<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports - [LA FEATURE] SoCal Sports 4 You]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sportsen-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 20:22:43 -0700Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:22:43 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[USC Pulls Away Late in Victory Over Cal]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:50:10 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/USC+beats+Cal+30+to+20.png

With Sam Darnold and Southern California's usually potent offense struggling to finish drives, the defense kept getting the ball in good positions for the Trojans.

Fifth-ranked USC forced four of its six turnovers in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown run by Stephen Carr and a TD pass by Darnold, and the Trojans won their 13th straight game by pulling away late for a 30-20 victory over California on Saturday.

"We preach it all the time," defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said. "Turnovers are something we made a big emphasis on in the offseason. As much as we can, get our offense the ball back. The best place for us is on the sideline, so the more we can be over there the better."

Jack Jones intercepted two passes, Josh Fatu and Christian Rector each forced fumbles on sacks and Chris Hawkins and Ykili Ross added picks to give USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) its 14th straight win in the series against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1).

But this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter before USC took over on the defensive end after Chase McGrath's third field goal put the Trojans up 16-13.

"We came in at halftime, took a deep breath, made some changes and said, 'Hey, let's elevate our level of play,'" coach Clay Helton said. "I thought everybody, the whole team, elevated our play in the second half."

Fatu knocked the ball out of Ross Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13. Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

"It's hard to win when you keep giving the other team the ball," Bowers said.

Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns but also had an interception as Cal's defense forced him out of the pocket numerous times.

"I felt a little bit of pressure," Darnold said. "I think it's mostly our fault for not connecting on some of those deep balls and taking advantage of those opportunities when they come our way."

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season. But there were some issues with two first-half turnovers in Cal territory and a failed fourth-down run in the third quarter that prevented USC from pulling away earlier.

CALIFORNIA: A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone when he lost it in the sun and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13. Bowers struggled after that, finishing 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

SECOND-HALF SWING: Cal was on the other side of a big second half this game. After overcoming halftime deficits to win the first three games and outscoring the opposition 57-13, the Bears were outscored 17-7 in the second half with their only TD coming late after the game had been decided. The fourth quarter has been a strength for the Trojans, who have outscored their opponents 62-31 in the final quarter.

TRUSTED KICKER: After kicking the game-tying field goal on the final play of regulation and the game-winner in double overtime last week against Texas, walk-on McGrath made three more against Cal from 37, 34 and 46 yards.

"You're starting to gain confidence as a coach and you can see his confidence just beaming right now," Helton said.

FOURTH DOWNS: Cal was aggressive on fourth downs, converting two tries on its first touchdown drive and then another one in the third quarter that made the Bears 9 for 10 on the season at that point. But Wilcox then tried a fourth-and-4 from the USC 42 late in the third quarter that was stopped on an incomplete pass. USC used the short field to drive for the go-ahead field goal and didn't look back.

"We felt like we had a good play. Obviously, we didn't execute it," Wilcox said. "We were playing to win, that was the reason we went for it there."

UP NEXT

USC visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

Check out the highlights of the game in the video below: 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Special Coverage: It's World Series or Bust for Dodgers]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:14:02 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/parallax-tn-GettyImages-810034452.jpg

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<![CDATA[Photos: Memorable Dodger Moments From 2017]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:37:51 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/New-Dodger-2017-Thumbnail.jpgRelive moments from the Los Angeles Dodgers' magical 2017 season in photos.

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<![CDATA[Ron Cey on Tommy Lasorda: a 'Father Figure' to Team ]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:40:00 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/9-22-17+Ron+Cey+thumbnail.JPG

Former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Ron "The Penguin" Cey had a few things to say about former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who celebrated his 90th birthday at Chavez Ravine on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

"I think his biggest asset in baseball was being able to identify talent, and he pretty much surrounded himself with those people and worked with them hard," Cey said.

Lasorda managed the team for two decades from 1976 up until 1996, leading the Boys in Blue to two world series championships. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 during his first year of eligibility as a manager.

Cey said Lasorda was a father figure to the team who worked diligently with his players.

"He worked very hard to hone our skills and he deserves a lot of credit for that," Cey said.

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<![CDATA[Bellinger Gets Party Started as Dodgers Win Division]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:23:21 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Bellinger+belts+no+39+in+clincher.png

Pop open the champagne, it's time to celebrate!

The Los Angeles Dodgers won their fifth consecutive National League West Division Title as they defeated the rival San Francisco Giants, 4-2, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Cody Bellinger got the party started with his N.L. record 39th home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning, and the Dodgers never looked back.

The historic home run set a new National League rookie record for homers, as Bellinger passed Frank Robinson and Wally Berger for the most in NL history by a rookie in a single season. Only Mark McGwire (49) and Aaron Judge (45) have more.

San Francisco got the scoring started when they struck first off Rich Hill in the first inning.

Gorkys Hernandez led off the game with a bunt single, and then scored two batters later on an RBI single by Buster Posey.

Hill got the run back however when he hit his first double since 2007, a bullet to the gap in left-center that scored Logan Forsythe.

Three batters later, Bellinger blasted a three-run shot to right field to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

Hill (11-8) pitched well after the first inning, surrendering just one run on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in six strong innings. Hill is 5-2 with 2.45 ERA in 11 career starts against the Giants.

Jeff Samardzija (9-15) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4 and 1/3 innings.

Kenley Jansen allowed a solo shot to Pablo Sandoval to lead off the ninth inning, but recorded his 40th save of the season, joining Eric Gagne as the only other Dodger to have 40 or more saves in three separate seasons.

Yes, clinching the division was a foregone conclusion, but after racing out to the best record in baseball through the team's first 120 games, the Boys in Blue hit a roadblock over the last month, losing 16-of-17 and 20-of-25, recently.

Nonetheless, Los Angeles has reason to celebrate. Not since the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007-11 has a Major League team won five straight division titles, and it's the first time in franchise history a Dodger team has done it.

In order to do it, they had to persevere through preseason injuries to Andre Ethier and Scott Kazmir, not to mention midseason injuries to Andrew Toles, Julio Urias, and Clayton Kershaw.

All the while, the Dodgers showcased a crop of relatively unknown talents like Chris Taylor, Rich Hill, and top prospect Cody Bellinger.

The MLB regular season is a marathon long rollercoaster ride filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, happiness, and heartbreak.

The Dodgers have every reason to celebrate their achievements and their perseverance, but tomorrow the focus is about one thing: the postseason.

Five straight playoff appearances are great, but L.A. fans are hungry for a title and the team's first World Series appearance since 1988.

Happy Birthday Tommy Lasorda

The Dodgers celebrated the 90th birthday of Hall of Fame manager and mayor of Blue Heaven on Earth, Tommy Lasorda in a pregame celebration prior to the game.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was on hand in addition to former and current players. Video board tributes featuring Vin Scully, Kirk Gibson, and Mike Scioscia were played throughout the game.

Up Next:

It's a marquee matchup of lefties on Saturday at the Ravine as LHP Madison Bumgarner squares off with LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu at 6:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[The Chargers Are Here to Stay]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:04:45 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DeanSpanosGettyImages-607575460.jpg

Recently, reporter Don Banks suggested the NFL is considering moving the Chargers back to San Diego. But the team is here to stay for the long run.

"We are committed to and confident of the long-term success of two teams in Los Angeles," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Think about this logically for a moment — the NFL is one of if the most powerful entity in all of American sports. When the league makes a decision like moving a franchise to another bigger market, the due diligence necessary for that process has been completed.

Granted, the NFL did not want to vacate that market in San Diego, however due to stadium issues, Chargers owner Dean Spanos decided it was time to relocate the team after a 15 year battle with the city. The Rams were awarded the first opportunity to relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The NFL finance committee — made up of a group of influential owners – rejected that notion last January on Spanos' attempt at a stadium plan with the Oakland Raiders in Carson. He later moved the Chargers to Los Angeles in March of 2016.

After settling in on a temporary home for the Chargers at the Stub Hub Center — which can host over 27,000 fans — Spanos has expressed excitement and anticipation for his franchise’s long-term future in Los Angeles.

The Chargers have sold out their season tickets to fans, and have added a wait list for future season ticket packages. Even though the attendance was over 25,000 fans for the Miami Dolphins game, the organization remains optimistic that the process to win over Los Angeles will come in due time, along with moving into the new Inglewood stadium with the Rams in 2020.

Banks, on the other hand, is convinced that the team will move back to their San Diego home sooner than later.

"I can tell you this, there are people in the league — including the commissioner — they did not want to see San Diego forsaken. They would rather there be a team in San Diego. If there's anything viable that they could find to put the league back in to San Diego, I think they will be in that camp strongly," Banks said.

It makes zero financial sense for the league and the Chargers to move back. The team has invested millions into their current facility in Costa Mesa as well as into upgrading Stub Hub Center. If they did move back, the Bolts would still have no new stadium to call their own in San Diego. With plans of finding a permanent site to for practices and office space in the future, the team will remain in the City of Angels for a long time.

Plans remain for marketing the new Inglewood stadium for the price of two teams and 16 games a year to be played, along with the extensive entertainment complex surrounding the venue. Remember the naming rights will also be negotiated for the new stadium. The NFL's vision of a two-team plan in the second largest media market remains intact.



Photo Credit: Dean Spanos]]>
<![CDATA[Chargers' Melvin Ingram On the Best Start of His Career]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:58:05 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chargers-melvin-ingram-image-2017-09-22+%281%29.jpg

The gritty Los Angeles Chargers defense has played with passion this season, with one man alongside Joey Bosa possibly on his way to making a Pro Bowl appearance.

Linebacker Melvin Ingram has 2.5 sacks heading into week 3, and he has shown how much he's mastered the new defense. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has raved about Ingram's intellect and passion for the game. While Ingram and the defense see Bradley as an Obi-Wan Kenobi, soaking up his every word.

"He's a players coach, he knows how to communicate with us," Ingram said of Bradley. "He's a great coach, he's know how to break it down for us in simple terms for us to make plays."

Ingram enjoys playing at StubHub Center, and has the second highest productivity of any edge rusher in the NFL.

"I feel like everyone (on this team) is motivated. It doesn't take one person to motivate the group," Ingram said on Friday.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has been thoroughly impressed with Ingram thus far.

"He's a heck of a player. He gives you everything he's got every play," Lynn said. "He's stepping up and becoming a leader."

Ingram studies the game intensely every week, and understand the importance of a win for the Bolts and how to obtain it.

The Chargers have not started their season they way they envisioned, but they have an opportunity to pick up a victory Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We just have to come out and cancel every aspect of their offense, whether it's the run or the pass," Ingram said.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been known to beat teams with his arm, but lately he's tried to beat teams with his legs. The Chargers defense will have their work cut out for them, and Ingram doesn't seem phased by Smith.

"We just have to rush the quarterback consistently. That's it," Ingram said.

Beside being a top notch linebacker, Ingram introduced us to his other passion, which is music. Many athletes turned artists have come and gone. Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O'Neal made his mark in the rap world, and many years later other athletes such as Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Von Belle and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damien Lillard (aka Dame Dolla) released projects.

Unlike those athletes, Ingram is also a producer. The Roc Nation represented artist has co-production credit on his latest EP "Reap What You Sow.”

The preparation Ingram puts in on the football field is matched is his studio sessions. He's all about representing his “Lifestyle,” which happens to be the lead single off of his EP.

"All of the prep, passion and intensity is all of that when you're putting your heart into something. It's all the same. My music speaks for itself," he said. "I feel like I'm the most talented athlete in music, period."

Ingram's favorite quarterback to sack is everyone who's on the Bolts’ schedule this season. He is off to the best start of his career, and the balance that he displays on and off the field, is a sure sign of great things to come for Ingram’s lifestyle.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Celebrate Tommy Lasorda's 90th Birthday]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:29:48 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72013011.jpg

Shortly before the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to clinch the NL West on Friday night, they threw a party.

One to celebrate Tommy Lasorda's 90th birthday.

During a pregame ceremony, the Hall of Fame manager was surrounded by more than a dozen former players, ex-general manager Fred Claire, Hall of Fame announcer Jaime Jarrin and Commissioner Rob Manfred. Lasorda managed the Dodgers to their last World Series championship in 1988, his second title during a 21-year run leading the club.

"He's a great Dodger, a great Hall of Famer and a great American," Manfred said.

Lasorda looked frail but was walking under his own power. He did not speak during the ceremony, but did briefly address the crowd after.

"You're the greatest fans in the world," he said. "We owe you a championship."

Lasorda also won a World Series in 1981 and led the U.S. to an Olympic gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This is his 68th season working with the Dodgers, who currently list him as an advisor to team chairman Mark Walter.

"He understood the talent and skill of the players and helped hone them," said former Dodgers third baseman Ron Cey. "He was like a father figure to a lot of us. He was with us all the time. We played baseball from sun up to sundown. And then we'd spend time together and eat together."

The Dodgers completed the ceremony with Drew Drysdale, daughter of Don Drysdale, leading the team and fans in singing "Happy Birthday."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[The Choice: Jordan vs. Mike]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:18:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CHOICE_BATTLE_JORDAN_VS_MIKE_1200x675_1052407363792.jpg









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Who would make the better analyst, Jordan or Mike? Your vote helps decide who moves on so make The Choice right now! First round matchup originally aired on Going Roggin.
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<![CDATA[Rams Hold On to Defeat 49ers in Shootout ]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:04:53 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Goff+and+Rams+hold+on+to+beat+Niners+.png

This isn't last year's Rams.

Todd Gurley scored three first half touchdowns, and Sammy Watkins scored two in the second half, as the Los Angeles Rams held on to defeat the rival San Francisco 49ers, 41-39, on Thursday Night Football at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara.

The revamped Rams offense was on full display on primetime as Jared Goff threw three touchdowns for 292 yards in his return to his hometown.

"I was Really pleased with Jared tonight," said Rams head coach Sean McVay, who also calls the plays on offense. "I thought he made great decisions with the football. I thought Jared managed the game extremely well, distributed to his playmakers, gave guys a chance down the field — you look at Sammy and Robert coming away with over 100 apiece. And, really, those are the kinds of things we expect from him."

Both Robert Woods and Watkins both had over 100 receiving yards as Woods had six catches for 108 yards, and Watkins had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

"I felt like we were just out there playing — like I didn’t know numbers or whatever," Woods said of his and Watkins’ performances. "We were just going out there and making plays, just doing our assignment and the ball was finding us. Jared put up some nice balls for us to catch and I think we’re doing that."

Gurley had five catches for 36 yards and a score and had over 100 yards rushing with two touchdowns on the ground.

"We just got in a rhythm," said Gurley. "Everybody was getting going. We were able to have a little success running the ball and then we opened up the passing game. So it just felt good to be out there and execute as an offense."

Los Angeles became the fastest team to score this season when starting on defense after Neckell Robey-Coleman intercepted Brian Hoyer's first pass of the game, returning the ball to the San Francisco three-yard-line.

"Oh the first play? Yeah that was lit," Robey-Coleman said with a laugh. "The first play was great — broke on the ball, got a good read on the quarterback, the D-line got a good rush, and I came away with an interception. I feel like that set the tempo for the night."

One play later, Gurley rushed up the middle for the first touchdown of the game, as the Rams took the lead just 12 seconds in.

Last season, the Rams were shutout in San Francisco at Levis Stadium, but they quickly turned the tables on Thursday night.

On the ensuing San Francisco drive, the Rams had appeared to stop the Niners, forcing a punt, but defensive back Blake Countess jumped offsides on the punt, handing the 49ers a new set of downs.

Brian Hoyer made the most of his second chance as he scored on a nine-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.

The scramble by Hoyer was the first touchdown of the season for the 49ers after they failed to find the endzone in their first two games of the season against the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.

Gurley scored his second touchdown of the quarter and of the game when he caught a pass from Jared Goff and scurried seven yards to the endzone to put the Rams up 14-7.

Gurley got the hat trick right before the half when he took the toss from Goff and beat the San Francisco defense to the left pylon for the score.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again as the 49ers found out when they handed the ball off to Carlos Hyde on three straight possessions at the goaline. After a third down and goal stop by the Rams defense, San Francisco went for it on fourth down and Hyde finally broke through the Mob Squad for the score.

Sammy Watkins scored his first touchdown in a Los Angeles Rams uniform when he caught a slant from Goff to put L.A. back up by 14 points.

San Francisco would respond right away as the game suddenly became a shootout in the second half.

After a deep 50-yard completion to Marquis Goodwin just before the end of the quarter, Brian Hoyer found tight-end Garrett Celek in the endzone for the touchdown.

Watkins scored his second touchdown of the game when he caught a pass from Goff over the middle, carrying defenders on his back as he wrestled and reached for the goaline.

San Francisco would not go quietly into the Bay Area night as they quickly responded with a touchdown from Hoyer to Trent Taylor that once again put the 49ers within a single score.

On the ensuing kickoff, Pharaoh Cooper fumbled the ball on the Rams 25-yard-line, and the 49ers recovered, putting them in business for the game-tying score.

San Francisco did indeed score on another goaline run by Hyde, but were unable to tie the game as the two-point conversion was intercepted by defensive lineman Michael Brokers.

Hyde finished with 25 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns and Hoyer threw for 332 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

After an onside kick was recovered by San Francisco, it appeared that the 49ers were primed and ready for the game-winning score.

However, the comeback was not meant to be as lineman Aaron Donald sacked Hoyer on 4th and 20 to secure the victory for the Rams.

"We just knew we needed to make a big stop,” said Donald after the game. “We had given up a lot on defense and their offense was putting up points. So, it felt good to get those three and outs, and come off the field, and close the game out."

Up Next:

Los Angeles will have the next 10 days off to prepare for the Cowboys as the Rams head to the "House that Jerry Built" at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, October 1, at 10:00AM PST.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Avoid Sweep in Philadelphia]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:26:27 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Dodgers+avoid+sweep+of+PHI.png

Have no fear, Andre is here!

Andre Either hit a pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, avoiding the four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon at Citizen's Bank Park.

The come-from-behind victory for the Dodgers snapped the team's four-game losing streak and guaranteed at least a share of their fifth consecutive National League West Division title.

The Dodgers lowered their Magic Number to a single game and can clinch the division as soon as Friday at home at Dodger Stadium against the rival San Francisco Giants.

In all four games of the series, a team has jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

On Thursday, it was the Dodgers who struck first in the first inning after a leadoff single by Chris Taylor.

One batter later, Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on his right hand, injuring his thumb on the play. After the game, X-rays were negative, but the third leading hitter in the N.L. might miss a few games this weekend.

"Any time you get hit in the hand, it's scary," Turner, who is day-to-day, said after the game. "The fact that I was able to stay in was a good sign. But we needed to get the X-rays anyway, just to make sure."

Yasiel Puig scored Taylor two batters later with a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers added another run in the top of the third thanks to an error by rookie Rhys Hoskins.

Trailing 2-0, Philadelphia rallied off Dodgers' starter Kenta Maeda in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Williams hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot that tied the game.

Maeda didn't make it past the third inning as he did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in just three innings.

After the game, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts announced that Thursday was Maeda's final start of the season and that the Japanese right-hander would transition to the bullpen for the final two weeks of the season.

Hoksins, the fastest in MLB history to hit 18 home runs, did not hit a home run in the series, but continued to be an offensive threat as he hit a two-run double off reliever Josh Fields in the bottom of the fifth to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead.

That's when the Dodgers mounted their comeback as Curtis Granderson hit his 25th home run of the season in the top half of the sixth when he sent a 89MPH fastball from Mark Leiter Jr. into the seats in right field.

Granderson is starting to break out of his slump, hitting two home runs with a double, three RBI, and two runs scored in the series.

One inning later, it was Andre Ethier who played the role of hero as he crushed a 94PMH fastball from relief pitcher Ricardo Pinto to opposite field, over the wall in left-center that tied the game at 4-4.

Ethier and veteran Adrian Gonzalez are both auditioning for a role as a left-handed pinch-hitter off the bench for the postseason roster.

"I'm just trying to be a baseball player," said Ethier. "It has been tough the last two years injury-wise. I think the one thing that has helped me over the last two years is having a lot of spring training and a lot of preparation with offseason and coming back after years. I'm taking the same frame of mind after the last two injuries to come back the same way in September."

After Ethier's homer, Taylor followed with a triple and scored on an RBI fielder's choice from rookie Cody Bellinger to give the Dodgers the lead.

Rookie Walker Buehler was the pitcher of record and earned the first Major League victory of his career.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 39th save of the season.

Despite the three consecutive losses in the series, the Dodgers have still won 10 of the last 15 meetings with the Phillies.

Up Next:

Rich Hill heads to the mound on Friday at Dodger Stadium with a chance to clinch the N.L. West on the line. RHP Jeff Samardzija starts for the San Francisco Giants with first pitch scheduled for 7:10PM PST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…



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<![CDATA[Lakers Photos: Behind the Scenes]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:48:27 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/2-Brandon-Ingram-at-Staples-Center-11-20-16.jpgShahan Ahmed shares select images from the 2016-17 season, the summer that followed, the arrival of Lonzo Ball and the NBA Summer League

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Lakers Announce Which Company's Logo They'll Wear on Jerseys]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:17:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lakers-jersey-GettyImages-831075740.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday an advertising deal with online- and mobile-shopping company Wish that will place a patch with the retailer's logo on the front of players' jerseys.

"We are thrilled to welcome Wish as a new partner of the Los Angeles Lakers," said Tim Harris, the team's president of business operations and chief operating officer. "When it came to the jersey patch, knowing its prominent placement, our goal was to partner with an innovative and ambitious global company. Wish more than checks that box."

The patch — which will be on the upper left of players' jerseys, opposite the Nike logo — will make its debut Sept. 30 when the Lakers open the preseason against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Honda Center in Anaheim. The patch will also appear on jerseys for the minor league South Bay Lakers and on jerseys for the Junior Lakers.

According to the team, the advertising deal with Wish will also include "in-arena fan engagement, social and digital activation," and the team will partner with the company on Southland "community initiatives." Team officials described the deal as "multi-year partnership."



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Bullpen Implodes Again in Loss to Phillies]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:20:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Altherr+burns+Dodgers+again.png

Momma, there goes that man. 

Aaron Alther knocked in four runs and the Philadelphia Phillies continued to send shockwaves through the baseball world as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, for their third straight win on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Entering the four-game series, the Phillies had the worst record in baseball and the Dodgers had the best record in baseball, but you couldn't tell on the field as Altherr and the Phillies have beat up on the Boys in Blue all week long.

After the Dodgers scored two early runs on Monday and Tuesday, it was the Phillies who jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to back-to-back RBI hits from Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp in the second inning.

"I got two strikes on Joseph put threw a bad breaking ball," said starting pitcher Alex Wood of the two early runs allowed. "If I execute I probably get him out. Those were the only two bad ones I threw."

Chris Taylor cut the lead in half when he hit an opposite field home run in the top of the third inning for his 21st long ball of the season.

The game remained tight until the top of the seventh when the Dodgers rallied to take the lead.

Chase Utley continued his homecoming in Philadelphia with a leadoff triple, and scored a few pitches later on a pinch-hit RBI double from Enrique Hernandez.

Four batters later, rookie Cody Bellinger belted a two-run double down the right field line that put the Dodgers in front, 4-2.

The lead would not last long as less than 24 hours after Pedro Baez allowed four runs in the seventh inning to cough up the lead, it was reliever Ross Stripling's turn to implode out of the Dodgers bullpen.

After a leadoff walk to Rhys Hoskins, Altherr hit a game-tying two-run home run off Stripling.

"Obviously, the leadoff walks got us," said Dave Roberts following the loss. "I felt good with Ross [Stripling] coming in, but to come in and walk the first hitter and then hang a breaking ball, it's a new ballgame." 

Altherr has homered in three consecutive games against the Dodgers including a grand slam off Clayton Kershaw on Monday.

One batter later, Tommy Joseph hit the go-ahead homer off Stripling as the Phillies went back-to-back to take a 5-4 lead.

The Dodgers did not give up as Austin Barnes led off the top of the eighth inning with a walk, stole second, and then advanced to third on a passed ball.

Utley brought Barnes home with a fielder's choice groundball to first base that tied the game at 5-5.

However, the Dodgers continued to be haunted by their bullpen and Altherr as Luis Avilan allowed a leadoff walk to Cesar Hernandez, and then put runners on second and third after he threw the ball into center field on a groundball back to the mound.

"We've done it all year," said Roberts about putting Luis Avilan in the game to face that part of the Philadelphia lineup. "That's a part of the order that he matches up well with, but to walk the leadoff guy to start, and then field it and make a bad throw to the shortstop, unfortunately they capitalized on it."

After an intentional walk to Hoksins loaded the bases, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts brought in setup man Brandon Morrow to face Altherr.

The move backfired as once again Altherr made the Dodgers pay, this time with a two-run single off the right field wall that put the Phillies in front for good, 7-5. 

Altherr went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored.

Both starting pitchers did not factor in the decision as Alex Wood pitched well, allowing just two runs on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts in six strong innings.

"I thought tonight my command was the best it's been," added Wood following the game. "I'll build off these starts and I'll keep going from there."

Entering the game, Wood was 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 13 games against the Phillies in his career.

Philadelphia starter, Jake Thompson also did not factor in the decision, surrendering just one run on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work.

Phillies' closer Hector Neris picked up his 23rd save of the season in his third consecutive appearance against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles has lost 20 of their last 25 games and have lost their first series at Citizen's Bank Park since 2011.

Overall, the Dodgers had won six straight series against the Phillies, a streak that was snapped by the loss on Wednesday night.

The Dodgers Magic Number to clinch their fifth consecutive National League West Division title remains at two games, but could drop to a single game if the San Diego Padres defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Up Next:

Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Dodgers on getaway day against RHP Mark Leiter Jr. for Philadelphia. First pitch will be at 10:05 AM PST and the team will fly back to Los Angeles after the game.



Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum]]>
<![CDATA[Lakers Announce 2017-18 Training Camp Roster]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:06:13 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Lakers-training-camp-roster-2017-18-Lonzo-Ball.jpg

A week shy of the start of training camp, the Los Angeles Lakers revealed their 2017-18 training camp roster, which hints heavily at the final team roster.

Technically, the Lakers have 14 of their 15 roster spots filled with one full-time spot up for grabs. In reality, one of those non-guaranteed contracts belongs to Andrew Bogut, whose signing the team made official ahead of the press release announcing the attendees of Luke Walton's second annual boot camp.

Walton, who is in his sophomore season as head coach of the Lakers, previously has a relationship with Bogut from the coach's time as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors from 2014 to 2016. The strong feeling is that Bogut has that final spot barring an injury, even if the team may not openly admit it.

At an ESPNLA interview event on Tuesday evening, Walton all but confirmed that Lonzo Ball would be a starter by calling the rookie the best point guard on the roster. However, the coach remained coy on who his other starters would be in an attempt to promote competition.

The combinations and lineups tested during the preseason will ultimately determine the rotations, but one would expect that Ball will look to build chemistry with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez, as all five appear to be clear starters. Larry Nance Jr. may challenge Randle should he fit in better with Ball and the starters, but all five of those spots seem secure on the eve of training camp.

In all, the Lakers have 20 players coming to camp with one full time roster spot and one two-way contract up for grabs. The two-way contract allows teams to take on two extra part-time players that are also assigned to the team's minor league affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

The official LA Lakers training camp roster

Under new NBA rules, each team is allowed to sign two extra players to two-way contracts. After a strong Summer League, point guard Alex Caruso claimed one of those highly coveted two-way contracts, and the likes of Briante Weber, Stephen Zimmerman and V.J. Beachem face an uphill climb to beat out Vander Blue for that second two-way contract.

Blue is the reigning MVP of the NBA Development League, which re-branded to the G-League after earning a sponsorship from Gatorade. So, the guard is the favorite to secure that extra contract, and Blue's strong play in a championship winning campaign in the 2017 Summer League surely helped the cause for third-year guard out of Marquette. 

With Gunnar Peterson hired as Director of Strength and Endurance Training for the team, the trainer to the stars likely has a few new drills to contribute to the four-days of stamina building exercises that include two workouts a day on the first three days of camp.

Peterson recently added Josh Wright and Adi Vase as assistants to his staff, and the team hired Kristen Andrews as a new manager of Nutrition and Wellness. Andrews was previously the Sports Performance Dietitian for the LA Galaxy.

The coaching staff has one minor edit from Walton's first season on the bench. Brian Shaw retains his position as the Associate Head Coach with assistants Mark Madsen, Brian Keefe, Jesse Mermuys and 2017 Summer League champioin Jud Buechler all returning. Assistant Theo Robertson is no longer with the team, and Miles Simon, another former University of Arizona Wildcat, comes in to join fellow former Tucsan residents Mermuys, Buechler and Walton.

Of course, none of this is earth shattering news, but now, it's official.

The Lakers have their athletic staff, coaching staff and training camp rosters all set. Next, Monday is Media Day, Tuesday is the start of camp, and the Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, Sept. 30th in Anaheim to tip-off preseason.

The announcement of the 2017-18 Los Angeles Lakers training camp roster is only the beginning.




Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Blow Another Lead in Loss to Phillies]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:13:11 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Pedro+Baez+Blows+Another+Lead.png

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. 

Pedro Baez blew another lead and the Philadelphia Phillies came from behind for the second straight night to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Citizen's Bank Park.

For the second straight game the Dodgers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to an opposite field home run for Yasmani Grandal.

The long ball was Grandal's first since September 5th, and his 20th home run of the season.

"Yasmani is doing a much better job the last couple games of staying in the strike zone," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "When he does that, it can really benefit us."

Grandal became the sixth member of the Dodgers 20-homer club this season joining Chris Taylor (20), Corey Seager (20), Justin Turner (21), Yasiel Puig (26), and Cody Bellinger (38).

One inning later, Curtis Granderson hit an RBI double to right field that scored Cody Bellinger.

Granderson has been atrocious at the plate since he was acquired from the New York Mets on Aug. 19, but appears to be showing signs of life as he homered on Monday and doubled on Tuesday.

"I like the way he stays in the strike zone," said Roberts of Granderson lately. "When he starts putting the bat on the ball, there's going to be some production. I thought his at-bats were good tonight."

Yu Darvish made his 30th start of the season for the Dodgers and pitched well for the first five innings.

Darvish did not factor in the decision, allowing just one run (none earned) on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings.

"I felt like my body was heavy today," Darvish said after the game. "It was a battle throughout the game. I wish I could have completed the sixth inning."

Darvish also recorded his 200th strikeout of the season in the game.

With the Dodgers leading 2-1 entering the seventh inning, manager Dave Roberts went to struggling right-hander Pedro Baez, as the experiment continued.

"I felt that was his inning," said Roberts of the decision. "It was the bottom part of the order. I just felt that you got to run him out there and give him an opportunity to get three outs."

Baez allowed a triple, a hit batter, and a walk before he issued a four-pitch walk that tied the game with two outs and the bases loaded.

"I've been having trouble with the command of my fastball," said Baez of his outing. "I did shy away from my secondary pitches. It hasn't been a good stretch. I've never been through a stretch like this, but I'm going to continue to work hard to get out of it."

One batter later, Rhys Hoskins, continued the hot-start to his career as he hammered a bases-clearing, three-run double off Baez that gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead.

Baez has an ERA of 22.50 in the month of September and has struggled with command repeatedly for the last two months.

"Where Pedro was a few weeks ago, versus where he is now, he's in a different spot and I think you have to take your best 25 when it comes to potentially getting a postseason roster together," said Roberts. "There's a point where production has to come through. Especially where we're at in the season. It was a tough night."

One inning later, Aaron Altherr homered for the second straight night as he took reliever Brock Stewart deep to add an extra insurance run.

The Dodgers drop to 12-6 at Citizens Bank Park since 2012 and are in jeopardy of losing their first series there since 2011.

One more loss on Wednesday or Thursday and the Dodgers streak of six straight series wins over the Phillies, the longest active streak in MLB, will be snapped.

Andre Ethier made a rare start in left field for Los Angeles. Granderson started in right field, and Yasiel Puig had the night off.

The game was delayed 30 minutes because of rain.

The Dodgers Magic Number remains at three, with a chance it could drop to two if the Arizona Diamonbacks lose to the San Diego Padres later in the evening.

Postseason tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 10:00AM at Dodger stadium and online at Dodgers.com/postseason.

Up Next:

Alex Wood heads to the mound in the third game of the series against RHP Jake Thompson. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Finish Roster, Reportedly Signing Andrew Bogut]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:56:19 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Andrew-Bogut-signs-Lakers-1-year.jpg

According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a $2.3 million veteran-minimum contract with 32-year-old free agent center Andrew Bogut.

The Aussie 7-footer was the no. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and started for the Golden State Warriors when they won the NBA title in 2015. After being traded to Dallas in the summer of 2016 to help create the salary cap space required to sign Kevin Durant, Bogut eventually found his way onto the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Unfortunately, Bogut suffered a broken leg as a member of the Cavs, but the big man has reportedly recovered from the injury and provides the Lakers a second center capable of starting, or at least a legitimate backup center known for rim protection and inteligent play.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Bogut's contract is not guaranteed, but the likelihood of Bogut making the Lakers' roster is high. With the Lakers already at 14 guaranteed contracts, Bogut's arrival signals the completion of the 2017-18 NBA roster for the Lakers less than a week shy of Media Day, which signals the start of training camp.

Lonzo Ball and Tyler Ennis are the two true point guards on the Lakers' roster, along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart as the other natural guards.

Brandon Ingram and Corey Brewer are the two true small forwards, but Luol Deng's best chance to get time may come at that position. Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. expect to split time at power forward for the third year in a row, while rookie Kyle Kuzma should be begging for minutes off the bench.

At center, the Lakers have a logjam of Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac and rookie Thomas Bryant, with Bogut likely to step in front of second-year Zubac on the depth chart. Bryant is a 20-year-old rookie, so one would expect him to spend considerable time with the South Bay Lakers, LA's re-branded NBA G-League team.

With Bogut, the roster would be set at 15 players, with point guard Alex Caruso already holding one of the two new two-way contracts with the team. LA still has one two-way contract to give out, and Vander Blue is probably the best bet to secure that spot considering he was the NBA Development League MVP in 2016-17.

Bogut, of course, spent time with Lakers coach Luke Walton when Walton was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors from 2014 to 2016, so the coach being familiar with the player likely played a role in the decision to bring Bogut in. The partial guarantee on the contract, though, effectively protects the Lakers against any potential injuries the center may suffer in training camp or preseason.

If Bogut can remain healthy, though, one would imagine the Lakers have their 2017-18 NBA roster set.



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<![CDATA[Kershaw's First Grand Slam Allowed Costs Dodgers]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:49:21 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/172*120/Kershaw+allows+grand+slam.png

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Chris Taylor hit an inside-the-park home run to start the game, but Clayton Kershaw surrendered a grand slam late, as the Philadelphia Phillies upset the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. 

Taylor broke out of his most recent 0-for-15 slump with a little bit of luck from the outfielder guard rail as he hammered the second pitch of the game off the rail in left-center and the ball ricocheted into left field and away from two Phillies outfielders allowing CT3 to easily run around the bases for a leadoff, stand-up, inside-the-park home run.

Taylor rounded the bases in a speedy 15.40 seconds, the third fastest trip around the bases this season. The inside-the-park home run was also the first for the Dodgers since Aug. 20, 2011 at Coors Field when Trent Oeltjen did it for the Boys in Blue.

To come full circle, according to ESPN Stats and Info, it was the first leadoff inside the park home run for the Dodgers since current manager Dave Roberts did it on Aug. 9, 2003.

The creative home run was also Taylor's 20th of the season, making him the fifth Dodger with 20 or more home runs this season.

Five different players ties the franchise record set in 1979 and 2000, and the current team could break the record if Yasmani Grandal goes deep one more time before season's end as the catcher is currently stuck on 19 long balls this season.

The Dodgers went back-to-back in the first inning as third baseman Justin Turner crushed a curveball from Nick Pivetta three pitches later to give the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead.

"We got ahead early, but those guys hung in there and got the big hit when they needed it," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told reporters after the game. "It was a surprise to all of us. He [Kershaw] usually finds a way to make that pitch to get out of the inning."

Kershaw cruised through the first five innings of the game before he ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth.

"I thought he pitched really well tonight," continued Roberts. "In that sixth inning, that leadoff walk got him, and then another walk."

Kershaw uncharacteristically walked a pair of Phillies hitters around a single by Freddy Galvis and was just one pitch away from getting out of the inning unscathed.

"Obviously we were being careful with Hoskins," said catcher Austin Barnes of the walk to Rhys Hoskins that loaded the bases. "He [Kershaw] left it over the plate and he [Altherr] made us upay for it."

Unfortunately, that pitch was not what he wanted as he hung a slider over the heart of the plate to Aaron Altherr and the Phillies' left-fielder hit a game-winning grand slam off the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

"It was just a bad slider," said a visibly frustrated Kershaw after the game. "I made some bad pitches. I probably should have pitched better."

It was the first grand slam allowed in Kershaw's career, and the one mistake was all it took for Kershaw (17-4) to get the loss, allowing all four runs to come on one pitch, scattering four hits with two walks (both in the 6th inning) with six strikeouts in six innings.

"We had the lead and I blew it and we lost," Kershaw said matter-of-factly. "Need to go back to the drawing board and get ready for the next one."

Despite allowing two home runs to the first two batters of the game, Pivetta (6-10), got the win, beating Kershaw by allowing just two runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

Curtis Granderson broke out of a bad slump with a solo home run in the top of the ninth for his 24th home run of the season. All three Dodger runs came on solo home runs.

Hector Neris gave up the homer to Granderson, but struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season.

The Dodgers Magic Number remains at four, but could be lowered if the Arizona Diamondbacks lose to the San Diego Padres later in the evening. 

Up Next:

Yu Darvish takes the mound on Tuesday opposite RHP Aaron Nola in the second game of a four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05PM PST.



Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum]]>
<![CDATA[The Vault: Tommy Lasorda and Frank Sinatra]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:27:51 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/VAULT_LASORDA_SINATRA_1200x675_1048753219883.jpg

Legendary Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda is just days away from turning 90 so we're going back to Opening Day 1981 for a candid moment with Tommy and his friend Frank Sinatra. Originally aired on Going Roggin, Sunday, September 17, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Zimmerman Blasts Two Homers as Dodgers Fall in D.C.]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:32:25 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Zimmerman+homers+.png

Almost doesn't count.

Los Angeles came within 10 outs of sweeping the Washington Nationals in the Nation's capital, but Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth and the Dodgers dropped the finale of the series, 7-1, on Sunday night.

Washington entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 1-0, but after a leadoff walk from Anthony Rendon, followed by a single for Daniel Murphy, Zimmerman sent a slider from Ross Stripling into the seats in center field for the game-winning homer.

Stripling came on in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu in the bottom of the fifth inning, and escaped a bases loaded jam, but was not so fortunate in the sixth.

Ryu did not factor in the decision, but matched Stephen Strasburg pitch-for-pitch through the first five innings of the game.

The Korean leaft-hander allowed just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 4 and 2/3 scoreless inning.

Strasburg was better, allowing just one run on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six strong innings.

The Dodgers only run of the game came in the second inning when Logan Forsythe hit an RBI double off the glove of center fielder Michael A. Taylor that scored Yasiel Puig.

Washington added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by Anthony Rendon and in the eighth on another homer by Zimmerman.

Not to be outdone, left-hander Adam Lind hit a pinch-hit two run home run to put the game out of reach. 

The loss was only the 18th time the Dodgers have blown a lead of any kind this season, the fewest in MLB.

The loss snaps the Dodgers four-game winning streak and evens the season series with Washington at three games apiece.

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost earlier in the day, lowering the Dodgers Magic Number to clinch the National League West to four games. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will take the train over to Philadelphia after the game where Clayton Kershaw will start against RHP Nick Pivetta of the Phillies at 4:05PM PST on Monday.

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark Tenally]]>
<![CDATA[Gates and Tomlinson Both Celebrate History at StubHub]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:27:59 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/AP_17260802874433.jpg

Antonio Gates made history at StubHub Center in the third quarter Sunday, catching a seven-yard pass in the end zone from quarterback Phillip Rivers to surpass the mark for most touchdown catches by a tight end.

Gates broke the record previously held by Tony Gonzalez who retired after his 17th season in 2013.

Ironically, this happened on the same day that his former teammate LaDianian Tomlison received his Hall of Fame ring during halftime at StubHub Center. Gates, a 15-year tight end vet made history of his own during the game and ensured his place in Canton, Ohio whenever he decides to hang up his jersey, which could be at the end of this season.

"I was a basketball star, I never imagined I'd be up here talking to you all about a football record," Gates explained after the game. "It goes to show you that God's plan always trumps your plans."

He is truly a man of faith and dedication. The 2003 undrafted free agent worked extremely hard in order to be make the team. By his second season, he set a record for touchdowns in a season with 13. He's elevated his game every year since, and revolutionized the tight end position.

"It's finally coming to an end," a relieved Gates said. "Six weeks of hearing about it, when are you going to break the record? Now. the opportunity present(ed) itself, and still being able to give our team a chance to win, I can't tell you... because it was a bittersweet moment. Even though we were still able to move forward in the game, you still want to get a win."

It was the 85th scoring connection between Rivers and Gates, that ties them for second-most by a quarterback-tight end duo with Jerry Rice and Steve Young.

"It was awesome. Too bad it didn't happen in a win, but it was awesome," Rivers said. "Its a lot of touchdowns, a lot of years, a lot of tight ends that have played in this league. Certainly a special accomplishment for him. I'm just thankful that I could be a part of a lot of them -- not all of them, but a lot of them."

Gates joked in a post-game press conference that he welcomed all of his team to celebrate with him -- except Rivers. He said he told Rivers to stay away from him because he didn't want to get emotional during that time.

Now Gates and the Chargers can put that mark past them, and solely focus on getting more wins this season in a goal to make the playoffs.

Chargers former running back LaDianian Tomlison was honored at halftime, with his Pro-Football Hall of Fame Ring on the field in front of over 25,000 fans.

He's a five-time Pro-Bowler and four-time All-Pro, rushed for 13,684 career yards and 145 touchdowns in 11 seasons. He spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers and two seasons with the New York Jets.

Tomlinson currently works as an analyst on the NFL Network and serves as a special advisor to the Chargers with community development.



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<![CDATA[Gurley's 2 TD's Not Enough For Rams in Loss]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:33:57 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/Gurley+Leap.png

The teacher is still the master over the pupil.

The Redskins ran all over the Rams as Washington won their first game of the season, defeating Los Angeles, 27-20 on Sunday afternoon at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Rob Kelley rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries before he was knocked out of the game with a rib injury in the second quarter.

The loss of Kelley didn't seem to matter for the Redskins as Chris Thompson filled in nicely with three carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Thompson got the Redskins their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter when he capped off a 6-play, 65-yard scoring drive, scampering seven yards for the score.

Todd Gurley fumbled on the following possession and the Redskins were in business inside the redzone. The Rams defense would hold Washington to a field goal, giving Gurley a chance at redemption.

Gurley made the most of his second chance as he punched in the Rams first touchdown when he ran up the gut from the one-yard line with 9:59 remaining in the half.

The four-play, 75-yard drive, was highlighted by a 69-yard pass from Goff to rookie Gerald Everett that set the Rams up on the Washington six-yard line.

Thompson would give the Rams a punch in the gut to end the first half, when he broke fee for a 61-yard touchdown run that put the Redskins back up by 10.

Aaron Donald returned to the team earlier in the week, and made his first start with the Rams after a month long holdout that lasted most of training camp.

Donald led the defense in the second half as the Rams held the Redskins scoreless, striking first on a highlight worthy catch and run by Gurley.

Gurley caught a screen pass from quarterback Jared Goff on the Washington 18-yard-line and then proceeded to hurdle a Redskins' defender has he dove for the pylon for the score.

The Rams used some trickery midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game when punter Johnny Hekker faked the punt, and delivered a strike to receiver Josh Reynolds for the huge first down pick up on fourth and six.

The Rams would tie the game on a 40-yard field goal for Greg Zuerlein, but a final minute touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Ryan Grant put the Redskins up 27-20 with just over a minute left to play.

On the ensuing drive, Jared Goff threw an interception to Foster that sealed the deal.

Up Next:

Los Angeles will have a short week ahead of them as they head to San Francisco to renew their rivalry with the Niners on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 PM PST.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Come Up Short 19-17 Against Dolphins]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:22:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-848582896.jpg

The Los Angeles Chargers came up short in the fourth quarter in a 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins in their regular season debut at StubHub Center.

On 4th and 5, Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey nailed a 54-yard field goal that gave them the lead.

This is the first regular season home game for the Chargers in Los Angeles since 1960.

After 56 years of playing in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, owner Dean Spaonos decided to move his franchise to L.A. after last season. Spanos struck a deal with Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke to play in his Inglewood stadium, scheduled to be ready in 2020. For the next three years the Chargers will play at the nearly 30,000 seat Stub Hub Center in Carson.

The Chargers defense played very well throughout the game, setting the tone, however the offense continued to struggle and didn't assist themselves with several penalties that killed them on their first two drives of the opening quarter.

The Chargers returned home after a close loss to the Denver Broncos 24-21 last Monday night at Mile High Stadium. The Chargers were determined to bounce back after a good week of practice, ready to face the Miami Dolphins.

Miami had not played a regular season game due to the conditions of Hurricane Irma, and flew out to Los Angeles early to practice.

The Dolphins showed no signs of rust as head coach Adam Gase decided to keep their offense simple with QB Jay Cutler, as RB Jay Ajayi did most of the heavy lifting on the ground. The Bolts defense stood up masterfully, preventing a touchdown opportunity and allowing Miami to settle for a 30-yard field goal, and a 3-0 lead.

Later in the second quarter the Bolts offense woke up, and with solid runs by Brenden Oliver and two key catches by Keenan Allen that landed them in the red zone, Gordon bulldozed his way through to score the team's first touchdown of the day for the 10-3 lead.

Adam Gase challenged a crucial play in the third quarter, and won the decision. The Dolphins kept their drive alive, as Cutler avoided pressure and found Kenny Stills on the right side of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown reception.

Rivers continued to pick apart the Dolphins' defense as he found Henry and Allen driving down the field.

No target was more significant than finding Gates in end zone for the touchdown and the all-time record. Gates surpasses Tony Gonzalez on the All-Time list for most touchdown receptions for a tight end. It was the 85th time that Rivers connected with Gates for a touchdown, tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice for second-most in NFL history.

The Chargers had one last opportunity for victory. With just over a minute remaining, Rivers marched the Chargers down the field. With just 19 seconds left, Koo missed the game-winning field goal. The Chargers have now lost two straight and now must get ready for their AFC West rival in the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday.

*Gates' caught his 900th career reception pass in the second quarter. He's only the 22nd play in league history to reach 900 receptions.



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<![CDATA[Trojans Escape Texas in 2006 Rose Bowl Rematch]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 02:08:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Chase+McGrath+wins+it+in+OT+for+USC.png

No. 4 USC Trojans escaped with a 27-24 double overtime win, in front of 84,714 fans at the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday night. 

The game was truly measured by defense, penalties, 4th downs, overtime heroics that had a recipe for a classic. 

Unlike the 2006 Rose Bowl that featured Texas QB Vince Young, USC RB Reggie Bush and QB Matt Leinart, where both teams put up exciting offensive drives from beginning to end, this game was intriguing from the final quarter into both overtimes.  

This is the first time the two schools have met since the Trojans lost to the Longhorns 41-38 in the 2006 Rose Bowl game. Quarterback Vince Young ran for over 200 yards and threw for 267 yards in that game. Historically the Trojans are 4-0 against the Longhorns, with one loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record, 4-1.

In the final quarter of regulation, Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger converted two fourth downs that keep their drive alive.

With approximately 45 seconds remaining, Ehlinger found Armanti Foreman on the right side of the endzone as the Longhorns captured their first lead 17-14.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold managed to move the ball down the field in seconds, punctuating the drive with a jump pass that is sure to make highlight reels to come. 

Freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath made a crucial field goal at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime. It was McGraft's first field goal of his collegiate career. 

Later McGrath's heroics would be needed in the second overtime, as USC’s Christian Rector forced a fumble close at the Texas goal line to give the Trojans the ball back. He nailed a 43-yard field goal that kept the Trojans undefeated at 3-0 on the season. USC hasn't won an overtime game since 2001.

The Trojans failed to convert due to two costly penalties, which set them back forced them to punt. Texas botched the snap to Ehlinger and the Trojans Christian Rector recovered the ball. To end the first quarter Texas' Anthony Wheeler sacked Darnold for a 9-yard loss that ended of the 1st Quarter.

Both the Trojans and Longhorns struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the first half. However USC continued to move the chains and Darnold escapes a sack and found Deontay Burnett in the back of the endzone for the 15 yard touchdown pass, for the 7-0 lead.Trojans got within field goal range early in the second quarter, but the 36 yard attempt was wide left.

Sam Ehlinger delivered a 28 yard pass to Colllin Johnson for the first down, and after that play the Trojans defense sacked Ehlinger three times in a row. 

Once USC looked to develop a drive, Darnold threw a costly pick to DeShon Elliott who ran it back for a 28 yard touchdown. Several plays later the Longhorns defense got lazy, and Darnold made them pay by launching a wide open pass to Jones who ran it in untouched, for a 28 yard touchdown USC ended the first half with a 14-7 lead over Texas.

Sam Ehlinger pass complete to Collin Johnson for 24 yards for the first down. Several plays later Ehlinger handed off the ball to Armanti Foreman run for a nine yard run that set up a 39 yard field goal. The Longhorns trailed the Trojans14-10 in the third quarter. 

The Trojans answered back as Darnold found his favorite target  Deontay Burnett for a 14 yard gain. Two plays later Darnold found Mitchell for a 20 yard gain, however on fourth and three the Trojans came up short and turned the ball over once again. USC was 0-for-3 on 4th down conversions.  

The Trojans lacked an offensive rhythm which has stagnated in much of the third and fourth quarters, against a Longhorns team that is offensively inferior. Major plays and stops by the USC defense kept the Trojans opportunities to score alive throughout the second half. The Trojans struggled much like they did in their first game of the season against Western Michigan. Tonight's effort looked like a complete 180 degrees from what was displayed against Stanford last week. 

Although the Trojans escaped the Coliseum with a narrow win, Helton must find a way to get their offensive flowing in a more consistent manner. Especially if they truly desire be one of the four teams in the college football playoff at the end of this season. 

The Trojans go on the road to face the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday at 12:30 PM PT. The Trojans are currently on a 12 game winning streak.



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<![CDATA[Canelo vs. GGG: Round by Round Updates]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:28:33 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Canelo+vs+GGG+face+off.png

Let's get ready to rumble.

We're live at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, ready to bring you up to the minute, round-by-round updates in a marquee middleweight matchup between Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Kazakhstani champion, Gennady Golovkin.

The superfight will start at around 7:50PM PST and will be for the WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring belts, all currently held by Golovkin.

If you want to watch the fight live, you can order it on HBO PPV from your television at home, or stream it on Ring TV here. 

All the undercards are complete. Alvarez and Golovkin are like two caged lions ready to go to war. We're minutes away from ring entrances. 

Main Event: Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Middleweight Championships

Round 1:

Golovkin stalks Canelo around the ring for the first minute of the round. Both boxers are feeling each other out, and the tension is palpable. Canelo lands a left hook to the body, a right upper cut and a few jabs. GGG was the aggressor, but Canelo landed the shots that scored. Round 1 goes to Canelo. 10-9 Canelo

Round 2: 

Canelo comes out of the corner the more agressive fighter to start the second. Both fighters stant toe-to-toe in the center of the ring trading jabs. Less action this round. I give round 2 to Canelo. 20-18 Canelo

Round 3: 

Golovkin says enough is enough and puts the pressure on Canelo to start round three. GGG unleashes a flurry of punches in the center of the ring, but as the round continues, there's a lot of swings and misses. Nothing clean. Last minute of the round, Golovkin chases Canelo around the ring as he seems content to take the rest of the round off. GGG wins his first round. 29-28 Canelo

Round 4: 

Canelo keeps Golovkin at bay to start the round with his quick jab. Halfway through the round, Canelo once again happily heads to the ropes, a move he did frequently in his fight with James Kirkland. Golovkin unleashes a flurry of punches against the ropes and tags Canelo! However, the Mexican fighter just shakes his head and then taunts GGG. "Come on!" he says. Final 30 seconds GGG simply chases Canelo around the ring. Round 4 to GGG for being the agressor. 38-38 Draw.

Round 5:

Canelo lands a jab to start the fifth round, but shortly thereafter retreats back to the ropes. Golovkin lands a few punches, but then comes away with a monster right hand that stuns Canelo. That's the first big power punch of the night. Canelo shakes his head back at Golovkin as if to say, "that didn't hurt me." Golovkin continues to fire away and Canelo keeps on shaking his head at him. Golovkin grins back at him. Canelo is trapped in the corner and Golovkin lands another shot before Canelo leaps forward off the ropes on the attack. The round ends in the center of the ring. Round 5 goes to Golovkin who was once again the aggressor and landed the hardest shot of the night. 48-47 Golovkin

Round 6: 

Golovkin lands a right hand to start the round and Canelo heads straight for the ropes again. Halfway through the round Canelo lands a nice uppercut and then follows with a left hook. The fighters get tied up at the 1:20 mark and Canelo has GGG in a head lock. He tries to get cute with a cheap behind-the-back shot to the head, but the referee catches him and warns him. Both fighters touch gloves and continue the round. Golovkin stalks Canelo around the ring for the final minute, but is unable to cut it off. Nice defense from Canelo to end the round. This round was close, but I give to Golovkin again for being the agressor, and for taking that cheap shot. 58-56 Golovkin

Round 7: 

Not much action in the first minute of the round. Golovkin lands a hard right that sends Canelo back against the ropes. As we wind down to the final minute of the round, GGG lands a flurry of punches. Canelo is able to get off a couple conter shots around the one-minute mark, but Golovkin scores with a flurry of shots late. Once again, Golovkin wins the round. That's four in a row on my car. 68-65 Golovkin

Round 8: 

Both boxers trade punches to start round eight. Canelo lands a hard right hand, but Golovkin barely bats an eye. Canelo stays in the center of the ring for the first two minutes of the round, but then retreats back to the ropes as Golovkin gives chase. GGG stalks him around the ring for the final 30 seconds, both boxers land uppercuts. This round could go either way, but once again I give it to Golovkin for being the agressor. 78-74 Golovkin

Round 9: 

Canelo tries to dictate the action as we start round nine. However, after 30 seconds he runs back to the ropes and Golovkin lands two hard shots. As the round continues, it's Golovkin who stalks Canelo around the ring, forcing all the action, and putting all the pressure on the younger fighter. Canelo lands a hard right with less than a minute left, but then is chased around the ring by Golovkin who keeps scoring until the bell. Round 9 goes to Golovkin, it's hard to score it any other way when he's dictating everything. 88-83 Golovkin

Round 10: 

Canelo is the aggressor to start the round. Maybe he senses he's behind and there's more urgency needed in these last few round. All of the action is in the center of the ring and Canelo lands a punch that sends Golovkin off-balance. GGG looks fatigued. Canelo lands a hard right that would probably put any other figther to sleep. Instead, Golovkin takes it and keeps coming forward. Golovkin lands a hard right and Canelo is on his bicycle. Golovkin is just relentless, he never stops, even when he looks gassed. Great round. Canelo takes 10. 97-93 Golovkin

Round 11:

Canelo runs to start the 11th round. Golovkin gives chase but he gets stung with a hard right hand and then a right-left combination from Canelo. More running and ducking and dodging from Alvarez, but this is his best round since the start of the fight. Canelo wins Round 11. 106-103 Golovkin

Round 12: 

Canelo comes out like gangbusters to start the final round. He quickly lands a couple uppercuts and is the most aggressive we've seen him throughout the fight. Just over a minute into the round, and Golovkin lands a hard right hand, followed by a left hook that wobbles Canelo and sends him back on his heels. One minute left to go and Golovkin is once again stalking Canelo around the ring. The final 10 seconds are a war! Both fighters are swinging for the fences as the bell rings. Both men think they have won. Round 12 goes to Canelo. 115-113 Golovkin. 

