LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers shopped for starting pitching at the trade deadline — but wound up trading one instead. Right-hander Ross Stripling was traded — for the second time in seven months — to the Toronto Blue Jays this time for two players to be named later. Teams are prohibited from trading players not…Dodgers deal Ross Stripling to Toronto at deadline — Press Telegram
By BETH HARRIS LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully sat outside watching two sets of his golf clubs being loaded into a truck. He thought of afternoons teeing off at Bel-Air Country Club or with President George H.W. Bush. Those left-handed clubs had produced a lot of shots over many rounds, some good, some bad.…Vin Scully auctions items from 67-year career — Press Telegram
We’re going to go ahead and say Joe Kelly might not be exchanging Christmas cards with either Alex Bregman or Carlos Correa this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher brought some high heat on the mound while going against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Kelly first threw well behind Bregman on a 3-0 pitch…Benches Clear After Joe Kelly Throws At Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa — NESN.com
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from Thursday’s Opening Day start against the Giants. Dustin May will start instead.Clayton Kershaw scratched from Opening Day start vs. Giants — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from Thursday’s Opening Day start against the Giants due to back stiffness, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Dustin May has been recalled to make the start in Kershaw’s place.
Kershaw was slated to oppose Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto to kick off the 60-game 2020 regular season in Los Angeles. It would have been Kershaw’s ninth career Opening Day start. The previous eight occurred from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu started on Opening Day last season.
Last season, Kershaw went 16-5 with a 3.30 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks across 178 1/3 innings. He made 28 starts, his highest total since making 33 in 2015. Injuries have certainly become a regular part of life for the lefty, though he has still managed to pitch at least 149 innings in each of the last four seasons.
As Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times notes, May will become the first Dodger rookie to start on Opening Day since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981. May, 22, made his major league debut last year, starting four games and pitching out of the bullpen 10 times. Over 34 2/3 innings, he yielded 14 runs on 33 hits and five walks with 32 strikeouts. MLB Pipeline rates May as the No. 2 prospect in the Dodgers’ system behind Gavin Lux.
Giants-Dodgers will start at 10:08 PM ET tonight, a few hours after the season officially opens with Yankees-Nationals in D.C.
LOS ANGELES — As A.J. Pollock and his wife, Kate, prepared for the birth of their first child, they no doubt heard what a roller-coaster ride parenthood could be, filled with unexpected dips and dives, joys and fears deeper than you can imagine. They had no idea. The Pollocks welcomed their daughter, Maddi Mae, to…A.J. Pollock enduring ‘wild ride’ with premature baby then COVID-19 — Press Telegram
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on Sunday finally made it to summer camp and then let reporters know that he and his family had the coronavirus, thus his delay in joining his teammates when camp began at Dodger Stadium on July 3. Jansen said his son Kaden first contracted the illness about three weeks ago. He said he and his wife and three children have recovered and that he has kept himself in good throwing shape and will be ready for the 60-game season, which kicks off July 23 against the Giants.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen reports, says contracting coronavirus was why he was late — Daily News
Look away, Boston Red Sox fans. Mookie Betts on Saturday took right-hander Josiah Gray deep for an absolute moonshot homer during a Los Angeles Dodgers intrasquad scrimmage. The homer offered an unneeded reminder of, well, how good at baseball Mookie Betts is. Take a look: MOOKIE. BETTS.#SummerCamp | @SportsNetLA pic.twitter.com/be9kJa6dIa — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers)…Watch Dodgers’ Mookie Betts Hit Moonshot Homer During Intrasquad Scrimmage — NESN.com
LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers made approximately $100 million in renovations to Dodger Stadium after the 2019 season ended. The nucleus is a brand-new center field plaza, which required a total teardown of the black backdrop facing home plate. The new backdrop is just as black, but it comes with some quirks. The singular tower…For Dodgers’ Max Muncy, new center field backdrop is a painful adjustment — Daily News
LOS ANGELES — David Price has become the first Dodgers player to opt out of the 2020 season. The left-hander made his announcement on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, the second day of official workouts at Dodger Stadium. “Dear Dodgers Nation,” Price posted, “After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have…Dodgers’ David Price opts out of playing in 2020 — Daily News
Some people in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations have tested positive for COVID-19, officials with the teams said Thursday. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on a video conference call that it’s “a delicate subject” and he declined to identify those with positive tests. “We have had some people in […]Dodgers among 2 MLB teams reporting positive tests for COVID-19 — KTLA
Thursday was an undeniably dark day in the sport of baseball. Teams across the sport released hundreds of minor leaguers, transactions largely meant to cut costs with the 2020 baseball season hanging in the balance amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the battle brewing between MLB’s owners and players. But in that darkness came a bright…David Price Reportedly Paying Dodgers Minor Leaguers To Alex Cora’s Delight — NESN.com
Thursday was an undeniably dark day in the sport of baseball. Teams across the sport released hundreds of minor leaguers, transactions largely meant to cut costs with the 2020 baseball season hanging in the balance amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the battle brewing between MLB’s owners and players. But in that darkness came a bright spot, thanks to one of the game’s most recognizable players. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is paying each minor leaguer in the Dodgers’ system $1,000 of his own money during the month of June, baseball writer Francys Romero reported Thursday night, citing sources. What makes the incredible gesture even better, as Romero himself notes, is Price has yet to play a regular-season game with the Dodgers after LA acquired the former Cy Young Award winner in an offseason blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox. One of Price’s managers in Boston, ex-Sox skipper Alex Cora, commended his former ace with a tweet Friday morning. David does it again, his best pitch when it counts. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 @DAVIDprice24. pic.twitter.com/2M3iWbbNlJ
It feels like a lifetime since the Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. As you likely may know, Betts and pitcher David Price were sent to the Dodgers on Feb. 11 in exchange for outfielder Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. All five players participated in spring…Alex Verdugo Says It’d Be ‘Crazy’ If Mookie Betts Never Played For Dodgers — NESN.com
As you likely may know, Betts and pitcher David Price were sent to the Dodgers on Feb. 11 in exchange for outfielder Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. All five players participated in spring training before Opening Day was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19outbreak. And there’s a chance Betts, who’ll be a free agent following the 2020 season, might never play a game for the Dodgers depending on Major League Baseball’s decision regarding the season. On Monday, Verdugo weighed in on the possibility of that happening. “That would be pretty crazy,” Verdugo said, per MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. “That would be pretty nuts. I really haven’t thought about it much, but I think it’s tough. It’s a tough situation, if that is the scenario, for the Dodgers. That’s part of life. We can’t expect these things. I think for the Dodgers, that’s tough. That’s a tough deal. But everything happens for a reason.” It certainly would make for an unusual situation for Betts should the season be canceled. And while some suggest the season could begin as early as July, nothing is certain right now.
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