Mets reach minor league deals with Kemp, Santana
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to replenish their depth, the banged-up New York Mets agreed to minor league contracts Friday with veteran outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Ervin Santana.
Reds release ’18 All-Star OF Matt Kemp
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have released injured outfielder Matt Kemp just over four months after acquiring the 2018 All-Star from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Matt Kemp put on IL by Reds because of broken rib
CINCINNATI (AP) — All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp has been put on the 10-day injured list by the Cincinnati Reds because of a broken left rib, a move retroactive to Monday.
Pederson’s HR in 9th rallies Dodgers past Reds 4-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig's homer stole the show early against his former Los Angeles teammates. But Joc Pederson had the last word for the Dodgers.
Back in LA, late-arriving Puig homers off Kershaw
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig was late arriving to Dodger Stadium Monday in his first game since being traded to Cincinnati.
Reds use late homers to rally for 2-1 win over Marlins
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Iglesias' diving play wiped out an early Marlins rally. His first homer of the season saved Cincinnati from another shutout loss.
Reds end 8-game skid, drub Marlins 14-0 with 5 HRs
CINCINNATI (AP) — Manager David Bell had an unfamiliar vantage point — a booth far away from the field — to watch his struggling Reds end their slump at long last.
National League West capsules
Capsules of National League West teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Reds expect LHP Alex Wood to open season on injured list
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds expect left-hander Alex Wood to open the season on the injured list as he recovers from a sore back that has limited him during spring...
Yasiel Puig looking like a natural fit so far in Cincy red
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — This much is working out for Yasiel Puig: Red is his favorite color.
Cincinnati's new outfielder appeared in his fourth spring game Thursday, hitting a two-run homer...
Reds begin quest to fill center field with Hamilton gone
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds begin their search for a center fielder this weekend when they open spring training play. They have some intriguing options to replace Billy Hamilton,...
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."
Kemp looking for playing time with new Reds team
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A week after outfielder Matt Kemp was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds, he got a sideline pass for Oklahoma basketball game and had a chance meeting with another Oklahoma native: Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.
"It was pretty cool," Kemp said. "It just so happened that I just got traded to Cincinnati. It was only right to sit there and chat with him for a while."
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.
Alex Wood, Cincinnati Reds go to salary arbitration
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Left-hander Alex Wood asked an arbitration panel for a $9.65 million salary on Tuesday and the Cincinnati Reds argued the newly acquired pitcher should be paid $8.7 million.
A decision by Dan Brent, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte is expected Wednesday, when rulings also are likely for pitchers Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole.
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 to send Reds $7M on Sept. 15 as part of trade
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay Cincinnati $7 million on Sept. 15 as part of the seven-player trade that sent Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood to the Reds.
Pitcher Homer Bailey was sent to the Dodgers in the Dec. 21 deal along with minor leaguer infielder Jeter Downs and right-hander Josiah Gray. The Reds obtained catcher Kyle Farmer.
Dodgers send Puig, Wood to Reds for Homer Bailey
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers had a surplus of outfielders. With one attention-getting deal, they reshaped their roster in hopes of another pennant run.
The reigning NL champions shook up their lineup on Friday, trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood along with cash to the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects as part of a seven-player deal.
Dodgers’ Freese hitting 3rd in NLCS vs. familiar Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — David Freese is hitting third for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, returning to a city where he enjoyed postseason success in 2011.
Freese was the 2011 NLCS MVP after hitting .545 with three homers and nine RBIs for St. Louis in the Cardinals' six-game series victory over the Brewers.
A capsule look at the Dodgers-Brewers playoff series
A look at the best-of-seven National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers:
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 Chris Taylor in left against left-hander Sean Newcomb on Sunday night.
Yasiel Puig is in right field and Matt Kemp returns to the bench for the Dodgers, who lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
Dodgers tweak lineup to adjust to Braves left-hander Newcomb
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 hitting Taylor is taking the spot of the left-handed hitting Joc Pederson in the lineup.
Dodgers rout Giants, head to NL West tiebreaker vs Rockies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers want no part of a wild-card game or the long flight that would come with it.
The plan: another NL West crown.
Max Muncy and his free-swinging Dodgers mates are headed for a one-game showdown against Colorado to determine the division winner back home, jumping on the San Francisco Giants from the start Sunday in a 15-0 win for a weekend sweep.
Tied division leaders all take leads in Game 162
The NL West and NL Central were on track for tiebreaker games when the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers all took leads in Game 162.
Any tiebreakers would be one-game matchups Monday and would be played at Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium. If there are two games, the winners would get the division title and the losers would meet in the NL wild-card game Tuesday.
Kershaw, Dodgers beat D-backs 7-4 to maintain NL West lead
PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Kemp needled teammate Manny Machado in a happy Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse after Monday night's 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the star slugger a hard time for not running full speed out of the batter's box while admiring a long drive to the wall in the ninth inning.
The hit went for a double, falling just short of a home run, and gave Machado his second RBI of the game in a three-run ninth inning.
