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Dodgers/Phillies Game 5: Well, So Much For 2009. Thanks For the Memories.

​Turn out the lights, the party's over.There was a glimmer of hope when Andre Ethier hit a solo home run in the 1st inning, but the Phillies quickly snuffed it out in the bottom of the inning with that three-run dinger by Jayson Werth.The Dodgers needed another solid outing from...…
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Dodgers/Phillies Game 5 Preview: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

​It'll be Vicente Padilla going for the Dodgers in Game 5 in Philly on Wednesday. Padilla has been solid since coming over late in the season, and he's been even better in the playoffs. He didn't get the Game 2 victory, but his effort made it possible for the Dodgers...…
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Dodgers/Phillies Game 4: The Fat Man Chokes, the Fat Lady Is Warming Up

Boss Hogg blew it.Jonathan Broxton imploded in the bottom of the 9th Monday night, giving up a walk, hitting a batter, then giving up a two-out double to Jimmy Rollins that scored the tying and winning runs and put the Phillies one victory away from eliminating the Dodgers for the...…
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Dodgers/Phillies Game 3: The Story's In the Trade That Wasn't Made

On July 29, the defending world champion Phillies acquired AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco from the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson.​ Just two days prior to the trade the rumor mill had Lee...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers/Phillies Game 2: Phew!

Dodgers/Phillies Game 2: Phew!

Has-been Pedro Martinez dialed up the way back machine and held the Dodgers to two hits in seven shutout innings with no walks. Castoff Vicente Padilla pretty much matched him: four hits over 7.1 innings, with one walk and only Ryan Howard's solo homer. And the Dodgers turned a series...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers/Phillies Game 1: Haunted By a Familiar Name

Dodgers/Phillies Game 1: Haunted By a Familiar Name

Park left the Dodgers and signed a big contract with the Rangers, but he's always been a little injury prone and he never was able to replicate the success he had here. He even returned to the Dodgers last year, when he went 4-4 in 54 innings as a reliever...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers/Phillies Game 1: Uh, That Wasn't Pretty

Dodgers/Phillies Game 1: Uh, That Wasn't Pretty

If you would've told me that the Dodgers would score 6 runs on 14 hits in Game 1, I would've taken that bet on a victory.Unfortunately, the Dodgers gave up eight earned runs. Eight. Joe Torre's roll of the dice to start 21-year-old Clayton Kershaw didn't pay off as he...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers/Phillies: Whoa! Torre Goes With The Kid in Game 1

Dodgers/Phillies: Whoa! Torre Goes With The Kid in Game 1

Speculation was that it would be either one of the team's lefty starters, Kershaw or Randy Wolf, to hopefully neutralize the Phillies left-handed batters. Wolf had the more consistent season, and he's a seasoned veteran. But he's gotten off to shaky starts in his last two outings, while Kershaw has...…
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News, The Informer The Dodgers' Playoff Roster: Joe Torre Moves In Mysterious Ways

The Dodgers' Playoff Roster: Joe Torre Moves In Mysterious Ways

​Assembling the 25-man post-season roster is a tricky thing. The manager (in consultation with the GM) has to consider all possibilities for the pitching staff and the position players, and how they best match up with the opponent.Joe Torre has done this a million times and this year he (and...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers/Phillies: It'll Be Deja Vu All Over Again

Dodgers/Phillies: It'll Be Deja Vu All Over Again

Stupid Rockies.All they had to do Monday night was hold a two-run 9th inning lead to extend their series with the Phillies to a fifth game, but closer Huston Street blew it. The Rockies got the tying run on base in the bottom of the 9th, but couldn't push it...…
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News, The Informer The Dodgers' Waiting Game Begins; How Long Depends on Weather and TBS

The Dodgers' Waiting Game Begins; How Long Depends on Weather and TBS

And because Denver is the farthest west of today's games they get the latest start, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., Mountain Standard Time. The problem is that series has already been delayed a day by bad weather. As I write this mid-day here in L.A., it's just below freezing...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers Finish Off Cardinals: What Did I Tell You?

Dodgers Finish Off Cardinals: What Did I Tell You?

Yesterday I predicted the Dodgers would knock the Cards out this weekend, but I didn't think it would necessarily happen Saturday--or that the Blue Crew would make it look relatively easy. The Dodgers gradually silenced the St. Louis crowd as they built a 5-0 lead. The Cards scored a measly...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers/Cardinals and the Beauty of Baseball's Revolving Door

Dodgers/Cardinals and the Beauty of Baseball's Revolving Door

The Cardinals took three shots to the gut Thursday. The first was literal, when Matt Holliday misplayed James Loney's two-out line drive against reliever Ryan Franklin, the ball bouncing off the left fielder's mid-section and allowing the tying run to reach second base. The second shot was when Ronnie Belliard...…
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News, The Informer Holliday Takes a Death, Dodgers Win 3-2

Holliday Takes a Death, Dodgers Win 3-2

Baseball is the cruelest game. Just ask Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, who homered in the second inning Thursday and then made an error in the 9th that eventually allowed the Dodgers to win, 3-2. And ask Cards pitcher Adam Wainwright, who gave up only three hits and struck out...…
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News, The Informer What's Really at Stake: Villaraigosa Bets Budweiser and Giant Burrito on Dodgers vs. Cardinals

What's Really at Stake: Villaraigosa Bets Budweiser and Giant Burrito on Dodgers vs. Cardinals

So, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay and our own mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, have a friendly bet going on the series. If the Dodgers win, Tony V. gets some toasted raviolis (I assume that passes for cuisine in St. Louis), a Build-a-Bear critter (what the hell?!), and a Twitter T-shirt (ditto)...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers Win First in Series Against Cardinals, Was it Luck?

Dodgers Win First in Series Against Cardinals, Was it Luck?

When the Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning Wednesday night, it was hard not to think about Cliff Lee, who gave up six hits and one run in the Phillies' victory over the Rockies earlier in the day. The Phillies got last year's American League...…
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Music, Dudamel: The Great Brown Hope

Dudamel: The Great Brown Hope

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