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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.
July 30, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Brandon League is coming, but who's going? The Dodgers announced their trade for the veteran right-handed reliever after Monday's game, but not how they would make room for him on their roster. They don't have to make the actual move until League arrives Tuesday. History says one reason for delaying the corresponding move on the eve of the nonwaiver trading deadline is the Dodgers are still working on another trade. A current reliever could be part of still another deal prior to Tuesday's 1 p.m. trade deadline.
June 21, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
OAKLAND - Josh Lindblom sat silently in front of his locker in the cramped Dodgers' clubhouse with his shoulders slumped and his head down. The reliever had just surrendered a three-run, walk-off home run to the Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes, giving Oakland a 4-1 win and a sweep of the three-game interleague series at the Oakland Coliseum. But it was the Dodgers' batters who slumped badly again Thursday afternoon as the team suffered its fifth loss in seven games. Key lapses on bunt plays in the ninth inning also hurt.
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.
March 23, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Like extremes? Packed into one day? By a single club? Then Friday afternoon was your kind of preseason day, the Dodgers managing to be both offensively inept and save-some-of-that powerful, all on the same little spring day. It came courtesy of split-squad games, the Dodgers crushing the White Sox, 17-4, while in a charity game played in Tucson to raise funds for the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, going meekly, 2-0, to the...
June 5, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If these Dodgers are a wonder team, as Vin Scully has suggested, Elian Herrera is emerging as the team's most unexpected wonder boy. Herrera had spent almost nine years bouncing around in the minor leagues. He wasn't even close to being considered a top prospect. Most team followers probably had never heard of him. He was as close to a no-name as you can imagine. And now he's just shy of being a sensation, never more so than Tuesday when he shattered a Cliff Lee shutout and helped the Dodgers overcome what was building as a nightmarish eighth inning, with a two-run double that propelled them to an improbable 2-1 victory in Philadelphia.
August 20, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Add Ted Lilly to the list of ailing Dodgers. A stiff neck forced Lilly to make a premature exit from the Dodgers' 7-6, 12-inning defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Coors Field. The extent of the problem is unknown and the Dodgers will wait to see whether Lilly's condition improves in the coming days before deciding whether he will make his next start. "I don't expect to miss it," Lilly said. Lilly went into Saturday with a 1.71 earned-run average this month but literally zero run support.
April 19, 2012 | By Mike James and Jim Peltz
With ownership of the Dodgers set to change hands on April 30, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball is working to learn more about the sale but is not trying to stop it. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale last week, despite complaints from MLB attorney Thomas Lauria that the league had not gotten a fair opportunity to review the transaction. Attorneys from MLB and Guggenheim Baseball, the new ownership group led by financier Mark Walter and fronted by Magic Johnson and incoming team President Stan Kasten , have met with the court-appointed mediator this week in an effort to resolve the league's concerns.
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.
April 29, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez was sailing along against the Dodgers, 25 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt, when suddenly he couldn't find the strike zone. The left-hander walked three consecutive Dodgers to load the bases in the sixth inning Sunday, and James Loney then poked a single into left field to drive in two runs. That was all Dodgers starter Chris Capuano and the club's bullpen needed as the Dodgers won, 2-0, giving them a three-game sweep of Washington at Dodger Stadium.
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