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Terry Francona and Dave Roberts win Manager of the Year Awards in MLB

Major League Baseball handed out two more awards on Tuesday. This time the awards were not for players but managers. Terry Francona once again proved during 2016 that he could get the best out of his players during tough situations. He guided the Cleveland Indians to the American League Central title and the AL Pennant. At the same time, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts showed that a rookie manager could overcome injuries to a record number of players and win the National League West. Because of what they accomplished, Francona and Roberts... 
 

Dodgers Games Taking Longer to Complete

The Los Angeles Dodgers trail the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in the National League Championship Series, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers won a number of games during the regular season and winning this year’s World Series is still within grasp. However, the Dodgers have been winning as well as losing games that are taking much longer to play. The average time it took the Dodgers and Washington Nationals to play a game during their best of five series was 4 hours and 1 minute. Thus far, the series’ first five games between... 
 

Major League Record to be Set by Julio Urias on Wednesday

When the first pitch has been thrown in Game 4 of the National League Championship series on Wednesday between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, history already will have been made. That history is because of whom will be throwing that first pitch, namely Julio Urias a left-handed rookie for the Dodgers. Dave Roberts the manager of the Dodgers announced officially on Monday during workouts at Dodger Stadium that the rookie southpaw would be giving the ball for Game 4. That will mean Urias, who on Wednesday will be 20 years and 68 days old,... 
 

NLDS Game 5: Dodgers Visit Nationals With Winner Moving On

Thursday’s Game 5 between the Washington Nationals and visiting Los Angeles Dodgers will decide who moves on to the National League Championship Series to face the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers were able to extend the series to a fifth and deciding game thanks to a timely hit by veteran Chase Utley in Game 4. Los Angeles will be facing Max Scherzer and needs to hit the long ball against the right-hander if they hope to win and move on. Opponents hit just .199 against him during the regular season and he gave up only 2.2 walks per 9 innings, while... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Extend Lead, But Cannot Hit Lefties

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the National League West by six games after they defeated the second place San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Monday night. The loss was devastating for San Francisco who is in a tough battle for one of the two wildcard spots in the NL. The Dodgers were able to win despite Madison Bumgarner shutting them down. He held the Blue to a single hit with no walks over seven innings. Bumgarner had 10 strikeouts as well as a shouting match with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig that emptied the benches. However, it was the bullpen of... 
 

Dodgers Bullpen Coming Up Big During Kershaw Injury

Kenta Maeda was the first starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pitch during the seventh inning since June 20, when injured ace Clayton Kershaw last pitched into the seventh inning. That statistic is a great example of how important Kershaw is to the entire pitching rotation. It speaks volumes as well to how much the bullpen for the Dodgers has stepped up during his absence and helped the Dodgers to an 8-3 record since the star pitcher when on the disabled listed at the end of June. The bullpen has been ready every time the call has come,... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Injury Puts Dodgers Season in Doubt

The Los Angeles Dodgers have over $70 million tied up in their starting pitchers that cannot even pitch due to injury. The list was half that or about $36 million until the Dodgers announced that star pitcher Clayton Kershaw was being added on Thursday to the disabled list. Prior to Kershaw getting hurt, the Dodgers rotation did not have anyone behind him, now the rotation does not have anyone period. Kershaw’s injured back will keep him off the mound for a minimum of 15 days. However, Dodgers officials have been mum when it comes to how long... 
 

Trayce Thompson and Julio Urias Earn Time in Dodgers Lineup

The most recent chapter of the youth movement at Chavez Ravine came with a slight twist, as one of the players who is more established on the Los Angeles Dodgers helped set the stage for the youngsters. Justin Turner thus far has not been a disruptive force of the past, due in part to knee surgery during the offseason, but his three-run shot helped pitcher Julio Urias get comfortable in his first start at home and set the stage for more late inning heroics by Trayce Thompson. Urias attracted many of the 40,000 or more spectators who came to the... 
 

