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Puig suspended 2 games for role in fracas

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Yasiel Puig received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for fighting and inciting a benches-clearing incident Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. Giants catcher Nick Hundley received an undisclosed fine for his role in the incident.

In the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to San Francisco, Puig expressed frustration after fouling off a Tony Watson pitch, and he and Hundley proceeded to exchange heated words. The situation escalated quickly as Puig pushed Hundley, who shoved him back, prompting members of both teams to spill out of the dugouts and sprint toward home plate.

Yasiel Puig received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for fighting and inciting a benches-clearing incident Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. Giants catcher Nick Hundley received an undisclosed fine for his role in the incident.

In the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to San Francisco, Puig expressed frustration after fouling off a Tony Watson pitch, and he and Hundley proceeded to exchange heated words. The situation escalated quickly as Puig pushed Hundley, who shoved him back, prompting members of both teams to spill out of the dugouts and sprint toward home plate.

Video: SF@LAD: Puig and Hundley argue, cause a fracas in LA

Both players were ejected from the game.

"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 after the game through a Dodgers interpreter. "[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.

"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. That's why I was upset."

Hundley downplayed the incident, chalking it up to the emotions of a tense division rivalry.

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

"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."

Barring appeal, Puig's suspension begins Friday in Seattle. Tuesday's incident marked the fourth career ejection for both players, and neither had been tossed since 2015.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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This Dodger is an NL West game-changer

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The National League West is home to a handful of baseball's best all-around players. Unsurprisingly, those players boast some of baseball's most impressive game-changing tools.

There aren't many big leaguers who change the way their opponents prepare because of a singular skill -- whether it's light-tower power, lights-out defense or a rocket arm. But every NL West club has a few.

The National League West is home to a handful of baseball's best all-around players. Unsurprisingly, those players boast some of baseball's most impressive game-changing tools.

There aren't many big leaguers who change the way their opponents prepare because of a singular skill -- whether it's light-tower power, lights-out defense or a rocket arm. But every NL West club has a few.

This week, MLB.com broke down the singular most elite tool on every team in the division. The list is littered with some of the game's most exciting ballplayers, and it's easy to see why.

Video: COL@ARI: Greinke dazzles with 13 K's over 8 innings

D-BACKS
The player and his tool: Zack Greinke's command

Why it matters: There was once a time when Greinke regularly pumped fastballs in the mid-90s, using the pitch as a weapon to get hitters out, even when he missed his location. That time has passed by about half a decade. And yet Greinke remains one of the top pitchers in the NL.

That's almost exclusively because of Greinke's pinpoint command and craftiness. His fastball sits around 90 mph this season, and yet he owns a 3.00 ERA and is striking out more than a hitter per inning.

Greinke consistently mixes about half a dozen pitches into his starts. He locates each with precision and offers little in the way of predictability.

Signature moment this season: Greinke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball against the Rockies on July 22. He struck out 13 and recorded 17 swinging strikes -- two with his fastball, four with his changeup, one with his curveball, seven with his slider, one with his sinker and two with his eephus.

Video: LAD@ARI: Puig catches fly, throws out Marte for DP

DODGERS
The player and his tool: Yasiel Puig's arm

Why it matters: There aren't many tools in baseball that have drawn as much fanfare as Puig's arm. From the moment he arrived in 2012, he put it on full display, turning a game-ending double play in his debut against the Padres from the right-field warning track.

Sure, Puig has drawn some criticism for being careless with his throws, but there's no question he can change a game from out of nowhere with his other-worldly arm strength.

Puig's lasers land on all sorts of highlight reels. But his impact stretches beyond that. Puig has kept countless baserunners in check with the mere threat of his arm. There aren't many outfielders who inspire legitimate fear on the basepaths, but he is one.

Signature moment this season: With the Dodgers and D-backs tied in the 14th inning on April 2, A.J. Pollock lifted a deep drive to the right-field warning track. Against most outfielders, Ketel Marte would've reached second base standing up. But Puig made the catch, spun, and threw a strike to second base on the fly. Marte was toast.

