Dodgers Rumors & News

  • Cubs dump Dodgers, claw within a win of World Series

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- With the Chicago Cubs one win away from their first World Series in 71 years, Dexter Fowler waved off the big-picture narrative. "We've heard the history, but at the same time, we're trying to make history," Fowler said. Addison Russell homered for the second night in a..." October 21

  • Dave Roberts explains why he pulled Kenta Maeda early

    Larry Brown Sports "Dave Roberts’ decision to pull pitcher Kenta Maeda in the fourth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday at Dodger Stadium caught many off guard, especially since the starter was about to face the Cubs’ pitcher. But Roberts had good reasons for doing so. After the Dodgers lost Game 5 8-4 to..." October 21

  • Kershaw: Hendricks is 'Greg Maddux of this generation'

    CSN Chicago "The best pitcher on the planet (besides Andrew Miller) compared Kyle Hendricks to the best pitcher of a generation. Clayton Kershaw will go up against Hendricks for the second time in the National League Championship Series in Game 6 Saturday at Wrigley Field and the Dodgers ace said he sees a..." October 21

  • Cubs clobber Dodgers, even NLCS

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- A bunt got the Chicago Cubs off and running as they ended a major slump in a rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell broke out of their skips by hitting home runs, and the Cubs pounded the Dodgers 10-2 at Dodger Stadium to even the..." October 20

  • Dodgers’ Andre Ethier rebuffs Team Mexico’s World Baseball Classic offer

    Today's Knuckleball "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to action following a broken leg this past September, but that didn’t stop the Mexican national team from approaching him about his availability to patrol the outfield for them during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which will take place in..." October 20

  • Adrian Gonzalez sounds off after review upholds controversial call

    ESPN "A fired-up Adrian Gonzalez was adamant he was safe after a controversial call that he and Dodgers teammates thought swung Wednesday night's National League Championship Series Game 4 in the direction of the Chicago Cubs, and he sounded off after Los Angeles' 10-2 loss. "I knew I was safe,''..." October 20

  • Hill, Dodgers shut out Cubs for 2-1 NLCS lead

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Throw the Tuesday loss out with the trash, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "For me, it's about putting this one in the wastebasket, come back and play (Wednesday)," Maddon said. "It's one day at a time. I've preached that all season long." Yasmani Grandal and..." October 19

  • Mets need to go after closer Kenley Jansen to keep up with Cubs

    New York Daily News "At the moment the Cubs are no lock to win that ever-elusive world championship over the next couple of weeks, but based on their six games in this post-season, they’ve already upped the ante on other challengers for National League supremacy in the next few years. How? Well, have you seen what..." October 19

  • Dodgers two wins from World Series and the man responsible isn't on the field

    CBS Sports "We've had three games so far in this thrilling National League Championship Series, and we have three heroes to credit for each victory. In Game 1, Miguel Montero delivered a grand slam and gave the Cubs a 1-0 series lead. In Game 2, Clayton Kershaw pitched his postseason opus, a thing of..." October 19

  • Maddon calls Urias' pickoff move 'balking 101' "The deceptive move that helped Dodgers rookie Julio Urias convert an MLB-leading six pickoffs during the regular season and another this postseason is one that Cubs manager Joe Maddon hopes will be closely monitored by the National League Championship Series umpiring crew. Urias starts Game 4 on..." October 19

  • Ex-Yankee Hiroki Kuroda to retire after Japan Series

    New York Daily News "Former Yankee Hiroki Kuroda, who left the Bronx to pitch for his old club in Japan, is hoping to author a championship farewell to his baseball career. Kuroda’s Hiroshima Carp will play in the Japan Series against the Nippon Ham Fighters and the 41-year-old righty says he will retire afterward,..." October 19

  • 'As it stands right now' Clayton Kershaw won't pitch for Dodgers until NLCS Game 6

    Los Angeles Times "As the Dodgers boarded a flight home Sunday night, soon after Clayton Kershaw had almost single-handedly evened the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at a game apiece, Rich Hill cracked a joke to his wife. “I think Clayton’s going back to the Bat Cave,” Hill said...." October 18

  • Ben Zobrist denies Dodgers' allegations of stealing signs

    Hardball Talk "As Craig wrote about on Monday afternoon, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal accused the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist of stealing signs during the NLCS. Grandal said, “We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs. We know who is getting the signs. We know what..." October 18

  • Dodgers catcher admits the Cubs are stealing signs: 'We know what they're doing'

    Fox Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal didn't have to worry too much in Game 2 of the NLCS, with Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen dominating the Chicago Cubs and allowing only one runner to reach second base, but he might in Game 3. That's because Grandal says the Cubs are stealing the..." October 18

