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Machado RBI too little, too late in loss to Giants

Puig gets ejected after 7th-inning fracas
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LOS ANGELES -- A benches-clearing incident in the seventh inning ramped up the intensity on Tuesday and the Dodgers and Giants took it from there.

After the Dodgers' Manny Machado delivered an RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game, Alen Hanson drove in the go-ahead run to give the Giants a 2-1 victory. The third-place Dodgers have lost five in a row and sit two games behind the D-backs and a game behind the Rockies in the National League West.

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LOS ANGELES -- A benches-clearing incident in the seventh inning ramped up the intensity on Tuesday and the Dodgers and Giants took it from there.

After the Dodgers' Manny Machado delivered an RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game, Alen Hanson drove in the go-ahead run to give the Giants a 2-1 victory. The third-place Dodgers have lost five in a row and sit two games behind the D-backs and a game behind the Rockies in the National League West.

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Machado's RBI was his first in August and first since hitting a home run on July 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Afterward, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts focused on the positives in a spirited affair that he felt could have easily gone his team's way.

Video: SF@LAD: Roberts on benches clearing in 2-1 loss

"Tonight was something where we lost a game late and we are on a little bit of a skid, but I just think that for me, we played 27 outs, we competed, we squared balls up all night long and didn't get anything to show for it," Roberts said.

Much of that energy showed up after a confrontation between Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.

Video: SF@LAD: Benches clear after Puig, Hundley argue

Players flooded the field when a melee broke out in the seventh with Puig at the plate. After Puig fouled off a pitch from Tony Watson and slammed the barrel of his bat, he appeared to get into a heated discussion with the Giants catcher, Hundley.

Words turned to shoves, with Puig taking a swipe at Hundley's catcher's mask at one point. Both Puig and Hundley were ejected.

"I didn't like that he was telling me what to do and then he said some words to me in English that I really can't repeat," Puig said through an interpreter. "That's why I was upset."

Alex Wood was more than good enough in his return to the rotation, it was a lack of run production that did in the Dodgers.

Video: SF@LAD: Wood fans 6, allows just 1 run in return

Wood gave up just one run over five innings in his first start since landing on the disabled list with left adductor tendinitis.

Kenta Maeda (7-8) took the loss in his first outing since being moved to the bullpen.

Video: SF@LAD: Hanson gives Giants the lead on single in 9th

"It's tough trying to embrace a role that is different from what I'm used to do, but the biggest thing, I think, is that we lost and that's something that I definitely regret," Maeda said through an interpreter.

Giants rookie starter Andrew Suarez gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings, leaving the Dodgers winless since Thursday at Colorado. The Dodgers have not won a series since they were in Atlanta at the end of July.

Justin Turner had three doubles, including two against Suarez, but no other Dodgers batter had a hit against Suarez, who had given up a combined 11 earned runs in consecutive defeats heading into Tuesday's outing.

While the Dodgers' bullpen has been reeling, the offense has been inconsistent since breaking free for a Dodger Stadium record 21 runs in a victory over the Brewers on Aug. 2.

When they lost three consecutive games at Colorado over the weekend, the Dodgers scored 10 runs. On their previous visit to Denver, the Dodgers scored in double digits in all three games against the Rockies.

Even before the on-field incident, though, Roberts felt as if his team's focus was right where it needed to be.

"I think people talk about that, but it won't change the way we play," Roberts said. "Guys were competing and they were preparing. Sometimes it does correlate to something of a winning streak, but it's not as simple as that. You still have to go out there and play the games."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Ross Stripling was supposed to be the starter that was available to pitch out of the bullpen Tuesday, but it ended up being Maeda. Roberts had originally said that Maeda would not pitch in relief until Wednesday. Stripling was out of action with lower back stiffness. The Dodgers will further assess the severity of Stripling's injury Wednesday.

"I would say [Wednesday] is still iffy [to pitch] but I wouldn't say it is anything long term," Stripling said. "I got checked out and they didn't think it was [a disk injury] or anything like that. But at the same time, pitching is something that can [anger] your back so you're better safe than sorry for a couple of days."

SOUND SMART
Turner tied a career high with three doubles, last doing it April 19, 2015, against the Colorado Rockies. Chase Utley was the only other Dodgers hitter with three doubles in a game this year, doing it on April 28. Turner not only extended his hitting streak to nine games, Tuesday was his second consecutive multi-hit game.

HE SAID IT
"Just looking back during the [2017] postseason, I did well, but during the regular season as a reliever, I was not that good. So I think it's a matter of getting used to this role in a regular-season setting." -- Maeda, on trying to live up to his 2017 relief success in his return to the bullpen.

UP NEXT
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0, 2.12 ERA) is scheduled to come off the disabled list Wednesday to face the Giants in the series finale. He was out with a left groin strain and last pitched May 2 against the Diamondbacks. He will face off against Giants left-hander Derek Holland.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Shred Hate program gains LA's support

Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers join initiative to end bullying
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Five new Major League Baseball clubs will support the Shred Hate initiative -- an innovative program striving to end bullying in schools and communities by encouraging youth to choose kindness -- MLB, ESPN and X Games announced on Wednesday.

The Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates and Rangers are the latest teams to join the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Nationals as Shred Hate clubs in the effort to prevent bullying. Select schools in club markets will use the No Bully methodology that has remediated more than 90 percent of bullying incidents since Shred Hate's launch in January 2017.

Five new Major League Baseball clubs will support the Shred Hate initiative -- an innovative program striving to end bullying in schools and communities by encouraging youth to choose kindness -- MLB, ESPN and X Games announced on Wednesday.

The Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates and Rangers are the latest teams to join the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Nationals as Shred Hate clubs in the effort to prevent bullying. Select schools in club markets will use the No Bully methodology that has remediated more than 90 percent of bullying incidents since Shred Hate's launch in January 2017.

No Bully is a nonprofit that trains schools how to activate student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying. The organization will work directly through Shred Hate and local school districts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dallas. This is in addition to existing Shred Hate schools in Chicago, Colorado, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington, D.C.

In a study by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Education, nearly one in four students -- more than 10 million total students -- report being bullied each year in the United States. Thanks to the five MLB club additions to the Shred Hate program, nearly 60,000 students will be reached in the 2018-19 academic year.

