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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

Dodgers overcome injury to Clayton Kershaw, sweep Giants

August 5, 2022, 12:17 AM

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The bullpen picked up injured Clayton Kershaw with five innings of one-run relief, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers complete a four-game sweep over the host San Francisco Giants with a 5-3 victory on Thursday afternoon.

The Dodgers' fifth straight win overall and eighth in a row versus the Giants since the All-Star break might have been a costly one. Kershaw, the All-Star Game starter, was removed from the game before the fifth inning with low back pain.

Kershaw missed more than a month bridging April and May earlier this season with SI joint inflammation in his lower spine.

Kershaw left with a 4-2 lead, having allowed a two-run homer run to Giants newcomer J.D. Davis in the second inning.

Only one of the runs was earned, and he finished his four innings with three hits and four strikeouts.

After an RBI single by Gavin Lux opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, the Dodgers used their power to pull away en route to their first four-game sweep in San Francisco since July 1-4, 1977.

Mookie Betts' homer, a three-run shot that was his 25th homer of the season, came after Lux's double and James Outman's walk put two on with two outs in the fourth. Giants manager Gabe Kapler relieved starter Jakob Junis (4-3) with John Brebbia prior to Betts' at-bat.

Betts then blasted Brebbia's third pitch over the fence in left-center field for a 4-2 lead.

Junis was charged with two of the runs, giving him three along with five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Trea Turner's solo homer in the seventh inning gave Los Angeles a 5-2 lead. The homer was Turner's 18th of the season.

Meanwhile, Phil Bickford, Chris Martin (2-0), Caleb Ferguson, Alex Vesia and Craig Kimbrel followed Kershaw with one scoreless inning apiece.

The Giants were held to a single hit by the first four relievers until rallying in the ninth off Kimbrel, with Brandon Belt scoring on a wild pitch after he had doubled.

Down 3-0 in the count, Kimbrel bounced back to strike out Tommy La Stella to end the game and pick up his 20th save of the season.

Lux was the only player in the game with multiple hits for the Dodgers, who have gone 10-3 against the Giants this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers aim for sweep of Giants

August 4, 2022, 6:42 AM

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Left-hander Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to improve upon their gaudy numbers against the host San Francisco Giants when the clubs complete a four-game series on Thursday afternoon.

The visitors will attempt to sweep the four-game series and improve to 8-0 against the archrivals since the All-Star break.

Kershaw (7-3, 2.66 ERA), a lifelong Dodger, has started more games against the Giants than against any other team. When he gets the ball for the last of the first on Thursday, he will be making his 53rd career start in his 55th overall head-to-head against the Giants, having gone 24-15 with a 1.99 ERA.

The 53rd start will tie Lew Burdette for the 18th-most against the Giants in the last 100 years. A 25th win would tie Tom Seaver for 15th among Giants opponents since 1922.

Kershaw, 34, is 14-6 with a 1.58 ERA in 27 career games, including 25 starts, at San Francisco's Oracle Park.

In the 22-year history of the ballpark, Kershaw's 14 wins are the most among any Giants opponent, and his 1.58 ERA is the lowest among all pitchers -- including Giants -- who have made 10 or more starts in the stadium.

Kershaw will be facing the Giants for the third time this season. He took a 3-2 loss in his last visit to San Francisco on June 11, when he allowed two runs in four innings. On July 24 in Los Angeles, Kershaw yielded four runs in 4 1/3 innings during a no-decision against the Giants.

He is winless in past two starts, having allowed nine runs (seven earned) and 13 hits in 9 2/3 innings against San Francisco and the Colorado Rockies.

If there is reason for optimism that the Giants might reverse the trend against Kershaw this time around, it's because of the addition of J.D. Davis at the trade deadline.

The former Met, who went 1-for-4 in his San Francisco debut on Wednesday, has stepped into the batter's box against Kershaw six times in their careers and has belted a pair of home runs.

