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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Recap

Phillies squander six-run lead but still top Dodgers

May 13, 2022, 5:55 AM

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Bryce Harper hit a first-inning home run and drove in three runs as the visiting Philadelphia Phillies held off a late rally by the Los Angeles Dodgers to earn a 9-7 victory on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series.

Johan Camargo added a home run with three RBIs as the Phillies won for the fourth time in six games after a four-game losing streak to open May.

Cody Bellinger homered and Will Smith drove in three runs for the Dodgers, who fell for the third time in their past four games while giving up a season-high-tying run total.

Down 7-1, the Dodgers rallied to tie the game with two runs in the sixth inning and four in the eighth.

Smith had a two-run double for Los Angeles in the sixth and brought home the first run in the eighth with a single to cut the deficit to 7-4. Justin Turner followed with a pinch-hit, two-run double to make it a one-run game, and Chris Taylor tied it on an RBI single.

The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against right-hander Daniel Hudson (1-3) before Odubel Herrera scored on a wild pitch for an 8-7 lead. Harper added a sacrifice fly for the Phillies' final run.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth but failed to score as former Los Angeles reliever Corey Knebel escaped for his seventh save.

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler returned from the COVID-19 injured list and gave up three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked walk and struck out seven. Andrew Bellatti (1-0) recorded two outs in the eighth to earn the victory.

Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson was roughed up for seven runs on 10 hits over six innings. He fanned five without issuing a walk.

The Phillies led 4-0 after two innings on a first-inning home run from Harper, his seventh; an RBI single from Kyle Schwarber in the second and then a two-run home run from Camargo. Schwarber ended an 0-for-15 drought.

Bellinger went deep to right-center in the third inning, his fifth home run. Camargo, Harper and Schwarber drove in runs between the fourth and sixth innings to give the Phillies their 7-1 lead.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Seattle Mariners
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Phillies' Bryce Harper diagnosed with UCL tear; won't throw for 4 weeks

May 13, 2022, 12:54 AM

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The National League's reigning Most Valuable Player, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper, was diagnosed with a small UCL tear in his right arm which will keep him from throwing a baseball for another month.

Harper has been hampered with lingering pain in his right elbow, forcing him to serve solely as a designated hitter since last playing the outfield on April 16.

Phillies manager Joe Girardi spoke to reporters Thursday in Los Angeles ahead of the team's first of four games against the Dodgers and said Harper saw a doctor earlier in the morning and plans to receive a PRP injection on Sunday.

After the treatment, the Phillies believe Harper will be out for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers and possibly Tuesday upon opening a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

"I miss playing," Harper said Thursday. "I really do. I miss being out there with my team and playing on the field. It's been tough. I want to get back out there. I want to help this team on both sides of the ball. I miss playing right (field). ... That's been a grind for me. Just worrying about hitting all day, instead of going out there and playing both sides of the ball."

Harper, 29, leads the Phillies in RBIs (19) and ranks second in home runs (six) despite the ailment. He enters Thursday hitting .269 with 10 doubles (also most on the team) in 31 games this season.

The 12th-year veteran earned NL MVP honors in 2021 after topping the majors with a .615 slugging percentage, adding 35 homers, 42 doubles and 84 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Dodgers
Preview

Dodgers happy to be home to face Phillies

May 12, 2022, 11:08 AM

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The best home team in baseball will reacquaint itself with familiar surroundings Thursday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a four-game series.

No team can top the Dodgers' .833 home winning percentage, but Los Angeles has played just 12 games at home, the least of any National League team and tied for the lowest in the major leagues with the Cleveland Guardians.

The issue for Los Angeles is a 10-7 road record. The Dodgers enter the Philadelphia series after losing two of three at Pittsburgh this week.

"I mean, I think every team is going to bring their 'A' game against us and we're gonna have a target on our backs because of what in the last five or 10 years this organization has done," Dodgers catcher Will Smith said after his team's 5-3 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday. "So yeah, guys are always going to want a shot at us, and it's our job to come in and bring our 'A' game, too."

Thursday's game will be the opener of an eight-game homestand for the Dodgers. It also will be the first of seven games the teams will play against each other in an 11-day stretch, with three coming at Philadelphia from May 20-22.

Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-0, 2.78 ERA) will enter his Thursday start coming off consecutive victories. In his first season with the club, Anderson has been in the rotation since lefty Andrew Heaney went on the injured list due to shoulder discomfort on April 20.

