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February 5, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's three days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training for the Dodgers, and do you know where their starting second baseman is? They're going in big time with Cuba's untested Alex Guerrero , a shortstop who's never played a lick of professional baseball. Of course, sign him to a four-year, $28-million deal, and maybe it should seem you're going all in. But if Guerrero fails either defensively or offensively, the truth is the Dodgers have no viable backup plan.
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April 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's up with all the strikeouts? The Dodgers are whiffing at an alarming rate early this season. They've already struck out 215 times, just four below the major league-high marks of the Mets and White Sox. By comparison, the Tigers have only 119 strikeouts in four fewer games. You can't get a hit if you don't put the ball in play, which partially explains why the Dodgers have a dismal .301 team on-base percentage mark and are an unexpected 18th in runs scored. This team is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, but it's shown only flashes of its potential thus far. Few Dodgers have been able to free themselves of this unforeseen malaise.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia -- With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, Justin Turner will start in place of Dee Gordon at second base for the Dodgers on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. Turner bats right-handed and Gordon left-handed. Right fielder Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Puig will be followed, in order, by Turner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez, left fielder Scott Van Slyke, third baseman Juan Uribe, center fielder Andre Ethier, catcher A.J. Ellis and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
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April 12, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Anybody starting to wonder whether Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly just doesn't want to pick between Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford when facing a left-hander? There is that benefit, but Mattingly has good reason for sitting both as he is doing again Saturday against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley. For the second time in a week since he's had all of his outfielders available, Mattingly elected to sit both left-handed hitters Ethier and Crawford, starting Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke. He also sat second baseman Dee Gordon, who only leads the team with a .405 batting average, in favor of right-hander Justin Turner.
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April 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's up with all the strikeouts? The Dodgers are whiffing at an alarming rate early this season. They've already struck out 215 times, just four below the major league-high marks of the Mets and White Sox. By comparison, the Tigers have only 119 strikeouts in four fewer games. You can't get a hit if you don't put the ball in play, which partially explains why the Dodgers have a dismal .301 team on-base percentage mark and are an unexpected 18th in runs scored. This team is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, but it's shown only flashes of its potential thus far. Few Dodgers have been able to free themselves of this unforeseen malaise.
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April 12, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Anybody starting to wonder whether Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly just doesn't want to pick between Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford when facing a left-hander? There is that benefit, but Mattingly has good reason for sitting both as he is doing again Saturday against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley. For the second time in a week since he's had all of his outfielders available, Mattingly elected to sit both left-handed hitters Ethier and Crawford, starting Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke. He also sat second baseman Dee Gordon, who only leads the team with a .405 batting average, in favor of right-hander Justin Turner.
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March 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Last season the Dodgers were fat with starting pitchers, going into camp with eight. As it turned out, even before the first month of the season ended, that was two fewer than they needed. This year their first four starters -- Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren -- appear set. Then they have Josh Beckett, who is returning after having a rib removed, and Chad Billingsley , who may be back in early May after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Which leaves Paul Maholm as the only real veteran rotation insurance.
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March 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers announced their 25-man roster before opening the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, and if it mostly came out as expected, it wasn't devoid of surprise. Alex Guerrero, the Cuban infielder who did not play last season and is making the conversion to second base, made the cut (for now), but last year's backup catcher, Tim Federowicz, did not. The Dodgers elected to keep catcher Drew Butera, who is out of options, and send Federowicz, who still has them, back to the minors.
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March 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's a platoon for now, very much subject to change, which should be nothing new for Dee Gordon. Manager Don Mattingly plans to start the season with a platoon of Gordon and Justin Turner at second base. This became Plan B when it was deemed Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero was a tad too heavy on the rust after not playing last season. Yet Mattingly sounded Thursday like a manager hoping Gordon would take this opportunity and turn it into something more grand. “I want to be able to use our guys all over,” Mattingly said.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Adrian Gonzalez made an early exit from an exhibition game Thursday because of tightness in his back but is expected to start the Dodgers' regular-season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I'm expecting him to go tomorrow," Manager Don Mattingly said Friday. Gonzalez will play first base and bat fourth. With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers will start right-handed-hitting utility man Justin Turner instead of left-handed-hitting Dee Gordon at second base.
