Vinning tribute! LA walks off to clinch West

Vinning tribute! LA walks off to clinch West

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers gave Vin Scully a championship sendoff in his final Dodger Stadium broadcast, as reserve Charlie Culberson blasted a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday to clinch a fourth consecutive National League West crown with a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

The clubs traded home runs with two outs in the ninth inning, with David Dahl giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a homer off closer Kenley Jansen, and then Corey Seager tying the game and earning a curtain call with a blast off Adam Ottavino. Culberson's home run, off Boone Logan, was his first since 2014.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Everything you need from Scully's last home game

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Everything you need from Scully's last home game

We ignored the calendar. We slept with our pajamas inside out. We made sacrifices to the Baseball Gods. And yet, the day we hoped would never come is finally here: Vin Scully called his final home game on Sunday, as the Dodgers beat the Rockies with a bottom of the 10th walk-off, 4-3.

Scully's not hanging it up quite yet -- he'll call L.A.'s final series of the season in San Francisco next weekend -- but after 67 years as the narrator for the team, it's the end of an era. So, naturally, the Dodgers celebrated that ending the only way Vin would want: in style, and with plenty of smiles.

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Unlikely cast lifts Dodgers to 4th straight crown

Rookie manager guides Dodgers through rash of injuries

Unlikely cast lifts Dodgers to 4th straight crown

LOS ANGELES -- Not since the last Dodgers World Series squad of 1988 has Vin Scully called a more improbable first-place team than the 2016 edition, which clinched a fourth consecutive division title Sunday.

The Dodgers accomplished their mission with an unprecedented 32 placements on the disabled list, including almost the entire starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw was down for 2 1/2 months, and for most of the season Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood were out.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sarah's Take: Dodgers show great resiliency

Sarah's Take: Dodgers show great resiliency

On a hot Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, when Vin Scully broadcasted the final home game of his magnificent 67-year career, a 10th-inning home run by unlikely hero Charlie Culberson clinched the fourth straight National League West Division title for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The contribution by Culberson symbolizes what has gone on for the Dodgers all year. From the beginning of Spring Training, injuries have threatened to decimate the team's hopes for a playoff berth, but somehow an unknown player would deliver a necessary lift, enabling the Dodgers to dream of playing in October.

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Sarah D. Morris can be reached at sarahmorris27@gmail.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers shift aim to gaining home-field vs. Nats

Tough decisions ahead in setting postseason roster

Dodgers shift aim to gaining home-field vs. Nats

LOS ANGELES -- The schedule maker conveniently gave the Dodgers a day off on Monday, well timed for recuperation from Sunday's clinch celebration. Meanwhile, the Baseball Operations department gets no rest, turning immediately to preparation for the Washington Nationals.

Home-field advantage for the best-of-five National League Division Series is still to be decided, but the Nationals lead by two games in the loss column. The Dodgers have six games remaining, three each in San Diego and San Francisco.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Seager does it all for LA

Rookie takes over NL West-clinching victory on offense, defense

Statcast of the Day: Seager does it all for LA

At just 22 years old, Corey Seager has emerged as the Dodgers' best player and perhaps one of the best players in the National League. The way Seager has played so far beyond his age in 2016, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he led his team to its biggest win of the season Sunday, a 4-3 division-clinching victory.

The Dodgers stood on the verge of clinching the NL West with a win Sunday. They were tied with the Rockies in the bottom of the eighth (thanks to a seventh-inning RBI triple hit by, who else, Seager) when Colorado's DJ LeMahieu hit a hot shot up the middle. Seager ranged to his left with a first-step reaction time of just three one-hundredths of a second and covered 20 feet, according to Statcast™, before diving behind second base to stop the ball.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Scully hits all the right notes in farewell

Beloved broadcaster honors wife with song after final game at Dodger Stadium

Scully hits all the right notes in farewell

LOS ANGELES -- At the end of the day, Vin Scully asked the crowd to indulge him a personal moment. Twenty-five years earlier, he'd recorded a song for his wife, Sandi, and had recently had it remixed and digitized.

This is how he would leave Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the final time as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He would make it about her, not him.

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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.

De Leon set for postseason audition vs. Padres

De Leon set for postseason audition vs. Padres

As the Dodgers gear up for the National League Division Series, their search for a fourth starter will see another audition on Tuesday in rookie Jose De Leon. The hosting Padres will start Paul Clemens, who is coming off a pair of scoreless starts.

De Leon had a promising pair of starts to begin his career in September, allowing five earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 12. He trended down in his last start however, only going 3 2/3 innings while allowing six runs, four earned.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Culberson, Vin give LA a 'storybook ending'

Culberson, Vin give LA a 'storybook ending'

LOS ANGELES -- On a team with more than 15 current and former All-Stars, it was the non-roster player invited to Spring Training who delivered the game-winning home run and delivered that perfect moment to Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

Charlie Culberson hit a 10th-inning homer to hand the Dodgers a 4-3, walk-off win, the National League West title, and a result that Vin Scully's final home broadcast deserved.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen of the Week: LA relievers deliver title

When starters have faltered, Dodgers 'pen has saved the day

Bullpen of the Week: LA relievers deliver title

On the night of June 26, when Clayton Kershaw made his final start before hitting the disabled list, the Dodgers trailed the Giants by eight games in the National League West.

