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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 a problem as the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Social anxiety disorder plagued Greinke early in his Kansas City Royals tenure, but he overcame it to win the 2009 AL Cy Young Award and was among the most sought-after free agents this winter. He said upon entering his first Dodgers camp in February that the condition is firmly under control.
"I don't think about it at all. I don't get stressed by it," said Greinke, who joined Los Angeles with a six-year deal worth $147 million. "It's just something that was a problem before, but it isn't...
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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...
Zack Greinke pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning of his splendid Dodgers debut, leading Los Angeles to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Andre Ethier homered and Los Angeles got RBI doubles from Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez. Greinke, who signed a $147 million, six-year contract to join the Dodgers during the offseason, struck out six and did not...
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...
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...
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.
After starting 0 for eleventy billion, Matt Kemp sheds the title of the worst baseball player ever with a double.
Yasiel Puig makes his much anticipated debut, along with Zach Lee, Joc Pederson and Matt Magill.
In what was probably the most anticipated debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers since Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke made his first appearance at Blue Heaven on Earth Friday night.
And he did not disappoint, leading the Dodgers to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He gave up just two hits in six-and-one-third innings.
He retired the first five batters he faced before...
FanGraphs prospect analyst and proprietor of ROTOscouting Mike Newman is the guest on this edition of the podcast. Discussed: Dodgers prospects Zach Lee and Yasiel Puig and other members of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Also discussed: players who’ve made their major-league debuts so far — like Jackie Bradley (for example) and Jedd Gyorko (for other example)...