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2016 MLB roster outlook: Los Angeles Dodgers


2016 MLB roster outlook: Los Angeles Dodgers

2015 record: 92-70, first place in NL West

Manager: Dave Roberts 

Estimated 2016 payroll: $247 million

Key additions: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Kenta Maeda, RHP Joe Blanton, OF Trayce Thompson

Key losses: RHP Zack Greinke, RHP, Bronson Arroyo SS Jimmy Rollins, RHP Jim Johnson

Projected lineup

OF Yasiel Puig 

2B Howie Kendrick 

1B Adrian Gonzalez 

OF Andre Ethier 

SS Cory Seager 

3B Justin Turner 

C Yasmani Grandal 

OF Joc Pederson 

Projected rotation

LHP Clayton Kershaw

RHP Kenta Maeda

LHP Scott Kazmir

LHP Brett Anderson 

LHP Alex Wood 

LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (recovering from injury)

Top relievers

RHP Kenley Jansen 

RHP Yimi Garcia 

LHP J.P. Howell 

LHP Luis Avilan

Biggest questions entering 2016

1. How will the rotation fare without Zack Greinke? The Dodgers figured that Greinke might bolt in free agency and cash in on what was a stellar 2015 season, but they probably didn't think that he'd land with the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. So with their rotation weakened, they filled the vacancy left by Greinke by signing a slew of capable-if-unspectacular arms like Scott Kazmir and Japanese righty Kenta Maeda, among others. Luckily, the Dodgers still have a guy named Clayton Kershaw. But unless they get a surprise performance from another arm, they'll lack that one-two punch at the top of the rotation like they had last season. 

2. How much of a difference will new manager Dave Roberts make? By the end of last season, it was clear that Don Mattingly had worn out his welcome in Los Angeles. So after the Dodgers parted ways with the skipper, they sought to bring in a new, younger voice to lead the clubhouse. Enter Roberts, 43, who steps into his first opportunity to manage in the big leagues. It's sometimes difficult to quantify how much a manager can make a difference over the course of a season, but there are plenty of examples (see Maddon, Joe in Chicago) of how a new voice can turn things around in a hurry. With a veteran team that is coming off three straight division titles, Roberts has a good chance to have success in his first season in L.A. 

3. Are they done making moves? For a team that seemed poised to make a splash, the Dodgers were unusually deliberate this offseason. They didn't re-sign Greinke, their managerial search went on longer than many expected, and they didn't wind up bringing in big-name talent. Of course, it wasn't for lack of trying. They reportedly had a deal with the Reds to acquire closer Aroldis Chapman, but that was later nixed after allegations of domestic violence emerged. The Dodgers could still shore up the bullpen, especially with the number of quality veteran relievers available on the open market. L.A. could also look to move outfielder Andre Ethier, who is due $38 million over the next two seasons. 

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Jose Urena throws 1st complete game, Marlins rout Nationals 12-1

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Jose Urena throws 1st complete game, Marlins rout Nationals 12-1

WASHINGTON -- Jose Urena's previous start ended after one very heated pitch.

On Sunday, he went the distance.

Urena made the most of his borrowed time, pitching a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and leading the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 12-1 on Sunday.

Urena (4-12) was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball after hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. on Wednesday. Urena was ejected from that start after throwing one fastball and appealed the penalty, keeping him eligible to play.

"I know what I did, and I know what kind of person I am and what kind of teammate," Urena said. "Just tried to execute my plan and go out there and have fun and show what I can do."

Urena, tied for the NL lead in hit batters, didn't plunk anyone on the Nationals, nor did he alter his approach. He struck out four, walked two and retired the last 16 batters. It was his first complete game in 74 big league starts.

"If you make a mistake you've got to pay," Urena said of Washington's lineup. "We tried to move their feet, make them uncomfortable at the plate. Try to attack the inside."

Right-hander Pablo Lopez was originally slated to start Sunday's game, but manager Don Mattingly opted to push him back to Tuesday and insert Urena.

The 26-year-old right-hander's next start would normally be scheduled for next weekend at home against the Braves. Urena could decide to drop the appeal, serve the suspension and miss that series -- after the game, he said he'll maintain the appeal.

