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  • Tennis icon Billie Jean King has been a Dodgers fan for years. Now she'll own a piece of the team

    Los Angeles Times "When she wasn’t playing tennis, she was dreaming of Dodgers. As a kid in Long Beach in the mid-1950s, Billie Jean King would sit across from her father at the kitchen table and excitedly listen to him reading newspaper accounts of a blue-clad squad that could soon be moving from..." September 21

  • MLB Rumors: Surprise NL team stealing Manny Machado from Yankees, Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Get ready for a bidding war. When the offseason arrives, two free agents will dominate conversation around the sport: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Harper's powerful left-handed swing will likely attract record offers. Machado's versatile..." September 21

  • With Clayton Kershaw's opt-out looming, Dodgers boss hopeful the two sides 'work together for a long time'

    CBS Sports "Wednesday night the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies (LAD 5, COL 2) thanks to Yasiel Puig's latest heroics. The sweep gives Los Angeles a season-high 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West with nine games to play. While the team's focus is on winning the division..." September 20

  • Dodgers ‘betting’ on repeat performance from reluctant reliever Kenta Maeda

    Orange County Register "Kenta Maeda is asked a very American question and laughs it off. What does it matter whether he has learned to enjoy pitching out of the bullpen? He won’t admit to enjoying life as a starter either. “It’s not enjoyable. It’s a very hard job,”..." September 20

  • Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig burglarized for the fourth time Scott

    USA Today "The home of Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was burglarized on Tuesday night, the fourth time a police report has been filed on a residence owned by the baseball star in the last 18 months. It's the third time Puig's current house in Los Angeles' San..." September 19

  • Dodgers’ Dave Roberts applauds Clayton Kershaw’s ability to adjust, be ‘flexible’

    L.A. Daily News "It is not a word that has been associated with Clayton Kershaw very often. “We can use the word ‘flexible,’ yeah,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the adjustments Kershaw has made over the past few years. “He’s as stubborn a guy as I’ve..." September 19

  • Dodgers, Rockies competing to (likely) face Braves in NLDS

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves manager Brian Snitker and his team subscribe to the “one day at a time” mantra, but that’s not what we’re going to do in this exercise. The Rockies and Dodgers are meeting in Los Angeles this week, a series that carries significant weight in the National..." September 18

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts encouraged by Julio Urias' return

    Los Angeles Times "The ninth inning at Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon did not feature drama. The Dodgers were leading 17-4. A win was cinched. It was about getting three outs to put the St. Louis Cardinals on the brink of a sweep in a heated playoff race. But the man tasked to secure those three outs added a..." September 17

  • Dodgers Activate Trio Of Relievers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have activated a trio of relievers to augment their bullpen down the stretch. Lefty Tony Cingrani and righties John Axford and Yimi Garcia will all head onto the active roster, as Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweets. Though the Los Angeles bullpen has actually..." September 17

  • The Manny Machado deal that nearly kept him in Baltimore

    Fancred Sports "The Orioles came close to signing Manny Machado several years ago — but over perhaps $6 million, he is now the one who got away now. While longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos isn’t known for big spending (there obviously have been exceptions, i.e. Chris Davis), the..." September 17

  • Brian Dozier admits to bad habits at plate while dealing with bone bruise

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brian Dozier, mired in a dreadful slump after a hot first week with the Dodgers, spoke to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register about those struggles. Dozier played through a bone bruise in his knee earlier this season, and while he said the knee “feels great”..." September 16

  • Alex Wood sent to Dodgers’ bullpen, as Ross Stripling takes his spot in rotation

    Orange County Register "The Dodgers’ bullpen will now have two displaced starting pitchers who don’t believe they belong there. Left-hander Alex Wood will move to the bullpen (joining right-hander Kenta Maeda, who moved to a relief role in mid-August). Right-hander Ross Stripling will take his..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Report: Some executives believe Phillies can sign Manny Machado, Bryce Harper

    Sportsnaut "Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are this winter’s two biggest free agent names. At least some executives think the pair might end up as teammates with the Philadelphia Phillies. “OF THE MORE THAN 10 EXECUTIVES CONTACTED THIS WEEK, THOUGH THE QUESTION WAS ABOUT WHO’D..." September 14

  • Clayton Kershaw Should Toss Aside $70M for a Shot at $200M

    Bleacher Report "Clayton Kershaw is pitching like Clayton Kershaw. That's good news for the Los Angeles Dodgers and fantastic news for baseball. We're talking about the greatest pitcher of his generation. He's worth rooting for—Dodgers fan or..." September 13

  • Has Manny Machado been the ‘big difference-maker’ the Dodgers expected?