Video: CHC@SF: Posey belts a walk-off RBI single in the 13th

GIANTS
The player and his tool: Buster Posey's hitting

Why it matters: Throughout his career, Posey has always been an outstanding defensive catcher. But there are plenty of outstanding defensive catchers. None can hit like Posey.

Since his rookie campaign in 2010, Posey has never batted below .284. He's flirting with .300 once again this year. Posey has posted an OPS+ of at least 110 in nine straight seasons since '10. Only Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton and Robinson Cano have done the same (with a minimum of 100 at-bats). No other catcher is even close. Yasmani Grandal and Yadier Molina have had five such seasons.

Sure, defense is generally regarded as a catcher's most important attribute, and Posey brings plenty of that. But he can win games with his bat just as easily.

Signature moment this season: In a tie game in the 13th inning, Posey delivered a walk-off single against the Cubs on July 11. He went the other way with a 97-mph fastball and served it off the right-field wall for the game-winner.

Video: Must C Crafty: Hedges dives, catches popup, turns two

PADRES
The player and his tool: Austin Hedges' defense

Why it matters: The Padres have fully committed to their youth movement. Nowhere is that more evident than in their starting rotation. Already this season, Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, Brett Kennedy, Jacob Nix and Walker Lockett have debuted as starters.

In the Padres' eyes, it's essential that their young arms have a reliable presence behind the plate. Hedges is as steady as they come. Over the past few weeks, he has begun to turn a corner with his bat. But Hedges' defense remains his calling card.

Hedges' best attribute is his pitch-framing ability, and for the second straight season, he ranks near the top in most framing metrics (though not quite so high, because he missed a month and a half with elbow tendinitis). He can also impact play with his blocking ability, his arm, his game-calling and his overall athleticism.

Signature moment this season: In an April game against the Giants, Gregor Blanco attempted to lay down a bunt and popped it up behind the plate. Hedges made an all-out diving grab, then threw to first base from his backside to double up Brandon Crawford. Good luck finding a better play from a catcher this season.

Video: COL@ARI: Arenado belts 2 home runs vs. the D-backs

ROCKIES
The player and his tool: Nolan Arenado's power

Why it matters: There might not be a toolsier player in the NL West than Arenado. He's got a cannon. He routinely hits above .300. Arenado is one of the best defenders in the world.

But this season, Arenado's most impactful attribute has been his power. It is, quite literally, a game-changer. He's given the Rockies a lead 11 times this season with a home run.

No one pulls the ball with authority quite like Arenado. His pull-side slugging percentage has hovered around 1.000 this year, and it's a big reason why he's challenging for the league lead in homers and RBIs.

Signature moment this season: Locked in a tight NL West race, Arenado made his presence felt against Arizona on July 20. He took Robbie Ray deep in the top of the first inning. Arenado went deep again in the fifth, clubbing a game-tying two-run shot. Colorado won the game, an 11-10 slugfest.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nolan Arenado, Zack Greinke, Austin Hedges, Buster Posey, Yasiel Puig

Every 30-30 season, ranked by club

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The marvel of the 30-30 club is predicated on the rare combination of speed and power it takes to swipe 30 bases and bash 30 homers in the same season. The feat has been pulled off just 60 times in baseball history, though there are a few players who could join the club in 2018, starting with Cleveland's Jose Ramirez, who has already surpassed 30 homers and has 27 steals through Wednesday's action.

40-40 club: 40 steals, 40 homers in a season

The marvel of the 30-30 club is predicated on the rare combination of speed and power it takes to swipe 30 bases and bash 30 homers in the same season. The feat has been pulled off just 60 times in baseball history, though there are a few players who could join the club in 2018, starting with Cleveland's Jose Ramirez, who has already surpassed 30 homers and has 27 steals through Wednesday's action.

40-40 club: 40 steals, 40 homers in a season

Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the 30-30 club, ranked in order from the team with the most 30-30 seasons to least -- there are actually eight teams that have never had someone pull off the feat. (Note: We list franchises together, even if the club moved.) 

