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February 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Infielder Justin Sellers disputed a West Sacramento police account of his arrest for alleged violations while he was riding a motorcycle last month, saying it was the result of a misunderstanding. Sellers, 27, is facing misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and evading arrest, but said he was working to get them dismissed. “They did me wrong,” he said. Sellers said he takes batting practice in the off-season with the son of a West Sacramento police officer, who offered to take him on a ride-along.
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March 13, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Quick, somebody find Stephen Fife! That fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation is currently looking a tad shaky. Chad Billingsley is coming off Tommy John elbow surgery and not expected back until sometime in May, and Josh Beckett is coming off surgery to remove a rib, was hit hard in his last outing and will try to pitch Friday with a sprained thumb. And now veteran left-hander Paul Maholm suffered through his first rough outing in the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
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June 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers moved Yasiel Puig to the cleanup spot and recalled utilityman Justin Sellers on Monday to compensate for the absence of power-hitting shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez is bothered by tightness in the same left hamstring that forced him to be sidelined for a month earlier this season. He will be out of the lineup for the fifth consecutive day Monday, when the Dodgers open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ramirez batted cleanup in three of the four games he started since he returned from the disabled list on May 1. Puig has led off for the Dodgers in all seven games he has played.
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March 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Five games into the exhibition season, Yasiel Puig batted leadoff for the first time. He figures to do that a lot more this year, as Manager Don Mattingly said he is thinking of batting Puig first this year. "I like him getting that extra at-bat," Mattingly said. Under that scenario, Carl Crawford would probably bat second, Hanley Ramirez third and Adrian Gonzalez cleanup. Puig and Ramirez bat right-handed; Crawford and Gonzalez bat left-handed. As a rookie last season, Puig batted leadoff seven times.
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March 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Before the game Saturday, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly spoke glowingly of the work veteran reliever Kevin Gregg had turned in this spring. “He's been great,” Mattingly said. “I know he can't be this good. But every time out, he just gets outs. “He couldn't have had a better camp really. We're just trying to figure a way to keep Kevin around.” Turns out they couldn't, at least for now. After the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Angels they announced most, but not all, of their moves to get the roster down to 25 for Monday's season opener.
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April 22, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ugh, this Justin Sellers did not need. Riding motorcycles into the forest of a nearby residential area is one thing, but being captured on video during a game in the dugout doing this? I suppose there could be an explanation besides the obvious, but I'm thinking the Huntington Beach native was not getting in touch with his inner cowboy and rolling his own cig. Maybe he was getting ready to do his Pedro Cerrano thing over the bat for Luis Cruz via “Major League.” Admittedly, when you're tatted all over the place, a certain bias probably enters the equation.
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May 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Look at it this way, at least now the Dodgers have the threat of power on their bench. Because otherwise, the whole bench is the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid. " Slap hitters, on-base guys, lots of utility guys, but nobody who can actually place a small fear into the opposing manager's heart. Now you can argue just how much power Bobby Abreu actually has left at age 38 -- bet the Angels would -- but it still is going to be more than any of the other backups. Abreu has 284 career home runs -- though only eight last year -- which is 284 more than any Dodgers pinch-hitter this season.
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May 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Was going to go with another bad hamstrung play of words, but the bad legs are coming too fast and furious now. Jerry Hairston Jr. is the latest to head to the disabled list with a strained hamstring, the Dodgers recalling infielder Justin Sellers on Friday prior to their series opener against the Rockies. Hairston originally injured his hamstring running out an infield hit Sunday in Chicago. The Dodgers put Juan Rivera on the DL with a strained hamstring on Wednesday. And center fielder Matt Kemp has been running gingerly with a sore hamstring since Saturday.
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February 22, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
One year you're the opening day starting shortstop. The next you're designated for assignment. Welcome to the world of Justin Sellers, who was DFA'd on Saturday when the Dodgers officially signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena . Sellers could field but not hit (.199 in parts of three seasons), and the Dodgers currently have their share of slick-fielding, questionable-hitting infielders, beginning now with Arruebarrena. And they just invested $25 million in him. Sellers surprised most everyone with his hitting when first called up in the middle of the 2011 season, when he had a .278 average in his first 16 games.
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March 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
That sort of came out of nowhere, Manager Don Mattingly on Thursday suddenly floating the possibility of Justin Sellers as the Dodgers' shortstop. It had been pretty much assumed since shortstop Hanley Ramirez went down for eight weeks with his torn thumb that Luis Cruz would slide over from third to short and Mattingly would use the trio of Juan Uribe, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Nick Punto over at third. Sellers, coming off back surgery, had been off the radar pretty much all spring.
