Dodgers exercise Roberts’ option while eyeing long-term deal
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have exercised their option on Dave Roberts’ contract for 2019 while continuing to work on a long-term deal for the manager who has taken the team to consecutive World Series.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, ...
Deadline nears for Kershaw to choose Dodgers or free agency
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers are in ongoing negotiations with ace Clayton Kershaw, and they still need to resolve the future of manager Dave Roberts, too.
According to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, the talks with Kershaw’s camp are “ongoingly pleasant.”
Dodgers face winter of decisions on some big names
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Having lost in the World Series for the second straight year, the Dodgers enter an offseason filled with decisions about some of the franchise’s biggest names, including Clayton Kershaw, Manny Machado and manager Dave Roberts.
First up is Kershaw, who has until Wednesday ...
Dodgers’ Hill: President’s focus should be on nation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill didn’t appreciate President Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing manager Dave Roberts for taking him out of Game 4.
Hill told reporters on Sunday that he believes the president’s focus should be elsewhere.
“There was a mass shooting ...
October to forget: Kershaw, Dodgers lose World Series again
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw couldn’t rescue the Dodgers from the brink of World Series elimination, and now the pitcher regarded as the best of his generation might be on his way out of Los Angeles.
Down 3-1 to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers turned to their three-time NL Cy Young ...
Trump assails Roberts’ moves in Dodgers’ 9-6 loss to Red Sox
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Working on a one-hitter with a 4-0 lead, Rich Hill had just set down Eduardo Nunez swinging for the first out of the seventh inning.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had seen enough. Walking to the mound, he signaled to the bullpen and Hill was gone.
Dodgers bullpen shines after Jansen’s mistake in epic Game 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Kenley Jansen gave up Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s dramatic tying homer in the eighth inning Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen apparently had failed at a crucial time in another World Series.
As it turned out, Game 3 wasn’t even half over.
Back by the beach, Dodgers look to get hot in World Series
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Palm trees! Shorts! Sunglasses!
While the World Series isn’t quite a trip to the beach, the Boston Red Sox anticipate staying hot in balmy California, and the Los Angeles Dodgers hope a warm welcome will help them reverse a 2-0 deficit.
“I think the climate is a ...
The Latest: Pederson leads off as LA gets lefties in lineup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local):
Joc Pederson will return to the top of the Dodgers’ batting order in Game 3 as manager Dave Roberts restores some left-handed pop to what had been a one-sided lineup.
Roberts said during a day off ...
Dodgers go cold in Boston, then fall behind 2-0 to Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) — The San Gabriel Mountains shimmering in the distance will be a welcome sight for the Los Angeles Dodgers after two chilly, failed nights at Fenway Park.
No team has overcome a 2-0 World Series deficit in 22 years, but that is the tall task the Dodgers face after crumbling ...
Overmatched: Dodgers’ moves don’t work, down 2-0 in Series
BOSTON (AP) — Maybe this World Series just isn’t in the cards for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Trying to play the matchup game, manager Dave Roberts’ team instead looked overmatched at Fenway Park. They staggered home after a 4-2 loss Wednesday night, down 2-0 to the do-everything-right Boston ...
Column: Over-managing costs Dodgers in Game 1 of Series
Sometimes, in the pressure cooker of a World Series, a manager gets distracted by all those indecipherable charts and the trove of analytics he has at his fingertips.
Sometimes, he spends too much time flailing around in search of the perfect matchup instead of just watching what’s ...
Baseball’s best: long nights, strikeouts & pitching changes
BOSTON (AP) — Games averaged 3 hours, 35½ minutes during the playoffs, up 6 minutes from the 2017 postseason and more than a half-hour longer than this year’s regular season.
Strikeouts have topped hits in seven of eight postseason matchups. Starting pitchers usually don’t finish the fifth ...
Dodgers’ bullpen can’t stop bleeding after Kershaw exit
BOSTON (AP) — The first delivery from Ryan Madson was a changeup that bounced past catcher Austin Barnes for a wild pitch, allowing two baserunners to advance.
Things hardly got better from there for the previously dependable Dodgers bullpen.
Madson and three other relievers failed ...
The Latest: Barrett picked as umpire crew chief for Series
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local):
Ted Barrett has been picked as the umpire crew chief for the World Series. This will be the fourth Series assignment for Barret.
