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Chad Billingsley turned in an impressive minor-league outing on Friday in which he was able to throw his curve sans any finger or elbow issues.
Manager Don Mattingly said Billingsley remains in his starting rotation, but it will just be a matter of when. The Dodgers don’t technically need a fifth starter until Apr. 13, their 11th game of the season. But Billingsley could be mixed into the rotation earlier, perhaps as early as Apr. 7.
“There are a couple of issues with Bills. Making sure he’s ready is one. The nail is one. But the biggest issue is any kind of small changes messing with that elbow,” Mattingly said. “That’s our biggest concern with him, making sure we’re not putting him in a bad spot.”
The nail was never a serious issue, but it’s encouraging to see the Dodgers not pushing him to tough it out and risk further injury.
He’s slated to start a minor-league game this Thursday and is tentatively scheduled to be back in the bigs on April 10th.
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The Dodgers beat the rival Giants on Opening Day at home to begin 2013, but it wasn’t so much the win that was surprising as how they did it.
Leading off the bottom of the eighth inning of a 0-0 tie game, Clayton Kershaw was left in to hit, and he justified the decision, not with his arm, but with his bat.
That was his first career homer, and it made people lose their minds.
Hyun Jin Ryu made his Dodgers and MLB debut yesterday, and in the bottom of the six inning he came to bat and did … well … that.
Some people on Twitter didn’t take too kindly to him dogging it, and the fans at the field booed him for it, but most importantly, the dugout didn’t seem to appreciate it, including Don Mattingly.
One message that Ryu figures to receive in the next...
The Dodgers officially finalized their Opening Day 25-man roster.
The 25-man roster, as broken down by position:
Chris Capuano (L)
J.P. Howell (L)
Clayton Kershaw (L)
Paco Rodriguez (L)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
The Dodgers are either playing the splits early or Carl Crawford's elbow is bothering him. He sat out for the second-straight game to start the season yesterday. No real reason has been given for Crawford not being in the lineup, but considering his ongoing soreness after Tommy John surgery, it would seem the elbow is the real reason he hasn't played.
In the sixth inning of his greatly anticipated major league debut, Hyun-Jin Ryu was booed at home after he loafed to first base on a groundout.
Minutes later, Ryu received a partial standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium faithful as he departed with the Dodgers trailing in what became a 3-0 loss to the rival Giants.
That summed up Tuesday night for the most celebrated pitcher...
The light distortion not withstanding, the new hi-def scoreboards were amazing.
“Remember when.” It is a common phrase we’ve all used before.
Sometimes, you say it to recall the good old days at work before you got a new boss whose job seems to be making your life miserable. Or you could be a Kansas City Royals fans recalling when the word “playoffs” was part of the vocabulary...
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Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game shutout, scattered 4 hits, struck out 7, and didn’t walk a batter. Oh, by the way, he hit a go ahead home run in the 8th to break open the scoring for the Dodgers against the defending World Series Champions.
Kershaw was efficient, throwing only 94 pitches, and dominating all at the same time. He throws a low to mid...
Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter Monday that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on opening day.
Kershaw became the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953, STATS said.
Kershaw struck out seven...
The San Francisco Giants came into today looking for revenge against the hated rival Los Angeles Dodgers and they got exactly that. After starting off the season being shutout 4-0 by Clayton Kershaw, San Francisco sent 23-year-old Madison Bumgarner to the hill and he delivered in a big way.
Bumgarner (1-0) shutout the Dodgers offense for 8 innings while only allowing 2 base runners...
Clayton Kershaw provided the fireworks for the Dodgers on Opening Day. Tonight, the new-look Indians and new-look Blue Jays will face off, with R.A. Dickey`s return to the AL.