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Los Angeles Dodgers
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After coming just a homer shy of a 40/40 season in 2011, Matt Kemp set his sights even higher. Forget Jose Canseco. Forget Alfonso Soriano (amazingly he was once a 40/40 player, 2006 with the Nationals). Think 50/50.After a historic April in which he slashed .417/.490/.893 with 12 homers, 25 RBI, 24 runs and two steals, Kemp slowed down in May before missing almost two months with hamstring issues. Forget 50/50. How about 23 and nine?Kemp strikes out a lot, 22.9% of the time last year and 23.4% for his career, but he walks almost 10% of the time and hits line drives at a league-average-or-better rate. He has great speed and posts annually high BABIPs, which were as high as .380 and .354 in the last two seasons. He’s a .300 hitter, so don’t let that .249 average in 2010 or his high strikeout rates deter you.At a GlanceStrengths: R, HR, RBI, SB, BA, OBP, SLG, OPSNeutral: noneWeaknesses: nonePlayer ComparisonsBest-case scenario: Ryan Braun (MIL)Likely scenario: Bryce Harper (WAS), Just...
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The Dodgers announced the cuts of eight players yesterday, moves that essentially set the Opening Day roster for the team.
The club reassigned right-handers Kevin Gregg and Peter Moylan, utility man Alfredo Amezaga and catcher Matt Wallach to Minor League camp.
In addition, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Alex Castellanos, right-hander Stephen Fife, utility man Elian Herrera and...
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.
This hasn't been the greatest month for Zack Greinke leading up to the start of the 2013 season, but Saturday night was the most encouraging sight from him since he signed his mega contract in the winter.
Greinke made his final spring training start on Saturday against Angels and fared pretty well. It was just his second start in the last 29 days, so it's understandable...
Justin Sellers (and his tattoos) was somewhat surprisingly named the opening day shortstop.
It may have only been “karma” that the Dodgers 2013 roster was made official on Easter Sunday.
After all, for millions of people, the day represents rebirth. The same may hold true for the Dodgers since this year represents the beginning of, if you can believe the new advertising slogan...
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 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...
A.J. Ellis hit a grand slam against Jason Vargas for his first homer of the spring, Luis Cruz doubled home two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 9-8 Friday night in their next-to-last game of spring training.
Josh Beckett threw 80 pitches over four innings to get the win despite giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a three-run homer by Mike Trout and a two...
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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...
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.