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May 19, 2002 | Ross Newhan
It can be said of the Dodger offense that what you see is what you get. That's a chilling prospect for a pitching staff that faces disk damage if it has to carry the offense through a long summer. However, the cold reality is that given the large and inflexible contracts handcuffing General Manager Dan Evans and management's rigid determination--for now, at least--to avoid expanding a $102-million payroll, it's unlikely the Dodgers will be adding a proven run producer any time soon.
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April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson might be on the disabled list because of the Dodgers' shortened spring training before they opened the season in Australia, but the team's hitters appear to be completely unaffected. The Dodgers are alone in first place in the National League West, in large part because of their offense, which had another spectacular day Sunday in an 8-6, sweep-sealing victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game, Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe also belted home runs, and Dee Gordon swiped a career-high four bases.
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April 26, 1997 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dodger Manager Bill Russell, whose calm temperament has been his trademark during these troubling times, found himself seething Friday night, struggling to control his anger. He kept his office door shut for nearly 20 minutes after the Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the Florida Marlins in front of 40,151 at Pro Player Stadium. He paced the clubhouse. He walked in and out of the trainer's room. He was constantly on the move, afraid that he would say something regrettable if he stayed still.
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October 12, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It should be clear to the Dodgers by now, the only way they win a game in the National League Championship Series is if their starter throws a shutout. After Zack Greinke struck out 10 and gave up only two runs in eight innings in the opener and lost, Clayton Kershaw pitched even better Saturday in Game 2. And lost. The Cardinals scored an unearned run off Kershaw in the fifth inning and made it hold up for a 1-0 victory Saturday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Kershaw went seven brilliant innings, he and relievers Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell holding the Cardinals to only two hits.
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July 20, 1999 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Things are much easier for the Dodgers when they pound opponents like they did Monday night during a 12-7 victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. And the Dodgers have been doing that more often lately. They had four home runs among 14 hits in winning for the seventh time in nine games before a crowd of 14,805. The Dodgers have scored at least 11 runs four times in that span. On Monday, they quickly jumped on struggling Pirate starter Jose Silva, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
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May 27, 2004 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
It's like old times for the Dodgers these days, which is not what they wanted. But here they are again, struggling on offense and searching for answers as their slide continued Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss in 12 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Dodgers had only eight hits, none after the seventh inning, and watched in frustration as Brewer relievers retired 14 in a row to close the game.
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May 9, 2003 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
The Dodger formula is so simple: Provide the major league's top pitching staff with at least four runs and relax. Executing the plan hasn't been as easy, explaining the Dodgers' relief Thursday night after a 6-1 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. "We keep talking about just trying to survive with the pitching we have until we start hitting, and that's really what we've been doing," said right fielder Shawn Green, who had two of the team's 12 hits.
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May 17, 1997
It's appropriate that Rupert Murdoch and Fox should be buying the Dodgers, since the explanation for the bizarre inconsistency of the Dodger offense could be explained only on "The X Files." KEN MARCUS Los Angeles
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June 1, 1985
Have you noticed how quiet it is in Dodgertown these days? About the only sound you hear after a game in Chavez Ravine is the clank of the fielders' gloves as they toss them on the dugout floor and reach for the Rustoleum to prepare the iron for the next day's game. The only thing more inept than the Dodger defense would be the Dodger offense. TOMMY VOZE Santa Ana
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August 23, 2003
The idea of blaming Jim Tracy for the lack of Dodger hitting is ludicrous. It is, however, appropriate to ask and wonder why he would continue to use his best reliever in games in which the Dodgers are tied. From Bruce Sutter to Dennis Eckersley to Mariano Rivera, the most effective and meaningful way to use a genuine closer is to protect a lead and shut down the opposition. Because the Dodger offense is so pitiful, using Gagne in a tied game only runs the risk of damaging the most important Dodger asset.
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September 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers began the weekend with the second-largest division lead in baseball. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, started Friday with a seven-game advantage in the race for the National League's final wild-card playoff berth. But anyone looking to bill the series as a playoff preview isn't getting any help from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he won't look ahead to the postseason "until we're drinking champagne. " Mattingly can read a schedule without the help of champagne, though, and the schedule shows the Dodgers play just one more team with a winning record after they leave Cincinnati.