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March 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's a platoon for now, very much subject to change, which should be nothing new for Dee Gordon. Manager Don Mattingly plans to start the season with a platoon of Gordon and Justin Turner at second base. This became Plan B when it was deemed Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero was a tad too heavy on the rust after not playing last season. Yet Mattingly sounded Thursday like a manager hoping Gordon would take this opportunity and turn it into something more grand. “I want to be able to use our guys all over,” Mattingly said.
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March 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers announced their 25-man roster before opening the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, and if it mostly came out as expected, it wasn't devoid of surprise. Alex Guerrero, the Cuban infielder who did not play last season and is making the conversion to second base, made the cut (for now), but last year's backup catcher, Tim Federowicz, did not. The Dodgers elected to keep catcher Drew Butera, who is out of options, and send Federowicz, who still has them, back to the minors.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia -- With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, Justin Turner will start in place of Dee Gordon at second base for the Dodgers on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. Turner bats right-handed and Gordon left-handed. Right fielder Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Puig will be followed, in order, by Turner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez, left fielder Scott Van Slyke, third baseman Juan Uribe, center fielder Andre Ethier, catcher A.J. Ellis and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Adrian Gonzalez made an early exit from an exhibition game Thursday because of tightness in his back but is expected to start the Dodgers' regular-season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I'm expecting him to go tomorrow," Manager Don Mattingly said Friday. Gonzalez will play first base and bat fourth. With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers will start right-handed-hitting utility man Justin Turner instead of left-handed-hitting Dee Gordon at second base.
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March 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Last season the Dodgers were fat with starting pitchers, going into camp with eight. As it turned out, even before the first month of the season ended, that was two fewer than they needed. This year their first four starters -- Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren -- appear set. Then they have Josh Beckett, who is returning after having a rib removed, and Chad Billingsley , who may be back in early May after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Which leaves Paul Maholm as the only real veteran rotation insurance.
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March 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With fewer than three weeks remaining until opening day, the Dodgers don't know who's on second. Early signs point to newcomer Alex Guerrero starting the season in the minor leagues. Unless that changes, the Dodgers probably will resort to filling the position with some combination of players from a group that includes Dee Gordon, Justin Turner, Miguel Rojas, Chone Figgins and Brendan Harris. "It's up in the air," Manager Don Mattingly conceded. So far in the exhibition season, time at second base has been split between Guerrero and Gordon, which reflects the team's $28-million commitment to Guerrero and the upside of the fleet-footed Gordon.
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March 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With fewer than three weeks remaining until opening day, the Dodgers don't know who's on second. Early signs point to newcomer Alex Guerrero starting the season in the minor leagues. Unless that changes, the Dodgers probably will resort to filling the position with some combination of players from a group that includes Dee Gordon, Justin Turner, Miguel Rojas, Chone Figgins and Brendan Harris. "It's up in the air," Manager Don Mattingly conceded. So far in the exhibition season, time at second base has been split between Guerrero and Gordon, which reflects the team's $28-million commitment to Guerrero and the upside of the fleet-footed Gordon.
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August 5, 2001 | Lauren Peterson
The Agoura and Lakewood Mayfair 18-and-under American Legion baseball teams opened the state playoffs with victories Saturday in Yountville. Agoura, the District 16 champion, overcame the loss of leadoff hitter Paul Farinacci in a 10-8 victory over Danville, the defending national champion. Farinacci, who homered on the game's first pitch, left in the fifth inning after injuring his left knee trying to steal third.
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February 5, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's three days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training for the Dodgers, and do you know where their starting second baseman is? They're going in big time with Cuba's untested Alex Guerrero , a shortstop who's never played a lick of professional baseball. Of course, sign him to a four-year, $28-million deal, and maybe it should seem you're going all in. But if Guerrero fails either defensively or offensively, the truth is the Dodgers have no viable backup plan.
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