Dodgers outfielder Justin Ruggiano elects free agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers outfielder Justin Ruggiano elected to become a free agent Friday rather than accept an outright assignment to the minor leagues. The 33-year-old was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City by the Dodgers, who needed to clear a roster spot. Ruggiano would have been eligible for salary arbitration if he had remained on the team's 40-man roster and been offered...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: 2015 Season Postmortem Part 1

The sun has set on another baseball season with the Kansas City Royals taking home the World Series Title. We here are Seattle Side Up congratulate the Royals on their first Series win in 30 years, and their 2nd overall. They have built a truly impressive organization, and it took a long time to see the dividends. What can Seattle fans take from this season? I am not sure yet,...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers set NLDS roster: Puig, Ruggiano in; Van Slyke out

As they prepare for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, the Dodgers have announced the 25 players they have equipped themselves with to take on the Mets. The Dodgers roster for their opening series of the 2015 postseason is comprised of the following: Pitchers: Brett Anderson (L) Luis Avilan (L) Pedro Baez (R) Yimi Garcia (R) Zack Greinke (R) Chris Hatcher (R) J.P Howell (L) Kenley Jansen...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rookie infielder Corey Seager makes Dodgers' NLDS roster

LOS ANGELES (AP) Rookie infielder Corey Seager and veteran outfielder Justin Ruggiano are among 14 position players on the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Division Series against the New York Mets. The team announced its 25-man roster Friday, hours before ace Clayton Kershaw opposed Jacob deGrom of the Mets in Game 1 at Dodger Stadium. Seager hit .337 in 27 games for the...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Here’s Your NLDS Roster, and Why Joel Peralta Is On It

After plenty of speculation, the official NLDS roster is out. Enjoy: Hitters (14) C/1B Yasmani Grandal C A.J. Ellis 1B Adrian Gonzalez 2B Howie Kendrick 2B/UT Chase Utley SS/3B Corey Seager SS Jimmy Rollins 3B/UT Justin Turner LF Carl Crawford LF/RF Andre Ethier CF Joc Pederson CF/UT Enrique Hernandez RF Yasiel Puig OF Justin Ruggiano Hey, Seager was eligible despite not being...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

A look at Dodgers’ 11 arbitration-eligible players & salaries

It’s never too early to think about next year. The Dodgers have 11 arbitration-eligible players (I know, I’m surprised, too), but not all of them are locks to return. Here are Matt Swartz’s official projected arbitration salaries for the Dodgers who are eligible (service time in parenthesis). A.J. Ellis (5.151) – $4.5MM Kenley Jansen (5.073) – $11.4MM Justin Turner (5...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres @ Dodgers Oct. 3, 2015: Welcome back, Yasiel Puig

If you had asked me last week if I thought Yasiel Puig would play for the Dodgers during the rest of the regular season, I would have answered with a resounding “No!” But here we are on the penultimate day of the season (for the Dodgers), and Puig is starting in right field. It has been deemed a “legendary” and “miraculous” recovery. Now, we just have to see if he’s...
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October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers 8, Giants 0: (Finally) NL West Champions, again

About damn time. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 8-0 on Tuesday night behind Clayton Kershaw and three home runs to clinch the National League Western Division title. The win also snapped a 4-game losing streak, so now people can stop panicking. Believe it or not, this is the first time in franchise history the Dodgers have won their division three consecutive years. Things got started...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates @ Dodgers Sept. 19, 2015: Never Too Much Kershaw

The magic number, with San Francisco losing to Arizona today, is seven. Seven! The Dodgers have 16 games left. It’s been over for a while, but man, it’s really over. Pirates Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles RF Polanco LF Ruggiano 2B Harrison 2B Kendrick CF McCutchen 1B Gonzalez 3B Ramirez...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates @ Dodgers Sept. 18, 2015: Welcome Back, Howie Kendrick

People love to complain about Chris Heisey. They just love it. To be fair, he’s not exactly done much as a Dodger — .167/.327/.214 in 55 plate appearances — but every time he’s in the lineup, I hear complaints about it, wanting to know what Don Mattingly sees in him. Pirates Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles RF Polanco LF Ruggiano...
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September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies @ Dodgers Sept. 16, 2015: The Perfect Lineup

This is it. This is the perfect lineup. This is everything all at once. This is beauty and sorrow. This is both the evidence that there is a higher power and that there is not. This is the nexus. This is the singularity. This is the perfect lineup. Rockies Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles CF Blackmon 2B Barnes SS Reyes ...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies @ Dodgers Sept. 15, 2015: Los Angeles Dodgers, lefty mashers

Brett Anderson takes the hill on Tuesday night to face his former team for the third time this season. He is, somewhat surprisingly, getting to face three left-handed position. Rockies Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles CF Blackmon LF Ruggiano SS Reyes 2B Utley 3B Arenado 3B Turner RF Gonzalez...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ D’Backs Sept. 13, 2015: Going for the series win

