Greinke wins duel as Dodgers extend lead

Greinke wins duel as Dodgers extend lead

LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke outdueled fellow Cy Young candidate Madison Bumgarner and slumping Joc Pederson homered as the Dodgers defeated the Giants on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, 2-1, extending their division lead to 5 1/2 games.

The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight, while the Giants have a four-game losing streak.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson shakes off slump with big fly

Adjustments show promise as rookie homers vs. lefty Bumgarner

Pederson shakes off slump with big fly

LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson has been slumping at the plate for most of the second half, but for one night against a division rival, he was able to break out from the funk.

With one swing, Pederson let out a month's worth of frustration as he launched a solo home run to center field in the seventh inning off the Giants' left-handed ace, Madison Bumgarner, to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win Tuesday.

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Lyle Spencer

Hollywood trending: Greinke, Dodgers edge MadBum

Hollywood trending: Greinke, Dodgers edge MadBum

LOS ANGELES -- In a dream matchup with a postseason feel to it, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner came fully charged. Two of the best in the fraternity of pitchers, they did not disappoint.

Greinke and the Dodgers prevailed over the Giants, 2-1, Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in a September game fit for October.

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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.

Dodgers double their fortunes in eighth inning

Avilan induces key ground ball; Peraza's nifty play snuffs Giants' threat

Dodgers double their fortunes in eighth inning

LOS ANGELES -- The pitchers' duel between Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner came off as advertised, but the pivotal at-bat of the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday night actually came down to a pair of players who were Atlanta Braves in July.

With two on and one out in the top of the eighth inning and Greinke having hit the wall after 114 pitches, former Atlanta left-handed reliever Luis Avilan came on for the Dodgers to face left-handed-hitting Brandon Belt and protect a one-run lead, with Buster Posey on deck.

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Kershaw seeks first win of season vs. Giants

Kershaw seeks first win of season vs. Giants

The top two teams in the National League West clash for the final time at Dodger Stadium this season in Wednesday's finale of the three-game series between the Dodgers and Giants, with Los Angeles seeking a sweep and a 6 1/2-game division lead over San Francisco.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw just finished his second consecutive month with a sub-2.00 ERA, and his ERA on the season is down to 2.24. In his last outing, Kershaw tied a season high with 14 strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Cubs. Since the beginning of July, Kershaw has a 96-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he's 6-0 in that span.

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Scully spins yarn about young dancing Dodgers fan

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Scully spins yarn about young dancing Dodgers fan

Our very existence is defined to a large extent by dualities, the relationship between seemingly disparate ideas that, in fact, are inextricably intertwined -- yin and yang, light and dark, life and death, Pinky and the Brain. We were once again confronted with this paradox on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, as two young fans of the Dodgers and Giants -- two teams who tend to not like each other very much -- presented us with a fascinating study in contrasts.

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Farmer among Dodgers headed to AFL

Dixon, Scavuzzo, Trinkwon also slated for Desert Dogs; pitchers to be named

Farmer among Dodgers headed to AFL

LOS ANGELES -- Four Dodgers farmhands on Tuesday were named to the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. In addition, the club has four pitching slots on the roster still to be named.

Named to the roster of the Desert Dogs -- who will be managed by Bill Haselman, manager of the Dodgers' Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga affiliate -- were catcher Kyle Farmer, infielders Brandon Dixon and Brandon Trinkwon and outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo.

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Alyson Footer

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Contributions to charities will give bidders chance to play with Los Angeles stars

Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

Their teams are crosstown rivals on the field, but away from the ballpark, Albert Pujols and Clayton Kershaw have more in common beyond their obvious baseball ability.

They are two of the most charitable players in the Major Leagues, and soon, they'll band together to raise funds for their respective foundations through a fan-friendly, interactive event.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Rollins, Utley give Dodgers a good feeling

Experience of onetime champions providing a path for team to follow

Rollins, Utley give Dodgers a good feeling

LOS ANGELES -- The top third of the Dodgers' batting order is a combined 105 years old, with 41 years of combined Major League experience. Youth is wonderful, but age is not necessarily such a bad thing.

Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez put their accumulated wisdom to use in a variety of ways on Monday night, lifting the Dodgers to a 5-4 triumph in 14 innings at Dodger Stadium that had to jolt the three-time World Series-champion Giants.