"Shred Hate has been an extraordinary opportunity for baseball to use our considerable platform and positively influence the lives of young people where our teams play," said MLB vice president and special assistant to the Commissioner Billy Bean. "The courageous stories shared by some of the students participating in the Shred Hate program, and who have been affected by this epidemic, inspire us to multiply our efforts.

"We are incredibly thankful to our clubs who have stepped forward in support of this initiative as we continue to grow an inclusive and accepting culture throughout every level of our sport."

Two new Shred Hate modules were developed to roll out this academic school year in an effort to impact afterschool and summer programs, as well as student athletes and coaches. Courtesy of the No Bully System in-school curriculum, 20- to 30-minute lessons are available to download here. In addition, student athletes will learn how to be upstanders and lead schools in their bullying prevention efforts with the help of multimedia platforms and public service announcements from MLB players.

MLB will host a social-media driven Shred Hate activation at the Little League Classic presented by GEICO beginning on Thursday in Williamsport, Pa. The activation looks to raise awareness about bullying and the Shred Hate initiative among the thousands of kids and parents attending the event. Look for them at MLB's Play Ball Park at the Little League International complex during the tournament.

"Shred Hate is stopping bullying at unprecedented rates," said ESPN vice president of corporate citizenship Kevin Martinez. "We're excited to expand on this success and bring the program into more schools, while raising awareness on this critical issue using the incredible reach and platforms of MLB, its clubs and X Games."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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Puig, Hundley tangle as benches clear in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Those longtime antagonists, the Giants and Dodgers, renewed hostilities on Tuesday night with a benches-and-bullpens-clearing incident in the seventh inning of San Francisco's 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig and San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley were ejected from the game for igniting the furor, which seemingly sprang from nowhere during Puig's at-bat.

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LOS ANGELES -- Those longtime antagonists, the Giants and Dodgers, renewed hostilities on Tuesday night with a benches-and-bullpens-clearing incident in the seventh inning of San Francisco's 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig and San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley were ejected from the game for igniting the furor, which seemingly sprang from nowhere during Puig's at-bat.

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Puig had a 1-2 count when he appeared to express frustration at fouling off a Tony Watson pitch. Following that, he and Hundley began jawing at each other. Emotions skyrocketed quickly, as Puig pushed Hundley, who quickly responded with a shove. That's all it took for members of both teams to sprint toward home plate and hover threateningly around each other, except for the handful who actively tried to separate Puig and Hundley to prevent matters from escalating.

Speaking through a Dodgers interpreter, Puig claimed that Hundley took issue with his self-disgust.

"When I missed the pitch, I knew that was the best pitch Watson was going to throw me, so I was a little upset," Puig said. "[Hundley] told me to stop complaining and get back into the box, and when I got into his face he told me to also get out of his face, so that's when I got upset."

The disagreement could have stopped there. It didn't.

"I didn't like that he was telling me what to do, and then he said some words to me in English that I really can't repeat," Puig said. "That's why I was upset."

Video: SF@LAD: Puig, Roberts, Hundley on fierce exchange

Hundley offered his explanation for the built-in tension.

"We're competing on the field against a team we're chasing," he said. "They've been scuffling a little bit and we're trying to catch them. It's obviously a nice rivalry. We had some words, pushed a couple of times and you saw what happened. There's really nothing more to it than that."

Hundley refused to divulge anything about his dialogue with Puig.

"All the stuff that's said on the field, that'll be left out there," Hundley said.

If Hundley regretted anything, it was inadvertently placing Dodgers third-base coach George Lombard in harm's way. Lombard entered the fray apparently to serve as a would-be peacemaker. Instead, he got thrown in a small cement mixer of bodies.

"He was in there trying to break it up," Hundley said. "I think he got caught in my chest protector."

This wasn't Puig's first confrontational experience with the Giants. He and San Francisco's ace, Madison Bumgarner, exchanged harsh words and cold stares in previous seasons. And just a night earlier, Bumgarner appeared to have an issue similar to Hundley's, seemingly taking some exception to Puig expressing frustration in the batter's box.

"It doesn't happen with other teams, and it doesn't seem to happen when we're in San Francisco," Puig said. "It usually seems to happen when we're here, and I'm not going to let them act like that in our house."

It was the fourth career ejection for both players. Neither had been tossed since 2015.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Dozier 'healthy like an ox' after allergy med scare

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LOS ANGELES -- Brian Dozier balled his right hand Tuesday afternoon and pounded on his blue T-shirt with the caricatures of teammates Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez.

"Heathy like an ox," he said, one day after he was sent to the hospital for an electrocardiogram to test his heart.

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LOS ANGELES -- Brian Dozier balled his right hand Tuesday afternoon and pounded on his blue T-shirt with the caricatures of teammates Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez.

"Heathy like an ox," he said, one day after he was sent to the hospital for an electrocardiogram to test his heart.

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Dozier was pulled from Monday night's game because of dizziness and protocol called for an EKG test just to be sure. When that showed "irregularities," as manager Dave Roberts called them, further tests were required.

After tests late Monday and early Tuesday, Dozier was given a clean bill of health and he was back at second base and in the leadoff spot Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants.

"Coming from Colorado, I had a lot of sinus issues and sickness feeling and stuff so I took a Zyrtec before the game [Monday] which I don't take any kind of stimulant, any ups, coffee, I don't take any of that stuff," Dozier said. "And apparently that has a little bit in it, which eventually caught up to me in the sixth or seventh inning."

The Dodgers' concerns were heightened since closer Kenley Jansen just went on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. It is a condition Dozier knows as well, and it led to some concerns Monday night.

"I've always had an irregular heartbeat like a lot of people do," Dozier said. "And I think that kind of popped up and the protocol with all the dizziness with that, just get more tests done."

Dozier said he never felt any issues related to his heart, just the dizziness. He said his wife took it all in stride.

"My wife, she was great," Dozier said. "She came to the test and took a nap when I was in there. And when I was in there for the tests today, she was at Target shopping, so she was great."

Roberts had no hesitation putting Dozier back in the lineup. His new second baseman is batting .282 with a .590 slugging percentage since joining the Dodgers, crushing three home runs, including one in Colorado over the weekend.