Few would have predicted that night that Los Angeles would be celebrating its fourth consecutive National League West title just 13 weeks later. Injuries and inconsistency have ravaged the Dodgers' rotation all season long, but they are still division champs.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Puig tearfully recalls his friend Fernandez

Dodgers outfielder, Marlins pitcher bonded by Cuban heritage

Puig tearfully recalls his friend Fernandez

LOS ANGELES -- A distraught Yasiel Puig wiped away tears as he spoke about Miami Marlins pitcher and fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez, who was killed on Sunday in a boating accident.

"He was a very, very close friend of mine," Puig said in the Dodgers clubhouse before their potential division-clinching game against Colorado.

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Richard Justice

Scully happy to be riding off into retirement

Scully happy to be riding off into retirement

LOS ANGELES -- Regrets? He has none. In the end, it couldn't be simpler than that. Vin Scully said he's prepared to go happily into the next chapter of his life.

"The Lord has blessed me," he said Saturday afternoon. "He gave me this job at such a youthful age and allowed me to live and do it 67 years. What am I going to say? `Darn it, why didn't I get No. 68?' I'm totally at ease. I'm so thankful."

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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.

Kershaw flashes ace form in dominant outing

Dodgers lefty holds Rox to 3 hits over 7 shutout frames

Kershaw flashes ace form in dominant outing

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hoped they would get Clayton Kershaw back to pitching like he did in the first half, and the ace certainly looked more like his old self in Saturday's 14-1 win, striking out six and allowing three hits in seven scoreless innings.

He threw 91 pitches, the most he has in a game since his activation from the disabled list on Sept. 9, and is now on a 19-inning streak without allowing an earned run.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rank the 10 best calls of Vin Scully's career

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Rank the 10 best calls of Vin Scully's career

Scully's seen a lot over his 67 years in the booth, and he's called it all with eloquence, humor and warmth -- from perfect games and walk-off homers to particularly large beards. But one question still remains: Which Vin Scully call is the very best? MLB.com's Richard Justice gave us his top 10, and now it's your turn to make your voice heard. Take a look at the nominees below, and rank them from 10 to number one.

 

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Rios, Stewart named L.A.'s top Minors players

Rios, Stewart named L.A.'s top Minors players

LOS ANGELES -- Edwin Rios, named the Dodgers Branch Rickey Minor League position player of the year, won that award over a group of better-known farmhands like Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo and Willie Calhoun.

Rios, taken in the sixth round of last year's Draft, said gaining notice -- he's ranked the 26th-best prospect in the organization by MLBPipeline.com -- is part of his motivation.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers pay tribute to 'national treasure' Scully

Legendary announcer thanks fans, club in ceremony; Koufax, Manfred and Costner among speakers

Dodgers pay tribute to 'national treasure' Scully

LOS ANGELES -- It was Sandy Koufax who told the story that seemed to sum up Vin Scully's remarkable life so perfectly. That it would come from the great Koufax seems appropriate since these two men have known one another for more than 60 years, their lives forever intertwined in the hearts and minds of generations of baseball fans.

This was a Friday night the Los Angeles Dodgers hoped would never come, one set aside to say a formal goodbye to their voice of 67 of their 127 seasons.

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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.

Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

Kershaw deals, Dodgers roll to verge of title

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trimmed their magic number to one to clinch a fourth consecutive division title by crushing the Rockies on Saturday night, 14-1, with Clayton Kershaw firing seven scoreless innings and Josh Reddick blasting a grand slam.

The Dodgers are assured of no worse than a one-game tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3. If the Dodgers win the National League West, they would play the NL East champion Nationals in the NL Division Series. Washington has a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in that matchup. They can clinch the division with a win Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in the final home game to be broadcast by retiring legend Vin Scully.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.



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Richard Justice

Scully's 10 greatest calls

Legend's voice resonated even on tales of dirt, beards and translations

Scully's 10 greatest calls

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully's legacy may be his calls of huge, dramatic moments -- Hank Aaron's 715th home run, Sandy Koufax's perfect game, Kirk Gibson's World Series moment.

Scully captured them all eloquently, describing the play and then stepping away from the microphone to allow listeners and viewers to absorb the sights and sounds.

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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.

Scully reveals his drink order in Japanese

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Scully reveals his drink order in Japanese

Of course Vin Scully speaks a little Japanese. In fact, if you were to ask me, I'd assume that Scully was fluent in every major language, could read some of the smaller ones and even knew a bit about some dead languages. 

At a news conference before the Dodgers' game against the Rockies on Saturday, Scully revealed that not only did he start learning some Japanese all the way back in 1956, but he made sure to know one very specific phrase for "Scotch and water and a lot of ice." 

