PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco continues to give Phillies fans hope for the future.
On a night the Phillies celebrated the return of franchise hits leader Jimmy Rollins, Franco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning of a 6-2 victory over the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Franco is the first Phillies rookie to hit a grand slam since Ryan Howard, who hit one in Atlanta on Sept. 21, 2005. The Phillies are 13-3 since the All-Star break, which is the best record in baseball.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter 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.
PHILADELPHIA -- He wanted to approach it like it was just another game, not that much different than the 2,190 that preceded it in his 16 big league seasons. Which was both exactly correct and predictably impossible.
For the first time in his career, Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins came to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night as a visiting player. He was a spark plug for five straight division champions, two pennant winners and a World Series champion here. He won a Most Valuable Player Award here. He became the all-time hits leader for the charter National League franchise here. He became the best shortstop in the organization's 132 years here.
PHILADELPHIA -- First in line to second-guess Dodgers manager Don Mattingly Tuesday night was Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
With starting pitcher Alex Wood tied 1-1 through six innings in his Dodgers debut against the Phillies, Mattingly sent Wood back out for the seventh inning that turned into a train wreck with a defensive hiccup, a phantom pitch called a balk and a decisive grand slam by Maikel Franco off reliever Joel Peralta in a 6-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park.
PHILADELPHIA -- First-round pick Walker Buehler will undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on Wednesday and be out 12 to 18 months, the Dodgers announced on Tuesday.
Buehler, a slender right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt, was the 24th overall pick. Confirmation of his injury is the other shoe to drop on a disappointing 2015 Draft after the Dodgers were unable to sign Kyle Funkhouser, the 35th overall pick and compensation for Boston's signing of Hanley Ramirez.
PHILADELPHIA -- Did Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood balk or not?
Wood had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 6-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday when he let a 3-2 pitch to Odubel Herrera slip out of his hand. The ball landed between the mound and first base and Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, noticing that no Dodgers fielder bothered to pick up the ball, ran on the play and scored from second base.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Former Dodgers starter Aaron Harang will take the hill for the Phillies on Wednesday night against his former club and left-hander Brett Anderson at Citizens Bank Park.
Harang has 11 losses, but in seven of them the Phillies have scored two or fewer runs, and his ERA is 3.97. This will be only his second start since returning from nearly a month on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis. Anderson, meanwhile, will be making his second start since leaving a game in the third inning with an irritation of his left Achilles, although he pitched seven innings in his next start.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Dodgers activate catcher Ellis, option Barnes
By Joey Nowak
The Dodgers reinstated catcher A.J. Ellis from the disabled list and optioned catcher Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Ellis, who went on the DL with right knee inflammation on July 20, returns to a six-game hitting streak (8-for-20, .400) with a double, two home runs and four RBIs. Over his past 17 games since May 26, he has posted a .319/.429/.511 slash line to raise his season batting average to .222.
LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick -- Howard to family members and close friends -- retains warm feelings for the Angels, his original organization. But he still did everything in his power over the weekend to torment them.
Kendrick, Mr. Consistency, is doing all the fine things for the Dodgers that he did for the Angels across nine seasons. On Sunday, he followed two exceptional efforts against his former teammates with one more, crushing a two-run homer and a double while making all the plays at second base in a 5-3 victory in 10 innings that completed the Dodgers' Interleague sweep.
PHILADELPHIA -- Right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy has cleared waivers, accepted an outright assignment by the Dodgers to Triple-A Oklahoma City and will start for that club Monday night.
Beachy, trying to come back from a second Tommy John surgery, was designated for assignment on Thursday to clear roster space for the club's non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisitions, including Sunday's starter Mat Latos.
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Angels and their fourth straight win on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The Halos wrapped up a 1-8 road trip.
Ethier also homered in the eighth inning to put the Dodgers up, 3-2, only for the Angels to tie the game in the ninth on Chris Iannetta's RBI double. When Ethier's spot in the order came around again in the 10th, the veteran yanked a 1-1 changeup into the right-field bullpen to give the Dodgers a Freeway Series sweep.
LOS ANGELES -- It didn't take much for Mat Latos to surpass his last debut after being traded.
On April 7, his first outing with the Miami Marlins after being traded in the offseason, Latos allowed seven runs in two-thirds of an inning. Latos was much better in his first start with the Dodgers, allowing one run on four hits over six innings in a 5-3 win over the Angels on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier had a lot to draw on as he stepped in to face Angels reliever Drew Rucinski in the 10th inning on Sunday afternoon in front of another packed (52,116) Dodger Stadium house.