"He is totally cleared and he feels great today and is obviously in the lineup tonight," Roberts said. "He's fine."

Wood returns
The Dodgers activated Alex Wood from the 10-day disabled list before his start Tuesday and put right-hander John Axford on the DL. The Dodgers learned Monday that Axford had a fracture on the tip of his right fibula.

After dealing with leg cramps earlier in the season, Wood went on the DL two weeks ago with left adductor tendonitis. In 17 2/3 innings since the All-Star break, Wood was 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA.

Urias, Hudson progressing
Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias will pitch two innings at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, plus one batter in the third inning. The extra batter is to get Urias up-and-down one more time.

Urias, who has not pitched for the Dodgers this season after undergoing left shoulder surgery, is expected to give the Dodgers bullpen depth down the stretch, likely when rosters expand in September.

Right-hander Daniel Hudson (right forearm tightness) participated in a simulated game Monday afternoon facing left-handed batters Utley and Max Muncy. Hudson is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Best August trade in Dodgers history

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While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

ASTROS
Acquired: 3B Jeff Bagwell from BOS
Gave up: RHP Larry Andersen
Date: Aug. 30, 1990
As impactful as the Astros' trade was last year to land Justin Verlander, the club's 1990 trade netted a player who would don an Astros uniform for all 15 years of his Major League career and end up in the Hall of Fame. Bagwell is the greatest slugger in Astros history, winning the 1991 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1994 NL Most Valuable Player Award, being named to four All-Star teams and belting 449 career home runs. The first baseman led a resurgence of baseball in Houston in the 1990s and helped take the franchise to new heights in the early 2000s.

Video: Jeff Bagwell reflects on conversation with Andersen

Andersen was a 16-year-veteran who had a 1.95 ERA in 50 appearances on the season for Houston at the time of the trade. With Bagwell, a third baseman at the time, blocked by future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs at the position, Boston made the deal for a reliever who would appear in 15 games with a 1.23 ERA. That winter, Andersen signed as a free agent with the Padres, and pitched for two seasons with San Diego before his final two seasons with the Phillies.

ATHLETICS
Acquired: SS Stephen Drew from ARI
Gave up: INF Sean Jamieson
Date: Aug. 20, 2012
The A's might have outdone themselves this year with the additions of relievers Fernando Rodney and Shawn Kelley, but their 2012 trade for Drew gave them a significant upgrade at shortstop, which was a vital piece at the time. Drew collected 16 RBIs in 39 regular-season games, then came up with four hits in 19 at-bats during the AL Division Series against the Tigers, including an RBI double in a one-run Game 4 victory that sent the series to a winner-take-all affair.

BLUE JAYS
Acquired: 3B/OF Jose Bautista from PIT
Gave up: C Robinson Diaz
Date: Aug. 21, 2008
The Blue Jays weren't expecting big things from Bautista, but they needed a temporary replacement for the injured Scott Rolen and he fit the bill. Toronto had to part only with a fringe prospect to get the deal done, and his versatility at first base, right field and second base kept Bautista on the team even after Rolen returned. Two years later, Bautista made franchise history by hitting 54 home runs in a single season, and he ultimately turned into one of the best players to ever wear the blue and white.

Video: TEX@TOR Gm5: Bautista hammers go-ahead three-run shot

BRAVES
Acquired: RHP John Smoltz from DET
Gave up: RHP Doyle Alexander
Date: Aug. 12, 1987
The Tigers won each of Alexander's 11 remaining regular-season starts and captured the American League East title in 1987; the 36-year-old would pitch two more seasons for Detroit, including an All-Star campaign in '88. Meanwhile, Smoltz was just a year removed from high school ball, but would end up constructing a Hall of Fame career as he helped the Braves win 14 consecutive division crowns and the 1995 World Series. He also won the NL Cy Young Award in 1996, and was an eight-time All Star, becoming one of the most successful postseason pitchers in baseball history with a 2.67 ERA over 41 appearances, and the 1992 NL Championship Series MVP Award. A year earlier, he tossed a six-hit shutout of the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS to send Atlanta to its first World Series.

Video: 1991 NLCS Gm7: Smoltz shuts the door, Braves to WS

BREWERS
Acquired: RHP Don Sutton from HOU
Gave up: Players to be named and cash (OF Kevin Bass and pitchers Frank DiPino and Mike Madden)
Date: Aug. 30, 1982
Bass went on to have a solid 14-year career but the deal was worth it to land Sutton, the future Hall of Famer who represented the final piece of the finest team in Brewers history. Sutton's shining moment for Milwaukee was the '82 regular-season finale in Baltimore, when he allowed two runs in eight innings of a must-win game opposite Orioles ace Jim Palmer. It clinched the American League East and moved the Brewers a step closer to their only World Series appearance to date.

CARDINALS
Acquired: OF Larry Walker from COL
Gave up: RHP Jason Burch, LHP Luis Martinez and LHP Chris Narveson
Date: Aug. 6, 2004
In the penultimate year of Walker's career, he accepted a trade to the Cardinals and then helped the club reach the World Series. After hitting .280/.393/.560 with 11 homers in 44 regular-season games, Walker hit six homers and slugged .707 in his second postseason appearance.

CUBS
Acquired: 1B Randall Simon from PIT
Gave up: OF Ray Sadler
Date: Aug. 17, 2003
The Cubs had made a blockbuster deal at the non-waiver Trade Deadline to get Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton from the Pirates, then added Simon, who batted .282 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 33 games. Simon provided the spark and the Cubs went 24-16 after he joined the team to win the NL Central. Simon would go on to hit .333 (8-for-24) with three doubles and a homer in the postseason.

D-BACKS
Acquired: RHP Livan Hernandez and cash from WAS
Gave up: LHP Matt Chico; RHP Garrett Mock
Date: Aug. 7, 2006
While Hernandez didn't pitch the D-backs to the postseason in 2006, he did stick around to be a valuable contributor and staff leader the following year when the D-backs won the NL West and swept the Cubs in the NLDS before losing to the Rockies in the NLCS.