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 playing baseball that matters in September, after being on teams in San Diego and Atlanta that missed the playoffs in recent years.
Kemp’s 2-run double in 9th rallies Dodgers past Diamondbacks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over Arizona 3-2 Sunday for sole possession of first place in the NL West.
A day after Kemp launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth against Archie Bradley, the Dodgers' slugger tagged him again.
Kemp, Dodgers rally again, beat Arizona 3-2 to stay in 1st
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This was one rerun Dodgers fans were happy to watch again.
Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning that lifted Los Angeles over Arizona 3-2 Sunday for sole possession of first place in the NL West.
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 3-2 victory over Arizona and a tie atop the NL West with the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Turner’s bloop double in 12th lifts Dodgers over Padres 5-4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The power went out for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but not their luck.
Justin Turner blooped an RBI double to drive in Matt Kemp from second base on the first pitch after a 20-minute power outage in the 12th inning, giving the Dodgers an odd 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
"That," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, "was a weird one."
Kershaw does it all in Dodgers’ 4-1 win over Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Clayton Kershaw had everything working his way, even delivering a big moment with his bat.
Kershaw pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, added a two-run single and reached a career-high four times, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Friday night.
Dodgers hit 4 homers in 7-6 win over Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Power got the Los Angeles Dodgers started. Patience gave them a win.
Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson hit solo homers and Alex Verdugo scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning, lifting Los Angeles to a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in a matchup of division leaders Monday night.
Maikel Franco hit a pair of solo homers and Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera also went deep for the Phillies.
Kemp goes deep twice, Dodgers blow out Brewers 11-2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are a hit at the plate with new shortstop Manny Machado.
Matt Kemp could be the biggest beneficiary in what was already a potent lineup.
Kemp hit two solo homers and Machado drove in his first run since joining the Dodgers, who pounded out 15 hits in an 11-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader has received a warm ovation from fans in his first appearance on the mound since his years-old racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during the All-Star Game.
The left-hander jogged in from the bullpen after the Brewers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He took a few warmup tosses before being introduced by the public address announcer.
Machado joins Dodgers after deal with Orioles
MILWAUKEE (AP) — It's a whole new beginning for Manny Machado after months of uncertainty. Perfect time for a new number, too.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elder-statesman role with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The six-time All-Star said he's leaving to spend more time with his wife and two young sons.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kenta Maeda's work in the winter is paying off for the Dodgers this summer.
Thanks to his newfound changeup, Maeda pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Matt Kemp, Logan Forsythe and Chris Taylor each delivered an RBI single as Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Wednesday night.
The surging Dodgers pulled within a half-game of NL West-leading Arizona with their 34th victory in 50 games.
Rookie Lauer leads Padres to 4-1 win against Dodgers
NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego Padres rookie left-hander Eric Lauer popped out of the dugout for the ninth inning and was greeted by Cake's "The Distance" on the PA, as well as the heart of the Los Angeles Dodgers' order.
"When you're out there you notice everything, especially the song," Lauer said. "It made me think about it. I was kind of like, 'Don't put that in my head too much. I still have to get three outs.'"
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Already in line to start his third career All-Star Game and first since 2012, Matt Kemp is keeping up a torrid pace.
Kemp tied a career high with five hits, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back homers to highlight a six-run fourth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-1 on Monday night in the series opener.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp wasn't supposed to last long in his return to Los Angeles. He was tabbed as trade bait after arriving from Atlanta in exchange for a salary dump by the Dodgers.
The 33-year-old slugger has made himself at home again in a hurry.
Kemp got three hits and drove in four runs, including a go-ahead homer leading off the eighth inning that rallied the Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Sunday to prevent a sweep and end a three-game skid.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Anderson got in a groove from the first inning and kept on going.
Anderson tossed a career-high eight scoreless innings, Pat Valaika, Nolan Arenado and Chris Iannetta homered, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp sat out against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night after losing his appeal of Major League Baseball's one-game suspension for a scuffle with Texas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Clayton Kershaw felt strong — if not quite effective — in his return from the disabled list.
That was good enough for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had muscle to spare against the New York Mets.
Kershaw and Jacob deGrom stumbled in an unexpected ace showdown, Matt Kemp hit a pinch grand slam and the Dodgers won 8-3 on Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Enrique Hernandez has helped the Los Angeles Dodgers solve a problem they've had for years — Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
Hernandez and Matt Kemp each homered for the second consecutive game, Alex Wood got his first victory since May 20 and the Dodgers beat Bumgarner and San Francisco 3-1 on Saturday night.
Hernandez's two-run shot in the fifth inning was his fourth career homer against Bumgarner in 34 at-bats. He also has five doubles against the left-hander.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his low-key way, Ross Stripling thinks of himself as "an unknown guy having a random good year."
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp, third among National League outfielders in All-Star balloting, hopes he can take his 28-year-old teammate with him to the Midsummer Classic.
"He needs to be in there," Kemp said. "That boy is pitching his butt off. He's been a big part of our success."
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball on Friday because of a scuffle that followed a collision at home plate.
Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, announced the suspensions, along with undisclosed fines.