Ellis set to be activated from DL on Tuesday

Dodgers catcher 'ready now' after recovering from right knee inflammation

Ellis set to be activated from DL on Tuesday

LOS ANGELES -- Catcher A.J. Ellis should be ready as soon as he's eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, according to manager Don Mattingly.

Ellis has been dealing with right knee inflammation, and he was placed on the disabled list on July 20.

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Trout bests Greinke on outer-half pitches

Angels star capitalizes on Dodgers ace's bread-and-butter location

Trout bests Greinke on outer-half pitches

LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke, arguably the best pitcher in baseball in 2015, has rolled through the Major Leagues by relentlessly attacking the outer third of the strike zone. But Mike Trout, well, he's in a league of his own.

After his leadoff homer off Greinke in the 2015 All-Star Game -- notably, on a fastball off the outside corner -- Trout got his first regular-season at-bats of the year against Greinke in Friday's Freeway Series opener, a 5-3 Dodgers win at Dodger Stadium. Trout got the better of the matchup, going 2-for-3 off Greinke with an RBI triple smoked into the right-center-field gap and an RBI single lined cleanly into left-center.

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Dodgers participate in Ice Bucket Challenge

Puig, Hernandez step up as Los Angeles passes buck to Houston

Dodgers participate in Ice Bucket Challenge

LOS ANGELES -- There will always be a connection between baseball and ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, because the disease took the life of one of the sport's icons.

So it's natural then, that Major League Baseball has joined the efforts of the ALS Association and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for the second straight year. Friday, the Red Sox restarted the movement that went viral a year ago, and they challenged the Dodgers to follow suit. So Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez stepped up Saturday and were doused in ice.

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Dodgers bats stay hot behind stellar Greinke

Dodgers bats stay hot behind stellar Greinke

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick launched a solo home run in the first inning and Zack Greinke was strong for eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-3, at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.

Greinke (10-2) was consistent as ever, firing eight innings and allowing only two runs while striking out eight; this is his fifth win in his last six outings. It was the bottom of the order that provided the offensive punch for the Dodgers. Alex Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Kiké Hernandez reached base three times, as the Nos. seven and eight hitters, respectively.

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Bench players make most of opportunity

Guerrero, Hernandez, Van Slyke all contribute to Dodgers win

Bench players make most of opportunity

LOS ANGELES -- On a team that features a nearly $300 million payroll, it was the role players who stepped up for the Dodgers on Friday night.

The Dodgers trotted out a starting lineup featuring three reserves, all of whom were instrumental in the club's 5-3 win over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.

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Skin infection on leg lands Turner on DL

Dodgers third baseman will be shut down until wound heals

Skin infection on leg lands Turner on DL

LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to July 27, with a right-thigh skin infection.

Turner was in the emergency room Tuesday to treat the infection with antibiotics but was released from the hospital before the end of Tuesday's game against the A's. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't expand on any diagnosis and didn't have an explanation as to how the infection occurred.

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Kershaw on track for Saturday start

Ace lefty has start pushed back for second time this week

Kershaw on track for Saturday start

LOS ANGELES -- Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw was scratched from a start for the second time this week because of a right hip injury, leading the Dodgers to start righty Zack Greinke instead in Friday night 5-3 win over the Angels.

Kershaw, who missed a start in 2012 with a right hip impingement, has a consecutive-scoreless-innings streak of 29 and is coming off a shutout of the Mets in New York.

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Dodgers resisted dealing top prospects

Club eyeing more pitching for August deals

Dodgers resisted dealing top prospects

LOS ANGELES -- General manager Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers did mostly listening to other clubs Friday before the Trade Deadline, not calling them.

"We felt we did what we needed to do yesterday," Zaidi said Friday. "Nothing got particularly close today."

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Lyle Spencer

Greinke, Kendrick haunt former team

Dodgers ace dominate Angels, except for Trout

Greinke, Kendrick haunt former team

LOS ANGELES -- The Streak is gone, but the magic remains.

Zack Greinke left his consecutive innings streak in New York, at 45 2/3, last week, but the Dodgers' co-ace continued to rack up impressive numbers Friday night against the Angels, with whom he spent a little less than half of the 2012 season.

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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.