DODGERS
Acquired: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto and cash from BOS
Gave up: INF Ivan De Jesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and OF Jerry Sands
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
The word "blockbuster" is overused, but it should be defined by this nine-player trade. Guggenheim's new Dodgers ownership made a credibility statement that the tight-fisted ways of the McCourt era were over. The Dodgers never won a World Series because of it, but the veterans helped the club compete while buying time for young talent to mature. None of the prospects dealt away panned out, but Boston won a World Series anyway and dumped $262 million in salary.

GIANTS
Acquired: RHP Rick Reuschel from PIT
Gave up: RHPs Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin
Date: Aug. 21, 1987
Reuschel stabilized the Giants' starting rotation, going 5-3 down the stretch to help San Francisco win the NL West for the first time since 1971. "Big Daddy" also finished 36-19 in the next two seasons and was the staff ace when the Giants reached the World Series in 1989.

INDIANS
Acquired: SP Mike Clevinger from LAA
Gave up: RP Vinnie Pestano
Date: Aug. 7, 2014
The Angels wanted a reliever for the stretch run, so they added Pestano and dealt Clevinger (a prospect with mechanical flaws and in the early stages of a Tommy John surgery comeback). Clevinger was a project, but he went to work with the Indians, rebuilt his delivery, broke into the Majors in '16 and is now fixture in one of baseball's best rotations. Pestano hasn't pitched in the Majors since '15, and Clevinger has a 3.59 ERA in 67 career appearances for Cleveland (54 starts).

Video: CLE@BAL: Clevinger dominates O's with two-hit shutout

MARINERS
Acquired: LF Vince Coleman from KC
Gave up: RHP Jim Converse
Date: Aug. 15, 1995
The Mariners immediately inserted the veteran speedster as their leadoff hitter for the final month and a half of their magical 1995 season, and he provided a huge spark. When Coleman was acquired by general manager Woody Woodward, Seattle was 51-50 and 12 1/2 games back in the AL West. It wound up winning the division and earning the first playoff berth in franchise history as the 33-year-old posted a .290/.335/.395 line with 16 stolen bases and 27 runs in 40 games.

MARLINS
Acquired: 1B/OF Jeff Conine from BAL
Gave up: RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Don Levinski
Date: Aug. 31, 2003
Pursuing the lone NL Wild Card spot at the time, the Marlins acquired Conine minutes before the midnight waiver deadline, with the deal completed while the veteran was on the Orioles' team plane. The Marlins were desperate for an established veteran the day after All-Star Mike Lowell broke his left hand. Conine hit five home runs and drove in 15 runs in September, and made an impact in the playoffs during the Marlins' World Series championship season.

Video: 2003 NLCS Gm5: Jeff Conine hits a solo home run

METS
Acquired: 2B Jeff Kent and a player to be named (OF Ryan Thompson) from TOR
Gave up: RHP David Cone
Date: Aug. 27, 1992
With the Mets well out of NL East contention and Cone set to become a free agent after the season, the team shipped him to the Blue Jays for Kent -- then just 24 years old. Although Kent would not develop into a National League MVP until after the Mets parted ways with him, he hit 67 of his 377 career homers over parts of five seasons in New York. Cone, meanwhile, went on to post a 2.55 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) down the stretch for Toronto, helping the franchise win its first World Series title with a 3.22 ERA in four postseason starts.

NATIONALS
Acquired: Catcher Kurt Suzuki and cash considerations from OAK
Gave up: catcher David Freitas
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
On their way to their first postseason berth in club history, the Nats made the upgrade behind the dish for a veteran behind the plate. Suzuki would go on to bat .267/.321/.404 in 43 games with Washington down the stretch and served as the starting catcher in the postseason before he struggled at the start of the 2013 season and was traded back to Oakland.

ORIOLES
Acquired: OF Tito Landrum from STL
Gave up: Landrum was the player to be named from a deal made on June 14, 1983, in which the Orioles sent Floyd Rayford to St. Louis.
Date: Aug. 31, 1983
Landrum hit the game-winning home run for the Orioles in the final game of the 1983 ALCS in Chicago. He was such an unlikely hero that teammate John Lowenstein joked that he was not sure of Landrum's first name.

PADRES
Acquired: Brian Giles from PIT
Gave up: Jason Bay, Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
On the whole, this trade turned out pretty even. But there's no denying Giles' impact on the back-to-back NL West champion Padres teams in 2005 and '06. In parts of seven seasons with San Diego, Giles batted .279/.380/.435 with 83 homers. Bay would go on to have an 11-year MLB career over which he hit 222 homers, including 139 for Pittsburgh. Still, the trade helped San Diego get to the postseason in back-to-back years, and was worth the price.

PHILLIES
Acquired: RHP Jamie Moyer from SEA
Gave up: RHP Andrew Baldwin and RHP Andy Barb
Date: Aug. 19, 2006
The Phillies held a fire sale before July 31, 2006, trading Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell and Rheal Cormier, and designating Ryan Franklin for assignment. But afterward, the Phillies started to play well and acquired Moyer for an unexpected postseason run. They fell short in 2006, but Moyer helped the Phillies win the NL East in 2007 and the World Series in 2008.

PIRATES
Acquired: OF Jason Bay, LHP Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart from SD
Gave up: OF Brian Giles
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
The deal worked out well for both sides, as Giles continued to produce in San Diego and finished ninth in NL MVP voting in 2005. But Bay was worth the price, winning the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year Award before earning two All-Star nods with Pittsburgh. Perez was also dominant in 2004 (12-10, 2.98 ERA, 239 strikeouts), and he's still pitching in the Majors as a reliever. 

Video: CHC@PIT: Bay records eight RBIs including grand slam

RANGERS
Acquired: RHP John Burkett from FLA
Gave up: RHP Rick Helling and RHP Ryan Dempster
Date: Aug. 8, 1996
This is the trade that put the Rangers over the top on their way to the first division title in franchise history. Burkett, reinforcing the rotation, threw a shutout against the Blue Jays in his first start and his biggest victory came on Sept. 21. The Rangers had lost five in a row and nine of 10 as their lead was down to one game. But Burkett pitched the Rangers to a 7-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim to stop their skid for one of the biggest regular-season wins in franchise history. Dempster and Helling -- both prospects at the time -- went on to distinguished careers, but the price was worth it for Texas.

