Dodgers hit 3 HRs, return to winning ways

Dodgers hit 3 HRs, return to winning ways

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor homered Saturday night at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers returned to their slugging and winning ways with a 6-2 victory over the Braves, snapping their two-game losing streak.

Dodgers starter Rich Hill (7-4) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings and is 4-0 in his career against Atlanta. He is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA since modifying his delivery six starts back. Braves starter Julio Teheran (7-8) is 0-6 in his career against the Dodgers.

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Taylor delights Dodgers, confounds opponents

Dodgers utility man comes off bench to homer, triple in win over Braves

Taylor delights Dodgers, confounds opponents

LOS ANGELES -- The secret is out. Chris Taylor is good. But, how good?

"Until you've done it, you really don't know what you have," manager Dave Roberts said of Taylor, who came off the bench Saturday night with a homer and two-run triple that helped power the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over the Braves.

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Dodgers trade righty reliever Romo to Rays

Dodgers trade righty reliever Romo to Rays

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers traded reliever Sergio Romo and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The 34-year-old Romo, whose salary this year is $3 million, was designated for assignment on Thursday to make room for the activation of left-handed reliever Grant Dayton.

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Kershaw seeks 16th win in finale vs. Braves

Kershaw seeks 16th win in finale vs. Braves

The Braves will close out their four-game series with the Dodgers squaring off against ace Clayton Kershaw, who hasn't lost a start since May 1.

The southpaw faces a red-hot Braves offense that put up 18 runs in the first two games of this series. Kershaw has made 14 straight outings without recording a loss, going 11-0 in that span and sporting a 1.84 ERA. He has held opponents to a .193 average while striking out 122 with 20 walks.

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McCarthy tentative for next start due to blister

Maeda would be available Tuesday, if necessary

McCarthy tentative for next start due to blister

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy will test his blistered right index finger with a Sunday bullpen session to determine if he can make his tentatively scheduled Tuesday night start against Minnesota.

McCarthy, roughed up for six runs on nine hits in four innings Thursday night, was to play catch Saturday. If McCarthy cannot start, manager Dave Roberts said Kenta Maeda would make the Tuesday night start.

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Calhoun hits pinch-hit homer for OKC

Calhoun hits pinch-hit homer for OKC

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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'No panic' for LA after Wood's first setback

All-Star lefty chased in 5th inning after 9 runs, 7 earned

'No panic' for LA after Wood's first setback

LOS ANGELES -- It seemed like only yesterday when his Dodgers had won 31 of 35, so Dave Roberts summed up Friday night with the insight of a manager of the year.

"You're not going to win them all," he said after a 12-3 wipeout by the Braves that was the second loss in a row for the Dodgers, largest margin of defeat of the season and first loss of the year for Alex Wood. "No panic here."

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Wood's unbeaten streak slammed by Braves

Wood's unbeaten streak slammed by Braves

LOS ANGELES -- Rumored Atlanta trade chip Jaime Garcia pitched seven solid innings and slugged a grand slam Friday night as the Braves handed former teammate Alex Wood his first loss of the year and the Dodgers their second loss in a row, a 12-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.

Garcia's third career homer, on an 0-2 pitch, was the first slam by an Atlanta pitcher since 1966. It capped a five-run fifth inning and ended the night for Wood (11-1), whose ERA jumped from 1.56 to 2.17. Tyler Flowers slugged a three-run homer off reliever Grant Dayton in the sixth inning, also on an 0-2 pitch. Estimated by Statcast™ at 447 feet, it tied Brandon Phillips for the longest Braves home run of the year.

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Alvarez making Double-A debut

Alvarez making Double-A debut

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Raudy Read (Nationals' No. 17), Harrisburg vs. Binghamton (1:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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A-Gon, Ethier building up in pregame work

Sluggers out with back injuries; Gonzalez's return expected in August

A-Gon, Ethier building up in pregame work

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers sluggers Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier, sidelined by herniated disks in their backs, inched closer on Friday to returning to game action.

Gonzalez, on the disabled list since June 12, resumed taking ground balls. Manager Dave Roberts reiterated that he expects Gonzalez back sometime in August, but a rehab assignment has not been scheduled.

