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(Sports Network) - A late rally kept the Arizona Diamondbacks' dominance of the Los Angeles Dodgers intact and the two NL West inhabitants will continue their three-game series Tuesday at Chavez Ravine.
The Diamondbacks, though, needed a four-run ninth inning to dispose of the Dodgers, 5-4, in Monday's series opener. Jason Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt sandwiched RBI singles around a two-run hit from Willie Bloomquist and the Diamondbacks improved to 6-1 against the Dodgers this season.
"I tried to hit something up the middle. I'm not going to complain where that hit went, but the results were good," Bloomquist said. "We battled the whole game and this was a big momentum swing for us."
Cody Ross had three hits and a run scored for Arizona, which has won five in a row against Los Angeles and is 10-2 in the last 12 trips to Dodger Stadium. Wade Miley started for the D'backs and did not figure into the decision, as he gave up three runs in six innings. Tony Sipp picked up his third win (3-1) in relief and Heath Bell worked around two hits, one a home run, in the ninth inning for his 12th save.
Arizona, which leads the NL West by two games ahead of Colorado and San Francisco, has won six of its last 10 games overall and opened a six-game road trip on a positive note. It will also visit San Diego for three games and is 2-2 in a nine-game stretch against division foes.
Ian Kennedy hopes to erase the memory of his last start when he takes the mound Tuesday for the Diamondbacks. In a 12-8 loss at St. Louis last Thursday, Kennedy was beaten for a career-high 10 runs and a career-worst 13 hits in a season-low four innings.
"It stinks. Both bullpens have been taxed and I really wanted to go out there and go deep in the ballgame," Kennedy said. "They save a lot of games for us. They do a good job. I don't like doing that to them."
Kennedy, a right-hander and former All-Star, is 3-4 with a 5.72 earned run average in 12 starts and lost to the Dodgers on April 13. In the 7-5 loss, Kennedy was reached for six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, falling to 5-3 with a 3.88 ERA in nine career starts in this series.
The Dodgers have dropped three in a row and are 4-4 on a 10-game homestand.
Clayton Kershaw was in line for a win with seven innings of one-run ball and five strikeouts, but did not factor in the outcome after the bullpen imploded. Kenley Jansen tossed a scoreless eighth, but Brandon League was responsible for all four runs in the ninth inning to take the loss.
"Clayton took us as far as he could tonight," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Brandon (League) wasn't very good. This is not a good way to start the series. This one hurts, it is a two-game swing."
Mark Ellis went 3-for-4 with a home run and Juan Uribe went deep, while Yasiel Puig continued to shine with three hits in defeat. Puig has six multi-hit games in eight chances and is batting .500 with four homers and 10 RBI since his promotion from Double-A Chattanooga. He has recorded at least three hits in a game three times.
Puig was rewarded for his effort Monday with NL Player of the Week honors.
Hoping to stem the tide for the Dodgers Tuesday will be right-handed hurler Zack Greinke. Greinke is 3-1 with a 3.89 earned run average in seven starts and was brilliant in his previous outing, a 5-0 win last Thursday versus the Atlanta Braves. Greinke was backed by a grand slam from Puig and spun seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits with seven K's and three walks.
"It was definitely big for me," Greinke said of his best outing since coming off of the disabled list because of a broken collarbone. "I've been struggling. But I felt like I've been kind of close. It's still not exactly where I want to be, but it was definitely a fun start."
Greinke, however, hasn't pitched well in his career against Arizona as evidenced by an 0-3 mark and a 7.90 ERA over 27 1/3 innings. On the bright side, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA in four home starts.
LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup for a fifth straight game on Monday and might not start until Friday as the Dodgers hope to keep the shortstop from aggravating a troublesome left hamstring.
Ramirez had an MRI exam on his ailing hamstring Sunday, but the Dodgers said it did not show any damage. Ramirez missed 28 games with a strained left hamstring before he was activated on Tuesday. He played two games at shortstop but has not started since Wednesday.
"It's just a little fluid from my hamstring going down behind my knee," Ramirez said before Monday's series opener against the D-backs. "It's right behind my knee. The hamstring is good. I just have to get the swelling to go down."
Ramirez predicted he would be back in the lineup in two days.
"We're learning not to listen to Hanley," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, half-joking. "He's getting better. We want him to completely get better."
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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to edge the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.
Martin Prado singled and Gerardo Parra doubled to put runners at second and third with one out in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel then ripped a hard- hit grounder into the hole on the right side. Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis made a diving attempt and stopped the ball, but couldn't field it cleanly, allowing Prado to score.
After Didi Gregorious walked to load the bases, Dodgers closer Brandon League got A.J. Pollock to pop out. Willie Bloomquist, though, ripped a grounder up the middle. LA shortstop Nick Punto was able to get his glove on the ball, but it skipped away and Parra and pinch-runner Josh Wilson scored to give Arizona a 4-3 lead.
