Hill encouraged by start against Mets

Lefty struck out a season-high eight batters in win

Hill encouraged by start against Mets

LOS ANGELES -- For Dodgers starter Rich Hill, this season has been a rollercoaster.

Looked upon to be an integral piece for the Dodgers, Hill has had two stints on the disabled list dealing with a blister issue, short outings and has had struggles with his command. Hill has walked 21 of 126 batters (16.7 percent) over the last month, which ranks 170 of 174 qualified starting pitchers in MLB. The National League average is 7.7 percent.

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Hot to trot: Dodgers, Puig back on top

Hot to trot: Dodgers, Puig back on top

LOS ANGELES -- As Yasiel Puig began his jog around the bases after belting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory on Wednesday, Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores had words for Puig.

Puig decided to take a little extra time to watch his 13th home run of the season -- taking 32 seconds to round the bases, his second slowest home run trot of the year. Afterward, Puig said he didn't remember what he said to Flores.

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Mike Petriello

More dominant: Jansen or Kimbrel?

Both closers are incredible, but Dodgers righty leads all pitchers with .164 Expected wOBA

More dominant: Jansen or Kimbrel?

There's no shortage of dominant relievers in baseball these days, but for all the greatness we're seeing from stars like Andrew Miller, Greg Holland, and Wade Davis, plus lesser-known names like Felipe Rivero and Corey Knebel, there's two studs pretty clearly standing head and shoulders above everyone else: Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen. They've been baseball's two best relievers this year, and they've been two of the best for the last half-decade, too.

But which one has been better in 2017? The right answer, as it usually is, is that you could make a case for either one. They're both elite. They're both practically unhittable. They're both having the best seasons of what were already great careers, and they both may very well end up in Cooperstown next to one another someday. They're that good.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Grandal, Puig go deep as Dodgers top Mets

Grandal, Puig go deep as Dodgers top Mets

LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill's season-high eight strikeouts and home runs from Yasiel Puig and two from Yasmani Grandal powered the Dodgers to an 8-2 win against the Mets on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, as Los Angeles moved back into first place in the National League West.

Hill (4-3) worked through five innings, tossing 98 pitches and holding the Mets to four hits. The southpaw also provided his own run support with a sacrifice fly in the third. Curtis Granderson was able to capitalize off a fastball Hill left over the plate to start the game, taking him deep for homer, but the Mets' bats were mostly silent for the rest of the game. Grandson added an RBI double in the ninth.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Dodgers still unsure of next step for Urias

Dodgers still unsure of next step for Urias

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are still gathering information on left-hander Julio Urias, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list on June 14 by Triple-A Oklahoma City because of shoulder soreness.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there is no timetable for when Urias could return from the DL. Roberts said Urias was examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache this week and is not sure if Urias will need a second opinion.

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LA, LA grand: 3 Seager HRs; Bellinger? 22!

LA, LA grand: 3 Seager HRs; Bellinger? 22!

LOS ANGELES -- Given a front-row seat for Cody Bellinger's historic home run binge, Corey Seager did his best on Tuesday to remind Angelenos that his teammate isn't the only bright young supernova on these new-look Dodgers, who have 11 wins in their last 12 games.

Seager homered three times and Bellinger added one of his own as the Dodgers pounded out five total long balls Tuesday in a 12-0 win over the Mets, establishing a franchise record with 27 home runs over a 10-game stretch. Bellinger has 10 of those, making him the first rookie to hit 10 in 10 games in baseball's modern era. His 22 homers lead the National League, and he's reached that number faster than any player in history (52 games).

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Richard Justice

Judge, Bellinger show MLB is in good hands

Judge, Bellinger show MLB is in good hands

Aaron Judge homered for the Yankees on one coast on Tuesday, Cody Bellinger for the Dodgers on the other. Maybe this is how our summer is going to play out with these two amazing rookies taking an entire sport along for a magical ride.

This was the eighth time they've homered on the same day this season, and they're atop the Major League leaderboard with 24 and 22.

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Seager plenty #ASGWorthy with 3-HR game

Seager plenty #ASGWorthy with 3-HR game

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager recorded the second three-homer game of his career on Tuesday night in the Dodgers' 12-0 win over the Mets at Dodger Stadium.

Seager reached three homers with a three-run shot in the fifth inning, but he fell short of becoming the 18th player in history to hit four in one game, flying out to left field in the sixth in his only chance. He was on deck when the last out was recorded in the bottom of the eighth.

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Bellinger on a historic 10-homer, 10-game run

Dodgers slugger is first rookie with such a stretch

Bellinger on a historic 10-homer, 10-game run

LOS ANGELES -- After depositing a two-run home run in the first inning of the Dodgers' 12-0 win over the Mets at Dodger Stadium, Cody Bellinger became the first rookie in the modern era to hit 10 home runs in a 10-game span, according to Elias. The 21-year-old slugger has also reached 22 home runs faster than any player in Major League history, doing so in his 52nd game.

