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Postseason preview? Dodgers welcome Padres for 3-game series

August 5, 2022, 12:13 PM

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Let's face it: Even with the addition of Juan Soto and Josh Bell and the pending return of Fernando Tatis Jr., the San Diego Padres are unlikely to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West this season.

Even if the Dodgers go 28-29 over their last 57 games, the Padres would have to go 39-15 just to pull even, and neither side of the equation is likely.

But it doesn't have to. The "energized" Padres are solidly positioning themselves for a wild-card berth. If San Diego attains that consolation prize, the scenario changes.

Would San Diego's path to the World Series go through Los Angeles? More than likely.

However, a shorter series will determine who keeps advancing in that scenario -- not a 162-game marathon.

"Once you get to the postseason, it's how you stack up in a short series," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said last year. "Rotation order, hitter-pitcher matchups, who are your best defenders late in a close game ... all that is different from the regular season."

Which is what the San Diego Padres are counting on. Can they beat the Dodgers -- or anyone other playoff team -- in a short series? Which is why what happens the next three days at Dodger Stadium so important.

Starting Friday night, the Dodgers and Padres will play a three-game series in Los Angeles. It is the first of four three-game series between the Southern California rivals before the end of the regular season. Can the Padres prove they can beat the Dodgers in a short series?

"Any series against a division rival is important," Padres manager Bob Melvin said. "The later they come, the more important they figure to be ... especially when the postseason is factored in."

Meanwhile, the Dodgers still aren't talking about the Padres in terms of a rivalry.

But let's be honest, a Padres lineup that now includes Soto, Bell and Manny Machado -- and soon will add Tatis -- is formidable. And the Padres have a strong short-series rotation.

This season, the Dodgers have a 5-2 advantage against the Padres, including winning three of four games in Los Angeles.

The starting pitcher matchups:

Friday: Padres left-hander Sean Manaea (6-5, 4.25 ERA) vs. Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin (12-1, 2.41).

Saturday: Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger (3-3, 3.13) vs. Dodgers left-hander Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.77).

Sunday: Padres right-hander Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.30) vs. Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson (12-1, 2.89).

Manaea will make his 20th start of the season and face the Dodgers for the second time. The first outing did not go well. On April 24 in San Diego, in his fourth start as a Padre, he gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss in a 10-2 Dodgers win. Freddie Freeman and Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers.

Gonsolin also will make his 20th start. He has a 0.898 WHIP, and opponents are hitting .178 against him.

The Dodgers are 15-4 when Gonsolin starts, and he has nine quality starts, although he has given up 12 runs on 18 hits and five walks in 16 innings. Before that, his ERA was a miniscule 1.62.

His lone start against the Padres this season came July 1 at Dodger Stadium. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings to earn the win. The lone run came on a Trent Grisham homer.

Machado didn't play that night. And Soto and Bell weren't yet Padres.

That will change on Friday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw leaves game with apparent back issue

August 4, 2022, 10:09 PM

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Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw had to be removed from Thursday's afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants before the start of the fifth inning with an apparent back injury.

The left-hander had limited the Giants to two runs (one earned) on three hits through four innings before appearing to labor with his final warmup pitches prior to the fifth.

The Dodgers quickly sent a trainer to the mound, after which a decision was made to remove Kershaw from the game.

Some observers believe they saw Kershaw mouth, "It's my back," as he spoke with the trainer.

The 34-year-old was making his 15th start of the season, his 10th since missing more than a month bridging May and June with SI joint inflammation in his lower spine.

Seeking a four-game sweep, the Dodgers were leading the Giants 4-2 at the time of Kershaw's removal.

--Field Level Media

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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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Juan Soto ready to make an impact with Padres

August 3, 2022, 11:53 PM

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Juan Soto's first full day as a member of the San Diego Padres is going well now that he has worked out a deal with right-hander Nick Martinez.

You see, Martinez owned No. 22, the number Soto wore with the Washington Nationals before Tuesday's blockbuster trade with the Padres.

Negotiations quickly hit choppy waters on Tuesday as Martinez sent Soto a picture of what he wanted for the number -- a boat.

"When he asked me for a boat I was really shocked and surprised," Soto said during his introductory press conference on Wednesday. "I thought it was kind of too much. I tried to explain to him I will get him a really nice watch."

Said Martinez: "He's gonna buy me something. We win the World Series, I'll probably forget all about it. And he's definitely a guy that can help us win the World Series."

Soto is hoping to make the Padres a team to watch after arriving with first baseman Josh Bell for a package that includes six players -- first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit and five prospects.

The 23-year-old Soto is one of the stars of the sport and his presence quickly makes San Diego a prime World Series contender. The two-time All-Star has 119 homers and 358 RBIs in 565 games to go with a stellar .427 on-base percentage.

This season, he has 21 homers and 46 RBIs in 101 games. He is batting a career-low .246.

"Everyone knows what I've done," Soto said. "I'll give my 100 percent every day, whatever happens. I'm not telling you I'm gonna be Superman but I know every day I enter those two lines I´ll give my 100 percent and help this team."

Soto is batting second for Wednesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies and manager Bob Melvin has been busy writing down lineup combinations.

Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is close to returning from a wrist injury and third baseman Manny Machado is enjoying a standout campaign for San Diego.

"We have a great relationship," Soto said of Tatis, a fellow Dominican Republic native. "We always talk to each other. ... For me, just an exciting moment to be with him and Manny."

"It's going to be really exciting. It's going to be really tough to go through," Soto said of the lineup. "I wish good luck to the other pitchers."

Soto spent 4 1/2 seasons with the Nationals and helped the team win the 2019 World Series. He allowed that it wasn't easy to move on even though it was clear he would be traded after turning down a 15-year, $440 million deal.

