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Dodgers hold off Rays, 3-2

latimes.com — Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer arrived at Dodger Stadium a few hours before Tuesday night's game not completely sure if he would pitch for the Rays or get blown by trade winds to the home clubhouse. Such are the zany scenarios that can play out in the week before the non-waiver trade deadline, as his Dodgers counterpart Tuesday, Bud Norris, knows well.

Dodgers report: Clayton Kershaw provides no timetable for return

latimes.com — Clayton Kershaw did not shed much light on his recovery from a herniated disk in his lower back Tuesday, offering few details about his setback after a July 17 simulated game or any timetable for his return.

With a week before the MLB trade deadline, Angels are playing it close to the vest

latimes.com — There are eight shopping days left before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, plenty of time for the supposedly "big-game-hunting" Dodgers to acquire a front-line starting pitcher and/or impact outfield bat, and for the Angels to ... do just what, exactly?

Cam Bedrosian has blossomed into the late-inning reliever the Angels envisioned

latimes.com — No matter how much Cam Bedrosian struggled in his first two seasons with the Angels - and there were plenty of rough nights, as his 5.81 earned-run average in 51 games in 2014-15 will attest - his father, former Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian, sent him the same text message after every appearance:

Marte has a blast in Angels' 7-4 win over Rangers

ledger-enquirer.com — The Los Angeles Angels are on a roll, leading the major leagues in runs and batting with runners in scoring position in July, so why not give Jefry Marte, a 25-year-old rookie with a mere 187 at-bats on his big league resume, the green light with a 3-0 count, two on and one out in the first inning Wednesday night?

Angels power way to a 7-4 victory over the Rangers

latimes.com — The Angels are on a roll, leading the major leagues in runs and batting with runners in scoring position in July, so why not give Jefry Marte, a 25-year-old rookie with a mere 187 at-bats on his big-league resume, the green light with a 3-and-0 count, two on and one out in the first inning Wednesday night?

Tyler Skaggs might be in line for a start with Angels

latimes.com — The numbers indicate that Tyler Skaggs, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues in nearly two years, is ready to replace the injured Nick Tropeano in the rotation. Skaggs, who sat out 2015 because of elbow surgery and the first half of 2016 because of a shoulder injury, gave up one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings for triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, striking out 12 batters and walking three against Iowa.

Pujols powers Angels to win over Rangers; Royals fall

examiner-enterprise.com — ANAHEIM, Calif. (TNS) -The batting average, on-base and slugging percentages are nowhere near what he posted during his 11-year career in St. Louis, but Albert Pujols left no doubt Tuesday night that he is still capable of driving the ball out of the park.

Pujols and Angels get a scare in win over Rangers

latimes.com — The batting average, on-base and slugging percentages are nowhere near what he posted during his 11-year career in St. Louis, when he was considered the most-feared right-handed hitter in the game, but Albert Pujols left no doubt Tuesday night that he is still capable of driving the ball out of the park.

Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano has a torn elbow ligament

latimes.com — The Angels on Tuesday lost their third starting pitcher to a major elbow injury in 3 1/2 months when Nick Tropeano was diagnosed with a medium- to high-grade tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that will sideline the promising young right-hander for the rest of this season and, most likely, all of 2017.
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Jul 27, 2016

RT @BillShaikin: AJ Ellis said he wanted to lift up 2B and keep it as soon as he stole it (1st career SB). Umpire asked him to please wait…

Jul 27, 2016

RT @BillShaikin: Dave Roberts says he owes AJ Ellis dinner in honor of Ellis' 1st career SB. #Dodgers

Jul 27, 2016

#Rays beat #Dodgers, 3-1. LA fails to advance runner to 2B from second inning on and fail to gain ground on #Giants, who lost. 2 1/2 GB.

Jul 27, 2016

Spectacular play by #Rays 1B Logan Morrison, who catches Kendrick foul popup while tumbling over short wall and falling into seats to end B7

Jul 27, 2016

Well, look who's on to pitch for the #Rays in B7 vs. #Dodgers ... RH Kevin Jepsen, the former #Angels reliever.

Jul 27, 2016

#Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy done after four innings. 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks, 83 Ps, 51 strikes. Coleman on in relief. 3-1 #Rays in T5.

Jul 27, 2016

Brad Miller 2B, Evan Longoria 2-run HR to LF, and #Rays have a 2-1 lead over #Dodgers in T4.

Jul 27, 2016

RT @kengurnick: A.J. Ellis' first career SB was so historic that Clayton Kershaw had the actual bag authenticated and took it into the clubhouse.


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