On Lakers Night at Dodger Stadium, it was the newest member of the team who took the pregame spotlight. Big man Anthony Davis, whom the Los Angeles Lakers acquired in a summer blockbuster trade, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Toronto Blue Jays. Before that took place, though, Davis got a tour of the Dodgers' locker room, replete with meeting the team, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and getting a few practice swings in the batting cages. When it came time to make his pitch, Davis was solid. He threw a perfect strike to pitcher-turned-catcher Kenley Jansen and then put his hands up in a celebration of sorts afterward. Aside from Davis, the Laker Girls
Walker Buehler will look to get a bad start out of his system when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday in the middle game of a three-game interleague series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. The Marlins rolled to a 13-7 victory, the only game the Dodgers dropped in the three-game series. Buehler (10-3, 3.31 ERA) has been down this redemption road before, and actually it was quite recently after he gave up seven runs (four earned) over 5 1/3 innings on July 28 against the Washington Nationals.
Caption Close While he has to sit this season out recovering from Tommy John surgery, righthanded starter Lance McCullers Jr. is looking forward to what he might pick up from a 15-year starter like Zack Greinke. "He's been doing it forever, just like JV (Justin Verlander), and he's still one of the best in the game," McCullers said. "Anytime you get an opportunity to have guys with a pedigree like that, guys who have so much knowledge to share, and nothing but glowing reviews around the league about him, you're excited to have him." McCullers was thrilled about the trade for Greinke. "It's awesome that we're in a situation as an organization where our front office recognizes the opportunity this
The Los Angeles Dodgers recently lost one of their best pitchers for the next few weeks as Major League Baseball announced Julio Urias was suspended 20 games for violating the domestic violence policy. Urias accepted the suspension without appeal and expressed his remorse. Because he missed five games after the incident while on administrative leave, he only had 15 games remaining. He is currently back at Camelback Ranch working out ahead of becoming eligible to begin a rehab assignment on Aug. 27. When he returns to the Dodgers, it may be in a different role. The left-hander began the 2019 season as a starter but has spent most of it in the bullpen due to an innings restriction placed on him
The Dodgers announced their 2020 regular season schedule last week, so it was only normal that they'd release their Spring Training schedule soon after. The team will play 33 games over a 30-day span. The schedule includes 16 games at Camelback Ranch, 14 away games and three Freeway Series games in Southern California. The only days off will be March 3, 10 and 25. The Dodgers usually play their first Spring Training game against their stadium-mate Chicago White Sox, but instead, they will play the other Chicago team to open things up on Feb. 23. Luckily, the Dodgers will be at home at least once every weekend to give fans the opportunity to take a trip down to Arizona to see the boys in blue
In the weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers were linked to some of the biggest names rumored to be available. However, the majority of those players ultimately stayed put with their current organization. That holds true for Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez, who many believed was a perfect fit for the Dodgers bullpen. He checked off all of the boxes, specifically being a left-handed reliever with plenty of late-inning experience. What prevented a deal from coming to fruition was the Pirates' exorbitant asking price. They reportedly sought one of Gavin Lux or Dustin May on top of Keibert Ruiz in any trade involving Vazquez. The Dodgers understandably declined
Opinions vary widely. Steele's and other preseason magazines picked Nebraska to win the Big Ten West. So did media members who cover the conference. Others said the Huskers would win the conference altogether. On the other end, you've got folks like Jon Jansen, the former Michigan player who hosts a podcast on Michigan athletics. Jansen served as a guest host Tuesday on Sirius XM College Sports. “I'm not on the Nebraska train,” Jansen said before acknowledging the improvement under Frost, and how Nebraska could contend for titles in a few years. “But to go from 4-8 to people saying – some have even said, 'Well, they could contend for a playoff spot.' That's ridiculous.” Program host Chris Childers
Scott Pianowski is joined by Rob Silver of Baseball Prospectus and the Launch Angle Podcast to look back at the year's most discussed rookie: Vlad Guerrero, Jr.
The Los Angeles Dodgers altered their starting rotation prior to Sunday's finale against the Atlanta Braves, recalling Tony Gonsolin from Triple-A Oklahoma City while sending Dustin May to the bullpen. Making his first Major League start in nearly two weeks, Gonsolin didn't miss a beat. He worked around a throwing error by Corey Seager in the bottom of the first and retired the next three batters without allowing a run. Then in the second, Gonsolin continued taking care of business. With the exception of a two-out single by Adeiny Hechavarria, he escaped the inning unscathed and posted another goose egg on the scoreboard. The 25-year-old ran into a bit of trouble in the third, yielding a leadoff
Kenley Jansen says it's 'going to be weird' after he and Dodgers decided on change Kenley Jansen pitched twice on last week's six-game trip to Miami and Atlanta, even though there were no save opportunities. That's the benefit of the Los Angeles Dodgers' plan to use Jansen once a series through September, a regimen manager Dave Roberts believes will best prepare his closer for the playoffs. "If Doc and I hadn't come to an agreement, I wouldn't have pitched on this last trip," Jansen said. "I've got to keep pitching so I can find my rhythm." The drawbacks of the plan, which Jansen and Roberts devised Aug. 10: There will be save situations over the final six weeks in which Jansen is not summoned.
It's always tough to award a Player of the Series award when the Dodgers lose a series — which isn't often. One player who found a way to get a hit in more than half of his at-bats was Justin Turner. JT went 7-for-12 with two walks this weekend. He came in to score in each one of the three games as well. Turner earned one RBI in the series when he hit a solo home run on Friday night. If you missed the news, each time Turner gets a hit in the month of August, REX is donating money to the Justin Turner foundation. In this 3-game series alone, he raised $1,600. Cody Bellinger gets an honorable mention for his two home runs this series. His home run on Sunday accounted for all the runs scored that
The Arizona Fall League takes place every year, and it's a must-see attraction for prospect enthusiasts. On Opening Day of the 2019 season, 391 of the 750 active players were alumni of the league, and some of baseball's biggest stars have played there before making the Majors. The Los Angeles Dodgers have had plenty of their top prospects head to the AFL in recent years, including Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo, Willie Calhoun, Will Smith, DJ Peters and Keibert Ruiz. The Dodgers are one of the five teams comprising the Glendale Desert Dogs, who play at Camelback Ranch. They'll be joined by prospects from the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. In each