The Dodgers won the first three games of the series 8-2, 9-5 and 3-0. Coupled with a four-game home sweep coming out the All-Star break, the Dodgers have beaten their rival seven straight times for the first time since an eight-game run bridging the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Newly acquired Dodger Joey Gallo suited up for the Wednesday game but saw no action. He watched fellow Los Angeles newcomer Miguel Vargas dazzle in his major league debut with a double, a single and two RBIs.

Gallo hopes his chance to leave behind the bad taste of a year in New York with the Yankees comes sooner rather than later.

"It's nice to get a fresh start and a new clubhouse and a new place on the other side of the country," he said. "And just get back to playing baseball again and trying to win games for the Dodgers.

If Gallo gets his first Dodgers start in the series finale, it's scheduled to come against Jakob Junis (4-2, 2.78 ERA). The Giants right-hander pitched a 7-2 home win over the Dodgers on June 10, allowing two runs in five innings. It was his first career appearance against the Dodgers.

The 29-year-old threw four shutout innings, allowing five hits, without getting a decision in a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in his most recent outing.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler realizes it's probably going to take more than just another strong effort by Junis to end the drought against the Dodgers.

"We're just not getting enough big hits ... making one or two pitches that change the course of the game for us ... some miscues on the bases," he lamented after his team's 11th loss in 14 games since the All-Star break. "And that's enough against a team like the Dodgers. You have to play your absolute best baseball. We're not playing our best baseball."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros

Dodgers to honor Vin Scully with uniform patch

August 4, 2022, 2:03 AM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will honor longtime broadcaster Vin Scully with a commemorative patch on their uniforms for the remainder of the season.

Scully was the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in sports history, spending 67 years in the booth as the voice of the Dodgers in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles. He died on Tuesday at the age of 94.

The black patch has a blue border with a microphone at the center and the word "Vin" inscribed above it in white text.

The Dodgers are in the midst of an eight-game road trip, but there will be a pregame ceremony honoring Scully on Friday night when they return home to host the San Diego Padres.

--Field Level Media

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Vin Scully, legendary Dodgers broadcaster, dies at 94

August 3, 2022, 3:56 AM

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Vin Scully, the legendary broadcaster who called Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers games for 67 seasons and also worked nationally on Major League Baseball and NFL broadcasts, died Tuesday at age 94.

A statement from the Dodgers said Scully, who retired at the end of the 2016 season, died at his home in Hidden Hills, a community in Los Angeles County northwest of Los Angeles.

The hallmark of Scully's career was a storytelling style combined with what he called "kind of a running commentary with an imaginary friend," he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview.

Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement that the sports world "lost an icon. ... His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed."

Sandra Scully, Vin's wife of 47 years, died in January 2021 at 76 after a long fight with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers put 3B Justin Turner (abdomen) on IL

August 3, 2022, 12:47 AM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed third baseman Justin Turner on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with an abdominal strain.

The move is retroactive to Saturday. Turner last played Wednesday against the visiting Washington Nationals, going 1-for-3 with a run.

No corresponding move was announced. The move comes the same day the Dodgers acquired Joey Gallo and traded Mitch White to Toronto.

Turner, 37, is batting .257 with 22 doubles, eight homers and 54 RBIs in 86 games this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates

Reports: Mariners land C Curt Casali from Giants

August 2, 2022, 9:17 PM

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The San Francisco Giants traded backup catcher Curt Casali to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for minor league relief pitcher Michael Stryffeler, according to multiple reports.

Casali, 33, is currently on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 oblique strain. He last played July 4.

It was Casali's second season with the Giants after four with the Tampa Bay Rays (2014-17) and three with the Cincinnati Reds (2018-20). Before his injury, he was batting .231 with four home runs and 14 RBIs across 41 games.

Casali is a lifetime .227 hitter with 46 career home runs, 55 doubles and 145 RBIs over 446 games.

Stryffeler, 26, reached Double-A Arkansas last year and is 4-8 at that level with a 2.17 ERA and 128 strikeouts over 78 2/3 innings in two seasons.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks

Reports: Mets acquire OF/1B Darin Ruf from Giants

August 2, 2022, 8:15 PM

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The New York Mets acquired outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for third baseman J.D. Davis and prospects, multiple outlets reported.

