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April 5, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ah, yes, best-laid plans and all. Looked swell on paper, but the execution proved somewhat lacking. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly decided to use an almost exclusive right-handed lineup against left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Saturday afternoon, sitting  Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. And it mattered little, the Dodgers managing only two runs against Bumgarner in his 6 1/3 innings and falling 7-2 to the Giants before a crowd of 49,520 at Dodger Stadium. Ethier did pinch-hit with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh, delivering a run-scoring single.
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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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April 1, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you thought Brian Wilson did not look right Sunday night, turns out he wasn't. After Wilson was unable to get any of his five batters out, the Dodgers said Tuesday they will place their set-up man on the disabled list with what they called nerve irritation in his right elbow. The Dodgers said an MRI exam showed no ligament damage, which is good news for a pitcher who's had two Tommy John surgeries to the elbow. Still, it's more early injury trouble for the Dodgers, who already have stars Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp on the disabled list.
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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 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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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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March 10, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
I believe it was that great baseball sage, Daffy Duck, who said of the Dodgers' bullpen: “What a predicament!” The Dodgers are flush with relievers. Stocked with veteran arms. Have three former closers backing up Kenley Jansen. Returned veterans J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright. The Dodgers are so completely stacked in the bullpen right now that barring injury, 2013 standouts Paco Rodriguez and Chris Withrow; Rule 5 draft pick Seth Rosin; another ex-closer, Javy Guerra; and hard-throwing phenom Jose Dominguez all do not figure to make the team.
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March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - For a relief pitcher it's not how you start but how you finish that counts. So it didn't matter that, for five months last summer, Paco Rodriguez was almost unhittable, posting a 1.88 earned-run average and holding opponents to a batting average far lower than that. Because in September and October, when it counted most, Rodriguez was pounded like he was pitching batting practice. And that pounding left a mark. "I took it personal," says Rodriguez, whose late-season fade cost him a spot on the Dodgers' playoff roster.
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March 7, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The future made an appearance for the Dodgers on Friday. Not the one coming this season maybe, but some season not too far distant. Right-hander Zach Lee, the Dodgers' No. 1 pick in 2010 who had been slowed by a muscle strain in his back, finally made his first spring appearance, starting in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Rangers at Camelback Ranch. It was only two innings, but it was a start. Lee, 22, allowed two hits - including a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo off the wall - struck out one and did not walk a batter in his two scoreless innings.
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