Judges Scorecards: 

Adalaide Byrd: 118-110 Canelo
Dave Moretti: 115-113 Golovkin
Don Trella: 114-114 Draw

Final Result: Split Decision Draw

This was one is surprising folks. The fans are loudly booing the result. The crowd is mostly pro-Canelo so perhaps they thought he won, but I believe they are honest fight fans and think Golovkin was robbed. I think GGG won a lot of people over with his relentless style, aggression and work ethic tonight. 

Both fighters are surprised with the result. Fans are chanting "bullshit," as they feel cheated by this result. A few rounds were close and could have gone either way, but for any judge to score the fight 10 rounds to 2 in favor of either fighter, especially, Canelo after he ran and stayed against the ropes for the majority of the fight is downright befuddling. 

This result is a shame. The fight was excellent, and I hope there's a rematch. On a night when two of the best pound-for-pound boxers the sport has to offer put on such a display, for it to be marred in controversy by a judge is disappointing. 

Golovkin leaves the ring with all four of his middleweight championship belts and has tied the record with his 18th title defense. One more, and he will set a new record. However, he no longer sports a perfect record of 37-0. He remains undefeated, yes, but now is 37-0-1, that "one" haunting him for the remainder of his career.

Canelo exits having squared off in the ring with a monster, one of the greatest knockout punchers in the history of the sport and he never looked close to wilting or going down. If a rematch does occur, Canelo now knows he can take Golovkin's best shot. Here's hoping there's a rematch.




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<![CDATA[Bellinger Ties Rookie Record in Dodgers Win]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:15:51 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/Dodgers+Defeat+Nationals+in+Day+Game.png

Have a year, rookie.

Cody Bellinger tied the National League rookie record for home runs in a single season as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals, 3-1, for the fourth consecutive win on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.

Bellinger hit his 38th home run of the season when he sent a 93 MPH fastball from A.J. Cole into the upper tank in right field to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

The historic home run tied Wally Berger and Frank Robinson for most home runs by a rookie in a single season in National League history.

But Bellinger wasn't finished as he brought home the second run of the game an inning later when he slapped a single to left field that scored Chase Utley in the third inning.

Anthony Rendon cut the lead in half when he ended Rich Hill's no-hitter with a solo shot to left-center in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Hill (10-8) only allowed the one hit on the home run to Rendon as he posted his second straight solid start, walking two with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Hill is 2-1 with a 3.88 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.

The Dodgers added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Justin Turner that scored Utley in the top of the fifth inning.

Utley finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

A.J. Cole (2-5) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings.


Washington did not have a runner in scoring position until the 8th inning, when they started the inning with two hits bookended around an error by shortstop Corey Seager.

The error proved costly as Trea Turner hit an RBI single to left field that scored Wilmer Difo to bring the game within a run.

Reliever Tony Watson got out of the inning thanks to a diving catch by Yasiel Puig that kept the Dodgers in the lead.

Kenley Jansen closed the door with his 38th save of the season.

The Dodgers lowered their magic number clinch the N.L. West to five with a chance of it going to four if the Arizona Diamondbacks lose later in the day.

Up Next:

In order to be the best, you have to beat the best and the Dodgers will have their hands full on Sunday against RHP Stephen Strasburg as they counter with LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at 8:08PM PST.



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<![CDATA[History Could Repeat Itself for McVay With Goff]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:46:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jared-Goff-LA-Rams-LA-Chargers.jpg

On Sunday the student will face the teacher, as Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay faces his former team, the Washington Redskins and head coach Jay Gruden.

McVay has a reputation of taking quarterbacks from the embryonic stage to full term, and the expectation is high for not only Jared Goff but his head coach. McVay developed the fourth round quarterback in Kirk Cousins who sat behind quarterback Robert Griffin III for three years, to a certified starter.

Once Washington decided to move on from Griffin, Cousins was next in line to lead Washington into brighter days. Ironically, McVay and Cousins grew together, as both were promoted in 2015, one as a starter and the other as an offensive coordinator.

Goff was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and got off to a rough start with the Rams last season. Void of offensive tutorship under former defensive-minded head coach Jeff Fisher, Goff struggled under center in seven starts.

However, once McVay was named head coach for Los Angeles, the attitude and energy changed, which was exactly what Goff needed. Someone who could not only relate to him on the field, but had experience in developing quarterbacks.

Goff not only had a superb game against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, he went 21-of-29 for 306 yards, with a touchdown pass and zero interceptions. In addition to the stats, Goff looked more comfortable and focused than we had seen him last season.

His confidence level had risen and with each completed pass, the more the Rams looked like a true McVay-coached team. The same was said once Cousins emerged on the scene, proving skeptics wrong with each pass and victory that Washington acquired with Cousins at the helm.

"When he [Kirk Cousins] got his opportunities to play in games, he certainly always flashed great things. There's a reason why everybody that's been around him believes that he's the guy that's capable of doing what he's done the last handful of years," McVay explained. "It just so happened that the opportunity that [Washington Head] Coach [Jay] Gruden gave me as an offensive coordinator to start calling plays kind of coincided with his opportunity and really where he earned the chance to start." Interesting enough there may be some similarities between Cousins and Goff. How do the two quarterbacks stack up against each other?

"As far as comparing him to Jared [Goff], I think the way that I would say this is that they are both very good quarterbacks," McVay said. "I really think extremely highly of Jared. As I continue to get to know him, the more that you like him. The most important thing, is making sure that we think about the quarterback first and foremost — what he likes is really what we like as a coaching staff and that's something that something that we're continuing to figure and navigate through as the season progresses with Jared."

Understandably, this is a big test for McVay and the Rams, not just playing his former team, but having an opportunity to stay undefeated in front of the home crowd at the L.A. Coliseum. McVay is obviously amped up along with the players, yet how well will they maintain their poise throughout a game of this magnitude?

"I think that the biggest thing is, if you preach to be able to be poised, even-keeled throughout the course of it as a coach, you better make sure that, to the players I'm saying, you better make sure you do it as a coach as well," McVay said. "I think being able to just take it one snap at a time and know that that's how this game is."

In order to chart McVay's true success, it will depend on not just the outcome of the game against Washington, but how well his current quarterback responds in the next couple of seasons.

McVay is very thorough, sharp, and has been deemed a great communicator by many, his experience with Cousins could turn out to be the best teacher for Goff every week.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Down the Nationals Behind Three Homers]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:06:20 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Dodgers+defeat+Nationals+JT+homers.png

Not a bad opening act.

Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, and Corey Seager all homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the Washington Nationals, 7-0, in a potential playoff preview on Friday night at Nationals Park.

It was the first of three against the Nationals in the Nation's capital in a rematch of the 2016 National League Division Series.

Both teams have been dominant this season and it's likely they could meet again in the postseason in the National League Championship Series provided both teams defeat their first round opponents. 

The Dodgers jumped all over Washington starter, Edwin Jackson, as Turner gave the Boys in Blue the early lead with a solo shot to left field in the first inning.

The long ball was Turner's 20th of the season, but his only hit of the night as his batting average dropped to .325 on the season, one point behind Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (.326) for second in the National League.

"I feel like we're back on track," Turner told the media after the game. "We tried to get some runs early to give our guys a little bit of breathing room. Hopefully, we can keep on doing that." 

The Dodgers broke the game open in the second inning as they scored five runs on the Nationals behind home runs by Puig and Seager.

Puig led off the inning with a solo shot to center field to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

One year removed from being sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Puig has had a fantastic season with 26 home runs, 68 RBI and an OPS of .832 while batting at the back of the order.

"I haven't been swinging at bad pitches," Puig said of his rebound season. "I want to have the best year of my career and I want to be the best person and the best athlete I can be."

Three batters removed from Puig's homer, Andre Ethier hit one of the more unusual ground rule doubles you'll ever see as right fielder Jayson Werth pretended to be standing under a routine fly ball only to have the ball drop about 20-feet behind him on the warning track and over the wall for a double.

Following the gaffe, Seager sent a 95 MPH first-pitch fastball from Jackson over the center field wall for a three-run home run that gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.

"I was just looking for something over the plate," said Seager after the game. "Fortunately enough, I got it and put a good swing on it. We got some runs early and Woody [Alex Wood[ was impressive."

The home run was also Seager's 20th of the season, giving the Dodgers four different players with 20 or more home runs on the year.

"When we're right, it's a tough lineup to navigate through," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of having four players with 20+ homers this season and two more with 19. "If you miss out over the plate we can slug you. That's when we're right. It was good to see tonight."

Jackson (5-6) allowed seven runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in just 2 and 1/3 innings.

"I like the way that Justin got us off on the right foot. Yasiel's homer was big and then we got the big three-run blow from Corey," finished Roberts. "Up and down the lineup we were good and it was very good to see."

Alex Wood (15-3) looked like his All-Star self again as he allowed just three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in six shutout innings.

"Overall my stuff and the command was really good," Wood told reporters of his outing. "I'm pretty close. Still a little bit left to go, tonight was a good stepping stone."

His manager agreed.

"When you strike out Daniel Murphy three times you know you're doing something right," said Roberts on Wood's outing. "This was very encouraging."

Magic Number to clinch their fifth consecutive National League West title is seven. 

Up Next:

Another potential postseason starter takes the mound on Saturday morning as Rich Hill pitches opposite RHP A.J. Cole for the Nationals. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 AM PST.



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<![CDATA[Chargers to Make Their LA Debut Against Well-Rested Dolphins]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:24:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17257798840596.jpg

Coach Anthony Lynn recognizes the Chargers are facing many unknowns this weekend in their official return to the Los Angeles market after 56 seasons away.

Those concerns are nothing compared to the excitement of a new start.

The Chargers (0-1) will host their first regular-season game in the NFL's smallest stadium against the Miami Dolphins, who are playing their first game of the season after their opener was postponed by Hurricane Irma.

The Dolphins will also send out new quarterback Jay Cutler, while the Chargers had only a short week of recovery and preparation for their LA debut.

Lynn feels he knows a few things for certain, however. For starters, he expects the Chargers to get an immediate boost from playing in the league's coziest confines at StubHub Center.

"The players love it," Lynn said. "Some of those guys were surprised how much. They even asked me if you could put another deck on StubHub because they liked it so much. ... The fields are outstanding. The grounds crew there, they get those fields ready for soccer players, and that ball has to roll a certain way, so that field is one of the best fields I've ever been on."

The Dolphins have had plenty of time to get acclimated to the West Coast: They've spent a full week in Oxnard, California, after leaving South Florida early with their families to avoid the hurricane.

The Dolphins could fight rust in most starters' first game action in three and a half weeks, or they could be well-rested and ready to build on the promise of last fall's 10-6 campaign and their first playoff berth since 2008.

"It's always tough to be affected by something you can't control, like the weather," Miami receiver Jarvis Landry said. "It's definitely nerve-wracking when it's affecting so many different people. Being out here for a week, we've been able to focus on getting our jobs done. It's been great for us, and I don't expect it to hurt us at all."

Lynn's coaching staff doesn't know exactly what to expect from Adam Gase's team, but the Chargers are expecting the Dolphins' layoff to be a positive for Miami.

"They haven't played football in a long time," said Lynn, the former Buffalo Bills assistant. "They're obviously fresh, and we don't have any game tape on them. But we've seen preseason stuff, and I'm very familiar with them, playing in that division. So I don't know if there are any pros and cons."

Here are more things to watch in the first NFL game at a 27,000-seat stadium built for soccer:

DYNAMIC DUO: The marquee matchup pits the Dolphins' rebuilt offensive line against Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, the Chargers' intimidating pair of pass rushers. "It will be all hands on deck for those two outside guys," Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. "We've got to know where they are and what they are doing. Those two guys, they can wreck a game."

PASSING FANCY: The Chargers feel they know what to expect from Cutler, the veteran Chicago quarterback coaxed out of retirement after Ryan Tannehill's serious preseason injury.

In fact, Ingram was particularly blunt Thursday when asked what problems Cutler poses: "None. We don't see him as a problem for us." The defense made a few early missteps Monday in its debut under coordinator Gus Bradley, but finished solidly in the Chargers' 24-21 loss at Denver.

GATES GETS IT: Antonio Gates didn't get a touchdown grab in the season opener to break his tie with Tony Gonzalez at an NFL-record 111 TD catches by a tight end. Gates now gets three straight chances to do it at home. The 37-year-old star sounds ready to be done with this wait for history. "If I get it, I'll enjoy it and be appreciative of it," said Gates, who caught 24 TD passes in the previous three seasons combined. "I'll celebrate a little bit with my friends and family. But either way, we've got a game next week, and I'll have to forget about it come Tuesday." Another milestone of note: Gates' next reception will be the 900th of his career, a mark only reached by two other tight ends: Gonzalez (1,325) and Jason Witten (1,096).

RUN GAME: The Chargers' rushing attack got off to a weak start in Denver with just 54 yards from Melvin Gordon, but offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt attributes much of that to third-and-long situations and the Chargers' deficit throughout the second half. The Dolphins had an outstanding run game last season led by Jay Ajayi's 1,272-yard season, but their reconfigured offensive line still faces major questions, particularly at both guard positions.

BIG PARTY: The Chargers are planning numerous festivities around their opener, including the presentation of LaDainian Tomlinson's ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame at halftime. Six players from the original 1960 Los Angeles Chargers will be recognized on the field during the first quarter. The stands will also be filled with Philip Rivers' powder-blue No. 17 jersey, since every season ticket holder at StubHub will be getting a custom-sized jersey for every seat they've purchased.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Canelo vs. GGG Fight Live Stream and Info ]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:45:37 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/Canelo+vs+GGG+info+and+schedule.png

If Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather were the appetizer, then get ready to sink your teeth into the main course. 

In the world of prize fighting, there is no fight that has boxing purists and fans alike salivating at the mouth more than this weekend's highly anticipated clash between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

In the boxing world, this is a true "superfight." The problem is, not a lot of casual fans know anything about either fighter.

This is a shame.

After having to sit through four press conferences around the world, watching Mayweather shout "hard work!" repeatedly, followed by McGregor dancing around the stage making insensitive remarks, experiencing two fighters who don't want to talk, simply step into the ring and knock each other's heads off is a welcome reprieve. 

Since touching down in Las Vegas a couple days ago, I've experienced countless people who know that there's a fight, and that's a big deal, but simply have no clue who either fighter is.

Blame that on the promotional teams behind each pound-for-pound top fighter, or blame that on the personalities of the men themselves. Either way, that's what we're here fore and here's what you need to know about each fighter.

Canelo Alvarez:

At 5-feet, 9-inches tall, Alvarez hails from Mexico and is currently seen and ranked as the best Mexican fighter in the world.

Despite being just 27 years of age, Canelo has already accomplished so much, fighting 51 professional fights with an impressive record of 49-1-1, with his only loss coming at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.

Gennady Golovkin:

Golovkin, also known around the globe as "GGG," stands at 5-feet, 10-inches tall, and is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. 

The middleweight champion holds four different titles at the moment and is a perfect 37-0 as a professional boxer, and broke the boxing record for consecutive knockouts with 23 in a row in 2016.

The 35-year-old fighter currently resides in Los Angeles, and with age and time not on his side, is seen as possibly having lost a step as he won his last fight by unanimous decision and not by knockout.

There is only one loss between the two fighters, and each of their strengths play directly into each other. Both boxers are known as power punchers, and two of the best in the world in that regard.

There is little to no doubt that each man will stand toe-to-toe in the ring and look for the knockout. That should provide fans, both casual and diehard alike, plenty of action in what could be the fight of the year.

It's not too late to either order the fight on HBO Boxing PPV, or fly to Las Vegas to catch the flight live. Thanks to companies like JetSuiteX you can jump on a private jet for as low as $250 round trip, and fly to Vegas for the fight on Saturday night and be back in the comforts of your home by Sunday afternoon. No lines, no security, and plenty of luxury.   

Unlike the McGregor and Mayweather fight, everything is on the line for this fight as the WBA, WBC, IBF and The Ring belts are all up for grabs to the winner. 

Here's all the details you need to know for the fight:

Date: Saturday, Sept. 16

Time: Undercard starts at 5:00PM PST and main event is scheduled for around 7:50PM PST.

Location: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada

PPV: HBO PPV for $79.99

Odds: Golovkin -155 



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<![CDATA[Antonio Gates Sets Trends, Not Just Records]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:06:26 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-500222866.jpg

Antonio Gates is on the brink of not only breaking a record but setting a trend for the future of the tight end position. The Chargers veteran is one touchdown away from setting the all-time record for most touchdowns by a tight end, surpassing former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. He currently has 111 touchdown catches.

"I mean obviously that milestone is an unbelievable accomplishment, I would definitely embrace it," Gates said of the possibility of setting the record. "I would celebrate with my teammates and my family. Every week is something different, once Monday hits whether I get it (the record) or not, I wouldn't allow that to live on past that week. If I get it, I would enjoy it and be appreciative of it. It's an incredible task to conquer, but it's week to week in the league. So my focus is on doing whatever I can and getting better."

Gates was an undrafted rookie in 2003 from Kent State, and the basketball star-turned-football pro approached the position with an uncanny method in order to force defenses to change and reconstruct their coverage on him in games.

Over the past 14 seasons, Philip Rivers and Gates have connected on 84 touchdowns, the most ever for a quarterback-tight end duo. These two will go down in history as one of the most effective dynamic duos in the NFL.

Ironically, Gates went from fighting for a position on the team in his first two seasons, to now mentoring younger players like Hunter Henry and others on his team. He continues to have fun while continually perfecting his craft after 15 seasons in the NFL.

"Doing the little details things, obviously everyone here can run, jump, catch, etc.," Gates explained. "It about doing the extra things that you can't see. I've always been about that in my career, and implement that in my play. I tried to lead by example, and hopefully the younger guys will follow that."

Of course he isn't focused on setting the record. When he does, however, the 27,000 fans in attendance on Sunday against the Dolphins will be witnessing history at the Stub Hub Center. When Gates is able to put on that gold jacket in Canton, Ohio and have his jersey retired, he will be missed tremendously in football.

He'll be missed not just because he has the all-time record, but because of what he meant to the game, the position, his preparation, and how he electrified the sidelines like no other.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Win Back-to-Back Games Against Giants]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:19:05 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Dodgers+win+two+in+a+row+.png

Don't look now, but the Dodgers have a winning streak on their hands.

Cody Bellinger hit a splash shot into McCovey Cove and the Los Angeles Dodgers won their second straight game following a franchise long 11-game losing streak, as they defeated the San Francisco Giants, 4-1, on Wednesday night at AT&T Park.

Maybe all the Dodgers needed to do to resume their winning ways was get the proverbial monkey off their back.

Following the longest losing streak in Los Angeles Dodgers franchise history which dates all the way back to 1958, the Dodgers kept the momentum going from Tuesday night with a two-run first inning thanks to an RBI triple for Bellinger and a double by Logan Forsythe.

"We stuck to our plan throughout the game," said Forsythe following the victory. "We stuck to our guns and we got some hits. It was nice to go up 2-0 early." 

Bellinger broke the game open when he joined teammate Chase Utley as the only Dodgers to hit "Splash Hits" this season.

"Growing up you see Barry Bonds do it, so to actually do it was pretty cool," Bellinger said of becoming just the fifth Dodger in franchise history to hit a ball into McCovey cove.

After Utley homered into the cove on Tuesday night, Bellinger crushed a 93MPH fastball from Matt Moore 441-feet over the stadium and into the water for his 37th home run of the season.

"It felt great," Bellinger said of his home run. "I was seeing the ball well today. It felt good hitting that fastball."

The long ball was Bellinger's 12th home run off a left-handed pitcher this season, a new Dodger franchise record for homers by a left-handed batter against a LHP.

In his first start in San Francisco over his career—and first taste of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry—Yu Darvish had his best start in a Dodger uniform.

Darvish (9-12) allowed just three hits with no walks and five strikeouts in seven shutout innings, matching his Dodger debut at Citi Field in New York against the Mets.

"Overall, I was able to just go out there and compete," Darvish said of his start and not thinking about his mechanics. "I had good results." 

The Japanese right-hander who was acquired from the Texas Rangers at the MLB trade deadline retired 13 consecutive batters at one point before allowing a leadoff single to Jarrett Parker in the seventh inning.

"Yu needed it. It was good," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told reporters of his starting pitcher. "He spun the ball really well and he was on the attack. His tempo was good and he was in control the entire game. He was outstanding."

Moore (5-14) allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in just 4 and 1/3 innings.

"He's had our number a couple different times, but tonight we had a plan," Roberts said of Moore. "We put stress on Moore early, we got his pitch count up and ultimately, we got him."

Poor Moore didn't exactly get much help from his defense in the game as San Francisco was uncharacteristically sloppy with two errors and plenty of miscommunication in the outfield.

"I think they were more relaxed," Roberts said of his team on Wednesday after snapping the losing streak. "We're still not out of the woods, but they did us a couple favors tonight by kicking the ball around a little bit. Last night there was some urgency, but tonight there was some energy."

The Dodgers had six hits total in the game, and all of them were extra base hits.

Los Angeles took the series three games to two, and won their first series since they took three of four from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 21-24.

"I think the goal tonight was to get back to the series win column," added Forsythe. "First it was just to get a win and then get a series. Now we need to take it into Washington and continue this road trip."

It was also their first series win in San Francisco since 2014. 

The Dodgers now lead the season series with San Francisco 9 games to seven with three more left to play at Dodger Stadium next weekend.

Magic Number to clinch their fifth consecutive National League West title is seven.

Up Next:

Thursday is an off day for the Dodgers as they travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals in what could be a series that decides home field advantage in the MLB playoffs. Alex Wood will start on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 4:05PM PST.



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<![CDATA[The Choice: Juan vs. Emory]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:47:25 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CHOICE_JUAN_VS_EMORY_1200x675_1046326851529.jpg

Who would make the better analyst, Juan or Emory? The votes are in, we'll announce the winner of this first round matchup Sunday at midnight on Going Roggin.]]>
<![CDATA[Bob Miller Will Be LA Kings Ambassador]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:26:08 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Bob+Miller+Farewell.png

Retired broadcaster Bob Miller will serve as a Los Angeles Kings Team Ambassador.

Miller will make a number of appearances and be involved in additional special projects including serving as master of ceremonies for the team's Legends Night series games.

Miller retired in March after being be a Kings broadcaster for 44 seasons.

"I am honored and truly delighted to be named an ambassador for the Kings," Miller said. "This will allow me to continue the association I have built with Kings management, players and fans over the past 44 years."



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<![CDATA[Here He Comes to Save the Day]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:51:45 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Kershaw+Stops+the+Bleeding.png

Here he comes to save the day.
That means Clayton Kershaw is on his way.
When there is a wrong to right, Kershaw will join the fight.

Clayton Kershaw was on the mound the last time the Dodgers won a game.

It was only fitting he would be on the mound again, 12 days later, to snap the team's franchise longest losing streak.

Kershaw allowed just one earned run in six innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their season-high 11-game losing streak, 5-3, on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Every time the three-time Cy Young Award winner takes the mound, the Dodgers players and coaches are confident that the team will get the victory.

"It's tough to beat the best pitcher in baseball," said second baseman Chase Utley before the game. 

Los Angeles left seven runners on base in the first three innings as that confidence started to wane in the early going.

San Francisco struck first with a solo shot from Kelby Tomlinson off Kershaw in the bottom of the third inning.

Not only was the homer, Tomlinson's first off Kershaw, it was his first home run since October 3, 2015, a span of 324 plate appearances.

But before the fans could say "Here we go again," Chase Utley tied the game in the top of the fourth as he hit the fourth "Splash Hit" in Dodgers franchise history when he took Johnny Cueto deep to start the inning.

The Dodgers were not one and done, as they tacked on three more runs in the inning, thanks to doubles by Kershaw and Yasiel Puig as the Boys in Blue chased Cueto from the game with a four-run fourth inning.

"It was a full team effort tonight," said Kershaw following the win. "We needed everybody to get a win tonight, and that's what we needed. We need everybody."

Cueto (7-8) allowed four runs on six hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in just 3 and 2/3 innings for San Francisco.

The Giants tacked on an unearned run in bottom of the sixth when they scored following an error by third baseman Justin Turner.

San Francisco would get within a run in the bottom of the seventh after a leadoff double by Denard Span and a single by Joe Panik, but Ross Stripling got Buster Posey to ground into a double play to end the inning. 

"We certainly made it interesting tonight," Roberts said of the game. "That wasn't ideal for us, but Kershaw picked us up big time. There's a lot of relief in that clubhouse."

Kershaw (17-3) surrendered just two runs (one earned) on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in six strong innings for the Dodgers.

"It's weird for this game to have the significance that it did for us," said Kershaw. "There's more of a sense of relief now that we've got a win. Every time the losses keep mounting and mounting it gets even harder to win a game."

Kenley Jansen entered the game for a four-out save in the eighth to earn his 37th save of the season.

It was Jansen's first four-out save since July 17th. 

"We wanted to stop the bleeding," Jansen said after the game. "Now that we've got the win, it's time for us to keep rolling now."

In their last 18 games, the Dodgers are 2-1 when Kershaw starts and 0-15 when anyone else starts.

"This was a good thing for us," Jansen said of the losing streak. It keeps us humble and keeps us in check. It shows you that this game is not always going to love you."

Overall, Los Angeles is 21-3 when Kershaw takes the mound this season, one of the highest winning percentages in a pitcher's start since the 1995 Seattle Mariners went 27-3 when Randy Johnson started. 

Tuesday marked the 40th career game for Kershaw against the rival Giants, and the 2014 MVP is 21-9 with a 1.62 ERA over that span.

According to STATS LLC., Kershaw's ERA is the second lowest in the live-ball era against any opponent, behind only Dodger legend Sandy Koufax, who had a 1.44 career ERA against the New York Mets.

With the win, the Dodgers clinched at least a share of the second wild card spot and therefore a postseason birth.

"We want to win the division," added Kershaw. "We want home field advantage. We want home field advantage throughout the World Series."

Their Magic Number to clinch their fifth consecutive National League West title is down to eight.

Up Next:

Yu Darvish will look to get back to his old winning ways as he enters the Dodgers-Giants rivalry for the first time. Darvish will square off against LHP Matt Moore for San Francisco with first pitch scheduled for 7:15PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Retiring Both of Kobe Bryant's Jersey Numbers]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:18:17 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-jerseys-retirement.jpg

Kobe Bryant won three championships wearing no. 8 and two championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and an NBA MVP trophy wearing the no. 24. Choosing one number over the other proved to be impossible, and so, Bryant will become the 10th player in Los Angeles Lakers history to have his jersey retired but the first to have two numbers retired.

"As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them," Bryant said in a team statement. "The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I'm grateful for the fans' enthusiasm around this game."

The Lakers confirmed that the ceremony to honor the five-time NBA Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist will be held at halftime of the Dec. 18 home game against the Golden State Warriors.

Tickets to that game have jumped up to $599.95 for the cheapest seat in the top corner of the upper level 300 sections on Stubhub.com. For perspective, opening night against the LA Clippers offers tickets as low as $109 on that same ticket retailer in those same upper level sections.

Even in retirement, Bryant continues to sell tickets for the team and drive up prices for fans begging to witness "Black Mamba" history one more time.

"Kobe's jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time," Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a team statement. "There was never any doubt this day would come, the only question was when. Once again, Lakers fans will celebrate our hero, and once again, our foes will envy the legendary Kobe Bryant."

Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson added, "Kobe was one of the greatest Lakers and NBA players of all-time and he's definitely on my Mount Rushmore. I look forward to seeing both of his jerseys be retired and celebrating this special day with Kobe and his family."

The Monday night December game between the Warriors and Lakers is scheduled to be televised nationally on NBATV and locally on Spectrum Sportsnet.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Losing Streak Reaches 11 Games ]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:26:30 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Dodgers+lose+11+games+in+a+row.png

When it rains, it pours...

After two rain delays, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped their 11th consecutive game, the longest losing streak in L.A. franchise history, 8-6, to the rival San Francisco Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park.

The bizarre game didn't start until 35 minutes after the original scheduled first pitch, but after one batter, the game was delayed again as heavy rain, thunder, and lighting surrounded the Bay Area.

After a second delay of approximately two hours and 52-minutes, the Dodgers and Giants finally reconvened at 10:50PM PST. 

The Dodgers probably wish it hadn't.

Delaying their fate a few hours, didn't change the overall outcome as San Francisco scored 8 runs on 12 hits, handing the Dodgers their 16th loss in their last 17 games. 

"I wouldn’t say demoralizing," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of the loss. "It’s disappointing. … I thought we were going to win that game. I thought we put ourselves in position to win. But we couldn’t hold the lead."

The biggest culprit amidst the team's current losing streak has been the pitching staff, that for 130 games was the best in baseball, but over the last 17 games has an ERA of 6.25.

Denard Span got the scoring started for San Francisco, when he hit a splash shot into McCovey Cove in the first inning to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

Left-handed hitters continued to tee off against Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda as Jarrett Parker took the Japanese right-hander deep to start the second inning.

With the clock reaching midnight in California, it would have been easy for the Boys in Blue to wallow in their misery and get ready to comeback on Tuesday, but the Dodgers got off the mat with four runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game.

Logan Forsythe, Chris Taylor, and Corey Seager each hit RBI singles to tie the game off San Francisco reliever, Ty Blach who took over for Chris Stratton on the mound after the second delay.

Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers the lead when he sent a hanging slider from Kyle Crick 441-feet into the left-center seats.

The lead was short-lived as San Francisco took over the back-and forth-battle with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on RBI singles by Span and Buster Posey.

Once again, the Dodgers would tie the game in the top of the sixth, courtesy of a two-out RBI double by Justin Turner, but a few minutes later they would cough up the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Pedro Baez allowed an RBI single to Hunter Pence in the bottom of the sixth and Posey brought home an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh as San Francisco went on to win 8-6.

As have most of the Dodgers pitchers recently, Baez has struggled mightily during the team's slump. 

In his last five appearances, the right-hander has gone allowed six runs (4 earned), on eight hits with three walks and a 5.25 ERA in just 2 and 2/3 innings of relief that includes three losses.

The season series between the two rivals is now tied at seven games apiece.

Their lead over the Washington Nationals for home field advantage in the postseason is just 3.5 games.

Up Next:

Clayton Kershaw will look to stop the Dodgers 11-game losing streak when he gets the start on normal rest opposite Johnny Cueto on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Report: Lakers Retiring Kobe Bryant's Jersey in Dec.]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:54:07 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kobe-Bryant-jersey-retirement-Lakers.jpg

No one truly expected the Los Angeles Lakers to wait until Kobe Bryant was in the Hall of Fame to retire his jersey, but reports via TMZ early Tuesday morning suggested that the Lakers had picked out a date for the ceremony: Dec. 18.

That night, the Lakers host the world champions Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, and rumors of Bryant's special ceremony have already shot up ticket prices into a new stratosphere. Whereas the Lakers hosting the same Warriors team in November allows a patron to purchase the cheapest seat in the house at $127 on Stubhub.com, the December date is now selling nosebleed seating for a pricey $218 on the same site.

And no, Bryant is not going to score 60 points like he did the last time he popped up ticket prices to outrageous levels for "Mamba Day."

The biggest question about this December date is whether Bryant will send up no. 8, no. 24 or both. More than likely, it will be both. When NBCLA.com asked rookie Thomas Bryant earlier in the summer why he didn't pick the no. 8 or no. 24, the young center laughed at the thought and conveyed that those numbers were already untouchable for any current Lakers.

If no. 24 goes up in the rafters, the next player to wear no. 8 will get an arena full of Kobe stares. Likewise, if no. 8 gets lifted into the rafters, only the bravest of souls would dare ask for no. 24 in purple and gold.

Of course, the next question after Bryant's jersey hangs in the rafters is when, not if, he'll get his statue outside Staples Center. Judging by the way this jersey retirement is being fast tracked, plans for the statue are likely already underway.

Update: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that the Lakers will indeed retire both no. 8 and no. 24 in the ceremony.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Lose 10th Straight as Colorado Completes the Sweep]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:03:03 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Nolan+Arenado+does+it+all+as+Dodgers+lose+10+straight.png

The Dodgers now have three double-digit streaks this season.

However, the most recent one is not the kind you want.

Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam and the Colorado Rockies completed the sweep over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a commanding, 8-1 shutout victory to send the team with the best record in baseball to their 10th consecutive loss on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The reeling Dodgers have lost nine consecutive games at home, 15 of 16 overall, and were swept for the third time in the last two weeks.

"We have a very frustrated and upset clubhouse," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after the game. "There's really no explanation, we just have to find a way to win a game."

Nevertheless, despite the impending doom that is currently being felt by Dodger fans across the country, Los Angeles still has the best record in baseball at 92-51 and a nine game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the N.L. West division.

Nolan Arenado provided the first two runs of the game for the red-hot Rockies as he knocked in D.J. LeMahieu with an RBI single in the first inning and hit a home run to down the left-field line in the top of the third.

Reynolds broke the game open in the top of the eighth when he hit a grand slam off wunderkind pitcher, Walker Buehler.

The grand slam was the prodigal son's first home run and runs allowed this season as Buehler was making his second relief appearance after two scoreless innings in his debut on Thursday night.

Tyler Chatwood (7-12) got the victory, as he surrendered just five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five shutout innings for the Rockies who have won six straight games on the road.

The Dodgers avoided the shutout thanks to September call up, Alex Verdugo, who launched the first home run of his MLB career when he crushed a 93MPH fastball from Adam Ottavino over the wall in left-center for L.A.'s first run of the game.

"You have to score to win and we didn't," said Roberts. "Each day, I look at myself and say, 'Is there something I could have done to help us?' because that's my job. It's all of us staying together and not jumping ship."

Rich Hill (9-8) pitched well in the loss, allowing just two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Hill has not gotten much run support as the Dodgers have either been shutout, or scored just one run in three of his last four starts.

"Today was just one of those days where I had to go out there and compete," said Hill who admitted he was not his best self on Sunday. "I competed with everything I had today without having my best stuff."

Trevor Story homered for the second straight game as he sent a 95MPH fastball from Tony Cingrani into the bleacher seats in centerfield in the top of the ninth.

The Dodgers 10-game losing streak, ties the mark set in June of 1992 by a team that finished with 99 losses.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Dodgers are the fourth team in MLB history to win 14 of 15 games and lose 14 of 15 games in the same season. The last team to do it was the 1959 Kansas City Athletics, a span over nearly 60 years!

Up Next:

There's no rest for the weary as the Dodgers will send RHP Kenta Maeda to the mound on Monday in San Francisco against RHP Chris Stratton. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM PST.



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<![CDATA[The Vault: Sunday Night Sports]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:33:19 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/VAULT_SUNDAY_NIGHT_SPORTS_1200x675_1043743299848.jpg

There's nothing new under the Sunday Night Sports. Keep your eyes and ears open and remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Originally aired on Going Roggin, September 10, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Drop 9th Straight for First Time Since 1992]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:59:39 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/223*120/Alex+Wood+Brings+Dodgers+losing+streak+to+9+games.png

The Dodgers did something they haven't done in 25 years, but it wasn't winning the World Series.

Trevor Story hit a two-run homer and drove in three and the Colorado Rockies beat Los Angeles 6-5 on Saturday night, sending the NL West leaders to their ninth straight defeat in their worst skid since 1992.

"We're kind of like, 'Uh, what's going on?'" second baseman Logan Forsythe said.

The majors' best team this season has lost eight in a row at Chavez Ravine for the first time in 30 years. The Dodgers have dropped 14 of 15 overall, and they lost their fifth consecutive series for the first time since 2007.

"We're doing some unprecedented things right now," manager Dave Roberts said.

Despite its funk, Los Angeles still owns the best record in baseball at 92-50, five games ahead of Washington, which also lost.

"We're making it a little closer than we had anticipated," said Roberts, who admitted peeking at the out-of-town scores.

Colorado's fifth straight victory matched the club's longest road winning streak since June 3-10.

Chad Bettis (1-2) notched his first victory in his sixth start of the season after returning from testicular cancer. The right-hander allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings. He struck out five with no walks.

"He kept them off-balance and he disrupted their timing, which is what Chad does," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "To get a major league win, to get a 'W' by your name this year is really special for Chad and all of us."

The Dodgers got to 6-5 in the ninth on Forsythe's leadoff homer against Greg Holland, but the Rockies closer retired the next three batters to earn his 39th save.

"We played a pretty solid game," Forsythe said. "Going into that last inning, we still had that fight that we had earlier."

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a leadoff double to Nolan Arenado in the top of the ninth, and Arenado scored on Gerardo Parra's RBI double that popped out of the glove of center fielder Chris Taylor, making it 6-4.

Trailing 4-0 early, the Dodgers closed to 5-4 in the fifth on Andre Ethier's leadoff pinch-hit home run that earned a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 52,884.

Los Angeles had chances, getting the potential tying run aboard in the sixth and eighth, but couldn't avoid extending its worst losing streak since dropping 10 straight in June 1992.

"When you're going bad like we are, it's the little things that get magnified that you got to really kind of focus on doing those little things to be proactive and get you out of it," Roberts said.

The Rockies backed Bettis with a four-run second, highlighted by Story's homer on the first pitch from All-Star Alex Wood (14-3). Charlie Blackmon and Arenado added RBI singles.

"My command wasn't great," Wood said. "Overall, I thought my stuff was there. I got to hopefully lock the command back in. It's time to bear down and hopefully turn this thing around."

Entering the game, Wood had been dominant against the Rockies this season, allowing just one run over 12 innings with a 0.75 ERA, holding hitters to a .186 average. 

The Dodgers rallied in the fourth, helped by errors from Arenado and Story and a couple of fluke plays.

Justin Turner's single scored leadoff hitter Taylor, who was safe at second on third baseman Arenado's throwing error. Cody Bellinger doubled when the ball nicked the glove of first baseman Mark Reynolds on a diving stab and sailed down the right-field line.

Turner and Bellinger scored on Yasiel Puig's double to make it 4-3. Arenado went to backhand the ball, but it got by him down the left-field line.

Forsythe reached on shortstop Story's error. He tried to backhand the ball on a routine grounder and it missed his glove, putting the potential tying and go-ahead runs on first and third with two outs. Joc Pederson flied out to end the threat.

"I made a bad error," Story said. "Bettis was doing his job, he was getting ground balls. We didn't really pick him up, he picked us up. He got us out of the inning with the lead, kudos to him."

The Rockies extended their lead to 5-3 on Story's RBI double in the fifth.

Wood gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out two and walked three in losing his second straight start.

Colorado's DJ LeMahieu had his 16-game hitting streak end when he went 0 for 4 with a walk.

The Dodgers last lost nine consecutive games June 10-21, 1992, a year they finished 63-99. 

The loss also guaranteed the Dodgers a fifth straight series loss, the first time they have dropped five consecutive series since 2007. 

MOST RIBBIES

Blackmon went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored, tying Houston's Craig Biggio (1998) for the most RBIs in a single season by a National League leadoff hitter with 88.

HANGING WITH THE BEST

The Rockies improved to 8-7 against Los Angeles this season and 4-4 at Dodger Stadium.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson tossed a side session Friday that went well. Manager Bud Black said he could be activated as soon as Sunday.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will be skipped in the rotation to get some rest after making 21 starts so far this season.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-12, 4.88 ERA) is 0-2 in three starts against the Dodgers this season with a 10.57 ERA. He's making just his fourth start since the All-Star break.

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (9-7, 3.67) starts against the Rockies for the first time since April 2008, when he was with the Cubs. In three career starts against them, he is 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA.



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<![CDATA[Goff, LA Rams Trample Colts 46-9]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:25:13 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Jared-Goff-Rams-vs-Colts.jpg

On Opening Day of the 2017 NFL regular season, seemingly everything went right for the Los Angeles Rams, as the LA Memorial Coliseum witnessed the home team beat the Indianapolis Colts in convincing fashion, 46-9, and second-year quarterback Jared Goff had himself the best day of his young professional career.

Goff looked comfortable under center, calm in the pocket and confident in his throws. The 22-year-old finished the day with 306 passing yards on the day with 21 completions on 29 attempts, one touchdown and no interceptions. Sunday served as the first time Goff had ever thrown for over 300 yards as a professional, and the young quarterback's touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp hinted as a blossoming partnership.

Kupp finished with 76 yards to lead all receivers.

Though Goff's play deserved the headlines on the day, the Rams' first offensive touchdown came via running back Todd Gurley II rushing up the middle from five yards out. Gurley finished the day with 40 yards on 19 rushes and a touchdown. Though Gurley's yards per carry was less than stunning, the half back also caught five passes for 56 yards on the day.

Both Goff and Gurley struggled in 2016, so new LA Rams head coach Sean McVay had to feel encouraged by how his two star offensive players looked to start the season.

Of course, one should point out that the Colts were without Andrew Luck and contributed to their own demise. Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien looked awful and drew predictable responses wondering if Colin Kaepernick couldn't do better than 9/18 for 128 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Both those interceptions resulted in touchdowns, as Trumaine Johnson scored the Rams' first touchdown of the season on a 39-yard interception return. Lamarcus Joyner made an acrobatic interception of his own in the second half and raced to the endzone for the defense's second score of the day.

Before the end of the game, the Rams put the exclamation point on the defensive dominance with a safety.

The Colts did eventually score a touchdown, but that score arrived after McVay had already opted to rest his defensive starters.

From beginning to end, Sunday at the LA Coliseum looked like a highlight reel for the Los Angeles Rams, who started the season 1-0.

Next: The Rams host the Washington Redskins in Week 2.

Quote: "I thought it was okay," - McVay when asked about the offense after the game. The Rams scored the most points in a game since 2014.



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<![CDATA[Darvish Disappoints as Dodgers Free Fall Continues]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:06:28 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/235*120/Darvish+Disappoints+as+Dodgers+Downfall+continues.png

It's a long day livin' in Reseda, there's a freeway runnin' through the yard.

Yes, the Dodgers are free, free fallin'.

Yu Darvish's struggles continued as the Colorado Rockies rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4, and extend their losing streak to a season-high eight games on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Carlos Gonzalez got Colorado on the board first with his second home run is as many days, when he sent Darvish deep to opposite field on a 96MPH fastball in the first inning.

"It was a good pitch to drive," Gonzalez said of the fastball from Darvish. "I've been getting ready for those pitches and whenever they show, I can't miss them."

It was CarGo's 10th homer on the season, and the first time he's homered in back-to-back days all year.

"Whenever I go nice and easy and am on time to the ball, good things happen," added Gonzalez of his recent power surge. "It's been nice."

The Dodgers struck back in the bottom half of the first, as they had their best offensive inning amidst their current 13-game slump.

Curtis Granderson led off with a single, and Justin Turner put the Dodgers on the scoreboard when he sent a 89MPH slider from German Marquez into the left field seats to give L.A. the 2-1 lead.

After Cody Bellinger reached on an error, and Joc Pederson on a walk, Austin Barnes brought them both home with a two-run single to RF.

"The first inning you saw our fight," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of the four-run first inning. "JT big home run, and that two-out hit by Austin was huge. Overall there was a couple opportunities we didn't capitalize on and they came back and got us."

Unfortunately, the Dodgers lead would be short-lived as Darvish handed them all back in a wild four-run fifth inning that saw the Rockies record four doubles.

Alexi Amarista, Raimel Tapia, Charlie Blackmon, and D.J. LeMahieu all doubled as Colorado erased the three-run lead, chasing Darvish from the game in the process.

"There was a little flair off the bat of Amarista that turned a single into a double, and then a bad walk to Lucroy,"  Roberts said of the fifth inning. "Tapia hits a little flair that finds outfield grass, and now you bring up Blackmon and LeMahieu. It all happened quickly."

Darvish (8-12) allowed five runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in just 4 and 1/3 innings.

"One thing I do is never run away from it," Darvish said through a translator of his struggles on Friday night. "I just go out there and compete and stay positive, keep going forward. That’s what I will keep doing."

Since an impressive Dodger debut, Darvish has been a disaster. In his last five starts since his first start in New York City, the Japanese right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.01 ERA.

“"n the first couple weeks when I joined the team, the team was playing really good baseball," added Darvish. "I was like, ‘Wow, everything we do is working.’ Right now we’re on the opposite side. The team is not playing well. But the team is working hard. It amazes me how hard they work to win. That shows me we’re a good team, because we never give up, and keep fighting."

On a positive note, Darvish became the fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts when he stuck out CarGo in the top of the fourth inning.

Darvish reached the career milestone in just 128 career games and 812 innings pitched, both the lowest in MLB history.

"A couple guys came in and congratulated me, and that was great, but that wasn’t my goal today," said Darvish of recording his 1,000th career strikeout. "We want to win, and I want to go deep in the game today. Those are the goals I had today."

The Dodgers did not score a run after the first inning and stranded ten runners on base.

"That's just how baseball is sometimes," Bellinger said of the team's inability to score runs after the first. "It's a crazy game, but we showed some life so we'll turn it around pretty soon."

The National League leader in saves, Greg Holland, pitched a perfect ninth for his 38th save of the season. 

L.A.'s eight-game losing streak is the longest since May 3-10, 2013 and the team has lost 13 of 14 overall.

"There's nothing we need to do different, nothing we need to change," said veteran Curtis Granderson who has been to the World Series with two different teams. "I remind the guys how good we really are. This team is good for a reason."

According to Stats LLC., no team in MLB history has ever gone through a 1-13 stretch in the regular season and gone on to win the World Series.

"You run through spells over the course of the season where you don't necessarily play your best baseball," added Granderson. "That just happens to be happening right now. We need to continue to do the little things, and the rest will work itself out."

The Rockies have evened the season series with the Dodgers at seven games apiece, and will have a chance to take the lead on Saturday.

Corey Seager returned to the starting lineup after missing the last week with a sore right elbow.

"It was very good to see him out there," Roberts said of Seager. "His throws were good. His body was moving well. It's just good to see him in the box and he makes us better."

Up Next:

The Rockies will send RHP Chad Bettis to the mound on Saturday opposite left-hander Alex Wood. First pitch is 6:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Even Kershaw Can't Stop The Bleeding For Dodgers]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 06:44:17 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/Kershaw+can%27t+stop+the+bleeding.png

Buehler…Buehler…Buehler…

Walker Buehler made his long awaited Major League Debut, but the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped a season-high, seventh straight game, 9-1, to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

For the 51,492 in attendance, many thought that Thursday would be the day that the Dodgers would finally stop the bleeding as Clayton Kershaw took the mound at Dodger Stadium for the first time since July 23.

Things didn't go according to plan.

Kershaw got assaulted by the Rockies as the first four batter reached base to start the game. With runners on second and third, Nolan Arenado punctuated the inning with a three-run home run to left field.

Arenado was all over a first-pitch fastball from Kershaw that traveled 413 feet, deep into the Dodgers bullpen to give the Rockies an early 3-0 lead.  

"I was lucky enough I was able to get a pitch to hit. He missed his spot and I was able to take advantage of the missed spot," said Arenado of his home run. "I think he brings out the best in us because we know we've got to be on our game and ready to go. We know he's going to be."

Kershaw needed 28 pitches to get out of the first inning and was not long in the tooth for this game, as he did not escape the fourth inning.

"When the first three guys get on base and the third guy hits a homer, you're probably not in a good spot," said a visibly frustrated Kershaw after the game. "It happened quickly tonight."

Kershaw (16-3), allowed four runs on six hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts in just 3 and 2/3 innings as the three-time Cy Young Award winner struggled in just his second start since coming off the disabled list.

"I was not great," continued Kershaw. "It was not fun at all." 

Entering the game, Kershaw had made 16 consecutive starts without a loss, and overall the Dodgers had won in 13 consecutive decisions with Kershaw on the mound, tied for the second longest in franchise history.

"I was just not very good," a visibly frustrated Kershaw said after the game. "Losing is not fun. I picked a really bad time to have a bad night."

Both of those streaks were snapped by the Rockies.

After Kershaw left the game, the Rockies only piled on from there, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by Carlos Gonzalez and a pair of bases loaded walks by relief pitcher Josh Ravin.

The Rockies finished the game with nine runs, the most at Dodger Stadium since 2013, and 16 hits, the most hits allowed by the Dodgers this season. 

The Dodgers lone run of the game came on a couple of doubles from Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Buehler made his much-anticipated MLB debut in the top of the eighth inning and the 2015 first round draft pick for the Dodgers did not disappoint.

"It's a big stadium," joked Buehler of his first thoughts coming out of the bullpen. "I felt pretty calm. I felt less nervous than I was anticipating. 

Buehler pitched two innings of scoreless relief, faced the minimum amount of batters, struck out two, and hit 101 MPH on the radar gun.

"It was a pretty cool experience," Buehler said about his debut overall. "I feel like I threw the ball well. Unfortunately, it was in a loss, but it was a special night for me. 

The offense has sputtered over the recent losing streak as Los Angeles has scored just 14 runs in their last seven games.

"It's a tough one tonight. There's not a whole lot of positives," said a less than jovial Dave Roberts after the game. "They're grinding. They care. It's not from lack of effort." 

The last time Los Angeles lost seven straight games was May 3-10, 2013. 

In their last four games at home, the Dodgers have scored a paltry three runs combined in four straight games at Chavez Ravine.

L.A. leads the season series 7-6 against the Rockies and are in danger of losing their second straight seasons series to a division opponent. 

Up Next:

German Marquez makes the start for Colorado on Friday opposite RHP Yu Darvish for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Like a Good Neighbor, Kenley Jansen is There]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 06:41:32 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Kenley+Jansen+Nextdoor+.png

Like a good neighbor, Kenley Jansen is there.

I know, I know, that's not how the jingle goes, but for one lucky Los Angeles resident, that's exactly how it goes.

In partnership with social network site, Nextdoor, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is going to meet one lucky Angelo and present them with a check for $1,000 (a la Ed McMahon). 

The contest is presented by Nextdoor, a private social network that is used by thousands of L.A. residents in order to help them stay in the know about what's going on in their local neighborhood.

Whether it's an upcoming garage sale, a slew of break-ins, or simply a last minute babysitter, Nextdoor will help you connect with your neighbors.  

Nextdoor has chosen four finalists that are doing amazing things in their communities and exemplify the mantra, "love thy neighbor."

Voting begins on Thursday, September 7, and Los Angeles can vote for their favorite neighbor here. 

Here are the finalists:

George Contreras, The Neighborhood Coach


Based in East LA, George Contreras identified a need for a safe place for kids to play basketball. He knew that there were many city teams that gave youth a structured environment to play basketball, but some kids could not afford to be part of these teams or did not meet the required skill level.

That's when George decided to start his own volunteer basketball program, East LA Basketball Club, where he could help train youth so that they could eventually join the city teams. He spread the word to friends and family and started out with 15 kids. That soon grew to nearly 180 kids who have participated in his program over the past year and a half alone. George and a few volunteers spend three days a week in a gym with roughly 50 kids coaching them in basketball - but also in life.

George knows that the time he spends with these kids is an opportunity to teach them important life lessons such as the power of education, the importance of exercise, and the value of being a kind person. Since starting the program, George has seen dozens of his kids make the city teams and be invited by local private schools to play with their teams. 

If George wins the Neighborhood All-Star honor, he will use the $1000 prize from Nextdoor to benefit his team. Many of the kids cannot afford to buy proper basketball attire or equipment, so he would use part of the money to purchase these items for his team. He would use the rest of the money towards keeping the gym doors open so that he can continue to offer this program to more kids in the future. 

Fred Sornoso, the Neighborhood Do-Gooder


In 2016, Fred attended a church service where he was challenged to list the neighbors who lived around him. After realizing he knew none of his neighbors, Fred, who describes himself as an introvert, stepped out of his comfort zone and decided to make a big effort to meet his neighbors.

He started by reaching out to the local PD for help. They suggested starting a neighborhood block watch, so Fred reached out to his Monterey Park neighbors and invited them to his home to kick off a block watch. He has since hosted numerous block watch meetings at his home, and also expanded block watch to the nearby elementary school. Looking for another opportunity to unite his neighbors, Fred organized a neighborhood's first block party for the 4th of July.

Over 50 neighbors attended, and the event has now become an annual festivity for the neighborhood. In addition to taking ownership of these larger neighborhood initiatives, Fred also oversees the cleanliness and safety of his neighborhood and frequently reports items that need fixing. He can oftentimes be found delivering newspapers to neighbors' doors or taking in neighbors' trash cans from off the curb. 

If Fred wins the Neighborhood All-Star honor, he donate the $1000 from Nextdoor to the local elementary school in his neighborhood.

Eric Shepard, Neighborhood Connector


In 1989, Eric Shepard moved to Newport Beach and began working for the United States Postal Service, a job that quickly made him a staple of the Newport Terrace neighborhood where he delivers mail each day.

For 20 years, Eric has graced the neighborhood with a friendly smile, a helpful hand, and a watchful eye that gives the neighbors piece of mind. Eric always keeps an eye out for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood, checking on homes and cars for neighbors who are at work during the day or out of town. He also has a keen sense of the happenings of the neighborhood since he walks the same route every day, and is the first to know if there is an issue that several neighborsare facing, which he then elevates to the HOA.

Eric also has many businesses on his route, and is often able to connect residents to these businesses if their service matches a neighbor's need. After growing attached to the neighborhood and the residents, Eric chose to move to Newport Terrace, which has allowed him to become even more involved in the community and the HOA. Because Eric knows almost everyone - including what they might need help with or what talent they might be able to offer - he has opened the doors for neighbors (who might have never met) to help each other and get to know one another. 

If Eric wins the Neighborhood All-Star honor, he will use the $1000 prize from Nextdoor to help with HOA maintenance fees by extending his handyman services to more neighbors and bring his community together for a fun block party.

Barbara Gray - Neighborhood Philanthropist


Five years ago, Barbara Gray began experiencing back problems that required medical attention. After two back surgeries, she was told she'd need physical therapy, which her insurance luckily covered. But while in physical therapy, Barbara began to wonder about the hundreds of people who were injured and couldn't afford physical therapy.

From her own experience she knew that any individual with severe pain would not be able to work or provide for their families until they received care. She also knew that many recovering patients had equipment that they'd no longer needed that could be donated to people in need. That's when Barbara decided to launch Physical Therapy for All, a non-profit that collects physical therapy equipment and donates it to people in need.

The organization also fundraises to pay for physical therapy sessions for those who cannot afford it. In 2012, Barbara started collecting equipment from recovered patients and senior centers, and was soon forced to rent out a storage facility to hold all the donations.

Now, she works with community health clinics and social workers across Southern California to place donated equipment with patients in need. Her volunteer organization has collected and donated over 1500 pieces of durable medical equipment including: 500+ walkers & rollators, 300+ pairs of crutches, 200+ wheelchairs and over 65 hospital beds. Barbara has also partnered with several physical therapists who have agreed to substantially lower their rates to $500 per patient for up to 10 sessions, which Physical Therapy for All pays. In addition to SoCal, Physical Therapy for All has helped send equipment to Haiti and Mexico. 

If Barbara wins the Neighborhood All-Star honor, she will use the $1000 prize from Nextdoor to to pay for physical therapy sessions for patients in need, or towards securing additional physical therapy equipment.

One of these lucky people will get to meet Kenley Jansen, so make sure you go and vote for your favorite neighbor today. 



