National League West capsules
Capsules of National League West teams, listed in order of finish last year:
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager returned with a bang to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Wednesday night.
The star shortstop, playing against major league competition for the first time in...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again loaded in their chase for an elusive World Series title.
A rock-solid starting rotation. Hitters who can produce offensively and...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw won't start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day because of the sore shoulder that's slowed him at spring training, ending his streak of pitching eight...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has not yet been ruled out for opening day by the Los Angeles Dodgers despite all the time he's missed at spring training with a sore left...
Dodgers ace Kershaw could miss opening day start
Clayton Kershaw might not be on the mound when the two-time NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers start the season.
The lefty ace is working his way back from shoulder soreness that caused him to...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Clayton Kershaw for the start of the season as the staff ace begins to rebuild from shoulder soreness that caused him to shut down...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw is making steady progress in his recovery from left shoulder inflammation, but the ace may not be ready to...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has not resumed throwing since stopping Monday while feeling shoulder discomfort.
Pollock settling in nicely with new Dodgers teammates
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hanging out in shallow left field with alpha teammate Justin Turner, young star Corey Seager and manager Dave Roberts, the assimilation of Los Angeles Dodgers newcomer A.J....
Kershaw not expected to play catch again until Thursday
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is not expected to play catch again until Thursday as the Dodgers address his throwing discomfort.
The three-time NL Cy Young winner will not undergo...
Roberts: Kershaw “didn’t feel so great” after playing catch
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw felt more soreness in his left shoulder playing catch Monday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the three-time Cy Young Award winner "didn't feel so...
Harper meets with Dodgers, still no decision by slugger
Bryce Harper meets with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the very next day, a Brinks truck is parked right outside the team's spring training complex.
Dodgers meet with Harper, Roberts says it was good session
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bryce Harper met with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, a sign the market for the star free agent might be picking up as spring training enters its second full...
Dodgers ace Kershaw expected to resume throwing next week
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers say ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw is expected to resume his regular throwing program next week.
Kershaw shut down by Dodgers after ace not feeling right
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been shut down indefinitely after telling manager Dave Roberts that he "didn't feel right" after two discouraging outings on the...
Toles has personal matter, doesn’t report to Dodgers
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was not at spring training camp for Monday's voluntary full squad reporting day because of an unspecified personal matter.
Manager Dave Roberts said there is no timeline for Toles' arrival. The mandatory reporting date is Saturday.
"We'll get Andrew here when things work out; he works through some personal things," Roberts said Monday. "He has our full support, certainly."
- The SunDodgers Meet with HarperFebruary 26, 2019
- The Washington TimesBryce Harper meets with Los Angeles Dodgers, who seek short-term dealFebruary 25, 2019
- Sentinel & EnterpriseRed Sox, Cora Accept Invitation to White HouseDecember 5, 2018
- Connecticut PostViewpoint Matt Barnes, the Yankees fan from Bethel, living a baseball dream in BostonOctober 23, 2018
- Sentinel & EnterpriseRed Sox Manager Cora is at Home in the ClubhouseAugust 22, 2018
Dodgers SS Seager close to return after elbow, hip surgeries
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager never really wanted to know what the next step was in his rehab process after the young Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop had the kind of elbow surgery more common for pitchers, then hip surgery as well last season.
"I never wanted to look forward because I never wanted to get antsy, 'Oh why are we not doing this yet?'" Seager said Friday. "I just never knew when something was going to happen, so what I did that day was what I did that day."
Dodgers’ Cory Seager is running at nearly 100 percent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — With Corey Seager's expected return by opening day and the acquisition of right-handed hitting center fielder A.J. Pollock, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not expected to be platooning.
Seager was limited to 26 games last season and did not play after April 29. He had Tommy John surgery on May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Aug. 7.
NL West teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Manager: Dave Roberts (fourth season).
2018: 92-71, first place, lost to Boston in World Series.
