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May 10, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Well, here we are again. Why do I suspect it's not the last time? Barring an unforeseen trade, for better or worse the Dodgers are currently wedded to Dee Gordon at shortstop. And at the moment, it is for the worst. Right now he looks terrible at shortstop. Dare I say it, he looks like Jose Offerman. Looks like he has lost complete confidence. Every ball hit to him is pure adventure. He was advertised as an exciting player, but don't think this is what anyone had in mind. Then there is Gordon, leadoff hitter, another current disappointment.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu had another rough day at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander was charged with six runs and nine hits over five innings. Ryu is 0-2 with an 11.08 earned-run average at Dodger Stadium. On the road, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon collected two more hits, raising his average to .353. He also stole his 13th base, which leads the major leagues. Gordon put the Dodgers in front, 1-0, in the first inning when he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
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April 20, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
HOUSTON — Dee Gordon's struggles at the plate prompted Manager Don Mattingly to bench the young shortstop in Friday night's game against the Astros. "He's fighting it a little bit," Mattingly said of Gordon, the Dodgers' leadoff hitter who was batting .192 overall and had hit .167 in the series the Dodgers just completed in Milwaukee. "You just know what's going through their mind," Mattingly said. "He sees probably .200 on the [video] board and even though it's only 40 at-bats and could change so fast, they still see that number.
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April 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hyun-Jin Ryu must not like Los Angeles or Dodger Stadium or organist Nancy Bea Hefley. He can't get it going here this season. Away from Dodger Stadium, he's a regular road warrior (3-0, 0.00 earned-run average). At home, he's not even a regular Joe (0-2, 11.08). This strange Jekyll and Hyde routine continued Sunday afternoon, with Ryu giving up six runs in his five-plus innings, leaving the Dodgers 6-1 losers to the Rockies and stuck on 9,999 franchise wins. The Dodgers finished 4-6 on their 10-game homestand, and after a day off Monday open a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Minnesota.
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May 2, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now this seems an experiment worth undertaking: Dee Gordon, second baseman. For the last two days, Gordon has been taking pregame grounders for the Albuquerque Isotopes at second base. This is not because second baseman Mark Ellis is more seriously hurt than the Dodgers are letting on and are prepping Gordon as some emergency fill-in. It is apparently a more long-term consideration. And anyone who watched Gordon struggle at shortstop for the Dodgers last season will understand that thought.
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March 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Dee Gordon stole two bases in the Dodgers' win over Mexico on Wednesday. And he stole two more against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. But Manager Don Mattingly would rather not talk about Gordon's blinding speed, but concentrate instead on some of the other things Gordon has done, like his double to left field against Mexico. Or the four runs he scored in the last two days. "The thing that we're asking from Dee this year is we want to see a baseball player," Mattingly said of Gordon, whose first sport in high school was basketball.
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December 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The idea, while rebuilding the farm system, is to win right now. To put together the best lineup, rotation and bench possible. So if you're the Dodgers, what does that mean for Dee Gordon? Probably that he's not in their plans for 2013. And that if somebody is interested in the young shortstop and offering something reasonably significant, and usable now, you listen. Not too surprisingly, word has come out of the winter meetings in Nashville that the Dodgers are open to offers for Gordon , though it has to be emphasized that's a long way from trying to move him. The Dodgers still like him, are still interested in how he develops, still think he could be league-leading base stealer.
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September 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's not exactly the cavalry arriving, but right now any warm bodies can't hurt. The Dodgers have started calling up additional forces from the farm system, and with the Albuquerque Isotopes' season now over, the parent club added some speed and utility Tuesday with shortstop Dee Gordon and infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera, and another long man in the bullpen in Stephen Fife. With Adam Kennedy and Kenley Jansen sidelined, that leaves Manager Don Mattingly with 32 healthy bodies to play with.
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August 16, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
He's up, he's down, he's up! Actually, you would need a couple more of those to truly capture the yo-yo season of Scott Van Slyke, who once again is a Dodger. The outfielder/first baseman was called up Friday from triple-A Albuquerque prior to the Dodgers' game in Philadelphia. This will make his fourth stint with the Dodgers this season. They immediately put him in the lineup in right field for Andre Ethier, who is battling a sore calf and is sitting out because the Phillies are starting a left-hander (Cliff Lee)
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July 5, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Dee Gordon looked crushed as he sat in the visiting dugout at Chase Field on Thursday. He had learned earlier in the day that he had a torn tendon in his right thumb that would require surgery. He will sit out for six weeks. The diagnosis came as a surprise to Gordon, who injured his thumb in a head-first slide on Wednesday. He said his thumb didn't hurt. “I thought it was probably like a partial tear and not to where I needed surgery,” he said. Gordon, who has had an up-and-down season, sighed.