Giants: 7
Barry Bonds, 1997 (40 HR, 37 SB)
Barry Bonds, 1996 (42 HR, 40 SB)
Barry Bonds, 1995 (33 HR, 31 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1973 (39 HR, 43 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1969 (32 HR, 45 SB)
Willie Mays, 1957 (35 HR, 38 SB)
Willie Mays, 1956 (36 HR, 40 SB)
Mays posted the first two 30-30 seasons in National League history, and narrowly missed the mark in 1958 (29 HR, 31 SB) and '59 (34-27). In the twilight of his career, he saw teammate Bobby Bonds accomplish the feat twice with the Giants (en route to finishing his career with five). The younger Bonds later matched his father with his third, fourth and fifth 30-30 seasons in the late '90s -- no other hitter has notched three straight such campaigns. Remarkably, both of the Bonds came within four homers or steals of another 30-30 campaign three times each.

Mets: 5
David Wright, 2007 (30 HR, 34 SB)
Howard Johnson, 1991 (38 HR, 30 SB)
Howard Johnson, 1989 (36 HR, 41 SB)
Howard Johnson, 1987 (36 HR, 32 SB)
Darryl Strawberry, 1987 (39 HR, 36 SB)
It's surprising to see Strawberry's name on this list only once -- though it should come as no surprise that he also came close in 1984 (26 HR, 27 SB), '85 (29-26), '86 (27-28) and '88 (39-29). Johnson, his teammate for nine seasons, wasn't even an All-Star in '87, when the Mets became one of only two teams ever with two 30-30 players in a season. Only Mike Cameron came close until Wright's career-best '07 campaign.

Video: NYM@CHC: Strawberry swipes bag, joins 30/30 club

Braves: 4
Ron Gant, 1991 (32 HR, 34 SB)
Ron Gant, 1990 (32 HR, 33 SB)
Dale Murphy, 1983 (36 HR, 30 SB)
Hank Aaron, 1963 * (44 HR, 31 SB)
* Milwaukee Braves
Aaron's 30-30 season was just the fourth in history, and he came close again in 1968 (29 HR, 28 SB). Gant came close again when he had 36 homers and 26 steals in 1993. In Chipper Jones' NL MVP Award-winning year of 1999, he slugged 45 homers and swiped 25 bags, which is Atlanta's closest call since then.

Rangers: 4
Ian Kinsler, 2011 (32 HR, 30 SB)
Ian Kinsler, 2009 (31 HR, 31 SB)
Alfonso Soriano, 2005 (36 HR, 30 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1978 (31 HR, 43 SB)
Bonds posted the last of his then-unheard-of five 30-30 seasons in 1978, starting the year with the White Sox before posting the majority of his homers (29) and steals (37) in 130 games with the Rangers. His five 30-30 campaigns was matched only by his son, Barry, though Soriano also came close with four. The consistent Kinsler's only 30-30 campaigns came in the only two 30-steal seasons of his career.

Video: TEX@LAA: Kinsler joins 30-30 club with steal of third

Astros: 3
Carlos Beltran, 2004 (38 HR, 42 SB)
Jeff Bagwell, 1999 (42 HR, 30 SB)
Jeff Bagwell, 1997 (43 HR, 31 SB)
Beltran actually split his memorable 2004 season between Kansas City and Houston, coming over via trade just ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Beltran swiped a career-high 42 bases that year, including 28 in just 90 games with the Astros. Bagwell, who was never overly touted for his speed, quietly swiped 61 of his career 202 over the 1997 and '99 seasons. 

Video: HOU@CIN: Bagwell is first Astro to join 30-30 club

Brewers: 3
Ryan Braun, 2012 (41 HR, 30 SB)
Ryan Braun, 2011 (33 HR, 33 SB)
Tommy Harper, 1970 (31 HR, 38 SB)
Coming off a 73-steal campaign with the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969, Harper knocked a career-high 31 homers in '70 for the first 30-30 season in the American League since Ken Williams of the St. Louis Browns in '22. Braun's two 30-30 seasons were the only 30-steal campaigns of his career, for which he won the NL MVP Award in 2011.