The Giants will receive three other players in return, in addition to Davis. According to the New York Post, the Giants also will receive left-hander Thomas Szapucki, along with Class-A pitchers Nick Zwack and Carson Seymour.

Ruf, 36, has 11 home runs with 38 RBIs in 90 games this season, batting .216 with a .701 OPS. He returns to the National League East after playing his first five seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He has played 36 games at first base and 30 in the outfield this season.

Davis, 29, is batting .238 with four home runs and 21 RBIs this season and is a .266 hitter with 42 home runs and 132 RBIs in 401 games over six seasons with the Houston Astros and Mets. Davis gives the Giants coverage at third base while Evan Longoria is on the injured list with a right hamstring strain.

Szapucki, 26, has pitched in two games for the Mets over the past two seasons.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Reports: Dodgers acquire OF Joey Gallo from Yankees

August 2, 2022, 6:47 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired struggling slugger Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees on Tuesday in exchange for Double-A right-hander Clayton Beeter, multiple outlets reported.

The deal is pending review of medical records, The Athletic reported.

Gallo, 28, has struggled for the Yankees since he was acquired at last year's trade deadline from the Texas Rangers.

In 140 games for the Yankees, going back to last season, Gallo is batting .159 with a .660 OPS and has 25 home runs with 46 RBIs. He has 12 of those home runs in 233 at-bats this season.

Gallo does fit the Dodgers' mold of working counts, earning 40 walks this season after he led the American League with 111 walks last season.

Beeter, 23, was the Dodgers' second-round pick in 2020 out of Texas Tech. He is 0-3 with a 5.75 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) at Double-A Tulsa this season. He is 0-9 with a 5.28 ERA in 46 minor league appearances (43 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

Rays acquire LHP Garrett Cleavinger from Dodgers

August 1, 2022, 6:10 PM

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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in exchange for minor league outfielder German Tapia.

Cleavinger, 28, has appeared mostly in Triple-A this season, going 0-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 22 appearances at Oklahoma City.

The former third-round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA in four appearances with the Dodgers this season, including a brief call up last week when he gave up six runs (four) earned in 1 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.

In 27 career appearances (one start) over parts of the last three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and Dodgers, Cleavinger is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA over 23 innings.

Tapia, 18, is batting .329 with a .952 OPS in 26 games with the Rays' Dominican Summer League team this season. He has two home runs and 11 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

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Giants acquire INF Dixon Machado from Cubs

July 31, 2022, 8:33 PM

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The San Francisco Giants acquired infielder Dixon Machado from the Chicago Cubs on Sunday in exchange for right-hander Raynel Espinal.

Machado, 30, last appeared in a major league game in 2018 with the Detroit Tigers. He was batting .312 with two home runs and 31 RBIs in 86 games for Triple-A Iowa this season. He played the 2020 and 2021 seasons in Japan.

In 172 games with the Tigers from 2015-18, Machado batted .227 with a .579 OPS and two home runs with 37 RBIs.

Espinal, 30, has just one game of major league experience, with the Boston Red Sox last season. He is 5-5 with a 5.29 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) at Triple-A Sacramento this season.

Also, infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry reported to the Cubs after recently being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs optioned first baseman/outfielder Alfonso Rivas to Iowa.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels

Dodgers 3B Justin Turner remains out after clean MRI

July 31, 2022, 7:46 PM

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An MRI exam on the abdominal injury of Los Angeles Dodgers veteran Justin Turner showed no structural damage, but the third baseman will be out at least until Thursday's road game against the San Francisco Giants, manager Dave Roberts said.

Turner has played in just one game since July 21 because of the injury. He had an RBI single Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, with Roberts saying after that game that Turner will skip more games. He ended up missing the entire three-game weekend series at Colorado.

As of now, the club does not have any plans on putting Turner on the injured list. That could change in the next few days if Los Angeles makes a trade in advance of Tuesday's deadline and would need a roster spot.

