Dodgers acquire Bolsinger from D-backs

Exchange cash considerations for righty; lefty Martin designated

Dodgers acquire Bolsinger from D-backs

It won't be the biggest news of the offseason, but a pair National League West rivals completed a trade Saturday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations.

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

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Peralta reunites with Friedman in Dodgers-Rays trade

Lefty Liberatore also added; Dominguez, Harris sent to Tampa Bay

Peralta reunites with Friedman in Dodgers-Rays trade

The Dodgers beefed up their needy bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring veteran right-hander Joel Peralta and Minor League lefty Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

Peralta saw his ERA rise to 4.41 in 2014, but the 38-year-old struck out 74 batters in 63 1/3 innings and has been a reliable back-end bullpen arm since joining the Rays four seasons ago. From 2011-13, while pitching under new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, Peralta posted a 3.32 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a 3.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 227 games.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Seager ranks among top prospects from AFL

Seager ranks among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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UCLA retires all No. 42s, renames athletic facilities after Robinson

75 years after enrollment, school honors four-sport star who broke baseball's color barrier

UCLA retires all No. 42s, renames athletic facilities after Robinson

In honor of Jackie Robinson's enrollment 75 years ago, UCLA has retired Robinson's iconic No. 42 across all sports.

The announcement came Friday, when UCLA renamed its athletic facilities "the Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex" during a ceremony.

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

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Wills hopeful for induction into Hall of Fame

Former Dodgers infielder on 10-person Golden Era ballot

Wills hopeful for induction into Hall of Fame

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Maury Wills wants to be in the Hall of Fame. Not for himself. But for his four brothers and eight sisters. For his kids and grandkids. For every fan who chanted, "Go, Go, Go," when he got on base. And for those who still stop him and ask for an autograph.

"I would like to be in the Hall of Fame," Wills said earlier this month while serving as one of the instructors for the Dodgers' adult fantasy camp at Historic Dodgertown. "I'm at a point where I don't want to even think about it. But right now, it's hitting me so hard ... I'm getting ready to tear up."

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Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Puig reflects on first Japan Series experience

Puig reflects on first Japan Series experience

NAHA, Japan -- Yasiel Puig doesn't have any complaints about his experience as part of the MLB squad that competed against the Japanese national team in the Japan All-Star Series. The Dodgers outfielder said on Thursday that, "We all had a good time; we all had fun and will take away a good experience."

However, if asked, Puig would suggest a slight tweak to the format. Like many of his teammates on the squad of MLB stars, the 23-year-old played much better in Games 4 and 5 of the series -- the only MLB victories in the official five-game series -- than he did in the first three. In Puig's opinion, the guest team should have more time to work out and come together.

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David Venn is executive editor of LasMayores.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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First-rounders among prospects added to Dodgers' roster

Lee, Reed join Schebler in being protected from next month's Rule 5 Draft

First-rounders among prospects added to Dodgers' roster

The Dodgers selected the contracts of right-hander Zach Lee, lefty Chris Reed and outfielder Scott Schebler on Thursday, adding the three prospects to the 40-man roster and thus protecting them from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.

The Dodgers had four open spots on their 40-man roster, so corresponding moves weren't necessary.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Butera, Beliveau visit children's hospital in Japan

Dodgers catcher, Rays reliever use off-day to spread some cheer in Okinawa

Butera, Beliveau visit children's hospital in Japan

OKINAWA, Japan -- On their last off-day of the Japan All-Star Series, Dodgers catcher Drew Butera and Rays reliever Jeff Beliveau visited the Okinawan Prefectural Nanbu Children's Medical Center on Wednesday.

A few short hours after arriving from Sapporo, site of Tuesday's game, Butera and Beliveau held a Q&A session, posed for pictures and signed autographs for patients on two floors of the hospital. They were joined by Astros mascot Orbit, who is accompanying the MLB squad taking part in the barnstorming showcase against the Japanese national team.

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David Venn is executive editor of LasMayores.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Dodgers add four to reconstructed front office

Dodgers add four to reconstructed front office

The Dodgers continued to round out their new front office on Tuesday, announcing the hiring of David Finley as vice president of international and amateur scouting, Galen Carr as director of player personnel, Jeff Pickler as special assistant for pro scouting and player development, and Jack Cressend to the newly created role of pitching crosschecker.

Finley spent the previous 13 seasons in the Red Sox's organization, serving as special assistant to the general manager, national crosschecker and, for the last three years, director of player personnel.

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

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Dodgers acquire Minor League slugger Jensen from Marlins

Dodgers acquire Minor League slugger Jensen from Marlins

The Dodgers acquired Minor League outfielder Kyle Jensen from the Marlins on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Jensen, 26, was taken in the 12th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, bats left-handed, has experience at both corner outfield spots and has played 21 of his professional games at first base. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound native of Walnut Creek, Calif., has yet to debut in the Major Leagues.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Puig comes up big in Tokyo

Puig comes up big in Tokyo

It had been so long since the MLB squad had a hit in the Japan All-Star Series that Robinson Cano felt like Yasiel Puig's first-inning double Sunday was worth remembering.

