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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds

Dodgers go deep five times, complete sweep of Reds

June 23, 2022, 8:13 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers hit a season-high five home runs in support of six strong innings from Clayton Kershaw to complete a three-game road sweep with a 10-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon.

Freddie Freeman, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Will Smith and newcomer Trayce Thompson all went deep Thursday.

Freeman finished the three-game set with two homers and 10 RBIs to help the Dodgers complete a seven-game season sweep of the Reds. They outscored Cincinnati 26-11 in the series and 52-18 on the season.

In his third start back from hip joint inflammation that landed him on the injured list, Kershaw (5-1) held the Reds to one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out seven with one walk.

Bellinger and Freeman each drove in three for the Dodgers, who homered three times off Reds rookie starter Hunter Greene (3-8). The Dodgers have defeated the Reds nine straight times and are 15-4 against Cincinnati since the 2018 season.

Tommy Pham drilled a three-run homer and recorded a pair of outfield assists for the Reds, who dropped their seventh straight and finished 0-6 on their homestand. Overall, the Reds have lost their last eight at home dating to June 8.

For Greene, it was a flashback to May 5 when he allowed a season-high five homers at Milwaukee. Greene was tagged for six runs on nine hits in five innings, striking out just three while walking two.

Pham had two outfield assists in the first three innings, giving him five for the season and matching Aristides Aquino for the team lead. With three assists on the day, the Reds have 17 outfield assists, passing the Texas Rangers for the MLB lead.

Freeman blasted his eighth homer of the year and second in as many games, a 427-foot two-run homer to right-center with Muncy aboard in the third inning to increase the lead to 3-0 before delivering an RBI single in the eighth.

The Reds appeared to have Kershaw on the ropes in the fourth when the first two reached and Donovan Solano singled home Pham with nobody out to cut the lead to 5-1. But Kershaw followed with two strikeouts and a fly out to end Cincinnati's rally.

In the fifth, Muncy belted a first-pitch fastball from Greene to right field for his fifth homer and a 6-1 Dodgers lead. Bellinger hit his ninth home run, Smith had his 10th and Thompson, who joined the Dodgers on Tuesday, hit his first.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers eye season sweep of lowly Reds

June 23, 2022, 5:13 AM

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The visiting Los Angeles Dodgers aim for a rare seven-game season series sweep Thursday afternoon when they play the Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers have dominated the Reds in every way since the start of the 2019 season, winning 14 of 18 meetings between the two clubs and winning all six games this season by a combined score of 42-13.

The Reds have lost six straight, including all five on their six-game homestand that concludes Thursday.

The Dodgers send veteran lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08 ERA) to the mound in the matinee finale to the three-game series.

Kershaw recorded a no decision in his last start, against Cleveland, allowing one run and striking out four over five innings in a 2-1 loss to the Guardians.

In 13 career starts against Cincinnati, Kershaw is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Kershaw has fanned exactly 100 batters and walked 23 in his career against the Reds.

The Reds counter with 22-year-old rookie Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26). The right-hander will make his 14th major league start this season. Thursday marks his second start against his hometown Dodgers.

In his second major league start on April 16, the right-hander took the loss at Dodger Stadium in a 5-2 Cincinnati setback, allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Trea Turner went 0-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday to see his 13-game hitting streak come to an end. The streak had been the longest such streak in the majors.

After dealing with a rash of injuries to their bullpen over the weekend, the Reds received some good news concerning one of their regular outfielders.

Manager David Bell said outfielder Tyler Naquin is making unexpectedly quick progress from a quad injury.

"He's way ahead of schedule," Bell said. "For a grade two quad strain, it's (usually) 4-to-6 weeks, he has a chance to be way ahead of that."

After injuring his quad at the end of May, Naquin is now taking batting practice and tracking fly balls in the outfield.

"Swinging and throwing is not an issue," Naquin said. "It's more about full-speed running, cutting, stopping and starting. It seems to be going well with what we're doing so far."

On May 29 against San Francisco, Naquin slipped out of the batter's box and then two days later in Boston, Naquin routinely jogged out of the box after making contact but had to limp to first base.

