Yu know who is dominant in LA's 100th win

Yu know who is dominant in LA's 100th win

LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in 43 years, the Dodgers are a 100-win ballclub, and the complete performance they turned in Monday night -- a 9-3 throttling of the San Diego Padres -- went a long way toward showing how they got there.

The National League West champions got offense from everywhere -- including a homer and a three-run double from Logan Forsythe and a three-run shot from Austin Barnes. They got pitching, too, in the form of a two-hit, seven-inning gem from Yu Darvish, who struck out nine in an impressive postseason tuneup.

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Darvish finds form in time for postseason

Darvish finds form in time for postseason

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers can mark off another item off their postseason-preparation checklist after their non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition, Yu Darvish, returned to form on Monday night in a 9-3 win over the Padres.

The Dodgers won their 100th game of the season behind Darvish's seven inning, one-run outing. Darvish's starts with the Dodgers have come with their share of highs and lows. The righty hasn't looked the same since his Dodgers debut, when he fanned 10 in a seven-inning outing against the Mets back in August. Getting him right for the postseason was key.

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Dodgers face Padres with No. 1 seed in reach

Dodgers face Padres with No. 1 seed in reach

The National League West champion Dodgers will continue their march toward home-field advantage throughout the postseason when they face the Padres on Tuesday in Los Angeles. L.A. can lock up home-field advantage in the NL playoffs with a win and a Washington loss.

The Dodgers have a 1 1/2-game edge over the Indians for the best record in baseball and a magic number of two to eliminate the Nationals in the race for the NL's No. 1 seed.

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Pitching roles key in Dodgers' NLDS decisions

Pitching roles key in Dodgers' NLDS decisions

LOS ANGELES -- The National League West champion Dodgers will spend the final week of the regular season holding tryouts for postseason roster spots, although in fact they've been doing that for the past month.

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Puig benched again after showing up late

Puig benched again after showing up late

LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts, for the third straight day, expressed disappointment in Yasiel Puig.

Puig was benched Sunday for a basestealing gaffe in which he said his ankle prevented him from sliding into second as he was caught stealing to end Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Giants. The right fielder did not receive treatment for his ankle the following day, Roberts said.

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Grandal backs Kershaw in Dodgers' 99th win

Grandal backs Kershaw in Dodgers' 99th win

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal's sacrifice fly and two-run homer paced the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Giants on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers are 99-57, their most wins since the club went 102-60 in 1974, and still hold a one-game lead over the Indians for the best record in baseball and a 4 1/2-game lead over the Nationals for home-field advantage in the National League playoffs. Ace Clayton Kershaw made his fifth start since coming off the disabled list, allowing Mac Williamson's homer over eight innings while striking out six.

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Kershaw looks strong as postseason nears

Kershaw looks strong as postseason nears

LOS ANGELES -- With the National League West championship sealed, the next step on the Dodgers' checklist going into the postseason is not to hit another slump.

Manager Dave Roberts has stressed the importance of his club ending the season on a winning note to carry it over to the postseason. Part of that momentum is getting Clayton Kershaw back on track, and the Dodgers' ace made his fifth start since coming off the disabled list in the Dodgers' 3-1 win over the Giants on Sunday.

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Barnes' homer not enough vs. Bumgarner

Barnes' homer not enough vs. Bumgarner

LOS ANGELES -- Performing like the staff ace that he is acknowledged to be, Madison Bumgarner subdued the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense for 7 2/3 innings Saturday night to help the San Francisco Giants prevail, 2-1.

Run-scoring singles from Buster Posey and Denard Span helped the Giants back Bumgarner, who limited a Dodgers lineup lacking Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger to five hits. The Dodgers hold a one-game lead over the Indians for the best record in baseball and own a 4 1/2-game lead over the Nationals for home-field advantage in the National League.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Granderson returns to Urban Youth Academy

Dodgers outfielder imparts wisdom to kids in second visit to facility

Granderson returns to Urban Youth Academy

While playing for the Tigers in 2009, Curtis Granderson held a baseball clinic at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., which was then 3 years old. About 50 kids, wearing their own baseball clothes, turned out to work with the young outfielder that day.

