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Diamondbacks Drop Five to the Dodgers

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It was another successful weekend in Phoenix for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who ran their record versus the Arizona Diamondbacks to a perfect 5-0. The victory gave the Dodgers a 9-4 record and first place in the National League West. The loss sent the reeling Diamondbacks to 4-11 and last place in the division. For a season that started with big expectations the Diamondbacks have the look of a potential 90 loss team. With the San Francisco Giants having the look of contenders once again the Diamondbacks will face an uphill battle in the division. The Diamondbacks have the New York Mets coming into town, with three must win games, before they head back to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in an extremely important weekend series. If the Diamondbacks struggles continue manager Kirk Gibson may find himself on the hot seat.

The three game sweep was marked by solid pitching by the Dodgers, specifically Hyun-Jin Ryu, and an offensive tear by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers first baseman hit another home run on Sunday, a tape measure shot, giving him five on the season. Gonzalez has now hit twenty-seven home runs at Chase Field, tops among visiting players. Gonzalez, in a performance that will surely win him National League Player of the Week, hit three home runs and drove in ten during the weekend series. The Dodgers outscored the Diamondbacks 22-11 over the three game series.

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The Dodgers roughed up the Diamondbacks pitching staff, a common occurrence this season. After losing Patrick Corbin to Tommy John surgery during spring training the Diamondbacks are moving forward without their ace. Fellow starters Wade Miley and Trevor Cahill have been pedestrian at best, leaving a huge hole in the Diamondbacks rotation. The Diamondbacks pitching struggles are confounded by the fact that they traded young lefthander Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels as part of the Mark Trumbo trade. A move designed to add power to the roster, Trumbo’s acquisition came at a high cost. The Diamondbacks traded two of their top three prospects, Adam Eaton and Skaggs for Trumbo. The big power hitter had a strong start to the season before cooling off over the weekend. He has tremendous power numbers, but is a marginal player at best on defense. Eaton is off to a strong start in Chicago, hitting .354 with nine runs batted in, while Skaggs has put together two solid starts with the Angels, giving up just four earned runs in fifteen innings pitched. Arizona then traded third base prospect Matt Davidson, off to a strong start in Chicago, for White Sox closer Addison Reed. Reed is a solid young closer, but in the long run giving up Davidson may turn out to be a mistake.

The moves were predicated on the belief that the Diamondbacks are a contender this season, a belief held by GM Kevin Towers and the rest of the Diamondbacks front office. The truth is the Diamondbacks are at best a .500 team (which they have been each of the past two seasons), who just lost their top starting pitcher. With an inconsistent batting lineup, a middle-of-the-road starting rotation and a league average at best bullpen the Diamondbacks could be in for a long season. This past weekend was another reminder of the uphill battle the club continues to face in Phoenix. The weekend crowds were large, but that included a massive number of Dodgers fans. Judging by the applause of the fans it was difficult to tell at times who the home team was.

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Arizona will head to Los Angeles next weekend needing to turn things around versus the Dodgers. Arizona had their way with the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in 2013, largely due to the performance of slugger Paul Goldschmidt. Since then the series has been extremely one-sided. If the Dodgers manage another convincing series win next weekend you have to wonder if manager Kirk Gibson could be on the hot seat.

The Dodgers Are Ready Is Yasiel?

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Two games in and the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t have asked for a better start. Traveling to Australia without Zack Greinke, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp they outpitched the division rival Diamondbacks for two games to start the season 2-0. Even though the games were played in Australia they were technically “home” games for the Diamondbacks, giving the Dodgers two key road victories versus their fierce rivals. Clayton Kershaw was solid as usual in the first game, while Hyun-Jin Ryu threw five shutout innings in the second game. The Dodgers bats woke up in game two, scoring seven runs behind solid hitting performances from Yasiel Puig, Dee Gordon, Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe. The four players combined to go 9 for 18 and drive in five runs. Upon returning home the Dodgers have the annual Freeway Series with the Angels before they kick off the regular season on Sunday night in San Diego. You can purchase Dodgers Tickets for as low as $3.00 per ticket.