Tim Timmons will call balls and strikes for Game 1 Tuesday night between ...
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Beloved in Boston, Roberts returns for World Series with LA
BOSTON (AP) — In the souvenir store across from Fenway Park, it will set you back $100 for a framed, autographed photo of “The Steal,” Dave Roberts’ stolen base in the 2004 AL Championship Series that kick-started the Red Sox comeback against the New York Yankees and ended Boston’s 86-year title ...
Dodgers ace Kershaw available in ’pen vs Brewers in Game 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw will be available in relief for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The winner of Saturday night’s game plays the Red Sox in the World Series, which starts Tuesday in Boston.
Kershaw would be ...
Dodgers’ Machado fined by MLB for kicking Brewers 1B Aguilar
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers star Manny Machado has been fined by Major League Baseball for kicking Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the NL Championship Series.
MLB fined Machado an undisclosed amount Wednesday, a day after the baserunning incident caused the benches to clear at ...
Bellinger hitting leadoff for Dodgers vs Brewers in Game 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger is leading off for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday, hours after his game-winning single pulled Los Angeles into a 2-all tie with Milwaukee in the best-of-seven series.
Bellinger singled home the winning run with two outs in ...
Bellinger lifts Dodgers over Brewers 2-1 in 13 to tie NLCS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time Manny Machado rounded third base, the Los Angeles Dodgers had already started streaming out of the dugout.
After more than five hours of tension-filled baseball, they were certainly eager to celebrate.
Hernandez apologizes after criticizing quiet Dodgers fans
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers infielder Enrique Hernandez apologized Tuesday after complaining “the fans had no energy” during Los Angeles’ Game 3 loss in the NL Championship Series.
Hernandez tweeted a statement claiming ...
Gusty winds sweep Dodger Stadium for Game 3 of NLCS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strong wind gusts are raking Dodger Stadium ahead of Game 3 in the National League Championship Series.
The first fall Santa Ana winds arrived on Monday. The warm, sustained gusts blow from the desert to the ocean, but rarely affect the stadium on the northern edge of ...
Rookie Buehler looks to eat some innings for Dodgers in NLCS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts came into the postseason willing to let his starters go deeper into games.
He has yet to find someone who can stick around.
Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted 4 1/3 innings in Game 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ace Clayton Kershaw managed just ...
C Grandal out of Dodgers lineup after rough NLCS Game 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is out of the starting lineup for Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
Grandal committed two errors and had two passed balls in Los Angeles’ Game 1 loss Friday night. Austin Barnes ...
Brewers going with lefty Gio Gonzalez in Game 1 of NLCS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gio Gonzalez will start for the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced his rotation on Thursday. Gonzalez was 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts for the Brewers ...
Machado, Dodgers finish off Braves in NLDS with 6-2 win
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers went through all the expected motions after winning a playoff series.
They broke out T-shirts and caps. They posed for pictures in the middle of SunTrust Park. They doused each other with beer in the clubhouse.
Then, just like that, their focus ...
Muncy, Pederson return to Dodgers lineup for Game 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Muncy is starting at first base and Joc Pederson is in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz in Monday’s Game 4 of the NL Division Series.
Each sat in Game 3 when manager Dave Roberts started David Freese at first and ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers put left fielder Chris Taylor in the leadoff position and sat Yasiel Puig as manager Dave Roberts adjusted his lineup to face Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday night.
The right-handed ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Sandy Koufax sitting in the front row, Clayton Kershaw pitched the best postseason game of his career, motivated partly by being passed over as the Dodgers’ Game 1 starter.
He responded with a postseason career-high eight innings of two-hit ball in his team’s second ...
Braves, Dodgers tweak starting lineups for Game 2 of NLDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right fielder Yasiel Puig will be hitting fifth in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.
The Cuban slugger moved up two spots on Friday night after hitting seventh in a 6-0 victory in Game 1 at ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers made a surprising and much dissected decision to start Hyun-Jin Ryu over Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the NL Division Series.
The South Korean left-hander pitched seven dominant innings and Los Angeles launched three home runs to beat the ...
Kershaw: No gut punch in not starting Game 1 of NLDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw says he accepts the reasons he was given for not starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Whether the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner agrees with them may be altogether different.
The Los Angeles Dodgers chose to go with Hyun-Jin ...