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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.

Dodgers bring outfielder Heisey back into fold

Dodgers bring outfielder Heisey back into fold

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced on Tuesday they reacquired Minor League outfielder Chris Heisey on Monday night from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named or cash.

The Dodgers released Heisey on Aug. 7, but they now have a shortage of outfielders after hamstring injuries to Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez. Heisey hit .154 for the Dodgers.

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Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reacquired Minor League outfielder Justin Ruggiano and received cash from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for a player to be named or cash.

Ruggiano, 33, was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 Draft and was traded in 2006 with Dioner Navarro and Jae Seo to Tampa Bay for Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson. Ruggiano played for current Dodgers president Andrew Friedman at Tampa Bay.

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Enrique Hernandez became his own rally banana

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Enrique Hernandez became his own rally banana

"Gotta do what the boss says."

That quote from Enrique Hernandez, via reporter J.P. Hoornstra, could mean any number of things. Maybe Don Mattingly told him to lay down a bunt. Maybe he meant "boss" in the Rick Ross sense, referring to someone like Clayton Kershaw and his MLB-leading 236 strikeouts.

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Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez, who homered eight innings earlier, lofted a single to deep left field with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 5-4, walk-off Dodgers win over the Giants in their showdown series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 4 1/2 games, the largest margin since July 16, but manager Don Mattingly's celebration was muted.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hatcher keeps Dodgers alive vs. Giants

Reliever hurls three scoreless frames, gets win in 14-inning battle

Hatcher keeps Dodgers alive vs. Giants

LOS ANGELES -- When starter Brett Anderson was pulled after five innings Monday, the Dodgers knew they would have to rely on their bullpen. As the game stretched into a 14-inning marathon, the club's relief corps was its savior.

The Dodgers' relievers fired nine innings, allowing just one run, and no one was better than Chris Hatcher, who earned his second career win in the 5-4 victory over the Giants.

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T-Pain sings national anthem without Auto-Tune

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T-Pain sings national anthem without Auto-Tune

He's T-Pain, you know him -- and you probably associate him with boat rides and Auto-Tune, the audio tool that, well, auto-tunes voices to sound less like cat screeches and more like very calm robot song. You might not even know that T-Pain isn't simply just a walking Auto-Tune device. After all, you can download an app called "I Am T-Pain" that is exactly that.

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Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

LOS ANGELES -- As Monday's slugfest between the Giants and Dodgers dragged on into extra innings, Los Angeles was forced to turn to unlikely hitters in its 5-4, walk-off victory.

Clayton Kershaw came to bat as a pinch-hitter in the 11th with a runner on first, two out and the score tied, 4-4, as the Dodgers were out of position players. Kershaw, a career .153 hitter, came to the plate with a standing ovation and "M-V-P" chants from those remaining at Dodger Stadium.

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Hamstring injury puts Hernandez on DL

Hamstring injury puts Hernandez on DL

LOS ANGELES -- Kiké Hernandez, who left in the eighth inning of the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs on Sunday, has a strained hamstring, manager Don Mattingly said, and the Dodgers placed Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list before Monday's game vs. the Giants.

Mattingly said the injury is about the same severity as injuries to Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig. Kendrick has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 while Puig has been out since Friday.

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Urias makes start for Triple-A Oklahoma City

Urias makes start for Triple-A Oklahoma City

LOS ANGELES -- Julio Urias, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and the No. 4 overall prospect in the Majors, according to MLB Pipeline, made his first start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

His start for Oklahoma City was a rocky one. He lasted just one inning, allowing three runs and four walks while striking out a pair. He threw 44 pitches in the inning before being replaced by Juan Jaime.

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Bolsinger, Thomas among Dodgers' additions

Barnes, Peralta also slated for expanded September rosters

Bolsinger, Thomas among Dodgers' additions

LOS ANGELES -- The first wave of Dodgers callups arrived Monday, as lockers appeared for pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Ian Thomas, along with catcher Austin Barnes.

Also showing up Monday was reliever Joel Peralta, who is on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his neck and has made three Minor League rehab appearances. The four are expected to be activated when rosters expand Tuesday.

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Mattingly: Tip cap to Arrieta, and move on

Mattingly: Tip cap to Arrieta, and move on

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added two games to their lead between no-hitters. Analytically speaking, if they keep getting no-hit every nine days, they should run away with the division.

