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September 18, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck, Los Angeles Times
Jamey Wright could count the years. He could count the games, all the nights spent away from family. Could count the wins and losses, even the thousands of pitches that have constituted his 17-year career. Only what he's counting on now is what he's never had. Jamey Wright hungers to pitch in the postseason. "I play for the opportunity to get champagne sprayed in my eyes," Wright said. "I want it to burn. I want to feel it for a lifetime. " Seventeen seasons is a long time to play baseball.
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September 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
So much for the return of Javy Guerra. The right-handed reliever's up-and-down season took another wrong turn Tuesday when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Guerra started the season as the Dodgers' closer before hitting a rough patch and losing the role to Kenley Jansen. He was sent down to triple-A Albuquerque in the middle of August and called back on Sept. 2 after rosters had been expanded. Guerra, however, appeared in only one game since returning, throwing one scoreless inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
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September 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
This post has been updated. See below for details. Kenley Jansen hopes to be pitching again by the middle of the month, though surgery awaits his heart condition. Jansen hasn't pitched since Aug. 27 in Colorado, when he once again suffered an irregular heartbeat. After consulting with another heart specialist Tuesday, the Dodgers announced he would remain on blood thinners another 10 days, and hopes to be able to pitch again by Sept. 17, which is an off day. That would make their closer available for the Dodgers' final 15 regular-season games.
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September 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
September and its stretch run arrived, and with it for the Dodgers, a much-needed victory. It wasn't the classic type for the Dodgers - all of the game's runs coming via solo home runs - but the Dodgers managed one more than the Diamondbacks on Saturday, good enough for a 2-1 victory before an announced crowd of 35,992 at Dodger Stadium. The victory was led by right-hander Josh Beckett, who pitched 6 2/3 very effective innings, and the solo homers of Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier.
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September 1, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Closer Kenley Jansen will learn on Tuesday if he will pitch again this season. That determination will be made by a heart specialist, who will instruct Jansen whether to continue using a blood-thinning medication he is using to treat a heart condition. If Jansen stops using the medication, he can pitch as early as Sept. 7 in San Francisco. If not, he will not be able to compete for four weeks, which will all but end his season. Jansen started using the medication after he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat earlier this week in Denver.
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September 1, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
These Dodgers aren't the same Dodgers Joe Torre used to manage. "Obviously, ownership changed and things changed," said Torre, who stepped down as manager after the 2010 season. Torre's Dodgers were always strapped for cash and, as a result, never burdened with the kinds of expectations faced by today's team. But having managed the free-spending New York Yankees for a dozen seasons, expectations are something with which Torre is intimately familiar. Visiting Dodger Stadium on Saturday as a representative of the commissioner's office, Torre offered some thoughts on his former team, which has added big names but fallen further behind the first-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
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September 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Well, that's the whole gang. Almost, anyway. Having already announced that the big boys, Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin, would return next season, the Dodgers made it a group effort Saturday. They said that also returning to the broadcast booth next season will be Charley Steiner, Rick Monday, Eric Collins, Steve Lyons, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yniguez. That's everyone but Spanish-language TV broadcasters Jorge Jarrin and Manny Mota, who are expected to be announced later.
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September 1, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers have brought in their first wave of September call-ups, summoning reliever Javy Guerra, catcher Tim Federowicz and starting pitcher John Ely from triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. Federowicz and Guerra were already on the 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ely, the Dodgers placed minor league outfielder Alfredo Silverio on the 60-day disabled list. Silverio was involved in an off-season car accident and hasn't played this year Guerra started the season as the Dodgers' closer but lost his job to Kenley Jansen.
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August 31, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Saturday comes that bizarre quirk to the major league season, where rosters can be expanded to include anyone active on the 40-man roster. Play all season with 25 guys, and the final month comes for the stretch drive, and suddenly it's a new game with expanded rosters. Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers would call up Tim Federowicz as a third catcher, and likely will bring back reliever Javy Guerra. More would follow later, as minor league teams finish their seasons next week.
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August 29, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER — Kenley Jansen might be finished for the season and, by extension, so might be the Dodgers. Jansen was unavailable to close out the Dodgers' 10-8 victory over the last-place Colorado Rockies on Wednesday because of issues related to a heart problem that sidelined him for nearly a month last year, Manager Don Mattingly said. So, although the high-priced offense came into form and Matt Kemp said he could be back in the lineup as early as Thursday, the Dodgers suffered a major blow to an already unstable part of their team that Mattingly has called the most crucial to their success: pitching.
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