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Dodgers Place Carl Crawford On 15-Day DL

Apr 9, 2016 11:36 PM

The Dodgers have placed outfielder Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list because of a lingering lower back injury.

Manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Crawford would undergo an MRI in Los Angeles, probably on Monday's off day. Given that the back has been bothering Crawford for weeks and limiting what he can do, "the DL seems like the prudent decision," according to Roberts.

Infielder Micah Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and gives the Dodgers a left-handed bat off the bench.

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

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Dodgers Lose No-Hit Bid, Then Game To Giants

Apr 9, 2016 1:51 AM

The Dodgers lost a game on Friday night that was destined to be remembered for a long time.

Dodgers starter Ross Stripling, in his major league debut, was removed from Friday’s game against the Giants in the eighth inning of a potential no-hitter. He had just reached the 100-pitch mark by walking Angel Pagan with the Dodgers leading 2-0.

The next batter, Trevor Brown, tied it for the Giants with a home run off reliever Chris Hatcher, and the Giants won it 3-2 in the 10th on a home run from Brandon Crawford.

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Dodgers Fall One Inning Short Of Shutout Streak

Apr 8, 2016 7:47 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers began the 2016 season with a 31-inning scoreless innings streak that ended in the fifth inning of an eventual loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The scoreless innings streak for Dodgers ended in the fifth, one inning shy of the record to begin a season, set by the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.

Los Angeles gave up its first runs of the season when the Giants got to Alex Wood. Brandon Crawford drew a leadoff walk, pinch hitter Kelby Tomlinson singled and Denard Span drove in a run with a groundout.

Associated Press

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Sam LeCure Signs Minors Deal With Dodgers

Apr 7, 2016 4:42 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Sam LeCure to a Minor League contract.

The right-hander will join the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.

LeCure, who will turn 32 in May, signed a minors pact with the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason but was released late in Spring Training.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Signing

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MLB's Average Salary Rises 4.4 Percent To $4.38M

Apr 4, 2016 2:31 AM

Baseball's average salary rose 4.4 percent to $4.38 million on Opening Day, according to a study of contract terms by The Associated Press, and the Dodgers topped spending for the third straight season.

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Dodgers Games Remain Inaccessible To Many

Apr 1, 2016 8:06 AM

Time Warner Cable has admitted defeat in its attempt to get the Los Angeles Dodgers' games televised in more Southern California households this season.

"We've offered short-term deals and long-term deals, we've lowered the price by 30 percent, we've asked for arbitration, we've offered ... the same thing they charge for their regional sports networks, we've told them we'd meet them any time, anywhere to negotiate and nothing has worked," Time Warner Cable spokesman Andrew Fegyveresi told the Los Angeles Times.

"They've rejected every offer we've made."

SportsNet LA, which is owned by the Dodgers but operated, programmed and sold to distributors and advertisers by Time Warner Cable, broadcasts a majority of the Dodgers' home and road games. The channel currently is available only to subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and Bright House Networks, which is slightly less than 2 million households.

It leaves customers of providers such as DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon in the dark for Dodgers games. Nearly 70 percent of the market was unable to watch the Dodgers last season.

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Clayton Kershaw Doesn't Believe In Defensive Shifts

Mar 30, 2016 4:44 PM

Despite a recent trend that has seen more and more teams adopt them, Clayton Kershaw says he doesn't really believe in defensive shifts.

Defensive shifts have increased from around 2,400 in 2010 to 18,000 in 2015.

"I think just mentally for me I can live with a hard-hit ball getting through a hole as opposed to a soft, cheap ground ball that goes through because no one is playing there because of a shift," Kershaw told the Orange County Register.

"Mentally, it's just easier for me to swallow. You start making excuses in your head like, 'Ah, I made my pitch.' You just don't want to have that in the back of your mind. At least I don't."

Dave Roberts has said that defensive shifts will be a big part of his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"So if he's not comfortable -- especially a pitcher as accomplished as Clayton is -- you've gotta have the buy-in. If he's not comfortable and doesn't trust what we're doing behind him, then it doesn't work," Roberts said. "Certain guys that we might shift for a certain pitcher ... we might not with Clayton if he doesn't feel comfortable with it. I just don't think it's the manager's call or the coaches' call if a certain accomplished pitcher doesn't feel comfortable."

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Time Warner Cable Lowers Price Of Dodgers Channel

Mar 23, 2016 7:17 AM

Time Warner Cable is offering a proposal designed to end the stalemate over distribution of the sports channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers so fans in Southern California can see games this season.

This will be Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully's final season in the broadcast booth.

Time Warner Cable said late Tuesday that it had cut by 30% the price of the sports channel offered to DirecTV and other pay-television providers in hopes of spurring the long-stalled negotiations before the seasons begins April 4.