Video: MIL@CIN: Braun homers twice to join 30-30 club

Dodgers: 3
Matt Kemp, 2011 (39 HR, 40 SB)
Raul Mondesi, 1999 (33 HR, 36 SB)
Raul Mondesi, 1997 (30 HR, 32 SB)
Davey Lopes, Pedro Guerrero and Kirk Gibson all came close, but Mondesi finally became the first Dodger in the 30-30 club with the only 30-steal campaigns of his 13-year career in 1997 and '99. Kemp flirted with the feat in 2009 (26 HR, 34 SB) before achieving it in '11 with a league-leading 39 homers and 126 RBIs to go with a career-best 40 steals. He lost the NL MVP Award to Braun, a fellow 30-30 club member in '11.

Video: COL@LAD: Kemp joins 30-30 club with homer in seventh

Nationals: 3
Alfonso Soriano, 2006 (46 HR, 41 SB)
Vladimir Guerrero, 2002 * (39 HR, 40 SB)
Vladimir Guerrero, 2001 * (34 HR, 37 SB)
* Montreal Expos
Guerrero had two 30-steal seasons in his 16-year career, and he made the most of both with a pair of 30-30 campaigns, narrowly missing the fourth 40-40 season in history in 2002. Four years later, following the franchise's move to the nation's capital, Soriano recorded the most homers ever in a 30-30 campaign (his fourth) and registered the fourth and final 40-40 season to date.

Phillies: 3
Jimmy Rollins, 2007 (30 HR, 41 SB)
Bobby Abreu, 2004 (30 HR, 40 SB)
Bobby Abreu, 2001 (31 HR, 36 SB)
Abreu's 2001 and '04 campaigns were the finest of his career, representing the two highest homer and steal totals of his 18 seasons in the Major Leagues. Rollins was always a threat on the basepaths, but his power only began to emerge later in his career, culminating in a career-high 30 homers, 41 steals and league-leading triple (20) and run (139) totals in his 2007 NL MVP Award-winning campaign.

Reds: 3
Brandon Phillips, 2007 (30 HR, 32 SB)
Barry Larkin, 1996 (33 HR, 36 SB)
Eric Davis, 1987 (37 HR, 50 SB)
In 1987, Davis joined the 30-30 club in style, becoming the first player to do so with 50 steals (only Barry Bonds has joined him since) -- and he only played in 129 games. A season earlier, he was only three homers shy of an astonishing 30-80 season. Davis and Rickey Henderson remain the only members of the 20-80 club. Larkin's 33 homers in '96 were by far a career high, as were Phillips' 30 long balls in 2007.

Video: HOU@CIN: Phillips joins 30-30 club with 30th homer

Rockies: 3
Larry Walker, 1997 (49 HR, 33 SB)
Dante Bichette, 1996 (31 HR, 31 SB)
Ellis Burks, 1996 (40 HR, 32 SB)
The 1996 Blake Street Bombers were the second team in history ('87 Mets) with two 30-30 hitters in the same season. Bichette wasn't so much of a surprise -- he'd posted double-digit homers and steals in the three previous years. But Burks raised some eyebrows with his 30-30 campaign, as he'd stolen a combined 36 bases in the previous six seasons. Walker's 49 homers and 33 steals were both career highs as he won the NL MVP Award in '97.

Yankees: 3
Alfonso Soriano, 2003 (38 HR, 35 SB)
Alfonso Soriano, 2002 (39 HR, 41 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1975 (32 HR, 30 SB)
Though Mickey Mantle (31 HR, 21 SB) came reasonably close in 1959, Bonds became the first Yankee in the 30-30 club in '75. Rickey Henderson had a pair of 20-80 campaigns, including a 28-homer, 87-steal season in '86, but it was Soriano that ultimately joined Bonds with the first two of his four 30-30 seasons. Since then, Curtis Granderson came closest, with 41 homers and 25 steals in 2011.

