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March 11, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
All this talk about the Dodgers' four outfielders. What about the fifth? He has feelings too. Also a pretty decent power bat, or so the Dodgers hope. It is outfielder Scott Van Slyke who leads the Dodgers in runs batted in this spring. Not Andre Ethier. Not the struggling Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford. Not Matt Kemp, still recovering from surgery and yet to play. Van Slyke hit his second home run of the spring - tying him with Juan Uribe for the club lead - on Tuesday, a two-run shot at Surprise Stadium in the Dodgers' 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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April 23, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Zack Greinke looks pretty much the same whatever the situation. Whether his team is rolling or struggling, he's unruffled, not overly concerned. Which makes him a pretty good guy to send out to the mound when the Dodgers are scuffling. For the third time in this young season, Greinke followed a team loss by pitching them to victory the following night. This time he went seven-plus innings, striking out 11, to lead the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night that snapped a two-game losing streak before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 40,776.
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December 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Who says baseball is not a tough business? Certainly not Scott Van Slyke, who a couple a heartbeats ago was a rising star, but Wednesday was designated for assignment. The Dodgers needed to make room on their 40-man roster for Skip Schumaker , the utility player acquired Tuesday in a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals, his father Andy Van Slyke's former team. Van Slyke was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year after his seemingly breakout season in 2011.
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April 18, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Seems the Dodgers couldn't beat the Diamondbacks forever. Or six consecutive times. They went extra innings Friday night, only for what little remained of a Dodger Stadium crowd of 47,680 to see the Dodgers fall, 4-2, in 12 innings. The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak by scoring twice off Dodgers reliever Chris Perez. With a spent bullpen, Perez pitched two innings for the first time this season. He gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollack in the 12th and then hit Cliff Pennington with a pitch as he attempted to bunt.
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May 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Scott Van Slyke will get another chance to show he can play in the major leagues. Van Slyke, the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2011, was promoted from triple-A Albuquerque on Friday to provide outfield depth. Utilityman Elian Herrera was sent back to Albuquerque, three days after he was called up. When Van Slyke was in the major leagues for the first time last season, he looked overmatched, batting .167 in 54 at-bats. The Dodgers removed him from their 40-man roster over the winter.
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June 28, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
The last time Scott Van Slyke put on a Dodgers uniform, Jerry Hairston was the No. 5 hitter. He'd hit cleanup the day before with Luis Cruz behind him. Now he's back, and Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp have returned to fill those voids in the heart of the Dodgers lineup. And Andre Ethier has resurrected his season at the plate too. Van Slyke served as an incredibly efficient fifth and sixth hitter in 24 games before going on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder bursitis June 11. He hit .333 (14 for 42)
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June 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Here's a day most everyone had seen coming since, oh, April. The Dodgers knew they were gambling going into the off-season, counting on Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman. By the end of April it was clear the gamble wasn't going to pay off, Cruz batting just .089. Things got no better in the next two months, so on Friday the Dodgers finally did what seemed inevitable, designating Cruz for assignment to activate Scott Van Slyke off the disabled list. Cruz, a journeyman infielder who earned the Dodgers' shaky trust after hitting an unexpected .297 in the second half last season, never could get it going this year.
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August 16, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
He's up, he's down, he's up! Actually, you would need a couple more of those to truly capture the yo-yo season of Scott Van Slyke, who once again is a Dodger. The outfielder/first baseman was called up Friday from triple-A Albuquerque prior to the Dodgers' game in Philadelphia. This will make his fourth stint with the Dodgers this season. They immediately put him in the lineup in right field for Andre Ethier, who is battling a sore calf and is sitting out because the Phillies are starting a left-hander (Cliff Lee)
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May 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' bench wasn't looking any deeper Sunday, particularly in the outfield. Scott Van Slyke suffered a bit of whiplash diving for a ball Saturday and was questionable, the Dodgers elected not to activate Jerry Hairston Jr. for another day and Matt Kemp was given the day off. If Van Slyke is unable to play, Kemp is the only backup outfielder. Best expect to see him at some point. Van Slyke was getting continued treatment on his neck and thought he could play. “It should loosen up as the day goes on,” Van Slyke said.
