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  1. Clayton Kershaw, Chris Davis, MLB players of the week

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw AP

    There’s clearly an anti-Upton and Morse bias afoot in Major League Baseball. Bears investigating. From the MLB press release machine: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been named National League Player of the Week for the period ending April 7th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network. Kershaw went 2-0 in…

  2. Rockies drawing plenty of trade interest in Aaron Harang

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang Getty

    Over the weekend the Rockies traded catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Dodgers for right-hander Aaron Harang in a swap of unwanted players with sizable contracts. Colorado immediately designated Harang for assignment, showing no intention of him ever pitching for the Rockies, and it looks like they’ll be able to swap him to another team. Ken…

  3. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:09 AM EDT

    Country Breakfast

    Royals 9, Phillies 8: Country. Breakfast. Billy Butler drives in seven via a grand slam and a three-run double. The loss is an especially disheartening one for Philly, as they were staked to a 4-0 lead early with their ace on the hill. Cole Hamels was rocked, though, and now stands at 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA…

  4. Josh Hamilton rebounds, but Rangers beat Angels 7-3

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Even though Josh Hamilton finished his return to Texas by going 3-for-5, the Rangers claimed the series Sunday night, beating the Angels 7-3. Unfortunately, Hamilton failed to come through when it would have made the biggest difference. After Yu Darvish opened the top of the first with a walk, a hit by pitch and another…

  5. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

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    Clayton Kershaw was dominant in his 2013 debut last Monday against the division-rival Giants, striking out seven batters over nine shutout innings as part of a 4-0 Dodgers win. On Saturday night against the Pirates he was again extremely effective. Kershaw went seven scoreless frames, striking out nine batters, issuing only one walk and allowing…

  6. Dodgers acquire catcher Ramon Hernandez from Rockies for right-hander Aaron Harang

    Apr 6, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez Getty

    UPDATE: The Rockies have already designated Harang for assignment. 3:16 PM: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies will get right-hander Aaron Harang in return, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that they don’t plan to keep him. Harang, who turns 35 in May, posted a 3.61 ERA and 131/85 K/BB ratio over 179…

  7. Chad Billingsley set to join Dodgers’ rotation on Wednesday

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chad Billingsley Getty

    Chad Billingsley‘s elbow was the major concern coming into spring training, but it was a bruised right finger suffered during a bunting drill which put him on the disabled list to begin the season. However, after Billingsley it through a minor league rehab start on Thursday, Quinn Roberts of MLB.com reports that he has been…

  8. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke Getty

    Zack Greinke put any concerns over his elbow to rest in his Dodgers’ debut last night, as he tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 win over the Pirates in front of a packed house at Dodger Stadium. Greinke allowed just two hits on the night while striking out six and walking…

  9. Tim Lincecum walks seven, beats Dodgers anyway

    Apr 4, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum‘s awful spring, in which he gave up 18 runs in 15 1/3 innings, only added to the Giants’ doubts about what they’d get from their two-time Cy Young winner this season. They’re probably no closer to figuring it out after Lincecum walked seven yet still defeated the Dodgers on Wednesday. Lincecum surrendered just…

  10. Dodgers release right-hander Kevin Gregg

    Apr 3, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

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    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have released right-hander Kevin Gregg, who was unable to win a spot in the bullpen this spring after signing a minor league contract in mid-February. Gregg posted a 0.82 ERA and 0.27 WHIP in 11 Cactus League innings and will hope that those numbers earn him a…

  11. Clayton Kershaw not close to extension with Dodgers

    Apr 3, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw AP

    With all the huge long-term contracts being handed out this week there was speculation that Clayton Kershaw could be next, but it doesn’t sound like he’s close to signing an extension with the Dodgers. Kershaw’s agent, Casey Close, was at Dodger Stadium on Monday and Tuesday, but a source told Dylan Hernandez of the Los…