Familiar faces in the American League, new blood in the National League.
That’s one way to describe this year’s postseason. The two Division Series in the AL will include the same four teams as a year ago. Meanwhile, the NL welcomes the Braves, Brewers and Rockies to this stage. None of ...
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The Brewers will begin their NL Division Series against the Rockies with a bullpen game at Miller Park. Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday he had not decided on the order of his relievers. The group will ...
Dodgers look to Ryu, not Kershaw, to set tone in opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — These aren’t the same Dodgers that won 104 games, ran away in the NL West, and fell one victory short of a World Series title last year.
Example A: After a slow start, they won 92 games and needed Game 163 to earn their sixth straight division title.
Example B: ...
Division on the line, Dodgers make switch, turn to Rich Hill
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the NL West title still on the line, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts swapped starting pitchers to go with left-hander Rich Hill in Sunday’s scheduled regular-season finale against the Giants.
The five-time reigning division champions began the day in a first-place ...
Escobar’s homer lifts D-Backs over Dodgers, tightens NL West
PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers surged into the NL West lead with a superb September, yet have struggled to shake the Colorado Rockies.
Eduardo Escobar homered off Kenta Maeda leading off the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks tightened the NL West race with a 4-3 victory ...
Ryu has 3 of Dodgers’ 16 hits in 14-0 rout of Padres
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp is used to being an everyday player. With so much talent on the Dodgers, though, he’s had to adjust to not seeing his name in the lineup as often.
“Does he like it?” manager Dave Roberts said. “Probably not, but he understands.”
Kemp is just happy to be ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Machado caught his wife’s first pitch before the game and hit a three-run homer to notch the first 100 RBI season of his career.
“It can’t get any better than this,” Machado said.
Except maybe reaching the World Series and winning.
The Dodgers’ 7-2 ...
King returns to SoCal roots with ownership stake in Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billie Jean King has gone back to her roots in becoming part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ownership group.
The tennis champion first became enamored with the team when it arrived from Brooklyn in 1958. King says she and younger brother Randy Moffitt “grew up bleeding ...
Buehler, Dodgers blank Cards to draw even in wild-card race
ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a pivotal series for the Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler came through with a masterful performance.
Buehler allowed two hits in eight innings, Yasiel Puig homered twice and Los Angeles drew even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race with a 3-0 victory on ...
Rockies chasing 1st division title in tight NL West race
DENVER (AP) — Opposing managers Dave Roberts and Bud Black are close friends. Star infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt talk all the time.
Just maybe not so much right now.
This NL West title chase is serious business and shaping up to go down to the wire.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t breathe a sigh of relief. He could have.
Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner drove in three runs each, and Los Angeles beat Cincinnati 8-1 Wednesday to avoid a season sweep by the last-place Reds.
Joc Pederson homered for the ...
Dodgers drop to 0-6 against Reds with 3-1 loss to Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — Not only did Los Angeles lose to the lowly Cincinnati Reds yet again, this time former Dodgers prospects did in their former team.
Former Los Angeles farmhands Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler homered, and the Dodgers stumbled for the second straight night in a 3-1 loss ...
Dodgers’ Puig loses appeal, starts 2-game suspension
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig lost his appeal of a two-game suspension and started serving the discipline with Tuesday night’s game against the New York Mets.
Puig was involved in an altercation with San Francisco’s Nick Hundley during an Aug. 14 game, taking an ...
Dodgers beat D’Backs on Kemp HR, tie Arizona atop NL West
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp has had a lot of big hits for the Dodgers in his career. Traded back to them this season, he’s regaining his rhythm offensively in the heat of a pennant race.
Kemp slugged a go-ahead, two-strike, three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting Los Angeles to a ...
Dodgers acquire Freese from Pirates for minor leaguer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired third baseman David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night in exchange for a minor leaguer.
The deal was completed just ahead of the deadline for traded players to be eligible for postseason play. Freese hit .282 with nine ...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is in the lineup while awaiting a ruling on his appeal of a two-game suspension from a bench-clearing incident against San Francisco.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Wednesday night’s game at Texas that Puig had ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had not been the smoothest of seasons for the Dodgers’ Justin Turner. First he started six weeks late because of a broken wrist. When he returned, his power seemed wanting. Then he strained a groin and was out another 10 days.
Only with the arrival of August, Turner ...