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September 1, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The first of September arrived and the Dodgers wasted no time in calling up reserves. They leave after Sunday afternoon's game against the Padres for Denver, but fresh troops arrived in Los Angeles immediately, not bothering to wait and join the team in Colorado, as newbie Dodger Michael Young will . Five arrived from triple-A Albuquerque, four of the familiar variety. In the clubhouse in time for Sunday's game were right-handers Stephen Fife and Peter Moylan, infielder Dee Gordon, outfielder Scott Van Slyke and catcher Drew Butera.
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April 18, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As it turns out, we all got the question wrong. How would the Dodgers split playing time among four outfielders? By the time the Dodgers finally got their four headline outfielders healthy at the same time, they had decided to split time among five outfielders. For now, the Dodgers have a stable outfield rotation. If they face a right-hander, the outfield consists of Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and either Matt Kemp or Yasiel Puig. If they face a left-hander, the outfield consists of Kemp, Puig and Scott Van Slyke.
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April 17, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Next time Hyun-Jin Ryu starts at home, disguise Dodger Stadium. Put a giant Coke bottle beyond left field. Add a pool in center. Slap Petco Park signs in the dugout or something. Anything to make Ryu believe he's pitching on the road, where currently he is invincible. Ryu was at it again Thursday afternoon, holding the Giants scoreless in his seven innings to help the Dodgers salvage the finale of their three-game series at AT&T Park with a 2-1 victory. The Dodgers now return home Friday to begin a 10-game homestand, tied with the Giants for first in the National League West with a 10-6 record.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke wasn't at his best as he gave up eight hits and threw 103 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. But he held the Diamondbacks to one run, which allowed him to depart the game with a 6-1 lead and earn his third victory of the season. As a result of Greinke's relatively short start, the Dodgers had to use five relievers: Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, Paul Maholm, Brandon League and Kenley Jansen. That Jansen was forced to pitch in a game the Dodgers once led 8-2 was entirely League's fault.
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April 12, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Anybody starting to wonder whether Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly just doesn't want to pick between Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford when facing a left-hander? There is that benefit, but Mattingly has good reason for sitting both as he is doing again Saturday against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley. For the second time in a week since he's had all of his outfielders available, Mattingly elected to sit both left-handed hitters Ethier and Crawford, starting Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke. He also sat second baseman Dee Gordon, who only leads the team with a .405 batting average, in favor of right-hander Justin Turner.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw threw off a mound for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list for an inflamed back muscle. Before the Dodgers faced the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, Kershaw threw 15 fastballs in the visitors' bullpen at Chase Field. He was throwing at less than maximum effort, according to Manager Don Mattingly. No timetable has been set for the return of Kershaw, who is throwing almost daily to maintain arm strength. Co-ace Zack Greinke will pitch Saturday for the Dodgers.
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April 6, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig made himself the story again Saturday. A day after he was benched for showing up late to batting practice, Puig slid headfirst into first base when he didn't have to, leaving the Dodgers waiting for X-rays of his left thumb to be reviewed by their medical staff. Puig played the final six innings of the Dodgers' 7-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, but could be sidelined for the series finale Sunday as the Dodgers try to avoid a three-game sweep.
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October 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke, neither of whom has played a major league game in center field, were among the Dodgers who worked out at the position Tuesday. With Matt Kemp out for the season and Andre Ethier questionable for the playoffs because of ankle injuries, the Dodgers plan to start Skip Schumaker in center field in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday in Atlanta. In addition to Schumaker, the Dodgers worked out Gordon, Van Slyke and Jerry Hairston Jr. in center field Tuesday.
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November 20, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
SCOTT VAN SLYKE , 27, outfield/first base Final 2013 stats: .240 batting average, seven home runs, 19 RBI, .342 on-base and .465 slugging percentages. Contract status: Under team control. The good: He should give lessons in reinventing yourself. The Dodgers tried the same thing on Van Slyke last year that they did this winter with right-hander Shawn Tolleson (they were the Dodgers' minor league player and pitcher of the year in 2011). Unlike Tolleson, however, no one claimed Van Slyke.
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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 5, 2014
ON THE MOUND: Nearly three weeks after the Dodgers broke camp, veteran left-hander Paul Maholm made his first start for his new team. The pitcher who replaced a sidelined Clayton Kershaw in gave up five runs and seven hits over 41/3 innings. Maholm gave up two home runs, including a three-run home run to Pablo Sandoval in the fifth inning that increased the Giants' lead to 5-1. With the bullpen depleted by Hyun-Jin Ryu's two-inning start Friday, the Dodgers were forced to use the likes of Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Chris Perez in a blowout loss.
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