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June 9, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Don Mattingly is hardly the first manager to ever use a starting pitcher as a pinch-runner, but that doesn't make it a good idea. And it's a really bad idea when the pitcher is Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw may only be the best pitcher in the National League. He's 25 years old and pure gold. A former Cy Young winner who's led the majors in ERA the last two seasons. You just don't put him anywhere near harm's way if at all preventable. And certainly don't do it intentionally. But in the eighth inning Saturday night, that's what Manager Don Mattingly did. Not intentionally put him harm's way so much as did roll the dice by using Kershaw to pinch run for Hanley Ramirez.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
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September 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
CINCINNATI - Manager Don Mattingly wouldn't say when Clayton Kershaw could pitch again, but didn't rule out a return on Sunday for the Dodgers' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds. Kershaw, who missed his last start with a right hip injury, threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday at Great American Ball Park. “We'll see what happens tomorrow,” Mattingly said. Aaron Harang is currently scheduled to pitch on Sunday on three days' rest. Harang last pitched on short rest in 2008.
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April 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Don Mattingly didn't have to come to the ballpark Monday, so the Dodgers manager said he got his hair cut, inflated the tires on his bicycle and, basically, took the evening off. "A lot of nothing," he said with a smile. "It was productive. " That remains to be seen. Because for players accustomed to playing every day over a six-month schedule, the start to the Dodgers' season has been a whole lot of nothing. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 3, Tigers 2 (10) Monday's off day was the third in eight days for the Dodgers, who get two more days off over the next week.
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April 5, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw must have been spending too much time around Andre Ethier. Ethier missed Saturday's Freeway Series game against the Angels with a stomach bug, and it apparently made its way to Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw started the season opener for the Dodgers on Thursday, despite battling the flu. After three innings, however, the flu won and Kershaw left the game against the Padres. Kershaw did not give up a run in his three innings, walking one and striking out one. He also had the Dodgers' first single, so at least he left with a perfect ERA and batting average.
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February 25, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw might not start for the Dodgers on opening day , but he will pitch in their first exhibition game of the spring. Kershaw is scheduled to take the mound Wednesday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Dodgers will face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jose Dominguez, Ross Stripling, Seth Rosin and Javy Guerra will be among the relievers available. Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, A.J. Ellis and Matt Kemp will not travel to Scottsdale for the game.
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February 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers' opening-day starter for the third consecutive year, Manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday. The Dodgers start their season on April 1 against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. As the team took the field for the first full-squad workout of the spring, Mattingly said of Kershaw, “You like guys that are low maintenance. He's been relatively healthy. He's pretty consistent in his outings.
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August 9, 2009 | DYLAN HERNANDEZ
The silence in the Dodgers' dressing quarters was pierced by an expletive. For the second consecutive night, the Dodgers fell to the Atlanta Braves in extra innings at Dodger Stadium, this time by a 2-1 score in 10 innings. The Dodgers, who were nine games up in the National League West as recently as July 25, had their lead over the second-place San Francisco Giants reduced to 5 1/2 games after their ninth loss in 14 games. The last time the Dodgers led by as few games was on May 14. There was more.
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August 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Clayton Kershaw, who won the Dodgers' spring training table tennis tournament handily, will play host to a charity ping-pong event Aug. 29 at Dodger Stadium. “Ping Pong 4 Purpose” will benefit the pitcher's nonprofit foundation, which works to improve the lives of children in Los Angeles, Dallas and Zambia. The single-elimination competition will feature Kershaw and some of his Dodger teammates, with celebrities including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, comedian George Lopez and former manager Tony La Russa also expected to attend.
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March 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - In what will be his second start of the exhibition season, Clayton Kershaw will pitch three innings against the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Kershaw will throw another inning in the bullpen. In other news, Zack Greinke played catch at 120 feet. His strained right calf is feeling better, according to Don Mattingly, but he still hasn't scheduled his next bullpen session. Pitching prospect Ross Stripling is scheduled to visit with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
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April 5, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig was late for batting practice and scratched from the lineup, but he wasn't the reason the Dodgers were crushed Friday in their home opener by the San Francisco Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu was. The pitcher the Dodgers leaned on most in the aftermath of Clayton Kershaw's back injury, Ryu lasted only two innings and gave up every one of the runs scored by the Giants in an 8-4 defeat at Dodger Stadium. This was the very antithesis of the first game here last season, when Kershaw not only pitched a shutout against the Giants but also hit a home run in a 1-0 victory.
