Hatcher posts scoreless rehab inning

Hatcher posts scoreless rehab inning

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher struck out the side in a scoreless inning in his second Minor League rehab appearance for Rancho Cucamonga on Monday night.

Hatcher, recovering from a strained oblique, rebounded from a shaky first appearance on Friday night, when he allowed two earned runs on three hits in one inning for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

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Dodgers open to Puig deal if return is right

Club's top prospects also coveted, but outfielder reportedly not untouchable

Dodgers open to Puig deal if return is right

Could Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig be on the move this week?

The Dodgers have let teams know that Puig could be acquired "in the right deal," USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Monday night. As MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported on Saturday, Puig has not been told by the Dodgers that he won't be traded. The club hasn't confirmed the most recent report.

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Olivera 'doing great,' Frias healthy after rehab start

Dodgers' injury-plagued Minor Leaguers on the road to recovery

Olivera 'doing great,' Frias healthy after rehab start

LOS ANGELES -- When the Dodgers traded Juan Uribe in late May, the primary reason given was that Justin Turner had won the starting third-base job and Uribe wanted more playing time.

The secondary reason was that, one week earlier, the club had finally completed the signing of 30-year-old Cuban infielder Hector Olivera for $62.5 million to be the third -- or second -- baseman in the very near future.

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Greinke's streak ends in NY at 45 2/3 innings

Dodgers right-hander allows first run since June 13

Greinke's streak ends in NY at 45 2/3 innings

NEW YORK -- The Mets ended Zack Greinke's scoreless streak at 45 2/3 innings on Sunday by scoring a run on pitcher Jacob deGrom's fielder's choice in the third inning. The Dodgers lost the game, 3-2.

Greinke apparently enjoyed pitching during the streak more than he did talking about it.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Hamels suitors set for dash to Deadline

Hamels suitors set for dash to Deadline

OK, the Rangers entered Monday three games below .500 (47-50), in third place in the American League West and 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Angels. Not only are they 4 1/2 games back for an AL Wild Card spot, but they would have to jump over five teams to get into the postseason that way.

And these guys are actually serious about being a player in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes? Dang right.

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Anthony Castrovince

Pederson, Puig make top 25-and-unders list

Pederson, Puig make top 25-and-unders list

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Anderson set for first start vs. former team

Anderson set for first start vs. former team

Brett Anderson returns to the mound in a series opener against the A's on Tuesday, one week after leaving a start against the Braves in the third inning with what seemed to be an Achilles tendon injury but now does not appear to be serious.

Anderson (5-5, 3.33 ERA) has only lost one start since June 6 and has yielded no more than three earned runs in any of his last seven starts. He'll be facing his former team for the first time.

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Dodgers rally in 9th, fall on walk-off hit in 10th

Dodgers rally in 9th, fall on walk-off hit in 10th

NEW YORK -- Juan Uribe singled off the center-field wall against former teammate Kenley Jansen to score Curtis Granderson with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday and give the Mets a 3-2, walk-off win over the Dodgers at Citi Field after they snapped Zack Greinke's scoreless-innings streak at 45 2/3 earlier in the game.

Granderson led off the 10th with a hustle double to right-center off Juan Nicasio. Ruben Tejada was unable to move Granderson to third on a bunt. Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally and Jansen came on to face Uribe, whose deep shot went as a single. The Mets acquired Uribe from the Braves on Friday.

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Dodgers' Frias struggles in Class A rehab start

Dodgers' Frias struggles in Class A rehab start

LOS ANGELES -- Sunday's Class A rehab start for Carlos Frias lasted only two-thirds of an inning, providing even more motivation for the Dodgers in their search for starting pitching.

Frias, out with a lower back injury, was charged with two runs on three hits (two doubles), striking out one and making 24 pitches (15 strikes) in Rancho Cucamonga's 15-10 win at Inland Empire.

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LA finds trouble facing former Dodger Uribe

LA finds trouble facing former Dodger Uribe

NEW YORK -- While speculation heats up that the Dodgers' intensive search for a starting pitcher will lead this week to the acquisition of Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, it was the bullpen that took Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mets.

Zack Greinke had his scoreless-innings streak snapped but kept the Dodgers close enough, only for Juan Uribe to again haunt his former teammates by drilling an 0-2 pitch from Kenley Jansen off the center-field wall in the bottom of the 10th inning for a walk-off single. The Dodgers split the four-game series with the Mets and went 5-5 on the 10-game road trip.