OK, that's not necessarily foolproof. But the Dodgers, with this drill fresh in their minds, were philosophical after losing to the Cubs, 2-0, on Sunday night, on Jake Arrieta's no-hitter only nine days after Mike Fiers mesmerized them with a no-hitter in Houston.

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Dodgers no-hit again as Arrieta leads Cubs

Dodgers no-hit again as Arrieta leads Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- Seven times in his final 18 starts of 2014, Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but it wasn't until Sunday night against the Dodgers that the Cubs right-hander finished the job. And it was deja vu for the Dodgers.

Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter to win his Major League-leading 17th game, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer to power the Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers, snapping a four-game Chicago losing streak. Arrieta struck out 12 in his 14th consecutive quality start and finished the month of August with a perfect 6-0 mark.

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Dodgers in position for rare feat

Look to be one of few teams to make playoffs after suffering multiple no-nos

Dodgers in position for rare feat

The Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers on Sunday night in Los Angeles, only nine days after the Astros' Mike Fiers did the same in Houston. Despite those setbacks, the Dodgers remain in first place in the National League West by 3 1/2 games over the Giants heading into the final day of August.

That combination puts Los Angeles in position for a rare feat. Only two teams since at least 1900 have made the playoffs while also suffering multiple no-hitters: the 1917 White Sox and the 2010 Rays.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers have pitching decisions coming up

Dodgers have pitching decisions coming up

LOS ANGELES -- With the rosters expanding on Tuesday, the Dodgers have some decisions to make about their pitching reinforcements.

A pair of rehabbing relievers, Joel Peralta and Carlos Frias, figure to be a part of the equation.

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Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp signups open

Adults 21 and older are eligible to attend the week-long camp in Arizona

Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp signups open

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Famer and former manager Tommy Lasorda will be joined by former Dodgers Ron Cey, Rick Monday, Eric Karros and Steve Yeager at the Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp, to be held at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona from Jan. 18-24, 2016.

Adults 21 years and older are eligible to attend the camp. Cey and former White Sox third baseman Bill Melton will be the camp commissioners, while former White Sox players Harold Baines, Bobby Thigpen, Rich Dotson, Tom Paciorek, Carlos May, Ron Kittle and Aaron Rowand will also participate.

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Scully says 2016 will be his last season

Dodgers broadcaster has been advised by friends, doctor

Scully says 2016 will be his last season

LOS ANGELES -- Discussing his decision to return for the 2016 season on Saturday, Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said he expects next year to be his last one in the broadcast booth.

Scully, 87, had Jimmy Kimmel announce to the Dodger Stadium crowd Friday night that he will return for a 67th season with a series of cue cards on the Dodger Stadium message board.

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Dodgers pad NL West lead with comeback over Cubs

Dodgers pad NL West lead with comeback over Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the lead with a two-run single in the seventh inning for Los Angeles' fifth straight win in a 5-2 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night. The win pushed the Dodgers' lead in the NL West to 3 1/2 games over the Giants while the Cubs kept their Wild Card lead at 4 1/2 games.

Trailing, 2-1, to start the seventh, the Dodgers put four runs on the board off Cubs starter Jon Lester. Los Angeles started the inning with four straight hits, headlined by Ethier's go-ahead single, which took Lester out of the game. Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single later in the inning for insurance. Lester (8-10) lasted six-plus innings, allowing eight hits and five runs.

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Ethier boosts torrid month with clutch hit

Dodgers outfielder enters game, hits go-ahead, two-run single

Ethier boosts torrid month with clutch hit

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier has been the hottest hitter in the Majors in the month of August, but didn't find himself in the starting lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

With a left-hander on the mound, Ethier was on the bench until the seventh inning, when he entered on a double-switch and drove in the go-ahead runs in a 5-2 win over Chicago.

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Peraza takes opportunity and runs with it

Dodgers youngster has huge game filling in at second base

Peraza takes opportunity and runs with it

LOS ANGELES -- Infielder Jose Peraza, acquired last month to be part of the Dodgers' future, was part of the present Saturday night.

Providing a night off for Chase Utley, who has been filling in for injured second baseman Howie Kendrick, Peraza went 2-for-4 with a tying RBI double in the seventh inning of a 5-2 Dodgers win over the Cubs.

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