Video: NYY@BAL: Soriano clubs 30th homer to join 30-30 club

Angels: 2
Mike Trout, 2012 (30 HR, 48 SB)
Bobby Bonds, 1977 (37 HR, 41 SB)
Trout took the Majors by storm during his rookie season in 2012, compiling a 30-30 year that hasn't been matched since. Some argue that had it not been for Miguel Cabrera winning the first Triple Crown in 45 years that Trout would've won the AL MVP Award that season. Bonds spent parts of just two seasons in Anaheim, and he made his second count. 

Video: LAA@TEX: Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

Blue Jays: 2
Jose Cruz, 2001 (34 HR, 32 SB)
Shawn Green, 1998 (35 HR, 35 SB)
The 1998 Jays missed the playoffs despite Green posting the first 30-30 season in team history and Jose Canseco coming a steal shy (46 HR, 29 SB) of joining him. The 35 steals were a career high for Green, who hadn't posted more than 16 homers or steals in a season to that point. Cruz more than doubled his previous career high in steals for his 30-30 campaign.

Cubs: 2
Sammy Sosa, 1995 (36 HR, 34 SB)
Sammy Sosa, 1993 (33 HR, 36 SB)
Sosa began his career with decent power and great speed before morphing into the feared slugger that he became in his prime. During his transition, his power and speed came together for a pair of 30-30 campaigns, including his first All-Star season in 1995. Ryne Sandberg had come close in '90 (40 HR, 25 SB), and Corey Patterson came close most recently (24-32) in 2004.

Video: PIT@CHC: Sosa joins 30/30 club for second time

Indians: 2
Grady Sizemore, 2008 (33 HR, 38 SB)
Joe Carter, 1987 (32 HR, 31 SB)
Carter's only 30-steal season of his 16-year career gained him entry to the 30-30 club in 1987 after he came a homer and a steal shy a year earlier. He threatened again a season later (27 HR, 27 SB). Before injuries derailed a promising career, Sizemore was a perennial 30-30 threat, finally achieving the feat in 2008 with career bests in both homers and steals.

Video: Sizemore's leadoff homer gets him into the 30-30 club

Marlins: 2
Hanley Ramirez, 2008 (33 HR, 35 SB)
Preston Wilson, 2000 (31 HR, 36 SB)
Ramirez burst onto the scene with a pair of 50-steal seasons to start his career, but as his power numbers increased, his stolen-base numbers dwindled, and though he came close in 2007 (29 HR, 51 SB), his only 30-30 season came a year later. Wilson swiped 87 bags in four full seasons with the Marlins, and a career-high total of 36 came in '00.

Video: Hanley Ramirez joins the 30-30 club

Pirates: 2
Barry Bonds, 1992 (34 HR, 39 SB)
Barry Bonds, 1990 (33 HR, 52 SB)
Bonds' 52 steals in 1990 were the most in a 30-30 campaign, putting him in an elite group -- he and the Reds' Eric Davis (in '87) are the only members of the 30-50 club. Needless to say, he won the first of his seven NL MVP Awards that year, and he repeated the feat two years later, winning another MVP Award in his walk year before joining the Giants in free agency. More recently, Jason Bay, Nate McLouth and Andrew McCutchen have come close.

Video: PHI@PIT: Bonds hits 30th homer to join 30-30 club

Athletics: 1
Jose Canseco, 1988 (42 HR, 40 SB)
Forget 30-30 -- how about 40-40? Canseco's memorable 1988 campaign saw him lead the Majors with 42 homers and 124 RBIs en route to the AL MVP Award, and he became not only the first in franchise history to 30-30, but he also became the first in baseball history to 40-40. Only three others have matched the feat since.

Video: OAK@MIL: Canseco becomes first player to go 40/40

Mariners: 1
Alex Rodriguez, 1998 (42 HR, 46 SB)
Many don't associate Rodriguez with speed anymore, but he stole double-digit bases in 13 of his first 14 full seasons in the Major Leagues. A-Rod posted lofty homer and RBI totals as a 22-year-old shortstop in 1998, and he also ran wild that season, swiping a career-high 46 bags (but also being caught 13 times), posting one of only four 40-40 seasons in history.