Dodgers to Debut Top Pitching Prospect Julio Urias

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won four straight games but cannot edge closer to the first place San Francisco Giants as the Giants have won 5 straight and 9 of 10. On Friday night, the Dodgers open a series against the New York Mets and are expected to have rookie pitcher Julio Urias on the mound making his debut in the major leagues. This is quite a spot for the southpaw, to debut in the Big Apple in front of the raucous Mets crowd. It is expected the club will purchase the contract of Urias, who is just 19, and add him to both their 25-man active... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Is Even Better Than Most Think He Is

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has won the National League Cy Young Award three of the last five seasons. He has not finished lower than third in the award’s voting since the 2010 season. At 28, he might actually be pitching his best-ever season and cementing his name as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the sport. In Kershaw’s past six starts he has struck out at least 10 batters and walked just one or fewer, which is the longest streak of that kind in 116 years dating back to 1900. Just four other pitchers this season... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Power Returns in Tampa Bay

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is just a month old. However, already the National League West favorite Los Angeles Dodgers were mired in an offensive slump until Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers are currently in second place in the NL West at 14-13 a half game back of the 15-13 San Francisco Giants. Over their past 10 games played the Dodgers are 4-6, while the Giants have won 7 of their past 10. If Tuesday was any sign, then the Dodgers could be breaking out of their slump. Trayce Thompson the brother of Golden State... 
 

Dogders Deal Prospects for Reds Closer Aroldis Chapman

The Los Angeles Dodgers started off the 2015 Winter Meetings with a splash, acquiring left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for two prospects. FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal on Sunday reported the Dodgers were “making progress” on the trade.  The deal, which is pending Chapman’s passing a medical examination Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said last month that he hoped to move the hard-throwing left-hander before this week’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. “We... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Flexing Offensive Muscle

Despite several injuries to the pitching staff, the Los Angeles Dodgers own a 21-10 record, the second best mark in baseball behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodger offense has carried them, as the club is showcasing the embarrassment of riches they have accumulated. Even with Yasiel Puig sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Dodger bats haven’t missed a beat. As a group, the Dodgers boast a .363/.348/.479 slash line. They lead baseball in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and their 127 wRC+ is also tops in baseball. Though... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Own Baseball’s Best Rotation

The Los Angeles Dodgers overhauled their front office this offseason, adding Andrew Friedman from the Tampa Bay Rays and Farhan Zaidi from the Oakland Athletics. From there they proceeded to make several trades which reshaped their roster. Los Angeles goes into the 2015 season as the presumptive favorites in the National League West. The Dodgers pitching staff is the best in baseball. Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP, frontlines the rotation. Kershaw is still just 26 years old, though he’s been the best hurler in baseball for several... 
 

Dodgers Trade for Howie Kendrick, Sign Brandon McCarthy

The Los Angeles Dodgers added Howie Kendrick via trade with the Los Angeles Angels and signed free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy to  a four year deal worth $48 million. Earlier Wednesday night the Dodgers completed a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins that allowed them to add pitching prospect Andrew Heaney. They then shipped Heaney to the Marlins in exchange for Kendrick. Swapping out Dee Gordon for Howie Kendrick gives the Dodgers a substantial upgrade at the second base position, at least for 2015. The 31 year-old Kendrick is in... 
 

Padres Acquire Matt Kemp from Dodgers

The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. As part of the deal, the Dodgers will eat $30 million of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract, which runs through 2019. Catcher Tim Federowicz will accompany Kemp to San Diego while catcher Yasmani Grandal, righty Joe Wieland and pitching prospect Zach Eflin will go to Los Angeles. This is the latest in a flurry of activity for the Dodgers, who completed a six player trade with the Miami Marlins, have a deal... 
 

