On-Base Perception

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How about the Mets and Matt Kemp?

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers ounds

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Something for Mets fans to ponder as the clock ticks down to Thursday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline:

Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs on Tuesday night in the Dodgers' 8-4 win over the Braves.

It went mostly unnoticed because the Dodgers announced during the game that Vin Scully will be returning for a 66th season in 2015.

Scully is a Hall of Fame broadcaster....

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Dodgers' Dee Gordon increases fantasy value in Opening Series in Australia

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

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The Dodgers' Dee Gordon scraped by to make the Opening Day roster, and after a solid start in the Opening Series in Australia, not only could he be the starting second baseman for the Dodgers, he could also be a viable fantasy option.

Before this season, Gordon, a natural shortstop, had only played three games at second base, compared to 160 at short in parts of three seasons in the big leagues....

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Donnie, Doggie and the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sprays on

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Most of the time when we throw a Chris "Mad Dog" Russo blog post at you with embedded audio, it's because he's going off on one of his classic rants.

This time, that's not the case. But it's "Mad Dog" talking baseball with Don Mattingly about the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the moment.

Mattingly addressed Matt Kemp's health, all things Yasiel Puig and more. The audio is embedded...

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Video: Will Ferrell introduces the Los Angeles Dodgers

Actor Will Ferrell laughs before the start of

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Actor Will Ferrell did the pre-game introductions for the Dodgers on Wednesday night before Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles.

We know what you're wondering and, yes, he did manage to work in a chupacabra joke.

Though not shown in the video below, Ferrell introduced starting pitcher Zack Greinke as "today's winning pitcher." Granted, Greinke was...

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Kirk Gibson's playoff home run for Dodgers turns 25, ESPN tells the history

Kirk Gibson hits a walkoff home run for

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It was 25 years ago today...

No, this is not about a set of alternate lyrics for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Dodgers slugger Kirk Gibson launched his dramatic 1988 World Series home run off Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley 25 years ago on Tuesday. We all rememer the moment, alive or not at the time, since the footage is classic -- Gibson pumping his arm as he rounds the bases...

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Dodgers' Kershaw, Tigers' hitting woes, Rays' edge and other playoff notes

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws

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One Division Series is wrapped up and another will go to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tigers and Rays try to prolong their postseason in a pair of exciting Game 4’s. Here are some statistical notes from the playoffs so far:

Rays have an edge

The Rays continue to try and extend their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, sending Jeremy Hellickson to the...

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