RAYS
Acquired: RHP Chad Bradford from BAL
Gave up: Cash
Date: Aug. 7, 2008
Bradford arrived to give the Rays a different look to their bullpen. The submariner of "Moneyball" fame appeared in 21 games and pitched to a 1.42 ERA. He made seven postseason appearances for the Rays, logging a 1.13 ERA in eight innings.

RED SOX
Acquired: INF Ivan DeJesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa, and OF/1B Jerry Sands from LAD
Gave up: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto.and cash
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
On paper, the Red Sox gave up three former All-Stars and received little in return. In reality, the club shed more than $250 million in guaranteed salary for players who were no longer performing at their prime levels. This trade is widely credited as one of the reasons for the Sox winning the World Series in 2013. General manager Ben Cherington used the newfound payroll flexibility to re-tool with free agents Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, Ryan Dempster and David Ross. Those players fit perfectly on the field and in the clubhouse.

REDS
Acquired: 1B/manager Pete Rose from MON
Gave up: INF Tom Lawless
Date: Aug. 16, 1984
In a stunning move, the Reds brought back a hometown favorite in Rose to take on the rare role of player-manager. The deal immediately energized the Cincinnati fan base after losing seasons from 1982-84. Not only did Rose the player break Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in 1985 to great fanfare, Rose the manager was at the helm for a contender that had four straight second-place finishes from 1985-88. That helped create the foundation for the 1990 World Series title season.

ROCKIES
Acquired:RHP Jose Contreras from CWS
Gave up: Minor League RHP Brandon Hynick
Date: Aug. 31, 2009
Contreras went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven games, including two starts, and was one of two key veteran August pickups. The Rockies also picked up Jason Giambi, who had been released earlier in the month by the Athletics. Giambi hit .292 in 19 games as he and Contreras helped push the Rockies into the postseason as the NL Wild Card team.

ROYALS
Acquired: OF Josh Willingham from MIN
Gave up: Right-hander Jason Adam
Date: Aug. 11, 2014
It wasn't a blockbuster deal, but Willingham will be forever in Royals lore. He singled (his last big league hit) to spark a ninth-inning rally in the 2014 AL Wild Card game that tied the score. The Royals went on to win the game, the first off 11 straight playoff wins that year, and eventually advance to Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

TIGERS
Acquired: OF Delmon Young from MIN
Gave up: LHP Cole Nelson, RHP Lester Oliveros
Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Young homered three times in the Tigers' 2011 ALDS win over the Yankees, then hit two more in the ALCS vs. Texas. A year later, he was named MVP of the ALCS after going 6-for-17 with two homers and six RBIs. He went 5-for-14 with a solo homer in the 2012 World Series against the Giants.

TWINS
Acquired: RHP Bert Blyleven from CLE
Gave up: INF Jay Bell, LHP Curt Wardle, OF Jim Weaver and a player to be named (RHP Rich Yett on Sept. 18, 1985)
Date: Aug. 1, 1985
The Twins reacquired future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven in an August trade, as he had previously pitched in Minnesota from 1970-76. Blyleven made 120 starts with the Twins after the trade, including helping the franchise to its first World Series title in 1987. Bell went on to a solid 18-year career, but the Twins had Greg Gagne entrenched at shortstop at the time of the trade.

WHITE SOX
Acquired: 1B Ted Kluszewski from PIT
Gave up: Minor League IF Robert Sagers and RF/1B Harry Simpson
Date: Aug. 25, 1959
Nearing the end of his career, Kluszewski hit .297 with two home runs and 10 RBIs over 112 plate appearances and 31 games in the regular season for the AL champs. But the Big Klu hit .391 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a six-game World Series loss to the Dodgers.

YANKEES
Acquired: 3B Charlie Hayes from PIT
Gave up: RHP Chris Corn
Date: Aug. 30, 1996
Hayes rejoined the Yankees just in time for the birth of a dynasty, batting .284 in 20 games for his new team to supplement a fatigued Wade Boggs' production at the hot corner. Hayes was on the field to secure the final out of the World Series, a foul pop behind third base off the bat of the Braves' Mark Lemke. Corn never advanced past Double-A.

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Dodgers' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames the Dodgers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames the Dodgers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Scott Alexander: "SCOTTIE BOY"
John Axford: "AX MAN"
Pedro Baez: "LA MULA"
"The Mule" in Spanish, Baez said he got it for his work ethic last year, and he's sticking with it again this year.

Austin Barnes: "SAM"
Sticking with his rookie-year nickname, the story comes from when the team sent Barnes on a taco run last year, and when he got back, A.J. Ellis joked that Chase Utley didn't know Barnes' name. Utley joked that it was Sam, and it stuck.

Cody Bellinger: "BELLI"
Walker Buehler: "FERRIS"
Depending on the Dodgers' rotation schedule that weekend, it's possible Buehler might have a day off.

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JT Chargois: "SHAG"
Tony Cingrani: "GRANI"
Brian Dozier: "BULL"
"Last year I went with the generic 'Doze,' but this year, I developed the nickname back in college, the 'bulldozer,' and it stuck a little bit with the Twins," Dozier said.

Josh Fields: "FIELDS"
Dylan Floro: "F LORO"
Erik Goeddel: "GOODY"
Yasmani Grandal: "YAZMANIAN DEVIL"
Enrique Hernandez: "KIKÉ"
Rich Hill: "D. MOUNTAIN"
Daniel Hudson: "HUDDY"
Kenley Jansen: "KENLEYFORNIA"
Matt Kemp: "MATT"
Clayton Kershaw: "KERSH"
Tom Koehler: "TK"
Manny Machado: "EL MINISTRO"
Machado was "El Ministro de la Defensa" for his defense heroics during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and he decided to keep it.

Kenta Maeda: "MAEKEN"
Max Muncy: "MUNCE"
Joc Pederson: "KING"
"I really don't know," Pederson said. "Some things just stick."

Yasiel Puig: "WILD HORSE"
Broadcaster Vin Scully said, "The Wild Horse is loose," in 2014 as Puig raced to a triple. Puig embraced it last year and continued it this year.

Hyun-Jin Ryu: "MONSTER"
Ryu decided to continue his nickname that arose during his rookie year.

