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March 9, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Phoenix -- Walking back to the Dodgers' clubhouse from the practice field where he played catch, Kenley Jansen talked about his health scare early Friday morning. Jansen said he was awakened at about 2:30 a.m. by the rapid beating of his heart. The hard-throwing setup man said he was also short of breath. "It was going pretty fast for like half an hour," Jansen said of his heartbeat. He said his heart wasn't out of rhythm, the way it was last year when he had to spend a month on the disabled list.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke wasn't at his best as he gave up eight hits and threw 103 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. But he held the Diamondbacks to one run, which allowed him to depart the game with a 6-1 lead and earn his third victory of the season. As a result of Greinke's relatively short start, the Dodgers had to use five relievers: Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, Paul Maholm, Brandon League and Kenley Jansen. That Jansen was forced to pitch in a game the Dodgers once led 8-2 was entirely League's fault.
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March 9, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
After experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat on Thursday night, Kenley Jansen left the Dodgers' spring-training complex to visit a doctor this morning. Jansen is expected to return to Camelback Ranch later today. Jansen spent a month on the disabled list last season with heart problems. He was hospitalized for a week with an irregular heart beat and was placed on blood-thinning medication to prevent a clot or stroke. Jansen averaged 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings last season, setting an all-time major-league record.
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April 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- The last time the Dodgers were at Chase Field, they won the National League West and celebrated by leaping into the swimming pool on the other side of the short wall in right-center field. A controversy ensued, as some of the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed they felt disrespected. Sen. John McCain blasted the Dodgers on behalf of his home state. The Dodgers rolled their eyes, pointing to this as the latest small-minded complaint by their middle-market division rivals. If any bad blood remains from the incident, it didn't resurface Friday, when Adrian Gonzalez drove in five runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu had a strong outing in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the last-place Diamondbacks.
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October 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reliever Kenley Jansen, who landed on the disabled list in each of the last two seasons with an irregular heartbeat, underwent a surgical procedure on Tuesday to correct the problem. Jansen is expected to be fully competitive at the start of spring training. Though Jansen will be on blood-thinning medication for the next two to three months, he will be able to throw and work out this winter without any restrictions. In fact, Jansen could probably start exercising in the next seven to 10 days.
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August 31, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Kenley Jansen will learn Tuesday if he will pitch again this season. That is the day the Dodgers' closer will visit a heart specialist who will tell him whether he has to continue taking blood-thinning medication. If Jansen stops taking the medication, he can pitch as early as Sept. 7 in San Francisco. If he has to continue taking it, he will be out four weeks. The medication is designed to prevent clots and strokes. But if Jansen is struck with a baseball while on it, he could bleed to death.
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May 7, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Dodgers' closer, Manager Don Mattingly announced before his team's series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. “It's not a move you want to make,” Mattingly said. In his last five appearances, Guerra was 0-2 and has blown two of this three save opportunities. His earned-run average in that span was 13.50. "I still have a lot of confidence," Guerra said. "Right now, we have to win ballgames. I'll take the blame for five or six games.
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September 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
SAN DIEGO - Dodger closer Kenley Jansen has saved a career-high 26 games this season and ranks sixth among National League relievers with a 1.95 earned-run average in 72 appearances. But imagine how good he could be if he was pitching with his dominant arm. Jansen is a natural lefty. In fact, pitching is the only thing he does with his right hand. And he would still be throwing left-handed if not for his right-handed brothers. "When I was a kid I used to use a right-handed glove and I'd just put it on the other hand," says Jansen, who grew up in Curacao.
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August 30, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
These days, the Dodgers have to take roll before every game just to make sure they can field a healthy team. They need to hire someone full time just to keep up with their injury report. Here's Thursday's pregame report, subject to change at a moment's notice: - Closer Kenley Jansen was seeing a cardiologist before the game to help him and the Dodgers determine the best course of action for the recurrence of his heart arrhythmia. “We're not really sure on Kenley,” said Manager Don Mattingly.