The move could provide an end in the bitter dispute that has prevented thousands of Dodgers fans from watching their favorite team for the last two seasons.

"We owe it to Dodger fans to try to get a deal done, especially because of the historic nature of this year with it being [baseball announcer] Vin Scully's final season," Time Warner Cable spokesman Andrew Fegyveresi said.

DirecTV, AT&T, Verizon and Cox Communications have balked at the price of the channel that Time Warner had been demanding.

Meg James/Los Angeles Times

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Andre Ethier Out 10-14 Weeks With Fractured Tibia

Mar 23, 2016 6:53 AM

Andre Ethier will be out for 10-14 weeks after fracturing his right tibia during a spring training game on Friday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were projected to start Ethier in left field. He was injured after fouling a ball off his shin against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It's a freak injury," Andrew Friedman said. "You see plays all the time where guys foul a ball off their leg, and very rarely does it result in this. But it is what it is, and he's motivated to work very hard to get back as soon as he can. Obviously, we were counting on him being a big, big part of our success this year, and we're still counting on him."

The Dodgers have other options in Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu Unlikely To Pitch For Dodgers In May

Mar 17, 2016 9:41 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu isn't expected to appear in an exhibition game for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Roberts says it's unrealistic to believe he'll be able to appear on a Major League mound by May.

Ryu missed all of last season after having shoulder surgery in May 2015.

"He was a guy we had penciled in at the top of the rotation," Roberts said. "But you've got to adapt. Things are going to happen that we're not too excited about. But that's our reality."

Ryu threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Monday. It was his first since Feb. 26, after which he experienced discomfort in his shoulder.

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Corey Seager To Miss One To Two Weeks With Knee Strain
Dodgers' rookie shortstop Corey Seager's MRI revealed a mild strain of the left knee.

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Alex Wood Dealing With Forearm Tightness
The Dodgers scratched Alex Wood from starting on Saturday night because of tightness in his left forearm.

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MLB Drops Chase Utley's Suspension
Chase Utley had been suspended for his hard slide into Ruben Tejada during the NLDS.

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Sources: Yasiel Puig Unlikely To Be Suspended
Yasiel Puig is not expected to be suspended for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his sister, according to sources.

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Clayton Kershaw To Open For Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers' opening day starter for the sixth consecutive season.

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Dodgers Keeping Corey Seager At Shortstop
Corey Seager saw some time at third base last year and scouts have always speculated whether his 6-foot-4 frame would be better suited to third base than shortstop.

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Dodgers Haven't Held Extension Talks With Kenley Jansen
The two sides agreed to a one-year, $10.65 million deal in the reliever's last year of arbitration eligibility.

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Dodgers Finalize Deal With Yaisel Sierra
Cuban native Yaisel Sierra has come to terms with the Dodgers on a six-year, $30M deal.

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Dodgers Reportedly Shopping Alex Guerrero
The Dodgers are attempting to trade Alex Guerrero and have talked to "numerous" clubs about the infielder/outfielder, according to a FOX Sports report.

Andrew Simon/MLB

'Lazarito' Nearing Decision On Major League Team
Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros is expected to make a decision on where he will sign Wednesday, about one month after Major League Baseball declared him a free agent.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Dodgers Telling Teams Puig Is Off Limits
Andre Ethier has been the most discussed trade candidate for the Dodgers, in part, because the club is telling teams that Yasiel Puig is not available.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

White Sox Seek Left-Handed Outfield Bat
A trade with the Dodgers for Andre Ethier has been mentioned as a possibility.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Dodgers Hire Greg Maddux, Raul Ibanez As Special Assistants
The Dodgers have hired Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez as special assistants to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox Exploring Trade For Andre Ethier
The White Sox are exploring a trade for Andre Ethier, but it's unclear if they'll find a match with the Dodgers.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Corey Seager Named Top Prospect By BP, MLB
Corey Seager still qualifies for the lists since he retained his rookie eligibility by only making 113 plate appearances last season.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Vin Scully To Only Call Games In California
Vin Scully, who is entering his 67th season behind the microphone for the Dodgers, has said that this will likely be his final season.

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Source: Howie Kendrick Agrees To Two-Year, $20M Deal With Dodgers
Howie Kendrick batted .295 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs in 2015.

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Report: Dodgers Want To Re-Sign Howie Kendrick
The Dodgers acquired Kendrick in a trade with the Angels last offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Los Angeles Wants To Name Street After Vin Scully
If the Los Angeles City Council has its way, Elysian Park Avenue will forever be known as Vin Scully Avenue.

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Anthopoulos Feels He'll Be In Los Angeles 'A Long Time'
Alex Anthopoulos received a flood of job offers after leaving the Blue Jays, but ultimately decided to join the Dodgers.

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