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Downward Spiral Continues ]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:03:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/Sad+Maeda+as+Dodgers+keep+losing.png

Another day, another loss for the Dodgers. 

Adam Rosales broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the top of the seventh and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1, for their franchise record 13th consecutive win on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

"I just got a good pitch," Rosales said after the game. "He has a really good changeup. So I waited for that pitch, saw it up and drove it."

For the second time in a week, the Snakes sweep the N.L. West leading Dodgers and have erased 10.5 games off L.A.'s stranglehold on the division (they still lead by 10.5 games).

"We're going to win the division. I can assure you of that," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts after the game. "We need to continue to stay together and compete. If you get hit in the mouth, you have to fight back. There's a lot of fight left in our guys."

It was the first time Arizona swept the Dodgers in consecutive series since 2005.

Losers of 11 of their last 12 games, the Dodgers continue to spiral downward after one of the best 120-game starts in baseball history. 

Entering the game, the Diamondbacks had not trailed in 97 consecutive innings, tied with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers for the third longest streak in MLB history.

The 2017 Dodgers made sure that streak would not continue as Cody Bellinger scored Chris Taylor on an RBI fielder's choice groundout in the first inning.

Unfortunately, the lead would not last long as Arizona tied the game in the top of the second inning.

Snakes' starter Taijuan Walker helped his own cause with an RBI double to the gap in right-center that scored A.J. Pollock.

Walker (9-7) got the win, despite not pitching in the seventh inning, as he allowed one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

"Our pitching has been spectacular," said Chris Iannetta who caught Walker in the game. "The starters are going deep into games and our bullpen has been outstanding."

Dodgers' starter Kenta Maeda matched Walker for the most part, also allowing one run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in five innings, but did not factor in the decision.

"The starters this series pitched well and set the tone," said Roberts. "They were challenged by that last series in Arizona, and those guys responded." 

After Justin Turner was ejected from the game, Luis Avilan led off the top of the seventh by allowing three straight hits that gave Arizona a 2-1 lead.

"I basically just told him how far outside it was," said Turner of the pitch that got him ejected. "Apparently that was enough to get thrown out in a 1-1 game. It's a helpless feeling. If I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't even given him the time of day. I can't get thrown out in a 1-1 game there."

Three batters later, with the bases loaded, Avilan hit Daniel Descalso with a 94 MPH fastball to give Diamondbacks an extra insurance run.

The loss marks a season-high, sixth consecutive defeat for Los Angeles and sixth straight at the hands of the Diamondbacks.

"This is so special. This is exciting stuff," added Rosales who knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh. "The team chemistry is unlike anything I've ever been a part of before." 

Thankfully, the Dodgers will not have to face the Diamondbacks again this season as Arizona took the season series 11 games to eight. It was the first time they loss the season series to the Snakes since 2013.

"They're the best team in baseball," Iannetta said of the Dodgers. "They've been the best team all year from top to bottom. They have a tough lineup and great starting pitcher. They're the best team in baseball for a reason, and we're just happy to get some wins against them."

The lone highlight of the night for Los Angeles came in the first inning when Curtis Granderson made this sliding snow cone catch to save a run.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies for a four-game series at Chavez Ravine starting on Thursday.

The only Dodger pitcher with a win in the last 12 days, Clayton Kershaw, will once again look to stop the bleeding as he heads the mound opposite Jon Gray.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Drop a Heartbreaker to Diamondbacks]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:31:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-843143116.jpg

There are moments in baseball when everything hinges on a split second. It's scary to think how important luck plays in these moments. 

For the Dodgers, Tuesday night was one of those unlucky moments. 

Arizona scored two unearned runs at the plate after a ball ricocheted off the shoulder of runner Chris Herrmann, and the Diamondbacks won their 12th consecutive game, 3-1, over the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The inning started on a sour note as much-maligned relief pitcher, Pedro Baez, entered the game in the top of the 10th and promptly walked the first two batters he faced.

"If you look at those first two walks to start the inning, that kind of led to that inning," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "He's getting behind hitters. We need to clean that up."

After a groundout to third base by Monday's hero, J.D. Martinez, Arizona had runners on second and third with one out.

Diamondbacks second baseman, Brandon Drury, hit a groundball down the third base line and Turner threw home to get the out at the plate. 

"The ball was right on the line, too close to let it go, but maybe it could have gone foul," Turner said of the play. "It was a tough throw with the runner running in the lane. It just barely clipped his shoulder enough to change the direction of the ball."

Unfortunately, the ball hit Herrmann's shoulder and off the forearm of Grandal, rolling all the way to the backstop, allowing an extra insurance run to score. 

"I don't even know where the ball is once it hits him," Grandal said of the game-changing play. "It just so happens we caught a tough break. That's just how it's been."

Indeed, it was a tough break for the Boys in Blue as the game-winning error was a beautiful metaphor for the way these two teams have been playing lately.

Luck seems to be on the side of the Snakes, who are the hottest team in the National League and have not trailed in 98 consecutive innings, tied with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers for the third longest streak in MLB history.

"That's a lot more amazing to me than the winning streak," said Snakes' starting pitcher Zack Greinke. "I didn't even know that was possible. That's pretty amazing."

The 12 consecutive wins for the Diamondbacks ties a franchise record set in 2003. Overall, Arizona has won 14-of-15 including 11 straight against the N.L. West. 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are in a free fall, losers of 10 of their last 11 and a season-high five straight overall, including five consecutive losses to Arizona in the last week alone. 

"I'm glad it's happening," Grandal said of the team's current rut. "It might as well happen now instead of the playoffs. This is just another stepping stone. I'm glad someone is trying to challenge us, especially from our own division." 

Lost in the two unearned runs that decided Tuesday's contest, was the pitching duel between Hyun-Jin Ryu and former Dodger starter, now turned enemy, Zack Greinke. 

Both pitchers fared well, taking turns throwing three innings of no-hit baseball.

Ryu blinked first, allowing the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI doubly by Daniel Descalso.

Ryu, did not factor in the decision, surrendering just one run on three hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.

The first hit, and run of the game for the Boys in Blue came in the bottom of the fifth when Yasmani Grandal led off with a solo shot to right-center field.

The homer was Greinke's former catcher's 19th of the season and tied the game.

"In my opinion we both play the cat and mouse game," Grandal said of Greinke. "He made a mistake and I hit a homer, he made a pitch in my next at-bat and he struck me out. It's fun to play against a guy like that."

Greinke, did not factor in the decision, allowing just the one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven strong innings.

"We're playing great baseball. It's been fun. I pitched good for the most part," said Greinke of his start. "After the first four innings I thought maybe I'm going to do just as good as Robbie, but it didn't quite keep up the pace with him."

Since leaving the Dodgers in free agency after the 2015 season, Greinke is 2-4 with a 4.49 ERA (20ER/35.1IP) in seven starts against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers would not score again as poor baserunning on the part of Chris Taylor crushed an L.A. rally in the bottom of the ninth.

"It was an aggressive mistake," Taylor said of the play. "It was an instinctual, heat of the moment play. I thought it was deep enough and I'd be able to get there. If I had to do it all over again I'd stay on first."

Both runs by the D-backs in the top of the 10th were unearned, and closer Fernando Rodney closed out the game for his 35th save of the season.

"It was a coincidence that the ball hit me," Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann said about the unearned runs in the 10th. "It worked out for us, we got two runs and came away with the victory."

With the victory, Arizona guarantees themselves the season series over the Dodgers in 2017 as they lead 10-8 with one game left to play.

"It just timed up good," finished Greinke on how Arizona was able to win the season series against the Dodgers. "We're playing good while they're going through a rough patch. I wouldn't say it means to much."

Up Next:

RHP Taijuan Walker heads to the mound for the Diamondbacks as the Dodgers counter with Kenta Maeda in the series finale at the Ravine on Wednesday at 7:10PM PST.



Photo Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Who Made The Choice?]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:58:09 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/THE_CHOICE_KNBCHJU5_1200x675_1024795203788.jpg

We asked. They answered. With a shot at becoming the next panelist on Going Roggin, Fred Roggin takes us through the audition process for The Choice.





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<![CDATA[Dodgers Make 17-Year-Old Cancer Patient's Dreams Come True ]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:30:59 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Ben+pearson+cancer+patient+throws+1st+pitch.png

Dreams really do come true.

It's 74 degrees on a calm Tuesday evening as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks prepare to do battle in what should be a National League Division Series preview. 

The smell of fresh cut Bermuda grass, popcorn, and the world famous Dodger dog is in the air, but for 17-year-old Ben Pearson, he's focused on just one thing: 

Throwing a strike.

You might have noticed all the yellow equipment and ribbons worn by MLB players last weekend. That's because September is officially Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

"Wake me up when September ends," is a phrase Pearson knows all too well.

He was diagnosed with leukemia at 7 years old and after three years of treatment at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, he's been a volunteer for the medical center for the last seven years.

Pearson didn't just want to beat cancer—he's been in remission for the last seven years—he wanted to make the battle against it part of his life.

While most kids who are diagnosed with cancer simply want to go back to their normal life of being a kid, Pearson became interested in cancer and the medical treatments for weakening it.  

After his three years of treatment, he became a teen volunteer at the same hospital that restored him to health in order to help motivate others and find a cure. 

Now a junior in high school, Pearson still sits and visits with the same nurses and doctors who cared for him during his three-year fight with leukemia. 

Another passion of Pearson is baseball. As a lifelong Dodger fan, Ben has frequently visited Chavez Ravine with his family to catch his favorite team and players in action.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers offered him the chance of a lifetime as he was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

Pearson was joined on the field by his brother, his parents, and his grandparents and threw a dart to home plate that sent the crowd into applause. 


With one dream accomplished, Pearson now plans to work on his second one, becoming a surgical oncologist. 

Best of luck to you, Ben! 



Photo Credit: Photo by Josh Barber/© Los Angeles Dodgers ]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Nosedive Continues in 13-0 Shutout Loss]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 21:32:36 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/J.D.+Martinez+4+home+runs.png

They're trapped in a nosedive.

J.D. Martinez tied an MLB record with four home runs and Robbie Ray threw eight shutout innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks destroyed the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-0, on Labor Day at Dodger Stadium.

Martinez was acquired from the Detroit Tigers before the July 31st trade deadline in order to give Arizona another right-handed bat that could hit left-handed pitching like the Dodgers.

Martinez did exactly what he was brought to the Diamondbacks to do on Monday as he homered off Rich Hill in the fourth inning, Pedro Baez in the seventh inning, Josh Fields in the eighth inning, and Wilmer Font in the ninth inning.

"It's definitely a blessing," Martinez said of his four home runs. "You work real hard to find that perfect swing and it was just one of those days where everything lined up. I was seeing the ball well and when I was swinging I was hitting them."

Martinez became the 16th player in the modern era of MLB history to homer four times in a single game and the second one to do it this season, joining Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds. 

"I've gotten to three before," Martinez said. "In my last at-bat, I said to myself, 'just go up here and have a good at-bat,' keep doing what you've been doing all day. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be."

Additionally, according to MLB Random Stats Martinez is the first player since 1954 to hit a home run off four different pitchers in a game, and he did it in four straight plate appearances. 

Ray (12-5) was perfect through five innings and recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts against the Dodgers as the red-hot D-backs won their 11th consecutive game.

"I was throwing the ball really well," Ray said. "Anytime you can keep this lineup in check like that, it's pretty special."

Arizona's 11-game winning streak is tied for the longest in baseball this season, and they have not trailed 88 consecutive innings over the course of the streak, the longest since 1912. 

Ray became the first pitcher in MLB history to record four separate 10+ strikeout games in a single season against the same team, all against the division rival Dodgers as he scattered just three hits with no walks in 7 and 2/3 shutout innings.

"They're a tough lineup, but I've stuck to my game plan," Ray said of the start. "I think getting ahead of guys and making them uncomfortable is the key. I was able to get ahead of guys and take advantage of that."

The All-Star pitcher has been on fire this season and is 10-2 with a 1.94 ERA since May 20th. 

Hill (9-7) had a much better start than he did against the Diamondbacks last week in Phoenix when he allowed five runs in the first inning.

Hill did not allow a hit through the first three innings on Monday before he surrendered the two-run blast to Martinez in the top of the fourth.

Hill allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in six strong innings, but has yet to record a win over the Snakes this season as he fell to 0-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 2017.

"He was great tonight," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "To have Rich reset our starters and have an outing like this tonight is a good sign for all of us."

Brandon Drury and Adam Rosales also homered for Arizona as the Diamondbacks went deep a total of six times in the game.

The six home runs allowed by the Dodgers were the most this season, and they most they've allowed in a game since June 24, 2009 against the Chicago White Sox. 

It was also the most home runs hit by a visiting team in Dodger Stadium as the Diamondbacks tied the Cincinnati Reds who also hit six at Chavez Ravine on Aug. 2, 2001. 

The Dodgers tailspin continues as they have lost nine of their last 10 games overall and four in a row to Arizona.

"You just have to keep playing. We're doing the same thing we've been doing all year, just the results are different," said Roberts. "As far as a panic button, I don't see us pressing it yet. As long as we play the right way, and we compete, I'll bet on us."

They lost against an N.L. West opponent for just the second time at home this season, and now trail the Diamondbacks 9-8 in the season series.

"Every team is beatable," said Martinez. "There's no team out there that's not beatable. This is baseball, it's about 162 games, not 100." 

The 13-run scoreless loss was the worst of the season for Los Angeles.

"We got our butts kicked," conceeded Roberts. "We haven't had many games like that all year."

Up Next:

For the second time in a week, the Dodgers will face old friend Zack Greinke as the Diamondbacks look for an MLB-best 12-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Dodgers send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound at 7:10PM PST.



Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bellinger Sets Rookie HR Record in Loss to Padres ]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 20:27:26 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-842315148.jpg

Maybe they ate some bad fish, because the Dodgers are reeling.

Cody Bellinger broke the franchise home run record for a rookie, but Los Angeles lost their third straight game to the San Diego Padres, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

Needless to say, the two Southern California division rivals are two teams heading in opposite directions.

The Padres continue to rebuild and without a postseason birth to play for, are simply battling for pride and respect in the years to come.

"The guys are resilient," Padres' manager Andy Green told the media following the victory. "They've been that way all year. They believe in each other. They've played good baseball for an extended period of time after starting the season 15-30. You don't get the luxury of being a championship team by X-ing out the first month and half, but we're taking steps in the right direction."

The Dodgers on the otherhand, have the best record in baseball and are running away with the National League West. Nonetheless, the fact remains that for one week, the tables turned.

It's been a rough week for the Dodgers who have lost six of the seven games they played and overall have lost eight of nine. After losing their first series in over two months last weekend, they were swept for the first time this year by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and dropped three-of-four to the Padres, losing three straight series for the first time since 2014.

"I can assure you this won't break us," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "When you're the team we are, and you've had the season we've had, teams are going to want to go out there and play well against you. You're going to get the best from every team and that's supposed to happen. It's up to us to go out there and answer the bell. We haven't played great the last 10 days, but I can assure you when we get home, you'll see a much better team."

Erik Aybar and Jose Pirela both went deep off Dodgers starter Alex Wood on Sunday as San Diego won three consecutive games against the Dodgers for the first time in five years.

Wood, a 2017 Cy Young candidate, was activated off the 10-day disabled list before the game, but showed some signs of rust early on in the game.

"He couldn't keep the ball down," said Roberts of his starting pitcher. "I think he was a little bit rusty, and next time out I think he's going to be better."

Wood (14-2) lost for just the second time this season, and allowed four runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.

"I think it's a statistical improbability to go an entire season without really getting punched in the face at any time," said Wood of his start. "It's kind of one of those things where we've been so good for so long that we have a rough patch for a week and it's like, 'Oh my God, what's going on?' It happens to everybody. The best teams in the world this happens to. We've just got to keep our heads down and keep playing the baseball that we're supposed to, and we'll come out of it and be fine.

The Dodgers gave Wood a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning after Chris Taylor crushed his 19th home run of the season.


Entering into 2017, Taylor had only one homer in his career, but is quickly turning heads around the league with his high level of play this year.

The Dodgers lead would be short lived as Aybar hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Wood to left-center in the bottom half of the frame to put the Padres back on top.

One inning later, it was Pirela's turn to go deep for the Padres as he exacted a small amount of revenge against Wood who shouted at him during a game on June 30th that saw both managers ejected over the incident.

The lone bright spot for the Dodgers this season has been the return of the home run swing for rookie Cody Bellinger. After homering in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Bellinger went deep again in the top of the ninth for his franchise record 36th homer as a rookie.

Bellinger surpassed Mike Piazza atop the Dodgers all-time record for home runs by a rookie after Piazza hit 35 long balls in 1993.

"It feels great," said Bellinger. "To be in the same sentence as Piazza is awesome and to pass him is pretty special.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will have no time to sit around and think about the past week as they take the field on Labor Day at Dodger stadium against the Diamondbacks. Rich Hill will get the start in Game 1 opposite All-Star Robbie Ray.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…



Photo Credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[LA Rams Finalize Roster]]>Sun, 03 Sep 2017 12:12:28 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rams-vs-LA-Raiders-8-19-17.jpg

The Los Angeles Rams terminated the contracts of third-string quarterback Dan Orlovsky and reserve tight end Cory Harkey, waived 31 players, placed tight end Temarrick Hemingway on the reserve/injured list and running back Lance Dunbar on the reserve/physically unable to perform list to reach the NFL's 53-player regular-season limit.

The Rams also acquired tight end Derek Carrier from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a seventh-round choice in the 2018 NFL draft.

Linebacker Josh Forrest and wide receiver Nelson Spruce were among four players waived with an injury designation, allowing them to be placed on the team's injured reserve list should they clear waivers.

Forrest played 10 games with the Rams as a rookie in 2016, with four starts after being chosen in the sixth round of the NFL draft. as a rookie in 2016. Spruce made the 53-player roster in 2016 as an undrafted rookie free agent, but never played in a regular-season game because of a calf injury sustained in the preseason opener.

Four other players who played with the Rams last season were also cut -- Cody Wichmann, who started 11 games at right guard in 2016 and seven as a rookie in 2015, cornerback Michael Jordan, who played five games and started two, safety Isaiah Johnson, who played three games in 2016, and offensive tackle Pace Murphy, who played the final two games.

Fullback Sam Rogers was the only player chosen by the Rams in the 2017 NFL draft to be waived. The Rams selected Rogers with the second of their sixth- round picks out of Virginia Tech.

Three players who played NFL regular-season games with other teams were waived -- kicker Travis Coons, linebacker Andy Mulumba and nose tackle Mike Purcell.

Seven players who participated in past NFL training camps were waived -- running back Aaron Green, outside linebackers Cassanova McKinzy, Carlos Thompson and Davis Tull, receivers Paul McRoberts and Brandon Shippen and tight end Travis Wilson, a former San Clemente High and Utah quarterback.

Green also participated in the Rams 2016 training camp. His uncle Gary Green played cornerback for the Rams in 1984 and 1985.

Fifteen undrafted rookies were among the 31 players waived -- defensive tackles Omarius Bryant and Casey Sayles, wide receivers K.D. Cannon and Shakeir Ryan, offensive linemen Parker Collins, Michael Dunn and Alex Kozan, cornerback Carlos Davis, linebacker Kevin Davis and Folarin Orimolade, center Jake

Eldrenkamp, cornerbacks Tyquwan Glass and Aarion Penton, outside linebacker Willie Mays III and running back Lenard Tillery.

Mays is not related to the Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder.

Kevin Davis and Tillery were waived with injury designations. The cutting of Orlovsky leaves the Rams with two quarterbacks on their roster -- starter Jared Goff and backup Sean Mannion.

The 34-year-old Orlovsky has spent 12 seasons in the NFL, including the past three with the Detroit Lions. Orlovsky did not see any regular seasonaction in 2016.

Orlovsky signed with the Rams July 20 and played in three of their four preseason games, including starting Thursday's 24-10 preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers, completing 16 of 300 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown and had two passes intercepted.

Rams coach Sean McVay called Orlovsky "definitely a guy that could be a possibility for us to bring back in Week 2."

"I think very highly of Dan," McVay said. "I've heard a lot of great things about Dan from other people in the coaching world that have been with him and he certainly lived up to that reputation."

McVay coached Carrier in 2015 and 2016 as Washington's offensive coordinator.

"Derek is a great guy," McVay said. "He brings some versatility to the position. (Carrier) was a guy that we had potentially targeted knowing the depth that the Redskins had at that position. We feel fortunate to be able to acquire Derek. He is going to be a big help to us."

The acquisition of Carrier prompted the Rams to waive Harkey, McVay said. Harkey is an alumnus of Chino Hills High and UCLA who played five seasons with the Rams and was their starting tight end in 2013 and 2014 when they played in St. Louis.

"(I) can't say enough things about what he represents in terms of the toughness, the leadership, the character, all those good things that you want your players to embody," McVay said.

All NFL teams were required to reduce their rosters to the 53-player  limit before 1 p.m. Saturday. Teams often make changes to their rosters between the time they are required to get to the 53-player limit and the start of the regular season as they sign players cut by other teams and cut others to make room for them on their rosters.

Teams may begin signing players to the 10-player practice squads Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Watch: Blind Long Snapper Takes the Field for USC ]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:33:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Jake+Olson+band.jpg

It's a stifling 98 degrees inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday afternoon and with barely three minutes left to go in the game, most of the overheated crowd has already headed home for the comforts of their air conditioners.

For the many thousand Trojans fans that stayed however, they saw something on the football field they may never see again. They saw something that only happens in the movies on the silver screen. They saw something that Jake Olson never will.

It was eight years ago that Olson, then a fun-loving 12-year-old kid, was told he had retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer that would cost him his vision.

When Olson was 10 months old, he lost his left eye. Twelve years later, doctors told him he would have to lose his right eye as well.

Needless to say, Olson was heartbroken and depressed at the prospect of facing the rest of his life in the dark. When his parents, Brian and Cindy, asked him what he wanted to do the night before the surgery that would leave him completely blind, he knew there was only thing he wanted to see before that gift we all take for granted would be gone.

He wanted to watch a USC Trojans football practice.

Then Trojans head coach Pete Carroll heard about Olson's plight and made him an honorary part of the team during the tail end of their decade-long dominance atop the College Football world.

After his experience on the USC sidelines during Carroll's final season, Olson made the decision that despite his disability, he would play football.

After navigating the world of the blind for his freshman and sophomore year of high school at Orange Lutheran, Olson discovered the role of long snapper, a position on the gridiron that despite his lack of sight, he could still play without putting himself in too much peril.

So Olson practiced on his own, and was able to join the varsity team by his junior year where he regularly snapped for extra points and field goals.

After high school, Olson believed that would be the end of his football career. He received a scholarship in 2015 for physically challenged athletes and enrolled in USC that fall.

"I always wanted to go to USC," Olson said. "When I got accepted, Pat Haden at the time, said, 'Why don't you be on the team as a long snapper?'"

He regularly worked out with the football team, but it wasn't until Steve Sarkissian became the coach that year did the idea of playing for the team come to fruition. The only hard part was convincing his coaches and teammates to get into an actual game.

"Once I got that opportunity I wanted to prove that I could get into a game and snap and earn some playing time," said Olson.


***** 

It's Thursday evening, less than 48 hours before the Trojans season opener, and a tired and sleepless coach Clay Helton is on the phone with Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester, USC's opponent on Saturday.

Rarely do two opposing coaches speak so close to kickoff, but Helton was on the horn to ask for coach Lester's help, and offer him a unique deal that could be used as a learning tool for both teams.

Helton explained to Lester that he had a blind long snapper on his team, and that he would like to get him on the field at some point during the game. In order to ensure Olson's safety on the field, he needed Western Michigan to be aware of this sensitive situation.

So Helton offered a trade. The Trojans would not rush the Broncos' first extra-point attempt of the game as long as coach Lester promised to not rush Olson's extra-point attempt when the moment called for it.

"Coach Helton told me what the kid meant to the team," Lester told reporters during his postgame press conference. "I told him we'd be happy to be a part of it." 

After a 16-yard touchdown scamper by Ronald Jones put the Trojans ahead 7-0, just two minutes into the game, the Broncos would answer with a score of their own when junior tailback Jamauri Bogan found a hole and rushed up the middle for the first Western Michigan touchdown of the game.

Sure enough, true to his word, Coach Helton and the USC Trojans did not rush the extra-point attempt.

"They didn't rush our first extra point," noticed Lester during the game. "They actually played a Cover 2 defense on the kick. That was the setup."

For the better part of three hours as the dehydrated players on both teams took turns trading knockout punches, the No. 4 ranked Trojans finally put the game away with an interception return for a touchdown by Marvell Tell III that gave USC a 48-31 lead.

That's when Coach Helton decided to take a timeout, turn to Olson, and call his number.

Led onto the field by holder Wyatt Schmidt, Olson lined up over the ball and crouched down into his long snapping position. The referee put his hand on Olson and then took it off to let him know the clock had started.

"The quickness of it. Wyatt told me to put my hands on the ball and then he called the cadence right away," Olson recalled of the moment he made his first snap as a collegiate football player. "There wasn't much time to think about anything. As soon as the ref backed up it was go time."

Olson delivered a perfect snap to Schmidt who held the football in place before seconds later it sailed straight through the uprights by kicker Chase McGrath. The notorious USC Trojans marching band, aware of the situation, immediately erupted into the team's fight song, as did the fans in attendance who cheered Olson's moment with a standing ovation.

"There's a lot of trust," Olson said about the play itself. "The whole game is about trust, but especially that play. I loved being out there, it was an awesome feeling, something that I'll remember forever. I just can't quite believe it yet."

Aware of the magnitude of the moment, his coach was more focused on the execution of it all.

"What a pressure player," said Helton, smiling from ear-to-ear. "Was that not a perfect snap in that moment? It was beyond words."

*****

There are moments in sports that we will remember forever. 

Desert Chapel High School handing the ball over to their opponent, Beau Howell, an autistic high school basketball player who had never played in a competitive game before that moment.

The high school girls cross country runner that helped carry her opponent over the finish line after she fell to the ground.

As well as softball player Chelsea Oglevie, who literally carried her opponent, Kara Oberer around the bases after she hit a home run and her knee buckled rounding first.

These truly courageous examples of sportsmanship will last forever, and now Jake Olson joins them in the pantheon of sports heartwarming moments.

"To have a situation where a 12 year old kid is losing his sight and is going to have to face the rest of his life without seeing, to take a situation that ugly and then to fast forward eight years and to have that same kid be able to snap on the football field for the team that got him through that time is beautiful and special," said Olson.

In 2009, after a USC victory, as tradition had called for, Carroll asked Olson to climb up the ladder and lead the USC band. 

Eight years later, on the exact same field he stood as a suddenly blind 12-year-old boy, Olson once again climbed the ladder, held the sword of Tommy Trojan up high, and led the USC marching band. His dream achieved, his journey had finally come full circle. 

"There's a beauty in it and if you can't see how God works things out, then I think you're the blind one," said Olson. "I'm honored that I was part of God's plan in that way in getting me out here and inspiring thousands of people through this whole experience."

Watch the video below for Jake Olson's first ever snap as a football player at USC:



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Swept by San Diego in Day-Night Doubleheader]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 23:52:37 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/Darvish+Struggles+Again+as+Dodgers+Are+Swept+in+Saturday+Doubleheader.png

It was a long day.

Yu Darvish struggled and the offense didn't do much either as the Los Angeles lost to the San Diego Padres, 7-2, in the second game of a day-night double doubleheader as they were swept on Saturday at Petco Park.

This was not what the Dodgers were expecting when they traded for the four-time All-Star at the MLB trade deadline on July 31st.

Although maybe they should have.

Darvish (8-11) was off to his worst season with the Rangers before the trade, and had allowed a career-high 10 runs against the Miami Marlins just days before the trade.

In the nightcap on Saturday night, Darvish got tagged for five runs by a weak Padres lineup as he allowed eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts in just three short innings.

"There were some things that weren't great execution wise," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of Darvish following the loss. "I told him to keep his confidence up. He's going to digure it out."

The Dodgers struck first with a run in the top of the first as Justin Turner hit an RBI double that scored Justin Granderson.

Turner appeared in the matinee as well as he hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth earlier in the day.

The Padres tied the game off Darvish in the bottom half of the first inning and then broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the third, including a home run by Carlos Asuaje.

Darvish has had two awful games in his five starts with the Dodgers since the trade and does not appear to look anything like the Darvish of old (pre-Tommy John surgery).

"Physically and mechanically I feel good," said Darvish through a translator. "I just had some bad luck today."

Los Angeles has lost seven of their last eight games, and were swept in a doubleheader for the first time since April 20, 2013 when they lost both games to the Orioles in Baltimore.

"If you look at these two games today," added Roberts. "They totally outplayed us."

Up Next:

Cy Young candidate Alex Wood is expected to be activated off the disabled list and will look to get Los Angeles off the mat against RHP Jhoulys Chacin at 1:40 PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Trojans Survive Scare From Western Michigan in Season Opener]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 19:51:25 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/Trojans+survive+scare.png

It's not Halloween, but the Trojans still got a September scare. 

Ronald Jones II ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 4 ranked USC Trojans survived a scare in their season opener as they pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Western Michigan, 49-31, on Saturday at the Coliseum. 

Jones II ran 37 yards for the tiebreaking touchdown with 6:57 to play, a, while freshman Stephen Carr added 69 yards rushing and two TDs in an auspicious debut for the Trojans, who scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Marvell Tell returned an interception 37 yards for a TD with 3:13 to seal the victory as USC won its 10th consecutive game despite major trouble from the defending MAC champion Broncos on a brutal 99-degree day at the Coliseum.

Jon Wassink passed for 67 yards, caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another score in coach Tim Lester's debut for his alma mater. Even after losing coach P.J. Fleck, quarterback Zach Terrell and star receiver Corey Davis, the Broncos' 15 returning starters came back strong after winning 13 games and reaching the Cotton Bowl during the best season in school history.

Sam Darnold passed for 289 yards and rushed for a score for the Trojans, but failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time during USC's winning streak, which included his record-setting performance in last season's Rose Bowl. Deontay Burnett caught seven passes for 142 yards.

After Carr's first TD run put the Trojans ahead midway through the fourth, Western Michigan's Darius Phillips returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a tying touchdown with 7:54 to play. USC then gained 79 yards on two big plays, with Deontay Burnett making a 42-yard catch before the speedy Jones' third TD run.

Wassink went 11 for 22, but made several big plays in his first career start as the replacement for Terrell, the Broncos' career passing leader.

Wassink hadn't played a competitive game since his 2014 high school state final, but he caught the back end of a double pass and took it 27 yards in front of USC's stunned fans to take a lead shortly after halftime.

The play of the game came on the extra point for the final Trojans touchdown as long-snapper Jake Olson came on to the field for the first time in his collegiate career. 

Olson, has been blind since the age of 12, and credits the Trojans football for helping him through his loss of sight as former USC head coach Pete Carroll frequently brought Olson to Trojans games in the mid 2000s. 

With the help of his holder, the referee, and the Western Michigan special teams unit, Olson perfectly executed the snap for the converted extra point. 

HOT ONE: The Coliseum was 98 degrees at kickoff, and it didn't cool off much. The temperature was the highest for a USC home game since 1998, when it was 99 for the Trojans' opener against Purdue. The weather had a big effect on the Coliseum crowd of 61,125 — the smallest for a USC opener since 2001.

SITTING OUT: USC middle linebacker Cameron Smith had to sit out the first half after being ejected for targeting during the Rose Bowl. The defense appeared to miss him while struggling to stop Western Michigan's running game. He returned at halftime and finished with six tackles.

UP NEXT

Western Michigan: The Broncos visit Michigan State.

USC: Stanford and its vaunted running game visit the Coliseum.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Padres Walk Off Dodgers to Start Doubleheader]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 16:54:17 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/175*120/Solarte+Walks+Off+Dodgers.JPG

Thank goodness the Padres did not trade Yangervis Solarte.

The effervescent infielder walked off the Dodgers with a solo home run in a 6-5 Padres win on Saturday afternoon at Petco Park, the first game of a day-night doubleheader that was one of your classic back-and-forth affairs.

The game was tied 1-1 in the 4th inning when Cody Bellinger launched a solo home run off Padres starter Clayton Richard. It’s the 35th homer of the season for the Dodgers rookie, tying the franchise’s rookie record held by Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza. Los Angeles upped the lead to 3-1 in the 5th inning on an RBI single by Austin Barnes.

The Padres tied it in the 6th when Jabari Blash singled home Wil Myers and Hector Sanchez brought in Cory Spangenberg with an RBI groundout. San Diego took its first lead of the day in the 7th when Myers tripled to score Jose Pirela. Myers doubled and a tripled in one of his better offensive games of late. He scored on a Spangenberg single and the Padres had a 5-3 lead.

They held it until the 9th inning when All-Star Brad Hand came in to close and had a rare bad outing. Fellow All-Star Justin Turner, who has a penchant for big late-inning hits, hammered a 2-run game-tying homer to level the score 5-5.

That set up Solarte to be the hero. Yan turned on a Pedro Baez fastball that was probably a couple of inches inside and lofted it over the right field wall, kicking off a damp celebration at home plate as water and Gatorade was thrown about with delight.

The nightcap starts at 7:10 with Jordan Lyles trying to outduel Yu Darvish.

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<![CDATA[Kershaw Stops Losing Streak in Return to Mound]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:03:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Kershaw+KOs+Padres+in+Return+to+Mound.png

He's baaaaack!

Clayton Kershaw threw six scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers slipped past the San Diego Padres, 1-0, to snap their five-game losing streak on Friday night at Petco Park.

Kershaw was activated off the disabled list before the game and made his first start since July 23, a span of 40 days between starts.

Thankfully, the three-time Cy Young Award winner picked up right where he left off, surrendering just two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts, in six shutout innings against San Diego.

Kershaw (16-2), only had one three-ball count in the entire game, and did not allow a ball in play to leave the infield.

"I just wanted one ball," said rookie Alex Verdugo who made his MLB debut starting in center field. "We have a great pitching staff, so I don't mind that there wasn't any balls hit out there today."

Not only was the Southpaw dominant in his return, he was efficient, allowing just two infield singles as he cruised through six innings on just 70 pitches to lower his ERA to 1.95 on the season.

"Efficiency-wise I think it was as good as you could have expected or hoped," Kershaw said of his return to the mound. "Tonight was definitely a good step in the right direction. I'm getting as close to normal as you can get. I felt good."

Lost in the excitement of Kershaw's return to the mound, was his unbeaten streak in consecutive starts, which has now reached 16. The last time Kershaw lost was on May 6th.

The 16-game winning streak when Kershaw starts is the longest in franchise history, surpassing Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance's 15 consecutive starts without a loss from Jull 11-Sept. 14, 1924.

Since May 6, Kershaw is 12-0 with a 1.70 ERA striking out 131 batters against just 21 walks.

"I didn't expect him to be that sharp to be quite honest," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "But you can never underestimate him. He was on point."

Kershaw has also won his last 12 consecutive starts, the longest streak in the Majors, and the longest in franchise history since Burt Hooton won 12 in-a-row in 1975.

The Dodgers scored their only run in the top of the sixth inning as Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger kicked things off with back-to-back singles against Padres' rookie Dinelson Lamet.

Lamet struck out Yasmani Grandal and induced an infield fly to Yasiel Puig, but Chase Utley singled up the middle to knock in the Dodgers only run.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play at that point and find a hole. Luckily, it did," said Utley of the game's only run. "But the real story is Clayton. Having him back is something we definitely need and guys were excited to have him back. He looked like the Clayton of old."

Lamet (7-6), left the game as the hard-luck loser, allowing just one run on six hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts in six strong innings.

"He kept us off balance," Roberts said of Lamet. "There was some unfamiliarity there. But if you look at his starts in the past, he's had some good starts. We didn't get a whole lot of swings off him."

Kenley Jansen—wearing gold Nike Air Jodan's—retired the side in the bottom of the ninth for his 36th save of the season.

"I'm going to probably donate these shoes to the Dodgers Dream Foundation for cancer awareness for kids," Jansen said of his gold Air Jordan cleats after the game. "It was worth it."

Jansen's 36 saves are tied with Colorado Rockies closer, Greg Holland, for the National League lead in saves and is just five shy of Tampa Bay Rays closer, Alex Colome for the MLB lead.

"It's very uncomfortable when you don't pitch for a week and then come into a one-run game and you have to slow your adrenaline down," Jansen said of his first appearance on the mound in over a week. "But it's fun to go out there and compete and help my team win."

Following their first sweep this season at the hands of the Snakes, and a season-high five-game losing streak, the Dodgers turned the page and got back in the win column with a win over San Diego.

It's possible that San Diego is the perfect medicine for what's been ailing the Dodgers as of late, as Los Angeles is 10-3 against the Friars this season and 5-1 at Petco Park.

Overall, the Dodgers are 40-22 against San Diego since 2011, tied for the fourth best record against a division opponent in the National League over that span.

Call 'Em Up:

Rosters expanded on Sept. 1 and the Dodgers called up a handful of players from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Rob Segedin, Alex Verdugo, O'Koyea Dickson, Andre Ethier and Wilmer Font were all called up before the game.

Verdugo made his MLB debut and started in centerfield. Ethier made his 2017 Dodger debut with a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning.

"It was amazing. My first MLB start behind Kershaw to see him work and put the team on his back was special," said Verdugo. "To get the win in my debut and to get the team out of the little streak we were in. "

Up Next:

The Dodgers will play their first doubleheader of the 2017 season on Saturday as Brock Stewart will be called up from OKC before the game and start in the first of two at 12:40PM PST opposite LHP Clayton Richard.

Yu Darvish will make the start in the second game with the RHP Jordan Lyles pitching for the Padres. First pitch is scheduled for 7:1-0 PM PST.



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<![CDATA[LA Sports Teams Step Up to Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 04:40:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-841052402.jpg

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Chargers announced Friday they are pitching in to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The Dodgers made a $100,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank and contributed 5,000 fleece blankets to the Dream Center in Texas to be distributed to flood victims.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will contribute the proceeds from its in-game 50/50 raffle on Wednesday also in support of the Houston Food Bank. Dodger fans are encouraged to visit houstonfoodbank.org/dodgers to join in this effort.

"On behalf of the entire Dodger organization, we want to support and help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area," said Dodgers' President and CEO Stan Kasten. "We feel it's important to do our part in helping with the recovery efforts after this natural disaster that has devastated so many."

Dodger players will show their support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey with special Houston Strong batting practice t-shirts on Wednesday, when the players' wives/significant others and team alumni will join the LADF 50/50 raffle sellers in selling tickets throughout the stadium. Raffle tickets will be sold three for $5, 10 for $10 and 60 for $20 from the time stadium gates open until the end of the sixth inning. Half of the jackpot will go to one lucky winner, while the remaining 50 percent donated to the Houston Food Bank.

"We're deeply saddened to see the loss and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and surrounding areas,'' said Nichol Whiteman, executive director of the Dodgers Foundation. "We are inspired by the tremendous amount of strength in adversity of those impacted, and encouraged by the continued relief and aid efforts bringing communities together during this time."

The Chargers and the team's owners announced a $500,000 donation and a food and supply drive to aid victims of the historic flooding that occurred over the past week throughout Southeast Texas.

The donation will be distributed to several organizations on the ground aiding in disaster relief efforts, including the Houston Food Bank, American Red Cross and Houston SPCA.

The food/supply drive will take place for 12 hours, beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday, when a semi-trailer truck will be stationed in front of the Vons store at 4520 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles to collect food and supplies identified by the Houston Food Bank as items of need.

"Watching the images coming out of Houston this week has been heartbreaking," said Chargers Chairman of the Board Dean Spanos. "Having lived through the devastation of the wildfires in San Diego County, we felt it was important to do something -- in addition to a monetary donation -- that would provide tangible help in real time to assist those who now suddenly find themselves without a home."

"We know first-hand this will be a long process of recovery, and every amount of support will help,'' he said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Southeast Texas, and we want them to know more help is on the way."

Items which Angelenos may bring or purchase at Vons include: pop-top, ready-to-eat items; shelf-stable pantry items such as peanut butter, tuna and soup; bottled water; hand-held snack items such as granola bars; cleaning supplies such as paper towels and bleach; new personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste; and diapers, both baby and adult sizes.

All Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores nationwide, including the 4520 Sunset Blvd. Vons location, are running a hurricane relief checkstand fundraiser that will run until Sept. 13.

In addition to donating food and supplies, customers can make monetary donations to aid disaster relief, with Albertsons Companies and The Albertsons Companies Foundation matching the first $200,000 donated nationally.

The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday announced several ways they are supporting the relief efforts around Hurricane Harvey, including allowing fans purchasing tickets to the regular-season opener to have a portion of the price donated to the relief efforts.

Fans purchasing tickets for the Sept. 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts at therams.com/harvey and entering the code BROCKERS can have the Rams' full proceeds from the sale donated to the American Red Cross and United Way of Greater Houston.



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<![CDATA[Diamondbacks Deal Dodgers First Sweep of Season]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:12:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Dbacks+sweep+Dodgers+for+first+time+this+season.png

In the desert, the line between life and death is sharp and quick.

As record heat temperatures hit the Southland, the desert was not kind to the Los Angeles Dodgers as they got burned by the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks this week, capped off by an 8-1 blowout loss on Thursday afternoon at Chase Field. 

The Snakes swept the Dodgers for the first time this season, winning all three games, and scoring six runs or more in each contest.

For the third consecutive game, the Dodgers fell behind the eight ball in the first inning.

The Diamondbacks scored two runs in the first inning, giving them a total of 10 first inning runs in the series compared to zero first inning runs for the Dodgers.

"The starting pitching wasn't there," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of the series. "When you start behind the eight ball it's tough to try and come back. You're only as good as your starting pitching and three days we didn't have it."

Dodger killer, Paul Goldschmidt did most of the damage with a two-run double in the first to give Arizona an early 2-0 lead.

Chris Iannetta hit a two-run home run in the second inning to stake a 5-1 lead for the Snakes.

Iannetta is also a thorn in the side of the Dodgers as four of the catcher's 13 home runs this season (31 percent) have come against the division rival Dodgers.

The Snakes weren't finished as A.J. Pollock added insult to injury with a two-run home run in the top of the third to put Arizona up 7-1.

Starting pitching was a glaring problem for Los Angeles in the series as Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda combined to allow 19 runs on 24 hits with six home runs, and seven doubles in just 10 and 2/3 innings.

"All three guys have been good for quite some time," Roberts told reporters of the starting pitching. "They all coincided with one another and we got behind early by a big margin. We just have to turn the page."

Entering the game, Maeda had been one of the best pitchers in the National League since the All-Star Break with a 2.52 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.

Needless to say, Maeda was not in his post All-Star Game form on Thursday as he allowed seven runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in just three innings of work.

"I threw a lot of mislocated pitches and they took advantage of all of them," Maeda told the media through a translator following the loss. "I was trying to stop the losing streak, but unfortunately it didn't work out that way."

Maeda (12-6) has struggled over the course of his career against the Diamondbacks, posting a record of 3-3 with a 5.21 ERA in 10 career starts.

The lone Dodgers run came on an RBI double by Adrian Gonzalez in the second inning that scored Yasmani Grandal as old friend Zack Greinke shut down his former team.

Greinke (16-6) avenged his first loss at home against the Dodgers on Aug. 9 by holding his old team in check, allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six strong innings.

The Dodgers are currently stuck in a season-high five-game losing streak and have lost two consecutive series for only the second time this season.

L.A. dropped the first two series to start the season against the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs April 7-13.

Additionally, the Dodgers have dropped back-to-back day games for the first time this season, but still hold the best record in baseball during day games at 26-11.

The series with the Snakes is also a potential National League Division Series preview as both teams would play each other based on current standings provided Arizona wins their one-game wild card matchup.

If this is indeed the NLDS matchup, it should be a doozy as the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are even at eight wins a piece with three left to play in the season series. 

Up Next:

Streak stopper, Clayton Kershaw looks to stop the bleeding as he returns from the disabled list on Friday against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers will square off against RHP Dinelson Lanet as the team will play a grueling five games in 72 hours.



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<![CDATA[NBA Fines Lakers $500K for Player Tampering]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:57:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-GM-Rob-Pelinka-shares-Kobe-Bryant-stories_1200x675_895339075908.jpg

On Thursday, the NBA announced that the Los Angeles Lakers have been issued a fine of $500,000 for "violating the league's anti-tampering rule" with regards to a player under contract, Paul George.

The NBA stated that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka expressed interest in George with the player's agent while George was under contract with the Indiana Pacers. No coincidence, the Pacers originally asked the league to look into the matter. With Earvin "Magic" Johnson's now infamous winking on Jimmy Kimmel Live when discussing George and the NBA's tampering rule, not fining the Lakers would have been tough to justify.

From the Lakers' point of view, the team got away cheap. To put this fine into perspective, only one day earlier, the team pledged to donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the devastating hurricane that hit Houston. As one of Forbes' 10 most valuable sports franchises on the planet in 2017, the Lakers are not short on funds. This fine hardly hurts the organization where it counts.

Pelinka and Johnson could have been suspended, the team could have lost draft picks or the Lakers could have been barred from signing George altogether. Instead, the team faces a relatively minor fine and moves along like nothing happened.

According to the investigation, the independent law firm asked to lead the investigation did not find any evidence of an agreement between the player and the team, and so, the fine effectively serves as little more than a speeding ticket for a millionaire driving in a Porsche.

The Lakers will be fine.

Update: The Lakers responded to the announcement of the fine.

Pelinka said, "We respect and accept the NBA's decision regarding this matter. On behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, I want to express our regret over this unfortunate incident to both our fans and the NBA."

Lakers outside counsel Adam Streisand said, "The Lakers organization is pleased that this thorough investigation has been brought to a close – and we can assure the fans that the Lakers will be hyper-vigilant going forward to make sure this is never an issue again."

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<![CDATA[D-Backs Hand Dodgers First 4-Game Losing Streak]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:30:05 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Arizona+hands+Dodgers+4th+straight+loss.png

Four times means something.

Adam Rosales, Paul Goldschmidt, and Chris Hermann all homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-4, handing the division rivals their first four-game losing streak of the season on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Entering the game, the Dodgers were the only team in the Major Leagues without a four-game losing streak this season and had not lost four consecutive games since May 18 through May 21 of 2016.  

“It’s good for us," Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner told reporters. "Going through adversity, dealing with stuff we haven’t dealt with in awhile.”

Similar to Rich Hill 24 hours earlier, Hyun-Jin Ryu got rocked to start the game.

Rosales started the aerial display with a solo shot to dead-center field that gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.

Two batters later, Dodger killer, Paul Goldschmidt sat on a first-pitch fastball from Ryu that he demolished deep into the seats in left field for his 33rd home run of the season.

For the second straight night, the Snakes staked a five-run lead as Arizona catcher Chris Hermann homered off Ryu in the top of the fourth inning.

Entering the game, Ryu was lights out in his last ten starts, posting a record of 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA, but he got hammered on Wednesday.

Ryu (5-7) was roughed up to the tune of six runs on eight hits with three walks and just two strikeouts in four short innings.

"He was leaving balls up," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told reporters of Ryu. "Ryu has been really good, but it's just one of those days where he was up in the zone and didn't have the command he normally does."

For the second straight night, the Dodgers clawed their way back into the game, starting with a solo shot from newcomer Curtis Granderson in the seventh inning.

Granderson turned on a 95MPH fastball from All-Star Robbie Ray for the Dodgers first run of the game, and his fourth home run with his new club.

The Dodgers would close the gap as they scored three runs in the top of the eighth thanks to a two-run single by Yasiel Puig.

However, the Dodgers stranded the bases loaded after Chase Utley struck out and Corey Seager ended the threat with a pinch-hit groundout to first base.

Ray (11-5) earned the win, allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in 6 and 2/3 innings. It was the fourth time in his career he has struck out 10 or more Dodger hitters.

"Ray was really good," added Roberts. "He has really good stuff. Once we got him out of the game, we had a nice opportunity in the eighth inning, but couldn't push the runs across."

Every Diamondbacks starter recorded a hit, including Ray who had a pair of singles.

Rookie of the year frontrunner, Cody Bellinger, was activated off the disabled list before the game and went 1-for-4 with a single, three strikeouts and a hit by pitch.

"It's one of those things where pitchers have to pitch inside," said Roberts of the ball that hit Bellinger in the ribs and seemed intentional to some observers. "We understand why we're getting hit, but there is a point where you don't like your players getting hit."

The Dodgers close out the month of August with a record of 17-9, a step back from their historic 20-3 stretch in the month of July.

In 15 games against the Diamondbacks this season, the Dodgers hold a slight advantage of 8-7 with old friend Zack Greinke set to start in the finale on Thursday. 

Up Next:

RHP Kenta Maeda gets the start in the finale opposite former Dodger Zack Greinke. First pitch is an early 12:40PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Bleed Dodger Blue? Answer These 20 Tough Questions]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:31:25 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/quiz-GettyImages-492857384.jpg

Can you go 20 for 20 on our Dodgers quiz?

The Boys in Blue are steamrolling the competition, racking up wins at a pace where they could end up with the most wins in MLB history. We created a fun, yet challenging, quiz to test your Dodgers knowledge, and we bet you can't get them all correct!

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<![CDATA[Lamar Odom To Retire As A Laker?]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:18:57 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lamar-Odom-to-retire-with-Lakers.jpg

Lamar Odom sat down with Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports to talk about his basketball life and let a couple details slip.

First of all, Odom shared his thoughts on plans to have the two-time champion retire as a LA Laker after he presumably signs a one-day contract with the team during the upcoming training camp. After Odom was traded for Chris Paul back in 2011, then sent back to the Lakers after the league voided the trade for "basketball reasons," the Lakers ended up trading Odom to the Dallas Mavericks.

Due to off the court family tragedy, a longer than usual gap not working out due to the NBA lockout and a new environment in Dallas, Odom never recovered as a basketball player. His substance abuse and near death incident in Las Vegas have been widely documented, but the sad, sudden decline for a player his peers hold in high regard and coaches considered a serious matchup issue on both ends of the court was tough to watch for fans of the purple and gold.

Seemingly, the Lakers are looking to right their wrongs and once again officially claim Odom as one of their own.

Unofficially, that bridge has already been crossed. Odom found his way into LA Lakers' issued attire and appeared to be helping out Luke Walton's coaching staff during the pre-draft workouts. At one point, Odom went up to Lonzo Ball and offered encouragement to the future face of the franchise following Ball's only workout at the Lakers' facility.

The second detail Odom shared was that he wasn't ready to commit to coaching. Rumors of him possibly joining Walton's coaching staff have been brewing for months because Walton is a personal friend of Odom's and a former teammate to boot. Odom shared openly that he enjoyed being in El Segundo on the Lakers' practice court but that he wasn't ready to commit to a life of coaching just yet.

Speaking of the practice court, perhaps the most entertaining tidbit of the story came when Odom colorfully spoke about how he saw Kobe Bryant elbowing Sasha Vujacic in the face with "no warning, rhyme or reason" during practice.

"It was like, '[Expletive], this mother [expletive] Kobe is really serious,'" Odom didn't bother cleaning up his initial thoughts on Bryant. “He's thuggin' at 10 in the morning."

While Odom's future with the Lakers remains undefined, more than likely, the 2017 preseason sounds like it will feature some form of tribute to Odom, which should bring back sweet memories of the back-to-back titles the Lakers won with the "Candy Man" playing a major role.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Can't Complete Comeback in Desert]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:25:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Rich+Hill+Rocked+in+the+Desert+.png

Snake-bit.

Rich Hill surrendered five runs in the first inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the first game of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

The D-backs jumped all over Hill to start the game as six of the first seven hitters reached base, punctuated with a two-run home run by A.J. Pollock.

"They got him early," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media following the game. "He wasn't sharp. His breaking ball didn't have that finish that it typically does and they were taking a lot of good swings off him."

J.D. Martinez and Brandon Drury both hit back-to-back doubles in the inning and before the desert dwellers found their seats, the Snakes were up 5-0.

Despite digging themselves a five-run hole, the Dodgers chipped away at the lead, starting with a solo shot in the second inning from Yasiel Puig.

Puig's rocket shot to center extended his career-high to 24 home runs on the season. Puig is batting .407 with 7 runs, 3 doubles and three homers in his last eight games.

Birthday boy, Chris Taylor, celebrated his 27th year on earth with a two-run home run in the third that cut the Arizona lead to 5-3.

"I was just looking for a pitch up," Taylor said of the hme run. "He left one up over the middle and I was able to put a good swing on it."

Three batters later, Yasmani Grandal hit a two-out, RBI single, that scored Justin Turner and the Dodgers found themselves within a single run.

The roller coaster ride that is Rich Hill didn't last much longer as the left-hander did not make it out of the fourth inning, less than a week from his 10-inning no-hitter at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Hill had one of his worst starts of the season.

"It was just a bad night," a disappointed Hill told reporters. "Everybody did what they were supposed to do, put runs on the board and play defense. I was terrible. Tonight was unacceptable."

Hill (9-6) took the loss, snapping his run of unbeaten starts at nine, after allowing six runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in just three and 2/3 innings.

"Rich has had a very good season for us," added Roberts, "But today just wasn't a good day for him."

Ross Stripling entered the game in relief and promptly served up a 90MPH slider to Paul Goldschmidt for his 32nd homer of the season.

Zack Godley (6-7) got the win, allowing four runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six solid innings.

Fernando Rodney struggled in the ninth, allowing a leadoff double to Chase Utley and an RBI single to Taylor before inducing a groundout from Yasmani Grandal to get the win and his 33rd save of the save.

The loss marked the first time the Dodgers have dropped three consecutive games since June 4-6. It ties their longest losing streak of the season, and they are the only team in MLB this season not to have a losing streak of four games.

Just two days after their unbeaten series streak was snapped at 22, the Dodgers saw another streak snap at the hands of the Snakes as their winning streak of 40 consecutive games when scoring four runs or more was snapped on Tuesday.

The streak was the third highest in MLB history, behind only the 1906 Giants (41) and the 1954 Cleveland Indians (42).

The Dodgers magic number to clinch their fifth consecutive National League West Division title remains at 14 games. 

Up Next:

It will be a battle of Southpaws in the summer heat on Wednesday as LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu goes up against All-Star Robbie Ray at 6:40PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Are the 2017 Dodgers the Team of Destiny?]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:18:58 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/167*120/GettyImages-824130298.jpg

In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible might just happen.

It's a quarter past three on an August afternoon as the doors to the elevator open on the first floor of the famed Dodger Stadium.

Greeting me is rows of MVP placards, Cy Young Awards, gold gloves, silver sluggers, and World Series trophies — six to be exact.

I check to make sure the clubhouse is open and as I open the double doors into the Dodgers locker room I'm surprised by what I see.

It's a ghost town.

"Where are all the players?" I ask one of the team's equipment managers. 

"They're all working," he responds.

Veteran second baseman Chase Utley is in the video room watching film, unofficial team captain Justin Turner is in the batting cage, and despite being on the disabled list, Clayton Kershaw is in the outfield running laps.

There's nobody to talk to and the team wouldn't have it any other way.

That's how you erase 29 years.


Since their inconceivable championship run in 1988, the Dodgers have made the postseason 10 separate times without advancing to the World Series.  

It's a fact that you don't have to remind the players that are currently vacant from the locker room. Twenty-one of the 25 men on the Dodgers roster were on the National League Championship Series last season that saw them eventually lose to the Chicago Cubs in six games.

Last year, the Cubs were the team of destiny as they led all of baseball from nearly start to finish before erasing a 108-year World Series drought.

The Cubs had the most wins, the most all-stars, they broke records and received most of the accolades.

