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August 22, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from St. Louis — Now wearing Cardinals red instead of Dodgers blue, veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal said he was adjusting quickly to his new surroundings in St. Louis. "I'm doing pretty good," he said before Monday's game. "I'm not hitting the way I'm used to hitting, but I'm playing good defense and I'm on the bases a lot of times. " Coincidentally, it was a defensive play involving Furcal that later was the difference in the Dodgers' 2-1 win. Aaron Miles scored from third base ahead of a throw by Furcal to the plate.
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August 21, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Denver — Casey Blake hit off a tee Sunday, the start of his latest comeback from a pinched nerve in his neck that has bothered him for a significant part of the season. But Blake, who has missed the Dodgers' last four games, is proceeding with caution. "Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious," he said. "I want to be able to move my neck when I'm 50. " As recently as last month, the 38-year-old third baseman said he wasn't entertaining the idea of retirement.
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August 19, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier , who had the ingrown portion of a toenail removed Friday, was held out of the lineup for the opening game of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly downplayed the severity of Ethier's condition, saying he expected his All-Star right fielder to be starting Saturday. "I don't look at this as an injury," Mattingly said. But it was enough to hinder Ethier's ability to run and prompted his eighth-inning removal from a victory in Milwaukee on Thursday.
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August 8, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
The Dodgers chose not to start Dee Gordon on Monday night to give the rookie shortstop an extra day to nurse his injured right shoulder. "Dee's good, he's still got just a little tenderness," Manager Don Mattingly said before the Dodgers' game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. "He probably could have played today but we're just going to give him an extra day," Mattingly said, adding that the 23-year-old Gordon also might be a late-game replacement Monday.
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August 7, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers can win the National League West. This year. That was the novel premise introduced by James Loney on Sunday after Clayton Kershaw had a rare late-inning collapse in a 4-3 defeat that prevented the Dodgers from sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks. "People are always going to say why you can't win it," Loney said. "My thing is, 'Why can't we win it?' Why can't we be a special team and make a run and have you guys write about that?" The Dodgers are 10 games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.
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August 5, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
Manager Don Mattingly said he doesn't want to call this two-month period an audition. Dee Gordon doesn't either. "You know what?" Gordon said. "I don't look at it that way. " But with Rafael Furcal traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Gordon is the only viable candidate in the Dodgers organization to be the everyday shortstop next season. If the Dodgers don't think the 23-year-old Gordon can handle the responsibility, they will probably have to find a shortstop on the free-agent market.
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July 31, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
For Dodgers fans, the non-waiver trade deadline Sunday was a cruel reminder of the once-proud franchise's place on baseball's landscape. Bankrupt and out of contention, the team was reduced to making minor deals, shipping Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals to save $1.4 million and set up a two-month audition for shortstop prospect Dee Gordon. And this might be the worst part: the team Dodgers fans most hate put itself in position to once again bombard them with images of men with overgrown beards hoisting the World Series trophy and waving red thongs.
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July 31, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Ned Colletti compared the timing of the acquisition to that of Manny Ramirez. Only this time, the Dodgers general manager wasn't getting a 12-time All-Star to fortify the team's offense for a playoff push. In a three-team deal consummated only minutes before Sunday's non-waiver trading deadline, the Dodgers received catcher Tim Federowicz and pitchers Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife, all minor league players who probably won't have a section of Dodger Stadium named in their honor anytime soon.
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July 30, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hiroki Kuroda essentially had a reprieve from baseball purgatory. The Dodgers wanted to trade him to a contending team, perhaps the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. By waiving the no-trade clause in his contract, Kuroda could have pitch in packed ballparks instead of an empty one. He could have pitched again in October, maybe even won a World Series. He declined that opportunity, informing the Dodgers on Saturday that he would veto any trade. "It's his decision," Rafael Furcal said.
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