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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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August 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with what the Dodgers described as "right elbow pain. " In terms of buzz, the development was of secondary importance, as it came on the day the Dodgers completed their nine-player trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. But in terms of what it meant to the Dodgers' postseason ambitions, it was potentially devastating. Billingsley was injured in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' win over the Marlins on Friday.
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May 15, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
So now what? The Dodgers had enjoyed relative health during their hot start, but in the span of six days lost four key players to the disabled list -- Juan Rivera (hamstring), Jerry Hairston Jr. (hamstring), Juan Uribe (wrist), and now, Matt Kemp (hamstring). That's basically three starters lost, and Hairston was the primary backup for Uribe and Rivera. And it's not like the Dodgers were sporting baseball's most explosive offense before they went down. Kemp has 12 of their 30 homers.
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August 5, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
First, there was Jerry Sands. Then came Rubby De La Rosa and Dee Gordon. On Saturday, the cash- and talent-deprived Dodgers will be forced to prematurely promote another of their top prospects to the major leagues. As a result of De La Rosa's upcoming elbow operation, Manager Don Mattingly's baby-faced club will become even younger when 21-year-old Nate Eovaldi is sent the mound at Chase Field to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Eovaldi will be the fourth pitcher called up this season directly from double-A Chattanooga, following De La Rosa, closer Javy Guerra and reliever Josh Lindblom.
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March 11, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Reporting from Phoenix -- The Dodgers advanced to within three games of the World Series in 2008 and 2009, with Manny Ramirez in a starring role. Bear that in mind as Andre Ethier offers his assessment of the 2012 team. "I think we've definitely got players as good as we've ever had here in the seven years I've been with the Dodgers," Ethier said Sunday. The Dodgers have lacked a power presence in left field since Ramirez. Their projected lineup includes potential weak spots at catcher and second base, and a shortstop in his first full season.
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May 15, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now for a lineup only a minor leaguer's mommy could love. The Dodgers presented their strangest lineup in recent memory -- like ever? -- Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. Are you ready for Scott Van Slyke to make the first start of his major-league career as the No. 3 hitter? Jerry Sands in left and Justin Sellers at third? With Andre Ethier making the first regular-season start of his major-league life in center? That's three starters who a week ago were in the minors and a career right-fielder making his debut in center.
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