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July 1, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are bracing themselves for the possibility that they could lose Manny Ramirez for the second time this season. Manager Joe Torre said he has already met with General Manager Ned Colletti to discuss their options in the outfield if Ramirez lands on the disabled list. Ramirez, who strained his right hamstring in the Dodgers' second of three games in San Francisco, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Thursday morning. "We'll have an evaluation, a decision at that time," Torre said.
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July 1, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
The benching of Matt Kemp this week resulted in part from an argument he had with bench coach Bob Schaefer on Saturday, according to team sources. In the first inning of the 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees that day, Derek Jeter drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Because Kemp wasn't backing up the bag, Jeter was able to advance to third base when catcher Russell Martin made an errant throw. When Schaefer later reminded Kemp of what he should have done on the play, Kemp responded by saying that he was playing too deep to get there in time.
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May 27, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Reporting from Chicago -- There might come a day when Xavier Paul laughs about the joke Wrigley Field played on him Thursday. There might come a day when he can chuckle at the video, as he tries to chase down a ball in the outfield without his glove. But Thursday was not that day, not after the rookie outfielder misplayed two balls that led to the only run of the game. Paul is not the first outfielder to have a hostile initiation at the Friendly Confines, and he won't be the last.
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May 18, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Andre Ethier's injury obviously is a loss for the Dodgers, but whether the team can keep winning without him will depend more on its pitching staff, Manager Joe Torre said Tuesday. "We've been playing very well as a team here," Torre said after the hot-hitting Ethier was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken bone in his right pinkie. Going forward, "it's all going to be based on how well we pitch. But long term you're going to miss him because you know what he brings to the table."
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May 8, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Of Joe Torre's 40-plus seasons in the major leagues, the Dodgers' manager thought of only one pitcher who reminds him of Ubaldo Jimenez , the Rockies' shut-down right-hander who the Dodgers face Sunday. "I guess Soto with Cincinnati," Torre said, speaking of Mario Soto , the Reds' fireballer who could throw a high-90s fastball and a back-breaking changeup that baffled hitters from the late '70s to the late '80s. Jimenez, who is 6-0 and leads the majors with a 0.87 earned-run average, gained national fame from his no-hitter April 17 against Atlanta.
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April 30, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Looking for something, anything, to snap a five-game losing streak, Dodgers Manager Joe Torre penciled in relative newcomer Xavier Paul in the leadoff spot Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "With [ Rafael] Furcal out of there, you're just trying to find somebody that can give you a little spark," Torre said of Paul, who was called up last week to replace the injured Manny Ramirez and, with Furcal hurt as well, assumed Furcal's spot at the top of the order. Paul promptly provided the spark, twice reaching base as he led off in early innings — albeit once on a Pirates error — and setting the table for home runs by Andre Ethier and James Loney.
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April 23, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Well, at least it was better than last time. Charlie Haeger said he didn't view that as much of a consolation prize. "A loss is a loss," he said. Haeger was charged with four runs (three earned) and five hits in 5 1/3 innings of the Dodgers' 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night. The performance was a significant upgrade over the knuckleballer's nightmare six days earlier, when he was pounded for seven runs and seven hits in three innings of a loss to the San Francisco Giants.
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March 21, 2010
Cleveland 12, Dodgers 5 AT THE PLATE: Blake DeWitt hit a home run in the fourth inning against Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook. Garret Anderson was three for three with a triple and two singles. ON THE MOUND: Eric Stults, bidding for the fifth starting spot, didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning but then gave up three earned runs, including a two-run homer by Austin Kearns. Relief pitcher Aaron Miller later gave up another two-run homer to Kearns. EXTRA BASES: When Cleveland's Jose Constanza tripled to center field, Dodgers center fielder Xavier Paul bobbled the ball, allowing Constanza to score.
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July 28, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Hong-Chih Kuo said he wasn't sure whether he would make it back. But nearly three months removed from the night the pain in his troublesome elbow caused him to lob a couple of warmup pitches from the bullpen to the infield at Dodger Stadium, the left-handed setup man was activated from the 60-day disabled list Monday and once again was on the active major league roster. Kuo pitched a perfect eighth inning in the Dodgers' 6-1 loss to the St.
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