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Brown, Ortiz hired as asst. hitting coaches
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The Dodgers on Friday hired former Major Leaguers Brant Brown and Luis Ortiz to serve the dual roles of assistant hitting coach/Minor League hitting coordinator. Turner Ward is expected to return as the Major League hitting coach.

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Giants' Stanton proposal coming into focus
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Where will Giancarlo Stanton end up — that is, if the Marlins opt to move him in a deal? Strong signs point to the Dodgers and Giants as potential landing spots for the Miami slugger.

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Sarah's Take: LA's future bright after stellar '17
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The 2017 season was memorable for the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the first time since the magical 1988 season, the Dodgers advanced to the World Series before losing in a seven-game series to a fabulous Houston Astros team. Because the Dodgers have a good young nucleus, many predict the organization will experience continued success.

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Rockies' rookie arms dazzle on Statcast in '17
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After a closer look at 10 position players who made a strong first impression on Statcast in their debut seasons, it’s time to do the same for rookie pitchers.

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Q&A: Meet new Giants hitting coach Powell
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Alonzo Powell will bring a wealth of experience with him into his first season as the Giants’ hitting coach. Powell, 52, played professionally in the Major Leagues and in Japan. The San Francisco native joins the Giants after serving as the assistant hitting coach for the World Series-champion Astros. MLB.com caught up with him for […]

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D-backs acquire Boxberger in trade with Rays
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The D-backs and Rays announced Thursday they’ve completed a trade that will send right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger to Arizona in exchange for Minor League right-hander Curtis Taylor.

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Dodgers to decide on 9 arb-eligible players
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The Dodgers have nine unsigned players eligible for salary arbitration as Friday’s deadline to tender contracts approaches.

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Marquez fine-tuning changeup for 2018
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Rockies right-hander German Marquez lives in San Felix, Venezuela, about a five-hour drive from the nearest Venezuelan Winter League team. So his 2017 rookie year — an 11-7 record with a 4.39 ERA to earn a spot on the Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team — has made him an unquestioned local celeb.

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Padres ready for '12 Days of Giving' caravan
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The season of giving has arrived in San Diego, or — more specifically for the Padres’ purposes — the “12 Days of Giving.”

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Grandal might be an appealing trade chip
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Rival clubs have said the Dodgers are willing to trade catcher Yasmani Grandal, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi tweeted on Wednesday night.

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Aces Gray, Greinke set for NL Wild Card Game
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The Rockies and D-backs, two clubs with a combined 14-year postseason drought before clinching berths in tonight’s National League Wild Card Game, will square off at Chase Field at 8 p.m. ET on TBS. The winner will advance to meet the Dodgers in the NL Division Series presented by T-Mobile, which begins on Friday.

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Voting trends favor Hoffman for HOF in 2018
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It’s the offseason in San Diego, which means it’s time to rekindle the Trevor Hoffman Hall of Fame chatter.

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