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Dodgers recall reliever Garcia from Triple-A

Greinke also activated off paternity list

Dodgers recall reliever Garcia from Triple-A

NEW YORK -- The Dodgers recalled relief pitcher Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City before Sunday's game with the Mets.

Garcia takes one of the spots made available when relievers Chin-hui Tsao and Josh Ravin were optioned to Triple-A after Saturday night's 15-2 loss to the Mets. Garcia made 40 appearances with the Dodgers earlier in the season. The other spot goes to Zack Greinke, activated off the paternity list to start Sunday's game.

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Van Slyke suffers whiplash riding in cab

Van Slyke suffers whiplash riding in cab

NEW YORK -- Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke suffered whiplash in a cab incident and was unavailable Saturday night, but he appeared in Sunday's 3-2 loss against the Mets, delivering a sacrifice bunt to advance Jimmy Rollins to third in the 10th inning.

Manager Don Mattingly said Van Slyke was a back-seat passenger in a taxi that stopped suddenly and the player's head slammed into the Plexiglas separating the front and back seats. Van Slyke told Mattingly before Sunday's game his condition had improved and he would attempt to hit in the batting cage.

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Struggles lead to 'bittersweet' debut for Lee

Righty allows seven runs over 4 2/3 innings vs. Mets

Struggles lead to 'bittersweet' debut for Lee

NEW YORK -- Zach Lee was asked how he'll remember his Major League debut.

"Bittersweet is probably the best word to describe it," said Lee, who suffered the loss in the Mets' 15-2 rout of the Dodgers on Saturday night at Citi Field. "It's great to come up here, but unfortunately it was not a very good outing to hang your hat on."

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Dodgers unable to slow Mets' bats in rout

Dodgers unable to slow Mets' bats in rout

NEW YORK -- The new-look Mets unloaded weeks of offensive frustration Saturday night at Citi Field, pummeling rookie Zach Lee and the Dodgers in a 15-2 victory that featured a pair of their newcomers.

Michael Conforto finished 4-for-4 with four runs scored in his second career game, Kelly Johnson homered and collected two hits in his Mets debut, Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a career-high four hits and Lucas Duda hit two home runs. Every member of the Mets' starting lineup -- even starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs -- reached base at least twice.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson celebrates HR with dugout ice cream

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Pederson celebrates HR with dugout ice cream

Was there anything better than catching the faint echo of the ice cream truck jingle when you were a kid? Maybe it was in the parking lot after your Little League game, or maybe you heard it rounding the corner during an intense inning of wiffleball. Either way, it meant two things: you were going to have that song stuck in your head for a week, and you were just moments away from taking the edge off of the dog days of summer. (Unless you opted for a creamsicle, in which case, gross.)

Now imagine you're that kid again, except this time -- rather than waiting for the truck to come around or begging your mom for change -- there's just ice cream, whenever you'd like. As Joc Pederson discovered after hitting a home run during Saturday's game against the Mets, this is basically what being a big league ballplayer is like! (You know, give or take facing Matt Harvey.) 

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A-Gon good to go after stiff neck improves

A-Gon good to go after stiff neck improves

NEW YORK -- Dodgers All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was in Saturday night's starting lineup against the Mets after overcoming a stiff neck. He went 1-for-3 in a 15-2 loss.

Manager Don Mattingly originally posted a lineup without Gonzalez, who did not start Friday night's game in what was described as a normal day off.

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Dodgers send Tsao, Ravin to Triple-A

Dodgers send Tsao, Ravin to Triple-A

NEW YORK -- The Dodgers continued their bullpen roster moves Saturday night after a 15-2 loss to the Mets, optioning right-handers Chin-hui Tsao and Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Replacements will be announced before Sunday's game.

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Turner haunts former club as LA tops Mets

Turner haunts former club as LA tops Mets

NEW YORK -- Justin Turner rapped out three extra-base hits against his old team and rookie Ian Thomas thrived in Zack Greinke's absence on Friday night at Citi Field, as the Dodgers scored a 7-2 victory over a Mets club waiting for its offense to arrive.

Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-13, doubled home a run in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the third to pace the Dodgers, who throttled Jon Niese for six runs in three innings. Yasiel Puig also highlighted the attack with a two-run homer.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thomas' path has been different than most

Dodgers lefty, who started career in independent ball, picks up win in first start

Thomas' path has been different than most

NEW YORK -- Justin Turner's unlikely baseball narrative is nothing compared to Ian Thomas'.