Orioles: 1
Ken Williams, 1922 * (39 HR, 37 SB)
* St. Louis Browns
The idea of a 30-30 season before the end of the dead ball era in 1920 was far-fetched, but with the emergence of sluggers like Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby, it became at least a possibility -- though Ruth wasn't exactly known for his speed. Williams had both the power and speed tools, though, and in '22, with Ruth suspended for 60 games to open the season, Williams led the league in homers and swiped 37 bags for the first 30-30 campaign in baseball history.

Red Sox: 1
Jacoby Ellsbury, 2011 (32 HR, 39 SB)
For as long as the storied Red Sox franchise has been around, it took until Ellsbury's tremendous 2011 campaign, the only season of his career with more than 16 homers, for Boston to finally have a hitter join the 30-30 club. Carl Yastrzemski (40 HR, 23 SB) came close in 1970, as did Nomar Garciaparra (30 HR, 22 SB) in '97, and Mookie Betts is on pace to join Ellsbury in 2018, boasting 27 homers and 24 steals with over a month remaining in the season.

Video: BOS@NYY: Ellsbury homers to become part of 30-30 club

Cardinals: 0
Closest call: Ray Lankford, 1998 (31 HR, 26 SB)
For all of their rich history, the Cardinals perhaps suprisingly haven't had a player compile a 30-30 season. Lankford was perhaps the closest to accomplish the feat, coming just four stolen bases shy in 1998. 

D-backs: 0
Closest call: Paul Goldschmidt, 2016 (24 HR, 32 SB)
A perennial threat on the bases -- in spite of his size, stature and position -- Goldschmidt stole a career-high 32 bases in 2016, but he did so in a year where he had a power drought, at least by his standards, which is why he's included here. Goldschmidt had clubbed 30 homers in three of his six full seasons entering '18. In an era where clubs are becoming more apprehensive on the basepaths, the D-backs remain one of the most aggressive. Perhaps they won't be without a member for long. 

Padres: 0
Closest call: Wil Myers, 2016 (28 HR, 28 SB)
Myers came just two homers and two stolen bases shy of becoming the first player in Friars history to join the coveted club during his All-Star season in 2016. 

Rays: 0
Closest call: Melvin Upton Jr., 2012 (28 HR, 31 SB)
Upton put together one of his best seasons in 2012, coming just two homers shy of becoming the first Rays player to join the 30-30 club. Upton's 31 stolen bases that year were impressive, but three times in his career he exceeded 40. His 28 homers in '12 were a personal high, and he clubbed them in the final year before he hit free agency. That offseason, Upton signed a massive multiyear contract with the Braves. 

Royals: 0
Closest call: Carlos Beltran, 2002 (29 HR, 35 SB)
There can't be a more credible close call here than an actual member of the 30-30 club, and despite coming just one homer shy in 2002, he went on to join the club two seasons later, in a year he was traded from the Royals to the Astros. 

Tigers: 0
Closest call: Kirk Gibson, 1985 (29 HR, 30 SB)
Gibson clubbed a career-high 29 in 1985, coming just one deep fly shy of being the lone Tiger in the franchise's rich history in the 30-30 club. 

Twins: 0
Closest call: Corey Koskie, 2001 (26 HR, 27 SB)
No Twins player has come all that close to joining the 30-30 club other than Koskie, who put together his best offensive year in 2001 but didn't reach either of the baselines.

White Sox: 0
Closest call: Magglio Ordonez, 2001 (31 HR, 25 SB)
The six-time All-Star had one of his best seasons in 2001, leading the team with 25 steals. No White Sox player has come all that more close to joining the club, though, before or since. 

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

LA ends 5-game skid with walk-off win in 12th

After Grandal's leadoff double, Dozier's sacrifice fly sends LA to victory
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LOS ANGELES -- A master of positive spin, Brian Dozier was not looking to end the Dodgers' five-game losing streak on Wednesday night. He was trying to start the next winning streak.