Paul Goldschmidt followed with an RBI single to left to make it a two-run game.
In the home half, Juan Uribe worked a full-count before cracking a leadoff homer to make it 5-4. Tim Federowicz followed with a double before moving to third on Prado's fielding error on Skip Schumaker's sacrifice bunt.
D'backs closer Heath Bell was able to retire the next three batters, though, to nail down the save.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Ted Lilly on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and recalled pitcher Matt Magill from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Magill will make the start Sunday in place of Lilly, who was scratched due to a neck sprain. The move to the DL will be retroactive to June 5.
It's Lilly's third trip to the disabled list this season, having missed the first 19 games of the campaign recovering from left shoulder surgery and later missing 17 contests between April 30-May 20 because of a right rib cage strain.
Magill will make his sixth start and is 0-1 with a 6.38 ERA this season for the Dodgers. His last appearance with the team came in a spot start against Colorado on June 2, when he allowed seven runs -- six earned -- while walking nine over six innings in a 7-2 Dodgers loss.
Colletti tells The Petros and Money Show if he's surprised about the great debut Yasiel Puig had with the Dodgers: "Maybe a little bit. I think what it's good to see , he hasn't been shy of the spotlight or shy of the moment. There's been no situation here that his been like, 'Ah, well... He took a step back' or 'they've figured him out' or his a little bit unsure of himself at this point." He added, "It's been an impressive opening that I can ever remember."
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig has been selected as the National League's Player of the Week for the period ending June 9th.
The 22-year-old native of Cuba had a remarkable first week in the major leagues, ranking second among NL players with a .464 (13-for-28) batting average and third in both RBI (10) and hits. He led all of baseball with 27 total bases and was tied for the MLB lead with four home runs in his first seven games.
In his second major league contest, Puig went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and five RBI against San Diego last Tuesday. Two days later, the young phenom clubbed his first career grand slam against the Atlanta Braves. In Friday's game against the Braves, Puig had a game-tying solo home run, making him just the second player since 1900 to hit four homers in his first five games.
Other candidates up for the honor were Carlos Beltran, Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals; San Diego's Kyle Blanks and Everth Cabrera; Atlanta's Jason Heyward and Kris Medlen and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.
(Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks will try not to lose any more ground in the NL West standings when they start a six-game road trip Monday with the first of three straight games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks' lead atop the division is down to 1 1/2 games ahead of both San Francisco and Colorado, and the club has lost three of four games, including the final two tests of a three-game weekend series with the Giants.
Arizona won Friday's opener, 3-1, but was demolished by a 10-5 score the following night. In Sunday's 6-2 setback at Chase Field, starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs was dealt the loss for giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
"I was keeping the fastball up," Skaggs said. "It's not easy when you're pitching like that. I have to work down in the zone."
A.J. Pollock had an RBI single and Jason Kubel scored on a balk for the D'backs, who were outhit by a 12-6 margin. Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 and had an eight-game RBI streak come to an end.
Arizona will also visit San Diego on this journey through the NL West and hopes Wade Miley can right the ship when he takes the mound Monday. Miley ended a personal four-start winless drought in last Wednesday's 10-3 victory at St. Louis and allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
The D'backs, who are 1-2 on a nine-game stretch against division foes, scored a total of eight runs during Miley's recent slide, then broke out in a big way against the Cardinals. Miley is 4-5 in 12 starts to go along with a 4.92 earned run average and defeated the Dodgers on May 8 with 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 triumph.
Miley, a left-hander, owns a 3-1 mark with a 3.19 ERA in six lifetime meetings (5 starts) with the Dodgers.
Los Angeles will begin the final portion of its 10-game homestand Monday and split a four-game weekend set with the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers had won two straight and four of five games until dropping the last two tests with the Braves, suffering an 8-1 loss on Sunday. Matt Magill, who was recalled from the minors beforehand, drew the start for a banged-up L.A. rotation and was reached for seven runs -- three earned -- and four hits in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.
"He can't get into bad counts. He can't expect to get away with it for very long. It's tough to watch, but we put him in a bad position, having to get on a plane just to get here," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Skip Schumaker knocked in the lone run for the Dodgers, who fell to 4-3 on the homestand and sit last in the NL West standings. Yasiel Puig had three hits and continued to shine since his promotion from Double-A Chattanooga. He is hitting .464 with four homers and 10 RBI in seven games.
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier did not play on Sunday because of a sore right foot and is questionable for Monday's opener with Arizona. Ethier fouled a pitch off of his foot in Saturday's 2-1 loss and is batting .229 with four home runs and 15 RBI this season.
Hanley Ramirez is also dealing with a nagging hamstring injury and has been out of the starting lineup for four straight games. Matt Kemp also sustained a setback during a workout test on his strained right hamstring.
