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July 31, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Everything seemed to lag Sunday, and not just because the nine-inning game lasted 3 hours 36 minutes. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly conceded after his team's 6-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium that he "didn't feel there was a lot of energy out there" for the first time this season. "A disappointing day today for me," Mattingly said. It didn't help that the fourth-place Dodgers entered the game only hours after trading shortstop and clubhouse leader Rafael Furcal , ending any doubt about their hopes to contend over the season's final two months.
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July 23, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
Manny Ramirez took one look at the lineup posted on the wall and shouted across the clubhouse. "Change the lineup, Joe!" he hollered as he laughed. Over the next 10 minutes, Manager Joe Torre drew up a new alignment, this one without Ramirez's name. Hit on the left hand the previous night by a fastball from Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey, Ramirez said he expected to be back in the lineup when the Dodgers open a three-game series against the Florida Marlins on Friday.
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April 29, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Among the 3,257 things lost in the Dodgers' dramatic 4-3 victory over the Nationals Saturday night: -- Chad Billingsley rebounded from his only bad start, to pitch seven superb innings. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out six while lowering his ERA to 2.64. --Jerry Hairston Jr. is proving to be so special as a utility player, he's actually become a quasi-starter. He scored the first run Saturday, is batting .289 and is able to play at least three different positions.
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April 13, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ted Lilly has waited for more than a week to make his season debut. To him, it's felt substantially longer. "It's not like I missed a ton of starts, but it feels like I missed a few," Lilly said. He's missed one, to be exact. Lilly will make his season debut Saturday against the San Diego Padres. "It's been fun watching us win," Lilly said. "At some point, we'd all like to be a part of what's going on. " A stiff neck threw off Lilly's throwing program in spring training, which, in turn, forced the left-hander to start the season on the disabled list.
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April 9, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hey, what's not to love about 3-1 start on the road? A team will take that any time. And to be sure, there was plenty to like about the way the Dodgers opened the season in San Diego. Which is not the same as liking it all. Some positives: -- Easily the best thing to happen to the Dodgers this weekend was the performance of Chad Billingsley. His start in the second game might have been the finest performance of his five-year career. He was aggressive from the get-go, threw strikes and was in complete command.
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April 29, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Not to distance themselves too much from last year - - wait, is that possible? - - the Dodgers are doing things in April they could barely do all of last season. The Dodgers knocked off the Washington Nationals on Sunday, 2-0, Chris Capuano leading the pitching and James Loney driving in both runs to complete a three-game sweep. The Dodgers have now swept three teams this season, matching their entire total from last season. The victory left them a league-best 16-6, and at no time last season were they 10 games over .500.
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May 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Guggenheim Baseball Management, greatest owners in baseball history. Or something like that. Anyway, they are undefeated. In the first game under the new ownership, the Dodgers jumped all over the Rockies on Tuesday night and then had to absolutely hang on for a 7-6 victory in Denver that featured three L.A. home runs -- and not one that came from Matt Kemp. The taut game was finally turned over to struggling closer Javy Guerra in the ninth inning, who survived a nervous inning to earn his eighth save.
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April 12, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
How the Dodgers will fare against the National League's top teams remains a mystery. But one week into the regular season, this much is already clear: They can dominate teams short on talent, experience and money. The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the severely underfunded Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-2 victory on Thursday night, improving their major league-leading record to 6-1. Next to visit Dodger Stadium will be the even worse San Diego Padres, from whom the Dodgers took three of four games in their season-opening series at Petco Park.
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June 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Andre Ethier started to hit his way out of his season-worst slump over the last three days in Anaheim, going six for 11 with two runs, two doubles and two walks in the series against the Angels. Ethier entered the series hitting .171 this month. "I don't think I'm quite back where I want to be, but, at the same time, it's just going up there and focusing what each individual at-bat calls for you to do," Ethier said. In particular, he was referring to how teams are pitching him differently with Matt Kemp out of the lineup.
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July 7, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Here's a pattern the Dodgers want to avoid: Jumping out in front only for their starting pitcher to give it all back. It looked familiar Saturday when another early lead came and went for the Dodgers in their 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. For the second consecutive game, the Dodgers took the early lead, only to watch the Diamondbacks come from behind. The best news for the Dodgers came before the game even started, when they learned the Giants had already lost. Despite losing to the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers maintained their half-game lead in the National League West.
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