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December 12, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Skip Schumaker passed a physical examination Wednesday to finalize his trade to the Dodgers from the St. Louis Cardinals. In exchange for the 32-year-old utilityman, the Dodgers sent minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman to the Cardinals. Lemmerman, 23, was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He batted .233 with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in for double-A Chattanooga last season. Hitting coach Mark McGwire pushed for the Dodgers to acquire the 35-year-old Schumaker, with whom he worked in St. Louis.
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December 19, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
SKIP SCHUMAKER , 33, utility player Final 2013 stats: .263 batting average, two home runs, 30 RBI, .332 on-base and slugging percentages, 31 runs and 0.00 ERA. Contract status: Last month signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract with the Reds, with a $2.5-million option for 2016. The good: When they traded for Schumaker last off-season, the Dodgers got exactly what they needed -  and are currently lacking - a solid utility player who could play second and all three outfield positions.
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December 11, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers have an agreement in place to acquire utility man Skip Schumaker from the St. Louis Cardinals, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to discuss it. The trade is contingent on Schumaker passing a physical examination. Hitting coach Mark McGwire pushed for the Dodgers to acquire the 35-year-old Schumaker, whom he worked with in St. Louis. Schumaker, who bats left-handed, is a career .305 hitter against right-handed pitchers. He is expected to share time at second base with the right-handed-hitting Mark Ellis.
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November 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Those versatile bench guys the Dodgers love so much are falling fast. Having already lost Nick Punto to the A's last week, they have apparently now lost his buddy, Skip Schumaker, to the Reds. Nick Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Monday that Schumaker has signed a two-year deal with Cincinnati. Schumaker, who will be 34 in February, split his time with the Dodgers last season between second base and the outfield. He hit .263 in 319 at-bats with the Dodgers, with 31 runs and 30 RBI. Punto and Schumaker are friends who both live in south Orange County and used to carpool to Dodger Stadium.
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June 7, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
In his last at-bat of the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the Braves on Thursday night, Skip Schumaker smacked the first pitch he saw from reliever Cory Gearrin up the middle to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. The one-out, eighth-inning single set up Yasiel Puig's mammoth grand slam later in the frame, but was also a continuation of the second-longest hitting streak of a Dodgers player this season. Schumaker will look to match Matt Kemp (April 30-May-15) for the longest such streak of any Dodgers player this season in Friday's game against the Braves.
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March 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PEORIA, Ariz. - Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston Jr. each carried a pair of fielders' gloves to the backfields at Camelback Ranch on Saturday, just as they have done every morning during spring training. "That's part of being a bench player," says Schumaker, who has played five positions in the majors, even pitching an inning. "That's why you take a couple of gloves out there in practice and work at every position. Because you don't know where you're going to be. " That may not be an issue should Carl Crawford's comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery remain stalled.
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April 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
MILWAUKEE -- Derrick Turnbow is finally throwing strikes now. Unfortunately for the Brewers, the Cardinals are well aware of that. Skip Schumaker doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth and St. Louis put Turnbow's first three pitches in play in a 4-3 win over Milwaukee on Monday night. "I was fortunate enough to get the barrel on it," Schumaker said. Brian Barton, who pinch-hit for reliever Ryan Franklin, doubled off a 95-mph fastball from Turnbow (0-1) to start the inning.
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June 1, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' struggles scoring has been an ongoing theme this season, if one of the dark variety. Yet it has hardly been their only issue. Their bullpen and defense have also let them down, and both shortcomings were on display Saturday in the 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Rockies at Coors Field. After reliever Ronald Belisario surrendered a two-run lead, Matt Guerrier was done in by a two-out rally in the 10th. He allowed a pair of grounders that went for singles before Dexter Fowler lined a basehit to score the winning run. The Dodgers also committed a pair of errors and now lead all of baseball in that department with 43. The Rockies had lost six of their last seven, but the Dodgers twice were unable to protect a lead.
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May 29, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Back in Anaheim, despite a late power burst, that two-game winning streak for the Dodgers went south. The Angels beat them 4-3 on Wednesday behind the pitching return of Jered Weaver and the bat of Mark Trumbo, which might not even have been the bad news. Matt Kemp left the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, walking off the field with an assistant trainer with an unknown injury. The Dodgers did not immediately announce what was wrong with their center fielder. BOX SCORE: Angels 4, Dodgers 3 [Updated: 10:11 p.m., May 29: Kemp suffered a mild right hamstring pull and will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.
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May 11, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Miami Marlins have the worst record in the National League. Their lineup Saturday night included three position players batting .170 or worse. But a 7-1 victory at Dodger Stadium over this band of fringe major leaguers transformed the Dodgers' clubhouse. Music blared over the sound system. Children ran and screamed. Players were smiling. The eight-game losing streak was over. The last-place Dodgers won for the first time this month, as Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 6 2/3 innings and Andre Ethier collected four hits.
