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Kershaw will be 'expected to dominate' for Dodgers in Game 1 Friday

Wed Oct 01, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw brings a few things with him into the postseason this year. There is the mid-90s fastball, a curveball-slider combination that might be the best in baseball and, oh yeah, one other thing – expectations, massive expectations. “Nobody has more pressure on him this postseason than Clay

Control woes behind Kershaw's meltdown in '13 NLCS

Wed Oct 01, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Last October, Clayton Kershaw was on a roll, a roll exceeding anything you could expect from anyone, even the sport’s best pitcher during its most important time of the year. He had permitted one earned run in his previous 32 innings. He had struck out 41 and walked just seven, and even done some of it on short r

Some Dodgers see red in rivalry with Cardinals

Wed Oct 01, 2014

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers and Cardinals have history, that’s for sure. “They’ve been a thorn in the side for us the last couple years,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, heading into the NL Division Series between the teams. “We beat them a couple of years ago in the playoffs (an NLDS sweep in 2009).

Replay: Angels, Dodgers playoffs live chat

Wed Oct 01, 2014

Click on the Replay button below to read the transcipts from today's live chat with Angels reporter Jeff Fletcherand Dodgers writer Bill Plunkett. Live Blog MLB playoffs chat with Orange County Register writers

Gordon's speed on basepaths makes Dodgers' offense go

Tue Sep 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Dee Gordon knows what it feels like to be the hunted. Catchers who throw out Gordon on the bases puff out their chest protectors a little farther, mentally hanging a trophy on the wall for nailing the best base stealer in the game. But Gordon said he doesn’t think the same way when going against the best throwin

Dodgers' Kemp in a much better place entering this year's playoffs

Tue Sep 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES – A year ago at this time, Matt Kemp was not in a good place. “I think around this time I had one of those little scooters to get around on,” the Dodgers outfielder recalled after Tuesday’s workout. “I wasn’t the happiest person in the world. “To come from where I was to where

Dodgers' Jansen grateful he was convinced to become a pitcher

Mon Sep 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Kenley Jansen could have been the tallest fishing boat captain in Curacao. Jansen didn’t really have much of a plan for his future. But he knew he didn’t want it to include being a – ugh – pitcher. “I wanted to quit, to be honest with you,” Jansen said of the 2009 conversati

Dodgers finish with a bang, brace for Cardinals

Sun Sep 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Juan Uribe’s managerial style is heavy on wardrobe changes and three-run home runs. The Dodgers ended their regular season with the veteran infielder handed the reigns for the day by Manager Don Mattingly. He got the best out of his team – home runs by Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Roger Bernadina produce

Magic Johnson: Despite big payroll, Dodgers a 'team still growing'

Sun Sep 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Magic Johnson is one of the people writing the checks that made the Dodgers the highest-paid team in baseball history this season. But the Dodgers co-owner says that investment doesn't mean the team must win a championship or risk being labeled a big-money bust. “No, no,” Johnson said to that on th

Dodgers win, but injuries are a concern

Sat Sep 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Four-pound rolls of bubble wrap are available for $26 per roll online. The Dodgers might want to invest in some. Fulfilling their 162-game obligation and keeping their players whole and healthy for the postseason became a little more problematic while beating the Colorado Rockies, 6-5, in 12 innings Saturday.

With lighter load, Howell not as sharp

Sat Sep 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Dodgers left-hander J.P. Howell allowed only seven runs over the first 51/2 months of the 2014 season. Then, over the proceeding week, he allowed the same seven runs, including the only two homers he’s permitted this season. Howell has more than doubled his ERA, from 1.19 to 2.42, and he’s extremely peeved

On deck: Rockies at Dodgers, Sunday, 1 p.m., SportsNet LA, KDOC

Sat Sep 27, 2014

Where: Dodger Stadium Did you know: Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day at Dodger Stadium. Following the game, comedian George Lopez will host an on-field postseason rally with player interviews. THE PITCHERS RHP ZACK GREINKE (16-8, 2.74) As long as he completes three i

Dodgers refuse to back off, top Rockies 7-4

Fri Sep 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Playing out the string is a lot more fun when your season didn’t come unraveled months ago. The Dodgers celebrated a second consecutive NL West division title Wednesday night and kept the party going Friday night, rallying for six runs in the sixth inning to hand the Colorado Rockies a 7-4 defeat in the opener o

Final: Dodgers 7, Rockies 4

Fri Sep 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Playing out the string is a lot more fun when your season didn’t come unraveled months ago. The Dodgers celebrated a second consecutive NL West division title Wednesday night and kept the party going Friday night, rallying for six runs in the sixth inning to hand the Colorado Rockies a 7-4 defeat in the opener o

Billingsley hopes to remain a Dodger

Fri Sep 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES – For the second consecutive September, Chad Billingsley was on the fringes of a clinching celebration with a relatively fresh scar on his right elbow. “It was more like I felt very happy for the guys,” Billingsley said of Wednesday’s postgame party. “You just kind of sit and watch from a distanc

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