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In case you missed it: A one and a two …

By Jon Weisman

Today’s Dodger farewell to Arizona offered a rare, nearly simultaneous outing for both the No. 1 and No. 2 starters — Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Kershaw’s final preseason tuneup (three innings, three baserunners, two strikeouts) left the Dodger ace in his familiar, humbly optimistic form.

“There’s definitely room for improvement, but physically, I feel good and feel ready to go,” Kershaw told “That’s all you can ask for at this point.”

Meanwhile, pitching against Dodger minor leaguers, Greinke allowed two home runs but ultimately threw 85 pitches in seven innings. Ken Gurnick of describes the adjustments Greinke was making during the outing.

  • After Kershaw departed, Zach Lee entered the game against the Royals and unfurled five nearly spotless innings. He came out in the ninth for the chance at the nearly impossible — the six-inning save. Unfortunately, Lee surrendered a two-run homer, tagging him with a blown save after 5 1/3 innings and leaving the Dodgers with their seventh tie of Spring Training, 4-4.
  • Dustin McGowan was officially released by the Dodgers.
  • Before Monday’s game, Don Mattingly and Arizona manager Chip Hale met — successfully, it appears — to defuse any tension between the two teams.
  • J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News describes how a nearly anonymous 19-year-old Dodger minor leaguer, Victor Gonzalez, made an impression on Yasmani Grandal today.

The good, the bad and the unusual in a 7-5 loss

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By Jon Weisman

There was plenty of action in today’s 7-5 Dodger loss to the Cubs, but the marquee attraction in the “Have You Seen This Before?” Department was … no, not Sergio Santos’ four-strikeout inning, but the fact that he had a 1-3 strikeout on a pitch that caromed back to him before he threw the batter/runner out at first.

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In case you missed it: Shiny happy people laughing

Los Angeles Dodgers workout

For more images from today, visit LA Photog Blog. 

By Jon Weisman

Share a Spring Training smile with Yasiel Puig and Davey Lopes, then head on down to tonight’s links …
Los Angeles Dodgers workout

  • The circumstances surrounding Kenley Jansen’s foot surgery are detailed by Ken Gurnick of
  • The effort of David Aardsma (pictured at right with Orel Hershiser) to reinvent his mechanics is the subject of a lengthy feature by Gurnick.
  • The newest newest Dodger, Dustin McGowan, is discussed in this Eric Stephen piece at True Blue L.A.
  • Stephen also offers some perspective on Andre Ethier, who reported to camp today.
  • Mark Saxon delved into the topic of Dodger players and social media at ESPN Los Angeles, including an interview with our old friend Josh Tucker. Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson and David Huff also had interesting things to say to Saxon.
  • J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News explores the Dodgers’ process of determining Julio Urias’ workload in 2015.
  • It’s not out of the question that MLB could revert to a 154-game season, according to new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, though don’t look for it anytime soon.
  • What is your opinion of Dave Kingman’s performance? As Will Leitch writes at Sports on Earth, it might deserve to change, given the current era of strikeouts.
  • Farhan Zaidi won the Dodger front-office Oscar pool by picking 20 out of 24 winners.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles…42 days until #OpeningDayLA.

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Dustin McGowan added to pitching staff

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By Jon Weisman

Continuing to place bets on pitchers on the mend, the Dodgers have signed former Toronto righty Dustin McGowan. Recently signed Brandon Beachy, as planned, will go on the 60-day disabled list to make room for McGowan on the 40-man roster.

McGowan, who turns 33 on March 24, has had surgery to repair his labrum (2008), ACL (2009), rotator cuff (2010) and shoulder (arthroscopic, 2012) and was also on the disabled list in 2013 with an oblique strain.

In 2014, he pitched 82 innings — his most since 2008 — allowing 116 baserunners while striking out 61. He made eight starts in 53 appearances, and in his career, he has started 68 games and relieved in 90.

As a reliever in 2014, McGowan had a 3.35 ERA, allowing 50 baserunners in 43 innings while striking out 36.

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