Freddie Freeman continues to be a thorn in the side of the Reds and their pitching staff. His home run to right-center proved to be the game-winner in Wednesday's 8-4 Los Angeles win. He has seven RBIs in the first two games.

With runners on base this season, Freeman came into Tuesday's game hitting .371 with 18 extra-base hits and just 12 strikeouts. On Tuesday, the five-time All-Star went 3-for-3 with runners on base, while his lone out came with the bases empty as the second batter of the game.

On Wednesday, with one out and a runner on third, Freeman singled to center field against Reds ace Luis Castillo, giving him four hits in his first four at-bats of the series with runners on.

"I think those premier middle-of-the-order guys, their DNA is to really, really lock in with guys in scoring position," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "There's just that extra layer of finding a way of putting the ball in play, and those numbers don't lie. He's elite at that and has been his entire career."

-Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners

Stefen Romero recalled by Dodgers after 5 years in Japan

June 22, 2022, 10:09 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of outfielder Stefen Romero from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday after infielder Hanser Alberto went on the paternity list.

It is Romero's first stint in the major leagues since 2016 with the Seattle Mariners. The 33-year-old spent the previous five seasons with two separate teams in Japan.

Romero, a former 12th-round pick by the Mariners in 2010, batted .195 with a .549 OPS and four home runs with 17 RBIs in 94 games with Seattle from 2014-16. He was batting .270 with a .797 OPS at OKC, with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 24 games.

Alberto, 29, was batting .242 with one home run and four RBIs in 34 games for the Dodgers. Over seven major league seasons, he is a .274 hitter with 18 home runs and 110 RBIs over 419 games with the Texas Rangers (2015-18), Baltimore Orioles (2019-20), Kansas City Royals (2021) and Dodgers.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Romero, infielder/designated hitter Edwin Rios (hamstring) was placed in the 60-day injured list.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers move RHP Walker Buehler to 60-day IL

June 21, 2022, 7:12 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers moved staff ace Walker Buehler to the 60-day injured list Tuesday, 10 days after he was shut down because of a right forearm strain.

In addition, the Dodgers placed left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson on the IL with left forearm tendinitis. Ferguson had just returned May 16 after Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss all but 21 games over the previous two seasons.

By moving Buehler to the 60-day IL, the Dodgers opened a spot on the 40-man roster to add outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was acquired in a trade Monday from the Detroit Tigers.

Ferguson's move to the IL also allowed the Dodgers to reach the required 13-man pitching staff that was instituted by MLB on Monday. The Dodgers were off Monday in advance of Tuesday's series opener at Cincinnati.

In 12 starts for the Dodgers this season, an increasingly ineffective Buehler was 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA. The 27-year-old two-time All-Star is 46-16 in six seasons with Los Angeles (3.02 ERA).

Ferguson, 25, did not allow a run in his six outings (five innings) this season and is 10-5 with a 3.76 ERA in 102 career appearances (six starts) for the Dodgers going back to 2018.

Thompson, 31, will begin his second stint with the Dodgers. He's a career .205 hitter with 26 HRs in 223 big-league games with five teams, including 14 home runs in 107 games for the Dodgers from 2016-17.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres

Dodgers acquire OF Trayce Thompson from Tigers

June 20, 2022, 10:37 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson from the Detroit Tigers on Monday to help bolster their outfield in the wake of Mookie Betts' injury, multiple outlets reported.

The Tigers received cash considerations in the trade, per the reports.

The Dodgers will mark Thompson's third organization since the start of the season. He started the campaign with San Diego, going 1-for-14 before he was granted free agency on May 14 and signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on May 19.

Thompson, 31, is batting .305 with 17 home runs and 36 RBIs with an OPS of 1.085 at Triple-A this season.

He's a career .205 hitter with 26 HRs in 223 big league games with five teams, including the Dodgers (2016-17), when he hit 14 home runs in 107 games. He is the younger brother of the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, who won his fourth NBA title last week.

Betts went on the injured list Sunday with a cracked right rib, that happened Wednesday in a collision with teammate Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers used infielder Eddy Alvarez in right field Sunday and he was unable to make a key play near the foul line in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Guardians scored two runs for a 5-3 victory.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers OF Mookie Betts to have further tests on ribs

June 19, 2022, 6:37 PM

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts will have further tests Saturday on a right rib contusion.