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Barry M. Bloom

Jansen lifting Dodgers this season

Hoffman, Rivera have never met LA's closer, but his cutter resembles both

Jansen lifting Dodgers this season

CHICAGO -- Kenley Jansen has never met Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, the top closers in Major League Baseball history, with a combined 1,253 saves in 37 seasons.

It's tempting to say that as good as the Dodgers' closer is right now at age 29, he hasn't even begun to make the grade with 213 saves in his eighth season with Los Angeles.

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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.

After root canal, Grandal catches, hits homer

Dodgers catcher shows toughness after dental procedure

After root canal, Grandal catches, hits homer

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal didn't go home for the day after having a root canal. Instead, he homered and caught nine innings for the Dodgers in a 6-3 loss to the Braves on Thursday night, which snapped the team's 11-game win streak.

Major League catchers are tough, and Grandal is no exception. The Dodgers returned home late Wednesday night, following a road trip through Miami and Chicago, and Grandal said he intended on playing the series opener against the Braves, despite a lack of sleep and a painful dental procedure.

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Cruz goes deep again for Great Lakes

Cruz goes deep again for Great Lakes

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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Organist pays tribute to late Linkin Park singer

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington passed away at the age of 41 on Thursday.

Linkin Park released seven studio albums including their well-known debut "Hybrid Theory," which sold millions of copies and was Grammy-nominated.

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McCarthy struggles, win streak ends at 11

McCarthy struggles, win streak ends at 11

LOS ANGELES -- The Braves crashed the party at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night with a 6-3 victory, snapping the Dodgers' 11-game win streak. It was just Los Angeles' fifth loss in its last 36 games.

Freddie Freeman had two hits and two RBIs, while Kurt Suzuki added a two-run homer to back a strong start from Mike Foltynewicz, as the Braves ended their three-game skid. Foltynewicz allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five. The Braves right-hander has gone 5-0 in his last nine starts, striking out 51 and walking 21, while posting a 3.33 ERA and limiting opponents to a .248 average.

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Dodgers activate Dayton, designate Romo

Dodgers activate Dayton, designate Romo

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers activated left-handed reliever Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list before Thursday's game against the Braves, and designated right-handed reliever Sergio Romo for assignment.

Romo made 30 appearances in his first season in L.A., going 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA in 25 innings and 31 strikeouts against 12 walks. The former Giants closer signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Dodgers in February.

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Roberts doesn't see much need to add

Dodgers could still be in the market for a lefty reliever

Roberts doesn't see much need to add

CHICAGO -- Despite a double-digit lead in the National League West, the Dodgers are a very popular mention in trade rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, even if manager Dave Roberts indicates that most of the speculation is fake news.

Except for seeking a left-handed reliever, Roberts said on Wednesday, he's happy with what he's got, even in the wake of the second-place D-backs' acquisition on Tuesday of J.D. Martinez.

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Dodgers keep rolling as offense hits stride

Dodgers keep rolling as offense hits stride

CHICAGO -- It's an extraordinary team whose manager can call out the offense after a 1-0 victory and have it respond with four homers and a 9-1 victory, as was the case with Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

And manager Dave Roberts' Dodgers continued their extraordinary roll Wednesday night, completing a perfect 5-0 trip coming out of the All-Star break with offensive fireworks that fizzled the night before.

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Dodgers run win streak to 11, top White Sox

Dodgers run win streak to 11, top White Sox

CHICAGO -- After eeking out a win Tuesday night, the Dodgers poured it on Wednesday night with a 9-1, rain-shortened victory over the White Sox that extended their season-high win streak to 11 games and spoiled the White Sox debut of top MLBPipeline.com prospect Yoan Moncada.

Rain with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, which began at approximately 10:08 p.m. CT, caused the game to be delayed. The game was eventually called at 10:46 p.m., giving both the Dodgers and White Sox their first rain-shortened game of the season.

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Back from layoff, Kershaw wins MLB-high 15th

Ace tosses seven scoreless innings against White Sox

Back from layoff, Kershaw wins MLB-high 15th

CHICAGO -- Seven scoreless innings, and Clayton Kershaw sounded almost apologetic after pitching the Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night.

