Offensive woes on road continue for Dodgers

Los Angeles shut out for fourth straight road game in loss to Cardinals

Offensive woes on road continue for Dodgers

ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers' streak of scoreless road losses reached four in a 3-0 series-opening loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Friday night as veteran right-hander John Lackey subdued the Los Angeles lineup for seven innings.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly offered no explanation for the road woes and stopped short of calling his team's recent offensive performance a "rut." But the Dodgers have scored three runs or fewer in 10 of their last 12 games, a stretch that has yielded a 5-7 record.

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Dodgers blanked against Lackey, Cardinals

Dodgers blanked against Lackey, Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Meeting the Dodgers for the first time since sending them home in the 2014 postseason, the Cardinals ran their winning streak to five games with a 3-0 win in front of 44,223 at Busch Stadium on Friday. The two teams entered the night boasting the National League's best records.

After retiring the final 23 hitters he faced in his last start, Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger allowed the first three Cardinals batters he saw to reach. St. Louis scored a first-inning run on a double play with the bases loaded, snapping Bolsinger's scoreless innings streak at 18 2/3. Randal Grichuk's RBI double in the third gave the Cardinals as many runs in Bolsinger's six-inning start Friday as four other teams had in 25 1/3 innings against him previously this year.

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Mattingly ejected after arguing strike zone

Mattingly ejected after arguing strike zone

ST. LOUIS -- Don Mattingly has made a habit of hitting the showers early this month. The Dodgers manager was ejected in the seventh inning of his team's 3-0 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium on Friday night for arguing about the strike zone with home-plate umpire Mike Winters. Mattingly has been tossed from three games this month.

Los Angeles catcher A.J. Ellis followed his lead and was tossed in the bottom half of the inning for the words he said when Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter walked on five pitches.

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Dodgers expect Grandal back on Saturday

After three games in Triple-A, catcher ready for return behind plate

Dodgers expect Grandal back on Saturday

ST. LOUIS -- Yasmani Grandal and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed on Friday that Grandal is expected to be available to play on Saturday following a stint on the seven-day disabled list with concussion symptoms.

The Dodgers' switch-hitting catcher played in three games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this week, but Friday was the first time he worked behind the plate since going on the DL.

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Frias looks to sink Cards in contest featuring Statcast

Frias looks to sink Cards in contest featuring Statcast

ST. LOUIS -- Two of the National League's best teams and recent playoff rivals square off in a game featuring Statcast™ technology on FOX. The Cardinals send undefeated Michael Wacha to the mound against Los Angeles' Carlos Frias, who will make his eighth Major League start. The Cardinals are 9-0 when Wacha starts, and he would become the first National League pitcher to eight wins if he picks up a victory.

The series is a rematch of the 2014 National League Division Series and the 2013 National League Championship Series. St. Louis bested the Dodgers in both series, and this weekend's series signifies their first of two in 2015.

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Dodgers' No. 1 prospect Seager with 6-for-6 barrage

Rated No. 6 in all of MLB, shortstop continues Triple-A dominance with homer, 6-RBI game

Dodgers' No. 1 prospect Seager with 6-for-6 barrage

The Dodgers' top prospect has caught fire at the plate. Shortstop Corey Seager, MLBPipeline.com's No. 6 overall prospect, went a perfect 6-for-6 for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon.

Seager, 21, hit his third homer and added a pair of doubles as he drove in six runs in the Dodgers' 14-11 win over the Salt Lake Bees. Seager's feat -- at least six hits with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs -- has never been accomplished in a Major League game.

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

Bolsinger eager to join Dodgers-Cardinals rivalry

Growing up a Cubs fan, surprise star of LA rotation had no love for St. Louis

Bolsinger eager to join Dodgers-Cardinals rivalry

Mike Bolsinger is a newcomer to the rivalry between the Dodgers and Cardinals, but the right-hander already doesn't have an affinity for the club in St. Louis.

"I grew up a Cubs fan. Growing up, we didn't like the Cardinals," said Bolsinger, whose family is from Gurnee, Ill. "Obviously there's a bit of a rivalry here with what they did to the Dodgers last year, so hopefully we can go in there and stay hot."

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Greinke's 9-K gem added to run of hard luck

Greinke's 9-K gem added to run of hard luck

LOS ANGELES -- After opening the season with a 5-0 record in his first six starts, Zack Greinke has continued to pitch among the best in the league, but the wins haven't followed.

After earning a no-decision in a 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night, Greinke is 0-1 in his last four outings despite allowing only four runs in that span.

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Uribe trade shakes up Dodgers' roster

Uribe trade shakes up Dodgers' roster

LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe got his wish of playing time and made his way into the starting lineup on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The only difference is that he donned the red and blue of Atlanta after he was traded to the Braves earlier in the day.

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A-Gon leading NL first basemen All-Star vote

A-Gon leading NL first basemen All-Star vote

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez is leading National League first basemen in fan voting for the 2015 All-Star Game. Fans can continue to vote using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until July 2.

Gonzalez is nearly doubling his competition at the position. He has 929,016 fan votes, while no other NL first baseman has more than 500,000. The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt are second and third, respectively.

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Greinke shines, but Braves escape vs. bullpen

Greinke shines, but Braves escape vs. bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- Nick Markakis' ground-rule double capped a two-run eighth inning against an erratic Adam Liberatore as the Braves capitalized on an Alex Wood gem for a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Andrelton Simmons scored the go-ahead run when Liberatore's 3-1 pitch to Freddie Freeman went to the backstop. Markakis followed the wild pitch with an RBI double, which provided the insurance run the Braves needed to overcome the one-out homer Alex Guerrero hit off Braves closer Jason Grilli in the ninth inning.