Fast forward eight years and Granderson, fresh off celebrating clinching the 2017 National League West title with his new Dodgers teammates, returned to Compton, this time dressing more than 160 young players in shirts emblazoned with "Curtis Granderson's Grandkids," provided by the veteran's foundation.

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Ryu's forearm bruised by comebacker

Ryu's forearm bruised by comebacker

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu exited the game in the third inning Saturday after taking a liner off his left arm from Giants second baseman Joe Panik. The team announced his injury as a forearm contusion.

Ryu was still able to make the throw to first to get Panik out, but immediately bent over in pain following the play and was looked at by the Dodgers' athletic training staff and manager Dave Roberts. Panik's liner had a 93.9 mph exit velocity according to Statcast™. Right-hander Ross Stripling replaced Ryu in the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Giants and finished the third inning.

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TGI 5 Day in LA: Dodgers clinch, celebrate!

TGI 5 Day in LA: Dodgers clinch, celebrate!

LOS ANGELES -- For the past month the Dodgers played like they had the division clinched. On Friday night, they finally did.

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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.

Sarah's Take: Dodgers better than expected

Sarah's Take: Dodgers better than expected

It has been a long season with plenty of ups and downs for the Dodgers, but on Friday night, they became the first team to win five consecutive National League West titles.

When L.A. lost 16 out of 17 games in one stretch, many fans panicked. What happened to the Dodgers? Would they still go to the postseason?

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Bellinger's blast clinches NL West for Dodgers

Bellinger's blast clinches NL West for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers clinched a fifth consecutive National League West title Friday night, as Cody Bellinger set a National League rookie record with his 39th home run, a three-run shot, in a 4-2 win over the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

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Before they were postseason bound: Dodgers

Before they were postseason bound: Dodgers

Here is everything you need to know about the Dodgers, who are heading to the postseason for the fifth straight season.

Luis Avilan, LHP
Born: Caracas, Distrito Federal, Venezuela
DOB: 7/19/89
Minors: Danville (R), Rome (A), Myrtle Beach (A+), Mississippi (AA)
• Avilan found himself on the Major League radar at a very young age, signing with the Braves at 15 in 2005. The Venezuelan-born hurler spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before making his United States debut with the GCL Braves in 2008. Avilan arrived in Los Angeles as part of the Alex Wood trade, a three-team 13-player deal with the Braves and Marlins in 2015. The trade turned out to be a major boon for the Dodgers as they acquired Wood, Avilan, Bronson Arroyo, Jim Johnson and Jose Peraza in exchange for three players who aren't currently in the big leagues.

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'World Series or bust' for playoff-bound Dodgers

After clinching NL West, Los Angeles eyes first title since 1988

'World Series or bust' for playoff-bound Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- For the fifth consecutive year, the Dodgers have won the National League West. They can lock up home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason with any combination of Los Angeles wins and Washington losses totaling four.

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Bellinger sets NL rookie record with 39th HR

Bellinger sets NL rookie record with 39th HR

LOS ANGELES -- With a three-run shot in the third inning of Friday's 4-2 win over the Giants, Dodgers sensation Cody Bellinger launched his 39th homer of the season, setting the single-season mark for home runs by a National League rookie.

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Rich Hill surprised after first double in 10 years

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Rich Hill surprised after first double in 10 years

Signing Rich Hill was a prudent investment for the Dodgers, but while they enjoy his pitching, he added a bonus at the plate during their division-clinching 4-2 victory over the GIants on Friday night. It was definitely an unlikely contribution, as Hill had only managed three hits in 44 plate appearances beforehand all year long.

Hill did his job on the mound by spinning six innings of one-run ball, fanning nine Giants batters along way. In the bottom of the third, though, he faced Jeff Samardzija with Logan Forsythe on second. He belted Samardzija's offering the opposite way, into the left-center-field gap for a double.

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Dodgers celebrate Lasorda's 90th birthday

Dodgers celebrate Lasorda's 90th birthday

LOS ANGELES -- Even before the Dodgers could present Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda a division title for his 90th birthday Friday night, the club held an on-field pregame ceremony to mark the occasion, with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred among attending dignitaries.