This year, that team is the Dodgers and history is not wasted on this group. They're ready for their revenge against the Cubs, and if not Chicago, then they will rewrite their own history with whomever stands in their way.


Their indelible wins this season are an example of that "magic" feeling of destiny that is around this Dodger team day in, day out, and they are ready to capture their own glory.

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball, reaching 90 wins before September. They are not only on pace to eclipse the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers (105-49) for the best record in franchise history, but they are currently on track to surpass the 2001 Seattle Mariners (116-46) for the most wins in Major League history.

They have the best home record in all of baseball, and just finished up the best 60-game stretch in MLB history. Overall, they are 56-13 since June 7 and they continue to break records left and right.

They set a Major League record with 53 consecutive victories when taking a lead at any point, shattering the old record of 39. To put that in perspective, the Dodgers did not lose a lead for 53 straight games. It's almost unthinkable.

Among those indelible moments of destiny the Dodgers have provided this season are 41 comeback victories, including 17 on their final at-bat, and 10 walk-off wins.

The offense leads the league in home runs and nearly every major statistical category. The defense is just as stout, and the pitching staff has the best ERA in baseball, as does the bullpen. Their more than 220-run differential is 56 runs better than any other team in the Major Leagues, and they are on pace to break the all-time record.

They're a couple weeks away from clinching their fifth consecutive National League West title and if you haven't done so already, it's time to jump on the bandwagon because this is a runaway train and there's no end to the tracks.

If you are one of the few that happened to stop watching the Dodgers over a decade ago during the doldrums of the Frank McCourt era, it may be time to return to the fray.

Six years ago, the team was bankrupt and going nowhere fast. Fans stopped showing up to the ballpark and the team was so mismanaged that McCourt had turned the team into his own personal ATM. Using the organization has his own personal checkbook to pay for he and his wife, Jamie's, lavish lifestyle.

Thankfully, a savior came in the form of the Guggenheim Baseball Management Group led by Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten, came to remove them from power and bring a World Series back to Tinseltown.

So now the Boys in Blue are back with a band of brothers that reads more like a minor league program than it does a cast of All-Stars.

Surprise Cy Young candidate Alex Wood was in the bullpen on Opening Day, but has quickly become one of the best starting pitchers on the team, posting a 14-1 record with a 2.41 ERA.

After Opening Day, the Dodgers promoted two young stars, Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor, that have quickly blossomed into the game's best.

Bellinger is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, and hit his first 21 home runs of his career faster than any player in MLB history.

His 34 home runs this season are the second most in franchise history for a rookie since Mike Piazza hit 35 in 1993, a record that Bellinger will likely break in the final month of the season.

Taylor was called up in April and has quietly become the top leadoff hitter in baseball when it comes to batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS.

It may be a small sample size (47 games), but Taylor has solidified himself in the top spot in the order for the foreseeable future, even after the team acquired one of the best leadoff hitters in the game in Curtis Granderson on Aug. 19.

Speaking of Granderson, the Dodgers have a bevy of seasoned veterans having career years like Turner, right-fielder Yasiel Puig and closer Kenley Jansen.


In addition to Granderson, the Dodgers landed ace Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline. This team is poised and ready.

The country has become captivated by this team as well. The best fans in baseball are also some of the most well-traveled, just ask Pantone 294, a fan group named after the color that represents Dodger blue. They're the ones you see with the giant Dodger flag at a handful of road games this season.

If there was an official stat for the most opposing fans at road games, you better believe the Dodgers would lead in that statistical category too.

The Dodgers lead the league in attendance for the fifth consecutive season, surpassing three million fans at Dodger Stadium this year and there's still 13 home games left on the schedule.

That means 13 opportunities before the playoffs begin to see arguably the best team in history play before your eyes.

That means a handful of moments to witness history and greatness as the Dodgers try to end the 29-year championship drought and prepare for a parade down Vin Scully Avenue.

So if you're looking for one last reason to join in on the fun, just take it from new play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, who famously said this after a walk-off win recently:

"Moment after moment, memory after memory, the Dodgers have done it again!"

Now we just need them to win the World Series again.



Photo Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Discover Your Dodgers: Exclusive Interviews]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:39:17 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/discover-your-dodgers-slate-11.jpg

Get to know your Los Angeles Dodgers in this exclusive series of interviews.





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<![CDATA[Dodgers Drop First Series Since June 7 in Loss to Brewers]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:55:14 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/241*120/Dodgers+lose+in+Darvish+Return.png

The streak is over.

Hernan "Pan Blanco" Perez homered off Yu "Yu San" Darvish and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Dodgers, 3-2, to snap L.A.'s 23 consecutive undefeated series streak.

Entering into Sunday's game at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers had not lost a series since June 5-7 when they dropped two-of-three to the Washington Nationals at home.

"That team played a really good series," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of the Brewers. "They pitched well and got the hits when they needed to. We're a little cold right now. It happens to every ball club at some point in the season. It's all happening at once, but we'll get through it."

Since that time, the Dodgers were 19-0-3 before dropping the final two games of the three game series to the Brewers.

It was a scorching hot Sunday for fans and players as temperatures reached triple digits on the field before game time.

The ill effects of the heat reared their ugly head as both teams committed costly errors over the course of the game.

Milwaukee scored first after an error by shortstop Corey Seager.

With runners at the corners and one out, Seager misplayed a groundball at short that would have likely led to an inning-ending double play.

Instead, the ball went through Seager's five-hole, allowing the first run of the game to score.

"It was unfortunate," Seager said of the error. "It was a weird hop and I just misplayed it. You don't ever want to give runs away that early, or at all, but it was nice to get it back and get something going."

Seager would later redeem himself with an RBI and a run scored as he extended his hitting streak to 15 conseuctive games.

"Pan Blanco," or "White Bread" for our non-Spanish speaking readers, homered off Dodgers' starter Yu Darvish in the top of the third as the Brewers scored two runs in the inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Darvish (8-10), who was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, lost for the first time in a Dodger uniform, allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in just five short innings.

"I had no problems with my back today. I just struggled with some mechanical changes I made," Darvish said of his first start since coming off the DL. "I feel like at different times my pitches were landing at different locations. That's the biggest difference."

His counterpart, Jimmy "Big Sweat" Nelson was brilliant for most of the game, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a pinch-hit single to Chase "Silver Fox" Utley.

"I was mixing it up," Nelson said of his first five flawless innings. "I was not trying to get predictable or throw anything specific during any count. I didn't feel like I got ahead of guys very well, but I was able to make some pitches in hitter's counts."

The Dodgers rallied for two runs off Nelson in the inning, but admittedly got some help from the sun, as Justin "RedTurn2" Turner hit a routine pop fly to right field with two outs that was dropped by Domingo "Showmingo" Santana, allowing a run to score.

Nelson (10-6), surrendered just two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 and 2/3 innings of work.

Corey Knebel collected his second save in as many days as he overcame some adversity in the bottom of the ninth for his 29th save of the season.

The Brewers and Dodgers both have postseason aspirations and could meet in the MLB playoffs if Milwaukee continues to play like they did over the weekend.

"If we see them in the playoffs, trust me, the series will be a different story," said Dodgers' catcher Yasmani Grandal after the game.

The Brewers find themselves just 1.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the N.L. Central and 3.5 games out of the wild card.

"We proved to ourselves we're right there with the best teams," Nelson said of taking the series from the Dodgers. 

Overall, the Dodgers and Brewers split the six-game season series with each team taking two-of-three on their opponents home field.

Despite the loss, the Dodgers are still an MLB best 26-10 during day games this season.

It was the first back-to-back loss for the Boys in Blue since July 20-21 in Atlanta.

After the game, which marks the end of the inaugural "Players Weekend," game-worn jerseys, cleats and other equipment will be auctioned off at MLB.com/auctions with all proceeds going towards the MLB and MLBPA Youth Development Foundation. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will have an off-day on Monday before traveling to Arizona for a three-game series with the rival Diamondbacks.



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<![CDATA[USA Volleyball Takes the Court Tonight in Anaheim]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:36:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/USA_VOLLEYBALL_PREVIEW_1200x675_1035263043606.jpg









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The U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team plays a rare match on home soil Tuesday night. Olympian Carli Lloyd talks about the feeling of playing in front of fans decked out in red, white and blue. The American women won the first match of the USA Volleyball Cup against Brazil on Sunday and they’re out to repeat that feat Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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<![CDATA[Dodgers Injury Updates: Darvish and Fields Do-Si-Do]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 15:37:10 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/Yu+Darvish+Returns+from+DL.png

The injury bug bites all teams from time-to-time, but the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to always be the main course.

Fresh off their record-breaking season in 2016 for most players on the disabled list, the 2017 edition of the Dodgers is on pace to shatter that record.

In 2016, Dodger players were sent to the disabled list a record 33 times, including an MLB-best 29 different players.

As of today's date, the Dodgers have sent 26 different players to the DL in 2017, missing a combined 1,488 days of action, totaling over $50 million dollars in paid salaries to injured players. 

On Sunday, pithing ace Yu Darvish came off the disabled list and started against the Milwaukee Brewers as relief pitcher Josh Fields went on the disabled list with lower back pain.

The Dodgers disabled list do-si-do continued earlier in the weekend when LHP Grant Dayton announced he would undergo Tommy John Surgery and Adrian Gonzalez came off the disabled list earlier in the week in Detroit.

As a reminder, rosters expand from 25 to 40 players on Friday, September 1, and a lot of players currently on the DL nursing injuries (i.e. Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, Andre Ethier, Alex Wood, Cody Bellinger, Adam Liberatore, and Brandon McCarthy) are all expected to be activated on or after that time.

Here's the updates:

Josh Fields (Lower back strain): Fields went on the disabled list on Sunday after feeling discomfort in his lower back on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Fields injury does not appear to be serious and he is expected to be activated off the disabled list when he is eligible on Sept. 5.

Alex Wood (Left SC joint inflammation): Wood has been dealing with inflammation and irritation in his left SC joint for the past few weeks and the Dodgers decided to err on the side of caution by placing him on the disabled list after his last start in Pittsburgh. Wood is expected to be activated and start on Saturday in San Diego. 

Cody Bellinger (right ankle sprain): Bellinger sprained his right ankle while jumping for a fly ball on the warning track at Comerica Park in Detroit last week. The current frontrunner for the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year said on Saturday that he is "100 percent," and is expected to be activated on Wednesday in Arizona as soon as he is eligible.

Grant Dayton (Tommy John Surgery):Dayton has been dealing with neck stiffness all season, but was dealt a disastrous blow when he announced to the media on Friday that he would undergo season-ending Tommy John Surgery on Tuesday. Dayton felt pain and discomfort in his left throwing elbow while in the bullpen on a rehab assignment with the Double-A Tusla Drillers.

Clayton Kershaw (Lower Back): Kershaw completed his first rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City and looked similar to his old self despite losing the game. Kershaw pitched five innings, allowing one run (a homer) with no walks and eight strikeouts. He's expected to be activated from the DL and start in San Diego either on Friday night or in the doubleheader on Saturday. 

Brandon McCarthy (blister): McCarthy made a three-inning rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Friday and did not allow a hit despite allowing three walks. After hearing about the start, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said both he and McCarthy were not "completely satisfied" with the start as there were some control problems and misfires. McCarthy is expected to make at least one more rehab appearance before coming off the DL.

Andre Ethier (Lumbar disk herniation): For fans of "Dre Day," there's good news on the horizon. Ethier has continued his month-long rehab assignment with stops at Single-A Rancho, Double-A Tulsa, and Triple-A Oklahoma City. Rosters expand on Friday, Sept. 1 and Ethier is expected to be on the big league roster this weekend or shortly thereafter.

Adam Liberatore: (Left forearm tightness): After a season filled with injuries and frustration, Libs is closing in on a comeback. The left-handed reliever who was lights out for the Dodgers in the first half last season, is with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this weekend and is starting for the Single-A affiliate on Sunday. If all goes well, Liberatore could make another appearance or two with Rancho or OKC before being called up when the minor league seasons end. 

Yimi Garcia (Right elbow surgery): Garcia was placed on the 60-day disabled list on February 15th after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He is expected to miss all of the 2017 season, but be back in time for Spring Training of 2018. 

Julio Urias: The 20-year-old pitching phenom underwent shoulder surgery last Tuesday to have his anterior capsule repaired by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The injury was an acute injury, and is expected to sideline Urias for the next 12-14 months. It's possible that Urias misses the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Urias met with the Dodgers front office during the three-game series in Phoenix to plan out his rehab. 

Andrew Toles (Torn right ACL): Toles underwent surgery this week to repair the torn ACL in his right knee after he collided with the short porch in left field trying to preserve a no-hitter for Julio Urias. Toles will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, but is expected to make a full recovery for 2018.

Franklin Gutierrez (Ankylosis spondylitis): Gutierrez was moved to the 60-day disabled list retroactive to June 25th and it is doubtful, even if healthy, he will not return to the team before the end of the season.

Scott Kazmir (Left hip strain): Scott Kazmir remains in Arizona at Camelback Ranch where he continues to rehab a hip injury and problems with mechanics. Unfortunately for Kazmir, who has been on the DL all season, it is doubtful he pitches again for the Dodgers.

Dodgers Injury Updates are provided each and every week, usually on Friday or Sunday throughout the season.  



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<![CDATA[What the Nicknames on the Back of the Dodgers Jerseys Mean]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 15:53:06 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/Dodgers+Nicknames+Explained.png

Players only.

The inaugural MLB Player's Weekend is upon us, as players on all 30 teams will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms and hats featuring nicknames on the back and specialty player patches.

The MLB has also allowed custom equipment for the weekend of Aug. 25-27 such as cleats, bats, wristbands and more.

A few weeks ago we revealed what the Los Angeles Dodgers uniforms and nicknames would be, but on Friday NBC LA finally had the opportunity to speak to the players directly and ask for some backstory on the names written on their back. 

Courtesy of Ken Gurnick of MLB.com as well as our own personal interviews, here are the stories of the nicknames. 

Chris Taylor
Nickname: "CT3"
Taylor chose the nickname given to him by fans this season because it's his initials, plus his jersey number. Fans in Los Angeles have come to known the moniker, "CP3" for Chris Paul in recent years, but with the All-Star point guard headed to Houston this season, it's now a "CT3" town.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "They were always there for me. They were my role models growing up and I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them."

Corey Seager
Nickname: "Seager"
Seager chose his own last name as his nickname because he said, "I couldn't think of anything else." Fans were a little disappointed with the lack of creativity as "Seags," "Clutch," "Smooth," and even "ROY" all would have been great. In any event, his older brother Kyle who plays for the Mariners got the best of the nicknames over the weekend with, "Corey's Brother."
Patch: Mom and Dad. "Without them, none of this would be possible."

Justin Turner
Nickname: "RedTurn2"
Justin combined the nickname "Red," with his number when he used to play second base for the New York Mets. It's also a phrase for middle infielders, "Turn 2," not to mention his social media handle.
Patch: Grandpa Bates. "He never missed a game. He'd take me on vacation to the lake, but he'd make me catch 50 balls before we ate dinner." 

Curtis Granderson
Nickname: "Grandy Man"
The newest Dodger's nickname has followed him around for most of his career with the Tigers, Yankees and Mets. As the saying goes, "Who can? The Grandy Man can!"
Patch: Grand Kids Foundation. A charity foundation started by Granderson in 2007 that strives to aid positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition. 

Yasmani Grandal
Nickname: "YRG Jr."
We're not sure why Yasmani opted for the initials of his soon-to-be-born son that is expected to be born sometime in November over his traditional nickname of "Yaz" or the "Yasmanian Devil."
Patch: Mom, Dad and Grandparents. "I grew up with my parents and grandparents and wanted to honor all of them." 

Yasiel Puig
Nickname: "Wild Horse"
Puig was given the nickname "Wild Horse," by Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully during the 2013 season when he proclaimed, "The Wild Horse is loose," during a triple by the Cuban slugger. Puig has since embraced the name and started a foundation, "The Wild Horse Foundation," in 2016.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "I love them and owe them for everything they have done for me." 

Chase Utley
Nickname: "Silver Fox"
Chase told reporters before the game on Friday that he asked Corey Seager to choose his nickname for him, but in reality, the 38-year-old second baseman has been called the "Silver Fox" for the past two seasons by fans and the media alike.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "They always supported whatever I wanted to do and baseball was what I wanted. They bent over backwards to make it happen." 

Austin Barnes
Nickname: "Sam"
The origin story of "Sam" is actually quite funny. During Spring Training in 2016, some of the veterans sent Barnes, a rookie, on a taco run. When he got back, A.J. Ellis joked that he didn't even know his name, so Utley said, "It's Sam." In reality, most of his teammates call him "Barnsey."
Patch: Mom and Dad. "For their total support." 

Ross Stripling
Nickname: "Chicken Strip"
Ross has a lot of nicknames, but essentially anything with "Strip," in it will suffice. To fans, Ross is known as "Rowdy Ross," "Ross the Boss," and told NBC LA before the season, he prefers "Stripper." MLB wanted to make sure the nicknames for Players Weeekend were appropriate, so Ross chose "Chicken Strip," because he thought it would be funny.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "When I had Tommy John surgery and I decided to quit baseball, my dad said  'don't give up.' He and my mom have supported me in every way, including financially." 

Logan Forsythe
Nickname: "Logie Bear"
Logan's nickname was made famous when Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria famously said goodbye to his former teammate by calling him "Logi Bear," on social media. However, Forysthe said the nickname came from his wife when they started dating and that his teammates in Tampa took off with it.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "I wouldn't be here without them. I'm starting to experience that now having our first child and seeing the time and effort that goes into raising a child, the selflessness, you appreciate what they went through a little more."

Luis Avilan
Nickname: "Avi"
Avilan is one of the rare players who actually used his actual nickname. His teammates have been calling him "Avi," short for Avilan for years.
Patch: Mama and Papa. "They've always supported me and were at the ballpark for every game."

Pedro Baez
Nickname: "La Mula"
Spanish for "The Mule," Baez says he was given the nickname for his tireless work ethic.
Patch: Freddy Pimente. "He was my first Little League coach." 

Cody Bellinger
Nickname: "CodyLove"
Bellinger is one of the few players unable to play during Players Weekend as he is currently on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained ankle. Most of his teammates call him "Belli," but during Spring Training in 2016, the team came up with the hashtag #CodyLove as a nod to teammate Joc Pederson's #JocLove as a way to get him more followers.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "Because they supported me through club-ball days and travel-ball days." 

Tony Cingrani
Nickname: "Grani"
Short for his last name.
Patch: Anthony Cingrani Jr. "That's in tribute to my dad." 

Yu Darvish
Nickname: "Yu-San"
Darvish says the addition of "San" to his name which is used in Japan as a more formal way of addressing someone has been his nickname since he was a pitcher in Japan.
Patch: His Japanese Little League team. 

Josh Fields
Nickname: "Fields"
Last name.
Patch: Mom and Dad. 

Adrian Gonzalez
Nickname: "El Titan"
Gonzalez was first given the nickname "El Titan," also his social media handle when a Spanish broadcaster called him "El Titan," during his early playing days with the Padres because his high school mascot was the Titans.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "Of course, my parents, to get to the big leagues, they did everything for me. My parents first growing up and once I got to the Minor Leagues, the support of them, and, of course my wife."

Enrique Hernandez
Nickname: "Kiké"
More than just a nickname, "Kiké," short for Enrique is what Hernandez has been called his whole life.
Patch: Papi. "All of my baseball I get from him. My life has been nothing but baseball, and he's been right by my side. During the World Baseball Classic, he missed almost a month of work to be with me."

Rich Hill
Nickname: "Brice"
Brice is the name of Hill's five-year old son, but when asked by NBC LA during Spring Training, Hill said his teammates call him "Ricardo," especially the Latin ones.
Patch: My family. "I just wanted to thank everybody. Picking just one relative who helped me is too difficult."

Kenley Jansen
Nickname: "Kenleyfornia"
Kenley changed his nickname after a fan sent him a custom made flag of California that instead read, "Kenleyfornia." The Dodgers' closer now hangs the flag above his locker and chose the nickname as a tribute to the fans. They would also have loved "California Love," Jansen's entrance music as well.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "They went to all of my international tournaments to see me play, never missed a game."

Clayton Kershaw
Nickname: "Kersh"
Kershaw's nickname really is "Kersh," short of his last name, but "MVP" or "Cy Young," would have also been appropriate. Unfortunately Kershaw missed the Players Weekend as he was in Oklahoma City on a rehab assignment with the team's Triple-A affiliate.
Patch: Kershaw's Challenge. "Doing the foundation to bring more awareness." 

Kenta Maeda
Nickname: "Maeken"
According to Maeda himself, "Maeken" is the same as his initials in Japan. So instead of "KM," they say "Maeken."
Patch: Family. "My family has made sacrifices so I can play in the Major Leagues."

Brandon McCarthy
Nickname: "B-Mac"
The first letter of his first name combined with the "Mac" of his last name has been McCarthy's nickname for many years.
Patch: Mom and Dad. 

Brandon Morrow
Nickname: "B-Mo"
Similar to B-Mac's aforementioned nickname, teammates have been calling Morrow "B-Mo" since college.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "It's obvious. Going on travel trips and playing catch every day after work, coaching Little League teams. When my dad couldn't make it because of work, my mom would go on trips with a bunch of teenage ballplayers."

Josh Ravin
Nickname: "El Cuervo"
"El Cuervo" means the raven in Spanish. Pretty simple.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "My dad from the get-go was always telling me how good I would be and I would tell him he didn't know what he was talking about. To see it be a reality, did he really know? For many reasons, I wouldn't be here without my mom and dad."

Hyun-Jin Ryu
Nickname: "Monster"
After his rookie season, Ryu says fans started calling him "the Monster," and the name stuck with him.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "I wanted to show respect to them for everything they've done for me, not just in baseball."

Tony Watson
Nickname: "Watty"
Watson joked that his nickname is so stereotypical it should not even be addressed. Like most nicknames, it's an abbreviation of his last name and he's had it most of his career.
Patch: Coach Peyton and Dave Hekter. "Dave Hekter was my Little League coach and a high school teacher and played a big part in the player I am. And coach Byron Peyton is a (Dallas Center-Grimes) high school coach that was doing the behind-the-scenes stuff to get me in the University of Nebraska and kick-started my career." 

Alex Wood
Nickname: "Woodman"
Wood has been called "Woodman" or "Woody" for most of his career.
Patch: Mom and Dad. "For their undying support, for always putting me in position to succeed and creating that kind of atmosphere for me."




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<![CDATA[Goff Struggles For LA Rams, Rivers Sharp For LA Chargers]]>Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:48:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jared-Goff-LA-Rams-LA-Chargers.jpg

On Saturday, the LA Rams and the LA Chargers quietly played out a 21-19 exhibition game that will be remembered as the first time these new LA-city rivals went head-to-head.

That monumental occurrence was met with a half-full stadium and a number of Rams' regulars not dressing, including key defensive players like Alec Ogletree, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn and, of course, contract hold out Aaron Donald.

At kickoff, one could find several blocks of tickets selling for only $6 on Stubhub. Officially, 58,561 tickets were distributed, though one could have made the argument that the number of tickets used was significantly lower than that generous total.

Down the road, the LA Dodgers were back in town. For those sports fans not going to the ball park for a regular season game, flocks of sports fans were gathering at evening watch parties for the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Somewhere in Saturday's sports mayhem, LA's two newest NFL neighbors met for the first time at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was an exhibition, so the lessons to take away from this game should be taken with an extra thick grain of sea salt.

All that said, two players stood out in this game for opposite reasons: Jared Goff and Philip Rivers.

Goff made errors that, if repeated, could cost the Rams games in the regular season, which made the former Cal quarterback's week old performance in Oakland against Derek Carr seem like ancient history.

Against the Chargers, Goff held the ball too long and got stripped, leading to linebacker Melvin Ingram going on an entertaining 76-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. On the next drive, Goff threw an interception. That turnover resulted in a touchdown, too.

Seemingly, LA Rams coach Sean McVay decided to give the quarterback a break at that stage. On the following possession, the Rams ran nine straight running plays, before Goff completed one of two pass attempts and came up short in a 3rd and long situation on that completion. He exited the game with five completions on eight attempts for 56 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and a lost fumble.

Goff's poor performance was further magnified by LA's other starting quarterback looking crispier than a bowl of corn flakes without milk. Rivers completed all six of his passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. When Rivers punched out his time card for the day, the Chargers led 21-0, and it was still only the first quarter. The 35-year-old left the game erasing any doubt in the debate over LA's best quarterback.

Both teams went to back ups relatively early, and four field goals and a touchdown over the final three quarters for the Rams ultimately led to a 21-19 narrow defeat for the home team.

While Goff's struggles deserve a fair bit of scrutiny, wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who seems to have an unmistakable natural connection with Goff, did not dress for the game. Receiver and all-around athlete Tavon Austin, along with receivers Nelson Spruce and Michael Thomas, also did not dress for Saturday's game game. Further, running back Todd Gurley II watched the exhibition game in street clothes.

So, even though Goff may have struggled, he came into the game missing key offensive weapons.

"I thought his demeanor, the way that he handled it, was good," McVay said after the game, after describing Goff's errors in detail.

A common thread in preseason, the Rams played the majority of the game with backup quarterback Sean Mannion. The former Oregon State Beaver came into the game and methodically, slowly lead the Rams back from the ashes. Mannion finished the night with 16 completions on 29 passing attempts for 214 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He did fumbled the ball once, but the Rams recovered.

Pharoh Cooper led the Rams' receiving corps with five receptions for 70 yards, though rookie Josh Reynolds caught the 38-yard touchdown pass from Mannion. Travis Benjamin caught the Chargers' only touchdown pass of the night on a 45-yard pass, and that proved to be the receiver's only catch of the night. Keenan Allen led the Chargers with five receptions and tied Benjamin for 45 yards on the night.

With Gurley out, Malcolm Brown shouldered nine of the 20 Rams' rushing plays on the night, and the 24-year-old finished with 44 of the Rams' 65 rushing yards in the game. The Chargers rushed for 106 yards, with Melvin Gordon rushing eight times at an average of 4.5 yards per carry, with a touchdown. Austin Ekeler took the hand off seven times and averaged 5.3 yards per carry.

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein continued to show his strong leg with a 57-yard field goal to end the first half, as the 29-year-old made all three of his attempts on the day.

Next, the LA Rams conclude the preseason in Green Bay on Aug 31 before returning home to start the season against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 10 at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

The Chargers finish their preseason on up in the Bay Area against the San Francisco 49ers. LA's newest NFL team will play its first home game at the StubHub Center on Sept. 17 against Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins.



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<![CDATA['Bat Boy' Dominates Dodgers as Brewers Even Series]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 22:45:44 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/220*120/Davies+Dominates+Dodgers+.png

There's something brewing.

Orlando "El Niño" Arcia hit a two-run home run and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0, in a bullpen game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

Los Angeles entered the game with four starting pitchers on the disabled list in Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Alex Wood, and Brandon McCarthy, so relief pitcher Ross "Chicken Strip" Stripling made a spot start on Saturday. 

It was Stripling's first start of the season as the right-hander had not thrown more than three innings all year, and that's exactly what he did for the Dodgers, throwing three scoreless innings to start the game before leaving in the fourth inning for reliever Edward Paredes.

"He pitched really well," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "He was good and did everything we expected from him."

Six different pitchers took the mound for the Boys in Blue, but it was right-hander Josh "El Cuervo" Ravin who faired the worst, allowing a two-run homer to Arcia in the top of the fifth inning. 

Arcia was all over a 97 MPH first-pitch fastball from Ravin that just travelled over the wall in CF to put Milwaukee on the board.

Meanwhile, Zach "Bat Boy" Davies was brilliant for the Brewers, throwing seven innings of shutout baseball. 

"It is good to come in here after a tough loss yesterday and switch the roles and give them a tough loss," Davies said after the game. "Guys of all sizes and talents can play this game. It doesn't matter who you are as long as you have a passion for the game and a skillset that you continue to perfect."

Davies (15-7), posted a nearly identical line against the Dodgers as he did back on June 4 in Milwaukee, allowing just three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

In June, Davies also allowed three hits with one walk and six strikeouts in six inning as the Brewers shutout the Dodgers by the same score.

"Against us he's throwing the ball really well," added Roberts. "He's got good stuff and knows what he's doing. Obviously, against a club like us he brings his best stuff."

Neil "Walkie" Walker who was acquired from the New York Mets at the July 31 trade deadline, knocked in an insurance run with an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning.

Corey "Bird Dog" Knebel worked the ninth for his 28th save of the season. 

Despite the loss, the Dodgers have won three-of-five from the Brewers this season and a win on Sunday would seal the season series. 

Los Angeles is 31-5 in their last 36 games at Dodger Stadium and still hold the best home record in all of baseball at 52-15. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will need to win on Sunday to keep the undefeated series streak alive at 24. Yu Darvish will be activated off the disabled list and start opposite RHP Jimmy Nelson at 1:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA['Logie Bear' and 'Wild Horse' Lift Dodgers Over Brewers]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 23:27:08 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/Wild+Horse+Homer.png

Welcome to "Players Weekend." 

Logan "Logie Bear" Forsythe and Yasiel "Wild Horse" Puig both homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for their 42nd comeback victory of the season, 3-1, over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The game commemorated the start of the inaugural MLB Players Weekend, which features colorful, non-traditional uniforms and hats worn by players on all 30 big league teams.

The jerseys featured nicknames on the back, and in case you haven't noticed, will be featured for the remainder of this article.  

Milwaukee scored first with a solo shot by Domingo "Showmingo" Santana in the top of the second off Dodgers' starter, Kenta "Maeken" Maeda.  

Santana's solo shot was the only hit in the game, the second time in three days the Dodgers have thrown a one-hitter with the only hit allowed a home run.

Brewers' starter Chase "Texas" Anderson was given a lead, but could not hold it as Forsythe homered in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.

After an RBI single by Yasmani "YRG Jr." Grandal, scored Justin "RedTurn2" Turner who led off the inning with a walk and stolen base, Puig put an exclamation point on the game with a solo shot to dead-center in the bottom of the sixth inning.

"It's cool to see all the different names," said Turner of the Players Weekend uniforms. "You just get to find out more about your teammates. The MLB does a good job with them."

In his last nine games, Puig is batting .344 with five runs, three doubles, two homers and four RBI. 

"In the past, he would have success and think he had it figured out. He thought he could just show up," said Turner of Puig. "This year, that's not the case. He's having success and wants more success. He and Turner [Ward] obviously have a very, very, very, very, very close relationship and they put in the work every single day. I'm proud of him."

Maeda (12-5) earned the win, allowing just one run on one hit with two walks and seven strikeouts in six strong innings of work.

According to STATS, LLC. Maeda owns the third best opponents OPS in the big leagues since the All-Star Break. He trails only Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals and teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Since July 7, Maeda is 6-1 with a 2.44 ERA and has held opposing hitters to a .186 average. 

Tony "Grani" Cingrani and Josh "El Cuervo" Ravin combined for two scoreless innings of relief and Kenley "Kenleyfornia" Jansen recorded his 35th save of the season for the Dodgers.

"We were able to give other guy's rest. Josh Ravin and Tony Cingrani did a great job," said Jansen after the game. "We're doing a great job. We just have to keep moving forward and we'll be in good shape."

Speaking of 35, the Dodgers have won 31 of their last 35 games at home, including 13 of their last 14 as they have the best home record in baseball.

Overall, the Dodgers have won 25 of their last 30 games and are 56-11 since June 7 (their last series loss).

Up Next:

The Dodgers will look to continue their unbeaten stretch in 23 straight series as Ross Stripling makes a surprise start on Saturday opposite RHP Zach Davies for the Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Offer New Food Specials This Weekend]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 05:43:59 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/Dodgers+new+food+items+Aug+25.png

Too much good stuff.

No, it's not AMPM, (although they are a sponsor), it's Dodger Stadium, and for one weekend only they will offer some new food options for the Los Angeles based crowd.

The Boys in Blue will host the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game weekend series at the Ravine that could have potential playoff implications. 

Milwaukee is currently 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central division and are only three games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second Wild Card spot.

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball and are chasing history as they are on pace to tie or beat the MLB record for wins in a single season. Another series win over the Brewers could send the Brew Crew reeling, or a surprise series victory over L.A. could elevate them back into the playoff picture.

For fans heading to the Ravine this weekend to catch the three-game series, Dodger Stadium will offer a handful of new food options such as Poutine Fries, new vegetarian options, custom cocktails, and a Cuban themed hot dog.

For our friends from north of the border, the poutine fries will be located on field and reserve levels in sections, 22, 23 and 32, respectively.

The popular Candaian dish features Golden fries topped off with beef gravy, cheese curds, garlic aioli and green onion.

In honor of Health Care Appreciation Night on Friday, the Dodgers will add new vegetarian options to their menu like salads, roasted vegetable sandwiches and flatbreads, as well as fruit and veggie cups. The items will be available on all levels and locations. 

Saturday is L.A. Kings night at the Ravine as members of the two-time Stanley Cup Champion team will be in attendance.

In honor of the royalty, the Dodgers will offer specialty cocktails featuring Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey and Coke.

The custom cocktail will be available at bars located on the field, loge, reserve and top deck sections.

Finally, Sunday is Cuban Appreciation Day at Dodger Stadium and fans in attendance will be able to purchase a "Cuban Hot Dog" at concession stands throughout the stadium.

The "Cuban Hot Dog," is similar to a Cuban sandwich, and will feature an all beef hot dog with pulled pork, ham, pickles and Dijon mustard. 



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Players to Wear Nicknames on Uniforms]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:34:00 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dodgers+nickname+jerseys.jpg

Players only, come on!

It might not be the XFL, but for the first time ever, Major League Baseball players will have nicknames on the back of their jerseys during the inaugural Players Weekend on Aug. 25-27. 

Players across all 30 teams will wear very colorful uniforms featuring never before seen designs and instead of their last names on their back, it will have a nickname of their choosing.

Among the top nicknames displayed during that weekend will be "All Rise," as chosen by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. "Cutch" for Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutcheon and our personal favorite, "Corey's Brother," as chosen by Seattle Mariners third baseman, Kyle Seager, the older brother of reigning NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager.

Seager himself did not choose a nickname for the Players Weekend, even though he is referred to as "Seags" a lot by his teammates. Other Dodger nicknames include "Cody Love," for Cody Bellinger, "RedTurn2" for Justin Turner, and "Silver Fox," for veteran second baseman Chase Utley.

In addition to the nicknames, the players will also wear a special patch on their shoulder showing the progression of a child evolving into a Major League player. Underneath that new logo, each player is allowed to write the name of a person who either changed their life, or helped advance his career.

A full list of Dodger nicknames, the stories behind them and players' tribute patches is listed on the Dodgers' official blog

Furthermore, the players will also wear unique spikes, batting gloves, wristbands and compression sleeves for the games. New Era will provide specially designed baseball hats for the weekend as well as socks and original pregame workout shirts.

After the inaugural weekend, all of the game-worn jerseys and equipment will be auctioned for charity at MLB.com/auctions with 100 percent of the proceeds going to MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation is an organization established in 2015 by a joint collaboration from the MLB and MLBPA focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.



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<![CDATA[Angels to Wear Jerseys With Nicknames This Weekend]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:01:45 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-481854689.jpg

Los Angeles Angels players will have such nicknames as Kiiiiid, The Machine and Bedrock on the backs of their jerseys Friday through Sunday for Major League Baseball's inaugural "Players Weekend."

Players Weekend is described by MLB as "a player-focused event that will include the players wearing colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth league uniforms."

The Angels will wear a navy blue jersey, with red neck and sleeves, white piping on the neck and end of each sleeve. The player numbers will be in red and nicknames in white.

The Angels will wear their traditional home red cap for the three-game series against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium.

Players also will have the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of their jerseys and wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks and bats.

Outfielder Mike Trout will have Kiiiiid on the back of his jersey, first baseman Albert Pujols will be The Machine and relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian will rock Bedrock, the nickname of his father Steve, a relief pitcher with four major league teams from 1981-95.

Other nicknames include Koleman (outfielder Kole Calhoun) and Tricky (pitcher Ricky Nolasco).

Players will also wear specially designed socks. They will have the option of wearing T-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.

The right sleeve of each player's jersey will feature a patch with a blank space for him to write the name of a person or organization that was instrumental to his development. Many Angels will pay tribute to their parents.

The patch features a new logo that shows a progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the process of a player's path from Little League and youth leagues to MLB.

Game-worn, Players Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions with all net proceeds donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.

"Players are increasingly interested in finding unique ways to connect with their fans by allowing them to see more of their personalities and interests," said Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark.

"The collective desire to express their diverse interests and backgrounds is what motivated players to advocate for the creation of Players Weekend. This will be an exciting and unique opportunity for the players to literally wear their passions on their sleeves, and equipment, too, as they embrace this chance to let their true identities shine."



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<![CDATA[Rams-Chargers Tickets Only $6]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:33:36 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LA-Rams-vs-LA-Chargers.jpg

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers meet for the first time since the two teams both began marking out their corners of the City of Angels. Unfortunately, Saturday's game couldn't come at a worse time in terms of wrangling up and ramping up the newly formed city rivalry.

First of all, the LA Dodgers are playing on Saturday evening down the road, and LA's boys in blue are on pace to break history and finish with the best record in the history of Major League Baseball. LA loves a winner, and it's tough to choose a preseason NFL game at the LA Memorial Coliseum over the white hot LA Dodgers chasing history in full swing.

The Dodgers, though, do play seemingly every other day, so that occurrence alone doesn't necessarily spoil the NFL party on Saturday. But the Dodgers aren't the only competition. A highly anticipated event in Las Vegas on the same night is sure to keep local sports fans either flocking to Nevada for the weekend or glued to television sets across Southern California.

Yes, Floyd Mayweather taking on Conor McGregor on Saturday night in a highly anticipated fight, and the Rams and Chargers game is effectively competing with a fight that is hoping to break pay-per-view subscription records. Worst of all, this entire conflict could have been avoided by simply adjusting the kickoff time.

The Dodgers have their first pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at 6:10 p.m. Pacific Time, and the big boxing extravaganza is scheduled to start its show at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Both those events, unquestionably, mean more than a preseason exhibition game between two NFL teams fighting to establish a lasting fan base.

The Rams and Chargers kickoff at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, and it is clearly hurting local interest in the NFL exhibition game.

Of course, the simplest solution would have been to simply move the preseason kickoff time to 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time and avoid going head-to-head with sporting events that carry far greater meaning in the minds of the city's casual sports fans—the exact audience both teams are trying to add to their respective fan bases.

One has to wonder if it is hubris on the part of the NFL or simply ignorance of external sporting events that the kickoff time was not changed. If nothing else, the evening kickoff time is curious. In the regular season, the Rams play all of their home games at either 1:00 p.m. or 1:25 p.m. So, if preseason is preparation for the regular season, one would think it makes sense to play the exhibition games at the same times they would be played during the regular season. How exactly does playing an evening game at the LA Coliseum help prepare the team for early afternoon kickoffs when the games count?

Ultimately, one can hardly be surprised that third-party ticket retailer Stubhub was selling tickets to Saturday's preseason game for as low as $6 on Friday (note: at the time of publication, prices had "jumped" to $7). Considering the competition, even tickets that cost less than most fast food meals may have trouble selling before kickoff.

The concept of the LA Rams hosting the LA Chargers at the LA Coliseum for a preseason game still looks great on paper, but the execution of that idea has been poorly thought out and isn't going to do either team any favors in terms of building their respective local fan bases.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Form Their Own 'Triple-G' in Victory]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 06:36:59 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Dodgers+Triple-G+in+win+over+Bucs.png

Triple-G. 

No, not the boxer, but Curtis Granderson, Yasmani Grandal, and Adrian Gonzalez all hit home runs to form their own Triple-G as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, on Thursday at PNC Park. 

The victory gave the Dodgers three-of-four in the series, with the only loss coming in a one-hit, 10-inning performance from Rich Hill that saw him have a perfect game through eight innings, a no-hitter through nine innings, only to lose on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th. 

Grandal and Gonzalez went back-to-back in the eighth inning as the Dodgers pulled away from the Pirates with two much needed insurance runs. 

Granderson hit his 22nd homer run of the year, and third in just six games with the Dodgers when he sent a sinker from Chad Kuhl into the Allegheny river. 

Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-6) held the Pirates to one run over six innings. Brandon Morrow worked the ninth for his first save since 2009. Los Angeles improved to 90-36, becoming the 12th team in major league history to reach the 90-win plateau in 126 games.

Chad Kuhl (6-8) struggled with his command, walking five in just four innings. Jordy Mercer hit an RBI double but it wasn't enough for the struggling Pirates, who have dropped nine of 12 to fall well back in the NL Central.

Less than 24 hours after straning 11 men on base and not scoring a single run, the Dodgers scored five in the finale with Pittsburgh on Thursday. 

Enrique Hernandez, starting at shorstop, had two hits and knocked in a run as he celebrated his 26th birthday.

Adam Frazier's RBI single off former Pirate closer Tony Watson in the seventh drew the Pirates back within one but Los Angeles reliever Pedro Baez struck out Andrew McCutchen with the tying run on second. Pittsburgh left nine men on base and went 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Grandal and Gonzalez greeted Pittsburgh rookie reliever Angel Sanchez to the majors by homering on consecutive pitches in the eighth.

HE'S OUTTA HERE

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Paul Emmel with two on and two outs in the seventh. Emmel flinched as if he was going to call strike three on a full-count pitch to Taylor but instead ruled the pitch ball four.

KANG TO DOMINICAN?

The Pirates are hoping to land third baseman Jung Ho Kang a spot in the Dominican League this fall. Kang hasn't played this season due to visa problems after being arrested and later convicted on DUI charges in his native South Korea during the offseason. Kang is currently on the team's restricted list. The Dominican League starts in late October and runs through December.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back strain) traveled to Dallas on Thursday and will get to spend a day in his hometown on Friday before heading north to make a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. The three-time Cy Young Award winner hasn't pitched since leaving a victory over Atlanta on July 23 after two innings.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (left wrist inflammation) was eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list on Thursday but the team decided to put him through a workout instead and will re-evaluate his situation on Friday.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Return home to welcome Milwaukee for a three-game series starting Friday. Kenta Maeda (11-5, 3.88) is 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Pirates: Start a six-game road trip on Friday in Cincinnati. Ivan Nova (11-10, 3.81 ERA) is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA against the Reds this season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Sam Darnold on Living up to History at USC]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:41:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DARNOLD_WEB_WALK_TALK_1200x675_1031928899898.jpg

In this online exclusive, Fred Roggin takes in the history of USC football with Sam Darnold, a man who could add a few trophies of his own to the Trojans' historic Heritage Hall.]]>
<![CDATA[College Football's Best Loves Law & Order]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:37:17 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DARNOLD_WEB_LAW_ORDER_1200x675_1031923779536.jpg

USC Quarterback Sam Darnold talks about how his favorite show helps keeps him loose leading up to big games. Part of an interview originally aired on Going Roggin, August 26, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[The Vault: Don King Thesaurus]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:16:03 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/VAULT_DON_KING_THESAURUS_1200x675_1032163395744.jpg

He is the Prince of Pontification. Now you too can speak the King's English. Don King's English that is. Originally aired June 7, 1990.]]>
<![CDATA[Sam Darnold: Nobody's Tanking for Me]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:26:26 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DARNOLD_WEB_JETS_1200x675_1031923779848.jpg

The USC Quarterback talks about reports that the New York Jets plan on tanking the season to take him #1 overall in the 2018 Draft. Part of an interview originally aired on Going Roggin, August 26, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Rich Hill's Exceptional Near-Perfect Night in Photos]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:30:47 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17235851206857.jpgNinety-eight of Rich Hill's pitches left the Pittsburgh Pirates baffled and frustrated Wednesday night. It was the 99th that turned a night for the history books into a disappointing 1-0 loss for the Dodgers.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Rich Hill Loses No-Hitter in 10-Inning Loss]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:56:32 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/Rich+Hill+Perfect+Game+Dodgers+Pirates.png

So close.

Rich Hill had a perfect game through eight innings, a no-hitter through nine innings, but a walk-off home run by Josh Harrison in the bottom of the 10th was the only hit needed for the Pirates to shock the Dodgers, 1-0, on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

It was a heartbreaking night for Hill as he retired the first 24 hitters he faced as he absolutely befuddled the Bucs batters all night long.

"After the seventh inning I realized we had a good chance of having something special happen," Hill told a horde of reporters after the game. "Everyone did a great job." 

Hill lost his perfect game to leadoff hitter Jody Mercer in the bottom of the ninth.

Mercer started off the ninth with a hard-hit ball to third base that was bobbled by Logan Forsythe for the error.

"Tommorrow is a new day," Hill optimistically said after the game. "You just have to keep moving forward. Sometimes, luck is disguised as that."

The error by Forsythe ended the perfect game, but kept the no-hitter intact.

However, the Dodgers, who have the best offense in baseball, could not give Hill any run support despite recording eight hits, leaving 11 runners on base, and going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

"That was really special to watch. Unfotunately, we just couldn't get that one hit," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media after the game. "We've done it all year long, but we couldn't get it tonight. That's baseball."

With no run support, the game went into extra innings and Hill came back out for the bottom of the 10th inning.

However, life comes at you fast, and Harrison led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk-off home run just over the wall in left field to end the no-hitter and the win for Hill.

"We knew we had a chance to win with one hit," Harrison told the local Pirates broadcast after the game. "I think the 9th inning got him out of his rhythm. I just got a pitch I didn't want to miss."

Curtis Granderson, who went all out into the wall to try and catch the home run ball said after the game he just missed the catch by a bout a half-second.

"Harrison has been swinging the bat well all series long," said Granderson. "I was about a half-second too late. I wish we had gotten some runs across the board earlier in the game so that Hill could have been a part of history."

Hill became the first pitcher to take a no-hitter into extra innings since Pedro Martinez on June 3, 1995.

"I feel sad for Rich," continued Roberts. "It's a game we got beat, but to have a chance at a no-hitter, I was very excited for him, but disappointed he didn't get that no-hitter."

Hill (9-5), also lost his first game in his last nine starts as he allowed just one run on one hit with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

"It falls on me," Hill shockingly said of the loss. "I made one bad pitch. Late in the game like that, you need to make better pitches."

Early in the game, the Dodgers defense had Hill's back with some spectacular diving catches by veterans Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley.

Despite the loss, Hill's performance was one of the most impressive performances by a starting pitcher in a losing effort that you'll ever see. 

Pirates stater, Trevor Williams, matched zeroes with Hill early in the game, as he was also stellar on the night, throwing eight shutout innings of his own.

"It's disappointing when you make one bad pitch, but those guys played a really good game too," Hill said of Williams and the Pirates. "They pitched their tail off and made a lot of plays."

On the bright side, Corey Seager went 3-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 12-games.

The game marked the 300th of Seager's career, and added to his record for most hits in franchise history (364) by a player in their first 300 career games.

The previous record was held by Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza.

"That was a tough game," said Dodgers' catcher Austin Barnes who called the game and caught Hill all night long. "Especially the way it ended. We just didn't come through for him offensively. He deserved it and it hurts."

He's right. Hill deserved better.

Up Next:

The finale of the four-game series takes place on Thursday afternoon as LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu heads to the mound for the Dodgers opposite RHP Chad Kuhl. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM PST.



Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Gonzalez Gets 2,000th Hit in Dodgers Win ]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:27:55 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Adrian+Gonzalez+2000+hits.png

Mr. 2000.

Adrian Gonzalez recorded his 2,000th career hit and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-5, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Gonzalez became just the seventh Dodgers in Los Angeles franchise history to record his 2,000th career hit in a Dodger uniform, joining greats like Maury Wils, Willie Davis, Gary Carter, Brett Butler, Tim Wallach and Jeff Kent.

"It's pretty cool," Gonzalez told Alanna Rizzo of SportsNetLA of the milestone. "There's so many great Dodgers throughout history. To be one of seven is pretty cool and I'll definitely cherish that. I'll enjoy the moment and celebrate with my family in a couple days when we come home." 

The milestone came in the top of the sixth inning when Gonzalez led off with a double down the right field line and scored the go-ahead run four batters later.

The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead to start the game as Chris Taylor continued his recent hitting tear with a leadoff double.

Two batters later, Taylor scored the first run of the game on an RBI groundout off the bat of Justin Turner.

Los Angeles extended the lead in the top of the second as Pirates starter, Jameson Taillon loaded the bases for his counterpart, Dodgers' starter Brock Stewart, who promptly hit an RBI bloop single into shallow left field.

Taylor followed with a two-run single and the Dodgers led 4-0. The Dodgers breakout star this season finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored and is leading the National League in batting average (.346) since the All-Star Break.

All of the Pirates runs came in a five-run third inning for Pittsburgh that saw the end of the game for Stewart.

"It definitely wasn't my night," Stewart told the media. "It was definitely a learning experience. That's how baseball goes. Sometimes things don't always go your way. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity."

Taillon got a tiny bit of revenge off Stewart with a leadoff single, and Starling Marte followed with his fourth home run of the game, a deep fly ball into the left field seats that put the Pirates on the board.

After the home run, Stewart allowed the next three batters to reach base, including two walks as the bases were loaded for Josh Harrison.

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts quickly gave Stewart the hook before recording an out in the inning. Relief pitcher, Josh Ravin, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day, entered the game and immediately gave up a two-run double to Harrison that tied the game.

One batter later, John Jaso grounded into a fielder's choice that brought home the go-ahead run and the Bucs took a 5-4 lead.

As they've done time and time again, the Dodgers would rally for their 41st comeback victory of the season as Taylor knocked in the tying run in the top of the fourth and Seager brought in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.

The RBI single extended Seager's hitting streak to 11 games and the reigning NL Rookie of the Year winner is batting .358 with three doubles, a home run and 11 RBI since Aug. 3.

Yasmani Grandal added some extra insurance runs via the discount double-check as he blasted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Dodgers an 8-5 lead.

"For Yasmani to hit the ball out of the ballpark, that was a big homer for him," said Roberts. "He's been hitting the ball well of late but has had nothing to show for it, so it was nice to see him hit one out of the ballpark."

Dodgers reliever, Tony Watson, recorded the win with a scoreless fifth inning in his return to PNC Park. 

"I got ahead of hitters and mixed different pitches," Watson said of his scoreless fifth inning. "I executed my pitches and got weak contact."

Watson made his big league debut with the Pirates in 2011 and has the most relief appearances than any other pitcher in PNC park history. 

In total, the Dodgers' bullpen combined to pitch seven innings of scoreless relief and did not allow a Pirates' runner past first base following the third inning.

"They did a great job," Roberts told reporters of his bullpen. "Seven innings. They threw the ball as best as I've seen them. That was the best inning Watson has thrown with us. The story of the night was the bullpen."

Kenley Jansen entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side for his 34th save of the season.

Los Angeles is a perfect 5-0 against the Pirates this season and the win guarantees that the Dodgers will remain unbeaten in their last 22 series overall.

The victory also extended the Dodgers streak to 39 consecutive wins when scoring four or more runs, now the third best streak in MLB history of its kind.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will look to win the series on Wednesday when left-hander Rich Hill heads to the mound for the Dodgers against RHP Trevor Williams. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PST.



Photo Credit: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic]]>
<![CDATA[Grandyslam Leads Dodgers Over Pirates in Extras]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:32:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Granderson+grand+slam+.png

Just call it a Grandyslam.

Curtis Granderson, hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, and Yasiel Puig hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 12th, as the Los Angeles Dodgers came back to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5, in extra innings on Monday night at PNC Park.

The Bucs got on the board first in the second inning when Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez went back-to-back off Alex Wood to put Pittsburgh in front, 2-0.

An inning later it was Josh Harrison's turn to take Alex Wood deep as he turned on an 84 MPH changeup to dead center to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.

Pirates' ace Gerrit Cole cruised through the first six innings before he finally ran into trouble in the top of the seventh.

Four of the first five batters reached base off Cole to load the bases for Granderson, who was acquired from the New York Mets late on Friday night.

Granderson made sure to make his second home run in a Dodger uniform memorable as he sent an 89 MPH slider from Cole into the seats in right-center field to give L.A. the lead.

"He's a tough opponent," Granderson told Alanna Rizzo of Cole. "Everytime I face him it's always a battle. We were finally able to get some runners on in that situation and he just made one mistake I was able to capitalize on."

Granderson became the first player in MLB history to hit two separate grand slams with two different teams in a four-game span.

"That's what he does," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told reporters of Granderson. "He gets big hits. We've seen that from the other side for years. The grand slam was huge."

Cole left as the losing pitcher, but ultimately did not factor in the decision, allowing five runs on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 6 and 1/3 innings of work.

Wood also did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

"I battled through tonight," Wood told reporters after the game. "Osuna hit a decent fastball, but the two changes up were just bad pitches and they made me pay. But we hung in there and got the win tonight."

Yasiel Puig continued to add highlights to his Gold Glove case this season as he made a fantastic leaping catch at the wall to takeaway extra bases away from Andrew McCutchen.

Former Pirate, Tony Watson, came out of the bullpen to face his old team for the first time since he was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline.

Watson was drafted by the Pirates in 2007 and has the most relief appearances in PNC Park history.

Watson hit Adam Frazier to start the inning before strikeout Starling Marte for the first out of the eighth.

Watson would exit the game for Pedro Baez who promptly allowed an RBI double to Josh Harrison before walking three batters and allowing the tying run to score on a groundball fielder's choice.

"Petey [Baez] wasn't as sharp as he normally is," said Roberts, stating the obvious. "Other than that I thought our bullpen did a good job."

The game would head to extra innings where each team would take turns throwing three scoreless frames before Yasiel Puig put the Dodgers back in front with one swing in the 12th. 

Puig sent a 1-0 slider from Dovydas Neverauskas (say that three times fast) to center field for the game-winning home run.

"The eclipse only happens every 100 years, but my home runs are only every 40 at-bats or in between," said Puig through a translator when asked what was more exciting today, the solar eclipse or his game-winning homer. "So both were exciting."

Not only did the home run win the game, but it extended the Dodgers streak of consecutive wins when scoring four or more runs to 38.

The Dodgers improved to 25-10 (.714) after a loss, the third best winning percentage in MLB history since 1969. 

Up Next:

Brock Stewart is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and will start on Tuesday opposite RHP Jameson Taillon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05PM PST.



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<![CDATA[NBA: Lakers Under Investigation For Tampering]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:08:41 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Magic-Johnson-Lakers-tampering-investigation.jpg

On Sunday, the NBA confirmed that the league had opened an investigation into the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering and hired the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to conduct an independent investigation at the request of the Indiana Pacers.

Longtime NBA reporter Peter Vecsey originally broke the story on Saturday before the NBA's press release confirmed the investigation on Sunday. Vecsey said both Johnson and Lakers president Jeanie Buss would be interviewed by the independent law firm. Vescey also shared that the investigation was linked to Paul George.

Why would the Pacers want the Lakers to be punished?

Indiana traded away George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis earlier in the summer, which was largely viewed as a heist for the Thunder. Entering the final year of his contract, George refused to sign an extension and multiple sources shared that he told the Pacers that he would not be returning to the team, with the loud rumor that he was on his way to the Lakers in the summer of 2018.

As such, the Pacers had little option but to trade away the 27-year-old and struggled to get near equal value for the four-time All-Star. In asking the NBA to investigate the Lakers for tampering with George while he was under contract with the Pacers, the team automatically saves face after making a lopsided trade. Regardless of what the final results of the case are, the Pacers are effectively blaming the Lakers for Paul's exit.

One could even view this as a bitter move, as tampering is a difficult charge to prove because it would likely occur as a conversation rather than in written, traceable form.

