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Game thread: Dodgers vs. Cubs

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Mookie gets the start

It’s the first time we get to see Mookie Betts in the lineup!

Today's #DodgersST lineup vs. Cubs: pic.twitter.com/M8KulDGmtt

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 23, 2020

Baseball. Again! @WatchMarquee channel finder: https://t.co/fH1q9AllMr pic.twitter.com/VJQHke8KxR

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 23, 2020 Game info

First pitch: 12:05 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA

Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ

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Dodgers well-stocked with young arms for rotation, bullpen

The Dodgers have no shortage of options for their starting rotation. Even after trading Kenta Maeda to the Twins, Los Angeles has Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Alex Wood, Julio Urías, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Ross Stripling and Jimmy Nelson on the 40-man roster. So too is prospect Mitchell White, but he doesn’t figure to be in the mix out of the gate after posting a 6.50 ERA in 63.2 innings at Triple-A last year. That’s plenty for manager Dave Roberts to work with,...

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Game thread: Spring Training Game No. 1

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


It’s officially baseball season!!!

Baseball is back! Did you miss us?

Today’s #DodgersST lineup at Giants: pic.twitter.com/IMM7Q6tQDC

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 22, 2020


First pitch: 2:30 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA

Radio: KTNQ

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The A's are hedging their Betts with Marcus Semien

At first glance, the Athletics didn’t really do much of note this winter. Oakland retained southpaw Jake Diekman and picked up infielders Tony Kemp and … picked up a club option on Yusmeiro Petit and … umm …. signed Ryan Goins to a minor-league deal. Viewed through another lens, however, the notoriously low-budget A’s had a blockbuster, all-in offseason. Which lens is that? The one through which Red Sox owner John Henry views the game of baseball. After trading away homegrown...

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Kenley Jansen working with Orel Hershiser on pitch grips

After a down 2019 campaign, Kenley Jansen is getting some tips from one of his team’s all-time greats. The Los Angeles Dodgers closer told reporters Friday that he did some extra work with retired former Cy Young winner Orel Hershiser on his slider grip. Also included in the session were ex-Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Joel Peralta, another former Dodger, per Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. The 32-year-old Jansen was not especially sharp last season, posting a 3.71 ERA with...

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Dodgers pleased with Brusdar Graterol acquisition

Right-hander Brusdar Graterol was part of the first version of a three-team trade sending Mookie Betts from the Red Sox to the Dodgers. But the Red Sox backed out of acquiring Graterol, then with the Twins, in favor of a different package. The Red Sox were concerned that the flame-throwing 21-year-old wouldn’t project as a starter, and they had worries about his health, thereby causing them to back out of landing him.  The Dodgers “didn’t disregard” the Red Sox’s reservations...

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Figuring out the Dodgers’ starting rotation

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a lot of options

We are almost a month away from Opening Day. 35 days to be exact. The Dodgers are going to have one of the best rosters we’ve ever seen from them. They’re likely going to win yet another division title, and they are probably the best bet to represent the National League in the World Series in 2020.

However, with everything essentially set in stone, there is one major question that manager Dave Roberts will need to figure out...

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Pitcher Scott Kazmir begins spring auditions in search of comeback opportunity

Veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir is serious about a second comeback. He’s going to begin auditioning for teams this week, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter). The 36-year-old Kazmir has already indicated as much. He says he is working into the lower 90s with his fastball and showed some brief video evidence of his current form. But we won’t really know much about his outlook as a rebound candidate until he has drawn looks from MLB scouts. It isn’t clear which teams are...

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Podcast: It’s more real now

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Spring training starts and Mookie Betts is a Dodger

After an offseason of waiting, baseball is becoming more tangible, especially now that players and teams have reported to spring training camps. Also more tangible is Mookie Betts and David Price joining the Dodgers, with the trade with the Red Sox now official.

This week on the podcast, we talk about the odd limbo period in between the time the Betts trade was reportedly agreed upon to when it was actually...

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10 best MLB rotations entering 2020 season

Pitching wins champions. We saw the Washington Nationals ride their trio of aces to a World Series title this past season. As we now prepare for the 2020 MLB season, pitching will once again help decide who makes it to October. Trades and free-agent signings over the past year have shaken up the rotation rankings significantly. From the New York Yankees signing Gerrit Cole to the Cincinnati Reds overhauling their pitching. We’ll see the rewards for their big moves throughout the year, Many...

