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April 29, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt sat for an interview Friday with Times staff writer Bill Shaikin. The transcript follows: Q: You said the other day you would be receptive to Mr. Schieffer (the trustee appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig) coming in to help the Dodgers but not to "somebody coming in and controlling my business. " You had the chance to meet him for the first time today. What do you take his role to be, and what do you take your role to be? A: It's unclear to me. I had a very cordial meeting with Tom. We were both very respectful of one another.
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April 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Clayton Kershaw likes to win. He's absolutely used to winning, as his two Cy Young awards attest. Yet he lost one battle Sunday, without ever taking the mound. The Dodgers brought down the hammer, telling Kershaw that despite his campaigning otherwise , he will make another rehab start before rejoining the rotation. And don't think for a moment the competitive Kershaw was happy about it. “Not really, but I did the best I could,” Kershaw said. “But I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something.
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October 9, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
How much fun was that? But now I worry about Times' columnist Steve Lopez , you know the guy stuck on page 2 in the serious section of the newspaper, and while I certainly don't want to start an argument with his eminence, Cardinal Mahony , I like what the guy usually writes. Without question, though, Lopez needs your prayers. This week he just lost it, making a considerable error, and as Matt Holliday could tell you, sometimes you just drop the ball. The other day Lopez writes a column about our heart-thumping Dodgers, making a big deal out of the fact he has the money to buy a pair of World Series tickets for $500.
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April 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Certainty isn't normally a part of the injury business, unless of course it's determined you need to go under the knife. Each injury tends to take its own path -- short, long, unexpected turns, easy, tough. Hanley Ramirez has a thumb injury , and apparently it's not serious. He came out of Saturday's game after the third inning with a sore right thumb, which is scary since he had surgery on the same thumb before the start of last season. The X-rays were negative; the Dodgers called it a bruise and said he was day to day. Everyone exhaled.
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October 25, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The truth hurts. It blinds with the sight of thousands of flapping orange towels. It deafens with the blah-blah-blah about Buster and Bochy and Belt. It batters with every roundhouse kick by that thick third baseman known as Kung Fu Panda. The truth hurts, but we must accept it, because, like the awful smell of garlic fries that fills the crowded corridors of that cutesy San Francisco ballpark, it's not going anywhere. The Giants have become a better franchise than the Dodgers.
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September 19, 1995
The Dodgers. Millionaire unionists. Now there's an oxymoron for you. HARVEY B. SCHECHTER Sherman Oaks
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April 12, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO -- As the Dodgers were leaving Petco Park on Thursday, Matt Kemp ran into the player who sent him into a rage earlier in the night: Carlos Quentin. In a hallway between the home and visiting clubhouses, Kemp stood face to face and exchanged angry words with Quentin, who charged the mound and broke Zack Greinke's collarbone in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. "If a guy's throwing at your head …" Quentin said. PHOTOS: Dodgers vs. Padres Kemp ordered Quentin not to point his finger at him. Kemp and Quentin were guided away from each other by their respective teammates, with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Padres pitcher Clayton Richard playing the role of the peacemakers.
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August 14, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers have talked about creative ways their Chavez Ravine property could generate revenue for ownership. One such deal, a head-scratcher, is already in place: The team has been charging itself rent — $14 million this year — on Dodger Stadium property it owns. The arrangement is documented in public court filings connected to the divorce between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, the team's former president and chief executive. The amount of rent is unusual in that it is far greater than what has been paid by teams with an independent landlord.
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February 27, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Magic Johnson leads one of seven groups selected Monday to advance in bidding to buy the Dodgers, according to multiple people familiar with the process but not authorized to discuss it. Of the nine parties still in contention last week, the two eliminated Monday were Michael Heisley, owner of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies; and Tony Ressler, a minority investor in the Milwaukee Brewers and co-founder of Los Angeles-based Ares Management. The remaining bidders include groups led by Johnson and veteran baseball executive Stan Kasten; Connecticut investment king Steven Cohen and longtime Los Angeles agent Arn Tellem; Stanley Gold and the family of the late Roy Disney; and New York media executive Leo Hindery in partnership with Tom Barrack, chairman of Santa Monica-based Colony Capital.
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May 11, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Aaron Miles is back. The 35-year-old utilityman signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers and is working out at their spring training facility in Arizona. Miles was a pleasant surprise for the Dodgers last season, when he made the team as a non-roster player. He was forced into a more prominent role than expected because of injuries to the likes of Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake and Juan Uribe, and started 110 games. In all, Miles batted .275 with three home runs and 45 RBIs.
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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 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp suddenly found himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal Sunday. In the hours leading up to the Dodgers' 6-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies, the celebrity gossip site TMZ released a second audio recording of what was said to be a conversation between the Clippers owner and a woman described in court filings as his girlfriend. The female voice in the recording promised to remove from her Instagram account a picture of her with Kemp. On a recorded conversation released earlier, a man identified as Sterling chided a female friend for "associating with black people.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez was smiling Sunday. Clayton Kershaw wasn't. Whereas Ramirez was able to pinch-hit a day after he bruised his surgically repaired right thumb, Kershaw was informed by the Dodgers he would pitch in another minor league game before making his return from the disabled list. Asked whether he was fine with the team's decision, Kershaw replied, "Not really. " Sidelined because of a strained back muscle, Kershaw hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since the their season opener in Australia on March 22. Kershaw wanted to pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Minnesota.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp woke up Sunday morning to suddenly find himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal, as TMZ released another audio clip said to be of the Clippers owner speaking to his girlfriend. In the recording, the man purported to be Sterling voices displeasure about the woman's Instagram pictures of her with African Americans, including Kemp. “Racism is kind of old, for real,” Kemp said. “Honestly, I just feel sorry for him, that he feels that way about African American people.” Kemp is friends with Clippers players Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
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April 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hanley Ramirez was walking around the Dodgers clubhouse before Sunday's game with lighted incense, almost like Pedro Cerrano in the “Major League” movies trying a little voodoo to turn things around. The problem with Ramirez is his sore thumb, not hitting a curveball. And the Dodgers, uncertain how quickly he will r espond from Saturday's injury and how it might affect his throwing, called up infielder Carlos Truinfel on Sunday and optioned reliever Jose Dominguez back to triple-A Albuquerque.
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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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April 28, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
The baseball season is barely three weeks old, but the Dodgers already have a new controversy. On the day the last-place Dodgers absorbed a sweep-sealing 7-3 defeat to the New York Mets at Citi Field that sent them home with a 2-7 record on this trip, Matt Kemp's agent held nothing back while responding to critical comments made about his client the previous day by General Manager Ned Colletti. Dave Stewart, the former All-Star pitcher who represents Kemp, said Wednesday that Colletti was using the center fielder as a scapegoat to shift blame from his own failures in assembling the team.
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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 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's up with all the strikeouts? The Dodgers are whiffing at an alarming rate early this season. They've already struck out 215 times, just four below the major league-high marks of the Mets and White Sox. By comparison, the Tigers have only 119 strikeouts in four fewer games. You can't get a hit if you don't put the ball in play, which partially explains why the Dodgers have a dismal .301 team on-base percentage mark and are an unexpected 18th in runs scored. This team is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, but it's shown only flashes of its potential thus far. Few Dodgers have been able to free themselves of this unforeseen malaise.
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