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May 23, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
PHOENIX — The hitting wasn't there. You could see that coming. The Dodgers had not thrown out a lineup without Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp all season. The pitching, well, that was a little off. The Arizona Diamondbacks scored early and often Wednesday, pounding Ted Lilly and Jamey Wright for 11 runs in the first five innings of an 11-4 victory over the Dodgers. The Dodgers' six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end. Nonetheless, the Dodgers (30-14) flew home with the best record in the major leagues, and a seven-game lead in the National League West.
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February 4, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
One of my least-favorite sports terms: It's a process. Like everything isn't. Studying game film, learning to lay off that low outside slider, scratching your left earlobe, it's all a process. Normally this process malarkey is used to explain why things aren't as good as they're supposed to be. And since in sports there is only one winner, that pretty much leaves everyone else going through their little processes. Naturally, you hear it a lot around the Dodgers. Rejuvenating the fan base, upgrading the roster, adding depth to the front office - it's all a process.
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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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May 14, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The list of injured Dodgers keeps growing, with Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe going on the disabled list Monday to join Jerry Hairston Jr. and Juan Rivera, among others. But the Dodgers' pitching staff, including Clayton Kershaw, their ace left-hander, largely has steered clear of injury, a key reason why the Dodgers have kept playing well early this season. Kershaw was stellar again Monday night in a duel with Arizona's Ian Kennedy, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless in seven innings of work as the Dodgers won, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium.
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May 29, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Juan Rivera shouldn't be far behind. "Two, three more days," Rivera said. The Dodgers' opening-day left fielder, Rivera played alongside Kemp on a two-game rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and Monday. Rivera rested Tuesday and was expected to resume playing with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga the next day. He said he is optimistic that he will be able to play in the Dodgers' upcoming series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, which starts Friday.
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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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January 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Some quick looks around the Web: -- Matt Kemp is scheduled to serve as the grand marshal of the 28th Kingdom Day Parade on Saturday. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance has been moved back from Monday to avoid conflict with President Obama's inauguration. The parade is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, and then proceed west on King. -- In what's becoming an annual event, the Dodgers and Cubs are scheduled to play a game March 21 in Tucson, Ariz., to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund , the slain daughter of Dodgers scout John Green.
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May 10, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Think all those players who come and go as Dodgers go on to great things with other organizations? Not hardly. Here's a look at the players who spent time with the Dodgers last season who are no longer with the club, and what they're up to now. James Loney, Superman of all first basemen aside, mostly they're not tearing it up. The list: Bobby Abreu: Out of baseball, reportedly in Venezuela and mulling over 2014 comeback, when he'll be...
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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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September 14, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
For Hanley Ramirez, the standings do the talking. The Miami Marlins anointed Ramirez as the face of their franchise in 2008, signing him to a six-year contract extension and telling fans he would carry the team into its new ballpark. On Thursday, seven weeks after the team traded Ramirez, Marlins President David Samson explained why. "We just realized we couldn't win with him," Samson told mlb.com. "It was that simple. " Ramirez, enjoying a pennant race at Dodger Stadium, shot back quickly Thursday afternoon.
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