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July 17, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
That was fun while it lasted, wasn't it? Well, folks, it's time to returns to the real world. The Dodgers are no longer on a winning streak, as their season-best five-game run ended with a nondescript 3-2 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field. They are back to 10 games under .500. They remain 111/2 games out of first place. They still can't hit. "I don't think a streak is going to change that," Andre Ethier said of the team's offensive problems.
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July 6, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
While players warmed up on the field Wednesday, the public-address system at Dodger Stadium played an instrumental version of an old rap song by the Wu-Tang Clan called "C.R.E.A.M. " — an acronym for "Cash Rules Everything Around Me. " The musical selection provided an appropriate soundtrack for the evening. The Dodgers are bankrupt. The visiting New York Mets are facing a $1-billion lawsuit as a result of their ownership group's ties to financial felon Bernard Madoff. Both teams are strapped for cash and appear to be preparing to unload salaries leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
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July 2, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Ned Colletti is a veteran baseball executive who might feel like a novice over the next few weeks. His team entered play Saturday in a tie for last place in the National League West, potentially putting the Dodgers' general manager in an unfamiliar situation as the non-waiver trading deadline approaches: selling mode. In the last 15 years, beginning with his stint as assistant general manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1997, Colletti has been associated with only two teams — the 2010 and 2005 Dodgers — that finished below .500.
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July 2, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mark Trumbo didn't charge the mound when he was hit by a Hiroki Kuroda pitch in the seventh inning Friday night, but he didn't pull any punches Saturday when asked whether he thought the pitch was intentional. "Yeah," the Angels' rookie first baseman said. "The guy had pinpoint control all night. All you need to do is watch the replay. " Kuroda, who hit one batter in 1012/3 innings before Friday, hit Angels right fielder Torii Hunter in the left hand in the first inning.
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July 1, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
There's an old baseball saying for what the Dodgers did in Angel Stadium on Friday night. They put up a "picket fence," which was the visual on the scoreboard after they tallied single runs in five of nine innings for a 5-0 interleague victory over the Angels. Crooked numbers can be tough to come by when your lineup looks like Matt Kemp and the seven dwarfs. Kemp entered the game with 22 home runs; the rest of the lineup — and that's with a designated hitter — combined for 17 homers, seven by Andre Ethier.
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June 19, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Hiroki Kuroda was pitching a gem through seven innings Sunday, holding the Houston Astros scoreless and to only three hits. But this is the 2011 Dodgers we're talking about, so not surprisingly, Kuroda had nothing to show for it because his teammates also hadn't scored. It was a familiar story for the Japanese right-hander, who had lost his previous five starts in large part because of poor run support. In the eighth inning, though, the unusual happened: Catcher Dioner Navarro — batting .165 — drilled a 2-and-0 fastball from reliever Wilton Lopez into the right-field pavilion to give the Dodgers a 1-0 victory.
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May 22, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Chicago One step forward, three or four steps back. Just as the Dodgers finally got injured shortstop Rafael Furcal back in the lineup, right fielder Andre Ethier and catcher Rod Barajas were hurt in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. And that was after infielder Juan Uribe was put on the 15-day disabled list. In addition, the Dodgers' heretofore strong starting pitching again failed them, with Hiroki Kuroda giving up six runs, four of them earned, in 5 2/3 innings one day after Jon Garland gave up seven runs in his losing start.
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May 17, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
You pitch for the Dodgers and you want to win a game? Easy. Don't give up any runs. Hiroki Kuroda has figured out that much. Backed by a two-run home run by Matt Kemp and a run-scoring double by Jerry Sands, Kuroda pitched 72/3 innings Tuesday night to lift the Dodgers to a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that ended their losing streak at three games. "The team is a little down right now," Kuroda said. "Somebody has to change something. The rotatino has been pitching well.
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May 11, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Pittsburgh — The Dodgers reverted to their usual low-scoring form Wednesday night, but so did the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hiroki Kuroda blanked the Pirates over seven innings in a 2-0 victory for the Dodgers at PNC Park on Wednesday night, limiting the opposition to three hits. "He was pretty good tonight, huh?" Manager Don Mattingly said. "That was huge. " That was particularly true because the Dodgers were short-handed in the bullpen, as Hong-Chih Kuo was placed on the disabled list and Blake Hawksworth was unavailable because of a mild groin strain.
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April 14, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
The good-pitch, no-hit Dodgers lived up to the wrong half of their billing Thursday night. Along the way, they added an unexpected descriptor for a team that had played mostly flawless defense through the season's first two weeks: Can't field or throw. The Dodgers committed two errors and Hiroki Kuroda threw a career-high three wild pitches in a 9-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. It was an improbable development for a team that had committed only five errors in its first 12 games, tying for the second-fewest miscues in the major leagues.
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