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  1. Ryan Braun hits three homers then settles for a triple

    May 1, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun hit three homers and then tripled at Petco Park in leading the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Padres on Monday. Braun struggled this spring while dealing with a possible 50-game steroids suspension that was later overturned, but he’s been locked in since Opening Day. He’s now tied for second in the…

  2. Dodgers’ sale expected to be finalized Tuesday

    Apr 30, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson, Frank McCourt

    UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the sale will not close today, as originally expected. No reason for panic, though, as the sale is not in danger and should close early tomorrow. In other exciting Dodgers’ news, Matt Kemp hit his 12th home run of the season in the first inning…

  3. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all. Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames. Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile…

  4. Tracking Bryce Harper’s major league debut

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    We’ll provide updates throughout the night as baseball’s top prospect, 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, makes his MLB debut against the Dodgers. Here’s the lineup, via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: As promised, Harper bats 7th: Desmond, ss; Lombardozzi, 3b Werth, rf LaRoche, 1b; Ankiel, cf Espinosa, 2b; Harper, lf Ramos, c Strasburg — Adam…

  5. Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    joey lawrence woah

    Here’s a pretty incredible tidbit, courtesy of MLB’s official “Stat of the Day” feed on Twitter: Matt Kemp joined Mickey Mantle (1956) and Willie Mays (1964) as only CFs in liveball era to hit 10 HRs within their team’s first 19 games. — MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 26, 2012 Matt Kemp is…

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

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    Yankees 7, Rangers 4: The platonic ideal of a late-dynasty Yankees game: Four hits for Jeter, homer for A-Rod, a CC Sabathia win and a Mariano Rivera save.  In other news, I sorta feel like I wanna be the guy who starts writing the breathless “can Derek Jeter hit .400?” articles. Maybe I’ll do one…

  7. Matt Kemp does not win the NL Player of the Week Award

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman, Henry Blanco

    It’s been such a regular thing lately that I feel it newsworthy to point out when Matt Kemp doesn’t win the player of the week award.  This week Freddie Freeman did.  In the AL it was Phil Humber. Freeman went 11-for-23 with three homers, five doubles, 25 total bases and 14 RBI on the week, leading…

  8. Matt Kemp’s nine homers in 15 games set Dodgers record

    Apr 22, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    matt kemp getty

    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Matt Kemp set a franchise record for home runs through 15 games with his ninth of the season to back up a solid outing by Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers got a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. The Dodgers have been around (in…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

  10. Matt Kemp, Josh Willingham named players of the week

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Two weeks of the season down, two weeks of Matt Kemp taking player of the week honors in the NL. He also won the last player of the week award last season, so it’s three straight for him. The kid is pretty good, no? Kemp won the award again for a week in which he went…

  11. Still red hot, Matt Kemp goes 3-for-4, hits sixth homer

    Apr 15, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers have been a two-man offense so far, but when those two are as hot as Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are, that’s plenty good enough. Kemp went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth homer Sunday as part of a 5-4 win over the Padres, moving the Dodgers to 9-1 on the season. Kemp is…

  12. Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    jackie robinson

    On April 15, 1947 — 65 years ago today — Jackie Robinson made his debut at Ebbets Field, breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in a 5-3 Brooklyn Dodgers victory over the visiting Boston Braves. On Sunday, the baseball world remembers and celebrates and collectively dons Jackie’s No. 42. And if you haven’t already seen…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Royals 4: Jonathan Broxton walked two batters and hit two batters to blow the game in the 12th inning. That, my friends, is how you blow a save. Without doubt and with authority. None of this pussyfooting around with grounders that just get past an infielder. Decisive action brings order to a world full…

  14. Joe Torre admits to difficult relationship with Matt Kemp

    Apr 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Joe Torre - Dodgers

    Joe Torre called Matt Kemp the game’s best player in a conversation with ESPN Los Angeles’ Tony Jackson on Tuesday, but he indicated it might have taken his departure as Dodgers manager for Kemp to take that next step. Kemp had his breakthrough season in 2011 after Don Mattingly replaced Torre as manager. “He was…

  15. Players with more homers than the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence fans

    Jay Bruce Miguel Cabrera Yoenis Cespedes Corey Hart Omar Infante Alex Avila Carlos Beltran Lucas Duda Prince Fielder Aaron Hill Eric Hosmer Adam LaRoche Matt Kemp Nick Markakis Carlos Pena Pablo Sandoval Carlos Santana Josh Willingham Yeah, I’m trolling a bit. But this has been an ugly offensive display. Not only do the 1-3 Phillies…

  16. Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera named MLB players of the week

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Can you really call it a week after three games?  Sure, why not?  So player of the “week” honors go to Matt Kemp in the NL and Miguel Cabrera in the AL. Cabrera batted .455 (5-for-11) with an A.L.-leading three home runs and eight RBI.  Kemp hit .412 (7-for-17) while leading the Majors with six runs scored…

  17. Padres place Dustin Moseley on DL with shoulder strain

    Apr 8, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    moseley ap

    From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have placed starter Dustin Moseley on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and have recalled left-hander Josh Spence from Triple-A Tucson to take his place on the 25-man roster. Moseley surrendered five earned runs and walked two batters Saturday in his regular-season debut…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  19. The Reds go too far with Joey Votto’s $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Ever since Joey Votto won the 2010 NL MVP award, it seemed like Reds fans were counting down the days to his departure. The Reds weren’t going to pony up the money Votto so clearly deserved, and Votto, for his part, seemed OK with the idea of spending the second half of his career in…

  20. Strange rumblings in Los Angeles

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Laguna Beach

    I got off an airplane about a half hour ago after taking a red eye flight back to Ohio from Los Angeles, where I spent the weekend. Because I don’t sleep well on airplanes, today is going to be … something less than lucid. Anyway, the purpose of my trip was not baseball, but I…

  21. Can Magic Johnson play third base?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

    Juan Uribe

    Because Juan Uribe is looking pretty much cooked. Fresh off an inaugural season with the Dodgers in which he hit .204/.264/.293 with four homers in 270 at-bats, Uribe is batting .231/.286/.282 in 39 at-bats this spring. It’s also a safe guess he wasn’t the subject of any “best shape of his life” articles after reporting…

  22. Springtime Storylines: How long until new ownership puts the magic back in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: How long until new ownership brings back the magic? Sorry. That was kind…

  23. When it comes to Frank McCourt’s legacy, money changes everything

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Sorry that I’m a bit hung up on the Dodgers/Magic Johnson stuff this morning, but there’s something about irresponsible jackwagons falling into $2.15 billion that captures my attention. Anyway, in the past few minutes I have come across two quotes that just astound me. One is a factual assertion that is totally correct but which…

  24. Tautology warning: “The Dodgers are the Dodgers”

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Don Mattingly was asked about the Angels and all of their high-profile signings. And how, in light of the Dodgers’ recent doldrums, the Angels may be the number one show on grass in Los Angels now. In his response, Mattingly was either zen or tautologous, depending on your point of view: “At the end of…

  25. Matt Kemp plans to be the first member of the 50/50 club

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Everyone’s gotta have a goal. Mine was get a job where I didn’t have to wear pants one day, and dadgummit, I did it. Matt Kemp‘s is somewhat less grand: he wants to be the first member of the 50/50 club: “I know what I’m capable of doing,” he said. “I’ve shown it.” Fifty-fifty? Really?…

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