what has become a daily question over the past week: Will right fielder Yasiel Puig start? He's been in and out of the lineup for a week with a tight left hamstring. And he's 8-for-14 lifetime against Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Lefty Brett Anderson starts for the Dodgers.

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Mattingly may call up fifth starter to give rotation extra day of rest

Dodgers manager is undecided on pitcher for Thursday's game

Mattingly may call up fifth starter to give rotation extra day of rest

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's undecided on a starting pitcher for Thursday's series finale in San Francisco.

Mattingly will pitch Brett Anderson and Clayton Kershaw Tuesday and Wednesday on four days rest. Thursday would be Zack Greinke's day to pitch on four days' rest, but Mattingly seems to be leaning toward inserting a fifth starter that day to give the rotation an extra day of rest, starting with Greinke.

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Dodgers' bats stay hot behind Greinke for sixth straight win

Dodgers' bats stay hot behind Greinke for sixth straight win

LOS ANGELES -- Torrid Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs and Howie Kendrick had a pair of doubles as the Dodgers win streak reached six games with a 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Saturday night. More >

Zack Greinke got the win, despite being chased with a two-run homer by DJ LeMahieu with two out in the top of the seventh inning. Since joining the Dodgers, Greinke is 6-1 against Colorado and 20-1 against the NL West, while the Dodgers are 43-20 in his starts.

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Fast start exceeds even Dodgers' lofty expectations

NL West leaders are getting contributions on all fronts

Fast start exceeds even Dodgers' lofty expectations

LOS ANGELES -- It's not easy to exceed expectations that come with a $275 million payroll and a brainiac front office, but that's what the Dodgers are doing.

They took over sole possession of the NL West on Saturday night with a 6-3 win over the Rockies, extending their win streak to six with three more RBIs from Adrian Gonzalez. Add to that a solid start from Zack Greinke that looked even more impressive when manager Don Mattingly revealed his starter was sick a day earlier.

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Jansen throws off mound for first time since foot surgery

Jansen throws off mound for first time since foot surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen took another step toward his return Saturday when he threw off the bullpen mound for the first time since February foot surgery.

Jansen threw 15 pitches and said his velocity went from 79 mph to 86 mph.

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Gonzalez, Kendrick swing hot bats as Kershaw fans 12 in six innings

Gonzalez, Kendrick swing hot bats as Kershaw fans 12 in six innings

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick homered and doubled, Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of RBI doubles and Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 in six innings of a 7-3 win over the Rockies on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, extending the Dodgers' win streak to five games and snapping Colorado's road win streak at six.

Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon homered off Kershaw, with two of the three Colorado runs unearned. Kershaw is 5-0 in his last five starts against the Rockies, including a no-hitter. Starter Kyle Kendrick went 4 2/3 innings for the Rockies and was charged with six runs on seven hits.

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Kershaw has plenty of help in his first win of season

Dodgers ace strikes out a dozen, but gives up a pair of homers

Kershaw has plenty of help in his first win of season

LOS ANGELES -- The bar is now set so high that when Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 and allows one earned run in six innings for a win, the postgame talk is about what's wrong with him.

"I still think Clayton's searching," manager Don Mattingly said after Kershaw got plenty of help in Friday night's 7-3 win over the Rockies, running the Dodgers win streak to five games. "It seems he's not totally happy with what's going on."

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Dodgers claim righty Corcino off waivers from Reds

Liberatore recalled; Dennick designated for assignment

Dodgers claim righty Corcino off waivers from Reds

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday recalled left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore, claimed right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino off waivers from Cincinnati and designated for assignment left-handed pitcher Ryan Dennick.

Liberatore, who had an impressive Spring Training, was recalled after pitching in one game at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Frias heads back to Triple-A after one day with Dodgers

Frias heads back to Triple-A after one day with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. A corresponding callup will be made before Friday night's game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

Frias, ranked by MLB.com as the Dodgers' No. 17 prospect, spent only one day with the club. He was recalled on Wednesday to provide a fresh bullpen arm after David Huff's four-inning start on Tuesday night.

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Through Amalfitano's eyes, history has unfolded

From The Catch to Gibson's blast, baseball lifer has seen special moments firsthand

Through Amalfitano's eyes, history has unfolded

Joe Amalfitano is a star witness to baseball history. He didn't just see some of the game's most enduring moments in person. Amalfitano experienced them from what amounted to a front-row seat -- or even better, in most cases.

Amalfitano was a rookie with the New York Giants in 1954 when Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch in Game 1 of the World Series. Seven years later, Mays borrowed a bat from Amalfitano to hit a record-tying four home runs on a Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee. Having migrated to the Cubs, Amalfitano was the next-to-last batter Sandy Koufax retired when the legendary left-hander threw his perfect game in 1965. Amalfitano stayed in the game as a coach after his playing career ended in 1967, and while coaching third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988, he was the first man to greet Kirk Gibson after his epic World Series home run.

