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Dodgers swept by Giants, who celebrate wild-card berth

first_imgThe Dodgers’ offense did its familiar disappearing act against a left-handed pitcher. Matt Moore didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning when singles by Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal produced the Dodgers’ only run.“There should be no carryover,” Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager said of the poor finish. “It’s just one of those weird times where you go from being so high after clinching. You can’t read anything into it. Just reset, regroup.”The game ended Vin Scully’s 67-year Hall of Fame broadcasting career. The iconic broadcaster traveled to San Francisco to call the final three games of the regular season. Sunday’s finale came 80 years to the day after a lopsided World Series defeat (18-4) of the New York Giants had made Scully a baseball — and Giants — fan.It’s a familiar story that Scully recounted once more as part of multiple tributes to the retiring legend during his final broadcast Sunday which was punctuated with several standing ovations, a visit from Willie Mays in the booth and a plaque placed there by the Giants honoring Scully.“It has been a party,” Scully said during the broadcast of his last game.“Don’t be sad that it’s over. Smile because it happened.” SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers couldn’t knock the St. Louis Cardinals out of the postseason in 2013 or 2014. But they did Sunday.The San Francisco Giants scored five times in the first two innings against Kenta Maeda and collected 16 hits in all on their way to handing the Dodgers a 7-1 defeat Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep on the final weekend of the regular season at AT&T Park.That means the Giants have qualified for the postseason as the National League’s second wild-card team — the same door they used on the way to winning the 2014 World Series — and will play the New York Mets on Wednesday. The Cardinals were eliminated with the Giants’ victory.The Dodgers, meanwhile, lost five of their six games after clinching their fourth consecutive NL West title a week ago. They will open the playoffs at Washington on Friday. “In talking to a couple coaches, that’s what we’re going to have to do — we’re going to have to hit the ‘reset’ button,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It was a crazy week. Some highs and obviously some lows. To come in here and play a team that had their backs against the wall — they played like it. They won three games here, three games that they needed to win.“When you’re trying to play the middle — get guys rested, set your rotation, things like that — it’s really kind of against what we’ve done all year. No excuse. We’ll be ready go go on Friday.”Matters were settled early Sunday.Maeda earned a $1.5 million bonus by making his 32nd start of the season Sunday. It was not the best money the Dodgers ever spent. He gave up hits to seven of the first 12 Giants batters, walked another and didn’t make it out of the third inning.“My command was off. I didn’t have any sharpness to any of my pitches,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “It’s too bad that my season ended on a bad note. But I’m going to go through my usual adjustments and get ready for my next start.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw takes first step in spring buildup

first_img“I think that’s a good way to put it, for sure,” Kershaw said of that comment.The Dodgers’ ace would not say if that dialogue rises to the level of contract extension talks.“We just talk,” Kershaw said. “Farhan, Andrew (Friedman) and I have good communication so we’re all on the same page as far as how everything’s going.”SEAGER BROTHERSCorey Seager said he still had a “knot in my stomach” after a suspected case of food poisoning Saturday that caused him to miss the Dodgers’ game. He was back in the lineup Sunday at DH against the Seattle Mariners.Kyle Seager was in the Mariners’ lineup at third base, making it the first time the two brothers had played against each other at any level. The older brother, Kyle, guessed that it was only the second time he has seen his brother play in person since Corey was 11 years old. The other time was last fall’s World Series.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there is still no timetable for Corey Seager to start playing shortstop in games.“The (trainers) have him on a throwing program, a progression — probably not very aggressive but it’s what we think is best for Corey,” Roberts said of Seager who treated last year’s elbow issue with rest and rehabilitation all offseason.Roberts estimated Seager will need to play defense in 7-10 spring games and that will be enough to get him ready for the start of the regular season. PEORIA, Ariz. – Even the best pitcher of his generation starts with baby steps each spring.“At this point, you’re just trying to make sure you can still pitch,” Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw said after throwing a scoreless inning in his Cactus League debut Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.PreviousThe Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen with fans looking down before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw talks with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt next to catcher Yasmani Grandal before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws the ball while warming up for his start against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen with fans looking down before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 8The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen with fans looking down before their game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandKershaw threw just 11 pitches (nine strikes) and retired the side in order without a strikeout. He headed to the bullpen to throw a second simulated inning – a very familiar pattern for Dodgers pitchers under coach Rick Honeycutt.The challenge of building from the ground up each spring is very familiar to Kershaw as well. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I think it’s the same every year,” he said. “Just because you had some success last year, just because something worked last year doesn’t necessarily mean it carries over. I wish that were the case. But you just have to continually work on it – not necessarily adding stuff new every year but trying to figure out what worked last year and trying to carry that over as best you can.“That takes a little work. At least for me. So I have to keep working on it.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the first start of the spring “very positive” for Kershaw and made it clear the left-hander might be the last player in camp he worries about.“For a guy like Clayton with what he’s done, it’s really hands off,” Roberts said. “And he and Honey have such a great rapport.”OPEN DIALOGUEEarlier in the week, Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said the team has had “an open dialogue” with Kershaw regarding the opt-out clause in his contract which would allow him to become a free agent next winter.last_img read more

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