"It was really tough," Soto said. "I was really emotional in the morning with my mom. But at the end of the day, it's a business. You have to go through it, keep fighting, keep grinding and try to win another championship."

Soto is slated to become a free agent following the 2024 season.

Bell will be batting clean-up for the Padres in his debut. The 29-year-old is batting .301 with 14 home runs with 57 RBIs in 103 games.

Bell good-naturedly referred to himself as the throw-in in the deal, something Padres general manager A.J. Preller disputed.

"He just said it -- not bad for a throw-in," Preller said of Bell. "Not bad at all. He was not a throw-in in this deal. He's a huge part of the trade for us ... I think one thing that he wants to do (is) play in the postseason and win a World Series."

Washington also received left-hander MacKenzie Gore, shortstop C.J. Abrams and minor league outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood and minor league right-hander Jarlin Susana in the deal.

Gore and Abrams have been viewed as San Diego's top prospects over the past few years with Abrams rushed to the majors ahead of schedule this season due to Tatis' injury.

--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

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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

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Reports: Padres acquire INF Brandon Drury from Reds

August 2, 2022, 9:16 PM

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The San Diego Padres dealt for veteran infielder Brandon Drury from the Cincinnati Reds before Tuesday's MLB trade deadline, multiple reports said.

Shortstop prospect Victor Acosta is headed to Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Drury, 29, is in his eighth MLB season and first with the Reds. Drury is batting .274 in 92 games and has already set career highs in home runs (20), OPS (.855) and runs (62). He's also recorded 22 doubles, 59 RBIs and 29 walks.

The Padres added Drury to a trade-deadline haul that included Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto, Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader.

The Padres entered Tuesday's action 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West but in possession of the second wild-card spot.

Acosta, 18, is the No. 6 prospect in the Padres' organization, according to MLB Pipeline. Acosta is batting .243 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 32 games in the rookie-level complex league.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
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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

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Reports: Red Sox acquire 1B Eric Hosmer from Padres

August 2, 2022, 6:44 PM

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The Boston Red Sox are acquiring first baseman Eric Hosmer from the San Diego Padres, multiple outlets reported.

Earlier Tuesday, Hosmer reportedly turned down a trade to the Washington Nationals in the deal to bring star outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego.

Hosmer, 32, is batting .272 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 90 games this season.

The four-time Gold Glove winner is a career .277 hitter with 196 home runs and 875 RBIs in 1,644 games with the Kansas City Royals (2011-17) and Padres. He won a World Series in 2015 and made the All-Star team in 2016 with the Royals.

Hosmer is owed $39 million over the 2023 through 2025 seasons. It was not immediately clear how much of that salary the Padres will cover in the deal, although San Diego was reportedly set to pick up all $39 million of the remaining three years of the contract.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
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Reports: Padres to acquire Juan Soto from Nationals

August 2, 2022, 4:15 PM

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The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

The move comes one day after the Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-hander Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and two prospects - southpaw Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz.

Considered the prize of Tuesday's trade deadline, Soto is batting .246 with 21 home runs and 46 RBIs this season.

A two-time All-Star, Soto reportedly rejected a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from the Nationals last month.

The Nationals are set to receive left-hander MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood, right-hander Jarlin Susana and one major league player in the deal. Reports indicate the major leaguer is first baseman Eric Hosmer, but the Nationals are on Hosmer's no-trade list and he would have approve of a move to Washington.

--Field Level Media

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Padres RHP Joe Musgrove signs 5-year, $100M extension

August 1, 2022, 6:54 PM

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The San Diego Padres made trade season about more than just player swaps, signing right-hander Joe Musgrove to a five-year, $100 million contract extension.

Musgrove, 29, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the season. The deal will put him under contract with his hometown Padres through the 2027 season.

Musgrove, who is earning $8.625 million this season, made the National League All-Star team this season for the first time. He is 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 18 starts in 2022.

In his second season with the Padres, Musgrove etched his name into franchise lore last season when he tossed the first no-hitter in team history. It came against the Texas Rangers on April 9, 2021.

Musgrove grew up in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon and stated numerous times during the past 1 1/2 seasons that he wished to remain with the team.

Musgrove was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates following the 2020 season and went 11-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 31 starts and one relief appearance for San Diego last season. He struck out a career-high 203 batters and tossed the first two shutouts of his career.

Overall, Musgrove is 48-51 with a 3.82 ERA in 158 appearances (132 starts) with the Houston Astros (2016-17), Pirates (2018-20) and Padres.

--Field Level Media

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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

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
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Reports: Padres acquire Brewers closer Josh Hader

August 1, 2022, 5:46 PM

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The San Diego Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The Brewers are receiving left-handed closer Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and two prospects - lefty Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz -- in exchange.

Hader made his fourth All-Star team this season and leads the majors with 29 saves. He is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 37 appearances, with 59 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 innings.

The 28-year-old left-hander is 17-17 with 125 saves and a 2.48 ERA in 269 relief appearances since making his MLB debut with Milwaukee in 2017.

Rogers, 31, ranks second behind Hader with 28 saves. He is 1-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 42 games with 48 strikeouts and nine walks in 41 1/3 innings.

An All-Star in 2021, Rogers spent his first six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He owns a career record of 18-23 with 78 saves and a 3.29 ERA.

Lamet, 30, is 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season. Since making his debut with the Padres in 2017, he is 15-19 with a 4.08 ERA in 82 games (56 starts), while struggling with elbow issues in 2021.

Gasser, 23, was a second-round pick by San Diego in 2021. He is 4-9 with a 4.18 ERA in 18 starts this year at Class-A Fort Wayne.

Ruiz, 23, made his Padres debut on July 12. He batted .222 with two RBIs in 14 games with San Diego. He hit .333 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs in 77 games across Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso.

--Field Level Media

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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

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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