    Orange County Register "When the Dodgers acquired Manny Machado in late July, GM Farhan Zaidi called him “a big difference-maker and potentially the biggest difference-maker who was going to be available going into this trade deadline.” The 26-year-old Machado certainly had the highest profile of..." September 12

  • Which MLB contender has the best postseason starting rotation?

    USA Today "Here’s a thing I made for you to argue about online: Trying to predict the outcome of any short MLB postseason series is a fool’s errand. As noted frequently in this space around this time of year every year, it would take a best-of-269-game series to determine, with..." September 11

  • Closer Kenley Jansen rejoins Dodgers, expects offseason heart surgery

    Los Angeles Times "Stuck in Los Angeles over the weekend, unable to travel to Denver because of concerns about his heart, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen rejoined the club for Monday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. “To be honest, it was a..." September 11

  • Dodgers Julio Urias Recalled From Triple-A Oklahoma City

    Dodger Blue "The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of first pitch in Monday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds. This brings the Dodgers to 36 players on their active roster. Urias joins the club for the first time since undergoing..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Chris Taylor’s regression this season for Dodgers has him looking for solutions

    Orange County Register "Launch angle giveth – and launch angle taketh away? Chris Taylor blossomed from a 4-A player into an offensive catalyst for the Dodgers last season due in large part to an overhauled swing that focused on driving the ball in the air. A swing that produced 23 home runs in his..." September 10

  • Corey Seager confident he'll be 'ready to go' next year "Corey Seager provided an upbeat update on his recovery from two major operations and insisted he'll be ready to play -- and play shortstop -- for the Dodgers in 2019. Seager, who underwent Tommy John elbow reconstruction on May 6, is walking without crutches one month after..." September 10

  • Kenley Jansen opens up about heart troubles

    ESPN "Kenley Jansen knew immediately what was happening. His heart was racing. His chest was tight. Each breath was a gasp. The same thing had happened in 2011 and 2012, each time when he was in the high altitude of Colorado. His heart was in atrial fibrillation. Most people would..." September 08

  • Kenley Jansen had unusual reaction when heart problem flared up

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has struggled to cope with heart issues in some recent trips to Colorado — so much so that his initial reaction to his most recent flare-up is probably not what you’d expect. Jansen experienced tightness in his chest in both 2011..." September 07

  • Walker Buehler’s ‘special’ talent has blossomed as a rookie in Dodgers rotation

    L.A. Daily News "In Walker Buehler, the Dodgers knew they had something … what’s a good word for it? “He’s special,” Rangers left-hander and fellow Vanderbilt product Mike Minor said after Buehler’s recent start in Texas, the only time in the last month the rookie..." September 07

  • Dodgers Release Adam Liberatore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have released left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore, as first reflected on the transactions page. Liberatore was designated for assignment last week after the Dodgers acquired Ryan Madson from the Nationals. Liberatore, 31, enjoyed an excellent..." September 06

  • Kenley Jansen would ‘definitely’ play in potential playoff matchup in Colorado

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite the continued concerns over his health, Kenley Jansen is not worried about any potential limitations in the postseason. The Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star closer spoke with reporters on Wednesday and said that he would “definitely” pitch in Colorado if the Dodgers..." September 06

  • Kenley Jansen likely to skip Dodgers’ road trip to Colorado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers will likely be without closer Kenley Jansen for their upcoming road trip to Colorado. Jansen, who experienced an irregular heartbeat the last time the Dodgers traveled to Denver to face the Rockies, will likely skip the trip this time as a result of..." September 05

  • Yasiel Puig begins two-game suspension after losing appeal

    Los Angeles Times "Yasiel Puig lost his appeal of a two-game suspension he received for striking San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley during an on-field skirmish Aug. 14. Puig agreed to serve his suspension for the final two games of this series against the New York Mets. Puig underwent his hearing last..." September 05

  • Kenley Jansen (heart) could sit out Dodgers' trip to Colorado

    ESPN "Kenley Jansen's ongoing problems with an irregular heartbeat might force the Los Angeles Dodgers to leave their closer at home for this weekend's series at Colorado. Increased elevation can exacerbate an irregular heartbeat, and Jansen previously had issues with his heart in..." September 04

  • Dodgers minor leaguer went AWOL before start

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers minor league prospect Yadier Alvarez deserted the team before his scheduled start on Sunday, according to reports. Alvarez was supposed to start for his Double-A Tulsa Drillers on Sunday, but he left the team and was “unreachable”, according to NBC..." September 03