The Dodgers right fielder swung at the first pitch he saw and lined it into the left-center-field gap for a double. At that point, Cano could be seen in the MLB dugout jokingly gesturing that Puig should ask for the baseball and sign the product of MLB's first hit since Friday.

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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.

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'Historic' Dodgertown still holds special place

Former Spring Training home recently named a Florida landmark

'Historic' Dodgertown still holds special place

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- This is the place where Tommy Lasorda first pitched in front of Branch Rickey -- whom he still affectionately calls Mr. Rickey. Where former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley got his first full-time job. Where Chan Ho Park arrived from Korea knowing just three English words: "Yes", "No" and "Tommy." The birthplace of six World Series championship teams.

A plethora of former Dodgers -- Steve Garvey, Jerry Reuss, Rick Monday, Steve Yeager, Tommy Davis, Ron Cey and Maury Wills -- all took their own trips down memory lane this week and shared why they love this place here in Vero Beach, Fla., now rechristened as Historic Dodgertown. It's where the club gathered for Spring Training every year from 1948 when it opened until the Dodgers moved Spring Training to Glendale, Ariz., in 2008.

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Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Kershaw adds NL MVP to his awards haul

Dodgers ace becomes first NL pitcher to win award since 1968

Kershaw adds NL MVP to his awards haul

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw put the finishing touches on an awards season for the ages Thursday when he was named the winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

One day after unanimously winning his third NL Cy Young Award, Kershaw became the first NL pitcher in 46 years to also be named MVP by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which gave the Dodger 18 of 30 first-place votes and 355 total points to beat fellow finalists Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins (second) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (third).

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

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Terence Moore

Kershaw's season rivals Gibson's stellar '68

Dodgers ace first dual winner of NL Cy Young, MVP Awards since Cardinals great

Kershaw's season rivals Gibson's stellar '68

When the subject is pitching dominance for a Major League season, somebody usually comes to mind: Greg Maddux. Despite his unassuming ways and his underwhelming fastball, this right-handed Picasso on the mound for the Braves was in the vicinity of evolving into Bob Gibson of 1968. Twice, in fact, and you can take your pick of seasons.

There was 1994, when Maddux made hitters look silly and feel even worse along the way to a 1.56 ERA. The following year, his ERA was slightly less stifling at 1.63, but he was more potent overall. Maddux won 90 percent of his games (19-2) while leading the Majors in at least nine of the major pitching categories listed by Baseball-Reference.com.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Callis: Dodgers' Schebler looked solid in AFL

Astros' Appel outduels White Sox flame thrower; Dodgers' Schebler impresses vs. former No. 1 pick

Callis: Dodgers' Schebler looked solid in AFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the White Sox shipped Jake Peavy to the Red Sox in a three-team trade in July 2013, the key player they got back was outfielder Avisail Garcia from the Tigers. Chicago also received three lower-level prospects from Boston, and one of those lottery tickets started to blossom this year.

Right-hander Francellis Montas reached triple digits with his fastball while in the Red Sox's system, but he didn't do much else to distinguish himself. After the White Sox cleaned up his delivery, he made significant progress with his slider, changeup, control and command. Montas' fastball didn't lose any sizzle, hitting 102 mph on one occasion, and Chicago began to entertain thoughts that he might contribute to its big league rotation in 2015.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Trout, Kershaw the right picks for MVP Awards

Trout, Kershaw the right picks for MVP Awards

This was not Mike Trout's best season, or even his second best. But he deserved the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Pitchers winning the MVP always feels a little icky. But Clayton Kershaw deserved the National League MVP Award, too.

Voting for the MVP Award is one of the most agonizing-yet-cherished responsibilities of members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (second only to the Hall of Fame vote), and I'm guessing this year's NL vote, in particular, was responsible for a lot of burned brain cells. But while there are nit-picky points to be made about Trout's strikeouts and the "pitchers don't deserve the MVP" arguments will rage deep into the night, it's hard to fault either selection announced Thursday night.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Garvey mentors son at Dodgertown fantasy camp

Iconic big leaguer offers advice to Ryan, an outfielder in Rockies' system

Garvey mentors son at Dodgertown fantasy camp

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- A doubleheader of scrimmage games had left most of the other campers and ex-Dodgers exhausted. As they trudged into the locker room on Tuesday during this adult baseball camp at Historic Dodgertown, Ryan Garvey slipped into the batting cages for some extra practice.

Tossing to him in the cage was his father, ex-Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey.

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Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Kershaw a unanimous choice for NL Cy Young

Joining Koufax as only Dodgers to win three, ace calls it 'overwhelming'

Kershaw a unanimous choice for NL Cy Young

PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw took his place alongside Sandy Koufax on Wednesday by winning his third National League Cy Young Award, this time by acclamation.

