Dodgers lose late lead vs. Brewers

Dodgers lose late lead vs. Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw hit a wall, and the Brewers took advantage to make a winner of their rookie manager on Monday.

Held to a run on three hits while Kershaw cruised through the first seven innings on 76 pitches, the Brewers scored three runs in the eighth off Kershaw and reliever Chris Hatcher for a 4-3 win over the Dodgers at Miller Park. The game ball went to new Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who had been formally named to the post less than 12 hours earlier.

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Tough eighth inning leaves Kershaw frustrated

Left-hander fans eight over 7 1/3 innings; allows 3-0 lead to disappear in loss

Tough eighth inning leaves Kershaw frustrated

MILWAUKEE -- Worried about Clayton Kershaw?

He wasn't very helpful to those asking how he took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning and a 3-1 lead into the eighth against the 7-18 Brewers on Monday night without getting his 100th career win or the Dodgers getting their fourth consecutive win.

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Mattingly ejected for arguing Kershaw's balk

Mattingly ejected for arguing Kershaw's balk

MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected in the third inning of Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Brewers for arguing with first-base umpire Paul Emmel after a balk call on Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw appeared to have picked opposing pitcher Kyle Lohse off first base, but Emmel called a balk. Although arguing a balk is grounds for immediate ejection, Kershaw walked toward Emmel, they exchanged words, and Emmel moved toward Kershaw, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stepping in front of Emmel.

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Kershaw makes behind-the-back snag

Left-hander robs former teammate Herrera during Monday's game

Kershaw makes behind-the-back snag

MILWAUKEE -- It must be more than luck when Clayton Kershaw gloves a potential base hit behind his back.

He did it again during Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Brewers, robbing former teammate Elian Herrera of a ball headed toward center field by snagging it with his glove behind his back and throwing Herrera out.

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Greinke starts in second game of road trip vs. Brewers

Greinke starts in second game of road trip vs. Brewers

For his first two games as a manager, Craig Counsell's Brewers faced Clayton Kershaw Monday night and Tuesday night he won't get a break with Zack Greinke on the mound for the Dodgers.

"That's the big leagues. There's challenges every night, and this is just the first of many," Counsell said. "I'm perfectly fine -- I'm happy about it. It's going to be a good story someday. It's good we're going up against those guys. It's going to happen, so let's do it. That's the attitude you take. If anything, I hope it puts us on top of our game. You know you need to be on top of your game to beat those guys."

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Bernie Pleskoff

Guerrero a valuable, versatile player

Guerrero a valuable, versatile player

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero has had a bit of a roller-coaster ride since defecting from Cuba as a free agent in 2013. He primarily played shortstop for Las Tunas in the Cuban National Series, where he was a member of the 2010-11 All-Star Team. Guerrero was named to Cuba's roster of the 2013 World Baseball Classic club, but he did not make the final roster. He sat out the regular season following the tournament.

Guerrero made his professional debut with the Dodgers playing in the Dominican Winter League, but a hamstring injury limited him to 12 games. Guerrero hit .289 in 40 plate appearances, and of his 11 hits, three were doubles and one was a home run. Other than his season-ending injury, his offensive beginning was promising.

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Gonzalez, Guerrero get monthly NL honors

Dodgers slugger named top player after eight HRs; phenom gets rookie nod

Gonzalez, Guerrero get monthly NL honors

After a historic start to the season, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been named the National League Player of the Month for the first time in his career, while Alex Guerrero was named the NL Rookie of the Month after leading all first-year players in the Senior Circuit with a .423 average.

Gonzalez was previously voted American League Player of the Month while with the Red Sox in June 2011. The first baseman led the Majors in slugging (.790) and the NL in home runs (eight) in April, while posting a .383 batting average, nine doubles, 19 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .432 on-base percentage.

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Ryu moved to 60-day DL

Dodgers call up Coulombe from Triple-A, acquire West from Blue Jays

Ryu moved to 60-day DL

MILWAUKEE -- In Monday's roster moves, the Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City, moved starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to the 60-day disabled list and purchased pitcher Matt West from Toronto.

Manager Don Mattingly said Ryu, out since Spring Training with a left shoulder impingement, did not suffer a setback.

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Dodgers breathe sigh of relief in lucky 13th

Two decisive plays come in final inning to cap shutout, sweep

Dodgers breathe sigh of relief in lucky 13th

LOS ANGELES -- It took four hours, two minutes and 13 innings Sunday afternoon for the Dodgers to complete a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 1-0 victory, their 13th in 15 Dodger Stadium games this season.

And, if you blinked twice in the 13th, you would have missed the two decisive plays in the game, which happened moments apart, as the Dodgers won their fourth in a row to improve to 16-8.

First, there was Dodgers left-handed reliever J.P. Howell's no-look tag at the plate on the foot of the D-backs' Jordan Pacheco, who was trying to score the game's first run from third base when a Howell slider in the dirt hit catcher Yasmani Grandal in his throwing arm, and kicked away about a dozen feet to the right.