Dodgers Ship Dee Gordon to Marlins in Six Player Trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins have agreed to a six player trade reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Dee Gordon and Dan Haren will go to the Marlins while left-hander Andrew Heaney, second baseman Enrique Hernandez, reliever Chris Hatcher and catching prospect Austin Barnes are on their way to Los Angeles. Gordon, the Dodgers second baseman and a 2014 All-Star and Heaney, a 23 year-old hurler who was picked 9th overall in 2012, are the main pieces in the deal. Earlier this offseason Haren, who exercised his $10 million player... 
 

Phillies Start Restructure by Dealing Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

Questions have lingered about the Philadelphia Phillies’ off-season plans. Will they unload veterans and rebuild or keep their prominent names and make one final run at a Natioanl League East title with the current group? Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro delivered an answer Wednesday afternoon when he traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 36-year-old Rollins has spent his entire 15-year Major League career in Philadelphia. A second round pick out of an Oakland area high school in 1996, Rollins made his big league... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Hanley Ramirez

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be heavily sought after this offseason. Though he’s been injury-prone, Ramirez has been a very productive player while on the field. He’ll turn 31 in December and may not be best suited for shortstop anymore, but Ramirez has expressed a willingness to play third base, a position he occupied in 2012. Ramirez burst onto the scene as a 22 year-old with the then Florida Marlins in 2006. He quickly established himself as one of the top players in baseball. In his first four major league... 
 

Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright will Square off in Game 1

Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright will face each other in Game One of the National League Division Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers ace led the National League and all of baseball with a 1.77 ERA, while Wainwright’s 2.38 mark ranked third in the NL. The 26 year-old Kershaw captured his third consecutive ERA title, and will almost certainly win yet another Cy Young award. Despite battling arm soreness and missing his primary catcher, Yadier Molina for a good chunk of the season, the 33 year-old... 
 

MVP Candidates: Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig Emerging in Los Angeles

With a 69-53 record, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a commanding five game lead in the National League West. While the San Francisco Giants got off to a red-hot start, the Dodgers have surpassed them and now have a 92 percent chance of winning the division. The performances of two stars, Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig, have been key in propelling the Dodgers to the best record in the National League. Despite missing six weeks with a back injury, Kershaw leads all NL pitchers in fWAR with 5.0. The 26 year-old left-hander was dominant last year,... 
 

August Trade Candidates: Los Angeles Dodgers Carl Crawford

The July 31st trade deadline has come and gone, and the Los Angeles Dodgers still have a glut of outfielders. Yasiel Puig is one of the best hitters in baseball, Matt Kemp is swinging the bat very well, and Scott Van Slyke has posted very impressive numbers in just 179 plate appearances. Top prospect Joc Pederson is tearing up Triple-A Albuquerque. Meanwhile, high-priced outfielders Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford have performed poorly. With his hefty contract that pays him $20 million per year through 2017, Crawford is a candidate to be traded... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Looking for Relief Help

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly backed off their pursuit of a starting pitcher and are looking for relief help instead. Of course, there’s a good reason to take any statements about a team’s plans with a grain of salt at this time of year. However, the Dodgers would benefit more from adding a good reliever or two than from adding a big name in their rotation. As things stand, the Dodgers have the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw, two very good arms in Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu and veterans Josh Beckett and Dan... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Elvis Andrus, Matt Kemp Contracts Make Trades Difficult

The trade deadline is approaching, and trade talks are heating up. Earlier today, the New York Yankees traded for San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley, sending Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula to the Friars. Headley had a sensational 2012 season, but his offensive production has dropped off since then. Two other players that have had star seasons in the not too distant past could also be moved before the July 31 deadline. Matt Kemp, who nearly produced a 40-40 season in 2011 and Elvis Andrus, who had +4 win seasons in 2011 and 2012... 
 