Dozier's fly ball to left-center field in the 12th inning scored Yasmani Grandal and gave the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Giants at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles is tied for second in the National League West with the Rockies, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place D-backs.

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LOS ANGELES -- A master of positive spin, Brian Dozier was not looking to end the Dodgers' five-game losing streak on Wednesday night. He was trying to start the next winning streak.

Dozier's fly ball to left-center field in the 12th inning scored Yasmani Grandal and gave the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Giants at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles is tied for second in the National League West with the Rockies, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place D-backs.

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When a three-game series starts Friday at Seattle against the Mariners, the Dodgers will try to reacquaint themselves with positive momentum.

"Last I checked, the majority of winning streaks always come after a loss, right?" Dozier said. "That's the thing with baseball, it flips just like that. Hopefully we can reel off a few in a row."

Video: SF@LAD: Dozier, Roberts on team's huge walk-off win

The added benefit to Dozier's game-winning RBI is that it rescued a struggling bullpen that had again blown a lead. The Dodgers looked to be in control with a 3-0 lead in the eighth, before Andrew McCutchen hit a game-tying three-run home run off rookie Caleb Ferguson.

Instead of letting one swing do them in, Dodgers relievers Erik Goeddel, Scott Alexander and Pedro Baez (4-3) held the Giants scoreless over the final 4 1/3 innings. Baez retired all six batters he faced in extras.

"[Ferguson] has been really good for us, and he left a pitch up to McCutchen," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But just the resiliency of our guys says a lot about that room."

Video: SF@LAD: Baez gets Pence swinging in the 12th

The Dodgers appeared to be reeling, especially in the bullpen. All five losses in the team's losing streak featured blown leads, with the opponent scoring the go-ahead run in the seventh once and the ninth four times.

JT Chargois, who gave up a walk-off home run at Colorado on Saturday, also had a scoreless inning.

"For them to come out and throw up zeros and give us a chance to win is huge," third baseman Justin Turner said. "Hopefully they feel good about themselves. You pat [Ferguson] on the butt. He made some good pitches and McCutchen just took a good swing off him. He's been great ever since we put him that role, and he will continue to pitch big innings for us."

Video: SF@LAD: Alexander retires Belt to end threat in 10th

McCutchen's home run to center field was his 14th of the season. Before then, the Dodgers were in great shape.

After nearly 3 1/2 months in recovery mode from a left groin strain, Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu looked as sharp as he was before he was injured, if not better, delivering six scoreless innings. The left-hander gave up three hits, and two of those came in the fifth. Ryu struck out six and let only two baserunners reach second base. None made it to third.

"It was huge," Roberts said. "I've said it before, that you win with starting pitching. Our starters have been lights out, they really have. And to get [Ryu] back, the way he's throwing the baseball, that's a huge boost for our club."

Video: SF@LAD: Ryu K's 6 over 6 scoreless innings in return

In his first five starts of the season, Ryu gave up two or fewer runs in four of them, including a pair of scoreless outings. He has faced the Giants twice this year, giving up two runs over 11 2/3 innings. Ryu hasn't allowed a run in 19 innings at Dodger Stadium this season over three starts.

The Dodgers' offense broke through in the sixth, as Yasiel Puig scored on a sacrifice fly from Joc Pederson. Puig, who was involved in a scuffle with Giants catcher Nick Hundley on Tuesday, raised his arms in the air as he crossed the plate.

Los Angeles shortstop Manny Machado went 3-for-3 with a double and had an RBI for the second consecutive game after not having one in his previous 13.

Video: SF@LAD: Machado pads the lead with an RBI double

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Kemp breaks through: Matt Kemp's RBI single in the seventh looked to give the Dodgers a little breathing room, but it ended up being much more. It was just Kemp's third RBI in August, and it prevented McCutchen's three-run home run a half-inning later from giving the Giants the lead.

Kemp was in an 0-for-12 slump before collecting two hits. It was his 27th multi-hit game of the season, but his first since July 23.

"You see the last few nights, the last 7-10 at-bats that Matt has taken, really good swings," Roberts said. "That's turning."