In his most recent outing, Anderson gave up two runs over five innings in the Dodgers' 6-2 road victory over the Chicago Cubs during the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Over four lifetime starts against the Phillies, Anderson is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA, but he hasn't faced them since 2018. He has struggled against Philadelphia's Jean Segura, giving up six hits in 11 at-bats (.545) with a double and an RBI.

The Phillies remain on the West Coast after opening their two-city road trip by taking two of three games from the Mariners in Seattle. Rhys Hoskins gave the Phillies all the runs they needed with a fourth-inning grand slam Wednesday en route to a 4-2 win.

Hoskins was batting just .189 with a .638 OPS before facing the Mariners, then went 6-for-13 in the series with a home run in each game and seven RBIs.

The rainouts the Phillies had last Friday and Saturday, wiping out scheduled home games against the New York Mets, helped revitalize Hoskins.

"It's not often you either get a couple days to rest and regain some energy or work," he said. "It's hard to take more swings than normal during the year, because you've got to go play."

Manager Joe Girardi added of Hoskins, "We need him to continue to swing well and do what he is capable of doing."

Former Dodgers reliever Corey Knebel got the final four outs for the Phillies on Wednesday to register his sixth save of the season.

Philadelphia will send right-hander Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.10 ERA) to the mound on Thursday in his return from the COVID-19 injured list.

Wheeler came into spring training behind schedule due to an illness, but he has logged consecutive scoreless outings in his past two starts. He threw six innings of one-hit ball in a win over the Colorado Rockies on April 28, then tossed 7 2/3 sharp innings during a no-decision against the Texas Rangers on May 4. He fanned seven in each outing.

In five career starts against the Dodgers, Wheeler is 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA. He earned a victory with six scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium last June 16.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners
News

Dodgers promote top pitching prospect to start vs. Pirates

May 11, 2022, 2:59 PM

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Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Ryan Pepiot was promoted to make his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Pepiot is the sixth-best prospect in the Los Angeles farm system, according to MLB.com.

"I'm very excited," Pepiot said Tuesday. "I'm happy to be here. It's a dream come true. It's a great team to be a part of. I'm excited to help the ballclub out."

Pepiot was added to the Dodgers' taxi squad on Tuesday. He could also start May 17 with the Dodgers in the midst of a 31-game stretch in 30 days.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the decision on any future appearances would be made after Wednesday's outing.

The 24-year-old was a third-round pick out of Butler. He was 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings in six starts for Oklahoma City in 2022.

Roberts said Pepiot's improvement from the 2021 season, when he posted a 7.13 ERA in Triple-A, can be credited to his "plus-plus changeup."

Either way, Roberts told Pepiot he will be evaluated one day at a time.

"I understand the situation," he said. "I know there's a lot of games in the next month in a row and I understand that there's somebody that was needed for (Wednesday's start) ... I'm going in like it's one day. This is a talented ballclub to be a part of, so just one day is amazing. So I'm gonna do what I can to give them the best chance to win."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Phillies place RHP Zack Wheeler on COVID IL

May 8, 2022, 3:46 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies placed Zack Wheeler on the COVID-related injured list Sunday and recalled fellow right-hander Connor Brogdon from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Wheeler, 31, is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA through five starts this season. His next scheduled start is Tuesday at Seattle.

He made the All-Star team last season and was runner-up in the National League Cy Young Award voting after finishing 14-10 with a 2.78 ERA and a league-leading 247 strikeouts.

Brogdon, 27, has made three relief appearances this season for the Phillies, allowing two runs on four hits in two innings. He has a 1.35 ERA with two saves in seven games for Lehigh Valley.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Mets-Phillies rained out again; DH set for Sunday

May 7, 2022, 6:38 PM

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Saturday's game in Philadelphia between the Phillies and New York Mets was postponed because of rain.

The two National League East rivals now will play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park beginning at 12:35 p.m. ET.

This is the second game of a four-game series washed out by weather. Friday night's game also was rained out and rescheduled as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Aug. 20.

The Mets won the opener of the series on Thursday, 8-7, after scoring seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to wipe out a 7-1 deficit.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Phillies SS Didi Gregorius (knee) lands on 10-day IL

May 7, 2022, 5:42 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies placed shortstop Didi Gregorius on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left knee sprain.

The designation is retroactive to Thursday. Infielder Bryson Stott was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

Gregorius, 32, is batting .288 with four doubles and seven RBIs in 18 games in his third season with the Phillies. He is a career .260 hitter with 133 homers and 518 RBIs in 1,032 games with four teams.