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2020 Dodgers Spring Training Primer

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s everything you need to know about Dodgers spring training

The Dodgers will begin their first full squad workout today in Glendale, Arizona. Now in their 12th spring training at Camelback Ranch, the team returns as the seven-time defending National League West champions.

Mookie Betts and David Price join most of the team that won 106 games last season.

Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw will top the Dodger rotation and Blake Treinen joins a...

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Dodgers Mailbag Monday: February 17, 2020

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ask those questions!

Welcome to the first ever edition of Mailbag Monday.

From 1:00-1:30, our very own Blake Harris will be answering your questions. This will be a Q&A sort of thing, but will also be just a fun way to interact with fellow Dodgers fans for 30 minutes.

Ask as many questions as you’d like, whether that be about Spring Training, the 2020 season or anything Dodgers/MLB related.

There’s a first for everything, so let’s see how this...

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Angels owner confirms he killed Joc Pederson trade

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno spoke with the media during spring training in Arizona on Monday after it was reported he killed the Joc Pederson blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the month. The longtime owner confirmed the report, indicating that impatience was not the only factor in the Angels pulling out of the deal. The trade was contingent on the blockbuster deal that ultimately sent Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers. Once...

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Red Sox owner John Henry issues statement addressing Mookie Betts trade

Boston Red Sox fans were not happy when their team traded superstar outfielder Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers this month, and nothing John Henry can say will make them feel better about the deal. That didn’t stop the Red Sox owner from trying. Henry issued a lengthy statement on Monday attempting to explain the Red Sox’s rationale behind moving on from Betts. He compared the trade to when Boston dealt fan favorite Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs in 2004. Henry also rambled...

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Justin Turner criticizes Rob Manfred

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

He didn’t hold back

“It’s pretty evident to me that it wasn’t earned,” Justin Turner said to reporters about the Astros’ 2017 World Series title. “It’s not something that a banner should be hung in their stadium, a trophy should be put up wherever their trophies go. They shouldn’t have a ring.”

Turner didn’t hold back on Monday morning at Camelback Ranch when speaking to reporters about the Astros cheating scandal....

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Justin Turner slams Rob Manfred’s handling of Astros crisis

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is very unhappy with commissioner Rob Manfred’s handling of the Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation. Turner made extended remarks Monday about the interview and press conference Manfred did Sunday discussing the scandal and the defending the league’s handling of it. It was clear that Manfred’s argument did not resonate with Turner, who criticized the commissioner in lengthy remarks. Turner saved some of his harshest words for...

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MLB commish Rob Manfred addresses Astros scandal

In an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech and during a press conference at the Braves’ Spring Training camp earlier today, commissioner Rob Manfred discussed a number of topics surrounding the game, but the bulk of attention was directly on the ongoing fallout from the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Asked by Ravech why no Astros players were suspended or fined as part of the league’s investigation, Manfred said that “in a perfect world it would have happened. We ended up where we...

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Carlos Correa slams Cody Bellinger, says Jose Altuve 'never cheated'

The Houston Astros’ apology tour continues to go about as smoothly as a Model T going over a road full of potholes. In a wide-ranging interview with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Astros star Carlos Correa blasted Los Angeles Dodgers star and reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger over some eye-opening comments he made Thursday taking aim at the Astros and Jose Altuve. Bellinger said that Altuve stole the 2017 MVP from Aaron Judge due to the sign-stealing scandal that was running rampant within...

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Astros' Carlos Correa rips Cody Bellinger, defends Jose Altuve from cheating claims

Houston shortstop Carlos Correa is firing back after several days of rival players ripping the Astros for the perceived consequences of the team’s sign-stealing scandal in 2017. In a lengthy interview with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Correa, who was the most honest and candid of the Astros in their statements on the scandal, ripped into Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger for his criticism of the team. Correa also defended teammate Jose Altuve from those who say his MVP award is...

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Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling open up about Angels trade

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Both were rumored to be traded to Angels

It was an awkward week for both Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling, to say the least. As they have throughout their entire careers, they both showed up to Camelback Ranch to begin yet another Spring Training with the Dodgers.

However, just under two weeks ago, both players thought their time in Dodger blue had officially come to an end.

The infamous Mookie Betts trade is nearing the two-week mark of when the news...

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