Zac Rosscup: "CUP"
Dennis Santana: "ANFERNEE"
Santana's middle name will replace his last name during Players' Weekend.

Corey Seager: "SEAGS"
Ross Stripling: "CHICKEN STRIP"
Chris Taylor: "CT3"
Justin Turner: "REDTURN2"
Julio Urias: "EL CULICHI"
Chase Utley: "SILVER FOX"
Pat Venditte: "P-VITTY"
Alex Wood: "AWOOD"

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dizzy Dozier exits early as injuries mount

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LOS ANGELES -- The rough news of another late-inning defeat Monday got even worse for the Dodgers, who revealed issues to both second baseman Brian Dozier and reliever John Axford.

Dozier left Monday's game against the Giants in the late innings because of dizziness and manager Dave Roberts said an EKG test to detect cardiac rhythms revealed "abnormalities." Dozier will undergo more testing.

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LOS ANGELES -- The rough news of another late-inning defeat Monday got even worse for the Dodgers, who revealed issues to both second baseman Brian Dozier and reliever John Axford.

Dozier left Monday's game against the Giants in the late innings because of dizziness and manager Dave Roberts said an EKG test to detect cardiac rhythms revealed "abnormalities." Dozier will undergo more testing.

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"That's the extent of it right now," Roberts said.

Axford has a break in the tip of his fibula after getting hit with a comebacker Sunday at Colorado and could be out of action for three weeks. He is expected to be placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

The Dodgers lost their fourth consecutive game Monday, 5-2, with their opponents scoring the go-ahead runs in their last at-bat during the last three defeats. A different reliever took the loss in all four games.

"It'll turn," Roberts said. "It's been a tough four games, but we have to keep getting leads and putting teams away."

Dozier's EKG test comes days after closer Kenley Jansen was placed on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Ruiz hits a pair of homers for Tulsa

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

While there were many strong offensive performances across the Minor Leagues, no hitter stuffed the box score quite like No. 34 overall prospect Carter Kieboom did as he powered Double-A Harrisburg in a rout of Erie, 15-3.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

While there were many strong offensive performances across the Minor Leagues, no hitter stuffed the box score quite like No. 34 overall prospect Carter Kieboom did as he powered Double-A Harrisburg in a rout of Erie, 15-3.

The Nationals' No. 2 prospect had a huge night at the plate, hitting a pair of home runs, a triple and a double to finish 4-for-5 and a single short of the cycle. He scored a career-high five runs in the contest and drove in another four.

Kieboom hit both of his home runs off of Tigers No. 4 prospect Alex Faedo, as the 20-year-old shortstop took Faedo -- Detroit's 2017 first-round pick -- deep in the first and fourth innings. The multi-homer performance was Kieboom's first this season and the second of his career. Kieboom's leadoff triple in the third inning -- his first triple of the season -- also came against Faedo.

Kieboom's second home run of the night

Chasing the cycle after hitting a pair of homers and a triple in his first three at-bats, Kieboom walked on four pitches to lead off the sixth inning but added a two-run double in the following frame. In his final trip to the plate, the 2016 first-round pick flew out to right field.

Kieboom is hitting .269/.327/.425 with five home runs, 12 doubles and 15 RBIs in 46 games since his promotion to the Double-A level on June 21.

Overall, he's produced a robust .285/.361/.464 line with 16 homers, 26 doubles and 61 RBIs in 107 games between Harrisburg and Class A Advanced Potomac.

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No. 7 overall prospect Forrest Whitley (Astros' No. 1) tossed two scoreless innings for Double-A Corpus Christi in his return from the disabled list. He threw 35 pitches (17 strikes) in the outing, posting two strikeouts and walks apiece. The 20-year-old right-hander had been sidelined for over a month after he left his July 5 start with left oblique discomfort.

Whitley strikes out last batter he faces

• No. 10 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) and Alex Kirilloff (Twins' No. 2, No. 30 overall) each collected two hits including a solo homer and scored two runs for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Both players finished 2-for-5, with Lewis also hitting a triple in the contest. Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, is hitting .316/.379/.495 with 13 homers, 28 steals and 81 runs scored in his first full season, while Kirilloff sports a .347/.389/.581 line with 17 homers, 39 doubles and 93 RBIs.

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• No. 11 overall prospect MacKenzie Gore (Padres' No. 2) tossed six innings of one-run ball for Class A Fort Wayne en route to his second career win. The 19-year-old lefty scattered six hits, struck out five and did not issue a walk as he matched the longest outing of his career. Gore has pitched to a 4.11 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 16 walks over 57 innings (15 starts) in his first full season. Esteury Ruiz (Padres' No. 17) paced the TinCaps at the plate by going 3-for-4 with an RBI. The 19-year-old second baseman stole a base, his 40th in 50 attempts this season.

• No. 37 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers' No. 2) recorded his third two-homer game of the season, but it wasn't enough to keep Double-A Tulsa from falling to Corpus Christi, 10-6. The 20-year-old switch-hitter hit both homers from the left side of the plate, as he connected on a solo homer in the fourth inning followed by a three-run shot in his next trip to the plate. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate, marking his fourth straight game with multiple hits.

Keibert Ruiz goes yard for second time

• No. 66 overall prospect Matthew Liberatore (Rays' No. 5) spun his second consecutive scoreless start in the GCL. The 2018 first-round pick struggled with control as he walked four, but he also struck out four as he gave up just two hits in 4 2/3 innings. Liberatore hasn't given up a run in back-to-back starts (9 2/3 innings) and hasn't allowed an earned run in any of his past four outings, a span of 16 2/3 innings.

Blue Jays No. 29 prospect Rowdy Tellez blasted two of the six home runs hit by Triple-A Buffalo in a 14-5 win over Charlotte. Both homers were tape-measure shots, as Tellez connected on a two-run homer in the third inning and then added a solo shot in the eighth. He also doubled in the contest to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Tellez's second two-homer performance of the season pushed the 23-year-old first baseman's season total to 13 homers through 100 games, during which he's slashed .274/.343/.444.

