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October 2, 2012
With just two games remaining in the season, the Dodgers still have a slim shot at making the playoffs. That gives the guys who cover the team for The Times -- Dylan Hernandez and Steve Dilbeck -- plenty to talk about. And they will do just that on a Google+ hangout, right here live Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. -- and available for viewing any other time as well. As Dilbeck noted on the Dodgers Now blog Monday night after the team's 3-2 victory over San Francisco: "If nothing else, the Dodgers will be the last National League team to be eliminated from the postseason.
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April 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Catcher A.J. Ellis had his scheduled knee surgery Tuesday, with the Dodgers reporting things went well in the cleanup procedure. And now get ready for a lot of Drew Butera and, presumably, Tim Federowicz. The Dodgers said Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed a 20-minute arthroscopic procedure to debride the medial meniscus of his left knee. Ellis is expected to be out four to six weeks. Ellis also had arthroscopic surgery to clean up the medial and lateral meniscus in the same knee following the 2012 season.
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April 5, 2010
A look at the 25-man roster the Dodgers will take into the regular season, with comments by Dylan Hernandez No.; Name; Pos. B/T; Age; Comment STARTERS 15; Rafael Furcal; SS; S/R; 32; Key to Dodgers' offense has to get on base more than 33.5% of time he did last year. 55; Russell Martin; C; R/R; 27; Missed most of March because of a strained groin; trying to regain timing at plate. 16; Andre Ethier; RF; L/L; 27; Hit 31 homers in breakout 2009 and looked even better this spring.
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March 1, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Dodgers 5 AT THE PLATE: Yasiel Puig drove in his second run of the spring with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Dee Gordon stole two bases and scored a run. Top outfield prospect Joc Pederson doubled in a run in the ninth inning. Non-roster player Clint Robinson was three for three with a run scored, raising his spring average to .667. ON THE MOUND: With rain predicted for Saturday, Dan Haren feared the game would be canceled and alter his throwing program.
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June 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers dispatched three of their top scouts to Tijuana on Thursday to evaluate what could be their next great Cuban import. As outfielder Yasiel Puig attracts attention in the major leagues, the Dodgers joined other major league clubs at a showcase for Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. The 26-year-old right-hander could soon be available to the highest bidder. Bob Engle, the Dodgers' vice president of international scouting, led the Dodgers' contingent to Mexico on Thursday.
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April 10, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
AT ARIZONA Time: 6:40 p.m. Where: Chase Field, Phoenix. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 790, 930. Pitchers: James McDonald vs. Jon Garland. Saturday: Hiroki Kuroda (1-0, 1.59 in 2009) vs. Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.31 in 2008); Sunday: Randy Wolf (0-1, 6.75 in 2009) vs. Dan Haren (0-1, 1.29 in 2009). Update: McDonald, 24, showed rare poise as a September call-up last season, tossing six scoreless innings to earn a spot on the Dodgers' playoff roster. Garland pitched last season for the Angels, who acquired him from the Chicago White Sox. Garland wanted a multi-year deal this off-season, but the slow free-agent market forced him to settle for a one-year, $6.25-million contract from the Diamondbacks.
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August 30, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
AT CINCINNATI When: 10 a.m. PDT. Where: Great American Ball Park. On the air: TV: Ch. 9; Radio: 790, 930. Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw vs. Bronson Arroyo. Update: Kershaw is winless over his last seven starts. He has posted a 2.97 earned-run average but has walked 21 batters in that span, resulting in his averaging less than 5 2/3 innings per outing. Kershaw didn't factor in the decision Tuesday in Colorado, as he was pulled after 6 1/3 innings because his pitch count was at 104. Later that inning, Ronald Belisario gave up a home run to Clint Barmes that put the Dodgers behind by a run in the eventual 5-4, 10-inning loss.
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May 19, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier has learned how to control his temper when striking out. What he hasn't learned how to do is ignore the click of a camera. As a result, Ethier had to stand in front of his locker Thursday and explain why pictures of him flipping off credentialed photographers appeared on a sports gossip site earlier in the day. "It was an inspirational piece," he said. "They asked me what I thought of Dylan Hernandez . " He was kidding. Or so we would like to think.
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February 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza has been surrounded by controversy since the release of his book, "Long Shot" recently. In it, he took a shot at iconic broadcaster Vin Scully, blaming Scully for Dodgers fans booing him before he was traded in 1998. That will be just one topic of discussion during today's live video chat with Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez today at 10:30 a.m. As Hernandez wrote on Monday, "In his book, "Long Shot," Piazza described Scully as instrumental in turning the fans of Los Angeles against him during the contract stalemate that led to his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
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November 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Are you ready to ease back in your Dodgers inflatable chair, feet resting on your Dodgers welcome mat, head beneath your Dodgers pennant (which is right next to your Yasiel Puig Fathead), wearing your Dodgers hoodie, listening to Vin Scully on your portable Dodgers speaker (or headphones), all while clutching your Dodgers autograph baseball in one hand and tapping one of your new Dodgers bobbleheads with the other? It's all so possible. You don't need an app to imagine that, the Dodgers will sell you a special mini plan.