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Scully pens heartfelt letter to Dodgers fans

Scully pens heartfelt letter to Dodgers fans

LOS ANGELES -- A letter from Vin Scully awaited fans at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, the first day of Vin Scully Weekend, as Los Angeles commenced three days of difficult goodbyes to a legendary broadcaster.

Looking back to the moment that made him a baseball fan -- a Giants fan, even -- and remembering the good times he has shared with fans, Scully thanked fans for the support, love, and passion that has uniformly greeted him and his family in his 67 years calling the team.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen delivers after Kazmir's quick exit

Dodgers lefty lasts just 1 inning in return from DL

Bullpen delivers after Kazmir's quick exit

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Kazmir's first start back from the disabled list was cut short after the first inning due to right intercostal spasms, another roadblock as the veteran tries to make the postseason roster.

The southpaw was replaced by rookie Ross Stripling at the start of the second inning in Friday night's 5-2 win against the Rockies. Stripling went on to strike out four and allow two hits in three innings of long relief, with the bullpen totaling two earned runs in eight innings while striking out 11.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vin's big night a winner! Dodgers near clinch

Vin's big night a winner! Dodgers near clinch

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Appreciation Night started with an emotional pregame tribute for the retiring Hall of Fame announcer and ended with a 5-2 Dodgers win over the Rockies on Friday night, cutting their magic number to win the National League West to two while extending the lead over the Giants to seven games with eight to play.

The NL West champion will play the NL East champion in the NL Division Series. The Dodgers trail Washington for home-field advantage by 1 1/2 games.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Best moments from the Vin Scully ceremony

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Best moments from the Vin Scully ceremony

We never wanted this weekend to come, but sadly, it had to. With this weekend marking Vin Scully's final three home games broadcasting Dodgers games, the team -- and really, the whole city -- came together to say goodbye. While he'll still be around next week to call the team's games in San Francisco, with the Giants' radio network even airing Scully's call in the third inning on the season's final day, it just won't be the same. 

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Vote: Seager up for Best Rookie Award

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote: Seager up for Best Rookie Award

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five groups, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters and fans like you at MLB.com.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers honor Vin Scully at final homestand

Dodgers honor Vin Scully at final homestand

The Dodgers have announced their plans to celebrate broadcaster Vin Scully over their final homestand of the season this weekend.

A celebration entitled "Vin Scully Weekend" to honor the Ford C. Frick Award winner and "Voice of the Dodgers" will include special tributes during the team's four-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies. The festivities will begin Friday with "Vin Scully Appreciation Day," as the first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a letter of appreciation written by the broadcaster himself.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Utley boots ball, recovers to make unreal play

Utley boots ball, recovers to make unreal play

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley made one of those "Are you kidding me?" plays to end the top of the fourth inning of Thursday night's 7-4 win over the Rockies.

After booting Colorado pitcher Tyler Chatwood's bouncer, Utley spun around and in one movement, with his back to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as he fell face first, grabbed the ball barehanded and made a blind backward flip of the ball right into Gonzalez's glove.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Listen to 10 of Vin Scully's funniest calls

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Listen to 10 of Vin Scully's funniest calls

Vin Scully's unmatched prowess at calling baseball games is well documented, as is his fondness for relaying illuminating stories about everything from the players on the field to the fans in the stands. But there is an aspect of Scully's ability that remains, in this blogger's humble opinion, underrated: His comedic chops.

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Grandal slam drops Dodgers' magic No. to 4

Grandal slam drops Dodgers' magic No. to 4

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Weekend at Dodger Stadium doesn't officially start until Friday, but the Dodgers got the celebration started early Thursday night with a 7-4 comeback win over Colorado, Yasmani Grandal's two homers cutting the magic number to win the National League West to four.

Trailing 4-1, the Dodgers scored one run on a pair of misplays in the sixth inning, then erupted for five in the seventh. One scored on a bases-loaded walk to Adrian Gonzalez by Boone Logan, then Grandal blasted his second career grand slam and his 27th homer of the season after his solo shot in the second inning. Grandal also had a missed fly ball ruled a double and a single in four plate appearances.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.



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Utley wins club's Roy Campanella Award

Dodgers present honor to player who displays leadership qualities

Utley wins club's Roy Campanella Award

LOS ANGELES -- Veteran infielder Chase Utley was named winner of the 11th annual Roy Campanella Award, given to the Dodger who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame Brooklyn catcher.

The award, voted upon by Dodgers uniform personnel, will be presented to Utley by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, and his grandson, Cary Bell, during pregame ceremonies Saturday.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Respect mutual between Scully and men in blue

Umpires offering final salutes to esteemed Dodgers broadcaster

Respect mutual between Scully and men in blue

It began, as so many great stories do, in a hotel bar.

Specifically, it was the back-room bar at the since-demolished Shamrock Hilton in Houston, where an umpire found himself sitting two seats away from an iconic broadcaster on the eve of a Dodgers-Astros series.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. 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.