Stott, 24, made his major league debut in the April 8 season opener and batted .133 (4 for 30) with three RBIs and 10 strikeouts in nine games. He hit .333 with two homers and seven RBIs in nine games at Lehigh Valley.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Mets-Phillies rained out, postponed to Aug. 20

May 6, 2022, 5:08 PM

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Friday night's game between the New York Mets and host Philadelphia Phillies was rained out and rescheduled for a split doubleheader on Aug. 20.

The first game of that twinbill will start at 1:05 p.m. ET and the originally scheduled Aug. 20 contest will remain at 7:15 p.m.

Mets right-hander Max Scherzer (4-0, 2.61 ERA) and Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-1, 2.93) were scheduled to start Friday.

New York won the series opener 8-7 on Thursday night after rallying for seven runs in the ninth inning. The last time the Mets trailed by six or more runs in the ninth and won was on Sept. 13, 1997 against the Montreal Expos.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
News

Cubs-Dodgers postponed, set for Saturday DH

May 6, 2022, 2:42 PM

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Friday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field has been postponed because of inclement weather.

The game will be made up Saturday at 6:40 p.m. CT as the second game of a split doubleheader. The start time for Saturday's originally scheduled game was moved to 12:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers haven't been confirmed.

This weekend is the Dodgers' only visit to Wrigley Field this season.

The Cubs are 2-7 in their past nine games, including two straight losses to the crosstown White Sox. The Dodgers are 6-3 over their past nine games and have won three straight.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers-Media Day
News

Dodgers activate RHP Tommy Kahnle from injured list

May 1, 2022, 5:53 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers activated right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle from the 10-day injured list Sunday.

Kahnle, 32, has not pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2020.

He compiled a 2.84 ERA in eight rehab games (three starts) this season between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Kahnle will be making his Dodgers debut after compiling a 9-9 record with a 3.82 ERA in 285 relief appearances with the Colorado Rockies (2014-15), Chicago White Sox (2016-17) and New York Yankees (2017-20).

In a corresponding move, Los Angeles optioned left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to Oklahoma City prior to Sunday's series finale with the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Cleavinger, 28, made two appearances for the Dodgers this season and posted a 5.40 ERA with no decisions.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
News

MLB suspends Trevor Bauer two seasons over sexual assault allegations

April 29, 2022, 7:58 PM

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Major League Baseball suspended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer a total of 324 games -- effectively two full seasons -- without pay on Friday for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

The ban is effective immediately and would last into the 2024 season.

While the Commissioner's Office did not issue any additional statements upon concluding its investigation into allegations made against Bauer, the pitcher immediately took to social media to announce his intention to appeal the decision.

"In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league's domestic violence & sexual assault policy," Bauer wrote on Twitter. "I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives & I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In the strongest possible terms, I deny committing any violation of the league's domestic violence &amp; sexual assault policy. I am appealing this action and expect to prevail. As we have throughout this process, my representatives &amp; I respect the confidentiality of the proceedings.</p>&mdash; Trevor Bauer (????·????) (@BauerOutage) <a href="https://twitter.com/BauerOutage/status/1520117083954106370?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 29, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Bauer, 31, was due to earn $32 million this year and in 2023 as part of a three-year, $102 million deal signed prior to the 2021 season.

Bauer is suing the woman who accused him of sexual assault, contending her motive was to destroy his "reputation and baseball career, garner attention for herself, and extract millions of dollars" from him.

The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and is seeking unspecified monetary and punitive damages. Bauer contends the woman "fabricated allegations of sexual assault" and "made false and malicious statements" as she sought a domestic violence restraining order last June 29.

That filing came a day after Bauer's most recent pitching performance for the Dodgers, with whom he signed a three-year, $102 million contract before the 2021 season. He has been on Major League Baseball administrative leave since July 2, although the Los Angeles County district attorney declined to file charges.

The court filing describes, in graphic detail, the two sexual encounters between Bauer and the woman, who lives in San Diego, that occurred last spring. Per company policy, Field Level Media will not publish the name of alleged victims of sexual assault.

The Dodgers issued the following statement upon learning of the commissioner's decision regarding discipline for Bauer:

"The Dodgers organization takes all allegations of this nature very seriously and does not condone or excuse any acts of domestic violence or sexual assault. We've cooperated fully with MLB's investigation since it began, and we fully support MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy, and the Commissioner's enforcement of the Policy. We understand that Trevor has the right to appeal the Commissioner's decision. Therefore, we will not comment further until the process is complete."

Bauer made just 17 starts last season and pitched 107 2/3 innings to begin his stint with the Dodgers. He was 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA and received his full base salary of $28 million in 2021.

