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Eric Stephen

Kenley Jansen still feeling lingering affects of coronavirus

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“It definitely takes a toll on your body,” Jansen said. “It’s not a virus to play around with.”

Kenley Jansen says he feels stronger every week, but he’s still feeling the effects from the coronavirus. The biggest affect has been on his conditioning, as he still gets shortness of breath at times, more than a month after testing positive.

“All those months you work out so hard, then you have to shut it down for two weeks. Still today, I’m...

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Eric Stephen

Joc Pederson, Dodgers continue to thrive in San Diego

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Pederson homers twice, Chris Taylor saves the game with an outfield assist to end it

Joc Pederson and the Dodgers continue to thrive in San Diego. Pederson cranked two home runs and drove in five to beat the Padres 7-6 on Wednesday night at Petco Park, securing yet another road series win for the Dodgers down south.

It’s the fifth consecutive series win for the Dodgers in San Diego. Since the start of the 2017 season, the Dodgers have won eight of their...

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Video: Dodgers-Padres game ends on thrilling double play

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Wednesday night and locked up the win on a thrilling double play to end the game. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was pitching in the bottom of the 9th and looking to end a 7-5 game.

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers vs. Padres Game III chat

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Ross Stripling vs. Garrett Richards

The Dodgers finish off their road trip with Wednesday night’s game against the Padres in San Diego.

Ross Stripling starts for Los Angeles, against Garrett Richards for San Diego.

Mookie Betts is out of the lineup for a third straight day and likely won’t be available to bat tonight.

Pregame reading Game info

Time: 6:10 p.m.

TV: SportsNet LA

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Eric Stephen

August 5: Dodgers at Padres

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Ross Stripling vs. Garrett Richards

The Dodgers try for a series win against the Padres on Wednesday night in San Diego.

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Eric Stephen

Why the Dodgers called up Zach McKinstry and not Gavin Lux

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“We don’t feel he’s ready right now, and we let Gavin know that,” Dave Roberts said.

When the Dodgers needed a position player to provide coverage for their various nagging injuries, on Wednesday they first turned to Zach McKinstry rather than preseason National League Rookie of the Year favorite Gavin Lux, for a couple of reasons.

This isn’t a starting role, and it sure sounds like a temporary one for McKinstry, especially with active rosters...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers recall McKinstry, option Gonzalez

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Dodgers have 14 position players, 16 pitchers in the final day of 30-player rosters

The Dodgers made a roster move before Wednesday’s series finale against the Padres in San Diego, calling up utility man Zach McKinstry and optioning pitcher Victor Gonzalez to the club’s alternate training site at USC.

The only question is how long McKinstry will stay.

Active rosters will shrink from 30 to 28 players on Thursday, and Gonzalez was almost certainly one of the...

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Dodgers Promote Zach McKinstry

The Dodgers have promoted utilityman Zach McKinstry to the active roster, per a club announcement. He’ll take the roster spot of southpaw Victor Gonzalez, who was optioned down.

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers relievers getting plenty of rest, by design

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A closer look at bullpen usage in the early going for the Dodgers

The Dodgers closed out their win over the Padres on Tuesday with three of the usual suspects out of the bullpen. Pedro Baez in the seventh, Blake Treinen in the eighth, and Kenley Jansen in the ninth all tossed scoreless frames.

Baez and Jansen both pitched on one day rest, which is completely normal. But in the early going of the truncated pandemic season, those outings stood...

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Eric Stephen

MLB rosters will stay at 28 players for a while

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“I think they got it right,” Dave Roberts says.

Active roster limits across Major League Baseball on Thursday morning will shift from 30 to 28 players, as planned. But instead of moving back to the originally-planned 26-player limit on Aug. 20, active rosters are expected to remain at 28 players for the remainder of the season.

Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic first reported the change, agreed to by MLB players and owners on Thursday, which was confirmed...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers capitalize on Padres mistakes in win

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Late offense support Dustin May’s best start of the season

Runs were in short supply early at Petco Park on Tuesday, but the Dodgers pounced on a pair of Padres mistakes and tacked on late in a 5-2 win in the second game of the series.

