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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
Recap

Dodgers get off to fast start in win over Braves

June 25, 2022, 2:59 AM

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Los Angeles shortstop Trea Turner and starting pitcher Julio Urias continued their mastery of the Atlanta Braves on Friday by leading the Dodgers to a 4-1 win in the opening game of a three-game series.

Turner went 3-for-5 with his 10th home run, scored two runs and drove in one run to pace the offense. It marked the second straight three-hit game for Turner. In 96 career games against Atlanta, Turner is hitting .319 (128-for-401) with 17 homers, 50 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.

Urias (5-6) improved to 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in five career appearances and 21 innings against Atlanta. He allowed one run on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in six innings.

Evan Phillips pitched a scoreless seventh. Daniel Hudson retired one batter in the eighth when he slipped while trying to field an infield dribbler, injured his left knee and had to leave the game. Brusdar Graterol completed the inning.

Craig Kimbrel worked around a leadoff single to pitch a scoreless ninth and earned his 13th save.

It was the fourth straight win for Los Angeles.

The losing pitcher was Ian Anderson (6-4), who had won his last three decisions. Anderson was knocked out after failing to retire a batter and loading the bases in the fifth inning. He allowed four runs on six hits, four walks and six strikeouts in four-plus innings. It was a disappointing effort for Anderson after he pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start.

The Dodgers scored twice in the first inning. Will Smith drove in a run on a sharp single and a sacrifice fly from Justin Turner.

Los Angeles scored two more times in the fifth. Trea Turner homered to right and Freddie Freeman scored on Justin Turner's fielder's choice.

Atlanta got a run in the sixth inning on Matt Olson's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. But the rally ended when Marcell Ozuna struck out with runners on first and second.

The Dodgers lead the season series 3-1. Los Angeles has won every regular-season series with the Braves since 2013.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Dodgers
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Dodgers place LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder) back on IL

June 24, 2022, 9:26 PM

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The return of Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Andrew Heany from the injured list lasted just one start as he was placed back on the IL on Friday with a reoccurrence of left shoulder inflammation.

Heaney, who signed with the Dodgers this past offseason, made two April starts without giving up an earned run before going on the IL. After a two-month rehab assignment, including three minor league starts (12 1/3 innings), Heaney returned Sunday by giving up two runs (one earned) over five innings against the Cleveland Guardians.

The Dodgers reworked Heaney's slider during spring training, and it helped the nine-year veteran to a 0.59 ERA over his first 15 1/3 innings. There is no timetable for a return after his latest injury.

Heaney, 31, is 33-38 in his career with a 4.63 ERA over 124 appearances (115 starts) for the Miami Marlins (2014), Los Angeles Angels (2015-21), New York Yankees (2021) and Dodgers.

To take his place on the pitching staff, the Dodgers recalled right-hander Reyes Moronta, who has a 2.00 ERA in eight relief appearances with Los Angeles this season. Moronta, 29, is 8-9 with a 2.61 ERA over 144 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants (2017-21) and Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
Preview

Freddie Freeman makes his return to Atlanta with Dodgers

June 24, 2022, 11:41 AM

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Freddie Freeman, the fan favorite who led the Braves to a World Series championship a year ago, will be wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers' uniform when he returns to Atlanta on Friday night for the start of a three-game series between the two clubs that played for the National League pennant in 2021.

The Dodgers won two of the three games between the teams in April in Los Angeles, and both enter the weekend on a roll. Atlanta just won three of four games against San Francisco and has won 18 of its past 21. Los Angeles took all three games from Cincinnati and swept the season series with the Reds for only the third time in franchise history.

Freeman signed with the Dodgers as a free agent, netting $162 million for six years, when he could not come to terms with Atlanta, the organization that made him a second-round draft pick in 2007. Freeman played with the Braves from 2010 to 2021 and was the National League MVP in 2020.

Atlanta replaced Freeman by acquiring Matt Olson from the Oakland A's in the spring and signed him to a long-term contract. The two players, both first basemen who bat from the left side, likely will be compared to each other for the rest of their careers.

This season Freeman is batting .303 with 23 doubles, eight homers and 45 RBIs; he was 4-for-11 with two homers and three RBIs in three games against Atlanta in April. Olson is batting .247 with a major-league-leading 28 doubles, 10 homers and 38 RBIs; he was 4-for-12 with two doubles against the Dodgers in the first meeting.

The pitching matchup will feature Atlanta's Ian Anderson (6-3, 4.35 ERA) against Los Angeles left-hander Julio Urias (4-6, 2.56).

Anderson is on a three-game winning streak. He was outstanding in his most recent start on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs when he worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

"I thought he was really good," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said afterward. "He was really efficient, good command of his fastball. It's just good to get him into the seventh inning. I looked up and his velocity was good going into the seventh."

