Los Angeles Dodgers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Dodger Blue: Dodgers News: Kenta Maeda To Return From Injured List And Start Series Finale Against Pirates
After getting through the rough part of their schedule, the Los Angeles Dodgers have had four scheduled off days in the last two weeks.
Because of that, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been able to rearrange his starting rotation to give pitchers extra rest in order to keep them fresh from the entirety of a 162-game season and potential postseason.
It also gives the team a chance to give any pitchers that are banged up some extra time to heal, and that was the case for right-hander Kenta Maeda.
Maeda tossed a gem in his last start on May 15 against the San Diego Padres, giving up just three hits in 6.
Dodger Blue: Stan Kasten Jokes About Learning Curve For Andrew Friedman After Leaving Tampa Bay Rays For Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers made wholesale changes to their front office after the 2014 season by hiring Andrew Friedman to be president of baseball operations and Farhan Zaidi to be their general manager.
Friedman was widely recognized as being one of the bright young minds in baseball for the success he reached as the executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, who are one of the small-market teams in the league that consistently have one of the lowest payrolls but still find a way to compete.
Coming over to the big-market Dodgers who were just purchased by new owners dedicated to bringing the first World Series championship to Los Angeles since 1988 was a big change for Friedman.
Fansided: Marshall Kasowski could be the Dodgers' next big thing
Marshall Kasowski is the Dodgers' minor league machine on the mound but his story would give off no such sense of extreme success.
As detailed in Emily Waldon's piece for The Athletic, in high school, Kasowski did not make the varsity baseball team until senior year, a year that would be cut short by a case of mono. But, velocity, determination and desire to keep playing ball would land Kasowski an opportunity to attend Panola College on a full ride baseball scholarship.
Panola is a small community college right about three hours driving from Houston.
True Blue LA: Will Smith homers twice in OKC win
All four Dodger affiliates won on Tuesday, Great Lakes extended their winning streak to six games.
The Dodgers began a 14-game road trip with their game against the Baby Cakes (Marlins) that went down to the last two outs. The Baby Cakes had the bases-loaded needing one run to tie. But they hit into a double play to end the game and gave the Dodgers their 6-5 win.
Will Smith homered twice in the win. He went 3-for-4 and raised his batting line to .281/.400/.555. He's been hot in May hitting .290/.395/.594 with five home runs.
Think Blue: Julio Urias Reinstated
Lefty pitcher Julio Urias returned to the Dodgers' active roster on Tuesday afternoon, eight days after he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery at a Los Angeles shopping center.
To make room for Urias, the team optioned outfielder Kyle Garlick back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Numerous reports are stating that while MLB investigators were unable to obtain a video of the incident from mall security, the investigation is ongoing. According to the same reports, prosecutors have yet to file charges against Urias, and the Los Angeles Police Department still has not released an incident report.
LADodgerTalk.com: The Game is Evolving
On a number of occasions Mark has advised that the game is evolving and we should get used to it. It is difficult to argue with either point. The game has evolved out of necessity to offer a sense of fairness in competition and to, as they say, level the playing field with a standard set of enforceable rules.
Actually, if you Google it, there are ample sources following the evolution of the game. All aspects have a history, even the bat.
This from "The Evolution of the Baseball Bat" by Bernie Mussill:
"Bill Deane, Senior Research Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York has on record a well-documented account of a baseball game played on June 19, 1846, at Elysian Field in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness: Dodgers @ Rays May 21, 2019: Kershaw's first career start at Tropicana Field
The first-place Dodgers (31-17) open a five-game road trip in Tampa Bay on Tuesday with a brief two-game inter-league series against the Rays (27-17). The Boys in Blue bring the best record in the NL to Florida. They've won nine of their last 12 games.
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Clayton Kershaw (3-0, 3.40 ERA, 4.10 FIP) faces the Rays for the first time since 2013. The supreme left-hander vies for his third straight win in the series opener, Kershaw's first career start at Tropicana Field.
True Blue LA: May 21, 2019: Clayton Kershaw vs. Hunter Wood
Today's Dodger lineup at Rays:
(Kershaw P) #Dodgers | @Biofreeze pic.twitter.com/x7KIOSru1j-- Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 21, 2019
When and where: 4:10 p.m. PDT, Tropicana Field
TV: SportsNet LA
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020
Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness: Dodgers 7, Rays 3: Bats use 12 hits (with no dongs) to back Clayton Kershaw
Coming off one of their absurd amount of off days this month, the Dodgers went to play a quick series with the Rays in front of their crowd of dozens ... DOZENS!!!
Thankfully they didn't seem to let that deter them from coming to play, as they hit the ball all over the park in a 7-3 series-opening win.
The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead in the 1st after Max Muncy bunted for a hit against the shift with one out and then Justin Turner followed with a single into right that Avisail Garcia blundered spectacularly for a two-base error to make it 1-0.
True Blue LA: Dodgers offense cruises past Rays
The small-ball strategy earned the Dodgers a 7-3 victory over the Rays on Tuesday. For a team that is accustomed to winning games via the long ball, this was a bit out of the norm.
Though most of the game ran at a rather slow pace, the seventh inning had enough action and drama to fill an entire game.
As previously mentioned, the Dodgers used the small-ball strategy, and this inning perfectly demonstrated that. They scored three runs in a two-out rally to increase their lead to six runs. Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson hit three-straight base hits to drive in the three runs.
Taking care of business. #KershawDay https://t.co/llks4R7WRB
Dodgers Blue Heaven: 2019 Panini Prizm -- All the Dodgers Cards
Panini's Prizm baseball card brand has just hit store shelves, and I've pics of most of the Dodger cards to share here. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist. BTW, there are over 25 different parallels available, so good luck if you're a 'player collector'.Base Tier I Base Tier II Base Tier III Rookie Autographs Signatures
Game Ball Graphs
Pro Penmanship #12 Austin Barnes -- Not Yet Seen
Illumination Instant Impact
#DodgersWin!FINAL: #Dodgers 7, Rays 3 https://t.co/NhmPIwz7cX
Alex. VerduNO. https://t.co/6yXrMkFKHq