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Eric Stephen

Ohtani ties Matsui for most MLB homers by a Japanese player

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Ohtani’s 175th major league home run was one of three extra-base hits on Friday for the Dodgers slugger.

LOS ANGELES — Shohei Ohtani hit a solo home run in the first inning on Friday against the Padres. The 175th career home run in the majors tied former Yankees great Hideki Matsui for the most in MLB history by a player born in Japan.

The home run for Ohtani was hit off right-hander Michael King.

175 homers.

Congratulations Shohei on...

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Eric Stephen

Andy Pages homers again for Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s Andy Pages is walked during the home opener for the Oklahoma City Baseball Club against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 2, 2024. | BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday night in the Dodgers minors, Pages his his 3rd home run in 6 games. Walker Buehler left his rehab start early, and Rancho Cucamonga won in walk-off fashion

A busy Friday night in the Dodgers minor leagues.

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Eric Stephen

Former Dodgers LHP Dennis Cook to manage Team Poland

Former Dodgers relief pitcher Dennis Cook, who played 15 years in the majors for nine teams, was named manager of Poland as they try to qualify for the 2026 World Baseball Classic.

“I am deeply honored and excited to lead the Polish National Baseball Team,” Cook said in a statement on Friday. “Poland has a rich history and a promising future, and I am committed to helping elevate Polish baseball to new heights on the global stage.”

This isn’t the first time managing...

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Watch: Shohei Ohtani ties Hideki Matsui for most home runs by Japanese players in 8-7 loss against Padres

After a slow start to the season, Shohei Ohtani seems to have found his form back. The Los Angeles Dodgers star’s fourth homer of the 2024 season saw him tie Baseball Hall of Famer Hideki Matsui for the most home runs by a Japanese player in MLB.

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Padres earn 11-inning, homer-filled win over Dodgers

Jackson Merrill singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning as the San Diego Padres edged the host Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Friday, winning a slugfest that featured a history-making moment for the Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani.

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April 12: Padres 8, Dodgers 7 (11 innings)

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The Dodgers hit four home runs and led by four runs, but lost to the Padres in 11 innings on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Stacie Wheeler

Dodgers fail to convert in extras, lose 8-homer slugfest

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Shohei Ohtani, Max Muncy, Mookie Betts and Teoscar Hernandez all hit home runs ‘to Pasadena’ against Michael King of the Padres Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers didn’t open their nine-game home stand the way they envisioned in a 8-7 loss to the Padres in 11 innings on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. It’s the first time the two NL West foes have matched up this season on this continent. As you know, the Dodgers and Padres split the...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers, Shohei Ohtani looking to move on from Ippei Mizuhara

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LOS ANGELES — Between the Dodgers’ daytime loss on Wednesday in Minneapolis and Friday night’s game at Dodger Stadium came two major steps in jurisprudence in the case of Ippei Mizuhara, the fired former interpreter for Shohei Ohtani.

On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office formally charged Mizuhara with bank fraud and detailed his stealing over $16 million from Ohtani over the period of a few years. During the press conference announcing the...

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Eric Stephen

Walker Buehler rehab start cut short after comebacker off pitching hand

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was hit on the right hand by a comebacker to the mound in the second inning on Friday night in a minor league rehab start for Low-A Rancho Cucamonga. He left the game after two innings.

Buehler faced four batters after getting hit on the right hand, and finished the second inning for Rancho Cucamonga. But he did not come out for the third inning.

LOS ANGELES — Walker Buehler’s third minor league rehab assignment start on Friday for Low-A Rancho...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers vs. Padres game III chat

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Dodgers and Padres, this time in Los Angeles.

Game info Teams: Dodgers at Twins Stadium: Target Field, Minneapolis Time: 4:40 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA Radio: KLAC AM 570, KTNQ 1020

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Eric Stephen

Jason Heyward swings bat, runs sprints on field

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Dodgers outfielder getting closer to return from injured list. Saturday will be an important day in determining what’s next.

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward swung a bat and ran sprints on the field before Friday’s series opener against the Padres at Dodger Stadium, the latest step in his recovery from lower back tightness that currently has him on the injured list.

The earliest Heyward can be activated is on Saturday, but he will...

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Shohei Ohtani 'Grateful' for Ippei Mizuhara Investigation, Wants to Focus on Baseball

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani says he is "very grateful" for the federal investigation into his former interpreter for allegedly…

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Ippei Mizuhara Released on $25K Bond; Allegedly Stole $16M from Shohei Ohtani

Ippei Mizuhara, former interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, was released from federal custody on Friday on $25,000 bond and "numerous other…

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MLB teams to make big change after Ippei Mizuhara scandal?

Major League Baseball teams are likely to make one big change in the wake of the gambling scandal that ensnared Ippei Mizuhara.

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Former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara surrenders to feds

Former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara surrendered to federal authorities in Los Angeles on Friday to face a charge of bank fraud for allegedly stealing more than $16 million from Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani.

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Michael Elizondo

United States vs. Ippei Mizuhara, analyzed

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The federal complaint filed against Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter and reported best friend, Ippei Mizuhara

Ippei Mizuhara, Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter, confidant, and best friend, is going to jail. The only questions left are when and for how long.

Unless you somehow were under a rock, on April 11th, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California announced that the office was charging Ippei Mizuhara with bank...

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Jacob Macofsky

Reactions from the Ippei Mizuhara/Shohei Ohtani investigation

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Dodgers fans and the baseball world at large were shocked to learn that Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, had allegedly stolen $16 million from the two-time MVP, per TMZ.com

After allegations surfaced around Mizuhara’s theft during the Dodgers’ Korea Series alongside the subsequent firing of Mizuhara, commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Major League Baseball would launch an investigation into the allegations.

After...

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Eric Stephen

Minors: Justin Wrobleski, Dalton Rushing, Eduardo Salazar

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The Dodgers channeled Bull Durham on Thursday in the minors — sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains.

Player of the day

Each of Justin Wrobleski’s first two starts in Double-A have been solid, striking out six in five innings while allowing one earned run in each game so far with Tulsa. The left-hander has also thrown exactly 70 pitches in both starts in 2024, with a 71.4-percent strikeout.

On Thursday he walked...

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Dodgers pitcher showing signs of old self while rehabbing for return

He has not pitched in MLB action in over 22 months while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

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Ippei Mizuhara made telling admission in text message to bookie

The former interpreter is accused of stealing more than $16 million from Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani over two years.

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