Dodgers Ace Clayton Kershaw No-Hits Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw faced just 28 batters in throwing his first career no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies striking out a career-high 15 batters en route to an 8-0 win. The no hitter comes less than a month of when teammate Josh Beckett tossed an unlikely one against the Philadelpia Phillies on May 25. It was the 22nd no hitter in franchise history, the 12th in Los Angeles. Kershaw retired the first 18 batters in a row until a two-base throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez ended his shot at a perfect game. That was... 
 

Dodgers Yasiel Puig Can’t be Stopped

A year ago, Yasiel Puig took baseball by storm. In his first month in the big leagues, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder collected 44 hits, the second most for a new big leaguer behind Joe DiMaggio. Of course he cooled off from that ridiculous start, but by season’s end he had an excellent .319/.391/.534 batting line for a 160 wRC+. Despite his phenomenal debut season, there were some holes in Puig’s game. His strikeout rate of 22.5 percent was very high, and he possessed the highest swinging strike of any player to receive at least... 
 

What Should the Dodgers Do With Their Outfielders?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a lot of money tied up in their outfield. Matt Kemp is owed $128 million over the next six seasons. They’re on the hook with Andre Ethier for at least $70 million in the next four years, and Carl Crawford will chew up $82 million in that span as well. Then, there is the young and inexpensive phenom Yasiel Puig, who will earn at least $35 through 2018. That’s a lot of money, and a lot of years for the trio of Kemp, Ethier, and Crawford. Based on his remarkable 2013 season, Puig looks to be a sure-fire starter,... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Dodgers Reach Agreement With Chone Figgins on Minor League Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement with veteran infielder-outfielder Chone Figgins on a minor league deal that includes and invite to major league camp this spring. Figgins is trying to resurrect his career after three dreadful season in Seattle , where he signed four-year, guaranteed $36 million deal. Figgins, 35 last played in 2012, in 66 games with the Mariners where he had a .181/.262/.272 line. He was in Marlins camp last spring. 2013, but was released. Last week Figgins held a open tryout if front of interested scouts from 10... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Extend Clayton Kershaw

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw to a seven year extension worth $215 million, reports Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN. Kershaw’s contract includes an out clause that can be exercised after five years, which would allow him to hit free agency at 30. The deal constitutes the highest average annual salary in baseball history. Also, it surpasses the extensions granted to Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander as the most money guaranteed to a pitcher. Kershaw, who won’t turn 26 until March, was one year away from... 
 

Six Teams With the Best Chances to Land Masahiro Tanaka

The Winter’s biggest blockbuster player has been posted and Major League Baseball teams will take the next month or so to decide if they want to negotiate with Masahiro Tanaka. Before evaluating who has the best chance of landing the prized 25-year-old Japanese import, it’s important to set a few ground rules and eliminate a few possibilities right off the bat. Chances are almost half of baseball will make a $20 million dollar bid, even if most of them stand little to no chance of actually landing Tanaka. Teams like the: Boston Red Sox,... 
 

Dodgers Continue Adding to Bullpen, Sign Jamey Wright

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued adding to their bullpen today, signing veteran righthander Jamey Wright to a one-year deal. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported the deal. Earlier in the day, the Dodgers reached an agreement with the former Cleveland Indians closer, Chris Perez. Wright, who turns 39 on Christmas Eve, is coming off a solid season as a reliever for the Tampa Bay Rays. The veteran appeared in 66 games, and posted a 3.09 ERA with career-best strikeout and walk rates of 22.6 percent and 8.0 percent. In 2012 Wright... 
 

Dodgers Set to Sign Chris Perez

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with free agent pitcher Chris Perez, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Perez, 28, was released by the Cleveland Indians in October. He was scheduled to earn up to $9 million in arbitration. The righthanded hurler had served as the Indians closer for most of the past four seasons, saving a total of 123 games. he looked to be off to a strong season as he saved 17 of his first 19 chances with a 2.52 ERA. However, things unraveled for Perez in August. He ended the season by surrendering 16... 
 

