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November 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
STEPHEN FIFE , 27, pitcher Final 2013 stats: 4-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, .304 opponent batting average, 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 games (58 1/3 innings). Contract status: Under team control. The good: In six June starts he went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA. In 10 overall starts he posted a 3.04 ERA and was looking like a solid member of the rotation . In five appearances at home (four starts), he went 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA. The bad: He gave up too many hits.
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April 6, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The good news was, Josh Beckett was walking without a limp! The bad news was, that had to be the good news. The Dodgers were hoping the right-hander could make his season debut Wednesday against the Tigers. Hoping because he is coming off a rare surgery that removed an upper rib that was pressuring a nerve and causing his fingers to feel numb. Hoping even a little more because his comeback from surgery was delayed this spring when a clubhouse door was slammed on his right thumb. Then Friday, in what was supposed to be his final tuneup, he was pitching for the Class-A Quakes in Rancho Cucamonga when his latest setback befell him. Fielding a bunt in the fourth inning, he landed wrong on an ankle and was forced out of the game.
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June 9, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Stephen Fife threw two bad pitches on an otherwise impressive night Saturday. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, those two pitches -- a hanging curve to Braves second baseman Dan Uggla to lead off the fifth inning and a meaty fastball to pitcher Kris Medlen two batters later -- cost them the game. “I started trying to do too much in terms of effort level,” Fife said. “Things went side to side instead of up and down.” In the deepest performance of his young career in the majors, Fife (1-1)
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March 13, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Quick, somebody find Stephen Fife! That fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation is currently looking a tad shaky. Chad Billingsley is coming off Tommy John elbow surgery and not expected back until sometime in May, and Josh Beckett is coming off surgery to remove a rib, was hit hard in his last outing and will try to pitch Friday with a sprained thumb. And now veteran left-hander Paul Maholm suffered through his first rough outing in the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
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June 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
After everything the Dodgers have been through -- 20 trips to the disabled list, the loss two starting pitchers for the season, rumors of their manager being fired -- they reached the halfway point of their season Sunday in a surprising place: Back in the pennant race. Behind the pitching of Stephen Fife and the four hits of rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers downed the Phillies 6-1 before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 42,405. The Dodgers remain almost as hot as the weather, winning eight of their last nine games to pull within four games of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.
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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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July 27, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Great Mystery of 2012, or at least the minor one of week, was solved when the Dodgers finally announced who would start in San Francisco on Friday. They placed left-hander Scott Elbert on the disabled list with a sore elbow and recalled right-hander Stephen Fife from triple-A Albuquerque to start in the opener against the Giants at AT&T Park. This will mark Fife's second career start. His first came against Roy Halladay and the Phillies on July 17.  This time he draws Matt Cain.
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April 27, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
At some point maybe you laugh, but forgive the Dodgers if they're not in a particularly laughing mood. Still, the situation is so absolutely ridiculous, that might be the best medicine. The Dodgers, the team that actually started the season with a wealth of starting pitching, is almost inexplicably in desperate need of a starter. That's right, yet another starter has gone down. It's true. This time Stephen Fife was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Brewers and placed on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder bursitis.
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June 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
All the excitement was over the major league debut of 6-foot-3, 245-pound Yasiel Puig, but the Dodgers had plenty of other news to discuss before Monday's game. • Outfielder Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain . The move is retroactive to Sunday and gives the Dodgers two starting outfielders ( Matt Kemp is the other) on the DL with hamstring issues. “At first we thought he would only be out a few days, but after an MRI today it looks more like weeks,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said of Crawford, who becomes the 14th Dodger to go on the disabled list this season, and their 17th DL move overall.
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July 17, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Stephen Fife, who was called up from triple-A Albuquerque, will start in Billingsley's place on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Billingsley's move to the disabled list is retroactive to July 8, meaning he would be eligible to pitch on July 23 in St. Louis. But with Clayton Kershaw's turn in the rotation falling on the day, Billingsley figures to pitch on July 24 at the earliest.
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March 5, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
One of the most difficult things to do in professional sports is to take a round bat, swing at a round ball and hit it square. Now imagine trying to do that after sitting out a full season at an age when most players are considering retirement. That's the challenge Chone Figgins is facing this spring in his longshot bid to make the Dodgers. Figgins is batting only .154 in 13 spring-training at-bats, but he says he's making progress. "The more and more you see pitching, the more comfortable you get," the former American League All-Star said.
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March 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 3, San Diego Padres 3 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon tripled in a run. Hanley Ramirez collected his first hit of the spring, a single to right field in the third inning. Top outfield prospect Joc Pederson drew walks in each of his two plate appearances. Pederson also scored a run. ON THE MOUND: Josh Beckett struck out three over two scoreless innings. Paul Maholm, who would be the Dodgers' fifth starter if one of their starters is unavailable, also pitched two scoreless innings.
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February 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
So you're Josh Beckett and where do you stand with the Dodgers? On shaky ground, apparently. Beckett is/was their presumptive fifth starter, which hardly deterred the Dodgers from showing interest in the off-season in Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka or making overtures about Bronson Arroyo. Neither pursuits showed a lot of confidence in the return of Beckett, who his coming off nerve surgery that removed a rib. Beckett is in the final year of his contract and will earn a tidy $17 million this season.
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November 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
STEPHEN FIFE , 27, pitcher Final 2013 stats: 4-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, .304 opponent batting average, 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 games (58 1/3 innings). Contract status: Under team control. The good: In six June starts he went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA. In 10 overall starts he posted a 3.04 ERA and was looking like a solid member of the rotation . In five appearances at home (four starts), he went 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA. The bad: He gave up too many hits.
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September 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
One inning doesn't figure to change much in the Dodgers' overall postseason plans. Still, that was a pretty interesting inning left-hander Chris Capuano threw Friday night. Pitching for the first time since Sept. 6 when he suffered a mild groin strain , Capuano looked very sharp, retiring the Rockies in order with two strikeouts. He needed only 12 pitches, nine that went for strikes. It's an awfully late push for a bullpen role, particularly for a career starter who hasn't really pitched in relief since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2010.
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September 24, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's a numbers game now for every team now casting an eye on the playoffs. Tough decisions await all teams, but perhaps none will be as difficult as those facing the Dodgers. Only 25 players will open the playoffs, games unlike those in the regular season because only four starting pitchers are needed and there are two scheduled days off in the opening best-of-five series. It seems clear that one or more players who have been with the Dodgers from training camp to now will not be on their postseason roster.
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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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September 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
No clinching, no celebration, no taste of the bubbly. The way this month has gone for the Dodgers, did you really expect them to party at first opportunity? Instead of becoming the first team this season to clinch their division, the Dodgers fell 9-4 Wednesday to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. BOX SCORE: Arizona 9, Dodgers 4 Their last chance to clinch against the Diamondbacks comes Thursday afternoon, then it's on to San Diego. Once baseball's hottest team, the Dodgers are now 7-10 in September.
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September 17, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With Clayton Kershaw on the verge of pitching more innings than he has ever pitched in a season, the Dodgers have pushed back his next start from Wednesday to Saturday. Kershaw leads baseball with 223 innings pitched - only 10 1/3 innings shy of his career high, set when he won the Cy Young Award in 2011. Coincidentally or not, the shift in Kershaw's schedule would line him up to start Game 1 of the National League division series on Oct. 3. Zack Greinke probably would pitch Game 2. "That would be the benefit of this, I guess," Manager Don Mattingly said.
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