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Lyle Spencer

Monday reflects on selection in 1965 Draft

Monday reflects on selection in 1965 Draft

LOS ANGELES -- Rick Monday was a few days away from driving from Arizona State University to the 1965 College World Series championship in Omaha, Neb., when word arrived that he'd been taken by the Kansas City A's with the first overall pick in Major League Baseball's inaugural First-Year Player Draft.

Fifty years later, Monday reflected on the momentous events swirling around that 19-year-old kid. Two years earlier, his mother had promised a persistent scout named Tommy Lasorda that her son -- having just graduated from Santa Monica (Calif.) High School -- would sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers after attending college. The Draft altered those plans.

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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.

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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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.

Emotional Uribe headed to Braves

Emotional Uribe headed to Braves

LOS ANGELES -- En route to the elevator on his last trip out of the Dodgers' clubhouse after an 8-0 win over the Braves, Juan Uribe was asked what he would miss most about the Dodgers.

He heard fans yelling for him, pointed at them and choked up. Unable to answer, he walked away, headed to the Braves, barring any unforeseen hang-ups.

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Kershaw finds form against Braves

Kershaw finds form against Braves

LOS ANGELES -- For everyone saying there's something wrong with Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner proved he can still be dominant in Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves.

His ERA of 3.86 is much more mortal than the 1.77 and 1.83 he posted in 2014 and '13, respectively, and at 3-3 he's already lost as many games as he did last season.

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Kershaw fans 10 as Dodgers rout Braves

Kershaw fans 10 as Dodgers rout Braves

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers used a six-run fourth inning and a 10-strikeout gem from Clayton Kershaw to cruise to an 8-0 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning in what was his most impressive start of the season. The lefty scattered four hits over seven innings and added an RBI single in the fourth, the Dodgers' highest-scoring inning this season.

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A-Gon eclipses 1,000 RBIs on homer

A-Gon eclipses 1,000 RBIs on homer

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez picked up RBIs Nos. 1,000 and 1,001 during the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves.

Gonzalez took the 0-1 pitch to left-center field for a two-run homer off Julio Teheran. Gonzalez's 10th home run of the season gave the Dodgers an 8-0 lead. 

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Puig picks up pace in injury rehab

Puig picks up pace in injury rehab

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been hitting and increased his participation in baseball activities over the past few days, according to manager Don Mattingly.

Puig was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 25 with a strained left hamstring. An MRI exam on May 12 showed he suffered a setback while playing in a rehab game for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

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Dodgers' three homers in eighth down Braves

Dodgers' three homers in eighth down Braves

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers launched three home runs off reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning to beat the Braves, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Trailing, 2-1, at the seventh-inning stretch, Los Angeles tied the game on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout in the seventh and Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the lead the following inning with a solo shot to right-center field. Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins followed suit with homers.

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Richard Justice

Giants-Dodgers: The race we deserve

Giants-Dodgers: The race we deserve

If we're going to have a Giants-Dodgers summer, we must be doing something right. Isn't this the living, breathing definition of a great rivalry? Isn't baseball better when they're both competitive?

Who ya got?

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Dodgers offense out to prove doubters wrong

Club busts out of team-wide slump with trio of homers in eighth

Dodgers offense out to prove doubters wrong

LOS ANGELES -- A whole squadron of players out to prove people wrong led the Dodgers to a 6-3 Memorial Day win over the Braves on Monday.

Right fielder Andre Ethier, marginalized during the offseason, continued his resurgence as Yasiel Puig's injury replacement with a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, one of three the Dodgers hit off reliever Nick Masset to blast out of a team-wide slump that saw them score nine runs in the previous eight games.

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Gaudin nears return from wrist surgery

Dodgers pitcher was shut down in Spring Training

Gaudin nears return from wrist surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin recently underwent carpal tunnel release surgery on his right wrist and could be pitching in a month.

Gaudin, 32, was bidding to make the Dodgers roster out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, after missing last year while recovering from neck surgery. But he encountered nerve issues while making a spot start March 21 and was shut down. He has been at the club's Arizona complex the past two months rehabilitating.

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

In the fourth inning of Monday's Braves-Dodgers game, with Jonny Gomes at the plate, Vin Scully decided to tell a story. A story about the time 12-year-old Jonny Gomes was almost eaten by a wolf.

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Dodgers face questions about back end of rotation

Wieland and the recovering Beachy, Bedard are future options

LOS ANGELES -- After Carlos Frias was rocked to the tune of 10 runs over four innings Sunday against San Diego, the Dodgers face questions about the back end of their starting rotation.

The club already lost Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu to a torn UCL and torn labrum, respectively. Both pitchers will miss the entire season.

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Seager smacks first two Triple-A homers

In 22nd game with Oklahoma City, Dodgers top prospect breaks 1-for-19 skid with pair of blasts

Seager smacks first two Triple-A homers

In his 22nd Triple-A game, Dodgers No. 1 prospect (No. 7 overall) Corey Seager hit his first and second home runs for Oklahoma City on Monday night, breaking a 1-for-19 skid. The shortstop collected three RBIs, going 2-for-4 in the Dodgers' 6-1 win over Salt Lake.

The 21-year-old tore through Double-A pitching in April, hitting .375/.407/.675 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 20 games with Tulsa. He was promoted to Oklahoma City on May 1 but has struggled to continue his torrid pace, hitting .250/.290/.364 without any display of power until Memorial Day.

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Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.