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez chose not to stay in a Trump hotel, but he didn't want it to be news

    Los Angeles Times "From behind the Dodgers bench, Adrian Gonzalez glanced at his teammates who were taking their first rounds of batting practice during an afternoon workout. He looked down and sighed. Gonzalez was suddenly part of the national conversation about the upcoming presidential election, courtesy of..." October 18

  • Kershaw's pitching gem pulls Dodgers even with Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs had no answers for Clayton Kershaw and his dominating performance on Sunday. The Los Angeles left-handed ace produced a sparkling seven-inning outing as the Dodgers claimed a 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field to even the National League Championship Series at one game..." October 17

  • Dodgers catcher says Cubs were stealing signs in Game 2

    CBS Sports "Just in case you thought the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs couldn't get more tense -- and remember, the series is tied at 1-1 and heading out west -- then how about some gamesmanship talk? That's precisely what Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal introduced to the equation..." October 17

  • Dodgers deserve praise for canceling Chapman deal, but it may cost them

    Today's Knuckleball "Aroldis Chapman was a Dodger. He was, for a few minutes this winter, anyway. And Dodgers people, occasionally anyway, think about what might have been. But they’re not second guessing themselves. Not at all. Nor should they. While word going around has been that it was ownership who..." October 17

  • Dodgers' Gonzalez avoided Trump hotel on May trip to Chicago

    Sporting News "While the majority of the Dodgers stayed at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago during a series against the Cubs in May, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez slept somewhere else. “I didn’t stay there,” Gonzalez told the Orange County Register. “I had my reasons.” While Gonzalez..." October 17

  • Montero's grand slam propels Cubs over Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Miguel Montero said he had been ready for this moment since mid-afternoon. Entering Saturday night's National League Championship Series opener as a pinch hitter with two out and bases loaded in the eighth inning, Montero launched an 0-2 pitch from reliever Joe Blanton for a grand..." October 16

  • Dodgers managed to walk their way into trouble

    Fox Sports "The Dodgers didn’t want to pitch to Jason Heyward? The player with the third lowest OPS in the majors in the regular season? The player who did not receive a single intentional walk -- not one! -- in 592 plate appearances? The problem for me starts right there, but I’m not going to be too hard..." October 16

  • Clayton Kershaw expected to start Game 2 of NLCS

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw is on his way to establishing himself as a true warrior in the 2016 MLB playoffs. Though he did not officially announce the move, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Kershaw would start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday. The Dodgers have already announced that Kenta Maeda will..." October 15

  • Kershaw gets series-clinching save as Dodgers KO Nats

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- - Kenley Jansen knelt in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse next to a dry erase board that was just outside a room filled with beer-soaked players early Friday morning. Jansen normally starts to get loose in the eighth inning before pitching the ninth. Late Thursday night,..." October 14

  • Kenta Maeda lined up to start NLCS opener against Cubs

    Orange County Register "Right-hander Kenta Maeda threw a short bullpen session before Thursday’s game, setting him up to start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. He’ll be on regular rest after pitching only three innings Monday in Game 3 of the NL Division..." October 14

  • Dave Roberts: Clayton Kershaw told me he wanted to pitch

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw undid the narrative about him supposedly not being a good playoff pitcher by coming up clutch in the NLDS and closing out the Washington Nationals on short rest in Game 5. And according to Dave Roberts, pitching two days after making a start on short rest was all Kershaw’s..." October 14

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw is not available for Game 5 of NLDS

    Los Angeles Times "All hands are not on deck for the Dodgers on Thursday night. Clayton Kershaw is “absolutely not” available to appear in relief, Manager Dave Roberts said before Game 5 of the National League division series against Washington. Kershaw threw 110 pitches and logged 6 2/3 innings in Game 4. He..." October 13

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Yasiel Puig Wants to Represent Mexico at World Baseball Classic

    The Comeback "Yasiel Puig was born and raised in Cuba, but if he has his wish, he’ll be representing Mexico at the World Baseball Classic. Puig and Mexico WBC Edgar Gonzalez spoke to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, where Puig revealed his hopes to suit up for team Mexico at the upcoming international baseball..." October 12

  • Myth or fact: Clayton Kershaw chokes in October

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Dodgers won Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday, prolonging their season. But the win came despite something that’s become all too familiar for the Dodgers — a less-than-stellar outing from ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw went 6.2 innings and did strike out 11 Washington Nationals. But..." October 12

  • Dodgers' Rich Hill and Nationals' Max Scherzer to pitch in final game of series