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April 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Last season Adrian Gonzalez would dismiss it, acting completely unimpressed by his power displays despite leading the Dodgers with 22 home runs. Seems he's going to need a new approach for 2014. Gonzalez made his 1,500th career hit Saturday night memorable, driving it out for a home run in the Dodgers' 6-3 victory over the Rockies before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 45,241. On a night when shortstop Hanley Ramirez was giving them a scare when he left the game with an injured thumb and starter Paul Maholm was turning in a top-notch outing on the mound, Gonzalez hit his eighth home run of the season.
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April 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
That seemed inevitable, the way the Dodgers have been going of late, the way their offense has underperformed and their bullpen struggled in the late innings. The Dodgers wasted a terrific start by Josh Beckett and fell out of first place on a wet Friday night when they fell, 5-4, to the Rockies in 11 innings at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have now lost four of their last five games and have fallen half a game behind the Giants in the National League West, tied with the Rockies for second.
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April 25, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Carl Crawford batted sixth Friday in the Dodgers' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies, a move that Manager Don Mattingly insisted wasn't a demotion. Rather, the change was explained as an endorsement of Dee Gordon, who moved into the leadoff position. "It seems like that's the place where Dee is the freest," Mattingly said. BOX SCORE: Colorado 5, Dodgers 4 (11 innings) Two years after a failed experiment to make him the Dodgers' everyday shortstop, Gordon is flourishing as their primary second baseman.
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April 24, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
There it is. What, just taking a little nap? Slipped into one of those cyclical down modes? The Dodgers offense has been something of a stop-and-start proposition this season, lately with too many stops. The Dodgers went into Wednesday having averaged fewer than two runs in seven of their last eight games (the eighth was an 8-6 win over the Diamondbacks). Among the major leagues' 30 teams they were 15th in slugging percentage (.386), 16th in runs, 24th in batting average (.235)
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April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. This was significant, considering how the Dodgers have played defense in the first three-plus weeks of the regular season. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. They entered the day with 22 errors, the second-most among the 30 teams in the majors. Their fielding percentage of .974 was third-worst. “We have to get better,” Hanley Ramirez said.
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April 23, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Maybe they needed a symbolic moment, a single inglorious representation of their greatest failing. The Dodgers are playing lousy defense. OK, maybe even a tad worse than that. Only one team in all of baseball - the Nationals - has committed more errors than their 23 in 21 games. “We have to make plays we're supposed to make if we're going to get where we want to go,” said Manager Don Mattingly. For a team with deep playoff ambitions, the kind of defense the Dodgers have been playing early this season is somewhat startling.
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October 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dee Gordon, that bright shortstop of the Dodgers' future? Exactly where is he now? Out there in limbo land. After a disappointing first full season, the addition of Hanley Ramirez and the unexpected emergence of Luis Cruz, Gordon is currently with his nose to the Dodgers' window. When Gordon when down with an injured thumb on July 4, he was expected to reclaim his starting position upon his return. He never started another game. Meanwhile, the power-hitting Ramirez arrived and Cruz defied expectations.
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July 31, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
With so many new faces arriving at the trading deadline, the wonder is less how they'll all influence a winning clubhouse than the individual players left behind. Or is the end of the Dee Gordon experiment, circa 2012? The addition of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino doesn't bode well for Gordon, at least not for this season. Don Mattingly keeps saying if all things are equal, when Ramirez has taken enough infield at shortstop and feels comfortable returning there, that will be his ultimate destination this season.
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April 22, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are more than three weeks into their season and Hanley Ramirez still hasn't found his rhythm. In the aftermath of the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Ramirez was batting .234. His third-inning single was only his second hit in the last week. He drove a ball to right-center field in the eighth inning, but it failed to reach the warning track. So far, Ramirez's lack of production hasn't been a significant issue.
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April 22, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
There are worse ways to lose a game, not that any would make the Dodgers feel any better about the way they fell, 3-2, to the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings Tuesday. It wasn't looking like their sharpest performance of the year, but they had managed to scrape back to tie it and force their fifth extra-inning affair in 21 games. With one out in the 10th, Carlos Ruiz hit a high pop-up to shallow left field. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez retreated, left-fielder Carl Crawford moved in. And you can guess where this is going.
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