  12. Justin Sellers is the Dodgers shortstop. For now.

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Justin Sellers

    With Hanley Ramirez out, Don Mattingly made the surprise decision to go with Justin Sellers at shortstop, primarily because of his glove.  Then last night he made two throwing errors in the seventh inning. The first was just a bobble and misplay. The second, however, was borne of bad decision making, choosing to throw home rather than…

  13. Carl Crawford sitting out Dodgers’ second game

    Apr 2, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford appeared in only 31 games in 2012 and battled elbow inflammation this spring, so the Dodgers are treating him with extra care early on. According to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the outfielder is on the bench for the Dodgers’ second regular-season game Tuesday night against the rival Giants.…

  14. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  15. Sandy Koufax relieved Magic Johnson for the first pitch at Dodger Stadium

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson, Sandy Koufax

    Fans at Dodger Stadium got to see a pretty cool ceremonial first pitch yesterday before the Dodgers-Giants game. New owner Magic Johnson took the mound to throw out the first pitch, but then manager Don Mattingly came out of the dugout to make a pitching change, signaling for a reliever as Vin Scully’s voice came…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Kershaw watches solo home run in eighth inning against San Francisco Giants during MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    Dodgers 4, Giants, 0: I watched part of this game with my kids after they got home from school. When they were showing the lineups, they showed Clayton Kershaw‘s career .146 average and my son asked me why it was so low compared to the other players’. I explained to him that pitchers can’t really…

  17. Angels outlast the Reds in Opening Day marathon

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan, Chris Iannetta

    It took a while, but the first ever interleague matchup on Opening Day is in the books. In a four-hour and 45-minute marathon, the Angels topped the Reds 3-1 in 13 innings this evening at Great American Ballpark. While the hyped trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 1-for-14 with three…

  18. Clayton Kershaw does it all in Opening Day win over Giants

    Apr 1, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw AP

    Clayton Kershaw didn’t just dominate the Giants on the mound in today’s season opener. He also made some unexpected noise with his bat. In a masterful performance, Kershaw tossed his sixth career shutout in a 4-0 win over the defending World Series champions. The 25-year-old southpaw held the Giants to just four measly singles while…

  19. That’s just Hunter being Hunter

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    For those of us who miss Manny Ramirez‘s antics on the field, we do have an awkward sort of replacement in Hunter Pence patrolling right field for the Giants. Here’s Pence today giving the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis a double when he lost a flyball on the sun. And here is Pence with Matt Kemp up…

  20. In praise of Vin Scully

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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    This is not the almost obligatory “Vin Scully is the best” stuff. I get that and participate in that often, but I almost feel like Scully has become such an institution that people feel like they have to say that, even if Scully isn’t doing anything particularly great. But today he did something, the kind…

  21. Pablo Sandoval returns from elbow injury for Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval has had elbow problems for the past two weeks and had a setback Friday while playing in a spring training game, but he’s in the Giants’ lineup for Opening Day against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Sandoval is starting at third base and batting third after manager Bruce Bochy said over the weekend…

  22. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000’s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  23. Marlins’ Opening Day starting lineup is comical

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Here it is, via MLB.com Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro: #Marlins Opening Day lineup: Pierre 7, Coghlan 8, Stanton 9, Polanco 5, Brantly 2, Solano 4, Kotchman 3, Hechavarria 6, Nolasco 1 — Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) March 31, 2013 Pierre, the leadoff man, owns a .284/.339/.333 batting line since the start of the 2010 season…

  24. Justin Sellers to fill in at shortstop for Dodgers

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    justin sellers getty

    After playing around with a few different looks, the Dodgers have finally settled on a fill-in shortstop. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, infielder Justin Sellers was told late Saturday night that he has cracked the Opening Day roster and will function as the Dodgers’ primary shortstop while Hanley Ramirez recovers from…

  25. Chad Billingsley ready to rejoin Dodgers’ rotation

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley should be ready to rejoin the rotation early in April. Eric Stephen, at SB Nation’s Dodgers blog True Blue LA, notes that Billingsley tossed six-plus strong innings in a Minor League game tonight, showing that he has overcome a fingernail injury sustained while attempting a bunt. Stephen also notes: Manager Don…

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