Dodgers

LOS ANGELES | Machado’s first World Series one to forget for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles’ hopes that Manny Machado would help deliver the Dodgers’ first World Series title since 1988 ended up falling way short. Machado struggled against the Boston Red Sox in his first World Series, going 4 for 22. He was hitless in four at-bats in Game 5 on Sunday night, including falling … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Machado’s first World Series one to forget for Dodgers

MILWAUKEE | Brewers’ bullpen showing cracks against Dodgers

MILWAUKEE  — Cracks are showing in the Milwaukee Brewers’ vaunted bullpen. The Los Angeles Dodgers tied the NL Championship Series at a game apiece after teeing off on Milwaukee’s hard-throwing relievers for the second straight day. Milwaukee had No. 5 bullpen ERA during the regular season at 3.47, including a best-in-the-majors 1.98 in September. But … Continue reading MILWAUKEE | Brewers’ bullpen showing cracks against Dodgers

Tiebreakers have been perilous for Dodgers

The Dodgers are about to play another end-of-season tiebreaker. It’s a scenario that hasn’t been kind to them over the years. Los Angeles will take on Colorado for the NL West title Monday, one of two one-game playoffs that day in the National League. The Cubs and Brewers also need to break a tie for … Continue reading Tiebreakers have been perilous for Dodgers

LEADING OFF: Cubs ride clutch rookie, Fiers on fire

Cubs rookie David Bote tries to keep his sensational rookie season rolling in a game against Cincinnati. Bote walked off Chicago with a 10th-inning homer Friday, his second game-ending shot this month. The 25-year-old didn’t get much hype as a prospect, but he’s finding the spotlight regularly in the majors, with each of his five … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Cubs ride clutch rookie, Fiers on fire

LEADING OFF: Holliday rejoins Rockies, Moreland hurts knee

Matt Holliday takes aim at getting his first hit of the season. The 38-year-old outfielder returned to the Rockies on Thursday for the first time in a decade and went 0 for 3 against San Diego. The seven-time All-Star signed a minor league deal last month after hitting .231 with 19 home runs for the … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Holliday rejoins Rockies, Moreland hurts knee

LOS ANGELES | Astros get 13 hits in 14-0 rout of Dodgers; McCullers hurt

LOS ANGELES — Josh Reddick’s three-run homer highlighted Houston’s seven-run eighth, and the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 14-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win. Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. left after 60 pitches because of right elbow discomfort. He allowed two hits over four innings in his first start at Dodger Stadium … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Astros get 13 hits in 14-0 rout of Dodgers; McCullers hurt

LOS ANGELES | Houston’s McCullers leaves game with elbow discomfort

LOS ANGELES — Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. left a game against the Dodgers because of right elbow discomfort. The right-hander gave up two hits in four innings, struck out five and walked two before departing Saturday night. The Astros were leading 1-0 when McCullers walked off while pointing to his right arm. They added … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Houston’s McCullers leaves game with elbow discomfort

ATLANTA | Braves’ Newcomb has no-hitter thru 8 innings vs Dodgers

ATLANTA — Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb is throwing a no-hitter through eight innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Newcomb retired his first 15 batters Sunday before walking Yasiel Puig in the sixth. Newcomb has struck out eight, walked one and thrown 117 pitches at SunTrust Park. In his second season, Newcomb is pitching past the … Continue reading ATLANTA | Braves’ Newcomb has no-hitter thru 8 innings vs Dodgers

LEADING OFF: Hader faces Brewers, Machado debuts for Dodgers

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: HADER RETURNS Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader rejoins the team, three days after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game. The Brewers open the second half at Miller Park against the Dodgers. The 24-year-old Hader has apologized for the tweets, saying they … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Hader faces Brewers, Machado debuts for Dodgers

SAN DIEGO  | Kershaw dominates Padres in Dodgers’ 8-2 win

SAN DIEGO  — Clayton Kershaw is feeling fit again and that’s a bad sign for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rivals heading into the season’s second half. The left-hander pitched six scoreless innings, and Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner each had three hits as the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 Monday night. “I think … Continue reading SAN DIEGO  | Kershaw dominates Padres in Dodgers’ 8-2 win

LOS ANGELES  | Hernandez, Kemp homer in Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Giants

LOS ANGELES —In his low-key way, Ross Stripling thinks of himself as “an unknown guy having a random good year.” Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp, third among National League outfielders in All-Star balloting, hopes he can take his 28-year-old teammate with him to the Midsummer Classic. “He needs to be in there,” Kemp said. “That boy … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | Hernandez, Kemp homer in Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Giants

DENVER | Kershaw returns to 10-day disabled list with strained back

DENVER (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has returned to the disabled list, this time with a strained lower back. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner experienced tightness during his five-inning outing against Philadelphia on Thursday. The Dodgers made the move Friday before their game at Colorado. The 30-year-old left-hander has spent … Continue reading DENVER | Kershaw returns to 10-day disabled list with strained back

LEADING OFF: Dodgers seek spark in Miami, Pollock hurt

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: BLAH BLAH LAND The struggling Dodgers (16-24) hope to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against last-place Cincinnati, then the Reds pushed the Dodgers around in a … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Dodgers seek spark in Miami, Pollock hurt