For example, the Houston Rockets and Chris Paul moved rather quickly to work out the details of his trade away from the LA Clippers earlier in the summer. Considering Paul was under contract with the Clippers and had to opt into another year of his contract to make the trade possible, one would find it difficult to imagine Paul agreeing to an extra year without illegally discussing the trade with the Rockets and only then opting into the extra year of his contract with the Clippers.

Pursuing and proving tampering, however, is an entirely different matter.

The primary difference between the two cases is that the Clippers have not pushed the NBA to investigate the matter because proving tampering in the NBA is a difficult endevour. In the Lakers' case, the Pacers requested the NBA to take a look and, frankly, the Pacers have nothing to lose from taking that step.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne followed up on Vescey's report and stated that "the possibility of impermissible contact" between Johnson and George was the focus of the investigation, but again, no one seems to be clear on whether any evidence can or will corroborate the allegations.

The Lakers appear to be denying the allegations, complying with the investigation and reserving comment under instruction from the NBA.

"As the NBA's statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation," Lakers director of media relations Alison Bogli said in a statement released on Sunday. "We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible."

According to Wojnarowski and Shelburne, if sufficient evidence is found, the Lakers could face fines up to $5 million, loss of draft picks, suspension of the offenders or restrictions on acquiring George when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018.

Of all those punishments, the monetary fine would be least damaging, but a suspension of an executive like Johnson at this early stage of his tenure with the Lakers could hurt a team that is dead set on making major moves and improving in a hurry over the summer of 2018. Johnson's presence is a big part of the Lakers' pitch, and the five-time NBA champion is probably the most key figure in attracting prospective free agents to the Lakers. Being restricted from signing George, assuming he wants to come to LA, would also be a major blow and would likely only be enforced if the investigation caught the Lakers with their arms elbow deep in the cookie jar.

No official timeline has been set on the investigation, but Johnson was last pictured vacationing in Italy as recently as Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Both Pitchers Lose No-Hitters as Dodgers Lose to Tigers]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:25:26 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/Verlander+and+Maeda+no+hitters.png

Justin Verlander and Kenta Maeda both took no-hitters into the sixth inning, but only the Detroit star was able to keep his outstanding performance going as the Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Sunday.

Verlander (9-8) allowed a home run to Curtis Granderson in the sixth. But shortly after his no-hit bid ended, the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the inning against Maeda. The Los Angeles right-hander retired the first 15 Detroit batters before allowing five hits in the sixth.

The homer by Granderson was one of only two hits off Verlander. He walked one and struck out nine in eight innings.

Maeda (11-5) was pulled after the sixth inning and lost for the first time in seven starts.

The Tigers snapped a six-game skid and halted a six-game winning streak by the Dodgers.

Verlander has pitched two no-hitters in his career. He retired the first 13 Los Angeles hitters, taming the team with by far the best record in the major leagues. He walked Yasiel Puig on a full count in the fifth, and Granderson's drive to right field an inning later hit the pole for a homer.

The only other hitter to reach base against Verlander was Austin Barnes, who singled in the eighth.

John Hicks lined a clean single to left-center to lead off the bottom of the sixth and break up Maeda's perfect game. Andrew Romine followed with a double, and Dixon Machado hit a two-run double that put the Tigers up 2-1.

Justin Upton added a two-run homer later in the inning.

Verlander, who has been the subject of trade speculation for several weeks, waved to the crowd as he entered the dugout after the top of the eighth.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double in the eighth to make it 6-1.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back strain) is expected to pitch a three-inning simulated game Monday. ... 1B Cody Bellinger sat out after spraining his right ankle Saturday.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (14-1) takes the mound at Pittsburgh on Monday night against RHP Gerrit Cole (10-8) of the Pirates.

Tigers: Detroit has Monday off before hosting the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. LHP Matthew Boyd (5-6) starts the opener of that series against RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-10).

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio]]>
<![CDATA["I'm Excited to See McGregor Get in Some Dirty Hits"]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:09:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GOING_ROGGIN_MAYWEATHER_MCGREGOR_1200x675_1028723267868.jpg

What should we expect from Saturday's Mayweather-McGregor fight? Kevin Figgers and Shannon Farren think Floyd will dance around, Conor will take some shots and it might even go the distance. But one of them feels very strongly about the outcome. Originally aired on Going Roggin, August 19, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[The Vault: Long Beach Little League]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:01:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/VAULT_LONG_BEACH_LITTLE_LEAGUE_1200x675_1028724291564.jpg

It's that time of year again, the Little League World Series! We're going back 25 years to the time Long Beach Little League won their first of back-to-back championships. There's a couple familiar faces in this one, see if you can spot them. Originally aired on Going Roggin, August 19, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Goff Outplays Carr, Rams Top Raiders 24-21]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:18:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rams-vs-LA-Raiders-8-19-17.jpg

In Oakland, Jared Goff outplayed Derek Carr, as the Los Angles Rams' second-year quarterback played nearly a full half of football on Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

Goff, who grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of California at Berkeley, completed 16 of 20 passing attempts and recorded a touchdown to lead the Rams to a 17-14 lead before exiting the game. Carr did not exactly stink up the joint, though, as the two-time Pro-Bowl passer completed seven of his nine passes, including two touchdowns. However, Carr made one inadvisable throw that resulted in an interception, so Goff's passer rating was 116.7 to Carr's 113.0.

If Goff can out-duel or even play even with quarterbacks like Carr during the 2017 regular season, the Rams could well end up dramatically improving on their 4-12 record in 2016. Suffice to say, Goff looked confident, made good throws and truly only had one glaring error where he waited too long to release a long ball to an open receiver, and Khalil Mack broke a double team to record a big sack instead. Mack getting a sack is not exactly breaking news at this point, but at least the second year quarterback still managed to take care of the footbal on the error.

Saturday also turned out to be a day for debuts with the Raiders featuring Marshawn Lynch in silver and black for the first time and the Rams showing off new offensive weapon Sammy Watkins. Both players had minimal impact on the game, as Lynch only rushed the ball twice for 10 yards and Watkins only managed two receptions for eight yards, though Watkins probably should have caught a perfectly thrown long pass over the top by Goff. The Raiders' defensive back having a sneaky lock on Watkins' arm helped explain why the 2014 Orange Bowl MVP didn't come out on top on the play.

On the topic of receivers, Rams rookie Cooper Kupp continued to impress by scoring the Rams' first points for the second straight game. Along with having a terrificly fun name to repeat (Say "Cooper Kupp" out loud three times), Kupp displayed undeniable chemistry with Goff. Playing with the first string, Kupp left the game after making six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown, as the third round pick out of Eastern Washington continued to show off his sticky hands.

While the developing chemistry between Goff and Kupp deserved its due attention, the most important positive signal for the upcoming Rams' season came via an impressive running performance from Todd Gurley II--finally.

On Saturday, Gurley suddenly looked like a Pro-Bowl running back again, after the 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year struggled mightily during his sophomore season in 2016. The 23-year-old Baltimore native only played two drives but carried the ball eight times for 38 yards and a touchdown. Gurley averaged 4.8 yards per carry and helped the Rams' offensive balance on both drives. Gurley's tough running allowed for Goff to find Kupp wide open on a ball in the end zone.

That 4.8 yards per carry average for Gurley matched his regular season average during his standout rookie season with the Rams. In 2016, Gurley's numbers dropped to 3.2 yards per carry, so Saturday's performance had to be an encouraging sign that Gurley could be ready to rebound from his sophomore slump in a big way.

"Today, I wanted to focus really on just being patient," Gurley said in a team interview after he was done for the day. "Sometimes, I feel like I'm running a little too fast and miss things, so I was just trying to be patient."

For the Rams, backup quarterback Sean Mannion came out for the last drive of the first half and took over running the offense for the duration of the second half. The Raiders went to E.J. Manuel under center for a quarter and then put in Connor Cook to finish out the game.

Cook outplayed Manuel on the day, highlighted by an 11-play, 65-yard drive that concluded with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton. With the score, the Raiders took a 21-17 lead with only 6:30 remaining in the game.

Mannion and the Rams responded with a 13-play, 80-yard drive that concluded with a 20-yard touchdown reception by Josh Reynolds. With only 1:11 to play in the ball game,  the Rams got another stop, and that turned out to be the game winning drive.

The Rams claimed a 24-21 victory to go 2-0 for the 2017 NFL preseason.

Though Mannion did not look at his best on the night, the Rams' backup quarterback recorded 133 yards in the air, with 15 completions on 22 attempts and one (game-winning) touchdown.

Next, the Rams return home to host the new city rivals, the LA Chargers. The Rams and Chargers play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 26 with a 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time kick-off.

Notes: Two-time All-Pro LA Rams defensive-end Aaron Donald continues to be a hold out due to contract reasons and did not feature on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Granderson Scores as Dodgers Shutout Tigers ]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:29:21 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/225*120/Granderson+scores+in+Dodgers+Debut.png

Happy Veterans Day!

Not quite, but a handful of veteran players provided most of the offense on Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Detroit Tigers, 3-0, for their sixth win in a row. 

Curtis Granderson made his Dodger debut and scored the first turn of the game in the seventh inning.

Granderson was acquired by the Dodgers late Friday night, and has had a whirlwind few hours as he was told after last night's game in New York around 12:00AM EST that he had been traded to Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old veteran outfielder told reporters before the game on Saturday that he didn't get home and to sleep until around 3:00AM EST, and was on a flight headed to Detroit at 6:00AM EST.

When he arrived at the stadium, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told him he was starting in left field and batting fifth. 

Granderson made the most of his first game in Dodger blue, reaching base on an error by third baseman Nick Castellanos with two outs in the seventh before scoring on an RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez.

Fittingly, Gonzalez knocked in the game's first run in just his second day back to the team after missing the last two months on the disabled list with two herniated discs in his back.

Gonzalez is now just two hits shy of becoming just the seventh Dodger in Los Angeles franchise history to record 2,000 hits in their career.

It was a good old fashioned pitcher's duel for most of the game as Hyun-Jin Ryu and Michael Fulmer took turns tossing scoreless innings.

Ryu left the game first, and did not factor in the decision, surrendering just three hits with four walks and four strikeouts in five shutout innings.

Fulmer (10-11) was the hard-luck loser, allowing just one unearned run (thanks to the error by Castellanos), on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Justin Turner tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth with an RBI single that scored Chase Utley as the veterans did all the heavy lifting on Saturday.

Yasmani Grandal hit is 16th home run of the season when he took Tigers' closer Shane Greene deep in the top of the ninth inning.

Ross Stripling (3-4) earned the win, pitching two innings of scoreless relief, striking out four Tigers.

Brandon Morrow struck out the side in the eighth, reaching 100 MPH on the radar gun multiple times before paving the way for closer Kenley Jansen.

Jansen earned his 32nd save of the season and has recorded at least 30 saves in four consecutive seasons, the only closer in baseball to accomplish that feat.

Cody Bellinger was injured in the outfield in the sixth inning while catching a ball at the wall. He left the game in the top half of the seventh and was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain. He was listed by the team as day-to-day, but it is unlikely he starts on Sunday.

"It's swollen, but not too serious," Bellinger said of the ankle injury. "I thought I was closer to the wall, so I kinda jumped and hit a soft spot of dirt and rolled it a little bit. I just tried to walk it off and finish that inning. I came out for precautionary reasons."

The victory gave the Dodgers their 13th consecutive win against an American League team this season, tied with the Marlins for the longest streak in MLB history.

L.A. can set a new MLB record on Sunday against Justin Verlander in their last Interleague game of the 2017 season.

The shutout guarantees the Dodgers will win their 18th series since losing two-of-three to the Washington Nationals in June. The Dodgers are unbeaten in their last 21 series, going 18-0-3 over that span. Every other team in baseball has lost at least six series over the same span. 

The Dodgers are 26-5 since the All-Star Break, the best start to the second half in MLB history according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Up Next:

The Dodgers play their final Interleague game of the 2017 schedule on Sunday when they face former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. Kenta Maeda heads to the mound for the Dodgers with first pitch scheduled for 10:10AM PST.



Photo Credit: AP Photo/Lon Horwedel]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Acquire Curtis Granderson From Mets ]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:11:05 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/191*120/Granderson+traded+to+Dodgers.png

The Dodgers are definitely all-in.

The team with the best record in baseball added another piece to their championship puzzle on Friday when they acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Just two years removed from the World Series, Granderson joins a Dodgers team that is looking to attend their first Fall Classic in 29 years.

The 36-year-old Granderson is batting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI in 111 games with the Mets this season, but has been hitting better as of late. 

In his last 71 games, Granderson is batting .276 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 38 RBI.

Over the course of his career with the Tigers, Yankees, and Mets, the three-time All-Star is batting .254 with 312 home runs and 853 RBI.

Granderson can play all three outfield positions, and is expected to spell current center fielder Joc Pederson who has been struggling at the plate the last month.

Additionally, Granderson gives the Dodgers a true leadoff hitter and another veteran presence in the clubhouse. It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers use Granderson moving forward especially with rosters expand in a couple weeks for September call-ups.

The Dodgers could option Pederson down to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the final two weeks of the minor league season and recall him in September.

It's not a certainty that Granderson will play everyday either, especially with the return of Adrian Gonzalez moving rookie Cody Bellinger to the outfield.

The addition of Granderson will provide the already deep Dodgers roster with even more depth moving forward and into the postseason where Granderson as a.920 or higher OPS against right-handers Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer of the Nationals, and a 1.070 OPS against Jake Arrieta of the Cubs.

To make room for Granderson on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated right-hander Dylan Floro for assignment Floro was claimed off waivers from the Cubs on August 4, and appeared in three games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Below is the video of Granderson's final interview with the Mets. 



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Defeat Tigers Behind 12 Hits ]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:57:51 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/Forsythe+and+CT3+Tigers.png

Death by a thousand cuts.

Los Angeles scored eight runs on 12 hits, none of which was a home run, as the Dodgers defeated the Detroit Tigers, 8-5, for their fifth consecutive win on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The Dodgers lead the league in home runs, but didn't require a single one on Friday as they showed their ability to beat you in many ways, this time with singles and doubles as eight of their nine batters in the lineup recorded at least one hit.

Chris Taylor led the way with a season-high four hits, finishing the game, 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored as he improved his batting average to .310 on the season.

"I've been seeing the ball well," Taylor told Alanna Rizzo of SportsNetLA after the game. "He [Zimmerman] left some pitches over the middle of the plate and I was able to turn on them."

Corey Seager went 1-for-4 with three RBI as has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, and is batting .408 with three doubles, a home run and nine RBI since August 3.

Joc Pederson got off the snide with an RBI double in the top of the fourth inning. Pederson was 1-for-44 since July 29 before the much-needed double.

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored in his return from the 60-day disabled list.

Gonzalez was reinstated from the DL before the game, and has not played since June 11.

"It felt good. My swing felt right," Gonzalez said of his return." I took the swings I wanted to take. Even the outs, I felt good about them. I'm happy with the way everything went today."

Following the game, Gonzalez finds himself just three hits shy of 2,000 hits for his career, as he looks to become just the seventh Dodger in Los Angeles franchise history to reach the milestone.

Playing in his 100th career game, Cody Bellinger was the only Dodger in the starting lineup not to record a hit, finishing 0-for-3 with two walks in the game.

The Dodgers are 77-23 in those games, the most wins ever by a non-pitcher since 1913.

Justin Upton hit a pair of homers for the Tigers.

Upton finished 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two RBI and two runs scored as all three of his hits tipped of Dodger gloves on defensive.

After missing a home run by mere inches in his first at-bat, Upton got an assist from left fielder Cody Bellinger in the bottom of the third as the ball went in-and-out of his glove for the home run.  

Victor Martinez also homered for the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera finished 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Rich Hill earned the victory, and remains unbeaten in his last eight starts as the left-hander allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in five innings.

"Overall it was great to get the win," said Hill after the game. "That was the biggest thing tonight. Guys played really well and we hit the ball really well. I need to execute better."

Hill (9-4) is a perfect 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last eight starts since July 1.

Hill was no stranger to the Detroit-area as the 37-year-old attended college at nearby University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 2001-2002. Coincidentally, it was Michigan Wolverines night at Comerica Park on Friday.

Jordan Zimmerman (7-10) took the loss, as he got hit hard again. The former Washington Nationals star, allowed seven runs on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five and 1/3 innings of work.

Kenley Jansen struggled out of the bullpen in a non-save situation.

After surrendering the second home run of the game to Upton, he followed up with back-to-back singles allowed to Cabrera and Castellanos before striking out the tying run in Martinez and James McCann to end the game.

Despite his struggles, Jansen still has 32 saves this season, and has recorded 30 or more saves in four consecutive seasons, the only closer in baseball to accomplish that feat.

L.A. has won 20 of their last 23 games, and are riding a 12-game winning streak against American League teams, a win tomorrow, and they will tie the Miami Marlins all-time record of 13 straight wins in Interleague play.

Overall, the Dodgers are an MLB-best 15-3 in Interleague play this season, with just two more games left to play this weekend.

The Dodgers have won 37 consecutive games in which they've scored four runs or more, the fourth longest streak in MLB history.

Friday was the Dodgers 39th come from behind victory this season.

Up Next: 

Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers on Saturday afternoon against a to be determined pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.  Originally, left-hander Matthew Boyd was scheduled to start, but he appeared out of the bullpen in the game on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Set Postseason Ticket Prices]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:35:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/Dodgers+Postseason+Ticket+Prices.png

Maybe this year. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball by a dozen games.

Their lead in the National League West is a franchise record 19 games. 

The fact that the Dodgers will participate in the postseason is a formality at this point. With 43 games left in the regular season, it's not matter of if the Dodgers will make the playoffs, but when.

So with confidence at an all-time high, the team announced their postseason ticket prices this week in a letter to current 2017 season ticket holders. 

For those that think the Dodgers are putting the cart before the horse, fear not, this is a standard move in order to gauge how many postseason tickets are available for the public.

Season ticket holders get offered playoff tickets at a first-come, first-serve basis. Most season ticket holders will purchase postseason tickets, but some will not, thus allowing the organization to figure out how many tickets will be available and on-sale to the public once the Dodgers eventually do clinch their spot in the playoffs.

The letter to season ticket holders which included the prices of the seats is a good indicator on what fans can expect when tickets do eventually become available for purchase to the general public. 

The postseason ticket prices ranged from $31 to $236 dollars for the first round of the playoffs, the National League Division Series, which would likely start at Dodger Stadium.

The league championship series, the NLCS, which at this time, would also start at Dodger Stadium, ranges from $63 to $256 dollars per ticket.

If the Dodgers are able to advance all the way to their first World Series in 29 years, fans will be able to enjoy the fall classic at a ticket price of $166 at the lowest end of the price range (top deck or pavilion) and $531 at the high end (field level).

The expensive price tag of $531 is not a suite or a luxury seat, but a field level seat in front of the box seats between the bases. 

The postseason would begin at Dodger Stadium on Friday, October 6, with the NLCS starting on Saturday, October 14, and finally the first game of the World Series scheduled for Tuesday, October 24.

The team announced that tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the stadium box office as well as online at www.Dodgers.com/postseason.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Stun White Sox With Wild Horse Walk-Off]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:51:49 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Puig+Walk-Off+.png

Happy Birthday to Yu. 

The Dodgers delivered another dramatic walk-off victory, handing Yu Darvish the best birthday present of all, a victory, in his Dodger Stadium debut. 

Yasiel Puig capped off the lastest Los Angeles comeback with a two-run, walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth as the Dodgers rallied for their MLB-best 10th walk-off win of the season to stun the White Sox, 5-4 on Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine. 

"When my teammates came into the clubhouse, they told me they won it for my birthday," said Darvish through a translator after the game. "That made me happier, but at the same time, we won the game as a team. I'm happy it was my birthday, but I'm more glad for the team."

With runners on the corners, Puig sent a full-count fastball from Jake Petrick into the gap in left-center for the game-winning two-run double as they Dodgers rallied for their 38th comeback victory of the season and MLB-best 16th sweep of the season.

"You never know with this team who it's going to be," Puig said of the 10 walk-off victories. "We've been working hard and prepared the whole season. Whether it's me or someone else, we're just happy we're winning."

The sensational finish, known as the "Wild Horse Walk-Off," salvaged an otherwise disappointing start in the home debut of Darvish who was celebrating his 31st birthday on Wednesday. 

Darvish surrendered more home runs (3) in the game than strikeouts (2), which is surprising considering he recorded back-to-back games of 10 strikeouts in each of his first two starts with his new team. 

On the first pitch of the game, Darvish served up a fastball to Leury Garcia who roped one off the right-field foul pole for a leadoff home run.

"It was an up and in fastball that I thought was a pretty good pitch," Darvish said of the leadoff home run. "I was trying to be aggressive to start the game, but he hit it perfectly. I didn't think he'd put such a good swing on the first pitch."

It was the second straight day that the White Sox hit a leadoff home run, and the first time in franchise history that Chicago hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game on back-to-back days.

The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom half of the second after Logan Forsythe led off with a double, and scored two batters later on a wild pitch from left-hander, Carlos Rodon.

Rookie Nicky Delmonico sent Darvish deep in the top of the fourth inning for his second career home run and the White Sox recaptured the lead, 2-1.

Delmonico has reached base safely in each of his first 13 games to start his big league career and is currently riding an 11-game hit streak.

The honorary member of the Dodgers "Slug Club," Kiké Hernandez, hit his 11th home run of the season when he tied the game off Rodon in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

"I don't play against righties [right-handed pitching], so I better peform well against lefties," Hernandez said who is tied for the team lead in home runs against left-handed pitching. "If you're the other team, you better score a lot of runs, because we're coming for your pitching staff."

Darvish was unable to limit the damage as he allowed the go-ahead home run to Jose Abreu in the top of the sixth inning.

Darvish would go on to record his only two strikeouts of the game, to end the inning, but still finished with the lowest strikeout total of his career.

His previous low was three strikeouts in a game on May 27, 2012 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Darvish left the game as the losing pitcher, but did not factor in the deicion, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and just two strikeouts in six innings in his first MLB start at Dodger Stadium. It was only the fourth time in his career Darvish had allowed at least three home runs in a game.

"When he left the game, the manager [Dave Roberts], told him not to worry that he wasn't going to lose the game," Puig said. "What better gift to give him on his birthday and in his home debut than a Dodgers win."

The last time Darvish took the mound at Dodger Stadium was in 2009 as a member of Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic.

Another newly acquired pitcher at the trade deadline, left-hander Tony Watson, served up a solo shot to Delmonico in the top of the eighth inning, giving Delmonico the first career multi-homer game of his young career.

"It feels awesome," Delmonico said of his first career multi-homer game. "To play in front of fans like that was great. It felt like a playoff game out there."

All four runs for the White Sox came via the solo home run.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers rallied against three different White Sox relievers to cap off their latest dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Cody Bellinger started the rally with a pinch-hit single and then scored one batter later on an RBI double down the left-field line from Logan Forsythe. 

"We all got very excited when we saw Bellinger get that hit," Puig said following the win. "God gave me the opportunity to hit in that situation."

After a single from catcher Austin Barnes moved Forsythe to third, Puig delivered his third career walk-off hit as he became the latest hero in a season of heroes for Los Angeles.

"I just put the ball in the gap. I knew Barnes could run, but I was more focusing on bringing the tying run home from third," Puig said of the game-winning double. "Barnes was able to score and I was extremely happy."

The Dodgers have won 30-of-their-last-34 at Dodger Stadium and hold the best record in all of baseball at 85-34. They also have the best record in Interleague games this season, with a record of 14-3 on the year.

Up Next:

After an off-day on Thursday, the Dodgers will travel to Detroit for a three-game weekend series with the Tigers. Rich Hill gets the call in the opener on Friday opposite RHP Jordan Zimmerman. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10PM PST.



Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Record 37th Comeback Victory]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:27:58 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Alex+Wood+against+White+Sox+.png

It's not how you start, it's how you finish. 

Alex Wood started the game with a mistake, but his teammates had his back as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied with five runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-1, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Wood threw a first-pitch fastball to Tim Anderson that was sent over the wall in left-center to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

The first-pitch home run was the fourth career leadoff home run for Anderson in his career, and turned out to be the only run scored by Chicago on the night.

"He just jumped on it," Wood said of the first pitch of the game. "It was a heater. I maybe left it up a little bit, but he was definitely looking heater. It surprised me how he turned and burned on it to start the game."

Miguel Gonzalez held the Dodgers scoreless for the first five innings, before allowing the tying run to come across the plate in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Logan Forsythe.

"I had my family and friends here," Gonzalez said of pitching at Dodger Stadium after attending nearby L.A. Mission Valley College. "There was a lot of emotions. I was pretty excited. Our defense played well, and we gave our team a chance to win the ball game."

Gonzalez did not factor in the decision, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six strong innings.

"I was able to minimize damage," Gonzalez said. "It worked out for me, but sometimes our pitching staff isn't always going to have it." 

In his first career start against the White Sox, Wood also did not factor in the decision, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven strong innings.

"I've thrown against some of those guys in spring training," Wood said about facing the White Sox. "I always enjoy facing new guys. They've never seen you, and you've never seen them, so you have to study them as the game goes along. I thought it played to our advantage tonight."

Wood will have to wait another six days to try and become just the third pitcher in baseball history to record 15 wins with only one or zero losses at the time of his 15th victory.

The Dodgers came from behind for the 37th time this season when they took the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Justin Turner started off the inning with a leadoff single and ended the inning with a strikeout as the Dodgers batted around in the inning.

"That's the beauty of this run that we're on," said Turner. "We're not winning games with ease, there's a lot of coming from behind, tight games, and one-run games. Tonight was another example of that. We were able to put a big number up in the bottom of the eighth."

After back-to-back walks to Yasmani Grandal and Yasiel Puig, White Sox reliever Jake Petricka hit Joc Pederson with a pitch on the upper right leg to bring him the go-ahead run.

Austin Barnes followed with a two-run, pinch-hit single and Corey Seager added another two-run single two batters later to break the game open.

Barnes is 7-for-22 in pinch-hit apperances this season with a .318 average, two doubles and five RBI. 

The Dodgers streak of 57 consecutive games with at least two extra-base hits came to an end on Tuesday after Seager recorded the only one with a double early in the game. 

It was the longest MLB streak of it's kind since 1913, passing the 1937 New York Yankees who had 49 straight games with at least two XBH.

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 84-34, and are 50 games over the .500 mark for the first time in Los Angeles franchise history, and just the fourth time in franchise history. 

The last team to be at least 50 games above .500 at any point in the season was the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers featuring Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, and Pee Wee Reese. 

Up Next:

The finale of the five-game homestand is on Wednesday as LHP Carlos Rodon squares off against newly acquired Yu Darvish in his Dodger Stadium debut on his birthday. First pitch is 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Lakers 2017-18 Schedule Released]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:20:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LA-Lakers-2017-18-schedule-NBA.jpg

On Monday, the NBA released the 2017-18 NBA schedule, which means that the Los Angeles Lakers now officially have their calendar set for the 2017-18 NBA season.

Ahead of the weekend, the league had already leaked that the Lakers would open their season against the LA Clippers on Oct. 19, and the team will embark on a quick getaway to Phoenix for a back-to-back to start the season. In all the Lakers have 13 back-to-backs on the season, but the team will no longer faces four games in five nights. The NBA pointedly lengthened the schedule to avoid those scheduling burdens.

Incidentally, the Lakers will also end the season against the LA Clippers, though the Lakers will feature as the away team on that occasion. The cross town rivals also play on Dec. 29 with the Lakers playing as hosts and on Nov. 27 with the Clippers pulling out their floor for the night.

The Lakers face four four-game road trips throughout the season, but the longest trip of the season comes in late January, when the Lakers head East for five games.

Though Lonzo Ball faced the Boston Celtics in Summer League, Ball will get his first taste of the Lakers versus Celtics rivalry at the NBA level when the Lakers travel to TD Garden on Nov. 8. The Celtics come to LA on Jan. 23.

Ball, who was the no. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, expects to face no. 1 pick Markelle Fultz on Nov. 15, when the Philadelphia 76ers come to town. On the topic of point guard match ups, Ball and the Lakers will host former Lakers' lottery pick D'Angelo Russell on Friday, Nov. 3 at Staples Center, and the crowd reaction off the court and the direct match up on the court that date should be entertaining.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors come to visit Staples Center twice: Nov. 29 and Dec. 18. Meanwhile, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers make their annual pilgrimage to the Lakers' home court on Mar. 11 in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

In all, 35 of the Lakers' 82 games will be nationally televised on either NBATV, TNT, ABC or ESPN. To see the full Lakers' 2017-18 schedule, click here.



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<![CDATA[Rivers To Gates: LA Chargers Begin New Era]]>Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:37:56 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LA-Chargers-Philip-Rivers-Aug-13-17.jpg

CARSON--The LA Chargers launched a new era with a familiar combination: Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates.

On Saturday, the Chargers opened up their 2017 NFL preseason and finally consummated their move to Los Angeles by playing their first match at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California against the Seattle Seahawks in front of an official attendance count of 21,054, which was well shy of the reported 27,000 capacity.

For those fans that did turn up, the first drive turned out to be a perfect example of what the Chargers offer that is pointedly different than the current product on display from the crosstown defensively stout LA Rams, i.e. experience at quarterback and points on the scoreboard.

Rivers conducted an impressive opening drive where he hit five of his six targets and connected with Gates for the LA Chargers' first touchdown since moving north about 115 miles.

As is customary, Rivers and the Chargers' starters grabbed a seat for the remainder of the game having come out looking sharp and putting together a positive drive that resulted in seven points.

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks responded with a field goal on their opening drive, but Wilson completed three of his four pass attempts and also ran for five yards. After the opening drive, Wilson joined Rivers in being a spectator for the remainder of the sunny Sunday evening in Carson.

Even without Rivers and Wilson, the Chargers and Seahawks continued to put up points. By the end of the first quarter, the Chargers and Seahawks had already combined for 24 points, which was one more point than the LA Rams and Dallas Cowboys combined for in four quarters one day earlier.

With backups getting the majority of playing time in the preseason opener, neither team should have been all too concerned with the scoreboard, but the backups continued to add points.

Seattle's backup quarterback Trevone Boykin led the Seahawks to 24 points in the second quarter and gave the visitors a 34-17 lead entering the halftime break.

LA's backup quarterback Kellen Clemens had a couple tipped passed picked off, one of which was returned for a touchdown, but the 34-year-old veteran also recorded a passing touchdown on a long bomb thrown to Travis Benjamin, good for 74 yards on the scoring play. Clemens left the game just before halftime with four completions on 10 passing attempts with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Cardale Jones came in to replace Clemens as the third string quarterback for the Chargers.

Boykin stayed in at the start of the second half and eventually exited the game with 12 completions on 15 attempts for 189 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions.

At the end of three quarters, the Seahawks had a commanding 41-17 lead. As the warm summer day turned into a mildly chilly, breezy night, the Seahawks eventually won by a final count of 48-17.

Next, the LA Chargers look for their first win when they host the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 20 before playing as the away team at the LA Coliseum against the Los Angeles Rams on Aug. 26. The Chargers wrap up the preseason away against the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 31.

The first regular season game at the Stubhub Center will be on Sept. 17 against the Miami Dolphins.



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<![CDATA[Turner's Homers Seal Series Against San Diego]]>Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:07:33 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-831137266.jpg

A series of fortunate events.

Justin Turner hit a pair of homers as the Los Angeles Dodgers took the rubber match of their three-game series with the San Diego Padres, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers have not lost a series since June 5-7 when they dropped two-of-three to the Washington Nationals. Since that time, L.A. is 16-0-3 over their last 19 series.

Los Angeles needed just one inning to hand the Padres their 66th loss of the season as the Dodgers hung five on San Diego in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Justin Turner hit his first of two home runs in the game when he sent a four-seam fastball into the seats in right-center to put the Dodgers in front, 3-2.

"Usually the second and third time through the lineup we tend to have a little more success," said Turner of the team's ability to break through after three innings without a hit. "That's how it went today. The second time through we got to him [Perdomo] pretty good."

Three batters later, Yasmani Grandal sent a first-pitch changeup to right-center for his 15h homer of the season, capping off the five-run inning.

"He threw me a changeup and missed more towards the middle," Grandal said of his home run. "I had an idea he was going to throw something soft. I was able to put a good swing on it. That's pretty much it."

Grandal has now hit 15 homers or more in four consecutive seasons and is batting .340 at home since July 4.

Corey Spangenberg provided most of the power for the Padres as he also hit two home runs in the game.

Spangenberg put the Padres on the board in the first inning with a solo shot to right-center.

The left-hand hitting third baseman wasn't finished as he hit his second home run off Dodgers' starter Kenta Maeda in the top of the 6th to cut the lead to 5-4.

Spangenberg finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI, two home runs and two runs scored. It was his third career multi-homer game and second of the season.

Maeda (11-4) hung on for the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings.

The Japanese right-hander has won his last seven home starts, joining an exclusive club consisting of Zack Greinke (2015), Clayton Kershaw (2011), Kevin Brown (2003) and Ramon Martinez (1990) as Dodger pitchers to win at least seven consecutive starts at Dodger Stadium in the past 40 years. 

Maeda improved to 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA since the All-Star Break and has struck out 27 batters compared to just six walks.

Perdomo (6-7) took the loss, allowing five runs, on four hits, with one walk and one strikeout in six innings of work.

Turner did a discount double-check when he added an insurance run when he hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning off Jose Valdez.

It was the seventh career multi-homer game for Turner and third of the season as third baseman continues to lead the National League in hitting with a .346 batting average.

"I'm just trying to take good at-bats and hit balls hard," said Turner of his second multi-homer game in the last week. "One of them was in Arizona, where the ball flies really well, and the other one was at Dodger Stadium during a day game. When it's daytime here, if you get it up in the air, it's got a pretty good chance of getting out of here."

Kenley Jansen earned his second consecutive save against San Diego, giving him 32 on the season.

Dodger hitters stuck out only two times in the entire game, a new season-low. 

The Dodgers are 34-16 against the Padres since 2015, the third best record against a divisional opponent in all of baseball over that span.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies both lost on Sunday so the Dodgers extend their lead in the National League West to a season-high 18 games. That's the largest lead (division or league) in franchise history. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will have a day off on Monday before welcoming the Chicago White Sox for a two-game Interleague series starting on Tuesday. RHP Miguel Gonzalez goes for Chicago opposite Alex Wood. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Injury Updates: Hatcher Back, Kershaw Close]]>Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:32:55 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Chris+Hatcher+Returns+.png

The injury bug bites all teams from time-to-time, but the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to always be the main course.

Fresh off their record-breaking season in 2016 for most players on the disabled list, the 2017 edition of the Dodgers is on pace to shatter that record.

In 2016, Dodger players were sent to the disabled list a record 33 times, including an MLB-best 29 different players. 

As of today's date, the Dodgers have sent 23 different players to the DL in 2017, missing a combined 1,336 days of action, totaling over $43 million dollars in paid salaries to injured players. 

The most recent victim of the revolving door that is the Dodgers' disabled list is reliever Grant Dayton who returned to the disabled list last week with a neck injury.

Chris Hatcher, a right-handed reliever who had been on the disabled list since June 23rd, was activated on Sunday and third-string catcher, Kyle Farmer, was optioned back to Triple-A OKC.

On the upside, a handful of players who have spent considerable time on the disabled list are close to returning, including three-time NL Cy Young Award Winner, Clayton Kershaw.

Here's the updates:

Scott Kazmir (Left hip strain): Scott Kazmir was back in the Dodgers clubhouse during the three-game series in Phoenix as the left-hander has been rehabbing at Camelback Ranch after seeing a hip specialist in Texas during the month of July. Its doubtful Kazmir takes the field in 2017.

Brandon McCarthy (blister): McCarthy is still on the disabled list as he recovers from a blister on his right middle finger. He was spotted in the dugout in Phoenix and was back at Chavez Ravine for the weekend series against the Padres. Currently the Dodgers have a five-man rotation which could become seven when McCarthy and Kershaw are ready to come back. Needless to say, there's no rushing either of them at the moment.

Andre Ethier (Lumbar disk herniation): After participating in baseball activities and a sim game at Camelback Ranch last week, Ethier saw his first professional action of the season on Saturday when he batted third in the lineup for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Ethier went 0-for-3 as the DH hitter and is expected to rejoin the team when rosters expand in Sept. 

Adrian Gonzalez (Back): Gonzalez is currently in the middle of his 15-game rehab assignment. After four games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Gonzalez continued his assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga this weekend. Gonzalez played first case for Rancho on Saturday and went 0-for-4 in the two-hole. Gonzalez is expected to return at some point during the Dodgers road trip next weekend.

Yimi Garcia (Right elbow surgery): Garcia was placed on the 60-day disabled list on February 15th after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He is expected to miss all of the 2017 season, but be back in time for Spring Training of 2018. 

Julio Urias: The 20-year-old pitching phenom underwent shoulder surgery last Tuesday to have his anterior capsule repaired by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The injury was an acute injury, and is expected to sideline Urias for the next 12-14 months. It's possible that Urias misses the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Urias met with the Dodgers front office during the three-game series in Phoenix to plan out his rehab.

Adam Liberatore: (Left forearm tightness): Liberatore was placed on the disabled list at the end of May and could miss significant time. He was examined by doctors at the beginning of June, and this is his second stint on the DL this season. His return is unknown.

Andrew Toles (Torn right ACL): Toles underwent surgery this week to repair the torn ACL in his right knee after he collided with the short porch in left field trying to preserve a no-hitter for Julio Urias. Toles will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, but is expected to make a full recovery for 2018.

Rob Segedin: (Right toe and right wrist): Rob Segedin is also close to returning after making rehab starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will also likely stay in Triple-A until rosters expand in Sept. On Friday, Segedin went 1-for-4 with a run scored against former teammate Willie Calhoun and the Round Rock Rangers.

Franklin Gutierrez (Ankylosis spondylitis): Gutierrez was moved to the 60-day disabled list retroactive to June 25th and it is doubtful, even if healthy, he will return to the team before the end of the season.

Grant Dayton (Neck Stiffness): Dayton has been dealing with neck stiffness all season, and returned to the DL after making a brief relief appearance during the team's nine-game roadtrip. Dayton has been progressing quickly. He threw off themound in a sim game and his expected to make a short rehab appearance before returning to the team sometime next week.

Clayton Kershaw (Lower Back): Kershaw is up to 30-35 pitches in his bullpen sessions and is expected to return sooner than later. Kershaw is going to throw a two-inning simulated game on Monday at Dodger Stadium. He told reporters in Phoenix this week that he expects to make at least one rehab start before returning.

Dodgers Injury Updates are provided each and every week, usually on Friday or Sunday throughout the season.  



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<![CDATA[The Choice]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:38:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/08-09-2017-roggin-the-choice.jpg

It's time to make The Choice!

Each week one contestant advances and one is eliminated and your vote matters. 

Pick your favorite contestant each week, you can vote here once per day and on Fred Roggin's Facebook page. Each week's winner will be revealed Sunday at midnight on Going Roggin.

After a month long submission process, Fred Roggin opened the doors to our studio to find the best untapped talent in southern California. Now we’re down to the top 16 contestants on The Choice. 

They’ve never done this before. You’ve never seen anything like this before.

Not only do you get to witness our contest unfold on Going Roggin, your vote helps decide who moves on each week. 

Who moves on? Who wins? The Choice is yours! 

The Choice Contest Official Rules

August 12, 2017 – December 18, 2017 

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:  No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. The Choice Contest (“Contest”) will begin on August 12, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT and end on December 18, 2017 at 12:30 A.M. PT (“Contest Period”).  All times in the Contest refer to Pacific Time (“PT”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.  Contest is subject all applicable federal, state and local laws. Entries will be accepted until September 4, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT.


ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States (“U.S.”) residents who are physically located in the KNBC geographic viewing area in the counties of Los Angeles, Kern, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Ventura in the state of California (collectively, the “KNBC Geographic Viewing Area”), and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, as of the start of the Contest Period, and can legally work in the U.S. as of the start of the Contest Period.  Entrants must have a valid U.S. Social Security Number and/or a valid U.S. personal tax identification number. Entrants may not participate in the Contest if they are members of any guild, union or other organization that may prohibit/restrict them from participating in this Contest and/or that would restrict, would require payment, enable a third party to have the right to oppose such entrant’s participation in this Contest, or interfere with entrants’ ability to enter into agreements with Sponsors or their designees, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Entrants may not participate in the Contest if they have previous professional media experience and such experience may disqualify entrants at Sponsors’ sole discretion.  Entrants must be willing to voluntarily submit to and complete a background check. Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include KNBC, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 2120, Universal City, CA, 91608, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10012 (collectively, “Sponsors”) and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest. Each entrant agrees this is a Contest and not an employment opportunity. Each entrant agrees this is not a paid opportunity. Entrants must be available for any interviews and/or on-air tapings on such dates and times specified by Sponsors in their sole discretion and as outlined in these Official Rules.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period, you will be required to submit an original video (“Video”) on the following theme: “Why I should be the next panelist on Going Roggin” (‘Theme”). Video must not be longer than thirty (30) seconds in length.  If Video exceeds (30) seconds in length, only the first (30) seconds will be judged.

Video must have been taken by you, and you must have the permission of any person who appears or is identified in the Video. If any minors appear in Video, the entrant must be that minor’s parent and/or legal guardian. Professional Videos with watermarks are not eligible.

To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period: (1) visit NBCLA.com/sports (“Website”); (2) upload your Video to the Website; and (3) complete the entry form which includes your Video, Video title, full name, and email address (the “Entry”).

All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned. You must submit the Video (collectively referred to herein as the “Submissions”) as part of your Entry to enter and be eligible for the Contest.  By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Submissions and to incorporate the Submissions in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity.  Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsors and that the Sponsors' reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Submissions will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract.  If any Submissions contain material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or if any Submissions do not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsors’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, such Submissions (and the related Entries) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration and/or deleted from the Website. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.  Sponsors shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Submissions. If the use of the Submission incurs excessive fees, including but not limited to Guild payments, Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify such Submission (and the related Entry).

Sponsors may choose to broadcast on-air and/or display on the Website, a selection of Submissions as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to the posting of such entrant’s name and Video on the Website and/or on the Show’s social media pages, including but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Entries must be received before September 4, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest. You may enter once during the Contest Period. Multiple entries received from any person or email address beyond this limit will void all such additional Entries. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including but not limited to illegible handwriting, are void and will not be accepted.  Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval. 

PRIVACY: Entrants will have the opportunity to receive information from Sponsors and selected partners by checking the appropriate box(es). If, at any time, you no longer wish to receive materials from Sponsors or our partners, please go to our privacy policy, located at http://www.nbcuniversal.com/privacy, or the applicable partner’s privacy policy and follow the procedures indicated.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF FIRST ROUND FINALISTS, SECOND ROUND FINALISTS, THIRD ROUND FINALISTS, FOURTH ROUND FINALISTS, FIFTH ROUND FINALISTS, AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER: There will be three (3) rounds of judging: round 1: initial judging to determine the First Round Finalists Entries (defined below); round 2: judging to determine Second Round Finalists (defined below); round 3: public voting and judging to determine Third Round Finalists (defined below) and Fourth Round Finalists (defined below) and round 4: judging to determine the Fifth Round Finalists (defined below) and Grand Prize Winner (defined below). JUDGES (DEFINED BELOW) ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM VOTING BASED ON THE FOLLOWING: RACE, GENDER, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, CITIZENSHIP OR ANY OTHER BASIS PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW, ORDINANCE OR REGULATION.

Voters (defined below) are encouraged to vote based on merit and in accordance with the Judging Criteria and the voting rules and without regard to the impermissible categories listed above. If it is brought to the attention of Sponsors that a Voter has voted using any criteria other than the Judging Criteria, or otherwise in violation of these Contest Rules, his/her vote will be disqualified.       

Round 1: Initial Judging for the First Round Finalists: Beginning on or about September 5, 2017, one (1) or more qualified judges selected by Sponsors (“Judges”) will review all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period and select up to forty (40) first round finalists (“First Round Finalists”, each a “First Round Finalist”) based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Personality (33.4%), Ability to Articulate (33.3%), and Knowledge of Relevant Subject Matter (33.3%). The selection and review process may occur on a rolling basis as Entries are received. In the event of a tie, the Initial Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied entrant who received the highest points from the Initial Judges for Personality to advance to Round 2: Second Round Finalists. In the event a tie remains, an additional tie breaking judge will judge the tied Entries using Judging Criteria, to determine which of the tied Entries will advance to Round 2: Judging to Determine the Second Round Finalists. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than forty (40) Finalists (or none at all) or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Finalists will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability, and, except where prohibited, Publicity Release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) within three (3) days of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification.

Round 2: Judging to Determine the Second Round Finalists: On or about August 30, 2017, Sponsors will contact each First Round Finalist and conduct an interview (e.g., on Skype, by phone, or in-person) (“Interview”), after which Judges will select up to sixteen (16) second round finalists (“Second Round Finalists,” each a “Second Round Finalist”) based on the Judging Criteria. The interview process may occur on a rolling basis. In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than sixteen (16) Second Round Finalists (or none at all), or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors may require and potential Second Round Finalists must be willing to voluntarily submit to and complete a background check as a condition of continued eligibility. Noncompliance within the Sponsor specified time period will result in disqualification.

Round 3: Public Voting and Judging to determine the Third Round Finalists and Fourth Round Finalists:Second Round Finalists may be asked by Sponsors to keep the outcomes of Round 3, Round 4, and Round 5 confidential until the Show episode air-date specified by Sponsors. The inability to comply with these confidentiality obligations may result in the disqualification of such Second Round Finalist. Each Second Round Finalist will be randomly assigned a seed and will compete “bracket-style” on-air on “Going Roggin” (the “Show”) according to their seed assignment and the chart below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Host Fred Roggin will ask each Second Round Finalist one (1) or more questions on-air (the “On-Air Debate”) and will judge each Second Round Finalist based on the Judging Criteria.

On-Air Debates

Contestant

Taping Dates & Times

Voting Periods

Announcement Date

On-Air Debate 1 (“OOD 1”)

Seed 1 v.  Seed 16 

September 7, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 9, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 14, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 16, 2017

On-Air Debate 2 (“OOD 2”)

Seed 2 v. Seed 15

September 14, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 16, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 21, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 23, 2017

On-Air Debate 3 (“OOD 3”)

Seed 3 v. Seed 14

September 21, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 23, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through September 28, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

September 30, 2017

On-Air Debate 4 (“OOD 4”)

Seed 4 v. Seed 13

September 28, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

September 30, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 5, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 7, 2017

On-Air Debate 5 (“OOD 5”)

Seed 5 v. Seed 12

October 5, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 7, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 12, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 14, 2017

On-Air Debate 6 Seed 6 v. Seed 11 (“OOD 6”)

Seed 6 v. Seed 11

October 12, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. PT

October 14, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 19, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 21, 2017

On-Air Debate 7 (“OOD 7”)

Seed 7 v. Seed 10

October 19, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 26, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 28, 2017

On-Air Debate 8 (“OOD 8”)

Seed 8 v. Seed 9

 October 19, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through October 26, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

October 28, 2017

On-Air Debate 9 (“OOD 9”)

Winner of OOD 1 v. Winner of OOD 2

October 26, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

October 28, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 2, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 4, 2017

On-Air Debate 10 (“OOD 10”)

Winner of OOD 3 v. Winner of OOD 4

November 2, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 4, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 9, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 11, 2017

On-Air Debate 11 (“OOD 11”)

Winner of OOD 5 v. Winner of OOD 6

November 9, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 11, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 16, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 18, 2017

On-Air Debate 12 (“OOD 12”)

Winner of OOD 7 v. Winner of OOD 8

November 16, 2017 beginning at 7:00 P.M. ET

November 18, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. PT through November 22, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. PT

November 22, 2017



Each On-Air Debate will also be posted on the Website for public viewing and voting during the applicable Voting Period (as outlined in the chart above). During the applicable Voting Period, visitors to the Website (“Voters”) may vote for their favorite Second Round Finalist (the “Public Vote”) according to the Judging Criteria, voting rules, and procedures established by the Sponsors, which will be posted on the Website (“Vote”). Visitors will be limited to one (1) Vote per day, but Sponsors reserve the right to change the limit on the number of Votes allowed, in their sole discretion. Visitors may submit their Vote on either Facebook or the Website. Notification regarding any such change to the Vote limit will be announced on the Website.  The eight (8) Second Round Finalists with the higher score in each individual On-Air Debate, based on the Public Vote (50%) and the Judging Criteria (50%), will be deemed the third round finalists (“Third Round Finalists”, each a “Third Round Finalists”). The four (4) Third Round Finalists with the higher score in each individual On-Air Debate, based on the Public Vote (50%) and the Judging Criteria (50%), will be deemed the fourth round finalists (“Fourth Round Finalists”, each a “Fourth Round Finalist”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists.

Round 4: Judging to Determine the Fifth Round Finalists and Grand Prize Winner: The four (4) Fourth Round Finalists will be randomly paired up by Sponsors and will compete in pairs in an On-Air Debate (the “On-Air Debate Semifinals”). The first pair of Fourth Round Finalists will compete in On-Air Debate Semifinals currently scheduled for November 30, 2017. The second pair of Fourth Round Finalists will compete in On-Air Debate Semifinals currently scheduled for December 7, 2017. The Judges will judge the Fourth Round Finalists based on the Judging Criteria and select one (1) Fourth Round Finalist from each pair (“Fifth Round Finalist”, collectively the “Fifth Round Finalists”) to compete in the final On-Air Debate (the “On-Air Debate Finals”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. The two (2) remaining Fifth Round Finalists will compete in the On-Air Debate Finals currently scheduled for December 14, 2017. The Judges will judge the Fifth Round Finalists based on the Judging Criteria and select one (1) grand prize winner (“Grand Prize Winner”). In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to First Round Finalists. Grand Prize Winner will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign Contest Documents within three (3) days. Noncompliance within Sponsors’ specified time period will result in disqualification.

PRIZE:  There will be one (1) grand prize awarded (“Grand Prize”) to the Grand Prize Winner. Grand Prize consists of one (1) appearance on the Show and the potential opportunity to appear on future episodes of the Show as a contributor.

Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of Grand Prize is zero dollars ($0). Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize may vary. Any difference between ERV and ARV will not be awarded.

Sponsors will determine and will be responsible for all details of Prize in their sole discretion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute Prize (or portion thereof) with a similar prize (or prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Grand Prize Winner. Prize cannot be transferred by Grand Prize Winner or redeemed for cash and is valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Grand Prize Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Grand Prize Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion. 

Second Round Finalists, Third Round Finalists, Fourth Round Finalists, and Fifth Round Finalists must be able to travel on such dates as specified by Sponsors in their sole discretion from September 2017 through December 2017 and as outlined on the chart above (or on such other dates designated by Sponsors).

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<![CDATA[Offseason Move: Chris Paul Says Bye to LA With Sale of Home]]>Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:51:03 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-chris-paul-woodland-hills-tn.jpgFormer Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul is wasting no time packing up his things and moving to Texas.

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<![CDATA[Seager's Clutch Hit Leads L.A. Over San Diego]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:13:11 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Seager+Helps+Steal+Victory+From+Dodgers+Over+San+Diego.png

Let's call him Corey "Clutch."

Corey Seager knocked in the go-ahead run with a three-run single in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers stole a win from the San Diego Padres, 6-3, on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine.

The Dodgers trailed 3-1, when Seager came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded.

After working the count full, Seager delivered a single to right field that scored the tying runs of the game.

However, anticipating a throw to the plate, Seager headed for second base and got caught in a run down between first and second.

"I thought he was a little more up the line and thought he was going to turn and throw home," Seager said of the play. "I was going to sneak a bag, but unfortunately not, I got stuck."

Simultaneously, Yasiel Puig headed for home, sliding under the tag at the plate, as Seager advanced to second base and the Dodgers took a 4-3 lead.

"I tried to stay in it as long as possible," Seager said of the run down. "Puig did a really good job of scoring."

Seager has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and is batting .429 with four runs, two doubles, one home run and five RBI over that span.

"His value defensively, offensively, in the clubhouse, and his consistency doesn't get overlooked by us," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "There's a lot of other guys in our clubhouse that are having really big years and getting claim. I think in Corey's opinion, he wouldn't have it any other way."

One of those other guys, is rookie Cody Bellinger, who one inning later, added a much-needed insurance run with his 34th long ball of the season.

Bellinger reached base safely in all four plate appearances, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

The Rookie of the Year frontrunner is one home run shy of Mike Piazza's franchise record of 35 home runs by a rookie in a single season, and has hit 17 homers in the 7th inning or later.

The Dodgers struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Padres tied the game in the top of the third thanks to an RBI double by Hunter Renfroe.

An inning later, San Deigo starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, helped his own cause when he knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI single to right field.

Wil Myers helped extend the Padres lead in the top of the fifth with a solo shot to center field off Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Ryu did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in just five short innings.

"I thought Hyun-Jin was good," said Roberts of Ryu. "His stuff looked good, but that hit from Chacin was a tough one, but his stuff was really good."

In his last two starts before Saturday, the Korean southpaw had tossed 14 shutout innings with 15 strikeouts.

Over the course of his career against the Padres, Ryu is 4-1 with a 2.19 ERA with 41 strikeouts.

Chris Taylor hit his 17th home run of the season when he crushed a cutter from Phil Maton in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.

"It was awesome," Taylor said of his home run. "I was extremely frustrated that I struck out with the bases loaded earlier in the game. It was another big win."

The Dodgers bullpen of Tony Watson, Brandon Morrow, Pedro Baez, and Kenley Jansen combined for four scoreless innings of relief as Jansen shut the door on San Diego for his 31st save of the season.

Overall, the Dodgers pitching staff leads the Major Leagues with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, while leading the National League in strikeouts with 1,100.

The victory was the Dodgers 35th comeback win of the season as they improved to 9-1 in their last 10 games at home. 

Los Angeles currently leads the National League West by a season-high 17 games, their largest division lead since Sept. 8 1955. 

Utley Gets 'Chased'

Dodgers' second baseman, Chase Utley, was ejected from the game by second-base umpire Ramon De Jesus in top of the ninth inning with one out. 


According to Utley, the veteran asked De Jesus to move out of his sight line at multiple times throughout the game, but in the ninth inning, did not want to move for Utley. Utley had some choice words for the umpire and was quickly ejected from the game.

Up Next: 

RHP Luis Perdomo takes the mound for San Diego against Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers in the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Rams Open Preseason With Win Over Cowboys]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:11:50 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jared-Goff-LA-Rams-vs-Cowboys.jpg

For the first time in 2017, the Los Angeles Rams took the field on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with the Dallas Cowboys serving as the opponent in a preseason opener for the second straight year.

A year ago, no. 1 pick Jared Goff got off to a tough start, only completing four of his nine pass attempts for 38 yards and an interception. On Saturday, Goff started the game for the Rams and completed three of his four pass attempts for 34 yards and a 100.0 quarterback rating before leaving the game leading 7-0.

Obviously, the sample size was extremely limited, but Goff is unquestionably off to a better start under new Rams head coach Sean McVay than a year earlier under former coach Jeff Fisher.

After missing his first target on the night, Goff completed his next pass, but the Rams' offense faced an all-too-familar third and long situation. Pro Bowl kicker Johnny Hecker managed to hang a ball that miffed Lance Lenoir, who muffed the catch, and Rams linebacker Josh Forrest came up with the fumble recovery to place the Rams at the Dallas 33-yard line.

While Todd Gurley III continued to struggle running the ball and only managed two yards on four rushing attempts, Goff displayed chemistry with receiver Cooper Kupp on a nice 19-yard completion to put the Rams deep in the Red Zone.