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April 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO -- Complaints about the season-opening series in Australia resurfaced before the Dodgers' 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday at Petco Park, this time centered around how the overseas trip might have resulted in injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson. Kershaw, who strained a back muscle pitching in Australia, will be sidelined, at least, for the remainder of the month. Wilson joined him on the 15-day disabled list with an irritated nerve in his elbow.
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April 1, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - For the Dodgers, the start of this season is beginning to feel uncomfortably similar to the start of the last. In fact, this could turn out worse. The Dodgers did beat the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, 3-2, to improve to 3-1. But the good news ended there. Not only did Manager Don Mattingly have to concede that ace Clayton Kershaw was unlikely to pitch this month because of a strained back muscle, he said $10-million setup man Brian Wilson was about to join the sidelined ace on the 15-day disabled list.
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April 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
My whopper of a journey ended in a Burger King, in front of a darkened TV screen hanging in a corner obscured by a tall guy eating a bag of fries. The Dodgers game had just ended, and I had missed it. All of it. Every pitch, every hit, every Vin. My Tuesday afternoon quest to watch the Dodgers' first domestic appearance on their new SportsNet LA channel had finished in fast-food failure. Bad enough that this new channel reaches only 30% of Los Angeles. On the first day that would test the effect of the Dodgers' decision to cut a TV deal that has cut out the majority of their fans, the channel reached 0% of me. I tried.
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March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
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March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - As Brian Wilson recounted his eighth-inning implosion Sunday, he made certain his failures wouldn't obscure something positive that came out of the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Hyun-Jin Ryu was, in Wilson's words, “marvelous.” “As far as a silver lining, that would be it,” Wilson said. BOX SCORE: Padres 3, Dodgers 1 With Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a strained back muscle, the Dodgers called on Ryu to pitch their first game of the season on American soil.
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May 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ted Lilly's season is not exactly going to his plan. His return from shoulder surgery was delayed while he built up arm strength (corrected). Now after finally making two starts, he's going back on the disabled list because of a sore back. The Dodgers activated left-hander Clayton Kershaw from the bereavement list Friday to start against the Giants, but to make room for him on the 25-man roster they did not place Mark Ellis on the DL as expected but Lilly. Rookie Matt Magill will now start Saturday in Lilly's spot against the Giants.
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September 22, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
CINCINNATI -- Clayton Kershaw remains a possibility to pitch on Sunday in the Dodgers' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds. "He's still in play," Manager Don Mattingly said. Kershaw, who is trying to come back from a hip injury, did on Saturday what he usually does in days before starts: He worked out and studied video. A day earlier, Kershaw threw a 20-pitch bullpen session. Kershaw wouldn't say whether he was aiming to start on Sunday. "I'm preparing myself to start," Kershaw said.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In those heady days when Barry Bonds was hitting a home run just about every day, visitors would flock to the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants. You would turn to the right for Bonds, for his entourage, for his oversized lounge chair, and for the Giants employee nervously trying to block reporters and other outsiders from approaching the slugger. You would turn to the left for other players, and their standard-issue chairs, and their detached bemusement. Mike Trout is baseball's best player.
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March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Matt Kemp rejoined the Dodgers on Friday for the first time since their season-opening trip to Australia. And after taking batting practice with the team for one of the few times this spring, he pronounced himself ready to play when his stint on the disabled list ends next week. "When the time comes, if they want to put me in the lineup, I'll be ready to go," said Kemp, who is eligible to be activated for Friday's home opener. "I feel really good. I feel really confident. I feel like I can help this team win. " Kemp made three trips to the disabled list last season, appearing in only 73 games.
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