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Justin Turner blasted a game-winning two-run homer off Tyson Ross in the eighth inning Thursday to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Padres.

Los Angeles couldn't get anything going against Ross all night, so it was quite the surprise when Turner blasted the round-tripper over the left field fence right after Carl Crawford reached on an infield single. Turner finished 2-for-3. The utility man has been a revelation whenever called upon in 2014, slashing an impressive .314/.386/.441 over 220 at-bats. As long as Juan Uribe is on the shelf, he'll play every day, making him a solid start in NL-only formats.
Aug 22 - 1:08 AM

Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres on Thursday, working around a one-out walk to preserve a one-run victory.

The right-hander walked Jedd Gyorko but punched out two Padres to escape the inning without much ancillary drama. Jansen's ERA sat at 4.55 on June 20, but he's given up a run in only two of 22 outings since then. Because of that, his ERA is down to 2.92. In addition, he boasts an outstanding 1.17 WHIP and 83/15 K/BB ratio over 52-plus innings.
Aug 22 - 1:01 AM

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
Aug 22 - 12:58 AM

Chris Perez (ankle) isn't expected to be activated from the disabled list until rosters expand next month.

Perez began a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, but he'll remain there through next Friday. The veteran reliever struggled with a 5.03 ERA and 1.45 WHIP while walking 21 over 39 1/3 innings before landing on the DL earlier this month with bone spurs in his right ankle.
Aug 21 - 7:24 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) should be activated "within a day or two" of when he's first eligible on August 30.

Ryu threw a bullpen session on Thursday with no issues. He's not expected to need a rehab assignment, so the left-hander will throw a few more bullpen sessions and/or simulated games before being activated. Ryu holds a 3.28 ERA over 23 starts this season.
Aug 21 - 7:21 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Thursday that Hanley Ramirez (oblique) should be activated on Sunday, the first day he's eligible.

Ramirez took batting practice and went through other drills again Thursday and appears to have come out of it no worse for the wear. The shortstop was batting .277/.367/.455 with 12 homers and 12 steals over 100 games before going on the disabled list.
Aug 21 - 7:18 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

It comes after he played catch the previous two days. The Dodgers have said that Ryu won't need a rehab assignment before returning, so he appears to be on track for activation on August 30, the first day he's eligible.
Aug 21 - 6:26 PM

Dodgers right-handed pitching prospect Grant Holmes struck out five over five shutout innings, scattering two hits and one walk for rookie-level Ogden on Wednesday.

Holmes primarily employs a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a power curveball that is already above-average to shut down batters. His first start was rough, but his bounceback outing from Wednesday is a great sign. The Pioneer League is one of the most hitter-friendly leagues in professional baseball, and he could have inflated statistics as a result. Holmes' third pitch, a change-up, is the definition of a work in progress. He rarely threw his change-up before turning pro, and he will need a lot of work before he has a chance to reach the major leagues.
Aug 21 - 9:23 AM

Roberto Hernandez coughed up four runs -- three earned -- over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

He was touched up for eight hits while striking out two and walking two. Hernandez converted some fantasy believers over the last month-plus, allowing only nine earned runs total in six starts since July 9 to slash his ERA from 4.25 to 3.72. Unfortunately, the former Fausto Carmona just doesn't have the stuff to remain a reliable fantasy hurler. Yeah, the ERA is passable, but it comes with an 87/61 K/BB ratio that guarantees a stinker outing every now and again when those sharp ground balls find holes. His ability to keep the ball on the ground will be key in Arizona next week.
Aug 21 - 1:28 AM

Juan Uribe (hamstring) took batting practice before Wednesday's game.

Uribe was reported to be "feeling better" on Tuesday, and the fact that he's progressed to baseball activities is a good sign. Uribe hit the shelf on Saturday, but it seems he'll be back sooner than later. A return in early September appears possible.
Aug 20 - 11:13 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) isn't likely to need a rehab start before returning.

Ryu played catch again Wednesday, and Mattingly said he thinks the southpaw will be ready to go physically when his glute muscle feels better. "You feel like his arm will keep moving," Mattingly said. "He continues to improve. It sounded like yesterday was a little bit better." There's still no timetable for his return, but it sounds like he's moving in the right direction.
Aug 20 - 11:08 PM

Dan Haren's next scheduled start was moved up to Friday to give Zack Greinke a few extra days off.

Haren was originally scheduled to start Saturday, with Greinke going Thursday and Clayton Kershaw pitching Friday, but some elbow tenderness caused the Dodgers to reshuffle their rotation. Kershaw will instead pitch the series finale against the Padres on Thursday, and Haren will lead off the Mets series on Friday. Haren last started on Sunday, so he will be on regular rest for the Friday tilt.
Aug 20 - 8:31 PM

Clayton Kershaw's next start has been moved to Thursday against the Padres.

Kershaw was originally slated to go Friday for the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow a little rest. Kershaw will be on regular rest for the start, so there should be no concern about his effectiveness.
Aug 20 - 7:32 PM

Zack Greinke (elbow) had his scheduled start on Thursday pushed back to Saturday.

Greinke has been dealing with some elbow tenderness in recent weeks -- he underwent an MRI on the elbow two weeks ago, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has downplayed the seriousness of the ailment, and it's promising that he will at least make another start shortly after the originally scheduled one. Clayton Kershaw will move up in the rotation to start Thursday in Greinke's place.
Aug 20 - 7:15 PM

Dodgers prospect RHP Jose De Leon struck out 14 batters over six innings on Tuesday for Low-A Great Lakes, breaking Clayton Kershaw’s single-game team strikeout record (12) from 2007.

The right-hander scattered four hits and did not allow a run in the outing. De Leon allowed two of those hits in the second inning but then struck out the next nine batters he faced. The 22-year-old obviously is old for the level, but that shouldn’t completely detract from the fact he’s allowed just seven baserunners (none via walk or HBP) and struck out 21 batters over 12 innings. Prior to joining Great Lakes rotation, De Leon posted a 2.65 ERA and 77-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54 1/3 innings at Rookie-level Ogden.
Aug 20 - 3:39 PM


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