Out of the shotgun formation, Goff then slung a perfectly timed pass to Robert Woods on a crossing pattern, but the receiver fumbled the ball. Fortunately, Kupp recovered the ball in the end zone and gave the Rams their first touchdown of the year. Officially, Goff didn't get credit for the touchdown, but he completed a pass on the scoring play and celebrated the score with emotion.

It was an unorthodox first touchdown of the year, but the Rams will gladly take all the luck they can get.

Goff and the starters took a seat less than four minutes into the game and let Sean Mannion come in to play at quarterback. The 25-year-old out of Oregon State looked sharp under center for the second preseason in a row and played the majority of the game for the Rams.

Though Mannion looked sharp, this game was far from a clean affair. The Rams and Cowboys combined for nine fumbles, though only three of those would be lost on the night. It was a sloppy game, which is expected in a preseason opener.

In one of the cleaner moments of the evening, though, Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush found Rico Gathers on a beatifully thrown pass over the top to level the score at 10-10 after three quarters. Obviously, each team had added a field goal to its total.

With 6:11 to play in the fourth quarter, backup field goal kicker Travis Coons converted for the home team to put the Rams up 13-10. That score line would hold until time ran out.

When analyzing the game, the Rams should had to feel good about the night. Goff and the starters got through a couple series and scored a touchdown, even if it was a bit unorthodox. Mannion, meanwhile, looked solid as a backup quarterback able to step in, if needed. The former Oregon State Beaver finished the game with 18 completions on 25 passing attempts for 144 yards in the air, with no interceptions and no touchdowns.

Seemingly, the Rams have two quarterbacks ready to play, but it's Goff's position to keep with McVay starting the second year professional.

Next, the Rams play in Oakland on Aug. 19 before returning home to play the LA Chargers at the LA Coliseum on Aug. 26.

Notes: Notably, Dallas was missing starting quarterback Dak Prescott and recently suspended running back Ezekiel Elliot. Aaron Donald, who is a holdout due to contract issues, also did not play for the Rams.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Fall Short in Late Inning Loss to San Diego]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:07:06 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/187*120/Dodgers+Fall+Short+Against+San+Diego.png

You can't win them all.

Manuel Margot hit two homers and Jose Pirela hit one, as the San Diego Padres came from behind to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

With San Diego trailing 3-2 heading into the seventh inning, Ross Stripling surrendered solo shots to Margot and Pirela in back-to-back innings to give the Padres the lead.

"Off the bat, I thought 'no way that goes fair,' I thought it was going foul for sure, but obviously it stayed true and went out," said Stripling of the go-ahead homer to Pirela. "I tried to throw him something offspeed, but obviously it backfired on me."

Cody Bellinger played a part in all three of the Dodgers runs as the Rookie of the Year Candidate finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. It was the first loss of the season for the Boys in Blue when Bellinger had at least two RBI in the game. The Dodgers are now 19-1 in such games this year. 

"You can't win them all," Bellinger said after the game. "That's the beauty of baseball, you get to come back out here again tomorrow."

Bellinger knocked in Justin Turner with an RBI single in the first inning, but he was caught in a rundown on the play to end the inning.

Margot tied the game in the top of the fourth inning with home run to left field off Dodgers starter Rich Hill.

"He's hitting the ball pretty well right now," said catcher Austin Barnes. "We hung a curveball and he put a good swing on it. It happens."

San Diego ended the inning scoring two runs, but could have added more if not for the heroics of right fielder Yasiel Puig. The Gold Glove candidate threw out Hunter Renfroe at the plate in one of the more remarkable throws you'll ever see.

"Looking back, I think I tagged him the first time at the plate," Barnes said of the remarkbale play by Puig. "He's done that enough that I kind of expected that to be honest with you."

Bellinger single-handedly brought the Dodgers back, knocking in the tying run in the bottom of the third, and scoring the go-ahead run on an RBI double by Austin Barnes in the bottom of the fifth.

Hill left with the lead, but did not factor in the decision after allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in six innings.

Hill was involved in a scary moment at the plate in the fourth when he was hit in the throat by a fastball from Clayton Richard.

Hill remained in the game and threw two scoreless innings after the incident.

"He went to the hospital for precautionary reasons," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "It was scary. From talking to the medical staff, we dodged a bullet there."

Richard also did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work.

Margot tied the game with his second home run of the game, when he sent a 94MPH fastball from Stripling to deep center.

It was Margot's second career multi-homer game, with his first coming during Opening Week against the San Francisco Giants back in April.

Since July 19, Margot is batting .316 with 11 runs, three doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 13 RBI. 

Pirela broke the tie with a solo shot on a slider from Stripling that landed in the short porch in left field.

Padres All-Star closer Brad Hand, a trade target of the Dodgers at the deadline, recorded a four-out save, his ninth of the season. 

"He's got good stuff," said Bellinger who struck out against Hand to end the game. "I think that was my first time facing him. He's pretty good."

Entering the game, the Dodgers were on a 12-game winning streak in one-run games, but the loss snapped their streak. They are 20-11 in one-run games this season. 

Despite the loss, the Dodgers still have the fourth best record against the Padres since 2015, with a 32-16 mark.

Up Next: 

Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin takes the mound on Saturday for San Diego opposite left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu who is in search of his third consecutive scoreless start. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Reveal 2017-18 Jerseys]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:56:36 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-2017-18-jerseys.jpg

On Friday, both the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers revealed their new jerseys for the 2017-18 season, with Nike taking hold as the manufacturer and designer of the new uniforms.

The Lakers stuck with their traditional purple, gold and Sunday white uniforms with slight modifications from the new designers. Though fashion experts and jersey afficionados can likely detail the numerous minor alterations to the team's new diggs, the most notable difference is a modified collar and also the giant Nike emblem.

For some reason, the Lakers opted to model the new jerseys with the no. 17, which is most often connected to former Lakers center Andrew Bynum. For anyone wondering, Bynum is still only 29 years old, but the two-time champion's NBA career has long been over.

The NBA now allows teams to take on sponsorship logos on their jerseys, but the Lakers have seemingly resisted the revenue opportunity for the time being with only the Nike logo visible.

For the Clippers, the same Nike logo is visible in slick new jerseys fashioned by DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, as Chris Paul is no longer with the team.

At the end of the day, it's about who is wearing the jersey--not the jersey itself. The Lakers and Clippers will both don their new apparel on opening Oct. 19 in the teams' 2017-18 season opener.



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<![CDATA[Will the Dodgers Break the MLB Record For Wins?]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:57:25 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/Dodgers+MLB+Record+for+Wins+in+a+Season.png

This one's for the record books. 

There's no debating that the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers are an all-time great team.

At 91-38 they currently hold the best record in baseball by leaps and bounds and by any measure, are all but guaranteed to wrap up the number one overall seed heading into the MLB postseason this October.

The Dodgers have been on a record setting pace all season long and have written their name in the history books along the way.

On August 9, they recorded their 80th win to become the fastest team in franchise history to reach that mark in a season.

They rank first or second in baseball in almost every statistical category. They hold the best record at home and away in the National League and are on pace to shatter the all-time run differential record in a single season. 

Despite all the accolades and historic stats, there's one record in particular that the oddsmakers are interested in: 116 wins.

That's the MLB record for the most wins in a regular season set by the Chicago Cubs who went an astounding 116-36 in 1906. Ironically, that team did not win the World Series, as they lost to their crosstown rival, the White Sox, in six games.

Las Vegas has opened prop bets on the amount of wins the Dodgers will reach in the regular season at sportsbooks across the desert.

BetOnline.ag oddsmakers set the bar at 110 wins for the Dodgers in the regular season. According to their bookmakers, there's a 52 percent chance the Boys in Blue win more than 110 games, and 53.5 percent chance they win less than 110 games.

However, oddsmakers disagree and they place the probability of that happening at about 13 percent. According to the sportsbook, there's a 92 percent chance they will not break the record.

For those that bleed blue out there and enjoy a wager, the odds are 13/2 if you bet the Dodgers will break the all-time MLB record, and a $100 bet will win you $650 in return.

The all-time franchise record for wins in Dodgers history is 105 wins set by the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers led by Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.

That team finished 105-49 and went on to lose the World Series in six games to the rival New York Yankees.

If you prefer to make a safer bet, oddsmakers believe that the current Dodgers team will shatter the 1953 record and place the odds at nearly 77 percent.

If you like more of a sure thing, a $325 bet will win you only $100, but you could certainly bet the over in all three situations in order to hedge your bets.

There's no doubting the 2017 Dodgers are one of the best teams in recent memory, and could go on to win their first World Series in 29 years. The only question now, is how much you're willing to bet on it. 



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<![CDATA[When Yu Hot, Yu Hot, Darvish Wins Again for Dodgers]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:55:11 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Yu+Darvish+Ks+10+in+second+start+.png

Oh no Yu didn't!

Yu Darvish struck out ten batters for the second straight start and the Los Angeles Dodgers took the rubber match from the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-6, in a potential preview of the NLDS on Thursday night at Chase Field.

Darvish (2-0) wasn't as dominant as he was in his first start in New York, as he appeared to struggle with his command throughout the game. However, he was still effective against the NL Wild Card-leading Diamondbacks.

"I struggled to throw first pitch strikes," Darvish said through a translator after the game. "It was a battle throughout the game and I was at least able to go five innings."

The Japanese right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits with two walks and ten strikeouts in five innings of work. Darvish joined Karl Spooner as the second Dodgers pitcher since 1900 to have at least 10 strikeouts in each of his first two starts with the team.

For the second straight start, the Dodgers handed Darvish an early lead as Enrique Hernandez hit a bases loaded double in the first inning that scored three runs.

"The guys are hitting really well and gave me a lot of run support," said Darvish of his new teammates. "Even with a guy like me standing in the box, we were still able to score some runs."

Two recent trade acquisitions went toe-to-toe in the fourth inning as former Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez took Darvish deep for his 23rd home run of the season and sixth in a D-backs uniform.

Thankfully, the Dodgers broke the game open in the top half of the fifth as Chris Taylor led off the inning with a home run to left field, his 16th long ball of the season.

Taylor is batting .429 with two homers, three doubles, and six runs scored in eight games against the Diamondbacks this season.

After a walk to Corey Seager, Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Cody Bellinger hit a dribbler in front of the plate that catcher Chris Iannetta promptly threw into right field trying to make the play at first.

The error proved costly for Arizona as Seager scored on the play and Bellinger advanced to second.

Three batters later, Austin Barnes hit an infield single that scored Bellinger and the Dodgers led 6-2 through five innings.

Justin Turner missed a home run by about a foot in the top of the sixth inning as he skyrocketed a splitter from Jorge De La Rosa off the centerfield wall that scored Taylor and Kyle Farmer to extend the L.A. lead to 8-2.

Iannetta redeemed his early error with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the sixth that cut the L.A. lead in half.

The game got tighter thanks to a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning by Ketel Marte, but newly acquired left-hander Tony Cingrani came out of the bullpen to strike out the final two batters of the inning. 

Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to shut the door on the Diamondbacks and earned his 30th save of the season.

The Dodgers won the rubber match of the three-game series and improved to 8-5 against their division rivals this season.

We Salute You, Senator

Senator John McCain was in attendance for the game on Thursday and posed for pictures with fans in attendance.


The longtime Arizona congressman was diagnosed with brain cancer last month at the age of 80.

Up Next:

The Dodgers concluded their 9-game road trip and will return home to the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine on Friday when they host the San Diego Padres. It will be a matchup of left-handers as Clayton Richard squares off with Rich Hill. First pitch is 6:10 PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Open Season Vs. Clippers on Oct. 19]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:46:06 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Clippers-Opening-Night-2017-18.jpg

On Thursday, the NBA announced that the Los Angeles Lakers will open the 2017-18 season against the LA Clippers on Oct. 19 at Staples Center, two days after the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers launch the new season in a repeat of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Lakers will host the Clippers in the Opening Night extravaganza for both teams in the venue that will also host the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, as the two LA teams share hosting duties at Staples Center for the third time since the arena opened in 1999.

With Chris Paul no longer part of the Clippers and the Lakers looking stronger than they have in several years, the "Battle for LA" should be far more competitive than it has been in recent years, and Opening Night should provide an initial gauge of how far apart the teams are at the outset of the marathon 82-game season.

Speaking of the marathon NBA season, the league has addressed a growing trend of teams resting players due to the often grueling scheduling, so the season starts about 10 days earlier than in the past to help avoid situations where teams are playing four games in five nights or enter nationally televised games on the second night of a back-to-back.

In addition, the NBA also announced that the Minnesota Timberwolves will come to Los Angeles for Christmas night. Yes, the Lakers will play on Dec. 25, which has become something of a tradition. The Clippers have the late December holiday off.

The entire 2017-18 NBA season expects to be revealed in the coming days.



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<![CDATA[Bellinger Helps Dodgers Rally Against Greinke, D-Backs]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 02:46:49 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Cody+Bellinger+33rd+homer+for+Dodgers.png

It could be one heck of an NLDS.

Cody Bellinger homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied off old friend Zack Greinke to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2, in a potential NLDS preview on Wednesday night at Chase Field. 

Bellinger belted his team-high 33rd home run of the season off Greinke in the second inning to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.

The blast was the rookie's first against Greinke of his career, and puts him two home runs shy of Mike Piazza's franchise record for home runs in a season by a Dodgers rookie.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Snakes have a home run slugger of their own and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt put his full power on display against Alex Wood in the fourth inning.

Goldschmidt tied the game when he absolutely demolished a 92MPH four-seam fastball from Wood that traveled 443-feet to dead center with an exit velocity of 109 MPH.

Before Goldschmidt's home run, Wood was the best in baseball at preventing the long ball this season, allowing just five total homers in 104.1 innings entering the game.

J.D. Martinez, acquired by the Diamondbacks from the Detroit Tigers to face left-handed pitching, showed his importance to the playoff push when he hit a two-out RBI single off Wood to give the D-Backs a 2-1 lead.

Wood (14-1) outdueled his former teammate Zack Greinke, allowing just two runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in six strong innings.

"I felt good," Wood said of his start. "I felt like my stuff was back where I wanted it to be. It was a great team win."

Wood improved to 5-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 12 career games against Arizona.

Entering the seventh inning, Greinke  had allowed just one hit—the homer to Bellinger—but the rookie got the best of him again to start the rally in the seventh inning.

Bellinger led off the inning with a double, and scored three batters later on an RBI double by Joc Pederson.

Pederson had been a 0-for-23 slump before the at-bat but happily knocked in the tying run after Greinke, his former teammate, famously said he was "an easy out," last season.

"He made really good pitches in my other at-bats. In that last at-bat he made a mistake and I capitalized," said Pederson of his game-trying double off Greinke. "It was my first hit in a long time. To come up big and help the team win a ballgame was a nice feeling."

Two pitches later, the Dodgers recaptured the lead on an RBI single by Yasiel Puig.

With the home run and double by Bellinger, the Dodgers recorded two or more extra-base hits for the 53rd consecutive game, the most in the Major Leagues since 1913.

Greinke (13-5), was handed his first loss at home this season by his former team as he allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 6 and 2/3 innings. 

"You want to approach every game like it's the same, but when you have one of their best in Zack Greinke out there, and one of our best in Alex Wood taking the mound, the players look forward to it," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Alex wanted to pitch well and Zack knows a lot of these guys and wanted to pitch well against us."

Josh Fields pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Kenley Jansen recorded his 29th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

"I just tried to not make mistakes, especially in a one-run game," Jansen told Alanna Rizzo fo SportsNet LA after the game. "They have great hitters and can do damage against you. I just tried not to take anything for granted and make pitches."

The Dodgers became the first team to win 80 games on the season as they extended their division lead over the Diamondbacks to 16 games.

L.A. improved to 7-5 against Arizona this season in head-to-head matchups and recorded their 34th comeback victory, tied for the most in the Majors this season.

"They're tough," Roberts said of the D-backs. "It's fun to play those guys. We're familiar with each other and each one of these games could have gone either way."

Up Next:

The newest star on the Dodgers will shine brightly on Thursday as Yu Darvish takes the mound against LHP Anthony Banda at 6:40PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Wife of Clippers' Reed Wants Domestic Battery Charge Dropped]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:26:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/willie+reed.jpg

The wife of Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed said Wednesday she does not wish to press battery charges against her husband after an argument between the couple led to his weekend arrest.

Jasmine Reed said in statement issued by her attorney, Ivlis Mantilla, that the situation was blown out of proportion and that she never called police. Willie Reed, who played last year for the Miami Heat, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge after the argument Saturday night with his wife at their Miami residence.

A police report quoted Jasmine Reed as saying her 6-foot-11 (2.1 meters), 245-pound (111 kilograms) husband pulled her hair, grabbed her wrists and dragged her in a struggle over her purse. She also told officers she hit Willie Reed with a glass candlestick holder.

On Wednesday, she called Willie Reed "a good man and a great father." The couple has two children.

"This is a private matter between my husband and I and for the sake of our family I would like to keep it that way," Jasmine Reed said.

Jasmine Reed also said in an affidavit filed in court that she does not want to be interviewed by police or prosecutors and that she does not fear her husband. She also asked that a stay-away order issued against Willie Reed be dismissed.

"I would hope they and the court would respect my wishes," she said in the affidavit.

Willie Reed, 27, recently signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Clippers. As Miami's backup center last season, he averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game but decided to opt out of his Heat contract.

"Willie is looking forward to putting this behind him and focusing on his family and his new team," said his attorney, David O. Markus.

The NBA and its players association implemented a new domestic violence policy as part of the collective bargaining agreement, which started on July 1. Under terms of the policy, the league can conduct its own investigation into the matter and hand out punishment before a court rules on criminal charges.

Willie Reed, who played college ball at Saint Louis, has also played for the Brooklyn Nets and in the NBA developmental league.

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<![CDATA[Lamb's Grand Slam Brings Dodgers Back to Earth ]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:39:03 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-827948954.jpg

Cancel the coronation.

Jake Lamb hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks came from behind to shock the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-3, in a potential postseason matchup on Tuesday at Chase Field. 

The Dodgers entered the day 16 games ahead of the Snakes in the N.L. West Division, but with Arizona leading the Wild Card Race, a potential five-game NLDS matchup with the Dodgers could be in the cards in early October. 

If Tuesday's matchup in the Desert was any indication of things to come, the Dodgers might want to cancel the victory parade down Vin Scully Avenue.

Things got off to a great start for the Boys in Blue as Justin Turner hit a homer into the upper deck in the fourth inning.

After a double by Cody Bellinger, Logan Forsythe gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with an RBI single up the middle.

Chris Iannetta got the D-backs on the board with a solo shot to deep center field in the fifth inning to cut the lead to a run, but once again it was Justin Turner who put the Dodgers back in front by two, with his second home run of the game.

Turner has now homered in three consecutive games, and recorded his sixth multi-homer game of his career. 

After a home run by Jake Lamb put the Diamondbacks back within a run, J.D. Martinez thought he had tied the game with a solo shot to right field, but Yasiel Puig had other plans for the newest member of the Snakes.

Despite his gold-glove defense in right field since entering the league in 2013, the home run robbery was Puig's first of his career. 

The Dodgers went to the bullpen early, but with a runner on second and one-out, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went signaled for newly acquired left-hander Tony Watson.

"I loved the matchup," Roberts said. "As good as Jake as, I'll take Tony against him any day. He left the slider up, he didn't even put a good swing on it, but he elevated it, and unfortunately for us it hit the foul pole."

Watson was acquired at the trade deadline from the Pittsburgh Pirates for his ability to get out left-handed hitters after the Dodgers were unable to trade for Baltimore's Zach Britton or San Diego's Brad Hand.

Watson loaded the bases for left-hander Lamb, and promptly allowed a grand slam that put the Diamondbacks in front 6-3.

"There's two pitches I would love to have back: the hit by pitch to Rosales and the one to Lamb," Watson said of the grand slam deathblow. "I had the right pitch selection, just didn't execute. He kept it fair and made me pay."

Arizona became just the second team since July 4th to defeat the Dodgers, with the Atlanta Braves being the only other team in baseball to beat L.A.

The loss was only the second of the season for the Dodgers after taking a lead at any point in the game.

According to Elias Sports, the Dodgers loss snaps a 49-game win streak in games they led by 2+ runs, the longest streak since the 2001 Mariners (53 straight).

Up Next:

Another possible playoff matchup is on the mound on Wednesday when LHP Alex Wood goes head-to-head with former Dodger, Zack Grienke. First pitch is 6:40PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Fan Chases Yasiel Puig 3 Blocks For Autograph]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:11:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Puig+Chased+by+Fan+.png

If "Puig, your friend," then this might be Puig's best friend. 

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig found himself in an interesting situation with a diehard fan on Monday morning in New York City.

Puig and the Dodgers were riding high, fresh off their weekend sweep of the lowly New York Mets at Citi Field.

As Puig was leaving his hotel with a group of people, a fan began to follow the Cuban slugger's taxi, seeking an autograph.

Puig jokingly wrote on his Instagram account that the told the fan, "Show me how fast you are and I'll sign the baseballs for you."

Regardless, if Puig was being genuine, the fan took Puig seriously and outran the taxi for three blocks before the cab finally pulled over and Puig signed two baseballs for the young, Latino fan.

Puig posted the whole thing on his social media accounts saying at the end of his caption: 

"Only in New York haha #PuigYourFriend." 

You have to admire the young fan's determination in the video as a female occupant in the cab with Puig is heard off-camera saying, "pobrecito," which roughly translates in Spanish to "Poor little thing."

Meanwhile, Puig and the Dodgers traveled on Monday to Phoenix where they will play a three-game series with the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Sweep Season Series Against New York Mets]]>Sun, 06 Aug 2017 21:03:28 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Justin+Turner+homer+against+former+team.png

Start spreading the news.

Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Mets with a 8-0 shutout victory on Sunday night at Citi Field. 

Two baseballs were leaving the ballpark today as almost every player on the Dodgers squad wanted to be a part of the home run barrage against the New York Mets this season.

In seven total games, those vagabond Boys in Blue hit 25 long balls against Mets pitching.

Hyun-Jin Ryu woke up in the city that never sleeps and quickly became the king of the hill, the top of the heap, as he threw seven shutout innings for the second consecutive start on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

Ryu gave the Mets the little town blues as he spun a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in the game.

It wasn't a brand new start of it, but in his last five starts, Ryu is 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 38 strikeouts. In his last five starts against the Mets, the Korean left-hander is a perfect 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.

Los Angeles started the game with three runs in the first inning of Mets' starter Steven Matz. 

After a single to Corey Seager and a walk to Cody Bellinger, Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single up the middle and Austin Barnes followed with an RBI double.

Justin Turner continued to torch his former team as he hit a two-run homer off Matz in the top of the third inning.

Turner also doubled in the game and stole two bases, joining Chris Taylor as the only other Dodger on the team to have two stolen bases and a home run in the same game.

Turner was famously released by the Mets after the 2013 season and signed with the Dodgers. This season, the former Met leads the National League in batting average (.349) and on-base percentage (.442).

Cody Bellinger contributed a two-run bomb of his own in the top of the eighth inning as he hit his team-leading 32nd home run of the season, a 447-foot rocket that put the Dodgers up 7-0.

Chris Taylor added an RBI triple in the top of the ninth to outscore the Mets 57-15 in their seven game sweep against New York this season.

Overall, the Dodgers have won nine consecutive games against New York dating back to last season, and have never swept the season series against the Mets before Sunday.

The eight runs posted on the scoreboard increased the team's MLB-best run differential to +204 on the season. The first team to surpass the 200 plateau this year.

The sweep over the Mets was the Dodgers MLB-best 15th sweep of the season, tied with the 1976 team for the most in franchise history.

Needless to say, if they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will be off on Monday as they travel to Phoenix where they will face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Kenta Maeda will start opposite Zack Godley at 6:40PM PST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Latest Comeback Led by Home Run Barrage]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 16:58:31 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Cody+Bellinger+Game+Tying+Homer+.png

The Dodgers must love Mets pitching. 

Five different Dodgers hit home runs as Los Angeles rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the New York Mets, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Los Angeles capped off their 33rd comeback victory with five home runs in the sixth inning or later as they have hit a total of 23 homers against the Mets in six games this season.

"When you face very good pitching like the Mets have, we're more focused and guys get the ball in the air," explained Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of the amount of home runs against the Mets this season. "Other than that, I don't know why we hit so many homers against the Mets."

However, the display of power on Saturday afternoon was not just limited to Los Angeles as nine different players homered in the game with every run coming via the long ball.

The home run onslaught started in the first inning when the Mets put on an aerial assault against the reigning National League Pitcher of the Month for July, Rich Hill.

Michael Conforto led off the game with a solo home run to center field to put the Mets on top right away.

Three batters later, Wilmer Flores and Curtis Granderson went back-to-back for New York as the Mets were sitting fastball early and often.

All three home runs allowed by Hill in the first inning came on the fastball.

Hill had not surrendered more than one home run in a game all season, but allowed three solo shots in the first inning against the Mets.

"I just left a few pitches over the middle of the plate," Hill explained. "Sometimes those translate to pop flys, but today they were home runs."

Mets starter Seth Lugo took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before he was bombarded by the Dodgers in the top of the sixth.

"We were struggling for a little bit," Bellinger told Alanna Rizzo of the first five innings against Lugo. "But that's why our lineup is so deep, it's hard to get through us three times."

Chris Taylor kicked off the sixth inning with a solo shot to left-center, his third consecutive game with a home run as Taylor continues to hit over .416 since the All-Star Break and leads the National League with 33 hits since the Midsummer Classic.

After a single from Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger belted his 31st home run of the season, a two-run blast to right-center that tied the game at 3-3.

"I know we hit a lot of home runs," Bellinger said of the barrage. "We stayed with out approach and luckily we got them."

Bellinger is averaging a home run every 10.97 at-bats and joined Ryan Braun and Chris Young as rookies to reach 30 home runs or more in their first season in the big leagues in the last decade.

Lugo did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five and 2/3 innings for New York.

Hill also did not factor in the decision, despite settling down after his frustrating first inning. After allowing three home runs, Hill changed up his delivery, switching to the side arm to give hitters another look.

"They scored three in the first inning and then we shut them down the rest of the way," added Hill. "It speaks to the resiliency of this team. How we're able to continue to fight and comeback."

The change in delivery worked as he threw four scoreless innings after the first, leaving the game surrendering three runs on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in five innings.

With the game tied 3-3, Yasiel Puig hit his career-best 21st home run of the season and second is as many days as the Dodgers took the lead 4-3.

Just for insurance, Justin Turner hit a solo shot of his own off his former team in the top of the eighth inning.

"It's nice to see JT [Justin Turner] get back on track today," said Roberts. "Corey is getting going again, and as you saw, CT [Chris Taylor], just continues to do what he does."

Not to be outdone, Corey Seager joined the home run party with a two-run blast to right field in the top of the ninth.

Rene Rivera hit a solo home run off Ross Stripling in the bottom of the ninth inning but it was not enough as New York lost for the sixth straight time to the Dodgers this season. 

L.A. has won nine of their last ten road games and are a perfect 6-0 against the Mets this year.

Los Angeles set a franchise record for the best 50-game stretch in team history with their 43rd win on Saturday. In 2013, the Dodgers went on a 42-8 run, but the 2017 version of the Boys in Blue bested that mark, becoming the first team to win 43 of 50 games in a season since the 1912 New York Giants.

"I think some guys in the clubhouse think I was on that team," joked Hill of the 1912 Giants. "Unfortunately I missed that, and started in 1926 with Murderer's Row. It just speaks to how we follow the process and trust the process."

Up Next:

Hyun-Jin Ryu starts on Sunday opposite Steven Matz in a matchup of left-handers that will air nationwide on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Darvish Dominates in Debut, Utley Trolls N.Y.]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 16:55:06 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Yu+Darvish+Dominate+Debut.png

How's that for a first impression?

Yu Darvish threw seven shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the New York Mets, 6-0, on Friday night at Citi Field. 

Darvish (1-0) was making his first start in a Dodger uniform after he was acquired from the Texas Rangers on Monday in a last-second trade deadline deal.

The Japanese right-hander did not disappoint as he dazzled both Mets and Dodgers alike, striking out 10 batters, walking just one, while allowing only three hits over seven shutout innings.

"I was really worried [before the game] because the Dodgers have such great pitchers and I didn't want to pitch badly in my first outing," Darvish said after the game. "I just went with the plan and it went well. I'm just glad I pitched well today."

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Darvish is the first Dodger since 1900 with at least 10 strikeouts and one walk of less in his first start with team.

"It couldn't have went any better," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Darvish's start. "Yu was excited to throw that first pitch. He was really enjoying the moment. Just to see him up close and personal and watch him compete was good to see."

Chris Taylor made sure to give Darvish a lead before he even took the mound when he started the game with a leadoff homer to left-center.

Taylor finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored and has 32 hits since the All-Star break, the most in the National League.

Taylor is also sporting a .410 average since the break, the best batting average in the national league over that time. Overall, he is batting .314 on the season, good for the 10th best average in the National League.

Yasiel Puig followed Taylor's first inning homer with a long ball of his own in the second inning.

Puig crushed his career-high 20th home run of the season on an 84MPH curveball from Mets' ace Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom (12-5), took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in five innings.

Chase Utley put the final nail in the New York coffin when smoked a 84MPH splitter from Mets' pitcher Josh Smoker.

The Mets fans booed Utley every time he came to the plate and have vilified the veteran second baseman ever since he broke the leg of Ruben Tejada in the 2015 NLDS series against the Mets.

Since the incident, Utley has done his best to troll the New York fans with his bat as he's homered in back-to-back seasons at Citi Field amongst a barrage of boos.

The Dodgers have won five straight against the Mets this season and are 21-10 against their NL East foe since the 2013 season.

The Dodgers have won 42 of their last 49 games, the best 49-game stretch since the New York Giants in 1912, a span of 105 years.

Los Angeles can break the 2013 team record of 42-8 for the best 50-game stretch in franchise history with a win on Saturday.

Up Next:

The reigning National League Pitcher of the Month for July will take the mound on Saturday as Rich Hill goes opposite RHP Seth Lugo for the Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[See Where USC is Ranked in Preseason Coaches Poll]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:59:26 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/USC+Ranked+in+top+5+of+preseason+poll+.png

Fight on. 

The 2017 Preseason College Football Rankings were released on Thursday and Southern California's own, USC Trojans were ranked number four by college coaches.

The Trojans finished the season on a nine-game winning streak, capped off with a memorable Rose Bowl victory against the Penn State Nittany Lions who are ranked No. 6 in the preseason poll.

Coaches and other preseason analysts are expecting the Trojans to continue their dominance with sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold at the helm, an early Heisman Trophy favorite.

Alabama starts the season as the preseason as the No.1 team for the second straight season with Ohio State at No. 2, Florida State No. 3, USC No. 4 and Clemson No. 5 to round out the top five.

Three other Pac 12 teams join the Trojans in the top 25 as last year's Pac 12 champion the Washington Huskies are ranked No. 7, Stanford is ranked No. 14 and Utah is ranked No. 25.

The UCLA Bruins are not ranked in the top 25.

The Clay Helton led Trojans are also ranked No. 4 in ESPN's preseason poll and unlike last season when they started 1-3, they are prepared to come out of the gates fast.

They will have to as they face Western Michigan, Stanford, and Texas in their first three games. 



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<![CDATA[Taylor's Homer Helps Dodgers Bounce Back Against Braves]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:31:16 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/Chris+Taylor+Homers+in+the+Rain.png

Call them Dennis Rodman because the Dodgers just rebounded.

Chris Taylor hit a two-run home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers bounced back from a loss with a 7-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the rubber match of the three-game series at Sun Trust Park.

Taylor broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run shot to straightaway center that put the Dodgers out in front for good.

In his third career start against his former team, Georgia resident and University of Georiga Bulldogs Alum, Alex Wood, earned his first victory over the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Wood (13-1) also rebounded from a bad start against the Braves two weeks ago at Dodger Stadium when he allowed a season-high nine runs against his former team.

This time around, Wood earned his first quality start since July 15, allowing just one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six strong innings, earning his career-high 13th victory of the season.

"I'm really proud of this one tonight," Wood told reporters after the game. "I really didn't have my best stuff. I felt tired." 

The only run allowed by Wood in the game came in the first inning when Freddie Freeman singled with two outs and scored a few pitches later on an RBI double by Tyler Flowers.

The play of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Wood loaded up the bases with no outs for Brandon Phillips. 

Wood did his best Houdini impression by escaping the jam, first by picking off Lane Adams at second base, and inducing an inning-ending double play on a groundball to short by Phillips.

"That was a big moment," Wood said of the pick off play. "That changed the course of the game I felt like."

Sean Newcomb (1-6), took the loss for the Braves, surrendering three runs on four hits with a season-high seven walks and seven strikeouts in 4 and 2/3 innings of work.

With Atlanta leading 1-0, in the third inning, Newcomb walked Logan Forsythe with the bases loaded to tie the game.

One inning later, he threw a high fastball to Taylor that soared 402-feet over the centerfield wall for the go-ahead home run.

"I knew he had a really good fastball, so I wanted to be aggressive in a hitter's count," Taylor told Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA after the game. "I just wanted to get out in front, and he left a pitch out over the middle."

Taylor finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored batting in the leadoff spot.

Corey Seager, batting behind Taylor, also had three hits and reached base in all four plate appearances.

Tony Cingrani, a left-handed relief pitcher acquired from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline, made an inauspicious start in his Dodger debut, surrendering two singles, a wild pitch and a three-run home run before recording a single out in the bottom of the ninth inning. 

Ozzie Albies took Cingrani deep for his first career home run.

Since July 4, the Dodgers are 21-3 with all three loses coming against the Atlanta Braves.

They have not lost a series since they dropped two of three to the Washington Nationals June 5-7.

They Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab

The Dodgers announced on Wednesday that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was headed to Las Vegas to join the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers to begin a rehab assignment as he tries to recover from two herniated discs in his back.

The team also announced that outfielder Andre Ethier would begin to participate in simulated games this week and could begin a rehab assignment later in August.

Up Next:

The highly anticipated Dodger debut of Yu Darvish will take place on Friday night against the Mets as the Japanese right-hander will square off with Jacob deGrom at Citi Field in New York City. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Here's What Dodgers Had to Say About Meeting Yu Darvish]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:26:39 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/Yu+Darvish+and+Dave+Roberts.png

First impressions are the most lasting.

For Yu Darvish, the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he dazzled in his.

Since the whirlwind trade deadline on Monday afternoon that saw the Dodgers acquire Darvish at the last second from the Texas Rangers, fans, players and coaches have all anxiously awaited the arrival of L.A.'s newest import.

On Wednesday that day finally came as Darvish joined his new teammates in Atlanta during their three-game road trip against the Braves.

Many on the Dodgers had not seen Darvish in person before, so to see the larger than life Japanese legend standing in front of them was a bit stunning.

You see, Darvish stands at an imposing 6 feet, 5 inches tall with broad shoulders and a barrel chest. His fastball is in the high 90s and his slider has more movement than a wild animal being hunted through the woods.

"It's impressive how big he is," said Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt to reporters on Wednesday after meeting him for the first time. "He is a young man who's put together very well, a very powerful arm and body. You can look at film all you want to. It's another thing to see him with your own eyes."

In addition to Honeycutt, Darvish also met his new manager Dave Roberts, who is of half-Japanese descent, and was prepared to speak to him in Japanese before he realized that the tall right-hander also spoke pretty good English. 

As impressed as he was with Darvish's ability to speak English, like his pitching coach, he was even more impressed with Darvish's physical stature.

"You see him on TV, you see the No. 11, but when you get in front of him, he's very physical," Roberts told the media.

Darvish will make his highly anticipated Dodgers' debut on Friday underneath the bright lights of the Big Apple when Los Angeles takes on the Mets at Citi Field, but on Wednesday he threw a bullpen session that attracted a small crowd of onlookeers including dozens of Dodger coaches and teammates.

"After seeing his pen today, I'm very excited," Honeycutt told AM570 radio. "There was a lot of excitement about all the guys who came out just to see him throw today."

Austin Barnes caught Darvish for the approximately 23-pitch first impression, and later said his slider was "Amazing. I've never seen such movement like that."

Honeycutt noticed it too.

"His slider has one of the best spin rates, but seeing it live, it's for real," he said.

Even Dodgers' pitcher Rich Hill, who possesses one of the best curveballs in the game, was impressed with his new teammate, telling members of the media who gathered to watch, "Wow. He is good. Good pick up."

After the bullpen session, Darvish addressed the media in a nearly 12-minute press conference that was jam-packed full of Japanese reporters.

The first question they had for Darvish was his feeling of being traded for the first time in the middle of the season after playing the last six years with the Rangers.

"I've moved to the strongest team in the middle of the season," he said. "I've thought, 'What should I do if I hold them back?'"

Even Darvish can't hold the Dodgers back as they currently own the best record in baseball at 75-32, a 14-game lead on the division, a 12-game lead in the National League, and a six-game lead over the Houston Astros for the best record in the big leagues.

After his fear of disappointing his new teammates passes, Darvish's next greatest fear is stepping into the batter's box.

Pitching in the American League with the Texas Rangers for the last six years, Darvish rarely made a plate appearance except for the few occasions during Interleague play.

Before that, in his handful of seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Darvish never hit because the Japanese Pacific League has designated hitters.

In total, Darvish has made just 14 plate appearances in his six years in the Major Leagues, recording three hits for a career .214 average.

"I wonder if I'm going to get tired," he said of hitting. "It's fun to do every now and then, but doing it every time, I don't know how I'm going to react. I'm a little worried. "

Darvish also discussed joining a team that featured his fellow countryman, Kenta Maeda, and jokingly said he would bully the younger Maeda who also happens to be five inches shorter.


At the end of his press conference, he appeased the media by telling a couple stories about the Dodgers three-time Cy Young winner and former MVP, Clayton Kershaw, who Darvish now has the impossible task of following when the team inevitably enters the postseason.

"When I work out my lower body, I wear weightlifting shoes," he told the room full of Japanese reporters. "With the Rangers, I was always made fun of for that. But learning Kershaw did the same, it me think, 'I wasn't wrong.'"

He also said that during the All-Star Game in Miami on July 11th, that Kershaw told him that he will be waiting for him in three weeks when the trade deadline came around.

Darvish won't see Kershaw until the team returns to Los Angeles next weekend as the latter is nursing a back injury back in Tinseltown, but when the two of the game's best pitchers do eventually meet, Darvish already knows what he's going to say.

"It actually happened," he revelead. "It's pretty amazing. I'm really happy it became a reality."



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<![CDATA[Braves Snap All Dodgers Win Streaks on Wednesday]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:18:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*130/GettyImages-825744744.jpg

All good things must come to an end.

Tyler Flowers hit a game-winning pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth and the Atlanta Braves snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers nine-game winning streak, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Sun Trust Park.

In addition to the nine-game winning streak, the Braves also snapped the Dodgers six-game road winning streak, and more importantly, their MLB-record 53-game winning streak when leading at any point in the game.

"We've done a good job of winning these type of games," said Dodgers left-fielder Chris Taylor. "We haven't lost in a long time."

The back and forth battle started with Cody Bellinger's record-tying 30th home run of the season.

Bellinger sent a 91 MPH fastball from Julio Teheran over the wall in right-center, nearly the same spot he hit his 29th home run of the season a day earlier, to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

With the long ball, Bellinger tied the National League record for home runs by a left-handed rookie, and became the third fastest rookie in MLB history to reach 30 home runs (87 games) behind only Rudy York  and Mark McGwire.

The Braves answered Bellinger's bomb in the bottom half of the second with a two-run home run by Danny Santana.

Santana golfed a low fastball from Brock Stewart to put the Braves in front, 2-1.

The Dodgers tied the game in the top of the fourth and took back the lead in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI single by the "Silver Fox," Chase Utley.

Stewart, in his second start of the season, once again did not factor in the decision as he allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and one strikeout in just four innings.

Teheran also did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five innings.

Atlanta tied the game in the bottom half of the fifth inning after Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single to center field off reliever Ross Stripling.

Both teams remained tied until Flowers unloaded on a first pitch slider from Pedro Baez to knock in the go-ahead runs for the Braves.

There would be no comeback for the Dodgers this time as Arodys Vizcaino pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the season.

Since July 4th, the Dodgers are 3-3 against the Atlanta Braves and a perfect 17-0 against every other team in baseball.

"They have a good offense. They play hard and play the right way," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters about why his team has struggled against the Braves. "They're a scrappy bunch. We just couldn't put things together tonight."

Despite the loss, the Dodgers still hold the best record in baseball and since June 1, have three separate win streaks of nine games or more, the most in the Major Leagues, and the most since the Milwaukee Braves in 1954.

King of the Hill

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for July, and celebrated by watching his newest teammate Yu Darvish throw a bullpen session before the game.

Up Next:

Alex Wood squares off against the team that drafted him as he takes the mound on Thursday opposite LHP Sean Newcomb for Atlanta. First pitch is 4:35PM PST.



Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[How do the 2017-18 Los Angeles Lakers Look?]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:25:16 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-roster-2017-18.jpg

August is the only slow month for NBA coverage, as executives and players tend to take a bit of time off following a marathon off-season that just about sets rosters for the coming season by the end of July.

Under the direction of Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the action of Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, the Los Angeles Lakers have a nearly complete 2017-18 roster that doesn't expect to change in any meaningful way prior to October's regular season opener.

On Sunday, the team agreed terms with second round pick Thomas Bryant to officially fill 14 of the 15 roster spots. In addition, a report from Shams Charania at Yahoo! Sports ahead of the weekend stated that the Lakers had agreed on a partially-guaranteed contract with Vander Blue, who performed well in the Lakers' Summer League championship run and also won the 2017 D-League MVP.

Tentatively including Blue, the Lakers have a full roster with 15 full time players, along with one of the two-way contracts wrapped up. That leaves one open two-way contract, but by definition, a player that will be playing major minutes in the newly branded G-League is probably not going to be the game changer for the NBA squad.

So, if the roster is just about set, how do the Lakers look for 2017-18?

First of all, Lonzo Ball is expected to be the starting point guard, with new signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as his running mate. Brandon Ingram should start at small forward, with Julius Randle and Brook Lopez completing the starting five.

Lopez is an improvement on Timofey Mozgov, who started at center a season ago, while Randle and Ingram should also show improvements based on an extra year gone by. Ball versus D'Angelo Russell at point guard is a debate that will probably play out for several years to come, but the two point guards are complete opposites in their respective styles of play.

But first, let's go back to the current starting five, where Randle enters a contract year and can command a big pay day if he can put together a solid season. The 22-year-old's off-season workouts have effectively made him an amateur before and after model on Instagram, which is impressive considering the "before" picture was still that of a professional athlete.

More important than Randle's fitness, though, will be his ability to hit a jump shot, namely a three-point jump shot. In what is officially Randle's fourth season, the former University of Kentucky Wildcat needs to display range and stretch defenses into guarding him on the perimeter for the Lakers to reach their maximum levels--and for Randle to maximize his pay day.

Ingram's minor cameo at Summer League in Las Vegas pointed to a growing game that is more aggressive in scoring the basketball. Also, the sophomore struggled with his three-point shot during his rookie year, but coaches and teammates did not seem at all worried about that shot falling for the lanky 19-year-old based on his stroke and performance on the practice court. Unlike Randle, Ingram's jump shot didn't need reconstruction, and those who have watched him closely expect that he'll be an above average shooter in the NBA.

Entering his second season, one expects Ingram will gain that slight bit of composure that was lacking when he found himself open from distance. Also, Ingram is still only 19 and doesn't turn 20 until Labor Day Weekend, so anyone overlooking the former Duke Blue Devil would be wise to think twice on that front. The teenager's got a strong work ethic and a long career ahead of him.

Ball is a rookie, so his defense is expected to be suspect, but this kid has special passing ability and natural instincts to push the ball up the court without hesitation. His playing style is infectious and seemingly instantly culture changing.

Anyone who doesn't think Ball will have an immediate impact in terms of the Lakers' style of play hasn't seen this kid in a 5-on-5 game of basketball. Considering his talent and understanding, one would be shocked if Ball didn't manage a 10-assist game within his first 10 NBA games.

For comparison's sake, Russell only topped the 10-assist mark twice in two seasons with the Lakers and never hit the double-digit mark in assists during his rookie season. Suffice to say, Johnson and the Lakers have their true passing point guard now, and Ball is a completely different type of player than Russell. If anything, Ball's shot seemed to disappear from time to time in the desert, but he still managed to claim MVP honors of the Las Vegas Summer League because of his ability to impact the game even when he went through awful shooting droughts.

Caldwell-Pope can shoot, but he's being touted as the best defender the Lakers have had in recent memory. The 24-year-old helps balance out the team on both ends of the court, with Caldwell-Pope not so subtly being promoted as the defensive leader of the starting unit. The former Detroit Piston is expected to take on the premier perimeter scoring threat on the opposition on a nightly basis and help Ball adjust to playing defense in the NBA in the process.

Lopez is a 7-footer that can shoot three-pointers. Though he's evolving his game, he's still a dinosaur in many ways, and one should watch closely how often the former Stanford Cardinal is on the court at the end of games.

Off the bench, the Lakers have options, but Jordan Clarkson is poised to be the sixth man asked to enter and provide a scoring punch. After playing alongside Lou Williams, who has seemingly perfected the scoring bench player role, Clarkson is being tasked with stepping in and scoring the ball for the second unit.

Along with Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. appears to be about the only certainty off the bench, as Lakers coach Luke Walton will likely get creative with his lineups as the season progresses.

Corey Brewer showed himself to be a better wing player than Luol Deng late in the previous season, but both players are options for Lakers coach Luke Walton. Brewer can also play as a shooting guard if Clarkson is asked to play as the backup point guard.

Alternatively, the Lakers have Tyler Ennis available as a backup point guard, and Blue can potentially provide instant scoring for the team should the Lakers need an extra offensive punch off the bench. Rookie Josh Hart is also an option as the off guard and will likely end up as Clarkson's running mate at some stage, even if he doesn't start the season as the backup shooting guard.

Obviously, Walton has options on the wing and in the back court, but Clarkson should be the sixth man on the team, with Nance as the 7th man.

Nance should hold his place as the backup power forward and split minutes with Randle at the position, as he has done for the past two seasons. Like Randle, the team hopes to see an improved outside shot from Nance, but the former University of Wyoming forward has been a coach and fan favorite since he arrived. No one seems to be complaining about Nance's play. In large part, that's because Nance plays team basketball on offense and tends to make the correct reads on defense. Playing solid on both ends is a sure fire way to get playing time.

As a pure backup center, the Lakers have Ivica Zubac. Bryant is an option, as well, but the 19-year-old probably won't start the season with the second unit. In truth, Bryant will probably struggle to get minutes outside of garbage time, and Zubac is far from guaranteed his own share of court time due to the evolving nature of the game.

More than likely, Walton will opt to go small with Zubac sacrificed for a front court trio that could involve Summer League final MVP Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma's outside shooting and general athleticism in Las Vegas made the kid from Flint, Michigan an instant fan favorite and a player that may deserve playing time sooner rather than later.

If Kuzma can sink three-pointers with the regularity he displayed at Summer League, the Lakers may just go with Kuzma and Nance playing in tandem and Deng playing as a small ball center. If Nance can develop his outside shot, that second unit could conceivably be better at spacing the floor than the first unit.

In addition to the regular roster, the Lakers also have Alex Caruso on a two-way contract. The fiery point guard should earn time with the big team, but his impact expects to be limited unless the Lakers are dealing with a dearth of healthy point guards. Also, Ennis is ahead of Caruso in the depth chart, so Caruso breaking into the Lakers' rotation is not likely to happen on a regular basis.

And that's your look at the 2017-18 Los Angeles Lakers entering the NBA's down month of August. As presently constructed, this team would require a miracle to win a title, and they probably won't even make the playoffs in the Western Conference, but they should be competitive and fun to watch. After improving from 17 wins in Byron Scott's final season to 26 wins in Walton's rookie season, the Lakers will hope to replicate that type of improvement and push into the 30-40 wins range. Rebuilding is a process, but the Lakers should be clearly off rock bottom at this point.

Also, the front office is openly angling to add two All-Stars by the end of the summer of 2018, so Pelinka and Johnson have prioritized development and salary cap flexibility over necessarily building a playoff team that would also have little to no chance of winning a ring.

Finally, the Lakers don't keep their first round pick regardless of where they finish in the standings, so at the least, the 2017-18 season won't devolve into discussions on tanking and fans following lottery odds and celebrating defeats. Regular service on that front will likely resume if the Lakers don't land the big free agents in the summer of 2018 and look to continue a slow rebuild with their 2019 first round pick.

For now, the 2017-18 Lakers are just about completely set. After a quiet month of August, training camp is set for the last week of September, and the Lakers play their first preseason game on Sept. 30.



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<![CDATA[Six Dodger Games Will be Simulcast in Aug-Sept.]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:27:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Dodgers+and+KTLA+simulcast+.png

It's time for Dodger baseball.

For years, fans in Los Angeles have been vocal over their anger and disappointment that Dodger games are not available on television broadcast for everyone.

As the Dodgers begin to wind down their season, they are on a historic pace.

They currently possess the best record in baseball, they are on pace to set the franchise record in wins, and are the clear-cut favorites to win the World Series.

So with that in mind, the team's exclusive television network, Spectrum SportsNet LA, announced a simulcast agreement with KTLA Channel 5 on Wednesday that will simultaneously air six games down the stretch of the MLB season. 

The simulcast broadcasts will begin on August 22, and will continue each and every Tuesday for the next six weeks. The games are split evenly with three games at home and three on the road.

The announcement is the third partnership between KTLA and Spectrum Networks as last season, KTLA aired the last six games of the season in honor of the retirement of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.

This year, the Dodgers and KTLA aired 10 games in April and May before going silent for the Summer months. 

Here is the complete schedule released by the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon:





Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bellinger's Blast Leads Dodgers Over Braves]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:55:59 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Bellinger+belts+number+29.png

Nine-day wonder. 

Cody Bellinger homered and Kenta Maeda threw seven shutout innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, for their ninth consecutive win on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. 

It was the Dodgers first visit to the brand new stadium, located north of Atlanta in area of Cumberland, and they christened their first visit with a win, their 40th in their last 46 games. 

Bellinger belted his team-high 29th home run in the fourth inning as the Dodgers scored one run in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings respectively. 

"He threw me a fastball down the middle with two strikes and I just tried to put a good swing on it," Bellinger told Alanna Rizzo of SportsNetLA after the game. "We obviously didn't have a whole lot of tape on him."

Bellinger was referring to Braves' rookie Lucas Sims (0-1) who took the loss in his MLB debut. The 23-year-old right-hander surrendered all three runs while scattering six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in six innings.

Yasiel Puig scored two of those runs for the Boys in Blue as the "Wild Horse," finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. 

Kenta Maeda (10-4) had his best start of the season, alowing just two hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven shutout innings. 

Maeda became the 14th pitcher in the Major Leagues to reach double-digit wins on the season, and may have been motivated by the Dodgers acquisition of fellow countryman, Yu Darvish, at the trade deadline on Monday. 

"Darvish is somebody I admire very much. He's one of the best pitchers in Japan and here," Maeda told the media through a translator of the acquisition of Darvish. "We have a lot of really good pitchers on this team, and I do feel the pressure to peform. When the news broke yesterday, he [Darvish] contacted me via message." 

Darvish is seen as a legend in Japanese baseball with a 93-38 record to go with his 1.99 career ERA and 1,250 strikeouts.

Maeda's outing was made even more impressive against a Braves' lineup that scored 18 runs in two games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles two weeks ago.

The Braves split a four-game series with the best team in baseball, and were responsible for two of their three losses in the entire month of July.

The Braves clawed their way back into the game off reliever Josh Ravin when Johan Carmago hit a two-run home run off the right-handeder in the bottom of the eighth. 

Tony Watson, another pitcher acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline on Monday, made his Los Angeles Dodgers debut with a scoreless inning of relief in Ravin's stead.

Watson was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates and is expected to play a major role against left-handed batters in the later innings of games down the stretch.

Watson was given his first test when he faced one of baseball's best left-handed hitters in Freddie Freeman with the tying run on third base.

Freeman hit a short pop up to third baseman Justin Turner to end the inning and give Watson his first hold in a Dodger uniform. 

Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side for his 28th save of the season. 

In addition to their nine-game winning streak, the Dodgers have won six straight on the road and extended their MLB-record to 53 consecutive wins when taking a lead ay any point. 

Up Next:

Rookie Brock Stewart takes the mound on Wednesday against Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran at 4:35PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Rams and Chargers Expectations for 2017]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:16:07 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_RAMS_CHARGERS_CAMP_PREVIEW_1200x675_1014722115689.jpg

Will the Rams be any better than last season? Can the Chargers take over LA and make the playoffs? Fred Roggin welcomes J. Woodfin and Jeff G. to find out what they expect in 2017. Originally aired on Going Roggin, July 29, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[The Vault: Tommy Lasorda Walks Into the Sunset]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:09:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_VAULT_LASORDA_RETIRES_1200x675_1014719043819.jpg

It's been 21 years since heart problems forced Tommy Lasorda into retirement as manager of the Dodgers. All these years, the heart is still ticking and Tommy is still bleeding Dodger blue. Originally reaired on Going Roggin, July 29, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Acquire Pitcher Yu Darvish From Rangers]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:42:57 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/darvish-yu-rangers-face.jpg

Welcome to Hollywood. 

In a matter of a few minutes, the Los Angeles Dodgers quickly bolstered their pitching staff ahead of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline by acquiring Texas Rangers' ace Yu Darvish. 

With less than an hour remaining before the deadline, the Dodgers made three trades, including the final trade for Darvish which wasn't announced until five minutes after the deadline. 

In addition to Darvish, the Dodgers acquired 32-year-old left-hander Tony Watson from the Pittsburgh Pirates and 28-year-old left-hander Tony Cingrani from the Cincinnati Reds. 

Often times, trades are announced after the deadline has passed as the league still has to go over the paperwork as it comes in. According to sources, the Darvish trade with the Dodgers was literally the last trade of the day, just sneaking in under the deadline. 

The 30-year-old Japanese right-hander will leave the Lone Star state, the only home he's ever known for his entire six-year career. Darvish has been the best pitcher for the #Rangers over that time, but as struggled in 2017, sporting a 4.01 ERA through 22 starts. 

The Rangers acquired No. 4 prospect Willie Calhoun, No. 17 prospect A.J. Alexy, and No. 27 prospect Brendon Davis in exchange for Darvish. 

The Pirates acquired RHP Angel German and INF Oneil Cruz in exchange for Watson. 

The Reds received veteran outfielder Scott Van Slyke and minor leaguer Hendrick Clementina. 

Darvish, Watson, and Cingrani, all head to Los Angeles on Monday where they will join a team currently with the best record in all of baseball. 

The Dodgers were in desperate need of left-handed relief help, and they got two such arms back in the deal. 

The team was also interested in adding a top of the rotation right-handed starting pitcher that could slot behind three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who is currently on the disabled list with a lower back strain. 

The Dodgers now have a formidable one-two punch at the top of the rotation for the postseason as well as two new toys that join the best bullpen in the National League. 

Watson is 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 47 appearances this season and was most recently an All-Star in 2014. 

Cingrani has a 5.40 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 25 appearances this season. 

Here are some of the reaction by Dodgers players after the Yu Darvish trade was announced on Twitter: 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Trade Rumors: Names You Need to Know Before Deadline]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:12:07 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/Darvish+Dodgers+Trade+Rumors.png

Happy MLB Trade Deadline Day!

There's less than three hours remaining on baseball's equivalent of Christmas day and fans across the country are constantly refreshing their Twitter timelines as they anxiously await news on what their teams will acquire.