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December 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Money can't buy you love, but as George Bailey said to Clarence, it comes in real handy when you're trying to build a winning baseball team. Or something like that. Money has been the one great ingredient the Guggenheim Group has lavished upon the Dodgers since taking over club ownership in May 2012. It threw money at the payroll to make the team immediately competitive and win back fan support. Is that over? We're about to find out. As The Times' Dylan Hernandez points out , Masahiro Tanaka's posting is about to offer an immediate litmus test as to whether the Dodgers' free-spending days are at an end. Because all he costs is money.
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December 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hope Jamey Wright can adjust. Wright, who has made a career out of making teams as a non-roster invitee, Monday signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers, The Times' Dylan Hernandez tweeted. That's not the same as saying Wright will automatically be on the roster - - things are starting to get a bit crowded in the Dodgers bullpen -- but for the first time in nine seasons he will not go to camp as a non-roster invitee. The right-hander spent a mostly successful 2012 season (5-3, 3.72 earned-run average in 66 games)
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December 10, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
He has lost his standing in the clubhouse. He has lost his way on the field. His shoulder is scarred. His ankle is weak. His contract is a nightmare. This would be a perfect time for the Dodgers to trade Matt Kemp. Which makes it the perfect time to keep him. As the Dodgers scour the lobby of an expensive Florida hotel this week in search of the final pieces for a 2014 World Series run, here's hoping they realize their biggest potential addition is already in uniform. It's worth betting on Matt Kemp to become Matt Kemp again, the rewards far outweighing the risks, his 2011 greatness not buried so deeply that its remnants can't be unearthed.
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November 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's Luis Cruz, international man of mystery. Cruz, as you may recall, opened last season as the Dodgers starting third baseman. This was based on the most unexplainable six weeks in baseball history, when the career-minor leaguer became the injury-depleted Dodgers desperate third baseman late in the 2012 season and proceeded to hit .297 with six homers and 40 runs batted in in 283 at-bats. It seemed too good to be true, and of course it was, but the Dodgers had little choice but to give him the starting job heading into the 2013 season.
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November 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Are you ready to ease back in your Dodgers inflatable chair, feet resting on your Dodgers welcome mat, head beneath your Dodgers pennant (which is right next to your Yasiel Puig Fathead), wearing your Dodgers hoodie, listening to Vin Scully on your portable Dodgers speaker (or headphones), all while clutching your Dodgers autograph baseball in one hand and tapping one of your new Dodgers bobbleheads with the other? It's all so possible. You don't need an app to imagine that, the Dodgers will sell you a special mini plan.
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November 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
“Pitchers break.” That was the rational side of Mark Walter's brain speaking . You know, before the Dodgers' chairman agreed to sign right-hander Zack Greinke to a guaranteed $147-million , six-year contract. Which worked out well in the first year of his deal, and leaves you wondering exactly where they are headed with left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, 25, is going to become stupidly rich, the only question being exactly how stupidly rich. He is arbitration-eligible for 2014, and then if the Dodgers don't sign him to a long-term deal, he can become a free agent after next season.
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March 11, 2010
Dodgers 4, Arizona 4 AT THE PLATE: Receiving an extra at-bat as a result over confusion over the Dodgers' batting order, Andre Ethier hit his first home run of the spring. Matt Kemp drove in a run on a sixth-inning triple. Catcher A.J. Ellis , who will probably replace the injured Russell Martin on the opening day roster, was two for four. ON THE MOUND: Vicente Padilla gave up four hits and one run over three innings. Ramon Ortiz strengthened his bid to be the fifth starter by limiting the Diamondbacks to one hit over three shutout innings.
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September 6, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
There are good problems to have, bad ones and Matt Kemp ones. He could go either way this month, turn into a godsend for the playoffs or a disgruntled player. Kemp is currently rehabbing his latest injury at the Dodgers' training facility in Phoenix after going 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts in a rehab assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. His sprained ankle   - injured in a belated slide just one game off the disabled list - apparently is sound, it's his swing that is having trouble coming around.
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August 24, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Of course Hanley Ramirez would like to stay with the Dodgers. That should shock absolutely no one. He spent most of the last seven seasons playing on bad Marlins' ballclubs, teams never in a race, that finished an average of 18 games out a year. In a city where he had reputation as something of a malcontent. Where they were unloading payroll. He has another year left on the six-year, $70 million contract extension he signed with the Marlins in 2008. That's a lot of money, but maybe nothing compared to the potential of his next deal.
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