LOS ANGELES  | Caught red-handed: Reds goof in double switch vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES  — Not so fast, Cincinnati Reds. Two days after they caught the Mets batting out of order, the Reds were tripped up in a double-switch that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts successfully argued on Friday night. In the seventh inning, Jesse Winker moved from left to right field and Adam Duvall entered the game … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | Caught red-handed: Reds goof in double switch vs. Dodgers

Springer, World Series champ Astros top Texas 4-1 in opener

ARLINGTON, Texas /March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — World Series MVP George Springer hit a leadoff homer in the season opener for the second year in a row, Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings and the Houston Astros started their championship defense with a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Jake Marisnick also homered … Continue reading Springer, World Series champ Astros top Texas 4-1 in opener

Kershaw gets 8th opening day start for Dodgers vs Giants

LOS ANGELES/March 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Clayton Kershaw will make his franchise-record eighth consecutive opening day start for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are aiming for a second straight World Series appearance with virtually the same roster as last year. Kershaw takes the mound Thursday against the rival San Francisco Giants and Ty Blach, whose … Continue reading Kershaw gets 8th opening day start for Dodgers vs Giants

Lincecum to wear 44 with Rangers in honor of late brother

SURPRISE, Ariz. /March 07, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — After wearing No. 55 for his entire major league career, Tim Lincecum will switch to 44 with the Texas Rangers in honor of his late older brother. Sean Lincecum’s funeral was Saturday, which delayed Tim Lincecum from taking the physical needed to finalize his $1 million, one-year contract with … Continue reading Lincecum to wear 44 with Rangers in honor of late brother

Around the bags: Astros 1B Gurriel out 6 weeks as hand heals

February 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will have to wait even longer before playing this season. Gurriel had surgery on his left hand Wednesday and the normal recovery time is six weeks. Opening day for the World Series champions is March 29, when the Astros visit Texas. When Gurriel returns, he … Continue reading Around the bags: Astros 1B Gurriel out 6 weeks as hand heals

Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract

CHICAGO /February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) —   Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs have finalized their $126 million, six-year contract, by far the largest deal in a slow-moving free agent market. The agreement announced Tuesday topped outfielder Lorenzo Cain’s $80 million, five-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, the Los Angeles Angels gave outfielder Justin … Continue reading Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract

Chipper Jones set to join familiar names in Hall of Fame

ATLANTA /January 22, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—When Chipper Jones took stock of all of the familiar names he’s on the cusp of rejoining, he wondered if it might be time to expand the Baseball Hall of Fame. “We need to see if we can erect our own room in Cooperstown,” Jones quipped, flashing that dry sense of humor … Continue reading Chipper Jones set to join familiar names in Hall of Fame

Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract

WASHINGTON/January 18, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Outfielder Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals have finalized their $7 million, two-year contract. The 34-year old will make $3 million this year and $4 million in 2019, and he can earn up to $1.1 million each season in in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. With Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton and … Continue reading Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract

Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez

NEW YORK/January 18, 2018(AP)(STL.News) —Adrian Gonzalez vows to have a quiet voice with the New York Mets. A month after the first baseman was released by Atlanta from a contract that guaranteed him $21.5 million this year, Gonzalez finalized a one-year deal with the Mets on Thursday for the $545,000 major league minimum. Bobby Valentine, Gonzalez’s … Continue reading Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez

Deflated Dodger fans face bitter taste of World Series loss

LOS ANGELES/November 2, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Everyone in Los Angeles knew it. This was the Dodgers’ year. And then it wasn’t. The boys in blue, who had the best record in Major League Baseball, never threatened Wednesday in a Game 7 World Series loss to the Houston Astros. And people who thought they would be … Continue reading Deflated Dodger fans face bitter taste of World Series loss

Darvish left spinning as Dodgers fall into Series deficit – MLB

HOUSTON/October 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB:  Yu Darvish kept turning his head as balls clanked off the outfield wall or soared over it. He had never pitched fewer than three innings in 135 previous big league outings. In his World Series debut, he got just five outs and left with a four-run deficit in the … Continue reading Darvish left spinning as Dodgers fall into Series deficit – MLB

Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot World Series opener – MLB

LOS ANGELES/October 24, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — MLB World Series:  No sweat, Clayton Kershaw. Changing jerseys to beat the 103-degree heat, the Dodgers ace with a checkered playoff history delivered a signature performance, pitching Los Angeles past the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener. Boosted by Justin Turner’s tiebreaking, two-run homer in … Continue reading Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot World Series opener – MLB

Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs

LOS ANGELES/October 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Just a year ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was attempting to get through the late innings of tight playoff games with long appearances by closer Kenley Jansen, a hodgepodge of veteran relievers and one desperate bailout from ace Clayton Kershaw. One October later, Los Angeles’ bullpen is downright dominant … Continue reading Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs

As calendar flips to October, the MLB postseason from A to Z

October 2, 2017 (STL.News) – MLB Postseason: All those home runs by Aaron Judge, all those wins by the Los Angeles Dodgers, nicely done. Except none of that matters now — a sinker that bounces to the backstop, a liner that hooks barely foul, the whole script flips. October has a way of doing that. … Continue reading As calendar flips to October, the MLB postseason from A to Z

LEADING OFF: Indians still rolling, Dodgers still reeling

September 11, 2017 (STL.News) – Indians / Dodgers:  A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ …AND COUNTING The Indians can win their 19th straight game when they open a series against Detroit. Cleveland is two victories shy of the 2002 “Moneyball” Athletics for the longest streak since 1935, and it can … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Indians still rolling, Dodgers still reeling