Wada exits game with shoulder cramps

Jun 23, 2015

Wada exits game with shoulder cramps

Chicago Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada was removed from his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night with cramping in the back of his left arm. Wada gave up a leadoff homer to Kike Hernandez and a single by A.J. Ellis before he ...

Kershaw shines at plate, on mound

Jun 2, 2015

Kershaw shines at plate, on mound

Clayton Kershaw’s hitting actually overshadowed his pitching. Now that doesn’t happen every day. Kershaw had a career-high three hits to back his strong pitching performance and Joc Pederson lined one of Los Angeles’ four homers, helping the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 on ...

Giants complete shutout sweep

May 22, 2015

Giants complete shutout sweep

Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. Outpitching the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, though, has become almost commonplace. Bumgarner homered, pitched 6⅓ solid innings and helped San Francisco shut out ...

Dodgers rally past D-Backs

May 3, 2015

Dodgers rally past D-Backs

The day at the ballpark began for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his players watching the Kentucky Derby live on video screens during batting practice. It ended with them transfixed at their lockers watching the final few rounds of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s ...

Mar 21, 2015

Dodgers' Kershaw takes liner to face

Clayton Kershaw broke a tooth when he was hit in the face by a line drive in the third, then he finished a sharp five-inning outing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics in a game between split ...

Adams blasts HR off Kershaw as Cardinals eliminate Dodgers

Oct 8, 2014

Adams blasts HR off Kershaw as Cardinals eliminate Dodgers

Matt Adams could barely contain his enthusiasm — and he didn’t really try, either. He thrust both arms in the air while still in the batter’s box and added a couple of big hops to his home run trot as he approached first base. ...

Cardinals up 2-1 in NLDS

Oct 7, 2014

Cardinals up 2-1 in NLDS

John Lackey was as advertised for the St. Louis Cardinals. Their postseason power surge, on the other hand, has been a big surprise. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and ...

Dodgers win to even series

Oct 5, 2014

Dodgers win to even series

Matt Kemp skipped down the first base line, watching his drive fly while calling out to the ball, trying to coax it to stay fair. Once it sailed inside the foul pole and landed in the lower left field seats, he had salvaged a ...

Cardinals stage stunning rally

Oct 4, 2014

Cardinals stage stunning rally

Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals won a slugfest no one saw coming. Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in ...

Dodgers use down time to get healthy before playoffs

Oct 1, 2014

Dodgers use down time to get healthy before playoffs

The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up. The NL West champions have some question marks on their roster, most notably involving 14-game winner Ryu Hyun-jin and second baseman Dee Gordon. They’re ...

Dodgers capture NL West

Sep 25, 2014

Dodgers capture NL West

Clayton Kershaw strode into the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse with a rare demand. “Give me some,” he yelled, making a beeline for an icy tub of champagne and beer. The probable NL Cy Young Award winner and MVP candidate grabbed a bottle of bubbly ...

Kershaw nabs 20th victory

Sep 20, 2014

Kershaw nabs 20th victory

Clayton Kershaw had his usual velocity, and that was about it. The rest of his considerable repertoire appeared in brief flashes during one of the shortest outings of his brilliant year. A.J. Ellis and company took care of the rest. Kershaw became the majors’ ...