Morse dealt to Bucs for Tabata

Bolsinger, Lee optioned to Triple-A to make room for acquisitions

Morse dealt to Bucs for Tabata

LOS ANGELES -- Instead of adding players on Friday the Dodgers lost one temporarily, when third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right thigh skin infection.

That loss took precedence as the Trade Deadline passed with the flipping of outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse and cash to the Pirates for Minor League outfielder Jose Tabata.

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Dodgers introduce three pitching additions

Wood, Johnson, Avilan acquired in trade with Braves

Dodgers introduce three pitching additions

LOS ANGELES -- After a hectic few days with rumors swirling around the Trade Deadline Friday, the Dodgers introduced three of their new acquisitions at Dodger Stadium.

Starting pitcher Alex Wood, along with relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan were three of the five players the Dodgers received from the Braves in return for Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez and Minor Leaguer Zach Bird.

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Kershaw hosts 3rd annual PingPong4Purpose event

Celebrity charity tournament raises funds for children worldwide

Kershaw hosts 3rd annual PingPong4Purpose event

LOS ANGELES -- While the Dodgers had a rare off-day on Thursday during the grind of the regular season, many players were out at Dodger Stadium to support their ace, Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, hosted the third annual PingPong4Purpose charity event at Dodger Stadium, a single-elimination pingpong tournament to benefit children in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic.

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Friedman discusses Dodgers' Deadline moves

President of baseball ops 'as aggressive as we felt made sense' in trades

Friedman discusses Dodgers' Deadline moves

LOS ANGELES -- After unleashing the franchise's financial firepower again, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Thursday's trades improved the Dodgers for this year and beyond. And until Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline, he's still talking to other clubs about pitching.

"I don't want to talk about the Trade Deadline in the past tense," Friedman said on Thursday night.

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Guilmet claimed off waviers by Brewers

Guilmet claimed off waviers by Brewers

LOS ANGELES -- The Milwaukee Brewers claimed righty Preston Guilmet, who was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, off waivers on Friday.

Guilmet was designated July 21 to make room for the activation of outfielder Carl Crawford from the 60-day disabled list. The Dodgers claimed Guilmet off waivers from Tampa Bay on July 10.

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Gonzalez relives his youth at annual ProCamp

First baseman umps, doles out advice, answers questions from youngsters

Gonzalez relives his youth at annual ProCamp

LOS ANGELES -- Right around the time the Dodgers were ironing out the details of a three-team trade with the Braves and Marlins involving a dozen players, Adrian Gonzalez was telling small children that his favorite pizza topping was pepperoni.

On Thursday morning, the first baseman helped run his Adrian Gonzalez Baseball ProCamp at Granada Hills Charter High School. Gonzalez rotated through various drill stations set up on the school's baseball field, took pictures and answered questions from more than 250 first- through eighth-graders.

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LA deals for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

Dodgers get 7 players in return for Cuban star Olivera, Rodriguez and 3 Minor League pitchers

LA deals for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers used their financial might on Thursday to complete a pair of trades addressing current pitching needs while providing salary relief to Miami and Atlanta.

In separate deals, the Dodgers acquired starting pitchers Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, outfielder Michael Morse and infield prospect Jose Peraza. The Dodgers also received cash considerations from both clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo: Dodgers come out on top of 3-team deal

LA acquires three starters, bullpen help, top prospect in trade with Marlins, Braves

Mayo: Dodgers come out on top of 3-team deal

There were many moving parts to the three-team, 13-player (and a Draft pick) deal involving the Dodgers, Braves and Marlins, announced officially on Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles acquired starting pitchers Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, slugger Michael Morse and infield prospect Jose Peraza. The Dodgers also received cash considerations from both clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.

A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez walked two of his four batters to begin the seventh, putting runners at first and second for Adrian Gonzalez, who notched an RBI double off lefty Drew Pomeranz. Yasmani Grandal's ensuing dribbler down the third-base line led to another run, and Kiké Hernandez put the Dodgers on top, 7-6, with a two-run double. Yasiel Puig, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, drove in Hernandez with a single off Dan Otero to cap the rally.

