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  1. Brian Wilson comfortable with a hybrid role

    Mark Saxon

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers will be doing their part to fuel one of the hotter trends in baseball, blurring the lines in their bullpen. Kenley Jansen retains the title of closer, but Brian Wilson will get opportunities to close, his traditional...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  2. The Search for Answers: Fifth starter

    Mark Saxon

    Josh Beckett arrived at the Dodgers' spring training facility on Monday and told reporters he has little doubt he'll be ready for the start of the season. That's sort of interesting all by itself, considering Beckett had a rib removed near his rig...

    Blog | February 10, 2014
  3. Mixed messages on Matt Kemp's health

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp paused to speak with reporters Saturday at FanFest, offering a few generalities about the state of his body and saying he wouldn't risk returning too soon from his injuries, a mistake he now admits he made in 2013. He save...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  4. Would Dodgers steal Tanaka from the desperate Yankees?

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- In his latest column, ESPN's Buster Olney tells us that some rival executives expect the Dodgers and New York Yankees to be the final teams left bidding for Masahiro Tanaka, one of the greatest pitchers ever to come out of Japan. Repor...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  5. Examining ex-Dodgers' chances on the HOF ballot

    Mark Saxon

    The Baseball Writers Association of America released its 2014 Hall of Fame ballot on Tuesday and it was full of players with Dodgers ties. That's the good news. The bad news is some of those players carry the suspicion -- or the admission -- of pe...

    Blog | November 27, 2013
  6. It's down to one last stand in the desert

    Mark Saxon

    PHOENIX -- You could sense the Los Angeles Dodgers' determination as they desperately tried to crawl that final inch, but their search for the National League West title remains exactly that -- a crawl. They fought back from a 4-0 deficit to get t...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  7. Should L.A. go for home field? Probably not

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- He won't say it publicly, but one of manager Don Mattingly's biggest challenges the next three weeks is balancing how much he rests his aching players with pushing for home-field advantage in the playoffs. The issue arose Sunday whe...

    Blog | September 09, 2013
  8. Dodgers catchers enjoying rare synergy

    Mark Saxon

    Ron Karkovice was a first-round draft pick and a highly touted defensive catcher, but for much of his career he was stuck behind Carlton Fisk. It wasn't until Karkovice was 28 years old (and Fisk was 44) that he finally got an opportunity to be the C...

    Blog | September 06, 2013
  9. Grading the week: The train rolls on

    Mark Saxon

    DENVER - The Dodgers were essentially overpowered by the pitcher they were facing, a towering right-hander named Andrew Cashner, who was pumping 98, 99 and even 100-mph fastballs past their hitters as late as the seventh inning. Not a lot you can ...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  10. No doubting their fight these days

    Mark Saxon

    When Don Mattingly made all those now-famous comments about mental toughness and what it takes to compete in the major leagues, he was probably envisioning a Los Angeles Dodgers team a lot like this one. Remember that day, May 22, when Mattingly s...

    Blog | July 23, 2013
  11. The roll remains unbroken

    Mark Saxon

    Four days of inactivity didn't blunt the Los Angeles Dodgers' edge. They picked up their 18th win in the last 23 games with a 3-2 road victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday, and a lot of the first-half trends carried right past the All-S...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  12. Dodgers prospect Seager making a move

    Mark Saxon

    One of the strangest moments of Zack Greinke's introductory news conference last December was the revelation that he had congratulated the Dodgers on their first-round draft pick from last June. In other words, amid the hubbub of pitching for the ...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  13. Grading the first half

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reached the All-Star break straddling mediocrity -- 47 wins, 47 losses -- but they didn't arrive here by just muddling along. Far from it. For 72 games, they were -- considering the expectations -- awful. They seemed to ...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  14. The book on Puig

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- Take it for what it's worth, but one veteran scout who has been following the Dodgers lately said a clear pattern has emerged for pitching to Yasiel Puig. According to the scout, pitchers who are able to follow it have had a relatively...

    Blog | July 13, 2013
  15. Are Puig's mounting strikeouts a concern?

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have spent a lot of time over the past few days defending Yasiel Puig's personality. They're a little more concerned, however, with some erratic signs in his hitting than they are with whether he rankles opponents' feelings...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  16. Grading the week

    Mark Saxon

    Teams get hot. Teams get cold. What the Dodgers have been doing the past few weeks appears to be more than just the tide coming in before the inevitable waning. It appears to be sustainable. The additions, in the past month-plus, of Yasiel Puig...

    Blog | July 08, 2013