Koufax is the only other Dodgers pitcher with three Cy Youngs, all coming when only one award was presented for both leagues combined.

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

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Richard Justice

He loves LA: Friedman settling in with Dodgers

He loves LA: Friedman settling in with Dodgers

PHOENIX -- So, Andrew Friedman, how's the new gig going? Starting to feel normal?

"Changes by the minute, by the day," Friedman said. "Just a lot of newness. You're used to knowing all the people, players. Just trying to wrap your arms around it."

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Friedman confirms desire to trade veteran outfielder

Kemp, Ethier or Crawford could be dealt, but club unlikely to move Puig

Friedman confirms desire to trade veteran outfielder

PHOENIX -- Andrew Friedman confirmed that he wants to trade one of the Dodgers' veteran outfielders this winter.

"I think that's most likely the best course of action," said the new president of baseball operations at the General Managers Meetings on Wednesday. "Things play out in different ways, with injuries and everything else, but as we try to configure the best 25-man roster, I'll be surprised if it's not in a way to move an outfielder to address an area that's not as deep."

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

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Gordon headlines list of Super Two players

The 26 players named are eligible for salary arbitration

Gordon headlines list of Super Two players

Major League Baseball and the Players' Association have finalized a list of 26 players with less than three years of Major League service time who are eligible for salary arbitration, also known as Super Twos, a Major League Baseball source confirmed.

The group is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.

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

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Rangers, Dodgers to square off at Alamodome

In Big League Weekend's third year, teams to play pair of exhibitions

Rangers, Dodgers to square off at Alamodome

The Rangers and the defending National League West champion Dodgers will play a pair of exhibition games in the Alamodome in San Antonio next March as part of the Big League Weekend, which returns for its third year.

The announcement was made Wednesday by officials from Ryan Sanders Baseball and the Rangers, who will be under the direction of first-year manager Jeff Banister. The Dodgers had their Double-A affiliate in San Antonio for 23 years.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mattingly earns votes in NL Manager of Year race

Mattingly earns votes in NL Manager of Year race

PHOENIX -- Don Mattingly received votes on 10 of 30 ballots for the National League Manager of the Year Award, which was won on Tuesday by Matt Williams of the Washington Nationals.

Mattingly received one second-place and nine third-place votes for leading the Dodgers to their second consecutive NL West title. Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates finished second overall and Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants was third.

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

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New Dodgers GM Zaidi gives Ellis vote of confidence

New Dodgers GM Zaidi gives Ellis vote of confidence

PHOENIX -- New Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi issued a vote of confidence for catcher A.J. Ellis at the General Managers Meetings on Tuesday.

With rumors that the Dodgers are interested in reacquiring free-agent catcher Russell Martin and Ellis coming off his worst offensive season, Zaidi said he knows there is more to Ellis' game than a career-low .191 batting average in 2014.

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

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Dodgers invite veterans for special event at ballpark

Dodgers invite veterans for special event at ballpark

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers celebrated Veterans Day by welcoming about 300 veterans, active servicemen and women and their families to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

For a third consecutive year, the ballpark opened to those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, allowing attendees to take batting practice on the field as well visit the bullpens, hit in the cages and tour the ballpark, including the home clubhouse.

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

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Dodgers' Sweeney drives in five to lead Desert Dogs

Dodgers' Sweeney drives in five to lead Desert Dogs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers prospect Darnell Sweeney has swung a hot bat throughout the Arizona Fall League and on Tuesday he proved that his bat has a little bit of pop in it as well.

Sweeney had a couple of extra-base hits, as he led the Glendale Desert Dogs to their third consecutive victory -- an 8-4 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions.

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

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Dodgers primed to open spring slate vs. White Sox

Two meetings set with Giants; series against Angels closes out schedule

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers on Tuesday released their 2015 Spring Training schedule, which opens March 4 with a home game against the White Sox at their shared facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

The schedule of 30 games concludes with a Freeway Series against the Angels on April 2-4 -- the games on Thursday and Friday night in Anaheim, the Saturday game at Dodger Stadium -- with all game times to be announced.

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

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Young at heart participating in Dodgers' adult camp

Young at heart participating in Dodgers' adult camp

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- His team is currently on defense, having barely secured the first two outs, and yet Walt Bentson is sitting near the end of the bench ready in full catching equipment, sans his mask that is resting to his right. His spot in the lineup is due up fifth during the bottom of the inning, but right now all he is focused on is his impending freedom from the bench.

Bentson is participating in the Dodgers' week-long, adult baseball camp at their old Spring Training facility in Vero Beach, Fla., now dubbed Historic Dodgertown. In order to scrimmage each other throughout the week, the campers have been split into four teams here, named after the years of the Dodgers last four World Series championships: the '63s, '65s, '81s and the '88s, Bentson's team.

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Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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