Betts, who was injured in an outfield collision with Cody Bellinger on Wednesday, was scratched from the lineup ahead of Friday's 2-1, 10-inning loss to the visiting Cleveland Guardians.

X-rays were negative but manager Dave Roberts said Betts is dealing with "residual soreness" and will have a CT scan Saturday.

Betts, 29, is batting .273 with 17 homers, 40 RBIs and a league-leading 53 runs scored through 60 games.

The five-time All-Star and 2018 American League MVP is a career .295 hitter with 195 home runs and 607 RBIs in 1,031 games with the Boston Red Sox (2014-19) and Dodgers.

Betts is considered day-to-day. Eddy Alvarez started in Betts' place in right field on Friday and was 0-for-2 before being replaced for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers activate LHP Andrew Heaney, place RF Mookie Betts on IL

June 19, 2022, 6:00 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers officially placed right fielder Mookie Betts on the injured list Sunday with a cracked right rib, while left-hander Andrew Heaney was activated from the injured list to start against the Cleveland Guardians.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said late Saturday that Betts was headed for the injured list, while Heaney's return was anticipated after he went on the IL in April with left shoulder inflammation.

Heaney, 31, joined the Dodgers this past offseason and made just two starts before sustaining his injury. He was 1-0 and did not give up an earned run in 10 1/3 innings.

After two months away, he rejoins a starting staff that saw Clayton Kershaw return from the IL last week but recently lost Walker Buehler to a forearm strain.

In nine major league seasons, Heaney is 33-38 with a 4.65 ERA in 123 appearances (114 starts) for the Miami Marlins (2014), Los Angeles Angels (2015-21), New York Yankees (2021) and Dodgers.

Betts, 29, is batting .273 with 17 homers, 40 RBIs and a league-leading 53 runs through 60 games. He was injured Wednesday when he collided with center fielder Cody Bellinger in the first inning. He played the rest of that game but missed the next two contests.

The five-time All-Star and 2018 American League MVP is a career .295 hitter with 195 home runs and 607 RBIs in 1,031 games with the Boston Red Sox (2014-19) and Dodgers.

"It's certainly a big blow for all of us," Roberts said about Betts. "But having the information and knowing what it is, at least there's solace in that and hopefully we'll get him back sooner than later."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Reds recall RHP Dauri Moreta from Triple-A Louisville

June 19, 2022, 4:54 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds recalled right-hander Dauri Moreta from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

Outfielder TJ Friedl was optioned to Louisville in a corresponding transaction.

Moreta, 26, is 0-1 with a 9.88 ERA in 15 games (one start) this season with Cincinnati.

Friedl, 26, is batting .200 with seven RBIs and five steals in 29 games with the Reds.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Dodgers recall RHP Reyes Moronta

June 14, 2022, 8:47 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Reyes Moronta and optioned fellow right-hander Michael Grove to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Moronta, 29, makes his second stint with the Dodgers this season. He is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven appearances. Moronta went 8-9 with a 2.63 ERA in 143 appearances with the San Francisco Giants from 2017-19, 2021. He was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and two saves in 10 games at Oklahoma City.

Grove, 26, did not appear in a game in his third stint with the club. He is 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA in two games for the Dodgers this season..

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Dodgers activate Clayton Kershaw to oppose Giants

June 11, 2022, 8:23 PM

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Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was activated from the injured list to start Saturday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Kershaw had been sidelined due to inflammation in the right sacroiliac joint in his lower back. He last pitched for the Dodgers on May 7.

The 34-year-old Kershaw is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts this season. He has struck out 32 and walked just three.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner became the Dodgers' all-time leader in strikeouts earlier this season. His total currently sits at 2,702.

Kershaw, who won NL MVP honors in 2014, has a 189-84 record and 2.48 ERA in 384 career appearances (381 starts). He is an eight-time All-Star.

Against the Giants, Kershaw has a record of 24-14 with a 1.88 ERA in 52 games (50 starts).

