Adrian bruises right knee on foul ball

Dodgers first baseman day to day; Van Slyke fills in

Adrian bruises right knee on foul ball

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Thursday's game against the Reds in the fifth inning with a right knee bruise suffered two innings earlier when he fouled a pitch off his leg. He is day to day, according to the club.

Gonzalez struck out in that at-bat and played two more innings, but Scott Van Slyke took over at first base in the bottom of the fifth.

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Dodgers may use sixth starter to rest rotation

Bolsinger, Lee, Wieland and Thomas among candidates when rosters expand

Dodgers may use sixth starter to rest rotation

CINCINNATI -- Manager Don Mattingly said he's considering using a sixth starter at some point after rosters expand Tuesday to give the Dodgers' rotation an extra day of rest.

Among the candidates now with Triple-A Oklahoma City and already on the 40-man roster are Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee, Joe Wieland and Ian Thomas.

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Dodgers' bullpen rewarding Mattingly's faith

For second straight game, manager plays matchups with relievers, who get big outs to escape jams

Dodgers' bullpen rewarding Mattingly's faith

CINCINNATI -- Nobody has more riding on the success or failure of the Dodgers' bullpen than manager Don Mattingly.

But nobody seems to be more faithful than Mattingly, either.

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Ellis taking hot bat back to bench

Filling in for returning Grandal, Dodgers catcher has four homers in last 13 starts

Ellis taking hot bat back to bench

CINCINNATI -- Now that A.J. Ellis' bat has caught fire, he's headed back to the bench.

It's all part of the adjustment of being a backup, Ellis' role since the acquisition of Yasmani Grandal over the winter. Ellis has started the last three games behind the plate for the Dodgers, but Grandal is expected to return from a sore left shoulder for Thursday's series finale against the Reds.

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Dodgers erupt early, hold off rallying Reds

Dodgers erupt early, hold off rallying Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers homered three times in a five-run fourth inning Wednesday night to chase rookie starter David Holmberg, and they held on for a 7-4 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

With the victory, the Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Giants, who beat the Cubs, 4-2. Since Aug. 13, the Dodgers are 5-5, all of the wins against the Reds.

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Dodge bat: Hernandez puts scare in Suarez

Los Angeles OF forces Reds SS to take evasive measures, as splintered lumber leads to double

Dodge bat: Hernandez puts scare in Suarez

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers center fielder Kiké Hernandez gave new meaning to the term "broken-bat double" in Los Angeles' 7-4 win over the Reds on Wednesday night.

Leading off the sixth inning against reliever Pedro Villarreal, Hernandez hit what would have been a routine ground ball to shortstop if his bat hadn't separated, with the barrel aiming directly at the feet of infielder Eugenio Suarez along with the ball.

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Grandal expected to return for finale vs. Reds

Dodgers catcher has missed three games with bruised left shoulder

Grandal expected to return for finale vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, who has been nursing a bruised left (non-throwing) shoulder, is expected to return to the starting lineup Thursday after missing three games, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday.

"He could have played last night, but we're trying to be careful with him," Mattingly said. "It's been three games [off], and he plays tomorrow. This time of year, especially with catchers, they're banged up. I'm not saying [the injury] won't stick around, but this gives him the best chance of being as healthy as he can be this time of year."

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Verdugo hits for the cycle for Rancho Cucamonga

Dodgers' No. 7 prospect thumps a triple in the eighth inning to complete the feat for Quakes

Verdugo hits for the cycle for Rancho Cucamonga

Alex Verdugo had a game to remember Wednesday, hitting for the cycle as part of a 4-for-4 performance -- his second career four-hit game -- in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga's 10-2 win over Lancaster.

The Dodgers No. 7 prospect got the home run out of the way in his first at-bat, taking Lancaster starter Keean Yuhl deep to center field in the second inning. The home run was Verdugo's seventh of the season and second since joining Rancho Cucamonga.

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Utley takes preparatory grounders at third

Dodgers veteran could sometimes fill in for Turner at hot corner when Kendrick returns

Utley takes preparatory grounders at third

CINCINNATI -- Career second baseman Chase Utley began a potential conversion to third base Wednesday afternoon in a brief workout that included manager Don Mattingly and bench coach Tim Wallach, a former All-Star third baseman.

Utley, acquired last week primarily to fill in for injured second baseman Howie Kendrick, took grounders for less than five minutes at Great American Ball Park.

