Rollins helps Dodgers beat Rangers 10-5

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff double in Los Angeles' five-run third inning, and a split-squad of Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 in spring training on Sunday. Rollins scored on Chris Heisey's two-run single in the third against Nick Tepesch, and Adrian Gonzalez had a two-run double. The Dodgers also got a two-run homer from Buck Britton in the fourth. Los...
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Who is David Huff and why is he going to break camp with the Dodgers?

When the Dodgers signed David Huff to a minor-league deal, not a lot was expected. He was a journeyman relief pitcher with some success in the majors, but not a lot of it. Dodgers (ss) @ Giants Scottsdale, Ariz. CF Pederson 1B Turner RF Puig C Grandal LF Ethier 3B Guerrero SS Hernandez 2B Barney P...
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Former Dodgers Farmhand Gets Second Chance After Two Tommy John Surgeries

It was Opening Night in the Pioneer League as the Grand Junction Rockies took on the Ogden Raptors on a cool, overcast evening at Lindquist Field. Both rookie ball teams were ready to begin the 2014 season. The ballpark was only half-filled on that summer night in the middle of June, and after six innings of play, the Raptors held a 7-0 lead over the Rockies. Right-handed pitcher...
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Dodgers Trying To Find A Winning Formula

As I drove through the Arizona desert, my mind began to drift towards what kind of lineup the Dodgers may put together; not just during my visit in spring training, but also when they take the field; against the revamped San Diego Padres, on April 6th. There were marquee subtractions in Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Dee Gordon, but in return the Dodgers would replace them with...
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Will Ferrell agrees with John Madden: ‘I’m all about lack of respect’

Comedian Will Ferrell responded to the criticism leveled at him by former NFL head coach and media personality John Madden, who ripped Ferrell for his stunt that raised nearly $1 million for cancer research. Ferrell inserted himself into five separate Cactus League games for 10 different teams earlier this month, while appearing at every position during the games. When asked, Madden...
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Yet Another Tough Spring Training For Zack Greinke

So now it’s Zack Greinke we’re worried about, as evidenced by not one but two Dodgers.com articles about his start against the Giants: Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hit his pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. Two of the four runs Greinke allowed were unearned on an error by left fielder Carl Crawford, who earlier had an RBI...
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Dodgers’ Pitching Full Of Question Marks

Zach Greinke. Photo Credit: Reed Saxon/AP The Los Angeles Dodgers currently have the best pitcher in baseball as their number one starter. Reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw may be the only member of the Dodgers’ pitching staff that the team doesn’t have to worry about. After his outing Friday, the Dodgers’ number two starter Zack Greinke...
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Dodgers' Greinke struggles in 8-4 loss to Giants

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke struggled with his command in his fourth spring start, allowing five hits in 3 2-3 innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants 8-4 on Friday night. After retiring the Giants' first three batters in a crisp first inning, Greinke walked Andrew Susac and gave up a single to Gregor Blanco in the second. Susac and Blanco scored...
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Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

So earlier today, I noted that the Dodgers would need to find some 40-man spots for Hector Olivera and (probably) Sergio Santos. Giants @Dodgers Glendale, Ariz. SS Rollins RF Puig DH Gonzalez 2B Kendrick LF Crawford 3B Uribe CF Pederson C Ellis P Greinke I focused on Darwin Barney, but, well...
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Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

Whenever it is that Hector Olivera‘s paperwork gets finalized, he’s going to need to be added to the 40-man roster. Assuming that at least one recipient of a minor league deal makes the team on Opening Day — probably Sergio Santos, particularly with Kenley Jansen, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Brandon League all likely to start the year on the disabled list — he’s also going to need...
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Mets Eyeing Trio Of Dodgers Lefty Relievers

According to a report by Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Mets are keeping an eye on J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, and Adam Liberatore from the Dodgers in case one of them becomes available. Howell, 31, is owed $4 million this season and the Dodgers hold a $6.25 million option on him for 2016, so not sure he’ll appeal to the Mets at that price. And as for the other two...
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Dodgers Pass Three Million Tickets Sold — on March 25

After leading Major League Baseball in attendance in 2014 at 3,782,337, the Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a quick start in 2015’s attendance race. On Wednesday, the team announced that they have passed three million in ticket sales for 2015, the earliest date in franchise history. Last season was the 28th time the Dodgers have drawn more than three million fans to Dodger Stadium...
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Kershaw whiffs 8 in 1st outing since taking liner off jaw

