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Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
The franchise has been sold, the stadium renovated, the roster overhauled, the payroll boosted to more than $200 million.
But one truth of the Dodgers' universe remains unchanged: They need Matt Kemp.
And because they don't have him yet - at least, not the Kemp of 2011 - the Dodgers lost their season-opening series to the defending world champion Giants.
That alone is not cause for alarm. The Dodgers, who managed only seven runs in the three games, won't be the last lineup humbled by the Giants' staff this season. In fact, there were encouraging signs from Carl Crawford (5-for-9) and Andre Ethier (doubles off left-handed pitchers on consecutive days).
Kemp, though, is 0-for-10. He stranded eight baserunners in Wednesday's 5-3 loss. However long it lasts, the wait for him to return to form will be agonizing and uncertain. While the Dodgers have other concerns - such as the infield, offensively and defensively - Kemp's glitch in falling into sync is probabl...
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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...
Baseball Prospectus: Matt Kemp has struggled to start the year, but his poor Spring Training probably has little to do with it.
His career line in 561 plate appearances? .252/.291/.448/.739.
True Blue LA: The Opening Day payroll for the Dodgers is over $240 million.
Baseball America: Draft bonus pools for the 2013 MLB Draft will rise 8.2 percent from last year...
After starting 0 for eleventy billion, Matt Kemp sheds the title of the worst baseball player ever with a double.
Many around the league believe Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw could be the next high-profile player in line for a lucrative contract extension. However, as of yesterday, a deal between the Dodgers and their young ace "didn't appear imminent," according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times.
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...
For a player who has dealt with anxiety issues, Zack Greinke is facing what may be one of the most high-pressure days of his career.
It's his first meaningful game since signing one of the richest pitching contracts in history, and his first with one of baseball's most storied franchises. Plus, Greinke is trying to show his new home fans that a recent elbow issue is no longer...
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...