Undrafted out of high school and college, then hidden in independent ball for three-plus seasons, the Dodgers left-hander was on the main stage in the Big Apple Friday night, standing in for Zack Greinke in his first Major League start and beating the Mets, 7-2, at Citi Field.

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Turner produces vs. everyone, not just Mets

Infielder has been great for Dodgers since New York non-tendered him in 2013

Turner produces vs. everyone, not just Mets

NEW YORK -- Not since Brooklyn let the Dodgers go has this region given Los Angeles a gift like Justin Turner.

Non-tendered by the Mets after the 2013 season, the Dodgers third baseman gave the Mets some direct payback Friday night with a home run and a pair of doubles to help make Ian Thomas' first Major League start a winning one, 7-2.

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Puig and Pederson race from the outfield

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Puig and Pederson race from the outfield

Up 6-2 over the Mets after seven innings at Citi Field and on their way to a third straight victory, the Dodgers were feeling pretty jubilant. Perhaps none more so than Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson -- who at the end of the inning  took part in some friendly intra-team competition.

On your mark. Get set. GO.

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Anderson ready to return to hill for Dodgers

Left-hander likely will make next start on Tuesday

Anderson ready to return to hill for Dodgers

NEW YORK -- Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson's Achilles tendon injury might not have been an Achilles tendon injury after all, but whatever it was, he said it's healed and he's ready to pitch again.

Anderson threw a bullpen session and passed some defensive drills on Friday, declaring himself ready to start whenever the Dodgers want him. Anderson left his Tuesday outing in the third inning and his regular turn would come Sunday, but manager Don Mattingly indicated he would probably hold back Anderson until Tuesday night, following Monday's off-day, "to be a little more sure."

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Guerrero scratched due to back stiffness

Guerrero scratched due to back stiffness

NEW YORK -- Dodgers utility man Alex Guerrero was scratched from a rare start Friday night against the Mets because of back stiffness.

Manager Don Mattingly said after the Dodgers' 7-2 win that the injury is considered minor.

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Kershaw rolls shutout streak to 29 innings

Dodgers ace carries perfecto into 7th, racks up 11 K's

Kershaw rolls shutout streak to 29 innings

 

NEW YORK -- The best pitcher in baseball wasn't the best pitcher on his team during the first half of the season, but Clayton Kershaw is still Clayton Kershaw.

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Ker-shutout: Ace stifles Mets with 3-hit gem

Ker-shutout: Ace stifles Mets with 3-hit gem

NEW YORK -- Reigning National League MVP Clayton Kershaw fired a three-hit shutout Thursday night, striking out 11 Mets without a walk in a 3-0 Dodgers win at Citi Field.

Curtis Granderson broke up the perfect game leading off the bottom of the seventh inning with a line single to right field on an 0-2 slider. One out later, Wilmer Flores blooped a single to right field, but Kershaw pitched out of the jam. The only perfect game thrown by a Dodger remains Sandy Koufax with a 1-0 win over the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965.

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Kershaw makes Colon swing out of his helmet

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Kershaw makes Colon swing out of his helmet

Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 batters, allowed just three hits and didn't surrender a single walk in the Dodgers' 3-0 win over the Mets. He's now pitched three straight starts without giving up a walk. He's gone 29 innings without allowing a run, taking after teammate Zack Greinke -- and he has 42 strikeouts over that time. So sure, he has the numbers.

But you know how we can tell Kershaw is really good?

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Frias, Hatcher slated to begin rehab action

Dodgers send pitchers to high-A Rancho Cucamonga

Frias, Hatcher slated to begin rehab action

NEW YORK -- Dodgers starting pitcher Carlos Frias and reliever Chris Hatcher are scheduled to begin injury rehabilitation assignments with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga this weekend.

Hatcher, on the disabled list since June 15 with a left oblique strain, will pitch in a game Friday night.

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Kershaw, A-Gon among most popular jerseys

MadBum, Bryant debut in Nos. 1-2 spots on Most Popular rankings

Kershaw, A-Gon among most popular jerseys

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association released the top 20 rankings on Thursday, based on sales of Majestic Athletic jerseys at the MLB.com Shop from Opening Day through last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.

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