"I was a little rusty tonight," said Kershaw, who hadn't pitched since a July 9 complete-game win over the Royals in the final game before the All-Star break. "The fastball command wasn't great, it got a little better as the game went. Nine days off definitely is not something I'm used to. I'm thankful to get out of that unscathed, and glad we won."

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10 again! Dodgers extend streak, on 30-4 run

10 again! Dodgers extend streak, on 30-4 run

CHICAGO -- The Dodgers juggernaut jumped leagues Tuesday night and kept on winning, as Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 Interleague shutout of the White Sox for Los Angeles' second 10-game win streak of the season.

Padding the best record in MLB, the Dodgers (65-29) are on a 30-4 tear -- a franchise best since 1899 -- which had not been accomplished since the 1977 Royals had a 35-4 run. The last National League team to have such a run was the 1936 Giants. Los Angeles is off to its best start through 94 games since 1955.

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Ryu set to return from DL early next week

Lefty likely to face Twins; Kershaw to stay on normal rest

Ryu set to return from DL early next week

CHICAGO -- The Dodgers will keep ace Clayton Kershaw on normal rest and activate Hyun-Jin Ryu on the upcoming homestand, temporarily creating a six-man rotation, manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday.

Speaking before Kershaw's start against the White Sox, Roberts indicated that Kershaw will start Sunday against the Braves at home. Roberts said Ryu, who is on the disabled list with a bruised left foot, will be activated to start either Monday or Tuesday against the Twins.

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Turner Dodgers' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Turner Dodgers' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

8 reasons why 2017 is Dodgers' year

Los Angeles on pace for historic number of wins

8 reasons why 2017 is Dodgers' year

The Dodgers (64-29) are on a pace to win more games than any National League team in 111 years. Actually, they might be better than that.

Historical comparisons are risky. They're interesting, but it's never clear what we're supposed to learn from them. Besides, for the Dodgers, the ultimate story of this season will be written in October.

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Turner homers, Hill fans 9 as streak hits 9

Turner homers, Hill fans 9 as streak hits 9

MIAMI -- Justin Turner keeps hitting, and the Dodgers keep winning. The third baseman homered and drove in two to lead Los Angeles to a ninth straight victory and a three-game sweep of the Marlins, 3-2, on Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Dodgers, who boast a Major League-best 64-29 mark, have won 29 of their last 33 games since June 7. Miami was swept for the first time since Houston took three at Marlins Park from May 15-17.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

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Statcast of the Day: Hill confounds with curve

Statcast of the Day: Hill confounds with curve

MIAMI -- Rich Hill certainly feels the magic in Miami. The left-hander struck out nine and did not walk a batter in the Dodgers' 3-2 win on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the Marlins. It marked the Dodgers' Major League-leading 11th sweep of the season and ninth consecutive victory.

Hill's last start at Marlins Park was nearly one for the record books. He worked seven perfect innings on Sept. 9, 2016, earning the win in a 5-0 victory. In that game, he also struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

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Jim Callis

Calhoun makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Calhoun makes Pipeline 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.

Brendan Rodgers' hitting ability made him MLBPipeline.com's No. 1-rated prospect and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 Draft. The Rockies shortstop has lived up to expectations and is having his best season yet.

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Cycle built for blue! Dodger rookie's feat historic

Cycle built for blue! Dodger rookie's feat historic

MIAMI -- It's difficult to imagine that at 22 years of age, after celebrating a birthday on Thursday, Cody Bellinger is a rookie still learning the ropes in the Major Leagues -- at least off the field anyway.

The same guy that hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs in the Dodgers' 7-1 win over the Marlins on Saturday night, just hours earlier wandered through the team's clubhouse searching for a plug to charge his phone, only to be informed that each player's locker is equipped with its own individual outlet.

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Urena's inside pitch to Puig ignites Dodgers

Urena's inside pitch to Puig ignites Dodgers

MIAMI -- One pitch may have stirred Jose Urena enough for the Dodgers to chase him early in the Marlins' 7-1 loss on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

With one out in the second, Urena whizzed a 97-mph two-seam fastball high and inside to Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. It was the first pitch Puig had seen since, some might say, he showboated a go-ahead ninth-inning homer the previous night.

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