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February 22, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
One year you're the opening day starting shortstop. The next you're designated for assignment. Welcome to the world of Justin Sellers, who was DFA'd on Saturday when the Dodgers officially signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena . Sellers could field but not hit (.199 in parts of three seasons), and the Dodgers currently have their share of slick-fielding, questionable-hitting infielders, beginning now with Arruebarrena. And they just invested $25 million in him. Sellers surprised most everyone with his hitting when first called up in the middle of the 2011 season, when he had a .278 average in his first 16 games.
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August 11, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Sunday he is prepared to return to the lineup this week despite a sore right shoulder but said he hopes the discomfort does not linger. "Hopefully, it's not something I have to deal with the rest of the season," he said. Ramirez, who leads the team with a 1.050 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, jammed his right shoulder Aug. 4. He completed a full workout Sunday but said he still felt discomfort when extending his arm on his swing and when throwing to first base.
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June 21, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Why are the Dodgers such a lousy defensive team? The pyramids should be such a mystery. This shouldn't be, really. No one expected the Dodgers to be one of the top defensive teams in baseball, but one of the absolute worst? The Dodgers are tied with the Angels for the second-most errors (54) in the majors (after three errors Thursday, the Astros have 56 and own MLB's worst fielding percentage, .980). And when you're a bad fielding team, of course, it isn't just the balls you're butchering but the ones you don't get to, the plays not made.
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June 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers moved Yasiel Puig to the cleanup spot and recalled utilityman Justin Sellers on Monday to compensate for the absence of power-hitting shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez is bothered by tightness in the same left hamstring that forced him to be sidelined for a month earlier this season. He will be out of the lineup for the fifth consecutive day Monday, when the Dodgers open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ramirez batted cleanup in three of the four games he started since he returned from the disabled list on May 1. Puig has led off for the Dodgers in all seven games he has played.
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May 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers have bullpen problems and hitting with runners in scoring position problems and health in the rotation problems. And one other little thing: They're a lousy defensive team. This defensive trouble might come as a surprise. All three outfielders have won gold gloves. Adrian Gonzalez has won three at first base. Mark Ellis is superior at second base. Yet 40 games into the season, there can't be any denying the Dodgers are having trouble consistently fielding the ball.
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May 8, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
That seemed a strange move, but that's where the last-place Dodgers find themselves these days. Making strange, desperate moves. Tuesday they sent down infielder Justin Sellers and called up catcher Tim Federowicz. That gives them three catchers, which most teams eschew, the Dodgers included under normal conditions. But their choice in creating a roster spot basically came down to unloading one of two lousy hitting players, Sellers (.191) or catcher Ramon Hernandez (.045). Such a choice.
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May 30, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Last in a series on minor league call-ups who have helped fuel the Dodgers' early-season surge. The first was etched on his stomach; his surname, Sellers, emblazoned in black ink. "I thought it would mean a lot to my family," Dodgers infielder Justin Sellers says. "Just to represent, I guess. " From there they spread to the back of his neck, where a guardian angel keeps a lookout. That first tattoo was received during his senior year at Huntington Beach Marina High.
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August 14, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Gobs of shaving cream were caked in Justin Sellers' sideburns, his jersey, his glove. The Dodgers rookie had left the field minutes earlier, but the remnants of his most joyous moment in baseball still covered him like a badge of honor. "You don't top this feeling," Sellers said. In his third major league game, the speck of a shortstop transformed a two-thirds-empty Dodger Stadium into a rollicking place Sunday during the Dodgers' 7-0 victory against the Houston Astros.
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May 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers appear to be once again turning to Dee Gordon at shortstop. Gordon, whose future with the Dodgers became murky since they acquired Hanley Ramirez last July, is expected to replace the injured Ramirez in the lineup. Gordon was en route to San Francisco on Saturday afternoon, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to discuss it because the Dodgers had yet to make an announcement. Gordon, 25, was batting .314 with a .397 on-base percentage at triple-A Albuquerque.
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May 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - The Dodgers gave Dee Gordon their shortstop job last season, and they had to trade for Hanley Ramirez . When Ramirez was injured this spring, they gave the job to Justin Sellers and sent Gordon to the minor leagues. With Ramirez injured again, the Dodgers are giving Gordon what might be his last chance to show he can be an everyday shortstop for them. The Dodgers officially put Ramirez on the disabled list Saturday because of a strained left hamstring, recalling Gordon and inserting him into the starting lineup.
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