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September 20, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
He first appears in the movie as he first appeared with the Dodgers, a wallflower pulled reluctantly into the spotlight, a nerd suddenly tapped on the shoulder by the cool kids. The character that is supposed to be Paul DePodesta is a rumpled and bespectacled figure leaning against a wall whispering trade vetoes to a Cleveland Indians colleague. The character that is supposed to be Billy Beane openly wonders who he is, and why everyone thinks he's so smart, and so begins a journey that Dodgers fans will instantly and painfully recognize.
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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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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 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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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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January 13, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
He was a baseball player with a contradictory name. In a 17-year Hall of Fame career with the Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Bench almost never sat on one. Bench was a workhorse. Starting in 1967, and becoming arguably the best catcher ever, he played in 2,158 games, an average of 127 a season. That's a lot of squatting. He had his ways of communicating when enough was enough. "We were playing the Dodgers in Cincinnati one time, and the game the night before had gone on until something like 1 in the morning," Bench says.
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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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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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July 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
NEW YORK  - For the pride of Cuba, and for the excitement of America, this is the home run derby we would like to see: Yoenis Cespedes versus Yasiel Puig . Cespedes won the All-Star game home run derby Monday, beating Bryce Harper in the final round. Cespedes said he would have had no problem beating Puig, his Cuban countryman. "Not to be disrespectful to him at all, but I know him from Cuba," Cespedes said through an interpreter. "This is not the type of competition he would be able to excel at. He's not really a home run hitter, so I believe I would win. " Puig, the Dodgers' phenom, might be more of a line-drive hitter, but he has eight home runs in 151 at-bats.
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April 21, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
The L.A. Dodgers have been getting all the ink, but they aren't the only recent acquisition by Chicago financier Mark Walter. They're not even the most important, at least not from John Penn's perch at the old Grubstake Building in downtown Crested Butte, Colo. Ask Penn about "the new owner" and he'll be talking landlords, not baseball. Last year, Walter bought the building that houses Penn's tobacco shop, a Nepalese restaurant and an art-glass gallery in the ski resort.
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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
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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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 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 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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May 8, 2011
DODGERS Class; City; W-L ; Comment AAA; Albuquerque; 16-11; Former starter Scott Elbert hasn't yielded a run in nine of 12 relief appearances. AA; Chattanooga; 15-14; Javy Guerra has given up one run, six hits in 14 2/3 innings. Righties hitting .097 against him. A; Rancho Cucamonga; 18-11; INF Tony Delmonico hit .476 during 10-game hitting streak, which ended Friday. A; Great Lakes; 17-12; Closer Shawn Tolleson has struck out 28 of the 35 batters he's retired and has yet to allow an earned run. R; Odgen; 0-0; Season begins June 20. DODGERS Class; City; W-L ; Comment AAA ; Albuquerque; 16-11; Former starter Scott Elbert hasn't allowed am earned run in nine of 12 relief appearances.
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April 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ah, a debate! How exciting is that? Two sides with divergent opinions, both feeling strong about their position, both confident about what should happen next. The issue? The next step in the comeback of Clayton Kershaw. And it's the team's medical staff vs. … Clayton Kershaw? “There's been a small debate going on,” said Manager Don Mattingly. Kershaw made his first rehab appearance since going on the disabled list for the first time with a strained upper back muscle on Friday, needing only 56 pitches in five innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
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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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