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June 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - The Dodgers talked the talk Saturday. They had won, and they talked about how this victory could launch them on the winning streak that could save their season. "We've said that how many times this year?" catcher A.J. Ellis said. Too many to count, so let the Dodgers simply enjoy their 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers won this game in June the way they drew it up in December, with a dominant start from Zack Greinke and home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.
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June 19, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And then there was the other side. Not the dark side, the one full of light. Or at least timely hitting, great defense and sterling starting pitching. The team the Dodgers thought they would be. After losing the afternoon game and looking bad in the process, the Dodgers game back with one of their best all-around games of the season in the nightcap. With Chris Capuano coming off the disabled list to throw six scoreless innings, the offense generating 12 hits -- several of the well-timed variety -- the Dodgers stormed past the Yankees, 6-0,  in Wednesday's second game.
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June 14, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' refrain: Wait until we get our guys back! Wait for the cavalry! The first wave came Friday, and for one night, the new Dodgers looked a lot like those old Dodgers. Offense continued to be mere rumor, the Dodgers going meekly in a 3-0 loss to the Pirates and left-hander Jeff Locke in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez started his first game since June 5, the Dodgers nursing his return from a strained hamstring. Catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list Friday, recovered from a strained oblique.
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April 20, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Money can't buy you love or, apparently, runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the most expensive team in baseball history, cannot score. Cannot manufacture runs, unveil a power game, rally or do much of anything that actually leads to this strange phenomenon called scoring . The Dodgers were handcuffed Saturday in the second game of their split doubleheader by Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chin, who apparently was really dealing, in a 6-1 loss that left...
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April 14, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' rotation had been a major strength through their first 10 games of the season. All but one starter, anyway. It's not that Josh Beckett was stinking it up, just that he wasn't quite in the same category as Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Chad Billingsley. In his first pair of starts to the season, Beckett had a 4.91 earned-run average. The other four had a combined 1.82 ERA. But Sunday afternoon in Phoenix, Beckett pitched brilliantly. Trouble was, he was still supported by the now familiar-looking, limp Dodgers' offense.
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December 6, 2003
Dear Dan Evans, Look, I know you're a professional GM, and you've forgotten more about your job than I'll ever know, but can you at least clue us in on what you're doing? In this most promising of off-seasons, where virtually every one of the Dodgers' offensive needs can be met, what have you done, other than get beat to the punch time and time again? Raul Ibanez is gone, Derrek Lee is gone, Richie Sexson is gone! Now you had a great opportunity to trade Kevin Brown, free up salary and acquire Nick Johnson.
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May 18, 1985
Once again, The Times' Dodger writers are wondering about the Dodgers' mysterious lack of homers with men on base. They cite the recent performances of Ron Cey and Dusty Baker with envy, as if these ex-Dodgers not only went to other teams, but dragged some of our base runners with them. There's no mystery about any of this. The Dodgers of 1984 and 1985 lead the major leagues in sacrifice bunts and bunt attempts; they also are a pretty low percentage base-stealing club. In a recent 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh, blamed on a wild bullpen, Tommy Lasorda called for three steals (all were caught)
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April 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The thing about a fat payroll and monster expectations is they can lead to huge disappointment. Even without shortstop Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers boast a power-packed lineup. Anyway, they should. That is the company line. But three games into the new season, that great offense has yet to be hinted at, even if on Wednesday night short-haired Tim Lincecum seemed to do everything in his power to help their cause. Lincecum walked seven batters in his five innings, but did not give up an earned run as the Dodgers fell to the Giants, 5-3, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,906.
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September 21, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
In search of offense, a continuing story … Look at the Dodgers rotation and you probably figure that should be the team weakness. A bunch of .500-looking pitchers, currently minus ace Clayton Kershaw. But the Dodgers' rotation has a collective 3.54 ERA, third lowest in baseball. Lower than the Giants, Cardinals, Brewers and Phillies. They keep them in games. The problem has continued to be a horrifically disappointing offense. It is there where they continue to hover among the lower five teams in baseball in most every significant category: runs and RBI (26 th )
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