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August 5, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's not as if Kenley Jansen has never done this closing business before. It's not as if he hasn't done it very well. He saved 25 games last season. Yet even if his cutter is a couple of ticks slower than when he first burst upon the scene, Jansen has never seemed more dominant that he is right now. Jansen is on a dream roll, attacking hitters and pitching with growing confidence. He has closed his last 10 consecutive save opportunities and almost looked better with each one. He struck out the side Sunday to earn his 17th  save of the season.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig had not played since spraining a thumb on a headfirst dive Saturday. But, as the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning, there was Puig, headed to the on-deck circle and then the plate, as Dodger Stadium went nuts. Puig struck out looking, but the Dodgers scored three runs off Detroit closer Joe Nathan to force extra innings. AT THE PLATE: Carl Crawford had a pair of doubles, Juan Uribe had three singles, and Dee Gordon had two singles.
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April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
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April 5, 2014
ON THE MOUND: Nearly three weeks after the Dodgers broke camp, veteran left-hander Paul Maholm made his first start for his new team. The pitcher who replaced a sidelined Clayton Kershaw in gave up five runs and seven hits over 41/3 innings. Maholm gave up two home runs, including a three-run home run to Pablo Sandoval in the fifth inning that increased the Giants' lead to 5-1. With the bullpen depleted by Hyun-Jin Ryu's two-inning start Friday, the Dodgers were forced to use the likes of Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Chris Perez in a blowout loss.
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April 2, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
KEY MOMENT: With Zack Greinke pitching only five innings and Brian Wilson about to be put on the disabled list, Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow and J.P. Howell each pitched a scoreless inning to get the ball to closer Kenley Jansen with the Dodgers' 3-2 lead intact. Withrow, working on his 25th birthday, failed to properly catch a throw by Adrian Gonzalez at first base but otherwise had a perfect seventh inning. Jansen had a particularly scary ninth inning, loading the bases before striking out pinch-hitter Nick Hundley to end the game.
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April 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
My whopper of a journey ended in a Burger King, in front of a darkened TV screen hanging in a corner obscured by a tall guy eating a bag of fries. The Dodgers game had just ended, and I had missed it. All of it. Every pitch, every hit, every Vin. My Tuesday afternoon quest to watch the Dodgers' first domestic appearance on their new SportsNet LA channel had finished in fast-food failure. Bad enough that this new channel reaches only 30% of Los Angeles. On the first day that would test the effect of the Dodgers' decision to cut a TV deal that has cut out the majority of their fans, the channel reached 0% of me. I tried.
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March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 3, Rockies 3 AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez capped a solid spring by driving in two runs. Gonzalez finished the Cactus League with a .303 average. Carl Crawford broke out of his spring-long slump by collecting two hits and scoring a run. Utilityman Justin Turner, who was added to the major league roster earlier in the day, got a hit in his only at-bat. He finished the spring with a .355 average. ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu looked as if he was ready to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.
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October 22, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
KENLEY JANSEN , 25, closer Final 2012 stats: 5-3, 2.35 ERA, 25 saves in 32 opportunities, 0.95 WHIP, 13.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Contract status: Still under team control. The good: Thrust into the closer's role for the first time in his career, the hard-throwing Jansen performed just about as well as expected, which is saying plenty. He's only expected to blow every hitter away on three pitches. After going on the disabled list again this season with an irregular heartbeat, he came back to allow only one run in his last nine games, striking out 13 in 8 1/3 innings.
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March 16, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
And off they go, into the blue skies to see just how much sleep they can actually manage during a 17-hour flight. Maybe Clayton Kershaw should have squeezed his ping-pong table on board. The Dodgers wrapped up their condensed spring training in Phoenix on Sunday with a 3-3 tie against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch. If you care about such things, that tied their spring record with five ties. They headed to their charter mostly with the guys they expected to take to Australia, though not with all spring questions answered.
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March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Padres 4; White Sox 5, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a triple, raising his exhibition average to .282. Gordon also stole a base, making him nine for his ninth in nine on the spring on stolen-base attempts. Manager Don Mattingly has been highly complimentary of Gordon, an indication he could be the team's opening-day second baseman. ON THE MOUND: Closer Kenley Jansen threw another scoreless inning to maintain his 0.00 earned-run average.
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