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by Rowan Kavner

The Dodgers’ opponent changed. Their recent stretch of late-inning woes did not.

Friday was the third straight night the Dodgers took a lead into the eighth or ninth inning only to come up short. With Kenley Jansen unavailable after blowing saves against the Giants on Wednesday and Thursday, and with Blake Treinen and Joe Kelly both down, the Rockies tallied a combined three runs off recently recalled relievers Brusdar Graterol and Darien Núñez in the eighth and ninth innings Friday before delivering the dagger in the 10th inning against recent addition Jimmie Sherfy.

“It’s certainly not ideal,”…


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by Rowan Kavner

At the time manager Dave Roberts stormed out of the dugout toward first base umpire Ed Hickox, getting ejected for a second straight night, the worst of another cataclysmic ninth inning had not yet concluded Thursday night against the Giants.

Closer Kenley Jansen was given a chance at redemption after the Giants tagged him for three runs the night prior. This time spotted a two-run lead, the inning began promisingly with a strikeout of Mike Yastrzemski on three pitches. …


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by Rowan Kavner

Corey Knebel is on the road to recovery and ahead of schedule as he prepares to start a rehab assignment in the coming days.

The high-leverage reliever, who has been out with a right lat strain since April 24, threw 22 pitches against hitters in a simulated game Thursday. He could start pitching in rehab games by the end of the weekend or early next week.

The length and location of the rehab stay are to be determined, but he’ll likely need at least a handful of games after missing three months. …


by Rowan Kavner

The elusive share of first place in the division was finally in the Dodgers’ grasp. And then it wasn’t.

Just as quickly as Will Smith brought the Dodgers back within a game of the first-place Giants with his walk-off winner Tuesday, San Francisco built back its National League West lead to two games Wednesday with its own ninth-inning stunner in a 4–2 Dodger defeat.

The Dodgers mustered only three hits all night against starter Logan Webb and the Giants bullpen. A homer from Chris Taylor — his third in his last two games — and an RBI…


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by Rowan Kavner

The Dodgers acquired outfielder Billy McKinney from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league outfielder Carlos Rincon. They made room on the 40-man roster for McKinney by designating right-handed pitcher Jake Reed for assignment.

McKinney, a 2013 first-round pick of the Athletics out of Plano West Senior High School in Texas, split this season between the Brewers and Mets hitting a combined .213/.282/.415 with eight home runs in 79 games. The 26-year-old has a career .225/.288/.430 …


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by Rowan Kavner

Chasing Giants ace Kevin Gausman after a season-low three innings seemed like a prudent plan. What followed Monday night at Dodger Stadium was not part of the script.

The Giants’ bullpen tallied six scoreless innings, allowing only two baserunners, while their offense added to an early lead with a four-run seventh inning that disintegrated the Dodgers’ chance at a share of the division lead in a 7–2 defeat.

“They can pitch, they catch the baseball, they take professional at-bats and they played really well all year long,” said manager Dave Roberts. “They have earned that right to…


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by Rowan Kavner

Manager Dave Roberts said there was a good probability of left-handed pitcher Victor González rejoining the club this week. The Dodgers made that move official Monday.

González was activated from the 10-day injured list, while right-hander Jake Reed was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. González missed nine games with left plantar fasciitis. He has a 2.57 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 15 walks in 28 innings this year.

González only walked two batters in 20 1/3 innings in his debut season last year. Roberts has said González’s command hasn’t been as consistent as it was last season…


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by Rowan Kavner

Before the Dodgers went to the break, manager Dave Roberts assessed his club’s first-half performance and singled out defense — particularly infield defense — as the most glaring area that needed cleaning up. That feeling will persist after Sunday’s extra-inning defeat in Colorado.

The Dodgers lost their lead in the fifth inning on a fielding error, fell behind in the seventh inning after another missed fielding opportunity and ultimately failed to sweep the Rockies despite go-ahead hits from Will Smith in the eighth and 10th innings of a 6–5 loss. …


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By Rowan Kavner

The Dodgers aren’t letting the absences in their rotation impact the long view in Clayton Kershaw’s recovery.

Kershaw said he’ll likely begin playing catch next week and progress from there as he works his way back from what was described as left forearm inflammation. He labeled it as more of an “elbow thing” to reporters this weekend. Kershaw has dealt with back and shoulder issues in recent years, but elbow and forearm issues are a new sensation.

He hasn’t pitched since July 3, and it appears unlikely he’ll return this month.

“It wasn’t just a one pitch…

Rowan Kavner

Editor, Digital & Print Publications for the Los Angeles Dodgers | Twitter: @RowanKavner

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