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Just when it seems things couldn’t be better in the Dodgers camp controversy surrounding Yasiel Puig has started up again, after just two games. After a tough spring and an 0-fer in the first game in Australia, Puig went 3-5 in the second game, driving in two runs. At the plate he looked like the same player that tore up June, July and August last season. In classic Puig fashion the controversy came in the game where he registered three hits. While Puig looked locked-in at the plate he was an absolute disaster on the base paths, making two big base running errors that led to outs, one killing a potential larger Dodger scoring outburst. The second base-running error led to what was described as an intense discussion with Dodgers veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Later on, during his last at bat, Puig swung and missed at a pitch and seemed flung his bat as though injured, prompting Manager Don Mattingly to question whether or not he was actually injured. Puig’s penchant for feigning an injury after a swing and miss, combined with his wild base-running is indicative of what Yahoo! Sports has referred to as his “maddening duality”. When engaged and playing error free baseball Puig is a potential superstar with Bo Jackson type athletic ability. During his rookie season the novelty of Puig helped energize and inspire the team. This season, one where the Dodgers have major expectations, his act may be wearing a little thin.

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So what to do with Puig? At a certain point will his antics outweigh his contribution on the field? The answer is likely no, or at least a bit more nuanced than many media members would insist. If Puig is hitting, like last season, he most likely has a spot in the lineup. The added element that wasn’t present last season though is the potential return of Matt Kemp. Kemp’s season-long injury issues coincided with the arrival and success of Puig. With the Dodger start center-fielder potentially returning soon the Dodgers have a full outfield of Kemp, Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. If Kemp returns and produces, and Ethier continues to hit like he did in spring training, Mattingly will have a choice in who he inserts in the lineup. If Puig’s production suffers he just may find himself coming off the bench a bit more than expected. Chris Michaels.

The Dodgers return to on April 4th for a three game series against the San Francisco Giants starting with their Home Opener on April 4th, Robin Thicke singing on April 5th and Kids Yasiel Puig Fathead for the Sunday 5:00pm game. You can purchase Dodgers Vs Giants Tickets today.

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Opening Day Week Away Are The Dodgers Ready?

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After a double-header that saw the Dodgers compete in split squad games versus the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox the team is off for the long trip to Australia for next weekend’s season opening two-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the early opener just a week away, here are some Dodgers notes.

Urias impresses: In the opening game of their doubleheader on Saturday the Dodgers started seventeen-year-old Mexican pitcher Julio Urias. The young phenom, whose drawn comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela, struck out two of the three batters he faced with his fastball reaching 97 miles per hour. The signing of Urias points to the impressive finds by the Dodgers scouting department. Los Angeles signed Urias on the same trip that yielded them Yasiel Puig. Urias will start the season in high A Rancho Cucamonga, but may be on the fast track to the major leagues.

Final Tune-up for Kershaw: Clayton Kershaw started versus the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, giving up five earned runs in just over five innings, throwing 86 pitches. The Dodgers ace had a rough spring training by his standards with a 9.20 ERA, but should be ready to start the Dodgers season opener next weekend at the Sydney Cricket Grounds. The Dodgers will arrive in Australia five games prior to the opening series to get acclimated to the time difference.

Australian Opener: Due to the time difference between Australia and Los Angeles both games between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will technically be played next Saturday. The opener, a night game in Australia, will be air at 1:00 AM Saturday in Los Angeles. The second and final game, an afternoon game in Sydney, will take place at 7:00 PM in Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw will face Patrick Corbin in the opener, while Hyun Jin-Ryu will face Trevor Cahill of the Diamondbacks in the second game. After returning home the Dodgers will have a full eight games before they travel to San Diego to face the Padres in the US opener.

Puig’s Slump Continues: Unlike last spring where he hit over .500 and impressed everyone, it’s been a difficult spring for second year Cuban star Yasiel Puig. With just over thirty at bats Puig is hitting just .152 with a lone home run. Many stars have tough springs and it doesn’t mean they’ll have a slow start to the regular season, but Puig’s struggles are making many speculate whether or not the tough end to the season he had in 2013 will translate into this season. Opposing teams seemingly found a way to pitch the young star towards the end of last year, busting him inside with fastballs while throwing breaking balls away. How Puig looks at the plate will be an interesting storyline as the Dodgers make the trip to Australia.