Ethier, the Dodgers' veteran outfielder, has a long history of thriving in big moments. He also had what his manager, Don Mattingly, felt every hitter longs for: personal momentum. It was provided by a go-ahead home run he'd struck to dead center field two innings earlier.
LOS ANGELES -- Scratched from starts Wednesday and Friday nights with a sore right hip, Clayton Kershaw finally took the mound Saturday and was his usual, dominating self. He allowed two hits in a 3-1 win over the Angels and added eight scoreless innings to a streak that is now 37 and counting.
About the only thing Kershaw likes to talk about less than how well he pitches is how much he's hurting, so his postgame session was even shorter than normal, even after another Superman performance. He ignored reporters' questions about his health, as if even acknowledging an injury is a sign of weakness.
LOS ANGELES -- Scratched twice due to a sore hip, Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound Saturday at Dodger Stadium and still dominated, extending his scoreless innings streak to 37 with a two-hitter over eight innings in a 3-1 Dodgers win over the Angels.
Kershaw struck out seven with one walk, the first he's issued since July 3. He has four consecutive wins for a 9-6 overall record and 2.37 ERA.
LOS ANGELES - From the moment Mike Trout stepped into the batter's box and tapped Yasmani Grandal's shin guards in his customary first-inning greeting, the Dodgers' catcher knew he was in the middle of something really good, something extraordinary.
"It's not often you get to see one of the best players face one of the best pitchers," said Grandal, whose two-run homer proved the difference in a 3-1 victory that has the Angels in danger of being swept at the hands of their geographical rivals on Sunday.
Dodgers closer allows a run, gets redemption with strikeout of Trout
By Steve Bourbon
LOS ANGELES -- Even though Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings and allowed just two hits, the ninth inning between the Dodgers and Angels was a tense affair at Dodger Stadium in Saturday's 3-1 victory.
For the second straight game, the usually reliable Kenley Jansen had worked himself into a jam, only to get himself out of it for the Dodgers' second straight win over their crosstown rivals. Jansen -- who has been batting a flu-like virus since the team was in New York last week -- was able to work through the heart of the Angels' lineup to earn his 19th save.
Angels star capitalizes on Dodgers ace's bread-and-butter location
By David Adler
LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke, arguably the best pitcher in baseball in 2015, has rolled through the Major Leagues by relentlessly attacking the outer third of the strike zone. But Mike Trout, well, he's in a league of his own.
After his leadoff homer off Greinke in the 2015 All-Star Game -- notably, on a fastball off the outside corner -- Trout got his first regular-season at-bats of the year against Greinke in Friday's Freeway Series opener, a 5-3 Dodgers win at Dodger Stadium. Trout got the better of the matchup, going 2-for-3 off Greinke with an RBI triple smoked into the right-center-field gap and an RBI single lined cleanly into left-center.
Puig, Hernandez step up as Los Angeles passes buck to Houston
By Steve Bourbon
LOS ANGELES -- There will always be a connection between baseball and ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, because the disease took the life of one of the sport's icons.
So it's natural then, that Major League Baseball has joined the efforts of the ALS Association and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for the second straight year. Friday, the Red Sox restarted the movement that went viral a year ago, and they challenged the Dodgers to follow suit. So Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez stepped up Saturday and were doused in ice.
LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick launched a solo home run in the first inning and Zack Greinke was strong for eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-3, at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
Greinke (10-2) was consistent as ever, firing eight innings and allowing only two runs while striking out eight; this is his fifth win in his last six outings. It was the bottom of the order that provided the offensive punch for the Dodgers. Alex Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Kiké Hernandez reached base three times, as the Nos. seven and eight hitters, respectively.
Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
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Dodgers third baseman will be shut down until wound heals
By Steve Bourbon
LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to July 27, with a right-thigh skin infection.
Turner was in the emergency room Tuesday to treat the infection with antibiotics but was released from the hospital before the end of Tuesday's game against the A's. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't expand on any diagnosis and didn't have an explanation as to how the infection occurred.
LOS ANGELES -- The Streak is gone, but the magic remains.
Zack Greinke left his consecutive innings streak in New York, at 45 2/3, last week, but the Dodgers' co-ace continued to rack up impressive numbers Friday night against the Angels, with whom he spent a little less than half of the 2012 season.