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April 29, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Don Mattingly believes. Or maybe it's just that he believes it's best that he believes. Either way, the end result is the same: for now he's sticking with struggling Javy Guerra as his closer. Mattingly admitted to concern over Guerra's last three appearances, saying he was without his “swag” and had met with him before Sunday's game against the Nationals. Yet despite having hard-throwing Kenley Jansen, Mattingly said he's sticking with Guerra. “My biggest concern with Javy [Saturday]
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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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February 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Phoenix - There isn't a newcomer comparable to Albert Pujols or C.J. Wilson at the Dodgers' spring-training complex. As a result, there's noticeably less buzz coming out of the Dodgers' camp than the Angels'. But Los Angeles will always belong the Dodgers, Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday before his team's first full-squad workout of the spring. “You know, honestly, if you really want what I think about it, it's kind of like the Mets and the Yankees,” Mattingly said of the two New York teams.
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April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
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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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December 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After an awkward October news conference in which Don Mattingly practically threatened to quit if he didn't get a contract extension, Dodgers President Stan Kasten tried to explain away Mattingly's comments as the result of a misunderstanding between the manager and front office. Kasten didn't offer any details at the time, saying he would let Mattingly explain what happened. Mattingly had his first chance to do so at baseball's winter meetings Tuesday and decided not to. “At this point, it's not worth talking about,” Mattingly said.
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October 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Don Mattingly will manage the Dodgers next season. “I always thought that,” team President Stan Kasten said. “Absolutely.” Kasten's comments were made Wednesday after Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte, said Mattingly intended to honor his contract. Mattingly's option for the 2014 season vested when the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in the National League division series. Nonetheless, there was widespread speculation about Mattingly's future after the manager said in a Monday news conference that he might not return.
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May 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez and Angels writer Mike DiGiovanna at 11:30 a.m. today for a live video chat to discuss their respective teams. You will be able to watch the discussion on this blog post and submit questions during the event. Most talk during the last week has revolved around Don Mattingly, and whether or not he will retain his job. As Hernandez wrote on Monday , "Although Colletti wouldn't say anything definitive about Mattingly's future, he made clear he believed the players were to blame for these failings rather than the manager.
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May 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
MILWAUKEE - General Manager Ned Colletti said Don Mattingly has “done fine” managing the Dodgers, but refused to directly address mounting speculation that Mattingly could be fired in the near future. “My perspective hasn't changed,” Colletti said. Earlier this month, Colletti told Times columnist Bill Plaschke, “I'm confident we're going to turn it around, and I'm confident we have the right people.” Asked about media reports speculating that Mattingly could be dismissed this week, Colletti said, “I really don't read very much.
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February 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Because of the Dodgers' unique schedule, Clayton Kershaw could start three of the Dodgers' first six regular-season games on normal rest. But Manager Don Mattingly sounds as if he doesn't want him to. Asked if he thought starting Kershaw three times in six games might be too much, Mattingly replied, “I think it might be.” Based on what Mattingly said - or, rather, wouldn't say - it now appears possible Kershaw might not pitch in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia.
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March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - The game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Sunday broke in Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay system. Well, kind of. Neither team challenged a call in the Padres' 3-1 victory. Manager Don Mattingly didn't sound particularly concerned with the implementation of the new technology, even though it wasn't available to the Dodgers until they hosted the Angels on Thursday in the opening game of the Freeway Series. The new system wasn't in effect for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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March 30, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - For seven innings, it was a game that glittered with the Dodgers' brightest hopes. Then, in what felt like seven minutes, it was a game that swallowed them up in their worst fears. What began as a nice first chapter highlighted by great pitching and smart hitting devolved into a woeful opening verse of lousy relief, shoddy fielding, managerial second-guessing and a giant poke in the belly of the $250-million beast. What began as a pleasant night at Petco Park suddenly became a raging storm that thundered with chants of "Beat L.A. " It was a sweet opener, until the Dodgers forgot to close it, losing a one-run lead in the eighth inning in a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday in baseball's first 2014 game on U.S. soil.
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March 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Manager Don Mattingly will miss the Dodgers' exhibition games on Wednesday and Thursday because of his death in his family, according to a team spokesman. Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the Dodgers in the absence of Mattingly, who returned to his home state of Indiana. Mattingly is expected to be back in time for the Dodgers' exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday. The Dodgers are scheduled to depart Sunday for Australia, where they will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in their season-opening series.
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March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers will get their first look at instant replay during their game Thursday against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz. But you get the impression the date was not circled in red on Manager Don Mattingly's calendar. Mattingly has so far declined to say who will review the video and advise the dugout when to challenge call and he was only slightly more forthcoming Wednesday. “For tomorrow we have a guy. It will be the video guy,” Mattingly said, referring to video coordinator Johnny Pratt.
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March 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Five games into the exhibition season, Yasiel Puig batted leadoff for the first time. He figures to do that a lot more this year, as Manager Don Mattingly said he is thinking of batting Puig first this year. "I like him getting that extra at-bat," Mattingly said. Under that scenario, Carl Crawford would probably bat second, Hanley Ramirez third and Adrian Gonzalez cleanup. Puig and Ramirez bat right-handed; Crawford and Gonzalez bat left-handed. As a rookie last season, Puig batted leadoff seven times.
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February 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw might not be the Dodgers' opening-day starter this season. The Dodgers are considering not starting Kershaw in their two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to people familiar with the team's thinking. Under that scenario, Kershaw would be spared a trip to the other side of the world and back, allowing him to better prepare for the domestic opener in San Diego on March 30. Manager Don Mattingly has become increasingly vague about the team's rotation plans since the first day of spring training, when he strongly intimated Kershaw and Zack Greinke would pitch the two games in Australia on March 22-23.
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November 5, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Take nothing for granted -- that's one of those pearls of wisdom you're supposed to carry around with you at all times. So if you're just absolutely certain Clayton Kershaw is going to win his second National League Cy Young award this off-season, there had be some solace found in the announcement Tuesday that he was one of three finalists named for the annual honor determined by Baseball Writers Assn. of America balloting. Kershaw won the award in 2011, came in second in 2012 and is the favorite to win it for 2013 after going 16-9 and leading all of baseball with a 1.83 earned-run average and 0.92 WHIP.
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May 9, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
To sacrifice bunt or not to sacrifice bunt, that is the question. To many modern baseball followers, the answer is - please, please, oh pretty please, do not do it. Sabermetric lovers despise the sacrifice bunt. Twice the Dodgers decided to bunt the runners up Tuesday, and twice it blew up in their hopeful little faces. For a manager who spent his entire life in the American League, Don Mattingly has become quite the National League manager. And despite some semi-tough questioning about his decisions to bunt in the seventh and eighth innings of the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Giants, he was far from repentant.
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February 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Because of the Dodgers' unique schedule, Clayton Kershaw could start three of the Dodgers' first six regular-season games on normal rest. But Manager Don Mattingly sounds as if he doesn't want him to. Asked if he thought starting Kershaw three times in six games might be too much, Mattingly replied, “I think it might be.” Based on what Mattingly said - or, rather, wouldn't say - it now appears possible Kershaw might not pitch in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia.
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February 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw could pitch in three of the Dodgers' first six regular-season games, as a season-opening trip to Australia has created some abnormalities in the team's schedule. Kershaw could theoretically face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22, start the domestic opener in San Diego on March 30 and pitch in the Dodgers' home opener April 4. But Manager Don Mattingly sounded as if he opposed the idea, and not only because of how it would postpone the season debuts of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren.
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