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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 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Giants 3, Dodgers 2 KEY MOMENT: Brandon League is guaranteed a combined $17 million over this season and next, which is probably why he is still with the Dodgers and Paco Rodriguez isn't. Because the Dodgers can't send League to the minor leagues without his consent, they optioned Rodriguez to triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday to create a roster spot for Brian Wilson. The Dodgers were immediately forced to deal with the consequences of that decision. Saving Wilson for a save situation, Manager Don Mattingly called on League to pitch the 12th inning with the game tied, 2-2. League wasn't helped by his defense, but he didn't help himself either.
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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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April 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO - In the aftermath of his team's second defeat in as many days, Hanley Ramirez was smiling. His left hand wasn't broken. Ramirez was hit with a 90-mph fastball Wednesday, forcing him to depart early from the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. X-rays on Ramirez's hand were negative. "You guys know me," Ramirez said. "If it feels good, I'll be in there tomorrow. " Ramirez was struck on a full-count pitch by Ryan Vogelsong in the seventh inning that prompted him to remove his helmet with his right hand and slam it on the ground.
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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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April 14, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and that his life could be in jeopardy. There was talk about Puig being essentially owned by a Miami businessman with a criminal record who hired those smugglers in exchange for 20% of the ballplayer's future earnings.
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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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January 30, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
If you watch Clayton Kershaw pitch a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium this year, you can pretty much forget about saving your game ticket. The Dodgers are just about doing away with paper tickets this season. No longer will season-seat holders get a shipment of tickets. Instead, those fans will display bar codes to enter Dodger Stadium, either by printing them at home or scanning them directly from a smartphone. “This is a real fan enhancement,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers' executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
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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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April 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm's second start for the Dodgers was significantly better than his first, as he limited the Giants to a run and five hits over six innings. A 1-1 tie was broken in the seventh inning, when J.P. Howell gave up a two-out single to Pablo Sandoval that drove in Joaquin Arias. AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, when Maholm drew a walk and scored from first base on a triple by Dee Gordon. Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single to right field in the seventh inning after Hanley Ramirez was injured when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch.
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April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Fleeing Cuba is harrowing and costly, whether it's done in a flimsy boat headed for U.S. shores or a speedboat headed for Mexico. Yasiel Puig, the gifted Dodgers outfielder, set off on the latter route, smuggled out by men who then threatened his life and held him hostage in a Mexican motel. A Florida man with a small-time criminal past helped get him out; in exchange, Puig promised to pay the man 20% of his lifetime earnings. Puig's difficult journey was the result of the longtime U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, which, among other things, makes it illegal for Major League Baseball to hire players directly from Cuba, a veritable incubator of baseball talent.
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April 15, 2014
Re "Cable spat could end as a home run," Column, April 11 The new Dodgers owners paid Frank McCourt way too much for the team. Time Warner Cable subsequently signed an obscenely rich contract with the Dodgers, figuring it could make a bundle by gouging pay-TV subscribers for the next 25 years. We love our Dodgers. The owners of the Dodgers and Time Warner love our money. I refuse to ask my pay-TV provider to make a deal with Time Warner. Between the Dodgers raising ticket prices and cable providers continuously raising their rates, fans are tapped out. Watching many games on free TV, supported by the string of advertisements they made us watch, inspired Dodger fans to buy tickets to see the team live and stuff ourselves with incredibly expensive, low-quality food.
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April 14, 2014 | From Times staff writers
The Dodgers and Major League Baseball declined to comment Monday about a magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba and the death threats the 23-year-old right fielder received last year from human traffickers under control of a major Mexican drug cartel. Through a team spokesman, Puig also declined to comment on the story, which is scheduled to run in the May issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Puig has never talked about how he left Cuba. The Dodgers and MLB wouldn't say what measures they have taken to ensure the safety of Puig and his teammates, though the club is known to have hired full-time security detail last year.
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April 14, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and that his life could be in jeopardy. There was talk about Puig being essentially owned by a Miami businessman with a criminal record who hired those smugglers in exchange for 20% of the ballplayer's future earnings.
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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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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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August 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez and Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have completed a blockbuster trade in which four-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez lands in Los Angeles, the latest example of the Dodgers' new ownership group investing heavily in a win-now approach. Even though the possibility had been hinted at in recent days -- and was all but finished by game time Friday night -- the acquisition by the Dodgers of the Red Sox first baseman was a stunning development. The deal: The Dodgers acquired Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, injured outfielder Carl Crawford and utilityman Nick Punto in exchange for first baseman James Loney and four  prospects.
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April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren remained unbeaten with the Dodgers. Haren gave up nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings but limited the damage to three runs. All three were scored in the third inning, which was capped by a solo home run by Eric Chavez. Haren departed from the game with the Dodgers leading, 7-3. "It was a war," Haren said. "It was one of those days. I kind of describe it like I was throwing under water. " Jamey Wright let the Diamondbacks back in the game in the seventh inning, when he gave up a three-run home run to Mark Trumbo that cut the Dodgers' lead to 8-6. Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke wasn't at his best as he gave up eight hits and threw 103 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. But he held the Diamondbacks to one run, which allowed him to depart the game with a 6-1 lead and earn his third victory of the season. As a result of Greinke's relatively short start, the Dodgers had to use five relievers: Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, Paul Maholm, Brandon League and Kenley Jansen. That Jansen was forced to pitch in a game the Dodgers once led 8-2 was entirely League's fault.
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