Los Angeles optioned left-hander Justin Bruihl to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Bruihl, 24, was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 17 games with the Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

Walker Buehler, Dodgers await tests on sore elbow

June 11, 2022, 6:31 AM

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Walker Buehler is awaiting tests on his right (pitching) elbow after he was limited to four innings in a 7-2 loss to the host San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

Buehler, who has struggled at times this season while going 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 12 starts, said he felt his elbow "grab" after he threw a breaking pitch in the third inning against the Giants.

"I tried to pitch through it and see if it would pop away. Sometimes that will happen, but it didn't happen for me tonight," said Buehler, who underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2015 draft. "This one is just a little different and something we need to check out.

"Whatever it is, we'll handle it. I have all the faith in our medical staff and whatnot, but before we can dive into that, we need to know what we're doing. I'd like to know what I'm actually dealing with with my elbow and my career."

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said he found out after the third inning that Buehler felt a little "zing" in his elbow but that Buehler wanted to continue and felt that he could. After the fourth, Roberts said it was time to stop.

"There wasn't any pain that continued to add, but then, after that inning, we just figured that was going to be enough," the manager said. "We're trying to figure out when we can do some testing, obviously as soon as possible makes the most sense, and then we'll see where can go from there."

After taking a loss on Friday, Buehler has a 46-16 career record. The three runs he yielded in four innings pushed his lifetime ERA to 3.02 ERA in six seasons. He is a two-time All-Star and finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2021.

Buehler said he has dealt with issues with his elbow for "years and years," but Friday night was different.

Roberts said Buehler is "very in tune with his body, and if things aren't exactly right, he's very attuned to it. It's just something that he sort of learned how to manage. It wouldn't surprise me if that is some reason for the inconsistencies this year. He'll never say that. ...

"It's something that it is kind of normal for him to kind of deal with some sort of uncomfort with his elbow, but to get to the point where he feels like, or we or he feels like, it puts him in harm's way, we just haven't got to that point until tonight.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers activate closer Craig Kimbrel from paternity list

June 10, 2022, 9:28 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated closer Craig Kimbrel from the paternity list Friday and optioned fellow right-hander Mitch White to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Kimbrel, 34, missed three games. He is 0-2 with 4.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings, converting 11 of his 12 save chances on the season.

The eight-time All-Star is the active MLB leader in saves with 383 to go with a 35-31 record and a 2.23 ERA over 13 seasons (664 games) with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Dodgers.

White, 27, tossed five scoreless innings against the White Sox on Tuesday. He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in nine games (four starts) this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds

Reds C Tyler Stephenson (thumb) leaves game

June 9, 2022, 6:44 PM

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Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson left Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after taking a foul ball off his right thumb.

Stephenson, 25, left in the fourth inning after Diamondbacks center fielder Jordan Luplow fouled a pitch off the catcher's throwing hand. Stephenson was replaced by Aramis Garcia.

Stephenson was 0 for 2 on the day before leaving.

Stephenson is batting .305 with five home runs and 31 RBIs on the season, his third with the Reds.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers activate INF Max Muncy from injured list

June 9, 2022, 4:14 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers activated infielder Max Muncy from the injured list on Thursday.

Muncy, 31, missed 11 games with left elbow inflammation. He batted .143 with a homer and two RBIs in four rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The two-time All-Star is batting just .150 with three homers and 14 RBIs through 41 games in his fifth season with the Dodgers.

In a corresponding transaction, Los Angeles optioned infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry to Oklahoma City.

McKinstry, 27, was 1-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs in four games with the Dodgers.

Los Angeles (36-20) leads the National League West by 1 1/2 games entering Thursday's series finale against the White Sox in Chicago.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game One-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs

Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw set to return Sunday

June 8, 2022, 11:26 PM

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Los Angeles Dodgers three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will make his return from the injured list Sunday after missing more than a month due to a back injury.

Kershaw, 34, will start against the Giants in the finale of a three-game series that begins Friday night in San Francisco.

Kershaw hasn't pitched since May 7. The Dodgers placed him on the IL on May 13 with inflammation in the right SI joint, which connects the base of the spine to the hip bone.

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 in April.

In 15 seasons, Kershaw is 189-84 with a 2.48 ERA and the club's all-time leader in strikeouts with 2,702.

An eight-time All-Star, Kershaw won the National League Cy Young in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was also MVP in 2014.

--Field Level Media