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February 28, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke was walking around the clubhouse without a limp Friday morning, but declined to provide an update on his right calf muscle. “I have no more comments about my injury,” he said politely. A day earlier, Greinke was removed from his first start of the exhibition season after throwing only four pitches. The Dodgers said Greinke sustained a mild calf strain. Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his spring debut Friday, when the Dodgers face the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch.
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February 28, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Chicago White Sox 0 AT THE PLATE: Top prospect Joc Pederson hit a two-run, opposite-field home run. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to left-center in the second inning, his second double in as many days. Reserve outfield candidate Mike Baxter doubled in a run in the eighth inning. Nonroster player Clint Robinson was two for two with a home run and scored two runs. ON THE MOUND: Setup man Brian Wilson, closer Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright and Matt Magill each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
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February 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Just for fun, just because it's the first week of spring games, let's imagine Seth Rosin continues to throw like he did in the Dodgers' exhibition opener. Which is to say, absolute lights out. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound right-hander threw two scoreless innings Wednesday, five of his six outs coming via strikeout. OK, so he's not going to keep that up. But for argument's sake, let's say he's at least in the neighborhood. You absolutely have to keep him, right? Only it's hard to imagine that happening.
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February 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
About the Dodgers' four-outfielder problem ... while in the crowded neighborhood, could they make it a five-outfielder dilemma? Hey, spring is for those who dream, so you could excuse the Dodgers if they were feeling a tad wishful Friday after prospect Joc Pederson broke open a scoreless game with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. The Dodgers went on to a 5-0 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, seven different pitchers combining to hold Chicago to five hits. The Dodgers had only two hits themselves entering the seventh when first baseman Clint Robinson -- a free-agent first baseman who would later add a two-run bomb of his own -- led off the inning with a single.
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February 19, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Brandon League views this spring as a chance to start over. "It's a new season, whether you're World Series champs, made the playoffs or not," League said. "It's always a fresh start for everyone. " Never was League paid as much as he was last season, the first year of a three-year, $22.5-million contact. And never did League pitch worse. "It wasn't easy for me to swallow," he said. He started the season as the Dodgers' closer and ended it as an observer in the National League Championship Series.
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February 13, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
This shapes up as one of the Dodgers' strangest spring camps, what with opening early to start the major-league season in Australia on March 22, then fly back, take four days off, oddly resume the exhibition season with three games against the Angels and then open the season - continental version - March 30 in San Diego. That doesn't necessarily translate to an interesting camp. Truth be told, this could shaped up as one of the duller Dodgers camps ever. There is precious little competition.
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February 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers have three former All-Star closers and none of them is likely to start the season as the team's primary ninth-inning option. That job belongs to Kenley Jansen. As crowded as the Dodgers are in the outfield with Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp vying for three starting spots, they might be even more talented in the bullpen. The Dodgers have so many experienced relief pitchers, they might not have a place on the major league roster for Paco Rodriguez, who posted a 2.32 earned-run average in 76 games as a rookie last season.
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February 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Shortly after he avoided an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers and agreed to a $4.3-million salary for the upcoming season, Kenley Jansen reflected on how he went from a light-hitting catching prospect to the closer of baseball's most expensive team. "It's unbelievable how stuff works that quick," Jansen said. "Now, a million-dollar contract. That's pretty awesome. " Jansen, 26, was paid $512,000 last season. When he and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, he asked for $5.05 million and the team offered $3.5 million.
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February 9, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's the first workout of spring, so naturally it's time for the "what if" game. Hey, it's never too early. In today's exciting edition we ask: If Josh Beckett does win the fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation and Paul Maholm goes to the bullpen as he said he'd be willing to do, who moves out? The bullpen is more crowded than living quarters in a submarine. They brought back late-season addition Brian Wilson and signed Chris Perez and Jamey Wright in the off-season, to go along with Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Brandon League, Paco Rodriguez and Chris Withrow.
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February 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers won the National League West by 11 games last season, the largest margin in any division in baseball. They were only the third team since 1900 to win 42 times in a 50-game stretch. And if not for a fastball that fractured Hanley Ramirez's rib in October, they might have gotten to the World Series for the first time in 25 years. Starting with the pitchers and catchers Saturday, the Dodgers will report to spring training over the coming week with largely the same roster they had last year.
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