    Los Angeles Times "A look at Game 5 of the National League division series between the Dodgers and Nationals. When: Thursday, 2 p.m. PDT Where: Nationals Park TV: FS1. Radio: 570, 1020, 1540 In-game blog: Dodgers’ Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 ERA) vs. Nationals’ Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96..." October 12

  • Dodgers edge Nats, send NLDS to Game 5

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The strategy was simple, Chase Utley said. Just get a base hit. Utley's RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, evening the National League Division Series at two..." October 11

  • Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 against the Nationals

    Los Angeles Times "Clayton Kershaw will pitch on short rest for the Dodgers on Tuesday in Game 4 of their National League Division Series against Washington. It is an elimination game for the Dodgers, who trail the Nationals, 2-1, in the best-of-five series. The Nationals will start Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43 ERA) in..." October 11

  • Legendary Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully to Visit 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    The Hollywood Reporter "Vin Scully has lined up one of his first post-retirement gigs. The legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer will appear on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, it was announced Tuesday. After a 67-year career as the voice of the Dodgers, Scully announced in July that the 2016 MLB season would be..." October 11

  • Is MLB’s postseason scheduling hurting Dodgers ticket sales?

    Hardball Talk "There are a lot of reasons why a playoff team may have trouble selling tickets. Maybe the fans are dispirited. Maybe it’s just not a baseball town. In the case of the Los Angeles Dodgers, though — a team that consistently leads all of baseball in attendance and almost always sells out playoff..." October 11

  • Nats swat Dodgers for 2-1 NLDS lead

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Jayson Werth said he fantasizes about hitting a baseball completely out of Dodger Stadium. Although Werth didn't knock the ball out of the park with a ninth-inning home run, the outfielder and the Nationals put the Los Angeles Dodgers on the ropes in their National League..." October 10

  • Dodgers offered D-Backs $25M annually to reacquire Greinke

    Today's Knuckleball "The Los Angeles Dodgers are willing to spend when the situation warrants it. In fact, they are said by sources to have at one point offered the Diamondbacks a deal where the Dodgers would pay about $25 million of the $34 million-plus AAV on Zack Greinke’s deal in a deadline attempt to get him..." October 10

  • Lobaton longball helps Nationals even NLDS with Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The wind was blowing in at 24 miles-per-hour from left field at the start of Sunday's game, and Washington catcher Jose Lobaton pointed this out to home plate umpire Chris Guccione. "Wow, that wind is really bad for hitters," said Lobaton, a reserve most of the season behind..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Dodgers name a starter for NLDS Game 4, and it isn't Clayton Kershaw

    CBS Sports "Following Friday's Game 1 victory over the Nationals in the NLDS, the Dodgers decided to answer an important question: With Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda on tap for Games 2 and 3, just who would start a potential Game 4? On Saturday, manager Dave Roberts provided the answer. Turns out it won't be..." October 08

  • Dodgers, Nats Game 2 postponed to Sunday

    TSN "Inclement weather in Washnington, D.C. has forced Game 2 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Nationals to be postponed to Sunday at 1pm et/10am pt. The Dodgers took Game 1 of the series 4-3 on Friday night in the Captial city. Rich Hill will take to the mound for the Dodgers on..." October 08

  • Dodgers edge Scherzer, Nationals in NLDS opener

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager hit a homer in his first at-bat, then watched four relievers run past him on the way to the mound Friday night before a sellout crowd at Nationals Park. "Whatever we have to do to win, right?" Seager said. The Dodgers did..." October 07

  • Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill admits to urinating on his blisters

    USA Today "Blisters can often be a burden on baseball players, since gripping bats and balls to propel them at unnatural speeds take a toll on the fingers and hands. But they’re especially problematic for Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, who threw his curveball on 42.4% of his pitches in 2016. A blister issue..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Moore, Posey help Giants wrap up wild card

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- As the San Francisco Giants headed north in the standings and the Los Angeles Dodgers south in their three-game series that concluded Sunday, only one thing was important to both teams. They're both headed east for the playoffs. Left-hander Matt Moore pitched eight..." October 02

  • Giants maintain spot in wild-card race with 9-3 win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner celebrated his 100th career win in his favorite way Friday night -- by taking delight in his own hitting prowess. Bumgarner had a two-run double and Brandon Belt a three-run homer in a seven-run sixth inning Friday night, helping the San Francisco Giants..." October 01

  • Pederson propels Dodgers past Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the San Diego Padres to start the season. They prevented the Padres from returning the favor on their last San Diego visit. Joc Pederson had three RBIs to lift the Dodgers past the Padres 9-4 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep...." September 30