"I'm having a blast," Bellinger said. "I think what really tops it off is how well we're playing as a team. It's fun to watch. It's fun to be around. We're just clicking on all cylinders."

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Dodgers sign 21 Draft picks, 6 of top 10

MLBPipeline.com reports deal with 4th-rounder as well

Dodgers sign 21 Draft picks, 6 of top 10

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that they have signed 21 of their 40 picks in the 2017 MLB Draft, including picks from rounds 5-10.

Additionally, MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis reported that the Dodgers also signed fourth-round pick James Marinan, a right-handed pitcher from Vista Park Community High School in Florida. Callis reported that Marian signed for $825,000, which is above the slot value of $401,000 for the No. 130 overall pick.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. Ken Gurnick contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rios leads Tulsa to win

Rios leads Tulsa to win

The ball was flying out of the yard for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, as Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis and Victor Caratini all hit home runs to power the Cubs past Omaha, 6-4.

Candelario, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect and No. 84 on the Top 100, was the last of the trio to join the home-run party, though it was his two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning which ultimately proved the difference in the victory. It was the second homer in three games and ninth of the season for Candelario, who's slashed .268/.357/.521 with 33 extra-base hits (21 doubles) and 40 RBIs in 60 games.

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Kids 'Play Ball' with heroes at Dodger Stadium

Bellinger, Hernandez take part in Wiffle ball games

Kids 'Play Ball' with heroes at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES -- Approximately 80 Los Angeles-area kids congregated behind the Dodgers' bullpen in left field Tuesday morning, awaiting a surprise event.

The youth baseball and softball players certainly got more than they bargained for, being treated to a Wiffle ball game in the Dodger Stadium outfield, with appearances from Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez and several former Dodgers.

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Area Cody: Rookie hits HRs at historic rate

Statcast of the Day: Bellinger is fastest to 21 big flies

Area Cody: Rookie hits HRs at historic rate

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is still trying to wrap his head around his ascension.

Less than two months after being called up, Bellinger had his fifth multihomer game and became the fastest player in history to reach 21 home runs, doing so in his 51st game on Monday night in the Dodgers' 10-6 win over the Mets.

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Bellinger, Turner power Dodgers past Mets

Bellinger, Turner power Dodgers past Mets

LOS ANGELES -- Even with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw having an off night, home runs from Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor sent the Dodgers to their 10th win in 11 games, a 10-6 victory over the Mets on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers racked up a season-high 17 hits and handed Kershaw a 7-0 lead after two innings. Mets starter Zack Wheeler gave up four runs in the first, including a three-run homer to Bellinger, and three in the second, when Turner and Bellinger went back to back.

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Seager needs votes to overtake SS leader

Seager needs votes to overtake SS leader

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager highlights the list of Dodgers in the running on the latest voting update for the update 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, sitting in second place at shortstop behind the Reds' Zack Cozart.

Cozart, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with a right quadriceps injury, held down the top spot for the second week in a row. Cozart had 1,465,327 votes, while Seager had 1,143,767 and the Cubs' Addison Russell sat in third with 967,495 votes.

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Fields to Triple-A as Romo returns to 'pen

Fields to Triple-A as Romo returns to 'pen

LOS ANGELES -- After a recent string of rough outings for Josh Fields, the Dodgers optioned the right-handed reliever to Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated reliever Sergio Romo from the 10-day disabled list on Monday.

In four of his last five outings, Fields allowed at least one home run. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the move was a chance for Fields to "reset."

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After 21 HRs, here are Bellinger's 5 best

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After 21 HRs, here are Bellinger's 5 best

It may be the era of the home run, but even Cody Bellinger has managed to rise above the cacophony of dingers. 

After homering twice in Monday's game against the Mets, Bellinger now has 21 dingers in his first 51 games. That makes the Dodger rookie the fastest to reach 21 homers. Previously, Gary Sanchez (last year) and Wally Berger (1930),  held the mark with 20 long balls in 51 games. 

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6 XBHs, Enrique's catch seal Dodgers sweep

6 XBHs, Enrique's catch seal Dodgers sweep

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers and Reds seem to be going in opposite directions after another Los Angeles victory on Sunday. With the 8-7 win, the Dodgers swept Cincinnati for the second time in a week. This marks the ninth loss in a row for the Reds, tying the longest losing streak by a Major League team this season, while Los Angeles has won nine of its last 10.