  • Dodgers eyeing Friday DL return for Stripling "The Dodgers are targeting a Friday return to the bullpen for Ross Stripling, who has been out since the last trip to Colorado with lower back pain. Stripling threw an "up-and-down" two-inning bullpen session on Sunday and will throw a simulated game on Tuesday before being..." September 02

  • Pirates deal David Freese to Dodgers for minor leaguer

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder David Freese. “We made the difficult decision to trade David to give him an opportunity to pursue a World Series championship this season,”..." September 01

  • Dodgers acquire veteran reliever Ryan Madson

    Los Angeles Times "On the final day of the waiver-wire trade deadline, the Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Ryan Madson from Washington in a last-minute effort to bolster their bullpen. Madson, a 38-year-old right-handed pitcher, had a 5.28 earned-run average for the Nationals in 2018. Madson spent..." August 31

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda: Pitching 9th inning feels ‘different’

    Larry Brown Sports "Kenta Maeda picked up his first career save as a 9th-inning guy on Wednesday night, and he noted afterwards just how much different the experience was. Maeda, who came to the Los Angeles Dodgers from Japan, has been a starter for most of his time with the team, though he has pitched..." August 30

  • Dodgers claim Nationals' Madson off revocable waivers

    The Score "The Washington Nationals have been busy of late, and they might not be done making deals just yet. Nationals reliever Ryan Madson has been claimed off revocable waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports's Ken Gurnick. The two teams have 48 hours to work out a..." August 29

  • Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling delayed in return from disabled list

    Los Angeles Times "Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling experienced a setback in his recovery from lower back inflammation, and manager Dave Roberts said it was “unrealistic” to expect Stripling to be activated before the rosters expanded on Saturday Stripling experienced discomfort while throwing..." August 29

  • Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen says he has stopped taking medication that made him feel like he was ‘sleepwalking’

    Orange County Register "Kenley Jansen has an explanation for the worst week of his major-league career. It has nothing to do with mechanics, velocity or even the rust from sitting out nearly two weeks while being treated for atrial fibrillation. It was the medication he was prescribed after being cleared by..." August 29

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • Dodgers Sign Zach McAllister To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have signed veteran right-hander Zach McAllister to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City, as announced by the team’s Triple-A director of communications, Alex Freedman (Twitter link). McAllister, 30, has struggled through a disastrous..." August 27

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Kenley Jansen continues to struggle in return to Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Kenley Jansen continues to struggle since returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Jansen blew a save against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night to continue a run of poor appearances. He allowed a home run to Austin Hedges with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning that..." August 26

  • Remarkable stat shows how much Dodgers’ bullpen has struggled

    Larry Brown Sports "As it stands, the Los Angeles Dodgers would not make the playoffs if they were to start today, a huge surprise and disappointment given the talent that they have on show. The Dodgers’ underlying numbers are solid. They’ve scored more runs and allowed fewer than any of..." August 25

  • Waiter charges Astros' Justin Verlander $1 million for 'Dodger Killer'

    ESPN "Hefty price tags in Beverly Hills are nothing new, but Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander got a surprise when his lunch bill came to more than $1 million on Friday. The bill from the waiter at the Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel included $30 pancakes, a $42 salad and ......" August 25

  • Will underestimating their bullpen needs cost the Dodgers a playoff berth?

    L.A. Daily News "It is the decision that might have doomed the Dodgers’ season. As the trade deadline approached a month ago, bullpen help was clearly the team’s greatest need. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi have both acknowledged this. But the..." August 24

  • Dodgers’ Manny Machado has stayed calm in the face of some early bad luck

    Orange County Register "Manny Machado’s name was announced over the public-address system Tuesday night. He bowed his head and walked from the edge of the grass behind home plate toward the batter’s box, with all the nonchalance of a man who had been summoned to the next available window at the DMV. He..." August 22

  • Zac Rosscup throws immaculate inning, lands on DL

    Hardball Talk "A day after throwing an immaculate inning — getting through an inning on three consecutive strikeouts with nine pitches — against the Mariners, Dodgers reliever Zac Rosscup was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain. The move made room on the..." August 21

  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is cleared to pitch

    Los Angeles Times "Kenley Jansen, sidelined since Aug. 9 because of symptoms related to an irregular heartbeat, was cleared to pitch after a follow-up visit with his cardiologist on Monday, providing a huge boost to a Dodgers bullpen that has floundered in the absence of its dominant closer. Relievers..." August 20

  • Cody Bellinger has found ‘a happy medium’ in his sophomore season

    L.A. Daily News "Before his sophomore season began, Cody Bellinger didn’t know what he didn’t know. The National League’s reigning Rookie of the Year can now admit it has been more difficult the second time around. “Yeah, definitely,” Bellinger said before..." August 20