Watch: Tellez launches 2nd homer

Dodgers No. 24 prospect Cristian Santana set a career high with six RBIs, four of which came on a walk-off grand slam that led Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga over Lake Elsinore, 13-9. He also collected three singles and scored three runs in the contest, finishing 4-for-6. The 21-year-old is hitting .255 on the season, with 21 home runs and 95 RBIs in 113 games.

Mets No. 24 prospect Simeon Woods Richardson worked three strong frames as he extended his career-opening streak without allowing an earned run to 11 1/3 innings for the Mets' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League squad. The 2018 second-round pick yielded three hits and struck out four in the outing. Through five appearances, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder sports a 15-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a .209 opponents' average.

Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts connected on a solo home run in the first inning that gave Double-A San Antonio an early lead over Springfield. It was the first Double-A homer for the 19-year-old third baseman, who finished 2-for-5 in his fourth game with the Missions. A first-round pick in 2016, Potts was promoted to the Texas League after he slashed .281/.350/.498 with 17 homers, 35 doubles and 58 RBIs over 106 games at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

Watch: Potts launches 1st Double-A homer

• One day removed from garnering MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, Rangers No. 8 prospect Joe Palumbo picked up his first win of the season behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Down East. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out nine while throwing 49 of 85 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old left-hander has fanned 20 batters in 10 1/3 frames over his past two starts -- both scoreless outings.

Red Sox No. 5 prospect Tanner Houck turned in one of his better starts of the season to earn the win for Class A Advanced Salem. The 2017 first-rounder allowed one earned run on four hits (including a solo homer) and struck out seven over seven innings. Houck owns a 3.13 ERA with 70 strikeouts over 63 1/3 innings (11 starts) in the second half after posting a 5.50 ERA and compiling as many strikeouts as walks (41) over his first 55 2/3 frames (12 starts).

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Bullpen blows vintage Kershaw's dazzler

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LOS ANGELES -- Not long after another late-inning collapse by the Dodgers and a 5-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants on Monday, manager Dave Roberts talked about his talented club.

With the shock of another blown save by the bullpen still hanging in the air, Clayton Kershaw talked about not losing ground to the National League West division leaders.

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LOS ANGELES -- Not long after another late-inning collapse by the Dodgers and a 5-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants on Monday, manager Dave Roberts talked about his talented club.

With the shock of another blown save by the bullpen still hanging in the air, Clayton Kershaw talked about not losing ground to the National League West division leaders.

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The Dodgers were doing their best to find the positives, but it was hard to ignore the rubble of another blown save while Kenley Jansen is unavailable with an irregular heartbeat.

Scott Alexander was the latest to fight with the controls of the closer's role, giving up four runs in the ninth inning as a brilliant Kershaw outing went for naught.

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Trying to preserve a 2-1 lead, Alexander was a strike away from victory before he loaded the bases and was tagged for a two-run single from pinch-hitter Nick Hundley. Gorkys Hernandez added an RBI single. A fourth run came home on a Max Muncy error at first base. The boos grew louder.

"We're too good; we're going to come back and fight," Roberts said. "That's a team over there [in the Giants] that's scratching and clawing. Tomorrow is a new day and we'll be ready to go."

As for who will be called on to potentially save a game on that new day remains to be seen. JT Chargois blew a save Saturday when he gave up a three-run home run to Colorado's Ryan McMahon. The Dodgers lost another game in the ninth inning Sunday when Chris Iannetta walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning against Dylan Floro.

On Monday it was Alexander, who did not speak to reporters afterward. Alexander gave up his four runs (three earned) on four hits over two-thirds of an inning.

"We're going to have to count on these guys and Scotty has been great all year," said Kershaw, who gave up one run over a season-best eight innings. "Kenley has big shoes to fill. We know that. These guys are a very talented group, guys who we trust and guys that have our backs all season."

The Dodgers' bullpen problems have all cropped up since Jansen went on the disabled list this past weekend. If there was any good news for the Dodgers, it is that Jansen is hopeful to be back earlier than projected, but not before Aug. 20.

Kershaw was once again at his best while facing the rival Giants. He now has a 1.58 ERA in 44 career games (43 starts) against San Francisco, but was left with a no-decision after giving up one run on four hits with nine strikeouts.

The Dodgers' staff ace lowered his ERA to 2.24 since coming off the disabled list June 23. He missed three weeks in June with a lower back strain. He also missed most of May with left biceps tendonitis.

In a pitchers' duel against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, Kershaw took it upon himself to get the scoring started, although he did get some help from the Giants defense.

Video: SF@LAD: Kershaw opens scoring with bloop RBI double

With Austin Barnes in first base and two outs, Kershaw flicked a Bumgarner pitch toward the left-field line. The ball landed in fair territory, with shortstop Brandon Crawford and left fielder Hernandez colliding on the play.

Barnes was able to score after the collision, but Crawford threw out Kershaw trying to advance to third base. After hitting a fly ball in the fifth inning, Crawford left the game.

Justin Turner added a home run for the Dodgers, his seventh.

Monday's game was the 11th time Kershaw and Bumgarner faced off, the most matchups between any two active starters, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Giants are now 6-5 in those games. The Giants also took an 8-6 lead in the season series.

Kershaw has a 1.91 ERA in games when the rival aces meet, while Bumgarner has a 2.59 mark in the matchup.

"You know how competitive he is and you know how good he is," Kershaw said. "I think more than anything tonight, it's the situation we're in, in the pennant race. I don't think it's Giants, or Bum or anything like that. You realize there is a little more intensity in the game when it means a little more."

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Kershaw made sure to keep the momentum that came with the Dodgers' first run of the game. After his bloop hit that scored Barnes when Crawford and Hernandez collided, Kershaw set down the Giants in order. After striking out Austin Slater, he set down Crawford on a fly ball to left field and Hernandez on a groundout to shortstop. Crawford left the game following his out.

SOUND SMART
Not only was Kershaw's eight-inning outing his longest of the season, it was his longest start since going eight innings on Sept. 24 of last season. In that outing, he also faced the Giants. And just like on Monday, Kershaw gave up just one run, but the Dodgers won that game 3-1 at Dodger Stadium.

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Turner's home run went nearly 400 feet in the fifth inning and was his seventh of the season. It also extended his hit streak to eight games. Turner is batting .433 (13-for-30) during the streak with five runs, three doubles and one triple. Monday's home run was his first during the streak and his first since Aug. 2 against the Brewers.

