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by Rowan Kavner

Albert Pujols has spent enough time with the Dodgers, occupying a role unlike any other in his decorated 21-year Major League career, that he can “smell it a little bit” when his chance to impact a game approaches.

That moment arrived in the 10th inning Tuesday at Coors Field. As he has so often off the bench this season, he delivered.

Pujols, who is now 13-for-32 as a pinch-hitter with the Dodgers, supplied the deciding hit with an RBI single up the middle to start the series against the Rockies with a 5–4 win.

“There might have…


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by Rowan Kavner

After undergoing right shoulder surgery late last year, it’s the left side of Cody Bellinger’s body wreaking havoc in 2021.

The Dodger outfielder played through his latest ailment for three games last week, but a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side forced him to the injured list Tuesday. It’s his third stint on the IL this season.

Bellinger missed nearly two months with a hairline fracture in his left leg and 10 games with left hamstring tightness earlier this year. Both of those issues occurred in the season’s first half, making it difficult for the former…


Jo and Tommy Lasorda (Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Jo Lasorda, the widow of Dodger Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, passed away Monday evening surrounded by loved ones at her home in Fullerton at the age of 91.

Jo was born on March 14, 1930, in Greenville, South Carolina. She met Tommy, then a left-handed pitcher, at a Single-A Greenville Spinners minor league game. The two went on a lunch date in 1949, at which point Tommy predicted they’d get married. A year later, his prediction came true on April 14, 1950.

Jo and Tommy were married for 70 years before Tommy passed away on Jan. 7 of this year. Jo leaves a daughter, Laura, and a granddaughter, Emily Tess. She is survived by one sister, Gladys Reeves of Greenville. Funeral services are pending.


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by Rowan Kavner

Trea Turner has played alongside Max Scherzer for parts of seven seasons. He watched Scherzer win two of his three Cy Young Awards and make multiple All-Star teams. They won a championship together.

He’s not sure he’s ever seen Scherzer better than he’s been in Dodger blue.

Scherzer’s sensational September streak continued Saturday, recording his fifth straight start without allowing an earned run. The Dodgers’ spectacular deadline acquisition continues to exceed even the wildest expectations, lowering his ERA to 0.78 …


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by Rowan Kavner

The Dodgers don’t feel they need any reminders of the dangers of a one-game playoff. Regardless, Friday night provided one.

Starter Luis Castillo, pitching for a Reds team jockeying for a spot in the playoffs, silenced a Dodger group that hit the road on a six-game winning streak. He became the only pitcher this season to strike out 10 Dodger batters in at least 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

“We know how important every game is,” manager Dave Roberts said after the 3–1 loss. “We’re trying to win every game. It just didn’t happen tonight. …


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by Rowan Kavner

The Dodgers wanted to acknowledge their accomplishment Tuesday, making the playoffs for a ninth straight year. They enjoyed what manager Dave Roberts described as a “a little champagne toast,” congratulated one another, said some words about their achievement and then immediately looked ahead with much loftier goals still within reach.

The division remains up for grabs, even more so after the Dodgers’ work in a 5–3 win Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks. Their sixth straight victory swept the homestand and allowed them to gain a game on the first-place Giants for the first time since Sept. 4…


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Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee for the fourth time in the last five years.

Each Major League club has one nominee to be considered for the league-wide award, which annually recognizes the Major League player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions on and off the field.

“It’s obviously something that’s really special to myself and to my wife, Kourtney,” Turner said. “Something we take a lot of pride in is giving back to the community, giving back to our community, helping people who are less fortunate, who are…


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by Rowan Kavner

For the first time since the Dodgers traded for Max Scherzer, both of the club’s three-time Cy Young Award winners are in the rotation together.

Scherzer said he was “dying to see” Clayton Kershaw on the mound as his teammate for the first time Monday night. Kershaw, making his first start since July 3, was expected to go around four innings and 60 pitches. His efficiency allowed him to do one out better.

Back on a Major League mound for the first time in more than two months, the left-hander needed only 50 pitches to get through…


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by Rowan Kavner

Max Scherzer started last week crossing the 200-strikeout mark in a season for the ninth time in his career and ended the week flirting with perfection while surpassing 3,000 career strikeouts. His efforts were rewarded with more than just two wins.

Scherzer was named the National League Player of the Week for his work in the two starts, during which he tossed a combined 16 innings while striking out 22 batters without allowing an earned run or a walk. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in any of his last four starts.

The prized deadline acquisition capped…


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by Rowan Kavner

Max Scherzer paced around the mound for 20 seconds in the fifth inning Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, letting the emphatic roar rain down. Before returning to the rubber, he removed his cap and tipped it toward the 42,637 fans in attendance who remained on their feet applauding the vital Dodger deadline acquisition’s 3,000th career strikeout.

And then he went back to work.

After recording an immaculate second inning — striking out the side on nine pitches — then becoming the 19th pitcher ever to record 3,000 career strikeouts, there was nearly more history to be made…

Rowan Kavner

Editor, Digital & Print Publications for the Los Angeles Dodgers | Twitter: @RowanKavner

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