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Physical therapist elevates Paco's game

Southpaw credits Larco with helping him refine mechanics in offseason

Physical therapist elevates Paco's game

LOS ANGELES -- There are countless shadow coaches out there, and when Major Leaguers struggle, they often seek out their "go-to guys."

Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez's "go-to," though, isn't a guy.

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Dodgers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by sweeping Seattle

Dodgers celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by sweeping Seattle

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers roughed up Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker for five runs in four innings and ran their win streak to four games with a 5-2 victory in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium.

In five-plus innings, Dodgers starter Brett Anderson allowed a fourth-inning home run by Nelson Cruz (who hit four in the three-game series) and an unearned run in the sixth, when a baserunning blunder by Robinson Cano at third base torpedoed the Seattle rally. J.P. Howell, the fourth Dodgers reliever, got the save.

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Barry M. Bloom

Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue later this year

Team will get input from Hall of Famer's widow and daughter

Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue later this year

LOS ANGELES -- On the 68th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson shattered Major League Baseball's color barrier, the Dodgers announced they are going to further honor the man whom Commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday called "the most historic figure to ever play the game."

Just before the pregame festivities for the now-combined Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers president Stan Kasten announced there would be a statue of Robinson unveiled later this year at the refurbished Dodger Stadium.

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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.

Meeting Rachel Robinson a special thrill for Rollins

Dodgers excited to honor franchise, MLB hero Jackie Robinson

Meeting Rachel Robinson a special thrill for Rollins

LOS ANGELES -- Everywhere you looked at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night there were Most Valuable Players celebrating the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day. But Jimmy Rollins might have come away with the most valuable memory.

"The real cool thing for me was that I got to meet Rachel Robinson," Rollins said of Robinson's widow, an active participant in the pregame ceremonies at age 92. "I talked to her and thanked her for everything. It was a real honor."

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Pederson robs Zunino of extra bases with diving catch

Pederson robs Zunino of extra bases with diving catch

LOS ANGELES -- The National League Rookie of the Year award is named in his honor, so on Jackie Robinson Day, in the first Civil Rights Game hosted at Dodger Stadium, it was fitting that the Dodgers were led by their most likely Rookie of the Year candidate.

Center fielder Joc Pederson made a diving catch to rob extra bases, threw out a runner at the plate, singled in a run and walked three times as the Dodgers beat the Mariners, 5-2, to sweep the Interleague Series and extend their win streak to four games.

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Lyle Spencer

Magic's altruism teams well with Jackie's grace

Key to building up local community, Dodgers partner joins Civil Rights Roundtable

Magic's altruism teams well with Jackie's grace

LOS ANGELES -- A man of many words with a long history of speaking freely and openly, Earvin "Magic" Johnson once paraphrased President John F. Kennedy in making a point about the secret to the success of "Showtime." It seemed perfectly fitting on Jackie Robinson Day.

"Ask not what your teammates can do for you," Magic said. "Ask what you can do for your teammates."

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Activist Huerta honored as part of Civil Rights Game festivities

Activist Huerta honored as part of Civil Rights Game festivities

LOS ANGELES -- The latest honor of Dolores Huerta's career will have plenty of company. Huerta, a two-time winner of a Presidential medal for her work in labor and civil rights activism, was lauded with the Beacon of Life Award on Wednesday as part of the Civil Rights Game festivities.

Huerta, 85 years old, accepted her honor at the Millennium Biltmore on Wednesday afternoon before taking part in a roundtable discussion on civil rights and progress in America.

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Puig, Crawford sit out with minor injuries

Puig, Crawford sit out with minor injuries

LOS ANGELES -- Carl Crawford joined fellow Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig on the sidelines Wednesday night with minor injuries, but both could return when play resumes Friday night.

Puig was improved, but still had some tightness in his left hamstring, first felt during Monday night's game. Manager Don Mattingly said he would take advantage of the Thursday off-day to give Puig three full days to rest the leg.

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Dodgers claim lefty Dennick from Reds, designate Huff

Right-hander Frias recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City

Dodgers claim lefty Dennick from Reds, designate Huff

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued searching for pitching solutions Wednesday by recalling reliever Carlos Frias, claiming left-handed reliever Ryan Dennick from Cincinnati and optioning him to Double-A Tulsa, and designating left-hander David Huff for assignment.

Huff was promoted to make the Tuesday night spot start and allowed first-inning home runs to Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. If Huff clears waivers, he can reject a Minor League assignment, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hopes Huff would accept it.

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