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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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Dodgers Were Involved In Hamilton Trade Talks

Apr 30, 2015 8:38 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in trade talks before Josh Hamilton was dealt to the Texas Rangers, according to sources.

The Dodgers are believed to have discussed both a straight up trade and three-way scenarios that would have sent the outfielder to Texas, but they couldn't satisfy the Los Angeles Angels.

Los Angeles wanted to use some of their financial resources to gather prospects, not necessarily add Hamilton to their roster.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Rollins Off To Slow Start, Won't Panic

Apr 28, 2015 8:50 AM

Jimmy Rollins often gets off to slow starts, but his first month with the Los Angeles Dodgers has been a rough one.

His .260 career average in April is the lowest of any month, but Rollins admitted his .186 mark through 70 at-bats in 2015 represents a slower start than usual.

"Well, some people like to panic. That has never been my MO," he said. "I have, what, 50, 60 at-bats, I'm not sure. So if these are my worst 50 at-bats this year -- I'm glad they're happening now. (If they are his worst at-bats) it's going to be a very good year."

Rollins doesn't actually think the quality of his at-bats has been that poor.

"It's hard to compute if you just look at numbers," he said. "I'm getting myself in good counts, just not finishing it off. I know it's coming. I'm hitting some off the end, some are getting in just a little bit. But the swing path is right. It's just a click here, a click there.

"The process is good. You have to continue to trust in the process and believe in the process. You get oriented in just results -- especially at times like this -- then you're trying to make all these technical changes and that's when you go from one to two to 100. So the process is right. Executing it is about fine-tuning."

Bill Plunkett/Orange County Register

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Place Puig On DL With Hamstring Injury

Apr 26, 2015 6:49 PM

The Dodgers put Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list due to a tight left hamstring before Sunday's game at Petco Park, marking the first time the outfielder has been on the DL in a career spanning three seasons.

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Claim Interference Before Giants Scored Winning Run

Apr 23, 2015 7:53 AM

Don Mattingly was upset following Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

Mattingly was fuming after Giants third-base coach Roberto Kelly made contact with pinch runner Gregor Blanco while holding him up a few minutes before Blanco scored the winning run for San Francisco.

Rule 7.09 (h) states that the runner should be out if, "In the judgment of the umpire, the base coach at third base, or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists him in returning or leaving third base or first base."

Blanco insisted he had already stopped before running into Kelly.

"It wasn't like he stopped me. I was stopping on third," Blanco said. "I don't feel he was stopping me at all."

Mattingly said he would like to see replay expanded so the league can review interference plays.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Brian Wilson Takes Part In Live Read Of Major League

Apr 21, 2015 8:23 AM

Brian Wilson, former closer for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, recently took part in a live read of Major League at the Film Independent Live Read series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Wilson portrayed Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn, mimicking Charlie Sheen's trademark laconic delivery and even coming to the event in a period-appropriate Indians uniform.

A number of celebrities took part in the live reading as well, including Sofia Vergara, Rob Huebel, Billy Gardell, Joe Manganiello and Eric Stonestreet.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Could Dodgers Discuss Extension With Howie Kendrick?

Apr 20, 2015 8:24 AM

Howie Kendrick has been such an excellent fit with the Los Angeles Dodgers that there may be the possibility of a contract extension before he hits free agency in the fall.

The 31-year-old is hitting .370/.431/.674 and has helped improve L.A.'s clubhouse chemistry.

Dodgers prospect Corey Seager is playing well at Double-A, but figures to be a long-term fixture at shortstop. That leaves room for Kendrick to play second.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Personal Award

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Puig Reducing Bat Flips Out Of Respect For Baseball

Apr 14, 2015 5:45 PM

Yasiel Puig doesn't plan to employ his trademark bat flip much this season.

Puig told The Los Angeles Times that he is toning down his bat flips to show that he's not disrespecting the sport of baseball.

"I want to show American baseball that I'm not disrespecting the game," the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder said.

Puig said his emotions have fueled his bat flips in the past and while he is cutting back on them, he acknowledged that they might return if he homers in a big situation.

"If it's a big home run or if I'm frustrated because I couldn't connect in my previous at-bats or if I drive in important runs for my team, I might do it," he added. "You never know. I can't say I won't do it."

Associated Press

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Diamondbacks Ask Dodgers Fan To Change Jersey

Apr 14, 2015 7:24 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a strict dress code for fans sitting in the Batter's Box Suite at Chase Field.

During Sunday's game the policy, which has come under scrutiny, was on full display in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets in the Batter's Box Suite cost $3,700.

A Dodgers fan sitting behind home plate can be seen taking off a Dodgers hat and putting on a Diamondbacks jersey over his blue shirt.

Andrew Joseph/Arizona Republic

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Dodgers Outright Ryan Webb
The Dodgers outrighted Ryan Webb on Sunday, just a few days after acquiring him in a trade with the Orioles.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers Acquire Ryan Webb From Orioles
Ryan Webb, 29, was removed from the Orioles' 40-man roster this week and is slated to earn $2.75 million in the second season of a two-year, $4.5 million contract this year.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Adrian Gonzalez Sets Record With Five HRs In Three Games
Adrian Gonzalez, who homered once in each of his first two games, clubbed a trio of home runs against Andrew Cashner of the Padres on Wednesday night.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Puig Exits After Collision, Said To Be OK
Yasiel Puig left an exhibition game in the fifth inning on Thursday night after a collision with teammate Howie Kendrick in shallow right field.

Anthony Witrado/ESPN

Padres To Start James Shields In Opener
James Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium.

ESPN.com

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Hector Olivera Signs With Dodgers
The Dodgers have signed Hector Olivera to a six-year contract worth $62.5 million, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

Ryu Shut Down By Dodgers
The Dodgers shut down Hyun-Jin Ryu's throwing program and sent him back to Los Angeles after he experienced discomfort in his left shoulder when he tried to play catch Sunday.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Looking To Add Pitching Depth
They sent Hyun-jin Ryu back to Los Angeles on Sunday to see a doctor after he reported discomfort in the shoulder that ailed him at times last season.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Dodgers To Sign Pablo Millan Fernandez
The Dodgers have agreed to sign Cuban right-hander Pablo Millan Fernandez to an $8 million minor-league contract.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Send Hyun-Jin Ryu Back To L.A.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will begin the season on the DL with shoulder discomfort, according to manager Don Mattingly.

ESPN.com

Kershaw Gets Dental Work After Struck By Liner
Clayton Kershaw should be able to make his next spring training start.

ESPN.com

Ryu May Not Be Ready To Begin Regular Season
Hyun-Jin Ryu has tightness in his left shoulder and will miss at least one spring start.

ESPN.com

Clayton Kershaw Survives Major Scare
Clayton Kershaw lost part of a tooth when hit by Andy Parrino's broken-bat liner on Friday.

ESPN.com

Mattingly Not Concerned With Puig's Struggles
Yasiel Puig has batted .174 (4-for-23) with two walks and four strikeouts through nine Cactus League games.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Greinke Needs Time To Prepare For First Start
Zack Greinke's elbow felt fine after his first Cactus League appearance on Wednesday, but he isn't sure if he'll be ready for the start of the season.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees
Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Dodgers Willing To Pay Half Of Ethier's Contract In Trade
The Dodgers are willing to pay as much as half of the $56 million remaining on Andre Ethier's contract to facilitate a trade, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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