Here in Los Angeles, Dodgers fans are feeling fairly confident as the 4:00PM EST trade deadline quickly approaches.

The Boys in Blue have the best record in baseball at 74-31, 12 games ahead of the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League, and 14 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.

The Dodgers certainly don't need to do anything at the deadline, but for many here in Tinseltown, 2017 feels like the year the Dodgers will finally snap that 29-year drought and reach the World Series. 

Therefore, fans who have witnessed the Andrew Friedman regime firsthand, feel like the Dodgers' President of Baseball Operations will be more aggressive this year, especially when it comes to acquiring another starting pitcher or elite relief pitcher at the deadline.

Whether or not Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi trade their coveted prospects in exchange for a rental or another pitcher is yet to be seen, but in the case they do, here's what you need to know before the MLB trade deadline hits:

Zach Britton

The Dodgers top priority at the deadline this year is acquiring an elite left-handed relief pitcher. Now that Detroit Tigers lefty Justin Wilson has been traded to the Chicago Cubs, the front office has turned their attention to Baltimore Orioles' closer, Zach Britton.

In addition to the Dodgers, the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians are also interested in Britton and Baltimore is ready to start a bidding war in order to land a "top tier prospect," from any team.

For the Dodgers, that means No. 1 prospect Walker Buehler, a right-handed starting pitcher with electric stuff and a high ceiling, or No. 2 prospect Alex Verdugo, a future leadoff hitter that can play any corner outfield position and is currently batting .326 with an .846 OPS.

In order for the Dodgers to land Britton by the deadline, either the Orioles or Dodgers will have to budge. So far, that's yet to be seen. 

Yu Darvish

In addition to a relief pitcher, the Dodgers have interest in adding a top of the rotation starter to slot behind Clayton Kershaw in the postseason. In that regard, the Dodgers have been linked to Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish since the team announced they would "listen" to offers last week.

Darvish is a free agent at the end of the season, and is therefore seen as a three-month rental for anybody who trades for him. The Dodgers certainly don't need him in order to make the postseason, but definitely could use him in their quest to reach the World Series. 

That would mean that Darvish would make four to five starts if the Dodgers were to advance to the World Series, and according to sources, Friedman just isn't willing to trade away either of his top two prospects for a handful of possible starts in the postseason.

The Rangers have talked to the Astros as well as the Indians about Darvish, but still want Buehler or Verdugo in any trade with the Dodgers. Once again, it's a staring match to see who blinks first. 

If the Dodgers do give up either Verdugo or Buehler, look for left-handed reliever Alex Claudio to come back to Los Angeles in the deal.

Brad Hand

Another dominant left-handed reliever is San Diego Padres All-Star Brad Hand.

The Dodgers definitely have interest in Hand, but since day one, Padres' general manager A.J. Preller has asked for a King's ransom in return for Hand. Teams interest in Hand is easy to see, he's cheap ($1.375 million) and under team control for two more years.

The New York Yankees are another team that's interested in Hand, but as of the publication of this article, Preller's asking price is still high, and he's demanding either Buehler or Verdugo in any trade with the Dodgers.

There are some smaller names that the Dodgers could still acquire like Jerry Blevins from the New York Mets, or even Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics.

Keep in mind, even if the Dodgers don't acquire one of these three big name pitchers at the non-waiver trade deadline today, they could still land someone before the waiver trade deadline on Aug. 30.

For immediate updates on all trades concerning the Dodgers, please follow @MichaelJDuarte on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Rookie Kyle Farmer Records Walk-Off RBI in MLB Debut]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 04:59:26 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/224*120/Farmer+delivers+walk-off+hit+in+MLB+debut.png

The drama-filled Dodgers did it again. 

Rookie Kyle Farmer delivered a two-run, walk-off double in his first ever Major League at-bat, and the Los Angeles Dodgers stunned the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, for their ninth walk-off win of the season on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.

With the Dodgers trailing, 2-1, heading into the bottom of the 11th ining, Corey Seager started off the comeback with a double down the right field line. 

One batter later, Justin Turner was intentionally walked, leaving Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts with runners on first and second base with the pitcher's spot coming up. 

Roberts, only had one position player left on his bench, rookie Kyle Farmer, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, but had yet to make an appearance at the Major League level. 

"It was pretty electric," Roberts said after the game. "He was our last guy and everyone in the dugout was pulling for him. That was a very professional at-bat for a guy taking his first in the majors."

Farmer made his MLB debut with his first ever big league at-bat in one of the most pressure-packed situations even a seasoned veteran has ever been in. 

"I was thinking 'just get a good pitch to hit,'" Farmer said of the moment he stepped in the batter's box. "Watching these guys hit for the past three games, I've learned a lot. I was just trying to put a good swing on it and put something in the air and down the line. I did. I got lucky. 

But, this is the 2017 Dodgers, a team that has recorded an MLB-best nine-walk off victories this season, and they've come from eight different players, so naturally, destiny was on Farmer's side. 

Farmer worked a full count, and then collected the biggest hit of the game when he roped a pitch down the right field line that scored Seager and Turner as the Dodgers once again rallied for their 31st comeback victory of the season. 

"It was pretty surreal," Farmer said after the game. "Just being my first at-bat and being able to help this team win and beat the Giants, it's a pretty cool feeling."

Before the drama packed final inning, Joe Panik, knocked in the go-ahead run for the Giants with an RBI single in the top of the 11th that gave the Giants a 2-1 lead.

Panik had a season-high three hits in the game, and is batting .358 with 13 runs, four doubles, one triple, four home runs and 11 RBI in his last 20 games on the road.

Early in the game, the Dodgers and Giants were deadlocked in a good old fashioned pitcher's duel between left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner did not factor in the decision as he scattered just five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings for San Francisco.

"It's always fun to pitch here in this environment," Bumgarner said of his start. "I felt good. These are fun games."

Sunday was easily Bumgarner's best performance of the season, and his first scoreless appearance since he was activated off the disabled list on July 15.

"I think this was his best start," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner. "He was really good. Everything was crisp. Good focus, good tempo."

Ryu also had his strongest outing of the season, but he did not factor in the decision despite matching Madison pitch-for-pitch. Ryu allowed just five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings of his own for Los Angeles.

"That was as dominating as he’s been,’’ Roberts said of Ryu. "Made great pitches, got big outs."

The Korean southpaw has been hit or miss against the rival Giants over the course of his career, going 4-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 10 total starts.

Conor Gillaspie broke the scoreless tie when he sent an 0-2 fastball from Josh Fields into the short porch in right field for just his second long ball of the season.

Both homers this year for Gillaspie have come on pinch-hit appearances as the Nebraska native recorded his seventh career pinch-hit home run.

San Francisco led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth before Chase Utley nearly single-handedly tied the game for the Dodgers.

The 38-year-old Utley led off the inning with a chopper to third base that he just beat out for an infield single.

One pitch later, he stole second, and then scored on an RBI single up the middle by Yasiel Puig.

"I saw he went for the steal and he had a good jump, so I didn't swing at the first pitch," said Puig of that at-bat." Then I kept working the at-bat. I was just trying to get the ball in play and I got that one and was able to produce that run."

The stolen base was Utley's 150th of his career, and he currently leads all active players in baseball with an 87.7 percent success rate on stolen base attempts. 

Right-hander Sam Dyson, blew the save for San Francisco, his second blown save of the season, and first with the Giants. 

The back-and-forth battle continued in the 11th inning as Luis Avilan surrendered the go-ahead single to Panik before the Dodgers answered with two runs of their own off Albert Suarez. 

"This is unbelievable how it's gone for these guys," said Bochy of his team. "They're playing hard and doing a lot of good things. To lose like this, a guy gets his first Major League hit, right down the line like that. Everything is going right for them and it's just the opposite for us."

Farmer's walk-off hit against Suarez was the first by a Dodger for their first career hit, since pitcher Darren Dreifort did it on May 27, 1994 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 


Acoording to Stats LLC., the last Dodgers position player to have their first career hit be a walk-off was Greg Brock on September 5, 1982 against the Pirates. 

Neither Dreifort or Brock did it in their MLB debut however, an honor solely bestowed upon Farmer, who is the first in franchise history to record a walk-off hit in their first career plate appearance.

"I told Kiké and Joc that he [Farmer] was going to win it, that I had seen this movie before," Puig said of Farmer's historic hit. "They didn't believe me. They told me I must have seen too many cartoon movies." 

The victory gave the Dodgers their MLB-best 14th sweep of the season, one shy of the team record of 15 sweeps set in 1976. 

Los Angeles extended their MLB-record to 52 consecutive victories when leading at any point, and have won eight in a row overall. 

More importantly, the sweep gives the Dodgers a 7-6 lead over the rival Giants in head-to-head games this season. 

"This was a great ball game," added Bochy. "It's a shame this one got away. That's the way it's going for these guys. They've had so many of these, especially here at home. The baseball gods have been tough on us here."

Not to be outdone, the Dodgers defense turned a franchise record six double plays in the game. 

The Dodgers also set a franchise record for the highest winning percentage in a single month as the Boys in Blue finished 20-3 (.870) in the month of July. 

Up Next:

The Dodgers will be off on Monday as they travel to Atlanta for a three-game series in the South starting on Tuesday at 4:35PM PST. In the meantime, all eyes will be on the MLB trade deadline, which ends at 1:00PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Clippers' Danilo Gallinari Injures Hand Punching Opponent]]>Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:55:49 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/Danilo+Gallinari+injures+hand.png

Just call them the "Bash Brothers."

The newest member of the Los Angeles Clippers, forward Danilo Gallinari, is out for the remainder of the Eurobasket tournament in Italy after he injured his right thumb punching an opponent on Saturday. 

Gallinari's team was facing off against the Netherlands and a scuffle broke out on the court. In the heat of the melee, Gallinari punched Jito Kok, causing the Dutch player to be transported to a local hospital.

The injury is serious enough that Gallinari will miss the remainder of the tournament, but reportedly, it will not require surgery, and Gallinari will be ready for the start of Clippers training camp in September.

Sources say that Gallinari is on his way back to Los Angeles following the injury where he will be examined by Clippers team doctors and a LA based hand specialist. 

The 28-year-old former Denver Nuggets product signed a three-year, $65 million deal with the Clippers in July and will form a new "Big Three," along with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan after the departure of point guard Chris Paul in free agency.

Griffin famously broke his hand in the middle of the 2016 season after punching an assistant equipment manager outside of a Toronto restaurant. 



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<![CDATA[Corey Seager Continues to be a Nightmare for Giants ]]>Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:14:20 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Seager+vs+Giants+.png

Young blood.

Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger connected on both of the Dodgers' runs as Los Angeles held on to defeat the rival San Francisco Giants, 2-1, for their seventh straight win on Saturday afternoon at Chavez Ravine. 

Seager (23), scored both of the Dodgers' runs as he started the game off with doubles in the first and third innings, respectively. 

"We got on them early and stayed on them," Seager said of he and the team's early at-bats. "We did a good enough job today."

The reigning Rookie of the Year has continued to be a nightmare against the Giants this series as Seager is 5-for-8 so far, with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored against San Francisco.

"He's a good hiiter," San Francisco starter Ty Blach said of Seager. "Knowing that you get to face the best-of-the-best is always my goal. To know that those guys [Seager and Bellinger] are up and coming and I'll be able to face them for years to come is exciting to be able to compete against them."

Speaking of Rookie of the Year, the 2017 frontrunner for the award knocked in both runs for the Boys in Blue as Cody Bellinger (22), finished the game 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBI.

"I love hitting behind him [Seager] and JT," added Bellinger. "I talk to him [Seager] everyday and we feed off eachother."

The Dodgers are a perfect 18-0 this season when Bellinger records at least two RBI. 

"I feel comfortable against them," Bellinger said about facing the Giants and left-handed pitching in general. "I can't pull off against a lefty, so it keeps me straight and keeps me balanced." 

Dodgers' starter Rich Hill had a perfect game through three innings but Hunter Pence put a stop to that with one swing in the top of the fourth.

"He made just one mistake to Pence," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of his starter Rich Hill. "Outside of that, he was really good. When he's attackingm he's in a good place." 

Hill (8-4) had another strong outing, allowing just the one run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 and 2/3 innings.

"I've continued to put in the work and time every single day," said Hill. "We're relentless every single day. In the lineup, on the mound and out on the field."

In his last six starts, Hill is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA with 40 strikeouts and just 12 walks. 

Ty Blach (6-7) took home the though loss, allowing just two runs on eight hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in seven strong innings.

"I didn't have the best command today, but was able to grind through innings," Blach said of his start. "I was able to keep the team in it and give us a chance."

In Hill's absence, the Dodgers' bullpen combined for 3 and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Kenley Jansen recorded his 27th save of the season.

The Dodgers' pitching staff leads the Majors with a 3.13 ERA and are the first team since the 1988 New York Mets to lead MLB in ERA, opponents batting average and walks allowed in the same season.

After a recent string of success in the eight-hole, Yasiel Puig was moved up to the sixth spot in the Dodgers' lineup, but struggled, finishing 0-for-4, and leaving four runners on base.

San Francisco rookie, Carlos Moncreif, was called up from Triple-A Sacramento before the game and walked in his MLB debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. 

The Dodgers won their seventh in a row, the fifth time they have had a winning streak of five or more games this season.

They are an MLB-best 73-31, and extended their MLB record to 51 consecutive victories when leading at any point.

In their last 44 games, Los Angeles is a MLB-best 38-6, tied for the best 44-game stretch in MLB history with the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals. 

Despite the seemingly opposite record, the Dodgers have split the twelve games this season with San Francisco.

"Regardless of how good we are or they are, we both play each other really well," Seager said of the rivalry despite the fact that the Dodgers are 33.5 games ahead of the Giants. "That's what you expect when we match up together."

After the national media said the "sky was falling," following the back injury to Clayton Kershaw last week, the Dodgers are a perfect 6-0 since the three-time Cy Young Award winner was placed on the disabled list.

Up Next:

There's a San Francisco surprise set for Sunday night's game on ESPN as the Giants scratched RHP Matt Cain and will instead start Madison Bumgarner. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Forum Owners Sue Over Clippers Arena]]>Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:13:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/5-23-17+Forum.JPG

The owners of the Forum are suing the city of Inglewood, accusing officials of violating state public records laws over a negotiating agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers for a proposed new arena.

"The public has the right to access information concerning the conduct of public business," said attorney Marvin Putnam, representing Forum-owner Madison Square Garden. "In response to several Public Records Act requests, however, the city of Inglewood has produced zero documents leading up to the public announcement of its exclusive negotiating agreement for the proposed arena."

City officials could not be reached for comment late Friday, when the lawsuit was filed.

Madison Square Garden officials filed a legal claim with the city last week, contending Mayor James Butts used a bait-and-switch strategy to coerce

Forum executives into clearing way for the proposed new Clippers arena on a Century Boulevard parcel across from an NFL stadium now under construction.

They say Butts persuaded them to give up the company's leasehold in

April on part of a parking lot to make way for a new business-technology park.

Instead, the City Council in June announced their deal with Ballmer for a 18,000- to 20,000-seat arena that also could host concerts on the site about a mile-and-a-half south of the Forum, according to the claim.

When Madison Square Garden relinquished the parking lease to the city, its approved contract stated the land would not be used for anything that would hurt Forum business, according to the company. Butts said last week he was confident the city can resolve its differences with the owners of the Forum.

"The city of Inglewood cherishes its relationship with The Madison Square Garden Company and Live Nation," Butts said. "Working together, we have seen the Forum become one of the top concert venues in the country."

Butts did not directly address the allegations of a bait-and-switch raised by Forum officials.

"We disagree on the city's right to self-determination and the scope of that right," Butts said. "The Inglewood City Council's first responsibility is to its residents and their quality of life while ensuring continued progress, opportunities for employment and improved public safety."

"In the end, I believe that we will be able to come together and find an amicable resolution," he said. "In the meantime, life goes on unabated for both the Forum and the city of Inglewood."

The lawsuit does not address the alleged bait-and-switch, but accuses the city of failing to adhere to the state Public Records Act and failing to produce any documents regarding the agreement prior to its initial approval on June 15.

In response to complaints from Madison Square Garden about improper notice of the June 15 meeting, the Inglewood City Council held another meeting last week to approve the deal with the Clippers again. City officials said the second vote would resolve "unfounded" allegations that the public wasn't given proper notice of the original meeting.

MSG officials said the second meeting was attended by a host of opponents of the deal, which the Forum owners say includes the possibility of the city seizing the "hundreds of families' homes, small businesses and a local community church" through eminent domain.

According to the lawsuit, MSG submitted a request for public records regarding the agreement, but the city failed to provide any documentation pre-dating the June 15 meeting.

"Apparently, the city of Inglewood would have the public believe that this comprehensive agreement magically sprang to life in final form without a single draft document, email, calendar entry, memorandum, text, phone message or other record leading up to its June 15 announcement and approval," Putnam said.

"This contention is simply impossible to believe. We call on the city of Inglewood to comply with state law and the California Constitution and fulfill its duty to the public."

The ciy's agreement with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, secured with a $1.5 million payment to the city, gives him and Inglewood three years to negotiate for the new arena proposed for the corner of Century Boulevard and Yukon Avenue.

Ballmer wants to move the NBA team from Staples Center, which it shares with the Los Angeles Lakers and the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, to a new state-of-the-art facility.

The Clippers' Staples Center lease is up in 2024.



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<![CDATA[Don't Call It a Comeback, Dodgers Do It Again!]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:12:01 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-824114830.jpg

It was a showcase of shorstops 

Corey Seager hit not one, but two homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, in dramatic fashion, 6-4, for their sixth straight win on Friday Night at Dodger Stadium.

The reigning Rookie of the Year started off the battle of the best shorstops in baseball with a solo shot to left field in the first inning as the Dodgers jumped out to an early lead.

But San Francisco's Silver Slugger, Brandon Crawford, responded with a solo shot of his own to tie the game in the second inning.

"I really enjoy watching him play," Seager said of his rival at shortstop. "Every part of his game is great. He's really good, and won a bunch of awards, so it's a fan experience for me to watch guys like that play."

Los Angeles recaptured the lead in the bottom of the fifth with some textbook small ball:

Austin Barnes led off the inning with a walk, then stole second and advanced to third base on a wild throw by Giants' catcher Nick Hundley. After a walk to Joc Pederson, Barnes scored on a swinging bunt to short by Alex Wood.

"I try to be as well-rounded as you can be as a baseball player," Barnes said of his walk and baserunning in that inning. "I pride myself on being a complete player, so baserunning I take very serious. We tried to be aggressive. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't."

Wood coughed up the lead in the top of the seventh as once again Brandon Crawford was behind the comeback for the Giants.

Crawford reached second base on a throwing error by Seager, and then scored three pitches later on an RBI single for Jae-guyn Hwang.

"At the last moment I tried to not throw it, but it slipped out of my hand," Seager said of the error. "It caused a run and a guy came to second. When it slips out of your hand, it hurts a little more."

However, Hwang's single was only the beginning, as San Francisco scored two more runs off Wood, taking a 4-2 lead into the final three frames.

Wood (12-1) earned the victory, despite leaving the game for a pinch-hitter with the Dodgers trailing. The All-Star left-hander allowed four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.

"There was a few I would like to have back, but overall I felt pretty good tonight," Wood said of his outing. "Corey's special, man. He's a lot of fun to watch. It's nice when you come out and you're losing 4-2 and you know that your lineup is going to go back out there and score a couple runs."

Despite the win, Wood struggled for the second straight start, and raised his ERA to 2.38 on the season. At Dodger Stadium this season, Wood is 8-1 with a 2.95 ERA and has limited opponents to a .208 batting average. 

As they've done time and time again, the Dodgers rallied for their 30th come from behind victory of the season.

"It's special is the only way to describe it," Wood said of the team's comeback victories this season. "If the game is close, we always feel like we have a chance to win."

After allowing three runs to their rivals in the top of the seventh, the Dodgers responded with a four-run burst in the bottom half of the inning.

Chris Taylor tied the game with a two-out RBI double, and Seager put the exclamation point on the comeback with a two-run blast to right field that gave the Dodgers a 6-4 lead.

"That was a fun one," Seager said of his game-winning homer. "It was a curveball. They had been throwing them to me all game, so I was ready for it."

The go-ahead homer was Seager's second of the game, and the sixth multi-homer game of his young career.

"You don't see much emotion for him normally," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of Seager. "For him to get the go-ahead home run, I know he was excited."

Matt Moore started for San Francisco, but did not factor in the decision, he allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits with six strikeouts and four walks in six and 1/3 innings of work.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said of Moore's start. "That walk to start out the seventh hurt him, and then he hung a breaking ball for a double. Great effort, he left the game with the lead."

Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the top of the ninth for his 26th save of the season. Jansen has tossed scoreless innings of relief in 38 out of 43 appearances this season and sports a record of 5-0 with a 1.39 ERA.

The Dodgers improved to 72-31 on the season, 41 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history since 1974. The only other team in history to reach the 40 games over .500 mark faster was the 2001 Seattle Mariners.

The Dodgers have won 37 of their last 43 games, the best 43-game stretch in franchise history. Their 41 games over .500 is more games than the Giants (40-64) have won all season.

"They're pretty good aren't they?" Bochy said of the Boys in Blue. "This is one of the best teams in recent history. The number of wins, the pitching, the offense, the bullpen, this is a pretty good team."

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the victory was the Dodgers 51st consecutive win when leading at any point, the longest streak in MLB history.

Hi Roomie!

Dodgers' catcher Kyle Farmer was promoted from Triple-A OKC before the game. Farmer was college roommates with Friday night's starting pitcher Alex Wood at the University of Georgia. Farmer did not appear in the game and will have to wait to make his MLB debut.

"He's pitching better here than he did at Georgia," said Farmer of his friend and roommate Alex Wood. "I got to warm him up in the game. It was a great experience. I'm glad to call him my good friend."

Up Next:

Saturday features a rare early game as LHP Ty Blach starts for San Francisco opposite Rich Hill for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Celebrities Turn Out for Kershaw's Ping Pong Charity Event]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:48:17 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kershaw_Ping_Pong_Challenge_1200x675_1012658755930.jpg

Highlights from the annual Clayton Kershaw's Challenge Ping-Pong 4 Purpose, featuring players of the Los Angeles Dodgers, celebrities, actors, musicians, coaches, and other athletes.]]>
<![CDATA[Magic Johnson Says Dodgers Will Win World Series]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:30:35 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Majic_Johnson_Proclamation_1200x675_1012658755728.jpg

Los Angeles Dodgers Owner and Lakers President of Basketball Operations, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, proclaims that the Dodgers are going to win the World Series "this year."]]>
<![CDATA[LA Galaxy Fire Coach Curt Onalfo, Re-Hire Sigi Schmid]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:02:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/LA+Galaxy+Fire+Curt+Onalfo.png

You knew it was coming. 

The LA Galaxy are running out of time to save their season, so they've brought back a familiar face to lead their playoff charge.

The Galaxy fired coach Curt Onalfo on Thursday just 20 games into his first season and re-hired veteran coach Sigi Schmid to run the struggling MLS powerhouse.

A few hours after their coaching change, the Galaxy also signed Mexican midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos as their third designated player. Dos Santos leaves Villarreal of Spain's La Liga to join his brother, Galaxy star Giovani Dos Santos.

The moves indicate President Chris Klein's desire for urgent improvement by the Galaxy (6-10-4), who sit ninth in the 11-team Western Conference after losing six consecutive games across all competitions in July, including an embarrassing 4-3 loss to New England last weekend.

With just 14 league games left and mounting pressure to avoid missing the playoffs with a high-priced roster of international talent, Klein scuttled his preseason plan with Onalfo. He quickly brought back Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history and a two-time league champion who spent the previous nine seasons with the Seattle Sounders.

"It didn't take me long to think about it, because this is a club that's always been dear to my heart," said Schmid, who first coached the Galaxy in 1999. "Coming back is certainly a great situation. It's a matter right now of just getting to know the players, establishing our trust and our relationship, and getting them to understand the passion that I have."

The German-born coach grew up in the Los Angeles area and spent 28 years at UCLA as a player and coach, winning three national championships. Schmid's largely successful first tenure with the Galaxy included the franchise's first MLS Cup title in 2002.

After leaving the Galaxy in 2004, Schmid went on to coach Columbus and Seattle, where he became the expansion franchise's first coach in 2009.

The Galaxy host Seattle on Saturday night in a timely reunion for the 64-year-old Schmid, the only coach in Sounders history before the club fired him last summer. The Sounders went on to win the MLS Cup after dropping Schmid last year, but he holds fond feelings for his tenure in Seattle.

"The way things ended (with the Sounders), it just reminded me I've got to stay consistent and true to what I feel are my strengths as a coach, and that's something I'm really excited to have the opportunity to do here," Schmid said. "I'm looking forward to it. It's a unique challenge, and I feel very blessed to be able to coach in my home city."

Onalfo was promoted from the Galaxy's developmental squad last winter when longtime coach Bruce Arena went back to the U.S. national team. The Galaxy had an offseason of major franchise upheaval that also included the departures of Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Landon Donovan.

But Onalfo, a veteran MLS coach and former assistant to Arena, never got consistent results from a group including Ashley Cole, Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, Jermaine Jones and Gyasi Zardes.

"This is not a change in club direction," Klein said. "This is a new leader coming in that can lead us to where we want to go. Sigi's record speaks for itself, so when we took a step back and evaluated everything, he was the right man for the job. He understands our club. Certainly no one has a better understanding of the league. It became an easy decision."

While newcomer Alessandrini and team leader Dos Santos have had outstanding moments in attack, the Galaxy's defense has been particularly porous, and Schmid cited its improvement as his first priority.

Despite injuries that have sidelined Robbie Rogers for the season and limited other players on the back line, Schmid believes the Galaxy can defend better.

"I think it's more than personnel," Schmid said. "It's a question of how we're defending, so we need to alter a little bit how we're defending to fully take advantage of the skill sets of the players we have back there. At times the team defended in a way that made it difficult for those guys."

Jonathan Dos Santos won't be available to play Saturday against the Sounders, but Schmid and Klein expect an immediate impact from the talented 27-year-old member of the Mexican national team.

"He can fit into our lineup at a number of different positions and improve our team in multiple ways," Schmid said. "He still has his best years of playing in front of him, and we are excited to add him to our team."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[LAFC Name Bob Bradley as Head Coach]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:04:29 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Bob+Bradley+new+coach+LAFC+.png

It's official. Major League Soccer's newest franchise has a head coach.

Bob Bradley has been named the first coach of the Los Angeles Football Club, the MLS expansion franchise due to begin play next year.

Bradley is the former coach of the U.S. men's national team and the most accomplished American coach in international club soccer history. He had long been rumored to be a target of the deep-pocketed LAFC ownership group, which hopes to make an immediate MLS splash when it enters the nation's second-largest market to compete with the LA Galaxy, the five-time MLS Cup champions.

LAFC will formally introduce Bradley on Friday at the Natural History Museum in downtown Los Angeles, next door to the site of the club's under-construction new stadium.

The 59-year-old Bradley has no players just yet on his new team, but he has a lengthy list of coaching accomplishments. He became the first American coach to lead a Premiership team last season, although his tenure in charge of Swansea City lasted just 11 games.

Bradley coached the U.S. team from 2006-11, winning a CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 before becoming the only coach in 80 years to win a World Cup group and reach the knockout rounds in South Africa in 2010.

After leaving the U.S. team, Bradley eschewed MLS jobs and embarked on an international career. He successfully coached the Egyptian national team and club teams in Norway and France before landing with Swansea late last year.

He went 2-7-2 with the Swans, who replaced him with Paul Clement in January.

Bradley also has ample MLS experience, including previous experience with a new club. He coached the Chicago Fire during the team's inaugural season and immediately won the MLS Cup championship in 1998.

Bradley also has coached the MetroStars and Chivas USA, the defunct club that once shared a stadium with the Galaxy. He left Chivas and MLS in 2006 to take over the U.S. team.

He is the father of U.S. captain Michael Bradley, now with Toronto FC.

LAFC still has no players, but general manager John Thorrington has been active in his pursuit of big-name players from Europe and South America. The club is expected to start announcing signings later this year, perhaps in August.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Turner Delivers in Ninth as Dodgers Sweep Twins]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:28:14 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*124/GettyImages-823298150.jpg

Just call them the Twin killers. 

Justin Turner knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth and the Los Angeles Dodgers came from behind for their eighth walk-off victory, as they swept the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers won their fifth game in a row as they erased a five-run deficit against a Twins team that was just the latest L.A. opponent to witness the magic from the best team in baseball. 

"It's pick your poison against this team," said Minnesota manager Paul Molitor of the Dodgers. "In three days, losing a couple ball games they way we have is something we haven't had to deal with too much this year."

The five-run comeback victory matches the largest deficit the Dodgers have overcome as Los Angeles scored four runs in the final three innings to wash away the reeling Twins with their 13th sweep of the season, the most in the Majors.

"We knew there was still a lot of game left," Turner said of the comeback. "You knew something was going to happen, you just don't know who it is with this bunch. It's been really fun to be a part of."

Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer combined for four RBI for the Twins, and starting pitcher Ervin Santana gave the Dodgers fits on the mound, and at the plate, as he reached base safely because of an error in each of his first two plate appearances.

With Jason Castro on first base and one-out in the top of the third inning, Santana sacrifice bunted to catcher Yasmani Grandal who opted to throw to second base to try and get the lead runner.

Unfortunately, Grandal's throw was off target and the ball went into center field, allowing both runners to reach base safely.

Three batters later, Mauer hit a two-run single up the middle to give the Twins an early 3-0 lead.

"We got off to a good start, and got a couple big hits by Joe [Mauer] and Doz [Dozier]," said Molitor. "Ervin threw the ball really well, but they put together a rally. It's tough, we had a chance to win the game."

The 34-year-old Mauer owns the highest batting average (.529) against the Dodgers among all active players with a minimum of 45 at-bats. 

It was nearly déjà vu for the Dodgers in the top of the fourth, when again Santana came to the plate with Castro on first. This time, Santana hit a routine ground ball to second base that went through the legs of Logan Forsythe for the error.

One batter later, Dozier doubled to right field and the Twins led 5-0 without scoring an earned run in the game.

"We got behind the eight-ball a little bit early," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "It was uncharacteristic early with the defense."

Dodgers' pitcher Brock Stewart was unlucky in his first start of the season, originally leaving the game as the losing pitcher of record, after allowing five unearned runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts in just three and 2/3 innings.

Fortunately for Stewart, he would not get the loss in his first start since Sept. 17, 2016 as Los Angeles began to chip away at the lead with solo home runs by Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.

"You can't really put it into words," said Stewart of his team after the game. "It's like we know we're going to win every game."

Pederson got the Dodgers on the board when he sent a four-seam fastball from Santana into the seats in right-center.

An inning later, it was Puig, who watched his 395-foot shot fly into the bullpen after yet another four-seam fastball from Santana.

"It's really a lot of preparation," said Puig through a translator of his home run and the team's record overall. "We put a lot of work in before every game and it's paying off the on the field."

Two innings later, the Dodgers got within a run when pinch-hitter Chase Utley hit a clutch two-out double to the left-center gap that scored Forsythe and Grandal.

The Dodgers got the equalizer on a bizarre play in the bottom of the eighth. With runners on 1st and 3rd and one out, Forsythe hit a shallow pop fly to centerfielder Zach Granite.

Rather than throw home to get Justin Turner (who is not fleet of foo) at the plate, Granite threw to first to try and pick off Enrique Hernandez who was running on the play.

However, Mauer was not on first and the ball bounced into the stands, allowing Turner to score and Hernandez to head to third.

"It looks bad because we had nobody there," Molitor said of the play. "He [Granite] committed to the throw before he realized we had nobody there."

Despite all his efforts, Santana did not factor in the decision, allowing four runs on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 and 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers picked the perfect time to win the game as they used their final position player when pinch-hitter Austin Barnes singled up the middle with one-out in the bottom of the ninth.

Chris Taylor followed with a single and Corey Seager moved the runners over for Turner who hit an RBI single to right-field to walk-off the Boys in Blue.

"I was just trying to battle and stay in the strike zone," said Turner of his fina at-bat. "I got a sinker up and tried to pull it and luckily it found a hole."

The game-winning single was Turner's first walk-off hit of the season, and third of his career. At Dodger Stadium, Turner is batting .363 with 23 runs, 12 doubles, seven home runs and 26 RBI this season.

"Any time the game is on the line, I'll take my chances with J.T. [Turner]," added Dave Roberts. "This is who we are. We play 27 outs and play til the end."

All-star closer Kenley Jansen earned the win by pitching a scoreless ninth, despite allowing a leadoff double to Max Kepler. 

Los Angeles is 71-31, and are 40 games over .500 for the first time since 1974. They are 36-6 in their last 42 games and 12-4 against the American League this season, the most wins in MLB during interleague play.

The Dodgers have an MLB-best 29 comeback victories this season and for all the cause for concern, with the latest injury to Clayton Kershaw, are 51-31 in games the three-time Cy Young Award winner doesn't pitch, including 4-0, since he went on the disabled list with a lower back strain.

Speaking of Kershaw, it was Clayton Kershaw bobblehead night at the Ravine as his daughter, Cali Ann, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

Up Next: 

The Dodgers are off on Thursday and will compete in a charity ping-pong tournament hosted by Clayton Kershaw. The rival San Francisco Giants come to town for a three-game weekend series on Friday night.



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<![CDATA[Man City, Real Madrid Draw Record 93,098 at LA Coliseum]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:53:52 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Man-City-vs-Real-Madrid-7-26-17.JPG

On a Wednesday night, for a match that had no real meaning, the LA Memorial Coliseum was packed to the brim in record fashion.

European and Spanish champion Real Madrid took on a Manchester City team that is considered one of the favorites to win the Premier League in a preseason exhibition match in Los Angeles, and 93,098 fans officially turned up to witness the star power on the pitch.

That incredible figure, which was a sellout, set a new record for the largest ever soccer crowd at the LA Memorial Coliseum and made a statement about the state of the sport in California's largest city.

Only months ahead of Los Angeles launching its second Major League Soccer team, the City of Angeles displayed its love for the sport in spectacular fashion. From the cell phone lights lighting up the arena ahead of the starting lineups to the Mexican wave taking hold in the first half, fans of the beautiful game played their part into turning the weekday sporting event into a memorable occasion.

In terms of game play, both Real Madrid and Manchester City did not look at all rusty or like they were taking part in an exhibition match. The skill level on display explained why over 90,000 fans had ponied up the funds to witness the game live. The pace of play was lightning fast, and the tackles were rough and rugged.

Before the halftime intermission, the match referee had already handed out three yellow cards. Calling the match a "friendly" did not do the level of competition justice.

The only thing lacking in the first half was the finished product, i.e. goals.

Well, seven minutes after the intermission, Manchester City defender John Stones rose high to head a set piece at backup Real Madrid goal keeper Kiko Casilla. Casilla did well to make the save, but Citizens defender Nicolas Otamendi followed up and made it a 1-0 lead for the Sky Blues, who were actually wearing a magenta colored kit.

A minute short of the hour mark, substitute Raheem Sterling made it 2-0 for Manchester City after Kevin De Bruyne played a perfect through ball to the former Liverpool winger. Sterling did a mini fake like he was about to pass across goal before slotting past Casilla.

With 30 minutes remaining in the match, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made mass substitutions and brought in what amounted to the youth team with a couple squad players like Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez mixed in.

Manchester City had already been the better side for the first hour, and the changes to a younger team did not bode well for Real Madrid salvaging the scoreline and making a game of it. At the stroke of 66 minutes, Stones stroked in the Premier League side's third goal of the night, and Real Madrid's chance of even getting a draw effectively evaporated.

The young Spaniards did put together a couple of chances that should have been good enough to break their duck, but point blank misses kept Manchester City's clean sheet in tact.

In the 81st minutes, Manchester City added yet another goal when Brahim Diaz hit a beautiful strike from just outside the area to beat Casilla again: 4-0. As the scoreline suggested, the Premier League side had thoroughly outplayed its La Liga counterpart.

In the 90th minute, however, Real Madrid finally broke through with a well taken long range swerving shot by Oscar that trumped Diaz's effort from moments earlier. Seconds later, the final whistle sounded to finalize the 4-1 victory for Manchester City.

However, preseason is not about the results, and the biggest takeaway of the night was the largest soccer crowd in LA Memorial Coliseum history. It bears repeating that 93,098 fans filled up the LA Coliseum on a weeknight for a meaningless match.

Add in that arguably the biggest star in the sport, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, was still on holiday and was not even present, and the fan support for the sport was incredibly impressive.



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<![CDATA[Manchester City, Real Madrid Take Over LA Coliseum]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:52:28 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Real-Madrid-vs-Man-City-7-26-17.jpg

On Wednesday, football will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum once again, but it won't be the Rams, Trojans or even the Chargers playing the brand of football best associated with the famous central LA venue.

Champions League winner Real Madrid takes on Premier League heavy weight Manchester City in a preseason exhibition match that expects to draw big crowds to a stadium that can hold over 90,000 warm bodies.

While Cristiano Ronaldo was last seen touring China after competing in the Confederations Cup with Portugal earlier in the summer and earning a late start to preseason, Real Madrid expects to feature top talents like Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Manchester City recently signed a trio of high-priced defenders, but the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne expect to attract most of the attention on Wednesday night. Also, fans should get their first peek of newcomer Bernardo Silva, who joined from AS Monaco earlier in the summer.

Preseason friendlies have become a fixture in the United States in recent years, as big time European football clubs spend a few weeks playing in major American cities in hopes of expanding the reach of the clubs' billion dollar brands.

U.S. fans continue to pay for tickets and seemingly enjoy watching top talent from across the globe converting NFL and MLB stadiums into soccer stadiums for the summer. And on Wednesday, one should expect another strong showing as two of the top teams on the planet prepare for the start of a season that is less than a month away.

Kick-off at the LA Coliseum for Manchester City versus Real Madrid is at 8:35 p.m. Pacific Time.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Take Advantage of Illegal Double Switch]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:18:24 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/Kershaw+cant+hear+you.png

The Dodgers coaching staff deserves a raise.

The Boys in Blue have the best record in baseball, but it was some wizardry by Dodgers' bench coach Bob Geren on Tuesday night that assisted in Los Angeles earning their MLB-best 70th win.

The hullabaloo began in the bottom of the sixth inning when Minnesota Twins' manager Paul Molitor opted to go to the bullpen for relief pitcher Ryan Pressly with one out, a runner on second, and Yasiel Puig at the plate.

As every National League manager knows, the double-switch is a valuable asset late in the game when you're at the bottom of the lineup, because it allows a position player to come off the bench and replace the pitcher's spot in the lineup while entering the game as a defensive substitution. 

This allows the relief pitcher to avoid having to immediately come to the plate in case the team wants him to throw more than one inning, eventually using a pinch-hitter in his place when his spot ultimately does come in the lineup.

For Molitor, maybe the infrequency of the move in the American League where pitchers don't bat, and there is a designated hitter in every lineup was the cause for confusion, or it could be as simple as Molitor having a momentary lapse of judgment when he spoke to home plate umpire Lance Barrett, but regardless he said the wrong name and confusion ensued.

Molitor reportedly told Barrett that he wanted to insert Ehire Adrianza into the game in the ninth spot in the lineup and move Pressly to the fifth spot in the lineup. So that's what Barrett put on his official lineup card.

However, Molitor did not want Pressly in the fifth spot in the lineup, he wanted him in the seventh spot, in place of Jorge Polanco, and for Adrianza to move to shortstop. That's the physical switch that happened on the field and that's what was reflected on the Dodgers in-stadium scoreboard.

 

"There was obvious miscommunication when I went out there to make the double-switch," Molitor told reporters after the game. "What I think I said and what he [Barrett] thought he heard were two different things, so after the first pitch was thrown, Dave [Roberts] came out and was obviously told something different than what we were doing and that is when all hell broke loose."

Meanwhile, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts knew something was amiss immediately as Geren, rule book in hand, pointed out to Roberts that Eddie Rosario, who was batting fifth in the Minnesota lineup, did not come out of the game, but that Polanco, who was batting seventh, did.

Roberts wisely waited for Pressly to throw a pitch before confronting the home plate umpire with the error.

Why did he wait a pitch?

Because he knew once a pitch was thrown, the switch would become official, and if the scorecard held by the home plate umpire was correct, then Rosario, a .296 hitter and the man who was a triple shy of the cycle on Monday night against the Dodgers, would have to come out of the game.

"Bob and I had never heard of this before," said Roberts. "Just to cover ourselves, I wanted to wait for a pitch to be thrown. Once the player [Rosario] who was supposed to be out of the game was still in the game, I wanted to get clarity that the right players were out there.

"In the sense where the pitcher was in a couple places higher then they would have liked, I think that was an advantage, and obviously to lose Rosario I think was an advantage too. The umpires did a good job. It took a little bit longer, but the important thing is they got it right."

The delay took approximately 18 minutes as the umpires decided to discuss the rules with replay officials in New York.

After another 10 minutes with MLB officials, the umpires were told there was no precedent for something like this before, and the best course of action was to restore the field defensively (and in the lineup) to how it was on the umpires' scorecard.

For the few fans in the Los Angeles area watching the game on Spectrum SportsNet LA, as well as the 47,000+ in attendance at Chavez Ravine, the nearly 20-minute delay in the bottom of the sixth inning had everyone scratching their heads, if not headed straight for the bathroom for a break.

After not knowing the reason behind the delay, fans started chanting, "We want baseball!" Until play ultimately resumed.

"I think that MLB should do something to educate fans," Roberts said. "You take 20 minutes, and fans are wondering what's going on, so that absolutely makes sense."

Even though he took responsibility for the mistake after the game, Molitor also thought that the delay took too long and that fans should have been made aware of the situation to avoid confusion.

"It seemed excessive to me," Molitor said of the 18-minute pause in the action. "I can't say that I was given an explanation as to why the delay was so lengthy, but I was confused and I think everyone was a little bit perplexed on what transpired."

Ultimately, Rosario was forced to leave the game, Polanco came back into the game from the dugout to resume his role at short, and Adrianza moved to left field. Pressly was inserted into the fifth spot in the lineup, and play resumed.

The Dodgers capitalized on the delay, removing one of the Twins' best hitters from the game, and freezing Pressly for twenty minutes between pitches.

As Roberts mentioned, at the end of the day, the Dodgers received an advantage as they quickly scored two runs once play resumed and went on to win, 6-2.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Make it 4 in a Row With Win Over Twins]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:01:13 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-822854198.jpg

Chris Taylor can rake. 

Taylor knocked in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

After starting the game 0-for-2, Taylor delivered RBI doubles in the fourth and sixth innings to add to his hot-hitting in the month of July. 

Taylor leads MLB in batting average in the month of July, batting .440. Since the All-Star break, Taylor is batting .520 with nine runs, five doubles, three triples, two homers and nine RBI.

"He's a solid player," said teammate Logan Forsythe. "His success is going to continue. There was a little struggle at some point, but he knew what he had to do to get out of it. I think he's going to continue to impress the rest of the year."

The Twins started the scoring with an RBI single by Zack Granite in the top of the third inning off Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda.

Los Angeles responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to RBI by Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig and Pederson.

Meada (9-4) left the game with the lead after five innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Japanese right-hander improved to 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA against the American League this season, including three games against AL Central opponents (Twins, Royals and White Sox).

Jose Berrios (9-4) took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in four short innings.

After an 18-minute delay because of an illegal double switch by Twins' manager Paul Molitor in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Boys in Blue broke the game open with back-to-back RBI by Logan Forsythe and Taylor.

"I was constantly moving throughout the delay," Forsythe said. "It was crazy. I've never been part of that long of a delay. I ran sprints and then stuck with my plan at the plate. Luckily I got a ball over the plate and was able to go up the middle with it and get a big run for us."

The Dodgers bullpen threw four scoreless innings thanks to the efforts of Luis Avilan and recently recalled right-hander Josh Ravin. Ravin, who was called up from Triple-A OKC prior to Monday's game, threw a career-high three shutout innings.

Los Angeles became the first team in baseball to win their 70th game of the season, and extended their MLB record of 48 consecutive victories win taking a lead.

Minnesota falls below .500 (49-50) for the first time since April 27 when they were 10-11. 

The Dodgers improved to 11-3 in Interleague play this season and are currently riding a seven-game win streak against the American League.

Up Next:

Former L.A. Angel, Ervin Santana starts for Minnesota on Wednesday night opposite Alex Wood in the finale of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PST. 



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<![CDATA[Report: Lakers Agree to Sign Tyler Ennis]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:10:19 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tyler-Ennis-Lakers-sign.jpg

On Tuesday, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to sign free agent guard Tyler Ennis to a one year minimum contract, with the team holding an option on a second year, after veteran guard Derrick Rose agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers one day earlier.

The Lakers, who had reportedly met with Rose, were able to offer Rose more money than the Cavs, but the former NBA MVP chose a role with LeBron James and the 2017 NBA finalists instead. So, the Lakers seemingly immediately pivoted to a younger player on a cheaper contract.

Ennis came to the Lakers in February via a trade with Houston and initially got off to a slow start. However, the 22-year-old found his rhythm and averaged 11.3 points and 3.6 assists in 27.7 minutes per game for the final seven games of the season. LA won five of their final six games, with the only defeat coming away to Golden State. Ennis played upwards of 20 minutes in each of those final half-dozen contests, as the Lakers finished the season on a strong note.

As Basketball Insiders salary cap expert Eric Pincus points out, the Lakers still have the ability to offer a player a $4.3 million room exception to a players, should the team fancy a free agent. Rose was a target for this exception, but the 28-year-old oft injured guard chose to sign for about half as much money in Cleveland.

With Ennis agreeing terms with the purple and gold, the Lakers' roster is officially at 13 players. Rookie Thomas Bryant has not yet signed with the team, but if the Lakers can agree terms with the second round pick, the roster would be at 14 players. The roster is full at 15 players.

Also, the Lakers have signed Alex Caruso to a two-way contract, so the team still has one two-way roster spot available, as well.



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<![CDATA[Bellinger Provides Latest Drama in Dodgers Win]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:04:40 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*126/GettyImages-821936252.jpg

The oldest guy started it, and the youngest ended it. 

Los Angeles knocked around 44-year-old Bartolo Colon and Cody Bellinger hit a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth as the Dodgers came from behind for the 26th time this season to defeat the Minnesota Twins, 6-4, on Monday night at Chavez Ravine.

Colon was making his second start for the Twins after he was released last month by the Atlanta Braves. Before the game, Colon mentioned to reporters that he might consider retiring depending on how his outing against the Dodgers went.

"I might have put some thought into it, it is what it is, but I will be pitching next year because I made a promise," Colon said about retirement.

What was the promise you might ask?

"I made a promise to my mom, that before she left this world, that I would pitch until I'm 45."

Things started smoothly for the Dominican known as "Big Sexy," as he recorded four scoreless innings before getting beat around in the bottom of the fifth.

Trailing 2-0, the Dodgers tied the game with back-to-back home runs by Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson off Colon.

The back-to-back jacks were the seventh time the Dodgers have hit consecutive home runs this season, and the first since Corey Seager and Justin Turner went deep on July 1, in San Diego.

Three batters later, Chris Taylor knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI single, giving him his eighth multi-hit game in his last 10 appearances.

The lead would be short-lived as Eddie Rosario continued to he a thorn in the Boys in Blue side.  

Rosario hit his 11th home run of the season, a no-doubt shot off Grant Dayton to left field that tied the game at 3-3.

"I tried to hit it with good contact and go opposite field," Rosario said of the game-tying home run. "That’s everything.”

One inning later, it was Rosario again who knocked in the go-ahead run as the Twins came from behind to take the lead.

Rosario finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.

"I feel bad," Rosario said after the loss. "I have a good game, but I don’t care right now. I want to win the game, that’s it for me."

The Dodgers MLB record of 46 consecutive victories when taking a lead was in jeopardy with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but the Boy Wonder struck again, saving the day and the streak for Los Angeles.

"He doesn't scare off in the moment," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of his 22-year-old rookie. "He seems to to something every night. The whole team, really. When we need a big hit, somebody always comes through."

Bellinger launched his team-leading 28th home run of the season to straightaway center field off left-hander Taylor Rogers for a three-run bomb that gave Los Angeles a 6-4 lead.

"Everyday before the game, I've been working on hitting curveballs, elevating them," Bellinger said of the pitch he sent into orbit for the go-ahead home run. "I just tried to put a good swing on it, and luckily it went out."

One pitch before the home run, Bellinger sliced a 330-foot foul ball down the right field line and was visibly frustrated he had missed an opportunity. Thankfully, another one came on the next pitch. 

"Cody felt that was a pitch he should have handled, but he got in front of it too much," added Roberts. "Fortunately for us, he [Rogers] threw the game pitch."

The "Belly Blast," as he likes to call it, was also Bellinger's third go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later this season, the second most in MLB behind Salvador Perez (5).

"You have a little extra adrenaline because the game means a little more," Bellinger said of how he's been able to hit so many home runs in clutch situations this year. "I like the pressure situations. Sometimes there's more pressure on the pitcher, and they make more mistakes."

After the home run, the crowd gave Bellinger a standing ovation and started chating, "MVP! MVP! MVP!" until the rookie came out of the dugout for a curtain call. 

"I didn't hear the chants at first, Kiké [Hernandez] had to tell me to go out [for a curtain call]," said Bellinger of the MVP chants. "I definitely heard it after I came out. It's pretty cool."

One day after he blew his first save of the season, Kenley Jansen closed the door in the ninth for his 25th save, extending the Dodgers record to 47 consecutive games won when leading at any point.

"They played the 'let's help the closer game' today," joked Jansen about having to warm up quickly to come in the game after Bellinger gave the Dodgers the lead and made it a save situation. "It was great. We're all having so much fun."

Los Angeles has won 34 of their last 40 games, the best 40-game stretch since the Brooklyn Superbas in 1899.

The game was also the 100th of the season for the Boys in Blue, and they reached the century mark with a record of 69-31, the second best record in the divisional era since the Cincinnati Reds went 70-30 in 1970.

How's That For a Debut?

After 11 long years in  pro ball, including nine in the minor leagues, left-hander Edward Paredes earned the win in his MLB debut at the age of 30 when he pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

"It's been 11 long years to get to this point. When they first told me, I didn't believe it. I asked them 'are you sure?'" Paredes said through a translator of the moment he found out he would be entering the game in a high-pressure situation to make his MLB debut. "In all seriousness, when they first announced my name [on the PA system] and said I was making my Major League debut, I didn't hear anything after that. It just goes to show, you can do whatever you set your mind to."

He became the first Dodger pitcher to make his MLB debut after the age of 30 since Japanese import, Hiroki Kuroda did it in 2008.

"It's a great story and a long road for him," said Roberts. "To finally make his Major League debut in a Dodger uniform, everyone was thrilled."

World Series Rematch:

The Twins and Dodgers met in the 1965 World Series, which Los Angeles won in seven games.

Ryu Back:

Before the game, left-hander, Hyun-Jin Ryu was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.


The big Korean southpaw did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Up Next:

Jose Berrios starts for the Twins on Tuesday night opposite Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Former Lakers Coach John Kundla dies at 101]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:21:47 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Lakers-John-Kundla.jpg

Before Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, before Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown, even before Red Auerbach, there was John Kundla.

Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday. He was 101.

Son Tom Kundla said his father died at an assisted living facility in Northeast Minneapolis that he called home for years.

With George Mikan in the middle and Kundla the calm, steady hand directing the team, the Lakers won the 1949 championship in the BAA — the league that preceded the NBA — and NBA titles in 1950 and 1952-54, cementing the franchise's place as the league's first true dynasty. The Lakers also won an NBL title in 1948, but the NBL marks are not included in the NBA's records.

"On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I'd like to express our sadness at the passing of John Kundla," Lakers President and co-owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement. "John played an important role in the history of the Lakers organization. ... In addition to his numerous contributions to the Lakers and our legacy, John was a wonderful man and will be remembered fondly."

Kundla was the oldest living Hall of Famer in any of the four major pro sports.

Kundla was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later, he was named one of the league's 10 greatest coaches as part of the league's "NBA at 50" celebration.

He was hired at 31 and resigned at 42 with a career record of 423-302, happy to cede the attention and the accolades to his players over himself. He was known for his understated sideline demeanor, which was unique compared to the fiery drill sergeants of the era.

"John wasn't a screamer and was very mild-mannered, but he'd let loose when we deserved it, and usually I was the first one he bawled out," Mikan once told Sports Illustrated. "The message he sent was that no one on the team was above criticism."

Kundla was born in Star Junction, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1916. He relocated to Minneapolis with his family at the age of 5.

The Detroit Gems of NBL moved to the Twin Cities in 1947 and hired Kundla to run the re-named Lakers. In Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen and Jim Pollard, the Lakers assembled the first super-team, beating New York in 1952 and '53 and Syracuse in '54 for the three straight titles.

He also was a trailblazer during those racially tense seasons, often turning down hotels that refused to house black players when the team was on the road. When he later coached at the University of Minnesota, Kundla was on the bench when the first black players arrived at the school.

"John was an incredible staple of Minnesota basketball," Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor said in a statement.

To this day Jackson, Auerbach and Kundla stand as the only three coaches to have won more than two championships in a row and Kundla remains tied with Popovich and Riley for total championships with five.

"He was an all-time great, Hall of Fame NBA coach," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said in the team release "He had a very profound impact on the NBA, coaching and the overall game."

What was Kundla's secret?

"One game with about a minute left to go. Tie game. I substituted," Kundla recalled to NBA.com last year. "The player I substituted gets a beautiful basket and wins the ball game. Everybody said, 'What a smart move you made.'

"What had happened, the (other) player came to me and said, 'I want to go to the bathroom.' I got credit for being smart."

That kind of humility was his hallmark, both on the court and at home.

Kundla and wife Marie, who died in 2007, had six children. Five of Kundla's six grandchildren played college basketball, a hoops-loving family that would only find out how revered the patriarch was when others would speak for John. Only two were around during his Lakers days.

"We were too young to realize how important it was and what a number of accomplishments he had made until we reached the age of reason," Tom Kundla said. "That's what my dad does. No big deal. We'd see the trophies and the big gold basketball in the entry way. It was a norm."

Kundla stepped down in 1959 to coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, before the Lakers moved to Los Angeles.

"We played team ball," Kundla told NBA.com. "We didn't try to (run up) the score. We played defense. We didn't try to make the other team look bad. But the players were a real good group together."

His induction speech for the Hall of Fame lasted just over six minutes, with the vast majority of it spent thanking coaches, players and his wife, Marie, "who still yells defense in her sleep, believe it or not."

The entire family was there for the induction ceremony, many of the children only then realizing just how accomplished their father was.

"I would say, 'Dad you were a superstar coach,'" Tom Kundla said. "'No no,' he would say. 'I had a great team. It was always, 'I had a great team.'"

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Is OJ Simpson Still Welcome at USC?]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:10:44 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_OJ_DISCUSSION_1200x675_1007093827549.jpg

When O.J. gets out on parole, how long until he ends up back at USC? Might not be long given the relationship the university and the football team have with Simpson. Fred Roggin, Mark Medina and Kevin Figgers discuss the surprising nature of O.J.'s coziness with the Trojans. Originally aired on Going Roggin, July 23, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Sharapova Will Take Court Again in Newport Beach Tonight]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:57:54 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/07+GettyImages-171425537%281%29.jpg

Maria Sharapova is scheduled to play for the Orange County Breakers for a second and final time in 2017 Monday night when they face the San Diego Aviators in a World TeamTennis match at Breakers Stadium at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach.

