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LOS ANGELES – Nelson Cruz went deep again Wednesday night. That makes six homers in five games and at least one in five straight games. And the good news pretty much ends there for the Mariners. The Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Taijuan Walker for three runs in the first inning and completed a three-game sweep over the Mariners with a 5-2 victory at Dodger Stadium.
LOS ANGELES – The lesson coming out of Dodger Stadium over the last two days is the Mariners can build multi-run leads with their improved home-run pop, but their vaunted rotation can’t hold them. Oh, and All-Star closer Fernando Rodney coughed up another lead. The Los Angeles Dodgers scored two runs in the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory at Dodger Stadium.
LOS ANGELES — Howie Kendrick had a game-winning two-run single in the ninth against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES – A four-run lead wasn’t enough Monday night for James Paxton and the Mariners. Heck, four homers of firepower wasn’t enough. Paxton squandered that support before the Los Angeles Dodgers completed their comeback when Alex Guerrero delivered a walk-off single for a 6-5 victory over Seattle in 10 innings at Dodger Stadium.
A four-run lead wasn’t enough Monday night for James Paxton and the Mariners. Heck, four homers of firepower wasn’t enough. Paxton squandered that support before the Los Angeles Dodgers completed their comeback when Alex Guerrero delivered a walk-off single for a 6-5 victory over Seattle in 10 innings at Dodger Stadium.
Adrian Gonzalez homered three times for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, making him the first player in major league history with five in the season’s first three games. His third homer leading off the fifth inning extended the Dodgers’ lead to 6-2. All three came off Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will host Seattle in Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game on April 15, the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the sport’s color barrier. The game, already part of the schedule, will be held in conjunction with MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day, the commissioner’s office said Monday.
Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that. The Twins and the 28-year-old right-hander agreed Monday to a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19.
The Padres have finalized a five-player trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that sends slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal. The teams agreed to the deal last week but didn’t finalize it until Thursday. There was no explanation for the holdup, although the Padres reportedly had concerns about Kemp’s physical. San Diego also gets catcher Tim Federowicz. The Dodgers also receive right-handed pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Padres are waiting to finalize an 11-player, three-team trade that will bring them outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay. – AP
Matt Adams could barely contain his enthusiasm — and he didn’t really try, either. He thrust both arms in the air while still in the batter’s box and added a couple of big hops to his home run trot as he approached first base.
ST. LOUIS – Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and John Lackey lived up to his big-game reputation as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five N.L. Division Series. Facing elimination in St. Louis for the second consecutive postseason, the Dodgers will turn to ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest tonight in Game 4. Shelby Miller makes his first career postseason start for the Cardinals, one win from a fourth straight trip to the N.L. Championship Series.
Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Monday night.
LOS ANGELES – Matt Kemp hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night and evening their N.L. Division Series at a game apiece. Kemp practically skipped down the first base line, appearing to coax the ball fair as it sailed inside the foul pole and into the lower left field seats while the crowd of 54,599 erupted in cheers.
LOS ANGELES – Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals won a slugfest no one saw coming. Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery N.L. Division Series opener Friday.
N.L. Division Series 6: Season series: Nationals won 5-2.
A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium won his negligence suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, but former owner Frank McCourt was absolved by the jury. The jury found that Bryan Stow suffered damages for economic losses and pain and suffering totaling about $18 million but divided responsibility for his injuries among the Dodgers and the two men who beat him. Plaintiff’s attorney Tom Girardi says the verdict means the Dodgers must pay about $14 million in economic losses and a quarter of the pain and suffering sum, adding about $1 million more. – AP
LOS ANGELES – Jurors in a high-profile negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were asked Thursday to decide who was responsible for a beating that left a San Francisco Giants fan with devastating brain damage. The case filed on behalf of Bryan Stow was placed in the hands of jurors after closing arguments. They deliberated for three hours and left for the day without reaching a verdict. They were to resume talks today.
LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett tossed one May 25 in Philadelphia.
Lou Brock remembered September 1964 as a time when the St. Louis Cardinals began a salary drive. That’s also when they started their path to the World Series championship. Brock and Game 7 winner Bob Gibson were among members of the team that beat the Yankees who were honored Monday before St. Louis opened an interleague series against New York.