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February 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis have agreed on a one-year contract that guarantees him $3.55 million and avoids an arbitration hearing. Ellis, 32, batted .238 last season with 10 home runs, 52 runs batted in and a .318 on-base percentage. He also threw out 28 of the 63 who tried to steal bases. The Dodgers' pitchers and catchers report to spring training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona on Feb. 8. Ellis and Tim Federowicz enter camp as the projected major league catchers, but the Dodgers also have veteran Drew Butera for depth.
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January 31, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers' new television home, SportsNet LA, is envisioned as "a Dodger-only channel with Dodger-only content 24-7," in the words of team President Stan Kasten. That means live coverage of every game, except those selected for national Fox or ESPN broadcasts. That means a live pregame show, expanded to 60 minutes. And what else, for the other 20 hours of the day? The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable, partners in SportsNet LA, promise to include player profiles and behind-the-scenes shows.
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June 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Wednesday night's game between the Dodgers and the Padres wasn't held at Dodger Stadium, as scheduled. It took place at Yasiel Puig World. Disney might try to buy the place and raise ticket prices some more. Hours before the Cuban overnight sensation had to face curves and fastballs from San Diego right-hander Jason Marquis, he had to face the media music. The microphones and notepads swooped in like vultures. This is Hollywood and a star had been born. No long labor here.
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March 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's a guy have to do? Yasiel Puig has done everything but jump on top of the dugout and scream, “Look at me! Look at me!” He could not have dreamed a more impressive spring. Neither could the Dodgers. He's become the phenom of phenoms. Not that it ultimately figures to matter. Puig entered Saturday night's game as a defensive replacement and in his first at-bat turned a fairly routine single into a double, flashing the kind of speed it takes awhile to realize he possesses, considering it's coming from that large, chesty frame.
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March 22, 2013
Cincinnati 6, Dodgers 5 AT THE PLATE: Luis Cruz hit two home runs and drove in four runs. Cruz said he felt he benefited from his participation in the World Baseball Classic, where he represented Mexico. "We went from practice mode to game mode," Cruz said. "I made all the adjustments over there. I'm keeping that. " Cruz is expected to move from third base to shortstop to replaced injured Hanley Ramirez. "I'm ready for wherever they want to play me," Cruz said. ON THE MOUND: In his last extended start of the spring, Clayton Kershaw threw 105 pitches over six innings.
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March 22, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
PHOENIX - Minority owner Magic Johnson visited the Dodgers for the first time this spring and spoke to players in a team meeting Friday morning. "To sum up the whole meeting, it was basically about winning," outfielder Carl Crawford said. "Everybody knows Magic is a winner. " During the hourlong meeting, Johnson took questions from players. "I thought that would be fun," Johnson said. "It was amazing. " Johnson said he was asked about how his Lakers teams approached road games.
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March 22, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And that's how an entire organization suddenly gasps for breath. Not exactly the way Yasiel Puig did Friday, but he was very much at the center of it all. Puig has been something beyond sensational in his first major league camp, but after the outfielder dived for Brandon Phillips' sinking liner in the top of the fifth inning Friday, he remained sprawled on the ground for several minutes. Hearts stopped throughout Camelback Ranch. Puig has been the phenom of phenoms this spring, batting .520, showing power and speed.
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March 21, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Chicago Cubs 4. AT THE PLATE: A.J. Ellis was two for three and raised his spring average to .393. Alex Castellanos hit his fourth home run of the exhibition season. Matt Kemp, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is starting to look like his old self. He tripled to right in the fifth inning. ON THE MOUND: Stephen Fife, whom Manager Don Mattingly has described as the most-improved player in camp, made another solid start. Fife held the Cubs to three runs (two earned)
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March 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Carl Crawford could play his first game for the Dodgers on Sunday, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Crawford, who is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, will hit Saturday in a minor league game. If he comes out of that without any problems, he will play the next day in the Dodgers' Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch. Crawford last played with a major league squad on Aug. 19. The Dodgers also received encouraging news about starting pitcher Zack Greinke, who could throw a light bullpen session on Sunday.
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March 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- To Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly , Clayton Kershaw looks ready for his opening-day assignment - that is, unless his leg swells up overnight. Kershaw was struck on his left Achilles tendon by a batted ball during what were otherwise six near-perfect innings Saturday against the Texas Rangers. David Murphy's fourth-inning line drive accounted for one of only two hits Kershaw gave up. "It might be a little sore tomorrow," Kershaw said. "I'll ice it tonight.
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