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Mar 23, 2014

Mattingly warns Dodgers against wasting pitching edge

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly should have left Australia delighted on Sunday after opening the season with two wins over a National League West rival on the back of two solid performances from his starting pitchers.

Instead, the man who has been handed a big-budget roster to get the Dodgers to the World Series for the first time since 1988 was seething with frustration that his bullpen had almost let the Arizona Diamondbacks back into the game.

Mar 23, 2014

Dodgers hold off D-backs for Sydney sweep

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense stepped up to see off the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Sunday and give the National League West champions a sweep of the major league season-opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Dodgers won the opening day clash 3-1 on Saturday night on the back of Clayton Kershaw’s pitching and the hitters, spearheaded by Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon, finished the job in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 38,079.

Mar 22, 2014

Kershaw delivers for Dodgers Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Pitcher Clayton Kershaw showed his value to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the major league season-opener on Saturday but manager Don Mattingly thinks his true worth will only be evident later in the campaign.

Kershaw’s newly-inked $200 million contract meant he was always going to be the face of the two-game series between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks and he delivered in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Mar 22, 2014

Dodgers down D-Backs in Sydney opener

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw started the payback on his $200 million contract when he helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opening game of the 2014 major league season in Australia on Saturday.

The Dodgers have invested heavily in a big-budget roster in an attempt to end 26 years without a trip to the World Series and got off to a great start under the lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Mar 21, 2014

Dodgers, D-Backs set for opening day Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks have done the public relations work, petted the kangaroos and visited the tourist sites but it will be all business when opening day goes Down Under on Saturday.

Mexico, Japan and Puerto Rico have all hosted the first games of the new season in the past 15 years and this weekend it is the turn of Australia, which last witnessed live major league baseball a century ago.

Mar 20, 2014

Business as usual for ‘kangaroo’ Kershaw Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Clayton Kershaw is 7,500 miles from Dodger Stadium preparing to play on a converted cricket ground in front of a sell-out crowd of Australians but for baseball’s first $200 million pitcher, opening day is just opening day.

Kershaw has been named starting pitcher for Saturday’s game at the Sydney Cricket Ground between his Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks which will start a major league season he hopes will end with a World Series ring.

Mar 19, 2014

No major league grudges for Down Under openers

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Arizona Diamondbacks are not planning to reignite their feud with the Los Angeles Dodgers in this weekend’s Major League season-openers in Australia but if a volatile situation arises, there will be no backing down.

Three separate incidents over the last three seasons, including a celebratory dip in a swimming pool after their last meeting, have made the rivalry between the National League West contenders one of the most talked about in baseball.

Mar 16, 2014

Johnson ruled out of World T20 by septic toe

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Paceman Mitchell Johnson was ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup by an infected big toe on Sunday in a blow to Australia’s hopes of snaring the one major international trophy they have never won.

The 32-year-old, the form bowler in world cricket at the moment, will be replaced by fellow left-arm quick Doug Bollinger for the March 16-April 6 tournament in Bangladesh.

Mar 16, 2014

Lehmann casts doubt on Johnson’s World T20 participation

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson’s hopes of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup looked to be fading on Sunday when Australia coach Darren Lehmann cast doubt on whether the paceman would be fit enough to travel to Bangladesh.

Johnson, whose quick bowling fired Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a 2-1 test series triumph in South Africa over the last few months, has been struggling for fitness after a cut on the big toe on his right foot became infected.

Mar 16, 2014

Cricket-Lehmann casts doubt on Johnson’s World T20 participation

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson’s hopes of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup looked to be fading on Sunday when Australia coach Darren Lehmann cast doubt on whether the paceman would be fit enough to travel to Bangladesh.

Johnson, whose quick bowling fired Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a 2-1 test series triumph in South Africa over the last few months, has been struggling for fitness after a cut on the big toe on his right foot became infected.

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