Facing an 8-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Reds showed their first signs of life all series. After Tucker Barnhart and Patrick Kivlehan reached base to open the inning, Scooter Gennett came through two batters later with a three-run home run to right field to make it 8-5.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the Reds on Sunday.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Got it Maeda: Kenta deals, slugs in win

Got it Maeda: Kenta deals, slugs in win

CINCINNATI -- The more the Dodgers bullpen pitched on Sunday, the better Kenta Maeda's five-inning start looked.

Maeda (5-3) got the win as the Dodgers held on to sweep the Reds again, 8-7, after nearly blowing a seven-run lead because the Dodgers bullpen allowed three homers. Kenley Jansen restored order, pitching a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts for his 15th save and extending his MLB record for strikeouts to start a season without a walk to 50.

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Dodgers recall Stewart, option Ravin

Dodgers recall Stewart, option Ravin

CINCINNATI -- Although pitcher Brock Stewart was still in transit, the Dodgers on Sunday announced his recall from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned reliever Josh Ravin.

"He'll be here at some point in time this afternoon," manager Dave Roberts said Sunday. "We want him here for coverage, in case something funky happens and we have a seven-man bullpen."

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Father's Day particularly special for Hernandez

Father's Day particularly special for Hernandez

CINCINNATI -- This is the best Father's Day ever for Dodgers utility man Enrique "Kiké" Hernandez III, because Enrique Hernandez II is still alive to celebrate it.

In December 2015, Kiké's father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer related to leukemia. Last November, it was determined the cancer is in remission.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Puig hits 2 of LA's 4 homers in win vs. Reds

Puig hits 2 of LA's 4 homers in win vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- In five road starts entering Saturday, Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu was winless this season. Ryu found the perfect team to remedy that problem in the Reds. A 10-2 Dodgers victory at Great American Ball Park gave Cincinnati its season-high eighth straight loss. The Reds are also a big league-worst 3-14 vs. left-handed starters in 2017.

Bolstering Ryu was a five-run top of the third inning and an afternoon that included four Dodgers home runs. It was a 1-1 game in the third inning when Chris Taylor hit a two-run double to the left-field wall against Reds starter Asher Wojciechowski before homers followed from Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Big Blue Machine: Bellinger & Co. keep raking

Big Blue Machine: Bellinger & Co. keep raking

CINCINNATI -- They unveiled a statue of Pete Rose on Saturday and trotted out Hall of Fame teammates Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, but it was the Dodgers swinging the bats like the Big Red Machine on Saturday.

They launched four home runs out of Great American Ball Park, a two-run shot by rookie slugger Cody Bellinger (No. 19) followed back-to-back in a five-run third inning by Joc Pederson's fourth, and a late pair by Yasiel Puig in a 10-2 romp over the Reds. Puig has 12 homers, more than he had in 2015 or '16.

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Verdugo notches three hits for Oklahoma City

Verdugo notches three hits for Oklahoma City

Bobby Bradley's season got off to a rough start as he went hitless in seven of his first 10 days and batted just .176 over the month of April.

However, Bradley picked it up by hitting .271 in May, and after another strong performance on Saturday, the Indians' No. 4 prospect is batting .309 in June and .250 for the season.

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Roberts: NL West is baseball's best division

Manager admits he's scoreboard watching

Roberts: NL West is baseball's best division

CINCINNATI -- His pregame media session on Saturday started with a question from the Dodgers manager, for a change.

"What about the National League West?" Dave Roberts asked the media, his Dodgers having won seven of eight while picking up only one game in the standings. Entering Saturday's game against the Reds, the club was tied for second place.

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LA gets clutch hits, Wood solid in win vs. Reds

LA gets clutch hits, Wood solid in win vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- The troubles that plagued the Reds on their road trip seem to have followed them back to Great American Ball Park, and the Dodgers took advantage in the series opener between the two teams Friday night. Less than a week after sweeping Cincinnati on its home turf, Los Angeles handed the Reds their seventh loss in a row -- tying a season high -- with a 3-1 victory.

Spoiling a quality start for Reds starter Tim Adleman, the Dodgers handed the righty the loss thanks to some solid two-out hitting. Los Angeles picked up at least one two-out hit in each of the first three innings, during which the Dodgers plated the game's opening two runs.

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Wood 7-0 after impressive outing vs. Reds

Lefty is in the third month of a career year

Wood 7-0 after impressive outing vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- Alex Wood was a triple threat for the Dodgers on Friday night, firing eight dominant innings, singling in an insurance run and putting down a threat by beginning a defensive double play in a 3-1 win over the Reds.

The offense and defense, though, are just bonuses. Pitching is his profession, and he's in the third month of a career year having run his record to 7-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.90 after allowing one run and tying a career high with eight innings before turning it over to Kenley Jansen for his 14th save. Wood had five strikeouts without a walk.

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