Video: SF@LAD: Turner hammers a solo home run to left field

HE SAID IT
"I got fortunate and blooped a ball in and I was just going to keep running. I thought they were both down. Thankfully they were both OK, but it looked, at the time being, I might as well keep running. I don't even know who threw it in, but it was probably not a great idea to keep [running]." -- Kershaw, on trying to extend his double to a triple after Crawford and Hernandez collided.

UP NEXT
Left-hander Alex Wood (7-6, 3.58 ERA) is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday and start against the Giants. Before losing to the Astros in his last start before going on the DL, Wood was 6-0 over his previous eight outings with a 2.61 ERA. He will face off against Giants rookie lefty Andrew Suarez.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Jansen needed electric shock to stabilize heart

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LOS ANGELES -- Not only did Kenley Jansen call 911 to report an irregular heartbeat last week, the Dodgers' closer said the situation required doctors in Denver to use an electrical shock in order to get his heart back into rhythm.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since he left the club and returned to Los Angeles before the four-game series in Denver this past weekend, Jansen insisted he was feeling good and was upbeat after throwing a 16-pitch "touch-and-feel" bullpen session.

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LOS ANGELES -- Not only did Kenley Jansen call 911 to report an irregular heartbeat last week, the Dodgers' closer said the situation required doctors in Denver to use an electrical shock in order to get his heart back into rhythm.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since he left the club and returned to Los Angeles before the four-game series in Denver this past weekend, Jansen insisted he was feeling good and was upbeat after throwing a 16-pitch "touch-and-feel" bullpen session.

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His timetable for a return remains uncertain, but Jansen sounded confident he will return before the four-to-six-week recovery time that was originally reported.

"I feel much better; health-wise everything feels good," said Jansen, who has started taking blood thinners to help him to correct his latest issue with atrial fibrillation. "The minute they shocked me back in, I felt better. I feel great just working out again."

Jansen had surgery to correct the issue 2012 after experiencing an AFib episode in consecutive seasons. Because of his latest episode, he said he will likely have another surgical procedure this offseason. But he plans on pitching before then. He will meet with doctors again on Aug. 20.

"The 20th is going to be the key to listen to what is going to happen," Jansen said. "Right now, I'm going to keep taking my blood thinners and hopefully there are no side effects from the medication I'm taking, and I am pretty confident I will be back sooner than later."

Jansen said he remained calm while his heart started beating out of rhythm. He knew to not be anxious about the issue, something he learned after experiencing his original AFib episode.

"I just got done eating breakfast, drinking water and I felt my heart go back to AFib and immediately I knew," Jansen said. "I waited 15 minutes just to see if it would go back in and when it didn't go back in I called the trainers. They started talking to doctors and after 30 minutes went by, I decided to call 911 and just tell them the whole story and that I'm in AFib."

The Dodgers had arrived in Denver in the early morning hours Thursday, and Jansen admitted that a recent stomach bug while the team was in Oakland likely left him dehydrated. Jansen said dehydration was likely a bigger contributor to his condition than the altitude.

"They were quick to the hotel and from there I went to the hospital," he said. "Right away I told them the whole history of me and what happened and then they shocked my heart right back to normal."

Jansen was also in Denver when he first experienced an irregular heartbeat. Despite the connection, Jansen does not have any plans to avoid Denver.

"I'm going back to Denver, man; I'm going back," Janses said. "You can't be scared of life, man. I'm going back and I'm going to get over that hump and I am going to pitch back over there again. I'm confident in myself and not worried about that.

"Yes, altitude can cause things, but I feel great. If I am better and able to pitch and if we have to be in Denver and I have to pitch, I will probably pitch there again."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Jansen will have more bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday. Jansen will also work out in the weight room this week. He will also travel with the club to Seattle for a series during the upcoming weekend.

"If it were up to Kenley he would pitch tonight," Roberts said. "Obviously there is a process we have to go through."

Roberts also said he does not expect Jansen to need four weeks to recover. It is good news for a bullpen that watched the Rockies celebrate walk-off victories Saturday and Sunday.

"At the back end, [Jansen's presence] kind of puts everyone in their rightful roles and positions to have success," Roberts said. "We play games close. That's just how we're built and what we do so to have that guy in the back end is huge. We'll get him back soon."

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Goeddel reinstated; Dodgers option Venditte

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to retool their bullpen on Monday, reinstating right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel from the 10-day disabled list and optioning switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

On Sunday, manager Dave Roberts announced that starters Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda would also join the stable of relievers. The moves come in the wake of Kenley Jansen's trip to the disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to retool their bullpen on Monday, reinstating right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel from the 10-day disabled list and optioning switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

On Sunday, manager Dave Roberts announced that starters Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda would also join the stable of relievers. The moves come in the wake of Kenley Jansen's trip to the disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat.

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Goeddel, who missed nine games with right lat inflammation, last pitched on Aug. 2 against the Brewers, when he allowed three runs on two hits over one inning of relief. In 30 games with Seattle and Los Angeles this season, the California native has a 3-0 record with a 3.06 ERA and has limited the opposition to a .202 average.

"We just think Erik had been throwing well prior [to being on the DL] and he feels good," manager Dave Roberts said. "Pat didn't get into a game [this time] but to option him out, we still have that ability to bring him back."

Venditte, 33, has appeared in five games with Los Angeles, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings, while striking out four against one walk.

Stripling started Thursday at Colorado so the Dodgers won't use him out of the bullpen until Tuesday after he has completed four days of rest. Maeda started Friday at Colorado and won't pitch in relief until Wednesday.

The Dodgers will learn more about when Jansen might return when he visits with doctors on Aug. 20. Roberts did say Monday Jansen will be back earlier than four weeks.

Doug Padilla is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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This shirt sums up Utley-Hernandez dynamic

A running gag this season around the Dodgers has to do with how Chase "Silver Fox" Utley is effectively the entire team's collective dad, given his age (39) and his status as an elder statesman in the game. He's set to retire after season's end

Utility man/reliever Enrique Hernandez has taken a strong affinity to Utley, so much so he's paid tribute with some special batting practice attire, which he's wearing in this photo.