"Just a crazy play," manager Don Mattingly said.

Then, Grandal -- who made the quick scramble, and the accurate throw to Howell -- led off the bottom of the 13th with a game-winning home run to center field off a 1-1 changeup from D-backs right-hander Evan Marshall (0-2).

Grandal's walk-off home run


"It feels great to win this game," Grandal said. "The pitching staff did a great job. And [starting catcher] A.J. Ellis called a great game. I was just lucky to get into the game, then have that chance."

On the way Howell, a former high school linebacker, threw himself into harm's way to tag Pacheco, Grandal said: "You don't want to see a pitcher put his hand in front of home plate like that, .... but, we wanted to win the game

Howell said he wasn't cleated on his glove hand, nor on his backside, which dropped onto the plate as he made the tag.

"It got all leather," he said of Pacheco's cleated foot.

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Jim Callis

Urias, Pederson on Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week

Mets' top prospect threw 14 scoreless innings, struck out 19 in two starts

Urias, Pederson on Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Triple-A Las Vegas's Cashman Field is one of the toughest places to pitch in professional baseball. Games there averaged 11.9 runs per game in 2014, the fifth-highest total in the Minor Leagues, and an average of 11.1 runs per contest are being scored this season.

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Grandal's walk-off ends duel, completes sweep

Grandal's walk-off ends duel, completes sweep

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal led off the 13th with a home run to left-center as the Dodgers walked off the D-backs, 1-0, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

"At that point in the game, obviously you're out of bullets, you're out of players, you're pretty much in a game you don't want to be in," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the 13th inning. "Unless you win."

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Puig runs, remains on target; Jansen pitches

Outfielder could return from hamstring strain in a week

Puig runs, remains on target; Jansen pitches

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (left hamstring strain) ran in the outfield for a second day Sunday, and remains on target to be activated from the 15-day disabled list next Sunday at Colorado, when he's eligible.

"With Yasiel, it seems like he's doing more and more," manager Don Mattingly said. "All reports have been good. He should be ready to play some [rehab] games later in the week."

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Dodgers acquire INF Wilkins from Blue Jays

L.A. DFA's Baker to clear roster space

Dodgers acquire INF Wilkins from Blue Jays

The Dodgers and Blue Jays swung a trade on Sunday, and infielder Andy Wilkins is going to Los Angeles in exchange for cash considerations.

Wilkins, 26, was batting .264 in 21 games for Triple-A Buffalo. The left-handed hitter, who was designated for assignment by Toronto on Saturday, was acquired by the Blue Jays on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on March 29. Wilkins, a veteran of six Minor League seasons, appeared in 14 games for the White Sox last year, his only Major League action.

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Pederson, Kendrick cap comeback win

Pederson, Kendrick cap comeback win

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson homered again to tie the game and Howie Kendrick's tie-breaking RBI single helped lift the Dodgers to a 6-4 comeback win over the D-backs Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Arizona led three times, on a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, an RBI single by Ender Inciarte in the second inning and an Aaron Hill solo homer in the fourth inning, all off Dodgers starter Scott Baker.

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Nicasio, Garcia continue to impress in relief

Dodgers bullpen overcomes Baker's short outing

Nicasio, Garcia continue to impress in relief

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't the Fight of the Century, but the Dodgers had to battle their way to a 6-4 decision over the D-backs on Saturday.

They erased three deficits. Joc Pederson wiped away the sting of three consecutive strikeouts with a massive game-tying home run. The bullpen overcame Scott Baker's four-inning start with five scoreless frames, three of them by winning long reliever Juan Nicasio.

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Giants, Dodgers net victories on interference

Giants, Dodgers net victories on interference

Baseball sure is a crazy game, isn't it?

Entering Saturday, the last time a game had ended with a baserunner being struck by a batted ball was June 27, 2010. The Pirates lost to Oakland that day, after Pedro Alvarez was hit on the basepaths.

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Scully amused by fan filming his own HR catch

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Scully amused by fan filming his own HR catch

When Aaron Hill homered for the D-backs during their 6-4 loss to L.A. on Saturday night, the broadcasting icon was afforded the opportunity to wax poetic about another technological revelation -- the selfie: 

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Injured pitchers take steps toward returning

Jansen ready for another rehab outing, while Ryu and League improve

Injured pitchers take steps toward returning

LOS ANGELES -- Closer Kenley Jansen, who's on the disabled list, said he came out of his one-inning rehab start Friday night in good shape and will do it again Sunday for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Jansen said his fastball was clocked at a high of 96 mph. Based on his tentative schedule, he could be activated as early as May 15. He is recovering from left-foot surgery.

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Strong bench earns praise from Mattingly

Keeping backup players in mix a priority for manager

Strong bench earns praise from Mattingly

LOS ANGELES -- Another starting lineup without third baseman Juan Uribe had manager Don Mattingly turning reporters' questions Saturday into an explanation of his bench's importance.