Starlin Castro got a career-high five hits and scored three times. JT Riddle and J.T. Realmuto each homered and drove in three runs for Miami, with Riddle connecting for the second straight game. Isaac Galloway had three hits, including his first career homer.

It was the Marlins' first series win in Washington since 2014.

Trying to keep pace with the Braves and Phillies in the NL East, the third-place Nationals have now lost four of their last five against the last-place Marlins. The Nationals host the Phillies for three games beginning Tuesday night.

Gio Gonzalez (7-10) allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Over his last 13 starts, Gonzalez is 1-8 with 7.07 ERA.

"I think it was in all honesty an ugly game. And everybody saw it," manager Dave Martinez said. "Gio couldn't keep us in the game and it got ugly."

Leading 3-1, the Marlins broke it open with a five-run fifth. After Riddle's sacrifice fly, the Marlins loaded the bases and Rafael Ortega hit a bases-loaded, two-run double off the glove of a diving first baseman Matt Adams to end Gonzalez's afternoon.

Realmuto greeted reliever Greg Holland with a two-run single, making it 8-1.

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Bryce Harper drives in 3, Nationals snap skid, beat Cardinals 5-4


Bryce Harper drives in 3, Nationals snap skid, beat Cardinals 5-4

ST. LOUIS -- Koda Glover rewarded his manager's faith.

Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in three runs, Glover earned the save in the first opportunity since Ryan Madson was placed on the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

The Nationals won for just the third time in their last 10 games and snapped the Cardinals' season-high, eight-game winning streak.

"We needed a win today," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "Get on that plane, have a nice happy flight and come back tomorrow and be at home and be ready."

Tanner Roark (8-12) gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings.

A beleaguered bullpen that had blown two leads to start the losing streak took care of the rest. Justin Miller pitched two scoreless innings before Glover closed it out.

"There's been a lot of changes (in the bullpen)," Miller said. "It's unfortunate, a couple of injuries and stuff like that, but I don't really look at it as I've got the seventh or eighth or anything like that. I'm just going out there just trying to do my job."

Glover took the loss in the series opener on Monday, giving up a game-ending homer to Paul DeJong.

"The first game of the series didn't go as I would have liked for it to have went," Glover said. "So to get put back in that situation or even a better situation to get a save, I'm happy with that outcome."

Harper drove in the game's first run with a double in the first and knocked in two more with a bases-loaded single in the fourth to give the Nationals a 4-1 lead.

A pair of errors helped the Nationals extend their lead to 5-1 in the fifth. St. Louis committed three errors in the game after committing just four total errors during the winning streak.

"A couple plays clearly we expect to make and will make and just didn't go our way for a little bit there," Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said. "To the guys' credit they regrouped, settled down, and started playing back to the baseball they know they can play."

The Nationals had opportunities to pad the lead, leaving the bases loaded in the third and fifth while stranding nine runners in the first five innings.

"When you have an opportunity to put teams away you've got to do that," Martinez said. "Especially with how hot the Cardinals are playing right now. They're going to come back."

The Cardinals got within one in the sixth. After DeJong and Kolten Wong came up with back-to-back, two-out RBI hits, Harrison Bader hit a slow grounder to third. Anthony Rendon's throw to first got away from Ryan Zimmerman for an error, allowing Wong to score from second to cut the Nationals' lead to 5-4.

Just two of the four runs Luke Weaver (6-11) allowed in his 3 2/3 innings were earned. He gave up seven hits, including two to Roark, who scored both times.

Tyson Ross allowed one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Bader homered in the third and Matt Carpenter walked twice to extend his on-base streak to a career-high 34 games.


Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson will have an MRI on his sore right wrist on Friday. RHP Joe Ross (right elbow surgery) threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings at Class A Potomac on Thursday and is hoping for a September return.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) will begin a rehab Friday at Double-A Springfield. RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) threw two scoreless innings Thursday night at High-A Palm Beach.


Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.19 ERA) will take the mound as the Nationals return home for a three-game series Friday night against the Miami Marlins and RHP Dan Straily (4-5, 4.42 ERA). Scherzer is 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA in three starts this season against the Marlins.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (6-6, 3.22 ERA) kicks off a three-game series Friday night as the Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers and RHP Freddy Peralta (5-3, 4.47 ERA). Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 batters in his last start against the Brewers on June 22.