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April 5, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Don Mattingly is in charge, and everybody best get on board. He claims nothing is different, but deeds speak otherwise. He has the security of a new three-year contract and is acting like it. That four outfielders for three spots? How about five outfielders? Saturday afternoon became the first time Mattingly had all of his outfielders healthy at the same time this season to face a left-handed starting pitcher. And he did what he never would before. He not only sat one of his left-handed-hitting outfielders, he sat both Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford against Madison Bumgarner.
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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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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 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 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
They were back in those friendly confines Tuesday, back in Dodger Stadium with its fresh, very green grass, back stretching and running and fielding on their home field. Not back on the field was Yasiel Puig, who remained out for the day to receive treatment for his sore lower back. Back in the dugout was Manager Don Mattingly, elusive as ever, but trying to make nice with his mercurial star outfielder after his frustrated comments over Puig's play Sunday in Australia. Mattingly met with Puig on Tuesday during the workout but would not say what was discussed.
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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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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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