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July 13, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The same explosive, high-energy style of play that turned Yasiel Puig into an overnight sensation could be starting to betray him. Puig made a fifth-inning departure from the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, his second early exit in as many days. The Dodgers described Puig's removal as "precautionary," but acknowledged it was related to the left hip he injured in a collision with the outfield wall in Colorado on July 3. "I feel a lot better, but there are a lot of games left in the season," Puig said.
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July 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez said the defense, rather than Stephen Fife, was responsible for the Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at AT&T Park. "I let him down a little bit today," said Ramirez, who made one of the Dodgers' three errors. Whatever the case, Fife could be out of the rotation soon, as the Dodgers acquired Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins. In exchange for Nolasco and $197,000 worth of cap space they can use to sign international amateur players, the Dodgers sent the Marlins three pitching prospects: triple-A relievers Josh Wall and Steven Ames, and Class-A starter Angel Sanchez.
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June 30, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Titanic is rising from the ocean floor. The Dodgers are back in contention. The Dodgers won for the seventh time in eight games Saturday night, a ninth-inning single by A.J. Ellis driving in Hanley Ramirez for a walk-off, 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in front of a packed house at Dodger Stadium. The most expensive team in baseball history remains in last place in the National League West but is now within five games of the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks.
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June 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - The longer Josh Hamilton struggled, the deeper the Angels right fielder went into this disappointing season, the more the advice from friends and family members, teammates and coaches, revolved around a central theme: Just have fun. "This season of baseball and life in general is so short - don't get caught up in the struggles, just enjoy," Hamilton said. "It's fun when you remember it's a game you played your whole life, since Little League. Nothing has changed inside the lines.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Torii Hunter is baffled as to how the Angels, picked by many to contend for a championship, can be nine games under .500 and 10 games out in the American League West in the last week of June. "Nobody in this world predicted that," said Hunter, the Detroit Tigers right fielder and former Angels star. "I have no explanation. " But don't count the Angels out, Hunter said. If Toronto can reel off 11 consecutive victories to get back into the AL East race, so can the Angels.
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June 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - Yasiel Puig might have captured the imagination of baseball fans from coast to coast, but the blossoming movement to get the Dodgers phenom into the All-Star game has not won unconditional support within the Dodgers' clubhouse. "You should have to earn it," Manager Don Mattingly said. In his first 15 games in the major leagues, Puig hit .474 with five home runs and 11 runs batted in. Is he an All-Star? "Right now, no," Mattingly said. "Are his numbers better than anybody else's?
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June 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - When the Dodgers called up Yasiel Puig and installed him in right field, the phenom unveiled one of the strongest arms of any outfielder in the major leagues. However, with Matt Kemp expected to return to center field next week, the Dodgers tentatively plan to move Andre Ethier back to right field and move Puig to left. Kemp is scheduled to start a rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. The Dodgers hope he can play three or four games there - the first as designated hitter, the rest in center - and then rejoin the major league team.
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June 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It began in Camden Yards on Wednesday with a six-run seventh inning that led to a come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Orioles, it carried through a weekend series against the New York Yankees, and it resumed Monday night against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels hitters are on a roll, much as they were during an eight-game win streak from May 18-26, and they went on a rampage Monday night in Angel Stadium. Offensive underachievers for most of the season, the Angels pounded starter Aaron Harang and three relievers for a season-high 21 hits in an 11-3 victory that provided a loud reminder of just how lethal they can be when their bats are clicking.
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June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
(Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): "MASTERS, SPREAD YOURSELVES" 1. ST. LOUIS I am feared in field: Cardinals lead the league in fielding. (1) 2. OAKLAND I have had a more rare vision: Moneyball still paying off for first-place A's. (2) 3. BOSTON Though [he] be but little, [he] is fierce! 5-foot-9 Pedroia leads team in hits, runs. (4) 4. DETROIT How can it be said I am alone? Tigers hitting .270 without Cabrera's stats.
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June 15, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
One of the toughest jobs for a fantasy owner is deciding how long to stick with a struggling pitcher. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at four usually reliable starters whose problems on the mound are making life miserable for their owners. Cole Hamels Philadelphia Along with Roy Halladay, another of the Phillies' Big Three who has been uncharacteristically pedestrian in 2013. The left-hander went 0-6 in May and has a 5.32 ERA at home. On the plus side, he did strike out 11 Marlins last week … of course, they are the Marlins.
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