Rotation Question Marks: When the Dodgers signed Paul Maholm from the Pirates it looked like they had more than enough starting pitchers to kick off the season. With Chad Billingsley still recovering from Tommy John surgery and Josh Beckett getting hit hard in his latest spring start, while battling a thumb injury, the Dodgers may be looking to Maholm to occupy the fifth starter position when the season begins. Maholm, who looked solid in his first couple of spring outings was hit hard by the Reds on Thursday, giving up six runs on six hits in just over two innings. At this point Maholm is likely the Dodgers fifth starter, especially with Stephen Fife being sent to the minor league camp. If he struggles out of the gate the Dodgers may quickly turn to Fife.

This is one of the most anticipated seasons for Dodgers fans in a while. After the miricle run in the 2013 season fans are hoping and expecting the Dodgers to make it further in the playoffs this year. Does spring training predict the season we shall see as Opening Day is just a week away for the Dodgers.

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Dodgers Open Down Under

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For the past several years Major League Baseball has worked hard to advance the interest in baseball around the globe. This includes kicking off the regular season with games in Mexico and Japan. This coming season the league will extend their outreach with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kicking off the 2014 regular season in Sydney, Australia.

The decision to start the season in Australia has found quite a bit of support but also a significant amount of opposition from the two teams fan bases. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will be loyal to the MLB cause and probably won’t complain too much, but traveling over 7000 miles to kick off the regular season could have obvious impact on the club’s ability to acclimate upon their return, due to the obvious jet lag. Like in years past MLB will give the clubs adequate time to recover before they set off to play the bulk of their regular season schedule. The two clubs will leave spring training early and then play a two game weekend series in Sydney, March 22-23. The Dodgers will then have a full week off to recover prior to heading down to San Diego to kick off the domestic portion of their schedule on March 31. The early game will give the Dodgers a slightly shorter Spring Training as in years past. The good thing for Dodgers fans is that both games in Australia will be Diamondback home games, giving Los Angeles the full 81 game schedule at Dodger Stadium for the upcoming season. It will also protect the Dodgers traditional home opener, which will take place Friday, April 4th versus their longtime rival San Francisco Giants.

Australia has long been and up and coming market for baseball talent with many current and former players from down under including former Dodgers Craig Shipley, Jeff Williams and Trent Oeltjen. Australian fans will get the opportunity to see what is quickly becoming one of the hottest rivalries in all of baseball. Although the Diamondbacks finished a distant second to the Dodgers last season the rivalry was amped up with a bench clearing brawl this past June. A massive fight ensued after Dodgers ace Zack Grienke was hit by a pitch. The two teams continued their war or words all season with several Diamondback players taking umbrage with the playing style of Yasiel Puig. The distaste between the two teams was amped up even more when the Dodgers clinched the divisional title in Phoenix and proceeded to celebrate in the pool Arizona has behind the right field fence. Beyond the dislike the clubs have for each other is the fact that they’ll be competing for the division title again this season and the two opening games in Australia can help set the tone of the coming regular season. The Dodgers will likely start with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke on the mound, giving Aussie fans a glimpse of perhaps the best one-two rotation combination in baseball. If Los Angeles can sweep the two games down under they’ll have two road victories versus Arizona and an instant leg up in the division.

The Dodgers open the 2014 MLB Season at Dodger Stadium on April 4th against the SF Giants! You can purchase Dodgers Opening Day Tickets Now.

By:Chris Michaels

Dodgers Kemp on 15 Day DL

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Matt Kemp‘s consecutive games streak ended at 399 on Monday night, and worse news followed after the game, as the 2011 NL MVP runner-up was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

It’s just Kemp’s second career trip to the DL. The first came due to a shoulder injury in April 2007.

Kemp’s absence will make Tony Gwynn Jr. the Dodgers’ primary center fielder for a couple of weeks.

Tonight the Dodgers will face the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. It is Orel Hershiser Bobblehead Giveaway night.