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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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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 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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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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September 10, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
The last time the Dodgers had as many wins as losses, Jonathan Broxton was still closing for them. Clayton Kershaw had only three wins. The Dodgers returned to the .500 mark for the first time on May 2 with a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night at AT&T Park. The team's 15th victory in 18 games came behind seven scoreless innings by journeyman left-hander Dana Eveland, who held the Giants to three hits and three walks. The win was the second in as many starts for Eveland, who was called up from triple-A Albuquerque on Sept.
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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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