An All-Star in 2018 and National League Cy Young Award winner in 2020, Bauer owns an 83-69 record with a 3.79 ERA in 222 career appearances (212 starts) with the Arizona Diamondbacks, then-Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
News

Trevor Bauer sues woman who accused him of sexual assault

April 26, 2022, 3:41 PM

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is suing the woman who accused him of sexual assault, contending her motive was to destroy his "reputation and baseball career, garner attention for herself, and extract millions of dollars" from him.

The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and is seeking unspecified monetary and punitive damages. Bauer contends the woman "fabricated allegations of sexual assault" and "made false and malicious statements" as she sought a domestic violence restraining order last June 29.

That filing came a day after Bauer's most recent pitching performance for the Dodgers, with whom he signed a three-year, $102 million contract before the 2021 season. He has been on Major League Baseball administrative leave since July 2, although the Los Angeles County district attorney declined to file charges.

Bauer has denied all wrongdoing.

The court filing describes, in graphic detail, the two sexual encounters between Bauer and the woman, who lives in San Diego, that occurred last spring. Per company policy, Field Level Media will not publish the name of alleged victims of sexual assault.

Bauer, 31, admits to having rough sex with her, which he said was at the woman's request, and never performed a sexual act she didn't want. The woman, in her request for the restraining order, accused him of acts that including choking her to the point of unconsciousness and punching her to the point of needing medical attention.

The restraining order was denied.

In the lawsuit, Bauer said the woman contacted him after their first sexual encounter in an attempt to set up a second meeting for "a rougher sexual experience so she could later claim this sexual experience was not what she requested and thereby lay the groundwork for a financial settlement."

The suit also states the woman texted a friend and told her "they would be able to travel to Europe together in style once she was successful in her plot to destroy Mr. Bauer by tricking him into having rough and rougher sex with her."

Also named in the suit is the woman's attorney, Fred Thiagarajah, who is being accused of defamation because of comments he made to The Washington Post. Bauer previously sued Deadspin and The Athletic in relation to the case.

Bauer's paid leave has been extended multiple times and is due to expire Friday. MLB has been conducting its own investigation and can choose to suspend Bauer under league policies even if no criminal charges are filed.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
News

Shoulder discomfort lands Dodgers RHP Blake Treinen on IL

April 22, 2022, 5:32 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Blake Treinen on the injured list Friday with right shoulder discomfort and recalled left-hander Garrett Cleavinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Treinen has made three appearances this season but has not pitched since April 14 as the Dodgers tried to get his shoulder up to speed again without using an IL stint. He 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and has five strikeouts in three innings.

In nine career seasons, the 33-year-old is 36-31 in 447 appearances with a 2.87 ERA and effectively has been the Dodgers' set-up man since joining the club in 2020.

Cleavinger, who turns 28 on Saturday, made one appearance for Los Angeles earlier this season before he was optioned. He has just 24 major league appearances with the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies over the past three seasons, going 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Phillies reinstate OF Odubel Herrera (oblique) from IL

April 22, 2022, 4:13 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies reinstated Odubel Herrera from the injured list and optioned fellow outfielder Simon Muzziotti to Double-A Reading on Friday.

Herrera, 30, began the season on the 10-day IL with an oblique injury. He batted .281 with three RBIs in eight games on rehab assignments with Class-A Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Herrera hit .260 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs in 124 games last season.

An All-Star in 2016, he is a .274/.329/.422 hitter with 73 home runs, 284 RBIs and 62 stolen bases in 755 career games with the Phillies since 2015.

Muzziotti, 23, made his MLB debut on April 11 and batted .143 (1 for 7) in nine appearances this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
News

Reports: Once again, Trevor Bauer has leave extended

April 21, 2022, 8:48 PM

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Once again, Major League Baseball and the players association agreed to extend the administrative leave of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, this time through April 29, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

His current leave, which was extended on April 13, was set to expire Saturday.

Bauer remains off the Dodgers' 40-man roster as MLB continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding a sexual assault accusation made by a San Diego woman last June.

Bauer, 31, last pitched on June 28, 2021, after which the woman's allegations of an aggressive sexual encounter that resulted in injuries went public. The Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department launched an investigation while MLB placed Bauer on leave, then extended it multiple times throughout the season, including the playoffs.

While the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined to prosecute Bauer, MLB could invoke its own discipline.

Bauer made just 17 starts last season and pitched 107 2/3 innings to begin a three-year, $102 million free-agent deal he signed in February 2021. He was 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA and received his full $35.3 million pay in 2021.

The Dodgers have yet to indicate their plans for Bauer if and when he's reinstated by MLB.

--Field Level Media