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Lyle Spencer

Puig goes off on bobblehead night

Puig goes off on bobblehead night

LOS ANGELES -- At times such as this, ignorance truly can be bliss for a ballplayer with a job to do. As trade winds swirled all day around the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig was focused on mom, bobbleheads and, finally, pitches landing in his happy zone.

Rumors that he could be on the block with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming on Friday at 1 p.m. PT never reached him, Puig insisted in the afterglow of a 10-7 victory on Wednesday night that gave the Dodgers an Interleague split with the Athletics.

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Dodgers come through with backs against wall

Dodgers come through with backs against wall

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers allowed four runs in the seventh and trailed the A's 6-3 on Wednesday night, and it looked like the club might drop its fourth straight game for the first time this season.

But the heart of the order put together a five-run rally to lead the Dodgers a 10-7 win over the A's that kept them from falling out of first place for the first time since May 29. The Giants, having won 13 of their last 15 games, sit a half-game back.

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Puig HRs, mom throws first pitch on Bobblehead Night

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Puig HRs, mom throws first pitch on Bobblehead Night

It was Yasiel Puig Bobblehead Night during Wednesday's A's-Dodgers game. Everybody was there, even Mr. Jack in the Box.

Puig's mom was also in the building to deliver the first pitch. She showed she doesn't have as good an arm as her son (let's face it, who does?):

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Kershaw scratched, set to start Friday

Kershaw scratched, set to start Friday

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start against the A's on Wednesday night because of a sore hip muscle, and the team said he will instead start against the Angels on Friday.

Kershaw, in the midst of a 29-inning scoreless streak, was replaced Wednesday by right-hander Mike Bolsinger, who had previously pitched a week ago because of the shuffling necessitated by Zack Greinke's placement on the paternity list.

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Pederson shares cereal power rankings, MLB advice

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Pederson shares cereal power rankings, MLB advice

Joc Pederson, Dodgers rookie/fireworks expert, stopped by MLB.com's New York office last week. He took some time to sit down with Cut4, and of course we asked him the hard-hitting questions we know you want answers to.

Now, after much deep investigation, we can tell you that young Joc's favorite Yung Joc song is "It's Goin Down." He doesn't rap along, though -- he told us that he "can't remember the words. [Yung Joc] goes too fast. I just like the beat."

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Turner treated at hospital for infection on leg

Dodgers third baseman had been on antibiotics over the weekend

Turner treated at hospital for infection on leg

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was out of the lineup and in the emergency room Tuesday after trainers discovered an infection on his leg.

While there is still no official diagnosis, Turner was released from the hospital before the end of Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Oakland. Manager Don Mattingly said he was given antibiotics orally and through an IV. He is listed as day-to-day. 

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Dodgers' offense gets nowhere against Gray

Dodgers' offense gets nowhere against Gray

LOS ANGELES -- Sonny Gray tossed a shutout and Josh Reddick added a solo home run to give the A's a 2-0 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

For Gray (11-4) it was his second shutout in his last four starts. He surrendered only three hits and he struck out nine. Gray lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.17 and kept the Dodgers off-balance with his combination of fastball, curveball and slider.

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Anderson turns in quality start vs. former team

Dodgers lefty gets no run support in tough-luck loss

Anderson turns in quality start vs. former team

LOS ANGELES -- There was no love lost for Brett Anderson when he faced his former team Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Anderson was a member of the A's from 2009-13 and the first pitch of the game was a line-drive single that put Anderson on his back. Anderson recorded a quality outing, but the Dodgers gave him no run support in a 2-0 defeat.

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Sonny Gray gets 1st MLB hit, won't test Puig's arm

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Sonny Gray gets 1st MLB hit, won't test Puig's arm

Athletics ace Sonny Gray had one heckuva Tuesday night. The 25-year-old right hander threw an absolute gem in Dodger Stadium. He had only allowed two hits through seven innings and his A's were up 2-0 when his spot in the batting order to lead off the eighth.

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Dodgers lauded for vegetarian food options

Stadium voted No. 1 on PETA's annual ranking

LOS ANGELES -- While Dodger Stadium might be famous for its Dodger Dogs, it's also gaining attention for some of its vegetarian food options.

In its yearly ranking of the most vegetarian-friendly baseball parks, PETA named Dodger Stadium to the top of its list.

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