Dinelson Lamet held the Dodgers hitless until the sixth, when Cody Bellinger followed a two-out hit by pitch with a soft single to center field. Corey Seager, the Dodgers’ hottest hitter, scorched a 102.8-mph single to...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers vs. Padres Game II chat

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Dustin May vs. Dinelson Lamet on the mound

The Dodgers and Padres are back at it for the middle game of a three-game set at Petco Park.

Dustin May starts for the Dodgers, against Dinelson Lamet for San Diego. a Matt Beaty (LF) and Edwin Rios (1B) get starts as the Dodgers stack their lineup with lefties against the right-hander.

Pregame notes:

Swelling has gone down in his middle finger, but Mookie Betts is out of the lineup for a second straight...

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Eric Stephen

August 4: Dodgers at Padres

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Middle game of the series in San Diego

Dustin May and the Dodgers battle Dinelson Lamet and the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego.

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Eric Stephen

Betts out of lineup again, Seager starts at DH

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Corey Seager starts another game at DH while dealing with a sore quad

Mookie Betts is out of the lineup for a second straight game with a bruised middle finger on his left hand, and Corey Seager is the Dodgers’ designated hitter for a second straight night as he deals with a sore quad.

Betts injured his middle finger on a swing in Sunday’s game, and though he homered later in that at-bat, eventually exited the game. He didn’t start Monday and tried...

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Eric Stephen Jacob Burch

Podcast: The Final Countdown?

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A look back at the first week of the season, and appreciating each completed week we get

This week on the podcast, Jacob and Eric look back at the incident with the Astros, Joe Kelly’s suspension and the reaction to it, plus the red-hot start of Corey Seager, and the affect of recent MLB outbreaks on the viability of the 2020 season.

Plus more on the Dodgers’ first eight games, their renewed commitment to in-game safety protocols, and more, including...

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BlakeHarris

Tuesday links: Around the league

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A lot happened across the MLB yesterday

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Here’s what happened across baseball yesterday in case you missed any of it.

Probably the biggest piece of news on the field was Mike Soroka, one of the best young starting pitchers in the National League. He tore his right achilles and is done for the season.

Braves starter Mike Soroka leaves today's game after falling to the ground while attempting to cover 1st base. He was helped...

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BlakeHarris

Dodgers drop series-opener to Padres

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Bullpen blows this one for LA

The Dodgers had the lead after one pitch, as Joc Pederson connected for a solo home run. They couldn’t hold that lead, as two runs allowed by the bullpen proved to be the difference maker in LA’s 5-4 loss to the Padres on Monday night.

It was all tied up at three a piece in the bottom of the sixth. Brusdar Graterol, who has looked good for the Dodgers this season, allowed two runs to score in the bottom half of the...

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BlakeHarris

Game thread: Walker Buehler takes mound in pitchers duel

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This is going to be a good one

Game 11 of 60.

Your #Dodgers lineup for tonight's opener in San Diego: pic.twitter.com/EbWvzD9ZOu

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 3, 2020

Six at home with the Sheriff getting it started.#FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/W5gkDMyuKQ

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 3, 2020 Game info

First pitch: 6:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA

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August 3: Dodgers at Padres

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Walker Buehler vs. Chris Paddack

The Dodgers open up a three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, with Walker Buehler on the mound.

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BlakeHarris

Mookie Betts has ‘substantial’ swelling in finger

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He’ll hopefully return soon

Mookie Betts exited yesterday’s game with soreness in his middle finger on his left hand. He’s not in the lineup today in San Diego, and according to manager Dave Roberts, there is ‘substantial’ swelling. He hasn’t ruled him out for tomorrow’s game, but said they’ll see how he feels tomorrow.

Betts hurt the finger on a normal swing during his at bat on Sunday in which he homered. A few pitches prior he...

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