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Clayton Kershaw struck out eight in six innings, and Yasiel Puig and Jimmy Rollins homered to help the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Chicago White Sox 9-6 on Thursday. Kershaw showed no ill effects from his previous outing against Oakland last Friday, when he was hit in the jaw by a line drive and chipped a tooth. He gave up four hits and a run, walking one...
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Dodgers top 3 million in ticket sales for upcoming season

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have topped 3 million in ticket sales at the earliest date in franchise history for the upcoming season. They led the major leagues in home attendance with 3,782,337 last season, second-highest single-season mark in stadium history. The club has capped its season ticket sales at 35,000 full-season equivalents. The Dodgers open the season...
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Hector Olivera Reportedly Dealing with UCL Tear; Dodgers Protected

The fact that the Dodgers were able to spend $62.5 million for a 30-year old Cuban infielder with a probable torn UCL shows just how flush with cash the organization is. There have been various reports — all denied — that recent Dodgers signee Hector Olivera’s elbow is a ticking time bomb. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported way back on March 5 that there was serious concern...
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WATCH: Puig’s epic bat flip and cannon arm

Spring Training is usually a light-hearted affair with players more worried about playing a round of golf after the game, than the game itself. However, sometimes during these glorified scrimmages a player will do something that will even have the announcers in awe. On Wednesday in a game against the Padres in Glendale, Yasiel Puig of the Dodger had a memorable inning. In the top...
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Transaction Analysis: It`s Olivera Now, Baby Blue by R.J. Anderson

The Dodgers get the last big name on the free agent market, Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. Meanwhile, Brian Dozer gets certainty, while Jhoulys Chacin gets freedom, of a sort.
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Puig hits 4th spring homer, Dodgers beat Padres

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Yasiel Puig hit his fourth home run this spring, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Puig connected for a two-run shot in the first inning against Jason Lane. The drive sailed over the left field fence and off the wall of the Dodgers' complex at Camelback Ranch. Puig, who also singled, hit the first of four...
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Industry sources estimate TWC losing $100M annually on Dodgers

By Andrew BucholtzWhile the value of televised sports rights just seems to keep rising, those rights aren’t always ensuring a profit for broadcasters or translating into more access for fans. The most glaring case in point might be the debacle of Time Warner Cable’s acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ TV rights ahead of last season. Time Warner paid $8.35 billion to control...
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Industry sources estimate TWC losing $100M a year on Dodgers

While the value of televised sports rights just seems to keep rising, those rights aren’t always ensuring a profit for broadcasters or translating into more access for fans. The most glaring case in point might be the debacle of Time Warner Cable’s acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ TV rights ahead of last season. Time Warner paid $8.35 billion to control those rights...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins speaks as only Jimmy Rollins can

Jimmy Rollins understands Philadelphia as perhaps no player in Phillies history can. When Jimmy Rollins buttoned up his number 29 uniform as a September call up on a Sunday afternoon in 2000, the Phillies grabbed a rare win in a season in which they lost 97 games. It was their 13th losing season in 14 years and they lost 90 or more games in six of those seasons. The Phils averaged...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: No room in L.A. for Olivera

As the Hector Olivera sweepstakes gathered steam this month, much speculation centered on how quickly he'd be in a major-league lineup. The Braves, for instance, presented a fine opportunity for Olivera to have near-term value in both real and fantasy baseball.  Now that the Dodgers have signed Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million contract, where will he play? In the minors for...
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Olivera Joins Puig, Guerrero And Gooding Jr. In LA

The latest Cuban raftee, Hector Olivera, signed yesterday with the Dodgers. Olivera leaves Cuba with a slight tear in his UCL and he missed out on the 2012-13 season in Cuba due to a blood clot in his arm. Michael Moore just called, he says you better go back to Cuba for better healthcare. In related Cuban news in regards to the Dodgers, Alex Guerrero might be the first person...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign Cuban Hector Olivera

According to MLB.com’s international player guru, Jesse Sanchez, the Los Angeles Dodgers having inked Cuban infielder Hector Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million contract which includes a massive $28 million bonus. The deal falls just shy of what many believed to be possible for Olivera – a $70 million outlay – still it’s definitely a substantial commitment to a player who...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Dodgers win Hector Olivera sweepstakes with $62.5 million deal

Signing Cuban infielders hasn’t worked out terribly well for the Dodgers in recent years, as neither Alexander Guerrero nor Erisbel Arruebarrena has developed as hoped. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. The Dodgers are obviously hoping so, banking $62.5 million on infielder Hector Olivera, winning the latest bidding for a Cuban import. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss
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