"We've hit a little bit of a snag, because he felt just a little something today still," Mattingly told the team's website. "He's still not there yet. We're not where we need to be with him. We do know that he's not 100 percent."
Hoping to bring some cheer to the Dodgers Monday will be starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, though, is 0-2 with a 4.05 earned run average in his past three starts and toed the rubber in last Wednesday's 6-2 loss to San Diego. He was reached for three runs, two of which were earned, in six innings to drop to 5-4 in 13 starts with a 1.91 ERA, the third-best in the majors.
Kershaw, a left-hander, is 0-1 with a 2.51 ERA in two starts against the Diamondbacks this season and owns a 7-6 mark in 16 career starts in this series to go along with a 2.29 ERA.
Arizona is 5-1 against Los Angeles this season and has won the last four meetings, including a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium from May 6-8. The D'backs are 9-2 in the last 11 trips to Chavez Ravine. Goldschmidt is hitting .458 with four homers and 11 RBI in six games against the Dodgers this season.
LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez could be headed back to the disabled list with a hamstring issue, and Matt Kemp won't return from his hamstring problem as soon as the Dodgers had hoped.
Ramirez had an MRI exam on his ailing left hamstring on Sunday. He's been out of the lineup four straight days since returning from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Playing without Ramirez and outfielder Andre Ethier, still sore from fouling a ball of his right foot on Saturday night, the Dodgers lost to the Braves, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon.
While Mattingly didn't have Ramirez's MRI results after the game, it sounded like a roster move was coming on Monday.
"We can't continue to play short," the manager said. "You can't play the National League game like that. We can't continue to do this. If you can't play, for me, you have to be on the DL. We can't be trying to hang on and give a guy an extra three days. If you play short in this league, you're just giving games away. That's what we're trying to do. If you can't play, you just can't play."
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By Shawn Clarke, Contributing MLB Editor
(Sports Network) - Here's a warning for all Los Angeles Dodgers fans: Don't get caught up in the Yasiel Puig hype.
Yes, the young Cuban is taking Hollywood by storm and it would be no surprise if he already has his name etched on the Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
But let's not get carried away.
Puig was discovered by longtime scout Mike Brito, the same man who got former Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela on track to stardom.
"Puig is the 32nd player I signed to make it to the big leagues in my 34 years in the organization," Brito told the Dodgers' website earlier this week. "It's a great feeling."
Brito hopes Puig follows the same path as Valenzuela, but should know that could be asking too much. The Dodgers are in desperate need of some life and Puig could be the man with the defibrillator.
This week, Puig has resuscitated a Dodgers ballclub that is dead last in the NL West standings after coming into the season with great expectations and a payroll that's higher than Chris Perez.
Loaded with a rocket arm in the outfield and a physique similar to an NFL defensive back, Puig was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga and led the Southern League in hitting and slugging. He has continued to see the ball well at the major league level and is 7-for-16 (.438) with three home runs, nine RBI and a 1.063 slugging percentage in only four games.
The legend continued in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves when the 6- foot-3, 215-pound Puig cracked a grand slam. In just his second game on Tuesday, Puig homered twice and drove in five runs, becoming the second player in major league history with a two-homer, five-RBI performance within the first two games of his career. Dino Restelli turned the trick in 1949 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly, whose job could be saved by Puig's emergence, is happy to have the rookie on board.
"He plays with such joy and that's really what we love," Mattingly said. "He's definitely brought some energy, but you don't just bring energy unless you go produce and I think that's what we've seen. You're not going to spark anybody if you go out and go 0-for-4, but he's not doing that. By producing, he creates energy."
The Dodgers are 3-1 since summoning Puig from the minors. Whether the rest of the clubhouse becomes infected by Puig's energy is unknown. Adrian Gonzalez has been playing well all season and the same can't be said for Andre Ethier or Matt Kemp. Kemp is on the disabled list with the likes of Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, and Hanley Ramirez was just activated off the DL.
It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers can jell around Puig when all the pieces are back and healthy. And that's where doubt starts to settle in.
Not to be a wet blanket, but there are plenty of prospects who flamed out after their bandwagon caught fire. Just ask Mark Prior, Ben Davis, Todd Van Poppel, Ben McDonald, Ruben Rivera, Ben Grieve or Gregg Jefferies.
There are several others and that's why fans should not fall head over heels with Puig just yet. Much like unknown pitchers who take the mound by storm until opposing teams watch video and learn more of his tendencies, the same goes with hitters, and Puig is having his moment right now. Whether it lasts into the heat of the summer is uncertain.
Dodgers legendary announcer Vin Scully is a believer and proved it Thursday after Puig went opposite field for his first career grand slam.
"I have learned over the years that there comes a rare and precious moment where there is absolutely nothing better than silence. Nothing better to be absolutely speechless to sum up a situation. And that was the moment. Holy mackerel."
How many more moments will Puig provide? We'll just have to wait and see.