"Put it like this for all the guys: There are a lot of factors for who and when, and some of it is the pitcher that night, sometimes it's about defense and sometimes it's day game after night game," Mattingly said.

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Pederson's slam fuels rout as Frias earns win

Pederson's slam fuels rout as Frias earns win

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie outfielder Joc Pederson blasted a grand slam in a five-run second inning and rookie starter Carlos Frias pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Dodgers blanked the D-backs, 8-0, Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Frias, in a tryout to replace injured starter Brandon McCarthy, outpitched former Minor League teammate Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed a solo shot to Justin Turner leading off the second inning. De La Rosa walked three of the nine batters before the slam by Pederson, who has homered in each of his last three starts. Andre Ethier also homered for the Dodgers, who lead the league with 35.

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Frias' win keeps him in mix for starter job

Rookie swingman pitches 5 1/3 scoreless innings vs. D-backs

Frias' win keeps him in mix for starter job

LOS ANGELES -- The audition for Brandon McCarthy's spot in the Dodgers' starting rotation began Friday night with rookie Carlos Frias, and he'd like it to end there too.

Frias took the opportunity and pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks, his first win in three career starts. It all but assured Frias of keeping the job for at least one more tryout.

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Pederson's big 'bop' a war hero's dream

Dodgers rookie had pregame chat with wounded veteran

Pederson's big 'bop' a war hero's dream

LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson's Friday night was even more amazing than you think.

Before the Dodgers-D-backs game, he had an arranged phone call with Sgt. Nick Becker, a wounded veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who is undergoing treatment at Columbia Hospital in New York. Becker's girlfriend set up the call because Pederson is his favorite player.

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Dodgers change Joc Pederson's music to 'MMMbop'

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Dodgers change Joc Pederson's music to 'MMMbop'

Joc Pederson is the truth. 

Through the first 22 games of the season, young Joc is rocking a .300/.463/.633 slash line to go with five homers, and 14 RBIs.

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Jansen throws one scoreless inning for Rancho

Dodgers closer expected to make about six rehab appearances

Jansen throws one scoreless inning for Rancho

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had his first game action of the season Friday night, throwing one scoreless inning in a Minor League rehab assignment for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Jansen, on the disabled list after having surgery six weeks ago for a growth on the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot, had a 14-pitch scoreless first inning. Jansen struck out one, allowed a single and stolen base, but escaped on a line drive double play.

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Puig set for rehab assignment next week

Injured Dodgers outfielder to play games with Minor League club

Puig set for rehab assignment next week

LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will play some games on a Minor League rehab assignment next week and is likely to be sidelined the minimum 15 days, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

Puig, placed on the disabled list April 25 for a strained left hamstring, is eligible to be activated May 10, the last day of next week's seven-game trip. Mattingly said Puig won't go to the first city on the trip, Milwaukee. If ready, he could be active for the final game in Colorado.

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McCarthy to 60-day DL as Dodgers claim De La Rosa

McCarthy to 60-day DL as Dodgers claim De La Rosa

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers claimed left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa from the Oakland A's, optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City and moved pitcher Brandon McCarthy to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday.

McCarthy was believed to have undergone Tommy John surgery Thursday and is out until mid-2016.

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Dodgers' Seager homers, promoted to Triple-A

L.A.'s top prospect lifted during Thursday's Double-A Tulsa game, headed to Oklahoma City

Dodgers' Seager homers, promoted to Triple-A

Dodgers No. 1 prospect Corey Seager played his final game at Double-A Tulsa on Thursday night, and he went out on a high note. The No. 7 overall prospect belted a 404-foot home run -- his fifth of the year -- before being lifted from the contest in the fourth inning, promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Seager, the Dodgers' 2012 first-round Draft pick, has destroyed Double-A pitching this season. He has seven doubles and 15 RBIs to go along with a .375/.407/.675 slash line.

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Dodgers dedicated to youth baseball in LA area

Foundation invested $1.5 million in Dreamfields, RBI programs in past year

Dodgers dedicated to youth baseball in LA area

LOS ANGELES -- While continuing to mine for ballplayer talent all over the world, the Dodgers remain just as committed to supporting youth baseball in their backyard.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the club's charitable arm, invested $1.5 million in the past year to its cornerstone programs -- the Dodgers Dreamfields and Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI).

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Dodgers' first-inning power downs Giants

Dodgers' first-inning power downs Giants

LOS ANGELES -- With a rearranged batting order, the Dodgers blasted four home runs in the first three innings Wednesday night and coasted to a 7-3 win in the rubber game of their three-game series against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins homered off Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) in support of Zack Greinke (4-0), who battled through six innings to continue his mastery over the Giants in particular and the National League West in general. Greinke is 6-0 lifetime against the Giants and 22-1 against division rivals since he joined the Dodgers. He is 20-6 and the club is 24-8 when he starts following Dodgers losses. Greinke also had an RBI with a sacrifice fly.

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