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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Monday's game that Clayton Kershaw has been dealing with lower back discomfort for the last few weeks.

That's what carrying the Dodgers' rotation will do to a guy. Kershaw had a rare off-night Sunday against the Pirates on Sunday, allowing four runs over six innings, but the Dodgers maintain that he'll be ready to make his next scheduled start Friday versus the Rockies.
Jun 27 - 4:41 PM

Justin Turner was removed from Monday's game against the Pirates due to a hamstring cramp.

His exit was precautionary, so it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Jun 27 - 4:35 PM

A.J. Ellis hit a go-ahead infield single in the Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday.

You don’t see "A.J. Ellis infield single" very often, but he hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop and Jordy Mercer had a tough time getting a hold on it for the throw to first base. The single put a bow on a four-run fifth inning for the Dodgers, which stood up as the difference in the ballgame. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon and is hitting .210/.310/.280 over 38 games this season. He’s not fantasy relevant.
Jun 27 - 4:32 PM

Kenley Jansen notched a four-out save Monday against the Pirates for his 22nd save of the season.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was serious about not getting swept, so he brought in Jansen to face Josh Harrison with two outs and nobody on in the eighth. Jansen responded by striking out Harrison swinging to end the frame. He retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth, including a strikeout of Gregory Polanco, but he issued a two-out walk to John Jaso. Jaso stole second base to move into scoring position, but Jansen was able to get Jordy Mercer on a fly out to end it. Jansen hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven appearances and owns a 1.42 ERA and 37/5 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings on the year.
Jun 27 - 4:32 PM

Scott Kazmir allowed four runs over five innings in a win over the Pirates on Monday.

All four runs scored in the first inning. Kazmir settled down from there and hung around long enough for his offense to get back into things. He fanned four and walked four in the victory and now stands at 6-3 with a 4.67 ERA. He’ll get the Rockies at home this weekend.
Jun 27 - 4:31 PM

Justin Turner exited Monday's game against the Pirates in the ninth inning with a possible injury.

Turner appeared to have some cramping in his leg before exiting. The Dodgers should provide an update after the game.
Jun 27 - 4:07 PM

Clayton Kershaw was treated for minor back discomfort after pitching Sunday against the Pirates.

Kershaw endured his worst start of the season on Sunday but manager Dave Roberts insists his ineffectiveness had nothing to do with his ailing back. Roberts added that the injury has been an "off-and-on issue." Kershaw put in his usual post-start workout Monday morning and isn't expected to miss any time. He's in line to pitch Friday against the Rockies.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 2:11 PM

Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday against the Pirates.

It's no coincidence that the left-handed-hitting Pederson is getting the afternoon off with Francisco Liriano on the mound for Pittsburgh. Pederson also sat Saturday against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will bat third and play center field. Pederson is still having contact issues (.236 AVG, 66 strikeouts) but his power numbers have been impressive (13 HR, .480 slugging percentage).
Jun 27 - 10:13 AM

Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Jun 27 - 10:07 AM

Ross Stripling will make an appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

He'll pitch in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is making his fourth rehab start. Stripling has spent the past month at the team's spring training facility in Arizona in an effort to limit his innings. This is Stripling's first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014. He should be back with the Dodgers at some point this year.
Jun 27 - 9:22 AM

Adrian Gonzalez will sit for the second straight game Monday against the Pirates.

Scott Van Slyke got the nod at first base Sunday with Gonzalez appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and will start there again on Monday. Gonzalez has had a hard time this month (.181 with one homer in 83 at-bats) and manager Dave Roberts thinks defensive shifts could be to blame. "If you see the three infielders on the right side of the infield and you’re not getting hits, logic says that if I can put the ball on the ground the other way, I can get a hit," said Roberts. "It kind of plays into the psyche of the defense." Gonzalez's .262 average this year is his lowest since 2005 when he hit .227 in 43 games for Texas.
Jun 27 - 9:16 AM

Justin Turner continued his hot-hitting ways in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

Turner accounted for all of the Dodgers offense in this one, smacking a two-run homer off of Chad Kuhl in the third inning and adding on an RBI double in the fifth. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now slashing .250/.332/.437 with 11 homers and 37 RBI.
Jun 26 - 10:52 PM

Clayton Kershaw had a rare off-night on Sunday, surrendering four runs on nine hits over six innings in a losing effort against the Pirates.

The All-Star southpaw struck out four and walked two on the evening. This marked the first time all season that Kershaw has issued more than one walk. All of the damage against him was done with two outs in the second inning, where Adam Frazier delivered an RBI single and David Freese smacked a three-run double. Even with this poor outing, Kershaw still owns a stellar 11-2 record, 1.79 ERA and 0.73 WHIP on the season. He'll take on the Rockies his next time out at home on Friday.
Jun 26 - 10:50 PM

Yimi Garcia (biceps) resumed throwing off a mound this past week.

Garcia has been out since late April while battling a right biceps ailment that's resulted in numbness in his pitching arm. There's no timetable for his return.
Jun 26 - 10:07 AM

Kenta Maeda was touched up for four runs in five innings and took a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

His record fell to 6-5 as he struck out four and walked two. All four runs scored on Andrew McCutchen's two home runs. Maeda had given up only six homers total in 14 starts prior to today. Even after the poor game the rookie still has a 2.91 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 83 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings.
Jun 25 - 10:27 PM


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