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March 27, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PEORIA, Ariz. — As a minor leaguer, Javy Guerra was used to watching opening-day ceremonies on television. In a little more than a week, he'll be part of one. "I don't think I've ever been more excited for the start of a season," Guerra said. Guerra, 26, is the Dodgers' closer. Around this time last year, he was on his way to double-A Chattanooga. He made his major league debut in mid-April. Since that promotion, Guerra's life has drastically changed. He saved 21 games last season and there were demands for his time in the off-season.
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September 5, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Washington -- Well, that was fun while it lasted. The Dodgers are back to losing and back to not scoring, as they dropped their second consecutive game Monday, falling to the Washington Nationals, 7-2, at Nationals Park. The consecutive losses followed a 12-game stretch during which the Dodgers won 11 games. "It's hard to say," Manager Don Mattingly said when asked whether the Dodgers reverted to their season-long form. "Is it that? Is it baseball?" Hiroki Kuroda didn't help matters.
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September 12, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly did not allow a hit until the fifth inning as he dueled Arizona Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders. But Lilly was saddled once again with the Dodgers' familiar nemesis this season, poor run support, so he was working with a mere one-run lead that proved not nearly enough. Arizona tagged Lilly and relievers Matt Guerrier and Scott Elbert for five runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 7-2 win that, for the Dodgers, spoiled the opening game of their final homestand of the season.
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August 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Kenley Jansen knows how quickly fans can turn on a closer. He saw it happen to Jonathan Broxton. Broxton, now a setup man for the Cincinnati Reds, made two All-Star teams with the Dodgers. But Broxton never lived down his failures in the 2008 and 2009 playoffs and spent his final seasons in Los Angeles as a divisive figure among fans. As the closer on a contending team, Jansen now carries the burden that once belonged to Broxton. Jansen, in his first season as closer, views this as an opportunity.
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June 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's an official spiral now, and not just because the losses are piling up, though they certainly are. Now it's the way the Dodgers are losing, which Friday night meant simply giving a game away. The Dodgers committed four errors in suffering their fifth consecutive defeat, this one an unsightly 13-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Until this skid, the Dodgers had not lost more than two consecutive games all season. But they're injury-riddled and playing youngsters and guys out of position, and coupled with an early-morning arrival to Denver, the Dodgers were a world away from sharp.
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April 5, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
SAN DIEGO -- Here is this year's list of 25 things I absolutely, positively guarantee will happen with the Dodgers this season. One day, I'll miss on one. 1) On April 14, Magic Johnson, Mark Walter, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten and company, will be introduced at a news conference as the Dodgers new owners, and at the end of it we still won't know who owns what. 2) Andre Ethier really will come back with his best year, and it will cost the new owners serious moola. 3)  Sometime between April 14 and April 30, Frank McCourt will file something that will delay the ownership transfer.
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April 3, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers are expected to announce their final roster decisions after Tuesday night's game, and it doesn't look promising for Josh Fields. Fields was something of an early-spring sensation, and given that Jerry Sands fizzled and Fields had hit 23 home runs for the Chicago White Sox in 2007, early it appeared the corner infielder had played his way on the team. But after hitting .435 in his first 23 at-bats, he has batted only .070 in his last 23 at-bats. And prior to Tuesday's game, General Manager Ned Colletti said they had made up their minds for the final spot and that needed right-handed power wasn't going to have a big impact in their decision.
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February 24, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
What a mess. What a complete mess. It's orchestrated by Frank McCourt, so the shock factor is nil, but still. You wonder how any human being can be so completely clueless, but then we've been watching this sorry excuse for an owner for way too long now. His latest fantasy has him selling the team but keeping the parking lots completely surrounding Dodger Stadium. Hey, now there's a sweet deal. Thursday marked the first day the siege of the Alamo began in 1836. Getting surrounded by the enemy is never a very good idea.
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May 16, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
While breathlessly awaiting news of Johnny Depp's next movie in caked white makeup, a look at the Dodgers around the Web: -- It's getting be a regular A.J. Ellis lovefest out there. I told Ellis that I was going to have to find something to rip him about, simply to bring him back to planet Earth. Not that he's not deserving of high praise - his .455 on-base percentage is fourth in the majors, he's batting .322, and, with Matt Kemp down, his 15 RBIs are actually second on the club.
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March 27, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
He was talking about James Loney, and how much the Dodgers need for him to be the hitter he was in the second half. You know, the usual. But then Don Mattingly strayed ever so slightly, broadening his expectations, and that's when his comment to Orange County columnist Mark Whicker got interesting. "The guy we had at the end is the guy we are going to need,” Mattingly said. "But then we needAndre [Ethier] to be healthy, we need Juan to be a run producer, more of a 80-90 RBI guy. We're going to need all that for us to be in it.” At first I thought: "He's actually expecting Juan Uribe to hit up to 90 runs batted in?"
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