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OAKLAND There's a side effect that comes with winning the Cy Young Award: dealing with its lofty expectations afterward.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the award in the National League last year, and although he's having a reasonably good season in 2012, Kershaw has "seemed frustrated at times this year," Manager Don Mattingly said.
Kershaw pitched well again Thursday in the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The left-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in eight innings, leaving with no decision.
He remained 5-3 with an earned-run average of 2.73, and Mattingly said he looked "as good as he's been all year."
Before the game, Mattingly said that Kershaw, 24, "expects so much out of himself" and that he had talked with his pitcher about those expectations.
"He puts so much pressure on himself to be really good," Mattingly said. "He seems frustrated sometimes, like he's not having any fun."
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The Dodgers were swept in the three-game series at Oakland, but the silver lining to their dark cloud Thursday was a magnificent start from Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw rebounded from allowing five runs in six innings on June 15 against the White Sox by pitching eight strong innings in Oakland. Kershaw allowed one run and three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. But the left...
The 2012 Futures Game rosters were announced today and London-born (say wha?) Chris Reed will represent the Dodgers in Kansas City this year.
It's no surprise to see Reed headed to KC, as he's had a really good season so far: 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 9.2 K/9 between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.
Reed, 22, has a good fastball that sits in the low...
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The Dodgers continued a trend Wednesday night, one that has seen their offense decline in June.
Los Angeles scored one run on just three hits against Tommy Milone, and the Athletics' rookie left-hander pitched a complete game while earning a 4-1 win. The Dodgers have scored just one run on five hits in two games at Oakland.
Since Matt Kemp was placed on the disabled list May...
R.J. Anderson looked at Ned Colletti‘s trade history over at Baseball Prospectus and wondered why Dodgers fans are so worried about him. Colletti’s evaluation mistakes cost the Dodgers two middle-of-the-rotation starters, an All-Star catcher, and a good fourth outfielder at most. But what about the flip side? What about when Colletti correctly evaluated his own
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Tommy Milone pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and an RBI in his return to the Oakland lineup and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in eight games.
Cespedes scored Oakland's first run after a double and added an RBI single in the fifth to back another...
The Game Score statistic was developed by Bill James as a way of giving pitchers a score for each game they pitch. A closer look at how the stat is calculated will be discussed later in this post. The statistic is a way to rate starting pitchers. The average starting pitching Game Score is 49 to 51 (depending on the year). This season's league average is 51. R.A. Dickey currently...
Chad Billingsley has battled inconsistency pretty much his entire career. On Friday night, he was given a 5-0 lead in the second inning, but he couldn't hold it, taking the loss as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 8-5 to the Los Angeles Angels. "They are a very dangerous lineup. I just didn't get the job done today," Billingsley said. It continued an up-and-down...
Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning for his first career game-ending shot, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Thursday for a sweep.
Cespedes connected with no outs off Josh Lindblom (2-1), sending a drive just inside the left-field foul pole. Oakland has won eight of nine after holding the NL's best team to eight total hits in...
Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles (42-28) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (38-32)
Pitching Probables: LAD – Chad Billingsly (4-5, 3.75 ERA) LAA – Dan Haren (4-7, 3.97 ERA) Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West, Fox Prime Ticket; Radio - KLAA 830The freeway...
The Los Angeles Dodgers open their series with the Los Angeles Angels coming off one of their worst offensive showings in the last century.
Considering how inconsistent Angels starter Dan Haren has been, it's anyone's guess if the NL West leaders will get things turned around Friday night.
Facing an Oakland staff that came into this week's series with the majors'...
Don Mattingly says he considers the five-year congressional investigation into pitcher Roger Clemens a humongous waste of resources and money.
Clemens was acquitted Monday on all six counts that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Mattingly hopes Major League Baseball is finally beginning to move forward from the Steroids Era thanks to improved...