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Utley continues to be a thorn in Mets' side

As manager Dave Roberts said, it was "only fitting" that Chase Utley briefly silenced the Citi Field crowd with a tying three-run double in the top of the ninth inning of a Friday night game the Dodgers would lose in the bottom of the frame on Curtis Granderson's walk-off homer, 6-5.
Via Dodgers.com
1 hour ago

Miller: Despite his struggles, Julio Urias' debut was a sign of progress for the Dodgers

Broadcaster Charley Steiner, midway through the first inning, was marveling at the kid’s “Zen-like” quality. Center fielder Joc Pederson, just a short time earlier, was describing the situation as something that “doesn’t get any bigger than...
Via The OC Register
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Mets Win On Walk-Off After Dodgers Rally In 9th Inning

After an off-day spent traveling, the Los Angeles Dodgers began a seven-game road trip in New York on Friday night for the start...
Via Dodger Blue
4 hours ago

Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood says decision to delay his next start until Monday was a 'compromise'

NEW YORK – Alex Wood was in a joking mood Friday about his left triceps injury. The Dodgers left-hander said he sustained the injury swinging a bat last weekend in San Diego, a game in which he finished 0 for 2 at the plate. His modest four-game...
Via The OC Register
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alex Wood injured triceps while batting against Cardinals

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood injured his left triceps while batting against St. Louis on May 15, an injury that caused him to be scratched from Friday's start against the New York Mets. ''I swung at a low pitch and missed it. I felt it when I did it, but I didn't think too much of it,'' he said Friday. ''Sort of like a mini-hyperextension kind of thing....
Via Associated Press
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers about to face tough seven-game gauntlet

Have you ever been hiking and lost the trail? You spend an hour trying to zig-zag through the trees, desperately looking for the marked path that leads you to the top. The elation of winning that battle, and getting back on track, is indescribable. That’s essentially what the Dodgers have been dealing with for the better part of a month. After a strong start to the season, it...
Via Today's Knuckleball
8 hours ago

Yimi Garcia transferred to 60-day disabled list

Dodgers at Mets, 4:10 p.m. Chase Utley, 2B Corey Seager, SS Justin Turner, 3B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Howie Kendrick, LF Joc Pederson, CF Yasiel Puig, RF Yasmani Grandal, C Julio Urias, P Yimi Garcia, who went on the disabled list five weeks ago with right biceps soreness, has been transferred to the […]
Via Dodgers Insider
10 hours ago

Report: Utley's family received death threats after NLDS slide

Chase Utley’s family received death threats after his slide broke Ruben Tejada’s leg during the 2015 National League Division Series, according to a report. Mets fans were so furious with Utley’s slide that his family was targeted with death threats, and Utley did not stay in the same hotel as his Dodgers teammates when they made the trip to New York, though that was mere...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Attempts by Dodgers to acquire premiere relievers have fallen short

The Dodgers’ bullpen has been a point of much contention for many years — but it’s been especially true in recent years. While lamenting the lack of upgrades, some have claimed the Dodgers haven’t tried to upgrade the bullpen in recent times, but that is just patently false. Following the 2014 season, the Dodgers were interested in Andrew Miller. Chad wasn’t too keen on...
Via Dodgers Digest
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 2.0

This is the second installment of my 2016 MLB Draft Big Board. There have been some changes up and down the board, with some new names. But there are some familiar ones … at least, familiar from the first board. Previous Big Boards v 1.0 This comes on the heels of news that Julio Urias is getting promoted to the Dodgers tomorrow. If he were draft-eligible, he’d probably be...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Soon Is Now: Dodgers’ Julio Urias to Debut on Friday

The Dodgers announced today that teenage LHP Julio Urias will be called up to make his major-league debut on Friday in New York against the defending National League champion Mets. His statistics in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this year have been cartoonish. In eight appearances, Urias has thrown 41 innings, allowed 24 hits, 8 walks, and accrued 44 strikeouts. He sports...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A year after the beginning of the end for Clayton Kershaw

One year ago, Clayton Kershaw was entering a May 26 start against the Braves with a 4.32 ERA and a 2-3 record. Coming off winning the NL MVP Award in 2014, he had given up three runs or more in six of his nine starts. Despite relatively fine peripherals (73/16 K/BB in 58.1 IP), there was enough worry that the Twitter account for ESPN‘s ‘Baseball Tonight‘ famously posted a...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joey Votto booed by Dodgers fans for stomping paper airplane

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew the ire of the crowd at Dodger Stadium Tuesday after he aggressively stomped on a paper airplane that landed in the infield during the 7th inning of his team’s 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The fact that the paper airplane was tossed from the upper deck in left field — in foul territory no less — should have elicited a...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Puig benched for not hustling, cracks Don Mattingly joke

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was yanked from Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds for admiring a long RBI single. Puig smoked a ball off the right field wall in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Trayce Thompson to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. When he hit it, Puig clearly thought he had an opposite-field home run, so he admired the shot for a moment. That...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw Is Forcing Us to Confront the Pedro Question

Over the last 365 days, Clayton Kershaw has been baseball’s best pitcher. That isn’t a particularly enlightening sentence given that he’s almost certainly been the league’s best pitcher over the last several years, as well. At this point, the question isn’t really if Kershaw is the best pitcher, but rather if he is the best overall player, Mike Trout included. Kershaw...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig yanked from game for not running out a deep flyball

I happened to have on the Dodgers-Padres game on Sunday, and in the ninth inning of a tied game, Los Angeles’ A.J. Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt with Yasiel Puig on second base and no outs. Ellis executed the bunt as he was supposed to, forcing San Diego third baseman Yangervis Solarte to make the play… and Puig didn’t move. Yes, bunts are lame, but there’s still...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the tenth time in ten starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of seven was actually his third-lowest mark of the year....
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire hit in nuts by Joc Pederson bunt

It’s a dangerous job sitting behind home plate, and home plate umpire David Rackley found that out in Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game. With Joc Pederson at the plate, in the fifth inning, all was quiet on the home plate front. Then, Pederson decided to sneak in a bunt attempt at the last second, and the ball careened off his bat and drilled Rackley right in the nuts. Rackley stayed...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Umpire takes foul tip by Joc Pederson to the bad place

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has such brute strength that even his bunt attempts have the power to inflict maximum pain. Home plate umpire David Rackley learned that lesson the hard way on Sunday. Rackley was working behind the dish in the fifth inning of the series finale between the Dodgers and the Padres when he caught a rogue foul bunt attempt by Pederson right in the oysters...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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