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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
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Phillies need 10 innings to earn 2nd straight win over Dodgers

May 14, 2022, 6:44 AM

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Nick Castellanos hit a two-run double in the 10th inning and drove in three runs as the visiting Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 12-10 victory Friday.

Two of the better offenses in baseball have delivered 38 total runs and 51 hits in two games to open a four-game series, with the Phillies winning both contests.

Bryce Harper had a home run among his three hits, Bryson Stott had three RBIs and Kyle Schwarber added a home run as Philadelphia improved to 4-1 on a seven-game West Coast road trip that began with a series in Seattle.

Justin Turner hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning for the Dodgers to send the game into extra innings, and he drove in four runs. Chris Taylor also homered and Austin Barnes had three hits for Los Angeles, which has lost three consecutive games for the first time this season.

Stott's two-run, second-inning single gave the Phillies an early lead before the Dodgers stormed ahead with a five-run third that started with Taylor's homer, his second. Mookie Betts and Max Muncy also drove in runs ahead of a two-run double from Turner.

In the fourth inning, the Phillies got an RBI single from Stott and a two-run home run from Schwarber, his eighth, for a 5-5 tie.

The Dodgers took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Barnes before the Phillies continued the push-pull affair in the sixth. Alec Bohm, Harper and Castellanos each drove in runs for an 8-6 Philadelphia lead.

Trea Turner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth as Los Angeles pulled within a run.

Harper's eighth home run of the season, and second in two games, came in the eighth to give the Phillies a 9-7 advantage.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler, who had his outing moved up a day when Clayton Kershaw (back) went on the injured list, gave up five runs on nine hits, both season highs, over five innings. Brusdar Graterol (0-2) yielded three runs, two earned, in the 10th to take the loss.

Phillies starter Kyle Gibson gave up six runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings with one walk and one strikeout. Jeurys Familia (1-0) blew a save attempt in the ninth but earned the victory. Francisco Morales pitched the 10th to earn his first career save in his second major league appearance.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies
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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on IL with back inflammation

May 13, 2022, 5:29 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the injured list Friday with right SI joint inflammation.

The SI (sacroiliac) joint is the lowest point of the spine, marking yet another back-related injury for Kershaw, who has been plagued with them over the years.

Kershaw, 34, made just 21 starts in 2016 because of a mild herniated disc and was unable to pitch in the All-Star Game that season. He also missed five weeks in 2017 with a strained lower back, while another back issue forced him to the injured list in 2020.

In a corresponding move, the Dodgers recalled left-hander Garrett Cleavinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Kershaw was supposed to start Friday night's home game against the Philadelphia Phillies, with right-hander Walker Buehler moving into that role instead on a regular four days of rest.

Kershaw, who signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers before the start of the season, is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts and pitched seven perfect innings in his season opener at Minnesota last month.

In 15 seasons, the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner is 189-84 with a 2.48 ERA and is the club's all-time leader in strikeouts with 2,702.

Cleavinger, 28, had a 5.40 ERA in two outings with the Dodgers earlier this season. In 25 outings (one start) with the Phillies and Dodgers over the past three seasons, he is 2-4 with a 3.54 ERA.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
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Bryce Harper settles into DH role as Phillies face Dodgers

May 13, 2022, 7:41 AM

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Finally able to solidify a plan for the road ahead, Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper just might be able to thrive now that he knows what he is up against.

When the visiting Phillies oppose the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Harper will be in his second game since getting confirmation that his right elbow injury is a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and not something that will keep him completely off the field.

Harper will be reduced to designated hitter duty for at least another month, and likely more, just as he has been since April 17 when his elbow discomfort began to increase. Even so, finding out exactly what is wrong seemed to put Harper into a comfort zone.

In his first at-bat after undergoing his exam Thursday in Los Angeles, Harper hit a solo homer on the second pitch he saw. He finished the night with three RBIs and will be the DH again Friday and Saturday before getting a platelet-rich plasma injection Sunday that will keep him out for the series finale.

"I'm glad that I know and have some clarity on where it's going to go from here," Harper said. "That's about it. I'll get the shot on Sunday, see how I feel the next couple of weeks and go from there."

Johan Camargo hit a two-run homer Thursday and wound up with three RBIs in Philadelphia's 9-7 win. Kyle Schwarber was dropped to the No. 7 spot in the order and responded with an RBI single in his first at-bat, ending an 0-for-15 drought.

At the very least, the Phillies are showing they know how to turn the page. The victory over the Dodgers was their fourth in six games following a four-game losing streak.

The Phillies will send right-hander Kyle Gibson (3-1, 2.94 ERA) to the mound on Friday.

In three lifetime appearances (two starts) against the Dodgers, Gibson is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. In a home start against Los Angeles last August, Gibson gave up six runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers fell Thursday for the third time in four games despite a valiant comeback attempt. Los Angeles tied the game 7-7 after trailing by six runs but still ended up with just its third defeat in 13 home games.

Poised to get the Dodgers out of their funk, as he has done so many times in the past, is Clayton Kershaw (4-0, 1.80 ERA). The veteran left-hander has given up one run or none in four of his five starts. He is coming off a road victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, when he gave up five hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings.

Kershaw had just two strikeouts against the Cubs, which was more a product of an aggressive Chicago offense. He got 21 outs on just 81 pitches. Now Kershaw faces another offense known for going on the attack early in counts.

"I've always been kind of a guy who gets some first-pitch outs when it's going OK," said Kershaw, who is 4-6 with a 2.76 ERA lifetime against the Phillies in 16 starts. "I do throw strikes, I think for the most part, and guys are trying to attack me early. ...

"(I) might give up some first-pitch hits here and there, but overall, I think it's better to be aggressive and sometimes they hit it at guys."

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