Anderson's only appearance against the Dodgers came in 2021, when he took a loss after allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Urias ended a three-game losing streak when he beat the Cleveland Guardians last Saturday. He pitched six innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. He had not won since May 20.

"I don't think we have done a great job giving Julio run support this year," Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. "It's easier to pitch with a four-run lead for sure. You can take some chances and not worry about one mistake beating you."

Urias is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four career appearances, two starts, against Atlanta. Both starts and both wins came last season. But the Braves solved him in the postseason, as Urias was tagged with a blown save in the second game and started and lost the fifth game of the NLCS.

The Braves should be well-rested. Third baseman Austin Riley, right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and left fielder Adam Duvall did not start on Thursday in a 7-6 victory over the Giants.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners
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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: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
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Braves ace Max Fried wins arbitration case

June 22, 2022, 5:31 PM

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Atlanta Braves ace Max Fried won his arbitration case and will earn $6.85 million for the 2022 season, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The Braves were offering $6.6 million.

The 28-year-old left-hander was represented by Ryan Hamill and Evan Green of CAA Baseball at Tuesday's arbitration hearing.

The only arbitration hearing remaining on the schedule is Friday with New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

Fried is 7-2 with a 2.77 ERA through 14 starts in 2022, his sixth season with the Braves. He has 83 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings.

A two-time Gold Glove winner and 2021 World Series champion, Fried is 47-20 with a 3.25 ERA in 109 games (92 starts).

Fried is eligible for free agency in 2025.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
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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
News

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
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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
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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: Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks
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Braves activate RHP Collin McHugh off COVID-19 IL

June 16, 2022, 8:19 PM

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The Atlanta Braves activated right-hander Collin McHugh from the COVID-19 list on Thursday's off-day.

McHugh and the Braves open a three-set against the host Chicago Cubs on Friday.

McHugh, who turns 35 on Sunday, was placed on the injured list on June 7 after testing positive for COVID-19.

McHugh is 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 21 relief appearances this season. The 10-year veteran is a former 19-game winner for the Houston Astros in 2015.

Atlanta designated right-hander Jacob Webb for assignment in a corresponding move. Webb, who was purchased from the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 7, didn't appear in a game for the Braves since the acquisition.

This is the second time this season that Atlanta has DFA'd Webb. They also did in April and the Diamondbacks claimed him off waivers on April 19.

Webb, 28, was 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA in six games at Triple-A Reno in the Arizona system earlier this season.

He went 5-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 34 appearances with the Braves in 2021.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
News

Braves 2B Ozzie Albies undergoes foot surgery

June 15, 2022, 10:30 PM

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Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies underwent surgery on his fractured left foot on Wednesday and will be out at least until the middle of August, with a return this season expected.

The Braves said the surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis.

Albies was injured during Monday's victory over the Washington Nationals when he fell to the ground after a defensive swing. He was unable to run to first base on the ground ball and gingerly walked to the Atlanta dugout and exited the contest.

Albies, 25, was placed on the 60-day injured list on Tuesday.

The two-time All-Star is batting .244 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 62 games this season.

Overall, Albies has a .270 career average with 98 homers and 344 RBIs in 622 games over six seasons.

Atlanta had won 13 consecutive games entering Wednesday night's contest against the Nationals.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates
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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: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
News

Braves' Ozzie Albies breaks left foot

June 14, 2022, 5:00 AM

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Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies broke his left foot while grounding out in the fifth inning of the Braves' 9-5 win over the host Washington Nationals on Monday.

The Braves emerged with their 12th consecutive victory, but they will have to move forward without Albies.

Albies fell in the batter's box after his swing, which sent a ground ball to shortstop. He hopped on one foot into the dugout, and Orlando Arcia replaced him in the field for the bottom of the inning.

"I hate it for Ozzie, I hate it for us," Braves manager Brian Snitker said postgame. "It's unfortunate, but it's one of them things. He'll be fine. He's young. He'll heal quick. ...

"He loves to play baseball and is such a big part of our club here. It's just a chance for somebody else to do something good."

Albies, 25, is hitting .244 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 62 games this season after going 0-for-2 with a walk and a run on Monday.

A two-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger winner, Albies was a key part of the Braves' World Series championship team last year. He posted career highs with 30 homers and 106 RBIs in the 2021 regular season.

For his career, he has a .271 average, a .321 on-base percentage, a .470 slugging percentage, 98 homers and 344 RBIs in 622 games.

Arcia, 27, singled and walked in his two plate appearances after entering the Monday game. He is batting .313 with one homer and eight RBIs in 17 games this year.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates
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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
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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