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Dodgers answer call, find winning feeling

After Kershaw speaks up, club gets complete effort in snapping 5-game losing streak

Dodgers answer call, find winning feeling

CINCINNATI -- Whether it was Clayton Kershaw's call for a sense of urgency or just the drop in class of the opposition, the Dodgers pulled out of their five-game tailspin Tuesday night by beating the Reds, 5-1.

Along with home runs by Justin Turner and Jimmy Rollins, three double plays from the defense and clutch relief pitching, there was a win by fourth starter Alex Wood against a team that has lost 10 of its last 11.

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Sweet relief: Bullpen battles, comes up clutch

Dodgers use five relievers down stretch to get out of jams in skid-busting win

Sweet relief: Bullpen battles, comes up clutch

CINCINNATI -- It was almost as if manager Don Mattingly couldn't wait to get into his beleaguered bullpen, removing starting pitcher Alex Wood after 5 2/3 shutout innings.

But he had sounded a tone all day about the season starting anew, and it sort of looked that way as five relievers pitched the last 3 1/3 innings of a 5-1 win over the Reds that snapped the Dodgers' five-game losing streak Tuesday.

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Dodgers power up to halt skid in Cincinnati

Dodgers power up to halt skid in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Justin Turner and Jimmy Rollins slugged two-run homers as the Dodgers snapped a five-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 5-1 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

With the victory, the Dodgers extended their National League West lead to 2 1/2 games after the Giants lost to the Cubs, 8-5.

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Mattingly backs Kershaw's call for 'urgency'

Dodgers' manager confident clubhouse received message from respected ace

Mattingly backs Kershaw's call for 'urgency'

CINCINNATI -- Manager Don Mattingly didn't agree with using the work "panic," but he didn't argue with Clayton Kershaw's Sunday observation that the Dodgers -- in a five-game losing streak before beating the Reds, 5-1, on Tuesday night -- need to pick it up.

Mattingly, in fact, sounded pleased that Kershaw spoke up.

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Dodgers activate Nicasio from disabled list

Grandal out of action with left shoulder bruise; Kendrick nearing rehab assignment

Dodgers activate Nicasio from disabled list

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers activated right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio from the 15-day disabled list and had good news on second baseman Howie Kendrick's recovery, but they were missing catcher Yasmani Grandal from the lineup for Tuesday night's series opener against the Reds.

Nicasio immediately saw action in the Dodgers' 5-1 win Tuesday, during which he induced a groundout and a flyout in the eighth inning before loading the bases with two walks that surrounded a single.

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Seager, Bellinger homer; Urias hurls 6 scoreless in Minors

No. 1 prospect homers for Triple-A, No. 2 throws six scoreless for Tulsa, No. 9 blasts his 28th homer

Seager, Bellinger homer; Urias hurls 6 scoreless in Minors

Both of the Dodgers' highest-rated prospects had excellent nights, while a top slugger climbed closer to catching the Minor League home run leader.

No. 1 prospect (No. 2 overall) Corey Seager homered in a 2-for-5 game in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 8-2 triumph over Albuquerque. The blast was his 12th since joining the Oklahoma City Dodgers on May 1 and he's hit three homers in his past five games to bring his season line to .277/.330/.445.

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Phillips engages in basepath dance with A-Gon

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Phillips engages in basepath dance with A-Gon

You know what there's not enough of in baseball? Dancing. Everybody's too worried about smacking the baseball out of the ballpark instead of sashaying to the beautiful rhythms of the game we know and love. But during Tuesday's Dodgers-Reds game, Brandon Phillips decided to break out into a ballroom-style pirouette, and he decided to do it with Adrian Gonzalez.

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Latos throws in Arizona to prepare for start

Dodgers righty tosses five-inning simulated game before facing Cubs on Saturday

Latos throws in Arizona to prepare for start

CINCINNATI -- Mat Latos, bumped from the starting rotation last week, threw a five-inning simulated game at the Dodgers' Arizona complex on Monday in preparation for his start Saturday against the Cubs.

Latos last pitched for the Dodgers on Aug. 13. Since his acquisition from Miami last month, he is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts.

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10 companies picked for Dodgers Accelerator program

10 companies picked for Dodgers Accelerator program

LOS ANGELES -- The first-ever Dodgers Accelerator program reached the second stage on Monday with the selection of 10 companies that will leverage the resources of the franchise, its owners and partners.

The program, in partnership with communications and advertising company R/GA, has selected fledgling companies dedicated to transforming sports, technology, entertainment and media. The companies will spend the next three months working to impact the sports and entertainment industry, not just the Dodgers and MLB.