"Tommy is a great Dodger, a great Hall of Famer and a great American," said Manfred, who praised Lasorda for his service to the game, including being ambassador for the World Baseball Classic.

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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.

Hernandez, Dodgers helping Puerto Rico

Hernandez, Dodgers helping Puerto Rico

LOS ANGELES -- Written on the side of Kiké Hernandez's hat are two messages: "Pray 4 Puerto Rico" and "No Te Quites PR," which translates to "Don't give up, Puerto Rico."

"It's one of those things my people from back home are very good about," Hernandez said about his message. "I know that we're going to find a way to come out [of it]."

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Wish a happy 90th b-day to Tommy Lasorda

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Wish a happy 90th b-day to Tommy Lasorda

Today, Sept. 22, 2017, marks the 90th birthday of Tommy Lasorda, Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Dodgers. Though he's best known for his work as a Dodgers manager and executive, he's occupied a nearly-unfathomable number of roles in baseball.

As a member of the Dodgers organization, he not only convinced the higher-ups to burn a 62nd-round Draft pick on future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, but he also developed a bit of an adversarial relationship with mascots. Whether it was getting Expos mascot Youppi! ejected for ... sitting on the dugout:

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Dodgers rally in Philly, cut magic number to 1

Dodgers rally in Philly, cut magic number to 1

PHILADELPHIA -- The Dodgers finally cut their magic number to one to clinch a fifth consecutive National League West title with a 5-4 comeback win over the Phillies on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, snapping a four-game losing streak and setting up a likely celebration during a homestand that opens on Friday night on the 90th birthday of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda.

"That's a good birthday present for him, but you know what he really wants is that championship," said closer Kenley Jansen, who got the last four outs for his 39th save.

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

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With pinch-hit HR, Ethier making playoff case

Maeda logs short start in advance for bullpen role in postseason

With pinch-hit HR, Ethier making playoff case

PHILADELPHIA -- Tryouts for the Dodgers' postseason roster continued on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. Oh, they also cut their magic number to one.

As they have endured a rough September (6-15) while shuffling a bloated 39-man roster, it's been tough to figure out where the Dodgers' priorities were. But in a 5-4 comeback win over the Phillies, they made progress on both fronts.

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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.

LA falters late in Philly to put clinch on hold

LA falters late in Philly to put clinch on hold

PHILADELPHIA -- The Dodgers' vexing division clinching was deferred until Friday at the earliest with another bullpen loss to the last-place Phillies on Wednesday night, 7-5, extending the latest losing streak to four while the Nationals pulled to within 3 1/2 games of Los Angeles for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

A throwing error by reliever Luis Avilan in the bottom of the eighth led to a tiebreaking two-run single by Aaron Altherr off Brandon Morrow. Odubel Herrera made a leaping catch at the wall in center field to rob Yasiel Puig of an extra-base hit in the ninth to end the game, a play that was confirmed after a crew-chief review. Puig's well-struck ball had a hit probability of 78 percent, according to Statcast™.

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

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Stripling, LA's 'pen dealing with rough stretch

Stripling, LA's 'pen dealing with rough stretch

PHILADELPHIA -- After Tuesday night's meltdown loss, reliever Pedro Baez was given a seat in the dugout by manager Dave Roberts to watch a few games, and on Wednesday night he watched bullpen mate Ross Stripling have a meltdown himself.

So the Dodgers were beaten again by the last-place Phillies, 7-5, for a new losing streak of four. The Dodgers' bullpen has suffered back-to-back losses and has taken the defeat in four of the club's last five losses, which is no way to prep for the postseason. The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the National League West remained at 2 after the D-backs defeated the Padres in San Diego.

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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.

Utley triples, gets standing ovation in Philly

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Utley triples, gets standing ovation in Philly

It's not often that an away player gets a standing ovation for doing something well. In fact, it's unheard of -- unless he's pitched a no-hitter or made some outrageous, never-before-seen play. 

Small exception: The Silver Fox.

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