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Matt Kemp has plenty of souvenirs from his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup: three hits and one injured ankle. Kemp homered and doubled in the same inning Sunday in his first two at-bats off the disabled list. He went 3 for 4 in the Dodgers’ 9-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
PHOENIX – Just when the baseball world thought it had seen everything that Yasiel Puig could become, the Los Angeles Dodgers phenom has added yet another tool. It’s not as overwhelming as his bat, or as strong as his arm, but it can be just as powerful – or powerfully destructive – as both.
Top prospect Jurickson Profar will get most of the playing time at second base for the Texas Rangers while Ian Kinsler is on the 15-day disabled list with bruised ribs. The plan for Profar, a former Spokane Indian, is a departure from last year, when he mostly sat over the final month of the season after homering in his first major league at-bat when he was called up from the minors before his 20th birthday.
Baseball: A settlement has been reached between Frank and Jamie McCourt in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, paving the way for a showdown in bankruptcy court between the embattled owner and Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the settlement, said Jamie McCourt would receive about $130 million.
LOS ANGELES – One of baseball’s proudest franchises is in tatters, its future to be decided not on the field but in the courtroom. The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled franchise afloat.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Russell Martin is in town, and his presence triggers thoughts of a movie. “Escape From Alcatraz.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. – In his 14-year playing career, Don Mattingly exuded a quiet confidence. He played like nothing could rattle him, an important trait for a player who spent his entire career with the New York Yankees. But on Sunday, the first-year Los Angeles Dodgers manager conceded he had some jitters about standing up to give the first speech to the entire team when the position players arrive in camp Monday.