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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Dodgers dominated Braves in every facet of the NLDS

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks

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How did the Los Angeles Dodgers top the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series? Simple: They dominated them in every imagineable way.

The club that looked like a bust at the start of June now seems like a smart World Series bet. They may have never looked stronger than after dispatching of the Braves in four games.

Here's how the clubs stacked up during a lopsided series:...

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves postseason primer

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The Braves were wire-to-wire winners of the National League East. The Dodgers stumbled out of the gate but used an exciting rookie to rise to the top of the NL West. They meet in their end of the NLDS on Thursday at 8 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the series:


Atlanta won the season series against the Dodgers, 5-2. They scored 27 runs and allowed 17. But...

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John McCain lashes out at Dodgers

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You wouldn't expect Arizona Senator John McCain to be a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Then again, you'd also expect him to refrain from a twitter rant against the team, an NL West rival of his Arizona Diamondbacks.

But when the Dodgers celebrated their NL West title by taking a dip in the pool at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks' home field, all bets were off:

No-class act by a...

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Is Matt Harvey still a Cy Young contender?

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Mets fireballer Matt Harvey was locked in a tight National League Cy Young battle with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw until it was discovered Harvey had a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and would be shut down for the season.

It seems like the award is Kershaw’s for the taking at this point, and Harvey’s case has all but gone out the window.

But Marlins rookie phenom Jose Fernandez...

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