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Sometimes the kids aren't all right; Dodgers fall 6-3 to Arizona


Ah, kids, what are you gonna do?

Some days they’re just so wondrous, just so full of possibilities, the cheeks ache from grinning. Other days, frustration abounds, the future so uncertain, the stomach left in knots.

It’s all part of the growing process and there’s only so much you can do before they have to be sent on their merry way, hoping all that planning pays off.

The Dodgers started their top pitching prospect for the 10th time this season, and if Rubby De La Rosa’s results have been mostly encouraging, Sunday’s effort was not one of them.

De La Rosa threw a whopping 103 pitches in his four innings, giving up back-to-back home runs, as the Diamondbacks downed the Dodgers, 6-3, before an announced crowd of 43,938.

De La Rosa (4-5) surrendered home runs to Ryan Roberts and Gerardo Parra in the second inning, and the Dodgers never recovered. Parra, who came into the game with five homers on the season, added a second one against reliever Hong-Chih Kuo.

The Diamondbacks threatened in every inning against De La Rosa, whose control was never really there. They added one more against him in the fourth on a walk, stolen base and RBI single by Collin Cowgill -- the first of his career.

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The return of Andre Ethier power hitter in Dodgers' 8-5 victory

And on a gorgeous Monday evening, there was an Andre Ethier sighting.

That would be two-time All-Star Andre Ethier, not the right-fielder who had been struggling since the break.

Ethier, who was batting .152 (3 for 35) without one RBI since the All-Star break, crushed a two-run homer in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie.

With rookie Rubby De La Rosa allowing only three hits in his six innings, and with the Dodgers surviving a rough ninth inning, they went on to win 8-5 for their third consecutive victory before an announced crowd of 28,860.

De La Rosa (4-4) allowed only three hits, all singles, in his six innings. The three hits came consecutively with two outs in the third, Dexter Fowler’s basehit scoring the Colorado run.

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Stop the presses! Dioner Navarro slips ahead of Rod Barajas

Here’s some news that’s sure to make your day: Dioner Navarro has moved ahead of Rod Barajas as the Dodgers’ primary catcher.

Anyway, in that sort-of-maybe-not-really way of manager Don Mattingly’s.

Navarro started again Monday, meaning he’s started four of the past five games. Meanwhile, Barajas is in a 1-for-24 slump, the hit coming in his most recent at-bat.

Asked if Navarro was now is main catcher, Mattingly went on and on about matchups and lefties vs. righties and some other nonsense, finishing with:

"Rod’s going to play some."

Such a vote of confidence.

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Dodgers show some life, rally for 7-6 win on Rafael Furcal double

Rare as water in the desert, and just about as needed, the Dodgers managed one of their best comebacks of the season Saturday.

Down 6-2 after just three innings, they scored three times in the bottom of the inning, tied it in the seventh on a wild pitch and then won it in the ninth thanks to a trio of hit-starved batters.

Rod Barajas snapped an 0-for-22 streak with a leadoff single in the ninth. He was erased on a would-be Trent Oeltjen sacrifice fly, but Jamey Carroll (1 for his last 21) singled and then Rafael Furcal (5 for 49) doubled into the left-center gap to score Oeltjen.

The Dodgers, who were just 3-45 when trailing after six innings, had rallied for a 7-6 victory before an announced crowd of 34,590.

It was only the third time all season the Dodgers have come back from a four-run deficit.

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Clayton Kershaw outduels Tim Lincecum; Dioner Navarro homers in Dodgers' 1-0 win


A terrific pitching duel on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Dodger Clayton Kershaw and Giant Tim Lincecum looked exactly like two of the game’s finest young pitchers.

It was one of those tense games in which a manufactured run or a costly error could make all the difference. Maybe anything save for -- a Dioner Navarro home run?

Only that’s exactly what happened, Navarro ended a scoreless game in the seventh inning with a solo home run down the right-field line that landed in McCovey Cove.

End of scoring.

The rest was left to Kershaw, who was absolutely magnificent. He went eight innings, striking out a season-high 12 to push his major-leading strikeout total to 167, walked only one and held the Giants to three hits in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory in San Francisco.

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Dodgers fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland; offensive woes cured!

Right, that was the problem. The hitting coach. No possibility it was just lousy players.

No matter. In an oddly timed move, the Dodgers fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland on Wednesday morning, just a couple hours before their afternoon game in San Francisco.

They named Dave Hansen as interim hitting coach. Previously Hansen served as Pentland’s assistant, with the title of hitting instructor. Which was the same title Pentland had the previous three seasons, serving as Don Mattingly’s aide.

Now there’s little doubt the Dodgers are a miserable hitting team. In Major League Baseball they rank 27th in runs, 26th in slugging percentage (.361), 22nd in home runs and 17th in batting average (.250).

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The Matt Kemp Show continues as Dodgers win season-high fifth in a row


The amazing turnaround of Matt Kemp continues, curbed neither by the All-Star break, ghosts of 2010 nor struggling teammates.