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LA lamenting trend of wasting Kershaw gems

Bullpen blows second straight strong start by ace, as Dodgers' skid extends to five

LA lamenting trend of wasting Kershaw gems

HOUSTON -- For the second time in as many starts, the Dodgers squandered a Clayton Kershaw gem.

Just like in Oakland on Tuesday, it took extra innings, finished off this time by Jason Castro's solo homer off Chris Hatcher in the 10th inning for a 3-2 loss to the Astros.

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Bullpen unable to preserve Kershaw's work

Bullpen unable to preserve Kershaw's work

HOUSTON -- For the fourth time in eight days, there was a walk-off in Minute Maid Park. This time, Jason Castro homered into the Crawford Boxes off Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher in the 10th inning to give the Astros a 3-2 win and a sweep Sunday -- after it was reviewed -- wasting a brilliant effort from Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.

Unable to solve Kershaw all afternoon, the Astros finally cracked the much-maligned Los Angeles bullpen when Carlos Correa led off the ninth with a single off closer Kenley Jansen and Marwin Gonzalez drove him in on a first-pitch single with two outs, tying the game and giving the Dodgers' bullpen its 19th blown save of the season -- tops in the Majors.

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Dodgers thwart Astros on steal of home

Gomez attempts to score tying run in sixth, but review confirms out call; Ellis shaken up, but passes tests

Dodgers thwart Astros on steal of home

HOUSTON -- Before Houston walked off, 3-2, in the 10th on Jason Castro's reviewed homer, a rare 1-2 caught-stealing at home plate kept the Dodgers in front of the Astros and ended a sixth-inning jam for Clayton Kershaw on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

Carlos Gomez, representing the tying run, tried to swipe home with runners on the corners and two outs, but he was tagged out by catcher A.J. Ellis.

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Puig ejected after arguing strikeout in ninth

Dodgers star tossed after dropping bat in exchange with home-plate umpire

Puig ejected after arguing strikeout in ninth

HOUSTON -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the ninth inning of Sunday's 3-2 loss in 10 innings to the Astros.

Puig incredulously turned to home-plate umpire James Hoye and dropped the bat, which likely sparked the immediate ejection.

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Kershaw seamlessly picks off Altuve

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Kershaw seamlessly picks off Altuve

When we show you a pickoff throw, it's usually not because it went seamlessly. In fact, that's never the reason we show you a pickoff throw

But today we're changing things up, because it's time to take a short break from watching pitchers throw to disembodied gloves or just destroying them altogether. During Sunday's Dodgers-Astros game, Clayton Kershaw (who else?) kindly decided to take some time out of his third inning to teach a master class in the art of the pickoff. 

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Hernandez earning at-bats over Pederson

Dodgers haven't lost faith in All-Star outfielder, but riding production in short term

Hernandez earning at-bats over Pederson

HOUSTON -- It's not often an All-Star center fielder struggles to see the field by late August.

That's the situation Joc Pederson faces right now, as he was held out of the Dodgers' lineup for a second consecutive game on Sunday despite a right-handed pitcher taking the mound for the Astros.

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Greinke sees end of 11-game unbeaten streak

Dodgers righty serves up two homers for first time in almost exactly one year

Greinke sees end of 11-game unbeaten streak

HOUSTON -- For the second consecutive night, the Astros accomplished quite the feat against the Dodgers.

This was no no-hitter, of course, but beating Zack Greinke this season has actually been more rare than no-hitters in baseball this year.

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Utley, Rollins hit milestones in Dodger blue

Second baseman notches first hit with new club; longtime DP partner records 500th double

Utley, Rollins hit milestones in Dodger blue

HOUSTON -- It's well-worn territory by now, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins roaming the middle of the infield together.

After 12 years together as a double-play duo in Philadelphia red, they looked, at least for one night, just as potent in Dodger blue.

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Greinke hurt by homers as Dodgers fall

Greinke hurt by homers as Dodgers fall

HOUSTON -- Reverting back to its customary homer-happy offense, Houston knocked Dodgers ace Zack Greinke for two home runs, and Scott Kazmir skirted sixth-inning trouble to propel the Astros to a 3-1 victory on Saturday to claim the series in front of 39,999 in Minute Maid Park.

The loss ended a string of 11 unbeaten starts by Greinke, whose ERA jumped from 1.58 to 1.67 -- still best in the Majors. A night after getting no-hit by the Astros' Mike Fiers, the Dodgers managed seven hits, but could only cash in on one of them -- a sixth-inning RBI single by Justin Turner.

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