Sharapova, who had five stints as the No. 1 player on the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings, most recently in 2012, split two sets in the Breakers 17-14 loss to the Aviators July 16 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad in the season opener for both teams.

Sharapova was playing for the first time since May 16, when a thigh injury forced her to retire from her second-round match in the Rome Open as she was leading Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.

Sharapova first played women's doubles, teaming with Andreja Klepac for a 5-1 victory over Darija Jurak and Shelby Rogers. Sharapova lost to Rogers, 5-3, in women's singles.

Sharapova was suspended Jan. 26, 2016, by the International Tennis Federation for an anti-doping rule violation. She regained her eligibility to play on April 26.

Sharapova reached the semifinals of her first tournament following her suspension, the $719,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, then lost in the second round of both her tournaments since then.

The Breakers won all five sets in a 25-10 victory over the Springfield Lasers Sunday at Breakers Stadium at Palisades Tennis Club.

Yanina Wickmayer opened the match with a 5-2 victory over Julia Boserup in women's singles, then teamed with Klepac for a 5-1 victory over Boserup and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Ken Skupski teamed with Steve Johnson for a 5-4 victory over German Benjamin Becker and Jean-Julien Rojer in the match's third set, men's doubles. Klepac and Skupski then defeated Groenefeld and Rojer, 5-1, in mixed doubles.

Johnson concluded the match with a 5-2 victory over Becker, who is not related to the German International Tennis Hall of Fame member Boris Becker.



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<![CDATA[The Vault: Twisting Your Arm]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:12:41 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GR_WEB_VAULT_ARM_WRESTLING_1200x675_1007088707913.jpg

Who is Cleve Dean? And why is that guy drinking motor oil? Fred Roggin tugs, pulls and throws it back to 1981 for a look at the characters that made up the World Arm Wrestling Championships. Originally reaired on Going Roggin, July 23, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Blake Griffin, Manna from Heaven and Dodger Dreams]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:43:55 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RAPID_FIRE_0723_1200x675_1007787587999.jpg

On this week's Rapid Fire, Fred Roggin welcomes Kevin Figgers from AM 570 LA Sports and Mark Medina of the Daily News to talk Blake Griffin, Rob Pelinka and the signing of Biblical proportions and the Dodgers chances at winning 105 games. Originally aired on Going Roggin, July 23, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Jamaica Stuns Mexico 1-0 in Pasadena]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:29:58 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jamaica-vs-Mexico-Gold-Cup-Kemar-Lawrence.jpg

PASADENA--Forty-two thousand, three hundred and ninety-three fans turned up at the Rose Bowl on Sunday to watch Mexico take on Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal, and the vast majority of those fans left the stadium disappointed.

Jamaica's Kemar Lawrence stepped up in the 88th minute to knock in a free kick goal from just outside Mexico's penalty area, and Mexico goal keeper Jesus Corona simply did not react in time to stop the well-placed shot.

Jamaica won 1-0 in front of a crowd that was soaked in the green, red and white colors of the nation that shares a border with the United States. When the Mexican team left the pitch, it heard a chorus of jeers from the fans that had stuck around past the final whistle.

With the victory, Jamaica now advances and faces the United States on Wednesday in Santa Clara on Wednesday.

On the day, Jamaica's goal keeper Andre Blake probably deserved the most credit for the result, as Mexico's seven shots on target all failed to beat the living wall that was Blake. Lawrence may have hit the match winning goal, but Blake kept Jamaica in the match after Mexico had dominated possession 64 percent to 36 percent.

Of course, Mexico falling short of Wednesday's final means that the dream CONCACAF USA versus Mexico final is not to be. However, the reggae boys of Jamaica provide the U.S. Mens' National Team with a far greater threat on the break with their pace. Add in that Jamaica nearly scored off a free kick earlier in the match, and the United States could be Jamaica's next victim if Bruce Arena's men come in not ready to play.

Ultimately, though, the United States should be heavily favored to win Wednesday's final considering the match is on U.S. soil and Jamaica is not considered one of the confederation's heavy weights.

All that said, Sunday night's 1-0 result in Pasadena was well deserved by the Jamaicans.



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<![CDATA[Kershaw Exits With Injury, Dodgers Win in Extras]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:51:56 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Kershaw+Exits+Game+vs+Braves.png

Kershaw Day? Try Sunday, bloody Sunday.

Logan Forsythe hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in extra innings on a day overshadowed by Clayton Kershaw's injury. 

Kershaw stopped the hearts of Dodgers fans across the globe when he bounced a curveball in the dirt in the second inning and immediately reached for his lower back. 

"I felt something different," Kershaw said of the pain he felt in his back. "I'm not optimistic. Hopefully we'll find out more tonight."

After he threw the pitch, it appeared as if Kerhsaw may have pulled something in his back. Trainers immediately came out to the mound, but Kershaw stayed in the game, walking Tyler Flowers and striking out Matt Adams to end the inning.

"They asked me if I was hurting. I said 'yes,' that was the extent of it," Kershaw said of the conversation on the mound. "I kinda knew at that point I was probably coming out. Sitting down and getting cold and going back out wasn't going to be a good thing."

However, after the inning, Kershaw immediately left the dugout and did not return to the game as the Dodgers announced later that he left with "lower back tightness."

"We took him out as a precaution," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts after the game. "We won't know more until we get the scans, but we're holding out hope."

That's cause for concern for the Dodgers and their fans as their record breaking season just flashed before their very eyes.

Kershaw missed 10 weeks of the 2016 season with a herniated disk in his back, and never underwent surgery to repair it. 

"I don't want to compare the injuries because there's so many variables," said Kershaw. "I honestly don't even know how to compare it."

If the injury is related to the herniated disk, and Kershaw is forced to miss the same amount of time he did last season, then he would miss the remainder of the regular season.

"There's a lot of frustration," a visibly disappointed Kershaw said following the game. "I've done countless hours of back maintenance and rehab to try and stay healthy, so there's definitely a lot of frustration for sure."

For now, Los Angeles is forced to hold its collective breath as they are cautiously optimistic that the injury isn't serious, but after the game Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Kershaw would head to the 10-day disabled list and undergo further testing on Sunday night.

"It is a DL situation," Roberts confirmed. "We know the standings, we know where we're at, but we need to gather more information. How he feels, with the reports we get, then we'll make a further decision."

Despite Kershaw's absence, the walk-off victory gave the Dodgers their 15th consecutive victory when Kershaw starts the game. 

After an RBI double by Brandon Phillips gave the Braves the lead in the top of the third inning, Dodgers' catcher Austin Barnes followed with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth that put the Boys in Blue in front, 3-1.

"He has a really good fastball and it was really jumping today," Barnes said of the pitch from Braves' starter Sean Newcomb that he ultimately wrapped around the foul pole for a home run. "I was able to get a hold of one."

Bellinger added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when he belted his NL-leading 27th home run of the season.

"It was a 3-0 count, so I looked over at Doc and he gave me the green light," Bellinger said of the homer. "I had a good feeling a fastball was coming and he threw it where I could hit."

Bellinger's home run turned out to be vital as closer Kenley Jansen blew his first save of the season when he allowed a three-run home run on the final strike of the game to Matt Adams.

"At the time I was thinking it was just an extra run," Bellinger said of his insurance run before the bottom of the ninth. "You don't usually see that out of Kenley, but it's all good." 

Jansen was indifferent after the game. Feeling "sick to his stomach," after the loss of Kershaw, but happy the team won the game. 

"It was a good at-bat by Adams," Jansen said. "He fought it off and he's got power so it ended up over the fence. You can't second guess yourself. My teammates picked me up today."

Prior to the bomb by Adams, Jansen had converted 34 consecutive saves, and had not blown a game since August 26, 2016.

Brandon Morrow got the win with a scoreless 10th inning, and the Dodgers got the game-winning rally started in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff single by Chris Taylor. 

Corey Seager took Taylor's place after a fielder's choice groundout, and advance to third on a hit-and-run play with Justin Turner at the plate. 

"It was a 3-2 hit and run," said Seager. "It worked out really well. Got into first and third and it ended up paying off."

One batter later, Forsythe won it for the Dodgers witn an RBI single up the middle with the Atlanta infield in. It was LA's seventh walk-off victory this season.

"Off a guy like Johnson, he's got a really good sinker and you have to see him on the plate," Forsythe said of his game-winning at-bat against Atlanta closer, and former Dodger Jim Johnson. "I got one to do it with, and luckily enough I got inside of it and hit to the right part of the field."

The Dodgers extended their MLB record to 46 consecutive wins when taking the lead at any point in the game, and are an MLB-best 21-8 during day games this year.

The victory moves the Dodgers 2.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros for the best record in baseball as LA improved to 41-13 at home this season.

With just 27 games left at Dodger Stadium, the Blue Crew guaranteed themselves a winning record at the Ravine in 2017.

Up Next: 

44-year-old Bartolo Colon heads to the mound on Monday opposite Hyun-Jin Ryu who is expected to be activated off the disabled list. First pitch is 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Taylor, Hill Help Dodgers Bounce Back Against Braves]]>Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:16:14 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Ct3+helps+dodgers+bounce+back.png

Don't say he's over the Hill.

Corey Seager, Chase Utley, and Chris Taylor all homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their brief two-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

After back-to-back blowout losses to the Braves on Thursday and Friday, Rich Hill righted the ship for the Boys in Blue with just over six strong innings.

"Just to bounce back tonight was a really good team win," said Hill. "Everybody played really well tonight,"

Corey Seager got the scoring started in the first inning with a solo shot to centerfield for his 16th home run of the season.

The home run gave the Dodgers a 1-0, as L.A. would ultimately extend their Major League record of consecutive wins when taking a lead to 45 games.

"It always helps when you score first," said Seager of his home run. "You get on top and relax a little bit, but if you don't score first you still have to come out and compete."

Seager's mentor, Chase Utley, followed the reigning Rookie of the Year with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the third inning.

"We swung the bats better tonight then we did the last two games," added Utley. "Obviously that was the goal tonight."

Former Dodger, Matt Kemp tied the game in the top of the fifth with an RBI single to left field as the Braves scratched two across off Hill in the fifth.

Kemp has hit safely in eight of his last nine games since the All-Star break and is batting .314 with five runs, a home run and six RBI. 

Battling a respiratory infection, Hill (7-4), would bend, but not break in the inning, and left with the lead in the seventh after allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six and 1/3 innings.

The outing was Hill's fifth consecutive strong outing, and third quality start in his last four. In the month of July, Hill is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA with 37 strikeouts and three walks.

"It's much more fun when you don't suck," joked a raspy Hill after the game. "I want to contribute to the team, regardless of the outcome at the end of the day. Nobody's perfect, I just want to give my best effort."

The Dodgers received a gift in the form of the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With Yasmani Grandal on third base and two outs, Yasiel Puig, hit a swinging bunt down the third base line which Braves' pitcher Julio Teheran fielded and threw to the plate to get Grandal, but the ball bounced out of the glove of catcher Tyler Flowers, allowing the go-ahead run to score and Puig to reach second on the error.

"It was just like it looks. It hit the glove, the ball flied out, it's just baseball," Flowers said of the play at the plate. "It's a quick play. I catch it, he is right there. I didn't have time to go to two hands."

Chris Taylor entered the game on a double-switch in the seventh inning, and then promptly added an insurance run when he led off the inning with a solo shot to center field.

"I tried to talk to the guys who had already faced him, especially if he's a starter and Teheran was still in there," Taylor said of his first at-bat coming off the bench to leadoff the seventh inning. "I talked to them to see what he was throwing and how they were feeling."

Teheran (7-8) would leave the game shortly thereafter, surrendering four runs on nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts in six and 1/3 innings.

Despite the home run by Taylor, the Dodgers super utility star wasn't finished as he added a two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth to break the game open.

In the month of July, Taylor is batting .429 with eight runs, three doubles, three triples, two home runs, and five RBI.

"I cleaned some things up mechanically," Taylor said of his struggles in June and hot stretch in July. "I'm not trying to overswing, and almost like I'm going straight into two-strike [approach] and just trying to get the barrel to it."

Los Angeles 67-31 still holds the best record in baseball, 1.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros and are 32 of 38 since June 7, the best 38-game stretch since 2013.

The Dodgers improved to 40-13 at home, and are 15-7 against Atlanta since 2014.

Something's Going Around The Clubhouse:

Justin Turner missed the game with a respitatory infection that has spread like wildfire around the Dodgers clubhouse. Rich Hill has been battling the virus for over a week, and so has Kenley Jansen.

"It's kinda been going around," joked Hill who said he's been taking Mucinex to get over the cold.

Up Next:

LHP Sean Newcomb faces off with Clayton Kershaw in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Here's Why The Dodgers Could Trade for Felipe Rivero]]>Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:22:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Felipe+Rivero+trade+rumors.png

Earlier this week I tweeted out that the asking price for two of the best left-handed relief pitchers in the game had reached exorbitant levels, and that I wouldn't be surprised if the Los Angeles Dodgers turned their attention to Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Rivero.

Naturally, this did surprise the fans in Pittsburgh who stubbornly believe that Rivero is the greatest closer in the game, and could fathom no possible future, in any universe, that he would play for anybody else.

Sorry Bucs fans, you're wrong.

Rivero was acquired from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline last season in exchange for former Pirates closer Mark Melancon.

In less than a year, Rivero has ascended from a lefty specialist, to one of the best relief pitchers in the game.

But before we delve deep into Rivero, let's first rewind so that all fans of baseball can understand how we got here.

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball and are the betting favorite to win the World Series this year.

With the trade deadline less than 10 days away, the Dodgers front office is searching for an elite left-handed relief pitcher that they can partner with closer Kenley Jansen to formulate an eighth and ninth inning one-two punch that hasn't been seen since the 2014 and 2015 Kansas City Royals.

Mark Feinstand of MLB.com was one of the first to list the three top left-handed relievers that the Dodgers were "looking hard" at.

According to my sources, and as already been reported by ESPN, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and other outlets, the Dodgers have inquired about Britton and Hand.

Britton is one of the best closers in baseball over the past three seasons, and has 120 saves since 2014 with an ERA of 1.38 to go along with 215 strikeouts and 55 walks.

The Orioles left-hander was 47-for-47 in save opportunities last year and finished with a 0.54 ERA.

However, Britton has been on the disabled list with a forearm injury and has pitched in only 12 games. Britton is under contract for the 2018 season at a hefty price tag of $11.4 million.

Reportedly, the Orioles are asking for at least three prospects from the Dodgers in return for Britton with Alex Verdugo, Yadier Alvarez, and/or Willie Calhoun among the names at the top of the list.

The Dodgers are cautious to send three of their trop prospects to Baltimore for a pitcher who just cameoff the disabled list, and since his return has a 5.14 ERA with four runs allowed on 10 hits in just seven innings pitched.

As they turn the tires on Britton, the Dodgers attention shifted to San Diego left-hander Brad Hand, who was named an All-Star this season and has an ERA of 2.30 with 60 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP in 47 innings with the Padres this season.

Hand is just 27 years old, and finally seems to be coming into his own as a relief pitcher after he struggled in 2014 and 2015 with the Miami Marlins.

Once again, sources confirmed that Padres' General Manager, A.J. Preller, told the Dodgers front office that the asking price for Hand starts with Alex Verdugo and would require more prospects on top of that.

At one point, the price for Hand got so high, that an anonymous executive told Yahoo's Jeff Passan, that Preller wanted more for Hand than the Dodgers would ask an opposing team in a hypothetical trade for Clayton Kershaw.

That brings us to my tweet, and the reason why I was trending in Pittsburgh for most of Friday.

League executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, have told me that if it's going to cost Los Angeles Alex Verdugo and at least two more top prospects for an elite left-handed reliever, that they wouldn't be surprised if Dodgers' President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, goes after Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Felipe Rivero.

For those that aren't familiar with Friedman, he's a baseball analytics genius with tremendous foresight and creativity when it comes to transactions. Unlike most executives in baseball, Friedman is always thinking two, three, and four moves ahead. He's constantly thinking big.

In 2015, Friedman famously traded for a left-handed starter on the Atlanta Braves by the name of Alex Wood, in addition to Luis Avilan, and closer Jim Johnson for Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, a prospect, and a draft pick.

At the time, the Dodgers needed a top of the rotation starter who could slot behind Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the playoffs. Wood was not that guy, but Friedman saw something in him that he liked, plus the fact that he was relatively cheap, and under team control until 2020.

Flash forward to Friday, where before his first loss of the season to the Braves, Wood was a perfect 11-0 on the year with a 1.56 ERA and being named to his first ever All-Star Game last week.

If that wasn't example enough, before the 2016 season, Friedman traded three prospects to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Todd Frazier, and then immediately sent Frazier to the White Sox for four prospects including Frankie Montas, and Trayce Thompson.

When asked why he didn't simply keep Frazier, Friedman told reporters he already had an everyday third baseman in Justin Turner, a baseball journeyman who had been previously waived by the Orioles and released by the New York Mets. 

Turner was also named an All-Star for the first time and is leading the Majors with a .371 batting average. 

Thinking ahead, Friedman would later trade Montas and Jharel Cotton at the deadline to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick.

The point of all this is that Friedman understands that prospects are extremely valuable and has the foresight to acquire them in exchange for players that could grow into stars (i.e. Chris Taylor, Wood, etc.)

Rivero is one of those guys. If the asking price for an elite left-handed arm is at least Alex Verdugo (53), Yadier Alvarez (26), and Willie Calhoun (86), then why not make the same offer, or throw in a fourth Baseball America Top 100 prospect like Walker Buehler (77), and go big for Rivero who has a 0.70 ERA, a 0.697 WHIP and is under team control until 2022?

Now here's where the fun begins. After my tweet stating as much, the backlash from Pirates' fans began as they foamed at the mouth like a rabid raccoon ready to bash me with cries of "blasphemy!'

Here are some of my favorite responses:

I mean the vitriol from these fans alone would lead you to believe I suggested they trade Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, and Barry Bonds for a Broadway musical.

Now, I don't expect Pittsburgh sports fans to know anything about the Dodgers farm system, but trust me; it's good. If you've never heard the names of Verdugo, Calhoun, Alvarez, or Buehler, then I'm not surprised if you think, as one Twitter troll wrote to me, that Pirates' General Manager, Neal Huntington, would "hang up immediately" if asked if Rivero was available.

Unfortunately, that's not the case and as so many put it, Huntington would be "crazy" or "high" or "drunk," to not listen to an offer that would bring in a haul like that from the Dodgers.

Earlier this year, Cody Bellinger was No. 3 on Baseball America's Top 100 prospect list and he's now a National League MVP candidate in his rookie season. Two years ago, Corey Seager and Julio Urias topped the list.

To put those prospects in perspective, the Dodgers have five on the list, and each of them is expected to be a starter in the big leagues. The Pirates have three on the list.

For those in the Steel City that believe I magically manifested this trade scenario out of thin air, think again. In addition to myself and NBC LA, the Dodgers interest in Rivero has been reported and corroborated by Bleacher Report, as well as USA Today's Bob Nightengale who predicted:

Prediction: [Dodgers GM Andrew] Friedman goes massive, and acquires Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed stud Felipe Rivero for, yes, top outfield prospect Alex Verdugo, and perhaps expands the package by including Willie Calhoun and Yadier Alvarez, too. Verdugo could be a star, but Rivero is absolutely filthy, yielding a .088 batting average with only five hits in 17⅓ innings since his first save on June 10. He would provide the Dodgers with the nastiest right-left bullpen combination in baseball.

Looking ahead, I realize that this, like most news during the trade deadline, is mostly speculation, and during this time there are literally thousands of calls made by GMs across the league to gauge interest in players and prospects.

Does any of this mean with certainty that this or any other trade for that matter is going to happen? No, of course it doesn't. The purpose of the tweet and this article is mainly for discussion and speculation, and as I originally wrote, to "not be surprised," if it does happen.

In fact, the Pirates find themselves riding a recent six-game winning streak and are just two games out of first place in the NL Central. This recent surge could possibly throw a monkey wrench in all this.

After struggling in the first half, the Bucs are back to .500 and have Starling Marte back (although not for the postseason), and might end up being buyers at the deadline rather than sellers.

With that said, Friedman does not like to pay high costs at the trade deadline, and I for one do not want to see any of the team's top 100 prospects sent elsewhere for a team that is on pace to win over 110 games and win the division regardless of who they acquire at the deadline.

Friedman did most of his spending in the offseason, and if he is going to make a move, he would rather overpay for a guy like Rivero than for Britton or Hand.

If the Dodgers and Friedman do end up doing something at the trade deadline, don't be surprised if it's something big. 



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<![CDATA[Wood Roughed up By Braves in First Loss]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:09:43 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Wood+Drops+Ball+and+Game.png

Perfection doesn't exist.

Alex Wood was handed his first loss of the season by his former team as the Atlanta Braves beat down the Los Angeles Dodgers, 12-3, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Wood was originally drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft, and was traded to the Dodgers at the deadline in 2015 for Hector Olivera.

Entering the game, Wood was a perfect 11-0 with a 1.56 ERA, but the Braves hit him early and often to the tune of a career-high nine runs, increasing his ERA to 2.17 by nights' end.

"I didn't have my command like normal, and I didn't execute," Wood said of his start. "It's just one of those nights. They have a quality lineup and they didn't help me out a whole lot."

Atlanta jumped on Wood with two runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead.

After two scoreless frames from Wood, opposing pitcher Jaime Garcia hit a routine pop fly that Wood dropped, allowing two more runs to score on the costly error.

"Cody [Belinger] lost the ball in the dark sky. I looked at the last second to see if anyone was coming to catch it, and I heard Yaz [Yasmani Grandal] yelling my name," said Wood of the dropped fly ball. "Instinct takes over and I tried to catch it. In retrospect, you probably won't see me attempt to catch a fly ball anymore."

Garcia ultimately was responsible for chasing Wood from the game when he became the first Braves pitcher since Tony Cloninger in 1966 to hit a grand slam.

Garcia belted the first grand slam of his career, when he sent a 90MPH fastball from Wood over the fence in right-center to give Atlanta a 9-0 lead.

"That was pretty unbelievable," Garcia said of his grand slam. "I've never hit a grand slam in my life. That was pretty cool."

Wood (11-1), allowed nine runs (seven earned) on a season-high nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in just 4 and 2/3 innings.

It was Wood's first loss since May 30, 2016 and his first defeat at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 22, 2015. 

"They kicked our butts the first two nights," concluded Wood. "Hopefully, Rich [Hill] and Kershaw will get them back the next two days."

Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers also homered in the game for Atlanta.

Garcia (4-7), picked up the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in seven strong innings.

"I was able to make some pitches early on and keep them off balance," said Garcia of his outing. "I knew it was going to be a tough challenge for me, but I was able to execute my pitches and I was able to stay locked in."

The Atlanta left-hander has been mentioned in numerous trade rumors this week, and was expected to miss Friday's start following a trade to the Minnesota Twins.

"I'm not going to lie, and say I didn't hear about it, because a lot of people reached out to me," Garcia said about the trade rumors after the game. "I was aware. I don't pay attention to anything going on that's out of my control. I'm an Atlanta Brave and I'm excited that I'm still here."

Former Dodger Matt Kemp, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. 

The Dodgers managed to scratch across just three runs in the game as they lost back-to-back games for the first time since June 5-6 against the Washington Nationals.

"Woody hasn't had an outing like that all year. It's just one of those nights," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "We just have to flush this one out and get them tomorrow."

The nine-run deficit was the Dodgers most lopsided loss of the season.

The Braves have won seven of their last nine games on the road.

Up Next:

The Braves send their ace, Julio Teheran to the mound on Saturday opposite Rich Hill as first pitch is scheduled for 6:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Braves Snap Dodgers 11-Game Win Streak]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:54:19 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/Braves+Snap+Dodgers+win+streak+.png

Leave it to old friend Matt Kemp to snap the streak.

Kurt Suzuki homered and the Atlanta Braves snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers season-high 11-game win-streak, 6-3, on Thursday night at Chavez Ravine.

Brandon McCarthy got off to a rough start as four of the first five Braves' batters reached base in a wild two-run first inning that put Atlanta out in front.

"They're a really aggressive team and they made me pay," McCarthy said about the first inning. "Oddly enough, I feel happy today outside of the actual results."

Cody Bellinger drove home Chase Utley in the bottom half of the frame as the Dodgers cut the lead in half. 

Bellinger's RBI was his team-leading 63rd RBI of the season as the rookie All-Star is batting .304 with 14 home runs in his last 34 games.

Suzuki broke the game open with a two-run homer off McCarthy in the top of the fourth and Atlanta never looked back.

"The pitch to Suzuki I'm not thrilled with," McCarthy said of the elevated sinker that Suzuki hit out of the ballpark. "That's just an execution error on my part. They put the bat on the ball enough to make things go their way."

McCarthy (6-4) allowed a season-high six runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts in just four short innings. It was one of his worst starts of the season.

"A blister formed during the game," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told the media of McCarthy after the game. "I definitely don't think it's mental, but probably mechanics and the blister as well."

Yasmani Grandal--who had a root canal procedure earlier in the day--tried to bring the Boys in Blue back with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the rally ultimately fell short.

"I had the appointment this morning, so I'm probably going on maybe three or four hours of sleep," said Grandal about the root canal. "I already had my mind set that I know this is going to suck, but I wanted to play through it and try and win a game today."

Mike Foltynewicz (8-5) earned his career-high fifth straight decision, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 and 1/3 strong innings.

"Everything felt good," Foltynewicz said. "Overall, it was a good night, the offense came up big. It's good to start this series off the right way."

In his last nine starts, Foltynewicz is 5-0 with a 3.33 ERA, the best stretch of his young career. 

Former Dodger, Jim Johnson, pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 22nd save of the season. 

The Dodgers 11-game win streak was tied for the longest in the Majors with the Houston Astros, and was there second double-digit wining streak this season.

The loss was just the second at Dodger Stadium in their last 20 games at home, and Los Angeles still has the best home record in the Majors, and the highest winning percentage at Chavez Ravine in franchise history.

So long, Sergio Romo

Before the game, the Dodgers reinstated left-hander Grant Dayton and designated Sergio Romo for assignment, likely ending his brief time with Los Angeles.

Up Next:

LHP Jamie Garcia was supposed to start on Friday for the Braves, but he was traded to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. If the trade goes through on Friday, the starter will likely be a call up. Alex Wood will put his perfect 11-0 record on the line opposite whomever starts for the Braves. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Forum Owners File Claim Over Clippers Stadium Plans]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:42:03 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/5-23-17+Forum.JPG

The owners of The Forum concert venue have filed a claim for damages -- a precursor to a lawsuit -- against the city of Inglewood for quietly entering into a deal to build a new Los Angeles Clippers arena just down the street.

The Madison Square Garden Co. says Inglewood Mayor James Butts used a bait-and-switch strategy to coerce Forum executives into clearing the way for the project on a Century Boulevard parcel across from the NFL stadium now under construction, the Daily Breeze reported. They say Butts persuaded them to give up their leasehold in April on part of a parking lot to make way for a new business-technology park.

Instead, in June, city officials shocked MSG by announcing their deal with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for a 18,000- to 20,000-seat arena that would likely also host concerts on the site 11/2 miles south.

"The mayor made it extremely clear that he needed that piece of land back for a kind of 'Silicon Beach,'?" said Marvin Putnam, a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, which filed the damage claim that serves as a precursor to a lawsuit, according to the Breeze. "They're attempting to flat-out trick people."

Butts declined to comment. When Madison Square Garden Co. relinquished the parking lease to the city, its approved contract states that the land would not be used for anything that would hurt the Forum's business, according to documents.

"We, along with the hundreds of hardworking men and women who work to bring top-flight entertainment events to the Forum, are stunned that the city is moving forward with a plan that is in direct conflict with its existing and clear-cut written commitments to our venue," Forum officials said in a statement.

The Inglewood City Council approved the exclusive-negotiating agreement with Ballmer on June 15, which was secured with a $1.5 million payment to the city. The deal gives the two parties three years to negotiate for the new arena at the corner of Century Boulevard and Yukon Avenue. Ballmer wants to move the NBA team from Staples Center, which is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, to a new state-of-the-art facility.

The team's Los Angeles lease is up in 2024.

The claim for damages was submitted Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[For $12 Million, You Can Name the Field at Dodger Stadium]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:22:04 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/163*120/Dodger+Stadium+Naming+Rights+For+Sale.png

The NBC Field at Dodger Stadium has a nice ring to it.

Do you happen to have $12 million dollars lying around? If you do, you can name the field at Dodger Stadium.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the Dodgers have had the naming rights to the field at the third oldest stadium in Major League Baseball up for sale since early Spring with an asking price of $12 million.

Commercialism is no stranger to the sports world, initially starting with huge brand signage at NASCAR races, to stadiums, and now on to NBA jerseys starting in the 2017 season.

After the announcment on Monday that the naming rights were available, Dodger fans across the globe began to react, or overreact to the news via social media. 

At first, a bevy of fans believed that the Dodgers were selling the naming rights to the actual stadium, similar to the Staples Center, in downtown LA and the StubHub Center in Carson. 

However, the Dodgers made it clear that the stadium itself would remain Dodger Stadium, and just the naming rights for the field would be for sale. Therefore, if a company were to pony up the $12 million necessary it would go something like this, [Insert Name Here] Field at Dodger Stadium.

Some fans who frequently flock to Chavez Ravine don't like the idea of selling the rights to naming the field. Those opponents believe it is the beginning of a slippery slope that could eventually lead to the naming of the stadium, advertisements on the uniforms, and eventually, the corporate name of the team itself like the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

Proponents of the naming of the field would like to see a rich billionaire who bleeds Dodger Blue to fork over the $12 million to name it Vin Scully Field or Jackie Robinson Field.

For now, the naming rights to the field that is played on Santa Ana Bermudagrass are still up for grabs as the Dodgers themselves are ironically wrapping up a two-game series at "Guaranteed Rate Field," in Chicago.

If the name of the White Sox Field is any indication of what could come at Dodger Stadium, perhaps they should just let sleeping dog's lie.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Sweep White Sox in Rain Soaked Rout]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:30:25 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/Taylor+Homers+as+Moncada+Looks+on.png

Rain, rain, go away, but the Dodgers win anyway.

Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, and Enrique Henrnadez all homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers won in a rain-soaked rout, 9-1, over the White Sox in seven innings on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Taylor hit a leadoff homer to start the game, but the torrential downpour of baseballs in the stands didn't end there.

Melky Cabrera tied the game in the bottom half of the first with his 12th home run of the season to tie the game at one apiece.

Hernandez hit solo shots in the second and third respectively, as he recorded his first multi-homer game of the season.

Seager followed Hernandez with a two-run home run of his own as the Dodgers took a commanding 5-1 lead after four frames.

Seager's home run was his 44th of his career as a shortstop (45 total), breaking the Los Angeles Dodgers' record of 43 held by Rafael Furcal. The all-time franchise record for home runs by a Dodgers' shortstop is 122 by Pee Wee Reese.

The Dodgers broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning that started with five consecutive hits.

Shortly after the seventh inning, the rain and wind came pouring down and after a brief delay, the game was called by the umpires.

Kenta Maeda (8-4) earned the win, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts in his first start since July 7, against the Kansas City Royals.

In interleague play, Maeda is 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA against the Royals, Angels and White Sox in 2017.

White Sox starter, Carlos Rodon (1-3), got rocked, allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in the loss.

Chicago's top prospect, Yoan Moncada, was called up before the game, and went 0-for-2 with a walk in his White Sox debut.

Moncada was famously required from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster offseason trade that sent Chris Sale to Beantown.

The Dodgers are now 31-4 in their last 35 games, the best stretch in franchise history and longest stretch since the Brooklyn Superbas in 1899 went 31-4.

The victory gave the Dodgers their 11th consecutive win, the longest active streak in baseball, and LA's longest streak of the season after a 10-game winning streak last month.

The win also completed a two-game sweep of the White Sox, the Dodgers' 12th sweep of the season. In the last 40 years, the most sweeps the Dodgers had in a single season was 13 in 1978.

Los Angeles can tie that mark with a sweep in their next series.

Up Next:

The Dodgers return home to the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine for a 10-game home stand starting on Thursday. Brandon McCarthy starts opposite Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicx at 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[The Heart and Hustle of the 2017 Dodgers]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:58:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Justin+Turner+Heart+and+Hustle.png

The heart of the 2017 Dodgers is also their best hitter. 

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was named the team's recipient of the annual Heart and Hustle Award for the 2017 season. 

The award is given to active players on each team who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. 

The award is given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni assocation and is the only award that is voted on solely by former players.

"Justin gives his all on the field," said Dodgers legendary pitcher Don Newcombe. "He brings joy and positivity to the clubhouse and spends his free time giving back to the community."

One player from each team is selected by the MLBPAA and the final winner is announced on November 14, 2017 at the annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. 

Turner leads the league in batting average with a .371 average this season and was named to his first ever All-Star Game last week after receiving a record amount of fan votes in MLB's "Final Vote" contest. 



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Set Best 34-Game Mark in Franchise History]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:38:43 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Kershaw+and+Bellinger+Keep+Dodgers+Rolling.png

One is the loneliest number.

The Dodgers scored one run in the first inning and held on to defeat the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, to set the best 34-game mark in franchise history on Tuesday night in the Windy City. 

Cody Bellinger knocked in the game's only run with an RBI single and Clayton Kershaw earned his 15th win of the season with seven shutout innings as the Dodgers improved to 30-4 in their last 34 games, the best stretch in baseball since 1977. 

Chris Taylor reached base on an infield single to start the game, and then promptly stole second, before scoring on the Bellinger single. Little did both teams know, that early run would be the only one of the game. 

Taylor finished with four hits for just the second time this season, and is now batting .426 in the leadoff spot for Los Angeles this season.

Kershaw (15-2) was not at his best, but scattered seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings as the three-time Cy Young Award winner has made 14 consecutive starts without a loss, beating his own record second in 2014 of 13 consecutive games without a loss. 

White Sox starter, Miguel Gonzalez (4-9), was the hard-luck loser, allowing just one run on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts in six innings. 

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 24th save of the season.

The victory is the Dodgers 10th straight game, the second time this season that the team has reached a double-digit win streak this season, the only team in baseball to accomplish that feat.

Los Angeles is 65-29 on the season, the best start in Los Angeles franchise history, and the best start in team history since 1955. 

Up Next:

Kenta Maeda heads to the mound on Wednesday as the Dodgers look to keep rolling against LHP Carlos Rodon. First pitch is 5:10PM PST.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Intro Kentavious Caldwell-Pope]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:11:32 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Kentavious-Caldwell-Pope.jpg

Less than 24 hours after winning the Las Vegas Summer League, the Los Angeles Lakers held court in El Segundo and introduced new signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who joined the team on a one-year $18 million contract, as the starting shooting guard of the team.

"We needed a two-guard and a special two-guard that can play both sides of the ball but also has a high basketball I.Q., bring some toughness to the team and the floor," Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson waxed poetic about the team's new signing. "He can guard the 1-position, the 2-position, the 3-position--man, I should have been playing with him myself--almost like Michael Cooper in a sense."

Johnson added, "Also, [he] can hit the three ball and take it to the basket. Just another explosive player that our Lakers will get a chance to play with."

As Johnson grew exited talking about the team he was assembling, the front row of the audience could hardly contain itself. That front row consisted of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Thomas Bryant, all of whom had taken the team bus back from Las Vegas to El Segundo in the morning and had stuck around for the press conference.

Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac were also present at the facility, as the Lakers introduced their newest signing, illustrating the close involvement of the players. Only veterans Luol Deng, Brook Lopez and Corey Brewer were not visible in the flesh for Caldwell-Pope's introduction.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said, "I think it means a lot to the Lakers' family to have our guys come back from Vegas--literally the bus just got here--to show support for their newest teammate."

Caldwell-Pope is a 24-year-old guard that can shoot and defend, which fills two major needs for the Lakers of 2016-17.

As Johnson tells it, after he entered the team's management setup, he took to watching practices and watching games. What the 57-year-old saw was that teams had taken to sagging in and playing zones that invited the Lakers to shoot. Also, Johnson wanted a bit more intensity and competition in practice.

"I said, 'Man, we got to change and get some shooting in here and then we got to get some versatile guys that can play more than one position,'" Johnson shared his thoughts after watching practices in those early days in the front office.

Caldwell-Pope's defensive intensity and versatility, which the player cited as being more important than his three-point shooting at Tuesday's press conference, and shooting ability should help the Lakers address both areas that Johnson saw as problems.

"He gives our team versatility," Johnson said about the new signing. "We can cross match. In today's game, you have to have versatility, and so he gives us that."

While Johnson shared that the playoffs are always the goal at the start of the season, the executive did not seem to be in a rush to make proclamations and guarantees that the team would return to the postseason for the first time since the 2012 playoffs, when Dwight Howard and the Lakers were promptly swept in four games by the San Antonio Spurs.

"We're already better," Johnson said when asked about expectations for the upcoming season. "The roster is more balanced. We saw the ball movement in Summer League, and that's what we want to see and what [Lakers coach] Luke (Walton) wants to see."

Johnson added, "I tell you what, I would not want to miss a Laker game this season because it's going to be exciting every single night."



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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Wins MVP, Lakers Win Summer League]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:08:20 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Kyle-Kuzma-Lakers-Summer-League-final-7-17.PNG

LAS VEGAS - Due to a strained calf, Lonzo Ball sat out of Monday's NBA Summer League final in Las Vegas, where the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Thomas & Mack Center, but the 19-year-old rookie sensation was named NBA Summer League Most Valuable Player and handed a trophy prior to the game.

Ball became the first Laker to be named Summer League MVP after averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals, along with recording two triple-doubles.

After Ball was presented with the MVP trophy, which he accepted wearing what could best be described as spa slippers, the Lakers and Blazer played out a closely contested Las Vegas Summer League finals.

From the onset, rookie Kyle Kuzma out of the University of Utah stepped up and filled the scoring void. Kuzma, who was named to the All Summer League 2nd Team, scored 19 points in the first half on 7-10 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the three-point line.

Kuzma has been a standout player for the Lakers, who drafted the Flint, Michigan native with the no. 27 over all pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Kuzma's scoring helped the Lakers keep pace with Portland, as the two teams went into the halftime intermission down 59-58.

In addition to Kuzma, the Lakers also earned solid contirbutions from Vander Blue and Matt Thomas, both of whom started and scored in double figures in the first half.

As the score suggested, the Lakers and Blazers were in for a high-scoring shootout, as both teams put up high scores for NBA games, while Summer League games only feature 10-minute quarters.

Kuzma continued his strong performance by scoring 11 points in the third quarter and giving the Lakers an 84-79 lead with 10 minutes to play. Kuzma had improved to 6-8 from three-point land after hitting a buzzer beating three-pointer to put the Lakers up 84-79 with 10 minutes remaining.

In the fourth quarter, the crowd got involved and turned up the intensity, which only helped the Lakers, who were the clear crowd favorites. When Ivica Zubac hit a mid-range jump shot with 7:42 remaining in the ball game, the Blazers called time out and the biased Lakers' fans erupted into a frenzy at the Lakers leading by 13 points.

The lead would obviously narrow, as Portland made a push to comeback, but the Lakers' continued to hit shots when they needed them most. Portland would cut the difference down to single digits multiple times, but the Lakers never let Portland truly threaten.

When the final buzzer finally sounded, the Lakers won by a final count of 110-98.

Incredibly, LA won six straight games, including five playoff games in six nights, to win the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Kuzma finished the night with 30 points and 10 rebounds.



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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Inspires Lakers to Summer League Final]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:00:14 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-Lakers-win-in-Summer-League.jpg

LAS VEGAS - Lonzo Ball continued his takeover in the desert as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 22-point halftime lead over the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinal with 14 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and a steal and no turnovers in 18 minutes of work.

By himself, Ball had more assists than the entire Dallas Mavericks' team at the intermission of Sunday night's playoff game, as the kid from Chino Hills continued to resurrect hope in the stumbling Lakers' franchise.

While the first half highlighted Ball's talents and exemplified his impact on the game, the second half only saw the former UCLA Bruin play three and a half minutes before leaving the game with tightness in his right calf. Ball ended up getting his calf stretched out on the baseline before disappearing into the locker room tunnel for more stretching.

Ball returned to the bench soon after, but he would not return to the court.

With the Lakers leading by comfortably by double digits for the majority of the ball game, the decision to hold out the 19-year-old made a great deal of sense, especially considering Summer League is essentially a glorified exhibition tournament.

Without Ball, though, the Lakers nearly blew a 26-point lead. As the Lakers fell apart without their star guard and the Dallas Mavericks made their final push, the game closed to a one-point difference. Fans at the Thomas & Mack Center, who were overwhelmingly in favor of the Lakers, took to chanting "We want Ball," but Lakers Summer League coach Jud Buechler did not flinch or even look into the point guard sensation's direction.

Instead, Kyle Kuzma, Matt Thomas and Vander Blue led the Lakers to victory, as Kuzma finished with a game-high 24 points, Thomas chipped in 20 points and Blue tabbed 17 points in the win.

For Dallas, Dennis Smith Jr. led the way with 21 points, and the Mavericks matched the Lakers with all five starters scoring in double figures. Though Dallas closed to within one point, the Mavericks never led at any stage in the game.

Next, the Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m on Monday night in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game. The Lakers will play their fifth game in six nights, though Ball's involvement remained somewhat in doubt after the game. As a positive sign, Ball's calf was not listed as strained, only as "tight."

According to both the player and his coach, though, the training staff and management will make the determination on whether or not the new face of the Lakers' franchise will play in the 2017 Summer League finale in front of a national audience.

Notes: The Lakers shot 77.3 percent from beyond the three-point line, and their long range shooting has become a common trend in the Summer League session. Ball finished with 16 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, one steal and no turnovers in 21 and a half minutes before getting pulled.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Win 9th Straight Game]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:19:32 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/AP_17197632563999.jpg

The Los Angeles Dodgers had all three Miami Marlins outfielders leaping for the ball at the wall, and only Justin Turner managed to clear it.

Turner homered and also singled to increase his batting average to .374, and the Dodgers extended their winning streak to nine games Sunday by beating Miami 3-2.

It was the Dodgers' fourth one-run victory during their streak, and the score was close only because Marlins Park is so big.

"A lot of our guys are going to be real happy to get out of this place," Turner said. "If we were at home in Dodger Stadium, we might have hit 20 homers this series. This place is enormous. They have a very athletic outfield and cover a lot of ground, and they made a lot of really good plays."

Marcell Ozuna jumped high above the 7-foot wall in left field to rob Kike Hernandez of a home run, and Christian Yelich leaped at the wall in center to steal an extra-base hit from Logan Forsythe.

But Giancarlo Stanton lost his glove over the 8½-foot wall in right field trying unsuccessfully to catch Chris Taylor's triple. When Stanton made a running leap and stretched his left arm above the wall, the glove came off and fell to the other side.

"I just hit my wrist at the top of the fence, and the glove just popped off," Stanton said.

Five Los Angeles pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts with no walks. Rich Hill (6-4) allowed one run in five innings, and Kenley Jansen got the final four outs for his 23rd save in as many chances.

The Dodgers (64-29) climbed 35 games above .500 for the first time since 1977 by completing their 11th sweep of the year, most in the majors. They've won 29 of their past 33 games and have the best record in the big leagues.

"It has been fun," Hill said. "We know our end goal, and what we want to do, and where we want to go, and how we see the season finishing. But we can't get there without focusing on tomorrow."

The Dodgers have the franchise's best record through 93 games since 1955.

Turner hit his 11th homer in the first inning, added a sacrifice fly in the third and reached on an infield single in the fifth. He was sidelined for three weeks early in the season by a hamstring injury, but entered the game on the verge of qualifying for the NL batting race, which he would lead.

The three-game sweep was the Dodgers' first in Miami since 2008. They didn't even need ace Clayton Kershaw, who makes his first start since the All-Star break Tuesday at the White Sox.

"We ran into a buzz saw," Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Los Angeles won six of seven games from the Marlins this year.

It was that rare game where neither starter exceeded 90 mph. Chris O'Grady (1-1), making his second career start, allowed three runs in five innings.

One Dodger who struggled against O'Grady was Cody Bellinger. Less than 24 hours after hitting for the cycle, Bellinger went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against the left-hander.

Right fielder Yasiel Puig, batting .164 against left-handers this year, was among the regulars held out of the Dodgers' starting lineup.

Jansen struck out pinch hitter Justin Bour with two on to end the eighth, and followed that with a perfect ninth to lower his ERA to 0.90.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez (lower back) is likely a couple of weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment, manager Dave Roberts said. Gonzalez took 60 swings on the side Sunday, but has yet to take batting practice or run the bases.

Marlins: 2B Dee Gordon (neck spasms) was held out of the starting lineup, but had a pinch-hit single and is expected to start Monday.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: After a day off, the Dodgers will open a two-game series Tuesday at the White Sox with All-Star LHP Kershaw (14-2, 2.18) scheduled to face RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 5.15). Kershaw is unbeaten in his past 13 starts despite allowing 18 homers this year, and he's unimpressed by the barrage of long balls around the majors.

"Everybody's asking, 'Is the ball juiced? Is it the era for home runs?'" Kershaw said. "But there are still a lot of guys not giving up home runs. There are a lot of guys pitching really well. To me it's not that big a deal. Offense is what people like to see; it's exciting. But I think pitching will still win out in the end."

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (1-4, 8.00) is scheduled to start Monday against Philadelphia's Jerad Eickhoff (1-7, 4.63). LHP Adam Conley will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start Tuesday, Mattingly said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California



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<![CDATA[Lakers Win, Advance to Summer League Semis]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 03:48:45 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-Lakers-Summer-League-7-15-17.jpg

Vander Blue scored 27 points, Kyle Kuzma added 26 more and Lonzo Ball flirted with yet another triple-double to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinals on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Ball finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 34 minutes, as the Lakers extended their Summer League winning streak to four games after losing the opening two contests of the session.

Along with Blue, Kuzma and Ball, the Lakers received notable contributions from Travis Wear, as the former UCLA Bruin hit four of his six three-point attempts, and Matt Thomas, who finished with 17 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and 3-4 from three-point land. In fact, the Lakers hit 14-26 from three, with Blue, Kuzma and Thomas all making a trio of three-pointers each, while Wear finished top of the pile with four long bombs to his name.

Brooklyn offerred the Lakers their toughest test thus far, as Brooklyn's starting five featured four players with at least a season of NBA experience in Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Isaiah Whitehead and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, all of whom scored at least 15 points on the night.

However, the Lakers sharing of the basketball combined with the extra contributions from guys like Wear and Thomas helped LA hold off the Nets' charge and send the Lakers into the final two days of the competition. On the night, the Lakers finished with 26 assists on 42 made field goals.

The Lakers now face their fourth game in five days at 5 p.m. Pacific Time against the Dallas Mavericks. The winner of that game will play in the final on Monday against the winner of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers are only two wins away from the 2017 Summer League trophy.



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<![CDATA[Lukaku Debuts, Man United Beats Galaxy 5-2]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 04:08:37 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Marcus-Rashford-Manchester-United-Galaxy-July-15-17.jpg

CARSON - With David Beckham watching both of his former clubs from the stands, Marcus Rashford scored a first half double within 20 minutes to lead Manchester United to a 5-2 victory on a balmy Saturday night in Southern California.

Rashford, who is still only 19 years old, started at striker and scored within two minutes of the opening whistle. After putting in a 45-minute shift and grabbing a seat during the preseason friendly for the Premier League club, one could not help but marvel at the teenager's composure in front of goal combined with the pace and positional understanding on display.

For the Galaxy, the match served as an all-too-familiar mid-season exhibition contest that tends to more accommodate the visiting teams in their preseason preparations than help the LA-based club directly.

At halftime, both clubs made wholesale changes and brought on their regulars for the final 45 minutes, with the Galaxy bringing on a couple more first-choice players at the 60-minute mark.

For Manchester United, the halftime changes included Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming on, the latter of whom scored Manchester United's fourth goal of the night. At 4-0 up, one would have had a tough time seeing any purpose to looking up at the scoreboard.

The greater meaning of the day, though, came from the debut of Manchester United's new star striker Romelu Lukaku, who arrived from Everton for nearly $100 million transfer fee and officially only just joined the team in Los Angeles earlier in the month.

Lukaku came on at halftime and played for the entire second half, after Rashford and Marouane Fellaini had helped Manchester United jump to a 3-0 halftime lead against a weakened LA Galaxy starting lineup. The Belgian's first chance was blocked off by Galaxy goal keeper Brian Rowe, and the 24-year-old missed the target on his second attempt. Ultimately, the Belgian failed to score on his debut.

One of the other halftime substitutes for the Red Devils, Anthony Martial, looked active from the moment he came on, and the Frenchman eventually turned in Manchester United's fifth goal of the night in the 72nd minute.

Just shy of the 80-minute mark, LA Galaxy finally made a mark on the game when Giovanni Dos Santos beat Manchester United backup goal keeper Joel Pereira.

At this point, the Galaxy regulars, who should have been in mid-season form, displayed their quality and began a barrage on Manchester United's goal. Only a couple minutes later, Pereira was forced to make a point blank stop to save Manchester United's blushes.

In the 88th minute, though, an LA Galaxy corner led to a header by Dave Romney that caught Dos Santos on the way in to make the score 5-2 in favor of the visitors from Manchester. In effect, the Galaxy starters had played to a 2-2 second half draw against the Premier League giants.

Notes: Victor Lindelof, who expects to partner with Eric Bailly in the Manchester United back four, also made his Manchester United debut on the night, as the Swede played the final 45 minutes.



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<![CDATA[Bellinger Hits For The Cycle in Dodgers Victory Over Marlins]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:59:40 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Bellinger+Hits+for+the+Cycle.png

Cody Bellinger became the first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle and Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions in a season, helping the NL West leaders beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 Saturday night for their eighth straight victory.

Bellinger singled in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third, added an RBI double in the fourth and hit his second career triple on the first pitch of the seventh. His triple off Nick Wittgren barely cleared the glove of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who tried to making a running backhanded catch.

Wood (11-0) struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, allowed only four baserunners and lowered his ERA to 1.56 in 16 games this year.

An angry Yasiel Puig took several steps toward the mound after he was nearly hit by a pitch from Miami's Jose Urena in the first inning. Puig hit two home runs in Los Angeles' win Friday, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning.

The Dodgers (63-29) climbed 34 games above .500 for the first time and have won 28 of their past 32 games. Their bandwagon included an entire section at Marlins Park, where a group that follows the team on the road unfurled its enormous blue flag with the Dodgers logo during the sixth inning.

Los Angeles took a 5-0 lead in the third when Bellinger hit his 26th homer and Yasmani Grandal added a three-run shot, his 12th.

Bellinger's cycle — his first four-hit game — was the fifth in the majors this year, and came against three pitchers. He became the third Dodger to hit for the cycle since the team moved to Los Angeles, and the first since Orlando Hudson on April 13, 2009.

Bellinger is the ninth player in the Dodgers' 128-year history to hit for the cycle. They improved to 54-18 (.750) since he was promoted from the minors.

Urena (7-4) allowed all five runs and needed 82 pitches to get through three innings, his shortest start of the year.

CONFRONTATION

Urena's first pitch to Puig was a 96 mph fastball that just missed the slugger's left thigh. Puig shouted at Urena and took several steps as some players and both managers ran onto the field.

Catcher J.T. Realmuto stepped in front of Puig, and after some yelling the confrontation quickly ended. Puig then flied out.

Benches cleared when the teams met in Los Angeles in May, prompting the ejections of Marlins manager Don Mattingly, Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren.

BATTING ORDER

Puig remained in the No. 8 in the order even though he's second on the Dodgers with 18 homers.

"You look at the numbers and the production he has had, and the easy thing is to put him right in the middle of the order," manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday's game. "But I think the right thing at this moment is to stay the course. It puts him in a good spot in the order, and the results are there."

The Dodgers improved to 31-6 (.838) when Puig bats eighth.

MISMATCH

Stanton went 0 for 2 with a walk against Wood and is 3 for 25 lifetime (.120) against the left-hander.

UP NEXT

LHP Rich Hill (5-4, 3.69) is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday for the Dodgers. Hill made his most recent appearance at Marlins Park last September, when he threw seven perfect innings before Roberts pulled him, mindful the lefty had been sidelined by a blister earlier in the season. Three relievers completed a two-hit shutout.

RHP Tom Koehler (1-4, 8.00) will start for Miami as a replacement for RHP Edinson Volquez (left knee tendinitis).



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Pick Up Where They Left Off in Miami ]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:25:45 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Puig+Picks+up+where+Dodgers+left+off.png

It may be the second half of the season, but it's the same old story for the Boys in Blue.

Yasiel Puig hit his second homer of the game with two out in the ninth inning Friday night, and the three-run shot helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Miami 6-4 for their seventh consecutive victory.

Corey Seager also homered for the Dodgers (62-29), who were one strike from defeat three times before winning for the 27th time in the past 31 games. They're 33 games above .500 for the first time this year.

The Marlins led 4-3 when Joc Peterson singled on a 1-2 pitch with two out in the ninth against A.J. Ramos (2-4). It was the first hit by the Dodgers since the fifth inning.

Peterson moved up on a wild pitch, Yasmani Grandal walked on a 3-2 pitch, and both runners advanced on another wild pitch.

Puig fell behind 1-2 before pulling a 94-mph fastball into the home run sculpture. He slapped his chest twice with both hands as he looked toward the jubilant Los Angeles dugout and began his jog.

It was his 18th homer this year, and the second blown save by Ramos.

Los Angeles starter Brandon McCarthy allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings, but four relievers blanked Miami. Josh Fields (5-0) pitched a perfect eighth, and Kenley Jansen followed with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 22nd save.

Miami starter Dan Straily pitched five innings and allowed three runs, including two homers.

Entire sections of empty seats returned to Marlins Park three days after the All-Star Game, with the ballpark barely half-full. Announced attendance was 21,858.

The Marlins took the lead with three runs in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton doubled home one run, and Justin Bour hit a two-out, two-run double, ending McCarthy's night.

Puig put the Dodgers ahead 2-1 when he hit a homer estimated at 449 feet on the first pitch of the fifth inning. With two out, Seager homered off the facade of the upper deck.

Pederson doubled off the top of the wall leading off the second. With two out, second baseman Dee Gordon dropped a throw on a steal attempt, allowing Pederson to score from third.

WEB-GEM TRADEOFF

Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor made an over-the-shoulder catch before hitting the wall to rob Gordon in the first inning. Gordon then made a diving stop in the seventh to rob Puig.

Riddle made a nifty pickup of Seager's one-hopper to start a double play in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (bruised left foot) threw 58 pitches in a simulated game but won't be activated during the Dodgers' trip, manager Dave Roberts said. It's uncertain whether he'll return to the rotation or go to the bullpen.

Marlins: RHP Edinson Volquez (left knee tendinitis) underwent an MRI because of lingering soreness and might not be available to start as scheduled Sunday, manager Don Mattingly said. ... INF Miguel Rojas (right thumb) is expected to make several more rehab starts before rejoining the Marlins.

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Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (10-0, 1.67) is scheduled to face RHP Jose Urena (7-3, 3.54) on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Another Triple-Double For Lonzo Ball, Lakers Win Again]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:57:56 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-triple-double-7-13-17.jpg

For the second time in the 2017 NBA Summer League, Lonzo Ball recorded a triple-double.

On Thursday, Ball finished the night with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, five steals and two blocks in a 94-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the round of 16 of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.

Yes, the Lakers are in the playoffs, and they're making noise with two straight wins in the tournament and three consecutive victories over all. The Lakers go for four-in-a-row against the Brooklyn Nets in the quarterfinals, which will be played on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

On Thursday, though, as was the case on Wednesday night, Ball