Turner, 37, is batting .257 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs in 86 games this season. In 14 major league seasons, the two-time All-Star is a career .288 hitter with 159 home runs and 636 RBIs in 1,351 games for the Baltimore Orioles (2009-10), New York Mets (2010-13) and Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

Dodgers add newly acquired P Chris Martin to roster

July 31, 2022, 5:01 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers added reliever Chris Martin to the active roster and optioned fellow right-hander Jake Reed to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday.

The Dodgers acquired Martin from the Chicago Cubs on Saturday for infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry.

Martin is 1-0 with a 4.31 ERA and six holds in 34 appearances out of the bullpen in 2022. The 36-year-old has struck out 40 batters, walked four and allowed five home runs in 31 1/3 innings.

He is 6-15 with seven saves and a 4.10 ERA in 244 games (no starts) over parts of seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Cubs.

Reed, 29, made three appearances for the Dodgers, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.

The Dodgers conclude a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Sunday before heading to San Francisco for four games with the Giants.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

Reports: Dodgers acquire RHP Chris Martin from Cubs

July 30, 2022, 5:55 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday.

The 36-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.31 ERA and six holds in 34 appearances out of the bullpen in 2022.

Martin has struck out 40 batters, walked four and allowed five home runs in 31 1/3 innings.

He is 6-15 with seven saves and a 4.10 ERA in 244 games (no starts) over parts of seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Cubs.

There was no immediate word on a return for the Cubs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants

Giants OF Joc Pederson placed on 7-day concussion list

July 30, 2022, 1:54 AM

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The San Francisco Giants placed All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson on the seven-day concussion list prior to Friday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Pederson was injured one night earlier when he banged his head into the left-field wall in the seventh inning while trying to catch a two-run homer by Patrick Wisdom of the Cubs.

Pederson appeared dazed in left field after the collision and was removed from the game.

"Right when I ran into the wall, my head instantly started hurting," Pederson said on Friday. "Then I got a headache, so I kind of knew something was up."

Pederson said this in his second career concussion. He sustained one in 2017 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers when he collided in the outfield with Yasiel Puig.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler the club will play close attention to Pederson over the coming days.

"Any time you have multiple concussions over any period of time, I think you begin to take them more and more seriously," Kapler said before Friday's game. "This doesn't mean that we have any specific long-term concerns for Joc."

The 30-year-old Pederson is batting .242 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs in 87 games. He was on the National League All-Star team earlier this month for the second time in his nine-year career.

Pederson has 165 career homers, 407 RBIs and a .233 batting average in 972 games with the Dodgers (2014-20), Cubs (2021), Atlanta Braves (2021) and Giants.

San Francisco recalled infielder Jason Vosler from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move. Vosler, 28, batted .268 with four homers and eight RBIs in 19 games with the Giants earlier this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers activate LHP Andrew Heaney, add RHP Jake Reed

July 27, 2022, 5:42 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers activated left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney from the injured list in time to start Wednesday afternoon's home game against the Washington Nationals.

In other transactions, the Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Jake Reed from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and optioned a pair of pitchers -- left-hander Garrett Cleavinger and right-hander Mitch White to Triple-A.

Heaney, 30, was placed on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation on June 24 -- his second IL stint for the same issue this season.

Heaney has been limited to three games and is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA, giving up one run in 15 1/3 innings pitched. In 124 career games (115 starts) with the Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Dodgers, Heaney has a 33-38 record with a 4.65 ERA.

Reed, 29, appeared in six games (one start) with the Dodgers in 2021 before being put on waivers, and they acquired him again earlier this month off waivers from the New York Mets.

Since then, he made two relief appearances in Oklahoma City, giving up one hit and striking out three in two innings.

White, 27, turned in a quality start for Los Angeles on Tuesday night, throwing six innings and giving up two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts against the Nationals. He left with a 3-2 lead but took a no-decision when Washington rallied to win 8-3.

In 15 appearances (10 starts) for the Dodgers this season, White is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA.

Cleavinger, 28, took the loss Tuesday night when he gave up six runs (four earned) on three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly in 1 2/3 innings.

In 4 1/3 innings spanning four games this season, Cleavinger is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA.

--Field Level Media