Video: SF@LAD: Kemp drives in Machado with an RBI single

SOUND SMART
Dozier's walk-off RBI was his first in the National League and the seventh of his seven-year career. It was the second time he ended a game with his bat this season -- he hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the Rays while playing for the Twins on July 15.

Video: SF@LAD: Dozier wins it with sac fly in the 12th

HE SAID IT
"We win as a team, we lose as a team. There are some days we don't pitch good and we hit good, and vice versa. We just all have to get on the same page and play good baseball like we know how and keep this thing going," -- Kemp, on whether the bullpen or a sluggish offense had been the Dodgers' biggest concern

UP NEXT
When the Dodgers open a three-game series at Seattle on Friday at 7:10 p.m. PT, right-hander Walker Buehler (5-4, 3.32 ERA) will try to build off the seven scoreless innings he threw Saturday at Colorado. Buehler has a 1.40 ERA over his last three starts. The Mariners will send lefty Wade LeBlanc (7-2, 3.80) to the mound.

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

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Stripling placed on DL with back inflammation

Ryu activated; Jansen throws bullpen session; Hudson nears return
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LOS ANGELES -- Ross Stripling's move back to the bullpen will have to wait another week as the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with lower back inflammation.

The roster vacancy allowed the Dodgers to recall left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu from the DL. Ryu started Wednesday's series finale against the Giants, his first game in the rotation since May 2. Stripling's DL move was retroactive to Sunday.

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LOS ANGELES -- Ross Stripling's move back to the bullpen will have to wait another week as the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with lower back inflammation.

The roster vacancy allowed the Dodgers to recall left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu from the DL. Ryu started Wednesday's series finale against the Giants, his first game in the rotation since May 2. Stripling's DL move was retroactive to Sunday.

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Stripling made his first National League All-Star team in July after he thrived as a fill-in starter. The Dodgers had four of the five starters in their Opening Day rotation on the disabled list at one point, and Stripling was vital in helping the team turn around from a slow start.

From May 6-June 26, Stripling made 10 starts and went 6-1 with a 1.86 ERA. In back-to-back starts at the end of July, though, he gave up a combined nine runs in 8 2/3 innings. Stripling went to the DL for a foot issue in late July before making a start on Aug. 9, when he gave up one run over six innings at Colorado.

But with Alex Wood and Ryu set to rejoin the rotation this week, the intiial plan was to move Stripling back to the bullpen, where he started the season. Wednesday's move delayed that.

"I don't have any bulging discs or anything like that, it's basically managing symptoms," Stripling said. "Give it a couple of days, get on some good meds and try to get the inflammation out of there. I'm going to give it through the weekend, since they are going to Seattle, and I'll stay here."

Stripling said he will likely play catch while the team is away, then ramp up more baseball activity next week.

"This [back injury] kind of crept up on me, which kind of stinks," said Stripling, who added that a soft bed in the team's hotel in Denver might have been a contributor to the issue. "Yeah, I'm kind of frustrated to be a guy they counted on when things got hectic earlier in the season, to then be a guy who is all over the place with both health and where I am pitching-wise."

Jansen throws again
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw his second bullpen session since going on the disabled list over the weekend because of an irregular heartbeat. Joc Pederson and Chase Utley took simulated at-bats during the session.

Manager Dave Roberts said everything went well, but that the team is still waiting for a follow-up exam on Monday before a timetable for Jansen's return can potentially be made.

"As far as the medical side, I don't know too much of, but I do know that Kenley feels good," Roberts said. "We want to keep him away from a baseball or something hitting him for any type of trauma, and we're just waiting for the 20th."

Video: SF@LAD: Broadcast updates health, recovery of Jansen

Relief help coming
Roberts expects right-hander Daniel Hudson to come off the disabled list Friday when the team opens a three-game Interleague series at Seattle. Hudson, who pitched a simulated game Monday, has been on the DL with right forearm tightness.

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

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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.

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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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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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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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Dozier 'healthy like an ox' after allergy 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.

Video: WS1996 Gm6: Sterling, Kay call Yanks World Series win