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October 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS - Mark McGwire is family here. No one saw that coming, not at the beginning. The St. Louis Cardinals rented him for the pennant stretch in 1997, and surely the California kid would serve out his two months, then go home in free agency. He stayed, for the rest of his career. He electrified the city, home run after home run after record-breaking home run. In 2001, when he could no longer play, he walked away from the Cardinals, and from the $30 million they had guaranteed him. In 2010, when he admitted he had used steroids, St. Louis gave him a big hug and welcomed him back to the Cardinals, this time as the hitting coach.
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October 4, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly saw most everything he tried work Thursday, save for another brain cramp by having Juan Uribe bunt in the fifth to just kill the inning. Now Game 2 of the Dodgers' division series comes Friday, and Mattingly had to decide if he wanted to make any lineup changes with Braves starting left-hander Mike Minor. His answer was no, and I think that's best. The obvious move would have been to sit one of his left-handed hitters who struggle against left-handers.
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October 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers have told Andre Ethier to be ready to pinch-hit during the first round of the playoffs, and he acknowledged Tuesday that might be all he can do. "They just said, 'You have to beat a throw from the outfield,' " Ethier said during a team workout at Dodger Stadium. "After I get on first base, we'll worry about what happens then. " With Matt Kemp out for the season and Ethier questionable, the Dodgers plan to start Skip Schumaker in center field when they open the National League division series on Thursday in Atlanta.
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October 1, 2013 | By Steve Dillbeck
It should feel familiar by now, this reaching into the depths to keep things afloat. If the Dodgers ever had their entire team healthy all at once, it would look foreign to them. Yet here they are, on the eve of the 2013 postseason, full of lofty expectations and again trying to piece a lineup together. Matt Kemp is out for the postseason with an ankle injury and Andre Ethier's sore leg could limit him to pinch-hitting. Those were their center fielders almost all season. QUIZ: Postseason Dodgers -- what do you know?
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September 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
When the National League playoff matchups were set Sunday, the Dodgers had a more immediate crisis with which to deal. L.A. plays the Atlanta Braves, but Matt Kemp is out for the rest of the season . With Andre Ethier questionable, the Dodgers could open the postseason with their top two center fielders lost to injury and utilityman Skip Schumaker starting in center field. The Braves were happy to talk about the Dodgers, though. They did not drop the "shock the world" cliche, but they wasted no time suggesting no one outside the clubhouse would pick them against a team that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called "the media-darling Dodgers.
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August 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Life is so good to the Dodgers these days that they can laugh at their mistakes. Actually, life is better than that. The Dodgers can hold a ceremony to laugh at their mistakes. And so it was that, after Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dodgers gathered in their clubhouse so that Adrian Gonzalez could present Juan Uribe with third base, the very base upon which Uribe was not standing when the Rays fooled him with the hidden-ball trick. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 5, Rays 0 "You can do those things when you're winning," infielder Nick Punto said.
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October 20, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS -- When the St. Louis Cardinals took the field for Game 7 of last year's World Series, they had Albert Pujols at first base, Ryan Theriot at second, Rafael Furcal at shortstop, Skip Schumaker in center field and Lance Berkman in right field. None of those five position players were in the lineup for St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, which the Cardinals lead, three games to two, after a 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Pujols, as you might have heard, left for the Los Angeles Angels.
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June 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Say this for the Dodgers, they may not win a lot, but when they do, they tend to make it interesting. They seemed all set to win a routine game Saturday -- getting great starting pitching, a spurt of timely hitting and even a game-saving defensive play -- when things went astray in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kenley Jansen, the newly appointed closer who had been pitching very well, gave up a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Travis Snider. Only this time the Dodgers shook off the disappointment and rallied for a pair of runs in the 11th inning to pull out a 5-3 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park.
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July 27, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Skip Schumaker doesn't look like a guy who would try to steal the spotlight. A guy who would photo bomb that nice picture of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Shin-Soo Choo's big moment. But there he was, playing only because Carl Crawford was sick, and coming up with big hits in the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the Reds on Saturday night before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,675. The matchup between Ryu and Cincinnati's Choo, both from South Korea, was a first. And if Ryu did not disappoint on the mound -- holding the Reds to one run and two hits in his seven innings, retiring his last 13 batters -- it was Schumaker who made the difference offensively.
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July 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
One of the most encouraging things to come out of the Ryan Braun suspension is not the indignation from the media and fans, but the players. There's some real outrage out there from players and they're speaking up louder than ever. The clean guys are fed up. They want an even playing field. Braun made it easier for them with his lies and accusations against Dino Laurenzi Jr., whose great crime was collecting a vial of Braun's urine during his first infamous go-round with steroids.
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