Dodgers to Re-Sign J.P. Howell

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached and agreement with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell and will re-sign the 30 year old to a two-year, $11.25 million guarantee along with a $6.25 million vesting option for a third year if he pitches 120 innings in the first two season of the deal according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Howell made $2.55 million last year on a one year deal with Los Angeles.  He posted a 2.03 ERA and 2.35 K/BB ratio in 62 innings of work and limited left-handed batters to a slash line of .164/.225/.227. Over his career, Howell... 
 

Dodgers Will Re-Sign Juan Uribe

The Los Angeles Dodgers reached and agreement with free-agent Juan Uribe and will re-sign the 34 year old to a two year deal. While reports began to circulate about possibly bringing in Michael Young to play third base for the Dodgers , ultimately wiser heads prevailed and the agreement was forged. Uribe is coming off a 2013 season for the Dodgers in which he hit.278/.331/.438 with 12 home runs in 132 games that represented a bounce back year of worst after dismal seasons in 2011 and 2012. Over the course of his career Uribe has hit 20 or more home... 
 

Dodgers Re-sign Brian Wilson for One Year, $10 Million

When the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Brian Wilson the day before the trade deadline in 2013, it was mostly to take a flyer on the once dominant closer. Wilson delivered better than anticipated following a Tommy John surgery in April of 2012, hurling just one earned run and a 21-to-6 K to BB ratio to compliment his 19.2 innings in both the regular season and playoffs. For Wilson, it was a return to the top of the reliever game despite pitching in the role of setup man, a role he will likely reprise behind Kenley Jansen again in 2014. From a financial... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Close to An Agreement With Brian Wilson

The Los Angeles Dodgers are closing in to a contract agreement with reliever Brian Wilson. The former Giants closer spent the final two months of the 2013 season with Los Angeles and reestablished himself after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012. Wilson had an 0.46 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 19⅔ innings, while allowing just 18 runners to reach base with the Dodgers. Wilson had been linked to the Detroit Tigers but after Detroit signed closer Joe Nathan, re-signing with the Dodgers became his primary option. The deal is expected to be for one... 
 

Dodgers Will Sign Dan Haren to One-year Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with free agent Dan Haren on a one year $10 million deal, pending a physical. The deal includes an option for 2015 that vests with 180 innings pitched. Haren, 33, went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA (81 ERA+) in 169 2/3 innings for the Nationals last year. The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu slotted for the first three spots n the rotatio, with Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley set to return from surgery. The Washington Nationals did not extend a qualifying offer to Haren making... 
 

Cubs Hire Renteria, Dodgers Mattingly Talks Extension

Three years ago Don Mattingly was just starting out in Los Angeles and Rick Renteria was a bench coach in San Diego. On Thursday, Mattingly started negotiation talks for an extension and Renteria took over the helm in Chicago. Both managers have high aspirations to manage their teams to success the next few years, but they’re starting from opposite ends of the spectrum. Mattingly is in the final year of his contract after his option picked up when LA won a division series. Though the Dodgers have improved by at least four wins each of the... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, Dazed and Confused

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had a sensational 2013 regular season. After a June callup, Puig set the baseball world on fire, posting an otherworldly .436/.467/.713 line in his first month. He didn’t maintain that pace, but still, at the end of the year, only Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, and Chris Davis could top Puig’s 160 OPS+. He followed up his excellent regular season with a strong NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, hitting .471/.500/.529, and helping the Dodgers advance to the NLCS. The first two games of the... 
 

2013 NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Hall of Famer and philosophical laureate Yogi Berra may have said it best, “in baseball, you don’t know nothing.” Contradictions aside, it may be plausible to assert that baseball is a game founded on the principle of unpredictability. Nothing is envisaged or definitive in nature, except perhaps for the ever-popular element of surprise. As we approached the postseason this year, that element of surprise was found to be alive and well, taking a strong embodiment in the form of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Perennial struggles have defined baseball... 
 

