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March 18, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Ivan DeJesus strained his left oblique abdominal muscle, harming the infielder's chances of being on the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a key bench player. "It's hard to compete [for a job] when you can't be out there," Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday before the Dodgers were to play the Angels at Camelback Ranch, weather permitting. DeJesus, 24, inured himself while swinging during an at-bat Saturday night in the Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants. He's scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday to evaluate the damage.
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April 11, 2014
Really? An oversized, ugly mascot running around at Dodger Stadium [April 9]? The Dodgers have finally stooped this low? Maybe I'm glad I can't watch Dodgers games on TV anymore. At least I have Vinny for three innings on radio. Don't think I'll have to worry about him describing this latest lack of class. Mike Popov San Clemente ::: No, no, no, no and no. Listen carefully, Dodgers: Drop the "non-mascot" thingy, slowwwwwly back away, and nobody gets hurt. L.A. already has the world's greatest baseball fans, who adore the team, partly because it has never needed such obviously contrived marketing gimmicks to sell tickets or attract fans.
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March 28, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
When a Lakers icon buys the Dodgers, you can bet current Lakers take notice. Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had a lot to say after the news broke Tuesday night that the group headed by Magic Johnson will be the Dodgers' new owners. "I'm upset he didn't cut me in," Bryant said jokingly. "I'm going to have to talk to him about that. " But Bryant has a hard time seeing himself ever owning a sports team. "No. Well, I mean, if it's in a big market like Los Angeles or something like that, then yeah.
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April 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
AT THE PLATE: Yasiel Puig started for the first time since Saturday, when he sprained his left thumb diving headfirst into first base. Puig was one for four, as he doubled to left field in the eighth inning and scored on a double by Hanley Ramirez. Puig also scored in the third inning, when he reached base on a fielder's choice. Ramirez was three for four with two doubles and three runs scored. Ramirez is now hitting .310. ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up only two hits and didn't allow a baserunner to get past second base.
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February 27, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's a baseball truism that managers are hired to be fired. (Sort of like newspaper columnists.) You can be everyone's absolute darling one season and on the curb handing out résumés the next that read, "Won two historic World Series" (see: Terry Francona). Which brings us to Don Mattingly, entering his second season at the helm as Dodgers manager. All things  - and expectations  - considered, Mattingly had a strong debut. For someone who had never managed at any level, who was operating under a circus ownership and with a less-than-overpowering roster, he silenced critics with an even hand.
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May 3, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Seems like a simple enough question. Seems like a pretty basic one. Like one the new owners would want to answer, what with the fans having just been dragged through an ownership nightmare. Alas, at their morning press conference Wednesday it wasn't happening. Guggenheim Baseball Management is the new owner of the Dodgers. After that, it's fill in the blanks. As if you could. At least for now. Six individuals were introduced at the press conference, but exactly who owns how much of the team was left unanswered.
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March 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
If you're a Dodgers fan, you know somebody like Brian Gadinsky. Chances are, you may even be like Brian Gadinsky. The TV producer moved to Los Angeles on an October day in 1988. The next night, Kirk Gibson hit the home run, and Gadinsky has been hooked ever since. He has season tickets on the reserved level. He is neither famous nor entitled, he is just an average guy with a powerful passion about a team that has come to represent his love for his city. When Frank McCourt's regime began to slowly burn, Gadinsky angrily canceled his tickets.
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January 28, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The name for the Dodgers' new television channel: SportsNet LA. The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable officially announced their television contract on Monday, with the team-owned channel starting in 2014. The deal, pending the approval of Major League Baseball, covers 25 years and is believed to be worth between $7 billion and $8 billion to the team. The Dodgers are to remain on Fox Sports through the 2013 season, but the team decided it wanted its own channel thereafter and negotiated with Fox and Time Warner Cable.
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March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Fernando Valenzuela smiled Saturday night as he recalled what he saw several hours earlier. On the eve of the Dodgers' departure for Australia, 17-year-old Julio Urias became the story of the day by pitching a perfect first inning in the opening game of a doubleheader, a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres. Armed with a fastball clocked as high as 97 mph, Urias struck out two of the three batters he faced. Because of his background, Urias figures to be compared to Valenzuela the way Clayton Kershaw has been compared to Sandy Koufax.