Kemp, who was mired in what would qualify as a mini-slump for him this season -- 0-for-13, no homers in his last 12 games -- started the second half looking much like the player from the first half.

Kemp warmed up by throwing a runner out at the plate, then hit a two-run homer and singled in two more.

The way the Dodgers’ offense has gone this season, all four runs batted in were meaningful, the Dodgers holding on for a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix on Friday for their season-high fifth consecutive victory.

It’s their longest winning streak since they won nine straight from May 9-18, 2010.

In 2010, of course, Kemp had trouble on the field, on the bases, at the plate and with the coaching staff.

This season, however, he has been all the Dodgers could have hoped for -- even a little more.

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Dodgers are almost no-hit but beat Padres, 1-0


When the Dodgers finally hit, they made it count.

No-hit by the San Diego Padres through eight innings, the Dodgers broke through in the ninth to claim a 1-0 victory at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

Juan Uribe broke up the no-hitter with a two-out double against Luke Gregorson in the ninth inning and Dioner Navarro drove Uribe in with a single to right-center.

The Dodgers' pitchers were as dominant -- or their hitters were as inept -- as the Padres', as they held San Diego to one hit.

Padres starter Aaron Harang, who had been sidelined since June 9 because of a bruised foot, returned from the disabled list to discover he was suddenly unhittable. Literally.

But Harang was at 95 pitches at the end of the sixth inning, prompting Padres Manager Bud Black to send left-hander Josh Spence to the mound the next inning.

Chad Qualls and Mike Adams helped keep the Dodgers hitless until the ninth inning, when Gregorson took the mound.

Dodgers starter Rubby De La Rosa was almost equally dominant, holding the Padres to one hit and four walks in six innings. De La Rosa struck out eight, a career high.


Dodgers-Padres box score

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Photo: Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro reacts after watching his game-winning hit land in right-center field on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire

Rubby De La Rosa gem doesn't shine bright enough in 1-0 loss to Twins

Photo: Rubby De La Rosa held the Twins to the one run on six hits and a pair of walks. Credit: Jesse Johnson / US Presswire It didn’t seem that big of a deal. Certainly not game-changing stuff.

The Minnesota Twins’ Ben Revere led off the bottom of the first with a triple against Rubby De La Rosa and scored when the second batter, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, bounced back to the mound.

Minnesota’s first two batters, one run. And as it turned out, game over.

De La Rosa never allowed another run, but it was still one more than Scott Baker surrendered in his 7 1/3 innings.

De La Rosa and Baker were locked in an outstanding pitchers’ duel Wednesday afternoon, with Baker and the Twins coming out the 1-0 winners off that innocent-looking first-inning run.

Oh, to have a little of that offense from Monday, when the Dodgers beat the Twins 15-0.

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Angels try to help, but Dodgers stumble in 8-3 loss


That was not pretty. Two struggling teams get together, rivalry or no, and it’s probably not best to expect a work of beauty.

As it was, the Angels survived some of their ugliest baserunning seen in some time to overcome the Dodgers, 8-3, Friday night before an announced crowd of 43,640.

The Dodgers hadn’t drawn a crowd of under 50,000 for an Angels game in 10 years.

Not that anyone missed much Friday. The Angels’ aggressiveness on the bases killed them early. Four of their first six outs were recorded on the bases.

That happily kept rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa in the game against Angels and starter Dan Haren.

De La Rosa (3-2) hardly looked like some incredible phenom. He was in some kind of trouble in all but one of his six innings. He gave up nine hits, walked four and struck out six.

Matt Kemp had staked De La Rosa to a 2-0 lead with his National League-leading 21st home run in the first inning, a blast that went several rows up.

De La Rosa hung onto the lead, due largely to the Angels’ ineptness on the bases. In the first two innings, the Angels were caught stealing, thrown out at the plate, picked off first by catcher Dioner Navarro, thrown out trying to advance to third on a single and picked off first again by Navarro.

The Dodgers were up 2-1 in the fifth, when the Angels scored three times to take the lead for good. Maicer Izturis doubled in one run before Erick Aybar hit his fourth home run of the season.

The Dodgers got one back in the bottom of the inning on an Andre Ethier double and Tony Gwynn Jr. groundout, but their offense had run out of steam against Haren, who had a 6.00 ERA in his last five starts.

The Angels added a solo home run by Howie Kendrick in the sixth, scored two more in the eighth, one thanks to a James Loney throwing error, and a final run in the ninth.

The loss dropped the Dodgers to 34-43 and matched their season high of nine games back in the National League West. Boos were heard frequently throughout the night.

Worse, they suffered yet another injury when Marcus Thames doubled in the second. Appearing to run gingerly, he strained his left calf and left the game. He’s being called day-to-day.

The Angels haven’t exactly been tearing it up either at 38-39, but they benefit from playing in the weak American League West and remain three games back of Texas.


Angels-Dodgers box score

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Angels catcher Jeff Mathis tags out Dodgers left fielder Tony Gwynn Jr., who tried to score from third base on a grounder to shortstop Erick Aybar in the second inning Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times


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