The Dodgers are going for the series win the rubber game of this 3-game series in Arizona. They’ll employ a less spring training lineup than at other times this week, but it’s still kinda Marchy. Dodgers D’Backs 1:10 p.m. Phoenix, Ariz. LF Ruggiano CF Pollock 2B Peraza RF Inciarte 3B Turner 1B...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ D’Backs Sept. 11, 2015: Baseball-Like Substance

….aaand I’m back. Dodgers D’Backs 6:40 p.m. Phoenix, Az. LF Ruggiano CF Pollock 2B Peraza LF Inciarte 3B Turner 1B Goldschmidt 1B Gonzalez C Castillo RF Van Slyke 3B Gosselin SS Seager 2B Owings C Ellis RF Tomas CF ...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers 6, Angels 4: Ruggiano, Seager and Kershaw … oh my!

Timely hitting and a really good starting pitcher is all the Dodgers would need to take down the Angels 6-4 on Tuesday night in Anaheim. Justin Ruggiano, all-time Dodger great, got things started in the first inning with a solo home run to center field. He hit it 446 feet, which is Joc Pederson good. He also hit a ground-rule double later in the game that helped the Dodgers score...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Angels Sept. 8, 2015: House Money?

To be honest, I haven’t really been paying much attention to the Dodgers for the past week and a half. Between work and the holiday, the Dodgers moved from one of the things I think about most to the back of my mind. Now that things are a bit more settled, I’m back to paying attention, and… wow, this lineup. Was I only “gone” for a week and a half, or did I miss a season...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers hit 5 HRs in 8-4 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Justin Ruggiano and Adrian Gonzalez hit two-run homers and Chase Utley added a solo blast in a five-run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers hit five homers in an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Carl Crawford and rookie Scott Schebler added solo home runs as the Dodgers increased their NL West lead to a season-high 7 1-2 games over San Francisco...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants @ Dodgers Sept. 1, 2015: Justin Ruggiano, In A Pennant Race

A few weeks or months back, I pointed out how I still couldn’t believe that Chin-hui Tsao was pitching for the Dodgers in 2015. He’d been with the Dodgers in 2007 and essentially out of baseball since. That he wasn’t really productive hardly seemed the point; that he was somehow back in the big leagues was the story. I couldn’t really imagine a more surprising turnaround...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Projecting the Prospects Traded on August 31

Since players acquired on or after September 1 are not eligible for their new team’s playoff roster, we saw a small flurry of trades come down the pike last night. The Cubs traded for Austin Jackson, the Royals landed Jonny Gomes, the Giants swung a deal for Alejandro De Aza and the Dodgers acquired Justin Ruggiano and Chris Heisey in separate deals. The Jackson, Ruggiano...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Acquire Justin Ruggiano From Mariners

Monday night, as the waiver trade deadline came to an end, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Ruggiano had been playing for the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, after having been designated for assignment back in June after posting a slash of .214/.321/.357...
Via Baseball Essential
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers acquire minor league Ruggiano from Seattle

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers acquired minor league outfielder Justin Ruggiano and cash considerations from Seattle on Monday night for a player to be named later. Ruggiano batted .296 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 49 games with the Mariners' Triple-A Tacoma affiliate this season. Ruggiano appeared in 36 games with Seattle, hitting .214 with two homers and three RBIs. The 33-year...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers acquire versatile outfielder Ruggiano from Mariners

The Seattle Mariners made another waiver-wire trade on Monday night, trading outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. The deal came after the club shipped Austin Jackson to the Chicago Cubs earlier in the day.  Bob Dutton of the News Tribune broke the story: Ruggiano will provide some much-needed depth for the Dodgers, who are currently...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mariners offense needs to turn things around soon

It seems every offseason the Mariners take risks on stopgap players in hoping it can fix their stagnant offense – and it never seems to work. Over the last two seasons, the club has brought in the likes of Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano, Corey Hart, Rickie Weekes, Logan Morrison and now Mark Trumbo. None of those players seem to be solutions, yet all – except for Trumbo, as he’s...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Games Are Quick For A Reason

Last week, my wife and I took in a Seattle Mariners day game. She loves day games because it feels to her like “playing hooky” from her otherwise stressful profession as a senior research manager for a prestigious market research firm here in Seattle. When we do these outings, we always splurge and get the club level seats where we can get good food, keep up with the game on...
Via Oregon Sports News
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners DFA Justin Ruggiano to make room for Mark Trumbo

The Seattle Mariners are hoping that new slugger Mark Trumbo will prove to be the offensive weapon they've been missing so far this season, especially since his addition has come at the cost of another player. On Thursday, the M's designated outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment. In 36 games for the Mariners this season, Ruggiano slashed .214/.321/.357 with two home runs in...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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