Dodgers Pound Braves for 2-1 Series Lead

After falling behind early, Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and Los Angeles routed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NL Division Series. Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each had three hits and scored three times on a huge night at the plate for the Dodgers, who matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. ”It’s 25 guys out there that we come here every day and we put in hard work on the field,” Ramirez said. ”Everything I do,... 
 

Dodgers, Kershaw Dominant In NLDS Game One

Before Game One of the NLDS matching up the Los Angels Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves one of our readers let us know that the Braves were going to beat Clayton Kershaw. Memo to reader: Don’t quit your day job. Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 on Thursday night. Atlanta struck out 15 times in all. Gonzalez began to put it out of reach in the third, driving a pitch over the center-field wall for his first postseason homer, a... 
 

Dodgers Will Give Clayton Kershaw Extra Rest

The Los Angeles Dodgers comfortably ahead in the National League West, the team (86-64) entered Tuesday with a 9½-game lead over the Diamondbacks, plan to take advantage of the lead by resting some of their starters including ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, 25, sports a  majors’ best ERA at 1.94 and leads the National League with 214 strikeouts this season. The left-hander is 14-9 in 31 starts and is a front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award. Kershaw would have started on Wednesday, but the team has decided to push teh start back to Saturday... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Michael Young from Phillies

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired third baseman Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Young waived his no trade clause to to allow the deal to be completed. The Phillies will get a minor league pitcher in return. Young was reportedly only interested in a trade to the Texas Rangers, where he spent the first 12 seasons of his career and was a seven-time all-star, but settled for a trade to Los Angeles near his hometown of Covina, Calif., a small city in L.A. County. Young is owed approximately... 
 

Dodgers Matt Kemp Return: “It’s not going to be September.”

Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp took batting practice before yesterday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals and reported afterwards that things went well and he was progressing towards a return to the Dodgers line-up sooner rather than later. “[It’s] a start, it’s better than where I was,” Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times quotes Kemp. “Felt good to get back out there and hit a little bit. Felt like a real baseball player. Kemp came off the DL for one game after nursing his sore shoulder back to health and... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Brian Wilson – Minor League Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement with reliver Brian Wilson. Wilson is a three-time All-Star who led the National League with 48 saves in 2010. The Dodgers have been seeking bullpen help, specifically an eighth-inning man who can work as a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen. Since becoming the closer on June 11, Jansen is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and has saved 12 of his 14 opportunities. The Dodgers started the season with Brandon League as the closer Wilson, who has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in April, 2012,  after... 
 

Who Will Be Better Long Term: Wil Myers or Yasiel Puig?

Baseball’s infatuation with Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig almost hit John Madden / Brett Favre levels. Puig, a 22-year-old from Cuba, burst onto the scene when he hit .436 with a 1.180 OPS and seven home runs in June. His June was so fruitful that the import, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract in 2012, was almost elected to the All-Star Game. Puig has since cooled off, posting a .303 batting average, .791 OPS and two home runs so far in July, but critics expect him to become an elite major league hitter. And, as for... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Outduels Jordan Zimmermann in 9-2 Win

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw turned in yet another strong outing on Sunday afternoon, outdueling Washington Nationals ace Jordan Zimmermann in a 9-2 rout of the Nationals at Nationals Park. For the 17th time this season, Kershaw pitched at least seven innings, as he surrendered two runs on two hits in seven innings of work on Sunday, striking out nine and walking none. With the victory, Kershaw inproved to a 9-6 record on the season and boasts a National League-best 2.01 ERA. Kershaw also leads the league in WHIP (0.88) and sits second... 
 

Dodgers Acquire Ricky Nolasco From Marlins

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins for three minor league pitchers, Steve Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez. The Dodgers also picked up an international signing bonus worth $197,000 in the deal. Nolasco, a Southern California native who can become a free agent after the season, went 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 18 starts for the Marlins and has a career mark of 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA. “He’s excited,”  Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “California guy coming back and he’s... 
 
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