|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )
|911||ATLANTA||+175||Ov 5.5,-115||+185||Ov 6,+115|
|912||LA DODGERS||-185||Un 5.5,-105||-200||Un 6,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-9||+0||9-10||4.2||0.253||0.307||3.7||0.249||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||3-3||3.6||0.246||0.329||3.6||0.287||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-37||-1.7||42-38||4.3||0.267||0.328||3.9||0.251||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-3||5.1||0.287||0.342||4.0||0.238||0.310|
|7/25/2014||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||2-5||L||-165||7 un||P||4||8||1||13||8||2|
|7/26/2014||TEHERAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||5-3||W||-190||7 un||O||11||10||0||9||8||3|
|7/27/2014||MINOR(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||8-3||W||-170||7.5 ov||O||8||3||0||10||8||0|
|7/28/2014||SANTANA(R)||SAN DIEGO||LANE(L)||2-0||W||-205||7.5 ov||U||8||8||0||5||5||1|
|7/29/2014||HARANG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||4-8||L||140||7 ov||O||12||14||0||15||8||1|
|7/30/2014||WOOD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||160||6.5 un||U||6||6||1||11||11||1|
|7/31/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|8/1/2014||MINOR(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|8/2/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|8/3/2014||HARANG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||WOOD(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)|| |
|7/18/2014||HAREN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-3||L||120||7.5 un||U||5||8||0||8||8||0|
|7/19/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||2-4||L||-150||7.5 un||U||6||5||2||8||8||1|
|7/20/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||4-3||W||-170||6.5 un||O||11||9||0||7||5||0|
|7/21/2014||RYU(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||5-2||W||105||7.5 un||U||12||11||0||6||5||0|
|7/22/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)||7-12||L||105||8 un||O||9||9||0||12||8||2|
|7/23/2014||HAREN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-6||L||145||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||9||4||0|
|7/25/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||8-1||W||-130||6.5 ov||O||15||9||0||7||8||0|
|7/26/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||5-0||W||-180||6 ev||U||11||8||1||2||3||1|
|7/27/2014||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PEAVY(R)||4-3||W||-125||7 un||P||6||7||0||7||5||2|
|8/1/2014||RYU(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/2/2014||HAREN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||BECKETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|8/4/2014||GREINKE(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||KERSHAW(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||RYU(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|ATLANTA: ATLANTA (AP) - For the Atlanta Braves, spring training turned into a matter of survival.|
No wonder they're so eager to get the season going.
The defending NL East champions lost a big chunk of their starting rotation down in Florida: projected opening day starter Kris Medlen and fellow right-hander Brandon Beachy both underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time and are out for the season. Another starter, Mike Minor, will also begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
But the Braves are nothing if not resourceful. They quickly signed Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract and have every intention of getting back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
''We still have a great team,'' closer Craig Kimbrel said. ''It's tough losing two top pitchers. But getting Santana was really big. I want to be closing out division titles and championships and World Series. I think we've still got the group to do it.''
The Braves will have a different look behind the plate after longtime catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees. But another title in a lackluster division is certainly a possibility, especially if second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder B.J. Upton bounce back from dismal seasons in which both hit under .200. They showed signs of turning things around in spring training.
''Time will tell,'' general manager Frank Wren said, ''but we really like what we've seen so far.''
|LA DODGERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers have spent big bucks on their roster, ramping up World Series expectations right along with the payroll. Now they want to produce results.|
They'll get the chance starting Saturday in Australia, where they open the season against NL West rival Arizona.
With a payroll in the range of $225 million-plus, the Dodgers have laid the groundwork to get to their first World Series title since 1988, when they won the title. They came up short last year, losing to St. Louis in six games in the NL championship series.
''The expectations going in this time are realistic. We're a talented club and we're capable,'' said manager Don Mattingly, who signed a three-year extension in January.
The Dodgers want to avoid the poor start they had last season, when key players were injured and the team had to rally to get back into the division race. They eventually won the title by 11 games over the Diamondbacks.
''We need to be more consistent,'' Mattingly said. ''I see it as winning every series and you'll be in pretty good shape. The next thing you know, you're 20 games over .500.''
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is looking to follow up his strong season last year, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was injured in the NL championship series, will be playing to set himself up for impending free agency.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Dodgers Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Atlanta (58-50) at Los Angeles (61-47), 10:10 p.m. EDT
While Clayton Kershaw attempts to continue his dominance, Atlanta's Julio Teheran hopes for a better performance than the only other time he faced the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In a matchup of All-Stars on Thursday night, Kershaw looks for a 10th straight win as the NL-best Dodgers seek a sixth consecutive victory and first home sweep of at least three games over the Braves in 24 years.
Kershaw (12-2, 1.76 ERA) has allowed eight runs, including six on four homers, while striking out 95 and walking eight in 77 innings to go 9-0 in his last 10 starts. He has 39 strikeouts in his last three outings at Dodger Stadium.
"We're experiencing and witnessing something historic, and being on the receiving end of it is humbling," catcher A.J. Ellis told MLB's official website.
The majors' ERA leader recorded his second complete game in three starts and NL-best fourth of the season Saturday, allowing three hits in a 5-0 win at San Francisco.
"It's fun to win," said the left-hander, who can match St. Louis' Adam Wainwright and Detroit's Max Scherzer for the major league lead in wins.
"I'm happy now but if I lose the next time out I won't be happy."
Kershaw is facing the only NL team he's never beaten during the regular season, going without a decision in four such starts versus Atlanta with a 2.45 ERA. The last of those games came in 2011, but he shut down the Braves twice in last year's NL division series as he won Game 1 and helped Los Angeles close them out in Game 4. He allowed a combined three runs - one earned - and six hits with 18 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Teheran (10-6, 2.71) was roughed up for six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings of Atlanta's 13-6 loss in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.
While Kershaw has long been the Dodgers' ace, Teheran has turned into one for Atlanta. The right-hander, among the NL's top 10 in ERA and opponent batting average (.227), has given up no more than three runs and lasted at least seven innings in six of his past eight starts.
In two outings since the All-Star break, Teheran struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings of a 3-1, 10-inning loss to Miami on July 21 before beating San Diego on Saturday as he gave up three runs in six innings of a 5-3 win.
Atlanta (58-50) hasn't been swept in a series of at least three games at Dodger Stadium since losing four there July 26-29, 1990.
Matt Kemp homered and drove home the winning run in the 10th of Los Angeles' 3-2 victory Wednesday. The Dodgers' five-game winning streak is their longest since taking six in a row Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
The subject of trade rumors that general manager Ned Colletti has denied, Kemp has three homers in the first two games of this set and is batting .486 with 11 RBIs in his last nine.
"Boy, is he locked in right now," Atlanta starter Alex Wood said.
Justin Upton had three hits and the tying homer in the ninth for Atlanta, which dropped 1 1/2 games behind first-place Washington in the East but is tied with San Francisco for the wild-card lead.
Much like the Dodgers (61-47), the Braves appear content with their current state at the trade deadline.
"You always want to improve, but you never want to take away from your own club if you can (avoid it)," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Upton is 3 for 34 with 10 strikeouts versus Kershaw during the regular season and playoffs while Jason Heyward has gone 0 for 10 with seven strikeouts. Heyward, though, could miss a third straight game with a sore back.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:21:47 AM EST|