Dodgers stocked for another run at elusive World Series win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A loaded starting rotation. Solid hitters who can play multiple positions. An All-Star closer. The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again stocked for a successful run.
So what's wrong?
They haven't won a World Series championship since 1988. Two straight years of the World Series champion celebrating in Los Angeles has left plenty of unfinished business for a team that is built to win titles.
Dodgers happy with Goldschmidt’s move to St Louis, Cubs not
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt's move from Arizona to St. Louis made Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts so happy, he was smelling roses.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, not so much.
St. Louis acquired the six-time All-Star first baseman from the Diamondbacks last week for pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick.
Dodgers agree on 4-year deal with manager Dave Roberts
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a four-year contract extension Monday that would keep him as manager through 2022.
The 46-year-old skipper led the team to consecutive World Series appearances for the first time since 1977-78. The Dodgers lost in five games to Boston in October, and lost in seven games to Houston in 2017.
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, says the team is "optimistic about working something out long-term."
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."
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and the team agreed to extend the deadline on Kershaw's opt-out decision by 40 hours until 1 p.m. PDT Friday.
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 to decide whether to opt out of the last two years and $65 million of his contract.
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 yesterday," the pitcher said. "The focus, in my opinion, of the president is to be on the country, and not on moves that are made in a World Series game."
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 Award winner to deliver a victory and force the best-of-seven Series back to Boston.
Instead, it was another postseason shellacking for Kershaw.
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.
"Big mistake!" President Donald Trump tweeted.
It was the beginning of another troubled outing for Los Angeles' bullpen in the World Series.
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.
LA's up-and-down bullpen shook off the disappointment of Bradley's quiet circling of the bases and provided several hours of redemption in an epic 18-inning affair.
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 little different," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts deadpanned Thursday. "There's a familiarity, obviously, for us. There's been a lot of talk of outfield depth; we're very familiar with the ballpark."
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.
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 before the 37-foot-high Green Monster.
"It's going to be warmer, and hopefully our bats get hot, too," Cody Bellinger said after Wednesday night's 4-2 defeat to the Boston Red Sox.
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 Red Sox.
"We've got to do a better job of responding," catcher Austin Barnes said.
Not even a bit of new-age strategy — and a curious sight — could save them.
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 occurring right before his eyes.
That's what happened to Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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 inning and use of relievers is up markedly in an era when "bullpenning" has become a verb.
Have the changes brought about by analytics made baseball less appealing to casual fans?
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 to slow Boston's bats on a night when ace Clayton Kershaw wasn't at his best, either, and Los Angeles fell to the Red Sox 8-4 in the World Series opener Tuesday.
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 the Red Sox and Dodgers. The rest of the crew includes regular-season crew chiefs Fieldin Culbreth and Jeff Nelson, along with Kerwin Danley, Chad Fairchild and Jim Reynolds.
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 drought.
"We used to have a big panorama of it," the clerk, Nick Fosman, said, "but we sold out of them a while ago."
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.
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 Dodger Stadium and prompted Brewers MVP candidate Christian Yelich to call Machado a "dirty player."
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 the 13th inning of a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that lasted more than five hours. The Dodgers primarily have been using Chris Taylor in the leadoff spot.
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 his comments were taken out of context. He said he was "really frustrated" following a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles trails the best-of-seven series 2-1.
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 downtown Los Angeles.
During batting practice, the flags in center field blew in with the temperature around 80 degrees (26 Celsius).
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 three innings in Game 1.
Now, it's Walker Buehler's turn.
The rookie takes the ball on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, where he was 4-3 with a 1.93 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) during the regular season.
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 replaced Grandal behind the plate.
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 after being acquired in a deal with the Washington Nationals.
The Brewers have chosen Wade Miley to start in Game 2 on Saturday, meaning that Milwaukee will open the NLCS with two straight lefties.
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 turned to bigger goals ahead.
For a power-packed team that hasn't won a World Series since 1988, nothing less will do.