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Eric Stephen

Luke Raley’s ‘surreal’ debut adds to an already prolific draft class

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Raley: “It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was growing up playing baseball.”

Luke Raley got the call to the big leagues and made his major league debut on Friday, part of an eventful few hours at Dodger Stadium.

“I was definitely nervous, just because of excitement, I guess,” Raley said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was growing up playing baseball. To finally make those dreams a reality was very surreal.”

Raley was...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers utilizing ‘next man up’ with stars out

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Mookie Betts to sit again Sunday. Taylor & McKinstry shine in versatile roles

Mookie Betts ran and played catch before Saturday’s game, but the Dodgers plan to sit the outfielder again on Sunday, which coupled with Monday’s off day would mean at least six days in between starts, missing at least four games with lower back stiffness.

“The hope for me is that he’ll be back in there Tuesday,” manager Dave Roberts said. “But we’re not going to put him in...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers get everyone involved in rout of Nationals

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With 2 MVPs out of the lineup, LA scores 9 runs for another series win

On a night Dodger Stadium honored the late Tommy Lasorda, whose number two is retired by the team, the Dodgers picked the second inning for their largest inning of the season, helping them run their win streak to two, beating the Nationals 9-5 on Saturday night.

It was a team effort on offense for the Dodgers, who saw all eight starting position players score at least once. Eight Dodgers...

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Eric Stephen

Lasorda tribute includes ‘My Way’ & a Justin Turner chokehold

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Pregame videos honoring the late Hall of Fame Dodgers manager

The Dodgers’ second home game of the 2021 season featured a tribute to number two, Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, who died on January 8.

Among the pregame tributes was Laura Lasorda, Tommy’s daughter, saying “It’s time for Dodgers baseball” just before first pitch. In addition, the Dodgers played this video of several players sharing their Lasorda...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers vs. Nationals Game II chat

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Urías vs. Corbin

The Dodgers try for their 12th consecutive series win — dating back to last season, counting the postseason* — on Saturday night, with Julio Urías on the mound for his second start of the season, hosting the Nationals.

*Included in that streak is a two-game split against Houston last September 12-13, so technically the Dodgers currently have a 12-series unbeaten streak (11-0-1), including 10 straight series wins since the split.

Pregame...

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Eric Stephen

Betts out for a 3rd straight game

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LA will reevaluate Betts on Sunday

Mookie Betts is still out of the Dodgers starting lineup on Saturday against the Nationals, and will miss his third straight game over the last four days with lower back stiffness.

Betts last played on Tuesday. He was scratched on Wednesday with lower back stiffness, then missed Friday’s game, too. He won’t be available in Saturday’s game, either.

The Dodgers will monitor Betts, who hit on the field on Friday...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers are waiting for Goudeau

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28-year-old right-hander pitched in four games for the Rockies in 2020

The Dodgers added another pitcher on Saturday, claiming right-hander Ashton Goudeau off waivers from the Giants.

The 28-year-old made his major league debut last season for the Rockies, allowing seven runs on 15 hits in 8? innings, with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. That included allowing three runs in one inning at Dodger Stadium on August 23, including home runs by Max Muncy and...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers rotation is off to a great start

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Depth serving a dual meaning so far for LA starters

It’s hard to glean any useful information from only eight games, but in the early going the Dodgers starting pitching has been every bit as good as advertised.

The Dodgers rotation is eighth in the majors in ERA (2.66), but second in FIP (2.67), but fifth in K-BB% (22.8 percent), and lead in walk rate (3.6 percent) and FanGraphs WAR (1.6).

Dodgers starters are also tops in innings pitched, averaging...

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Eric Stephen

April 10: Dodgers vs. Nationals

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Middle game of weekend series

Julio Urías and the Dodgers take on the Nationals on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Kyle Thele

Dodgers fans overwhelmingly happy with the offense & more

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The defending World Series champs are averaging 5.62 runs per game with a team 143 wRC+.

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Los Angeles Dodgers fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of responding Dodgers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 98...

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We’re testing out a new live game chat for Tuesday’s game

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A new commenting system will be tested this upcoming Tuesday

Happy Saturday, everyone. We wanted to share with you an exciting and brand new feature that will be coming to TBLA this Tuesday for the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies.

Instead of the usual game threads, there will be a brand new live chat that will replace it. This will go live 10 minutes prior to first pitch, so 7:00 p.m. PT. It will essentially be the same as the old game thread you’re...

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Eric Stephen

Dodgers home opener was one to remember

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Catcher Will Smith: “The ring ceremony was really, really special to be a part of.”

Friday’s home opener for the Dodgers was cathartic and wonderful in many ways, but also a reminder of how much the last year took away.

As great as it was to hear the actual roar of the crowd at Dodger Stadium — even though artificial crowd noise was still piped in, at least in the early going — 15,036 fans isn’t the same as 56,000. Not that it’s necessarily safe...

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Get your own Dodgers gold-trim championship gear

From MLB shop

Celebrate the World Series win with your own gold Dodgers gear!

If you watched any of the Dodgers home opener Friday, you might have noticed the home uniforms looking a bit different than usual. To celebrate the Dodgers World Series win, the club is wearing jerseys and caps with gold trim around much of the lettering.

Now you can buy some of that same Dodgers gear for yourself, from our friends at Fanatics.

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It was a big day for Justin...

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BlakeHarris

Highlights from Dodgers’ ring ceremony

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Some of the best moments

The Dodgers’ ring ceremony truly had it all. From the players getting their new piece of jewelry, to some very entertaining videos from former and current major-league players.

In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from today’s ring ceremony.

If we’re going to start anywhere, it has to be with Clayton Kershaw. After a Hall-of-Fame career, he finally won his first championship and earned his first ring. And yes, I...

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Eric Stephen

Notes: Bauer ‘singled out,’ Raley’s debut, nightmare concessions

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A busy home opener at Dodger Stadium

After a report from Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic on Thursday about Major League Baseball confiscating baseballs from Trevor Bauer’s start against the A’s on Wednesday, the Dodgers right-hander blasted the report as a leak from MLB.

One of the issues is that this wasn’t unique to Bauer across the sport in the opening week of the season.

“My understanding is that umpires collect baseballs from all pitchers, balls that...

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Eric Stephen

Home opener worth the wait for Turner, Dodgers

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Turner has 3 hits, homers for game’s only run

After waiting 32 years to have another ring ceremony at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers had to wait one more day, with an off day before Friday’s home opener in Los Angeles.

“It was a long day. It was a long day,” third baseman Justin Turner said. “I was up early this morning and ready to roll.”

Turner was ready when the game started as well, getting the Dodgers’ first three hits, including a home run in...

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Dodgers' Trevor Bauer unlikely to face punishment for suspicious baseballs?

If Bauer really is doctoring baseballs, he's getting paid a lot of money to do it.

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Ichiro makes hilarious cameo at Dodgers’ World Series ring ceremony

Ichiro Suzuki managed to steal the show during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series ring ceremony despite having nothing to do with the team in the first place.

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Watch: Clayton Kershaw thrilled to get his World Series ring

Kershaw got a loud ovation from the fans at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers unveil stunning World Series rings that contain 232 diamonds

The rings, which were designed and cut by Jostens, feature 222 round diamonds, 10 princess-cut diamonds, 45 custom-cut genuine sapphires and eight round genuine sapphires. It weighs 11.0 carats.

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