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This is one of the few pieces in this 2012 Season Preview that I’m going to truly enjoy penning. How could I not find joy in recapping one of the greatest seasons in franchise history, one of the handful of players on the Los Angeles Dodgers who has a ton of promise, and the man

Wright makes Dodgers' roster; Grabow opts out

There must be something about the challenge of making a team as a non-roster invitee that brings out the best in pitcher Jamey Wright. For the seventh consecutive spring, Wright came to camp without any guarantee of making a major league club. Without a single promise. And for the seventh consecutive spring, he has apparently bucked the odds. A first-round draft pick of the Colorado...

Jamey Wright, not John Grabow, gets the final Dodgers' bullpen spot

To much surprise, John Grabow opted out of his contract with the Dodgers on Monday, making him a free agent. The move officially means Jamey Wright will be the Dodgers' 12th (presumably) man out of the bullpen.Both pitchers have thrown well this spring, but General Manager Ned Colletti informed Wright on Monday he'd make the club out of Spring Training. It stands to reason...

Dodgers have potential to be division contenders

The Dodgers in 2012 are a team that can compete for the National League West, but they need a lot of breaks to fall their way in order to contend. The team finished the 2011 season with 25 wins in their last 35 games, and hopes to carry that momentum into this season. The offense is pretty much the same one that last season averaged 4.41 runs per game after the All-Star break last...

Ellis taking advantage of opportunity

A.J. Ellis walked into Manager Don Mattingly's office at the end of last season to tell him something. "I want to let you know I want to be your opening-day catcher," Ellis said. The 30-year-old career minor leaguer, who is on the verge of fulfilling his goal, recalled his conversation with Mattingly after the Dodgers' 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians in...

Los Angeles Dodgers: Second chances…and a questionable third

The optimism coming from the Dodgers spring training complex is starting to border on the obnoxious. Mark Ellis may start 2012 with double seconds - he will start at second base and bat second in the line-up. True, the off season provided a jolt of adrenaline as Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award, star outfielder Matt Kemp signed the richest contract in National League history...

Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Notes: Lilly Iffy, Sellers 60%, Hawksworth Setback

Ken Gurnick of has a bunch of injury news for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly’s recurring stiff neck is more serious than originally believed and his status for the first series of the regular season is uncertain. It begins. Nate Eovaldi time? In other injury news, infielder Justin Sellers is “60

Orel Hershiser’s proposed stadium changes look awfully familiar

What you see here is an architect’s rendering of proposed changes to Dodger Stadium. Of course, the Dodgers are in the process of being sold to one of three potential bidders. Frank McCourt, the current owner of the team, is expected to make final negotiations this week. But the design here is from the mind of one Orel Hershiser, and his plan is to share with the future owners...

Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 Season Preview: Right Field

Coming off of a 2009 season full of late-game heroics, 2010 and beyond appeared to hold great promise offensively for Andre Ethier. However, a pinkie injury in ’10 followed by a knee injury last season – along with any existing offensive flaws and limitations that remained – threw a wrench in his plans. Limited to

Speedy Dee Gordon spurs Dodgers to win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Cruz is impressing the Dodgers with his many skills. Dee Gordon's speed is amazing to all. Gordon led off the game with a bunt single and scored a run and Cruz hit a two-run triple as Los Angeles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday. "He's interesting," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Cruz. "Again, we've talked about...

Three groups remain in bid to be next Dodgers' owner, plus other news

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported Friday there are three groups left in the Dodgers' ownership race: the Magic Johsnon/Stan Kasten group, the Steve Cohen/Patrick Soon-Shiong group St. Louis Rams' owner Stan Kroenke.The Cohen group emerged as the favorite on Sunday when Soon-Shiong decided to join Cohen in his attempt to purchase the team.The dates remain unchanged...

Indians edged by speedy Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Cruz is impressing the Dodgers with his many skills. Dee Gordon's speed is amazing to all. Gordon led off the game with a bunt single and scored a run and Cruz hit a two-run triple as Los Angeles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday. "He's interesting," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Cruz. "Again, we've talked about...

Harang on chemistry

Aaron Harang is already building great chemistry with the Dodgers' pitching staff.

Dodgers 4, White Sox 3

Dodgers leadoff man Dee Gordon stole two more bases and Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Monday. The Dodgers trailed 3-2 when Gordon led off the sixth inning with a bunt single, swiped second, continued to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jerry Hairston Jr. Gordon has 10 steals in spring training. Jerry Sands hit an RBI single...

Bidding war for Dodgers down to three groups

The bidding war for the Los Angeles Dodgers is reportedly down to three, according to the Los Angeles Times, and a winner will be announced next week.Groups, lead by billionaires Steven Cohen and Patrick Soon-Shiong, NBA Hall of Famer Ervin “Magic” Johnson and Stan Kasten, and by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, are the final three candidates to claim the popular franchise...

Dodgers 5, Indians 4

Dee Gordon had two hits and scored a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday Gordon led off the first with a bunt single. He was timed racing down the first base line in 3.79 seconds. A time of 4.0 seconds is considered very fast. Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano gave up six hits and two runs in five innings. He had five strikeouts. Cleveland starter...
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