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February 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Los Angeles, you may have a Houston problem. The Dodgers are expected to have a much better season than the lackluster Houston Astros, but fans of both teams may soon have a lot in common when it comes to watching the games on television. In Houston, a regional sports network owned by cable giant Comcast Corp., baseball's Astros and basketball's Rockets has struggled since launching in late 2012. Comcast was the only big distributor carrying it as other area pay-TV operators, including DirecTV and AT&T, resisted because they thought the price tag was too high.
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April 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- The last time the Dodgers were at Chase Field, they won the National League West and celebrated by leaping into the swimming pool on the other side of the short wall in right-center field. A controversy ensued, as some of the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed they felt disrespected. Sen. John McCain blasted the Dodgers on behalf of his home state. The Dodgers rolled their eyes, pointing to this as the latest small-minded complaint by their middle-market division rivals. If any bad blood remains from the incident, it didn't resurface Friday, when Adrian Gonzalez drove in five runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu had a strong outing in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the last-place Diamondbacks.
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April 10, 2014
Re "Team dusts off an old way to stadium," April 4 With the new baseball season comes an old problem: congestion on the streets around Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers' new ownership is making significant investments in the team, stadium and community, and that's creating excitement for this season. The Dodgers want the best experience for fans and neighbors alike. Now it's time for the city to do its part and work with the team and the community to improve on the current traffic mess.
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April 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
Call it a curveball that nobody wants to swing at. After decades of forcing consumers to pay for channels they don't want, the pay-TV industry is strongly resisting Time Warner Cable's efforts to make subscribers of all its rivals pony up $4 to $5 a month for a Dodgers channel. All eyes are currently on satellite heavyweight DirecTV, whose 1.2 million Los Angeles customers give it a roughly 30% share of the local pay-TV market, slightly less than Time Warner's estimated one-third market share.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig had not played since spraining a thumb on a headfirst dive Saturday. But, as the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning, there was Puig, headed to the on-deck circle and then the plate, as Dodger Stadium went nuts. Puig struck out looking, but the Dodgers scored three runs off Detroit closer Joe Nathan to force extra innings. AT THE PLATE: Carl Crawford had a pair of doubles, Juan Uribe had three singles, and Dee Gordon had two singles.
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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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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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December 5, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Beard is coming back. Free-agent right-hander Brian Wilson on Thursday signed a new deal with the Dodgers, a one-year, $10-million contract to return as closer Kenley Jansen's setup man. Wilson was looking to return to a closer role, but the former All-Star, who makes his off-season home in Los Angeles, made an exception for the Dodgers, provided they pay him like a ninth-inning pitcher. They are, and they also promised him the chance to become closer should Jansen falter or get injured, according to people familiar with their discussions who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.
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June 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig isn't expected to play in the major leagues this season. He might not even be ready next season. But the Dodgers' agreement to sign the 21-year-old Cuban outfielder might be the most significant statement by the team's new ownership group to date -- and that includes the recent contract extension they signed with Andre Ethier. If Puig passes a physical exam in Mexico City on Thursday and his deal is approved by Major League Baseball, the Dodgers will pay him $42 million over the next seven seasons.
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April 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Dodgers 3, Tigers 2 (10 innings) KEY MOMENT: Carl Crawford's 10th-inning double skipped by Detroit left fielder Rajai Davis, allowing Chone Figgins to score the winning run from first base. Figgins opened the inning by drawing a walk. Detroit sent the game into extra innings when the Dodgers chose not to walk Victor Martinez with first base open and the tying run on second base in the ninth and the Tigers first baseman burned them with a two-out run-scoring single against Kenley Jansen.
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April 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
While the Dodgers were preparing to open a two-game series against the Detroit Tigers, Brian Wilson was at a minor league game. Wilson is fine with that. The Dodgers' bearded $10-million setup man is looking ahead. “I was signed for multiple reasons. For clubhouse, leadership, certain advice to certain pitchers, but most of all I was signed so I could play in October,” he said. “That's what this team was built for. That's the whole reason they signed me last year. It's the exact reason why they signed me this year.
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