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Preview: Diamondbacks at Dodgers

Adrian Gonzalez and the Los Angeles Dodgers look to further their early-season torment of Arizona when the Diamondbacks visit Southern California for Friday’s opener of a three-game series. Gonzalez is 8-for-18 with three homers, two doubles and 11 RBIs against Arizona this season as Los Angeles has won all five meetings. The Dodgers began their dominance with two victories in the season-opening series in Australia and continued it with three victories in Phoenix last weekend.

Preview: Dodgers at Giants

Hanley Ramirez hopes to be in the starting lineup Thursday when the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers look to salvage the series finale against the San Francisco Giants, who have posted back-to-back one-run wins. Ramirez gave the Dodgers a scare in the seventh inning Wednesday when he was hit by a pitch from Ryan Vogelsong on the left hand, but X-rays were negative. The Giants have won four of five against the Dodgers and moved into first place in the National League West with Wednesday's 2-1 victory.

Preview: Dodgers at Diamondbacks

If the Arizona Diamondbacks are ever going to slow down the Los Angeles Dodgers, they might want to start with Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers first baseman has homered in three straight games heading into Sunday’s series finale at Chase Field, and he’s batting .344 with four home runs and 10 RBIs during his eight-game hitting streak. Gonzalez also has an extra-base hit in seven consecutive games, the longest streak by a Dodger since Shawn Green’s eight-game run in 2002.

Preview: Dodgers at Diamondbacks

Wade Miley looks to stabilize the Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation Saturday when he faces the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Miley has been the lone bright spot in the rotation, which will get a new look Monday when Josh Collmenter moves from the bullpen to replace struggling Randall Delgado. The Diamondbacks fell to a disappointing 4-9 on Friday when Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in five runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed seven shutout innings in the Dodgers’ 6-0 win.

Preview: Dodgers at Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks haven’t hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers since the latter’s infamous postgame party in the stadium pool after clinching the National League West title last September. Arizona and the Dodgers have already met this season, however, with L.A. sweeping a doubleheader in Major League Baseball’s debut in Australia last month. The Dodgers are coming off back-to-back extra-inning games in a two-game split with the visiting Detroit Tigers, but enjoyed another off day Thursday, their fourth since their U.S.

Preview: Tigers at Dodgers

Two teams that haven’t been tight about spending money in recent years square off when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Detroit Tigers in Tuesday's opener of the two-game series. Both teams got off to good starts, the Dodgers winning four of their first five and the Tigers their first four before losing 3-1 to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Baseball: Giants rough up Ryu, spoil Dodgers home opener

Yasiel Puig's late arrival for batting practice was just the first thing to go wrong for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. The Dodgers were pummeled 8-4 by the San Francisco Giants in their first home game of the 2014 season, the Giants striking for eight runs against the Dodgers' South Korean starter Ryu Hyun-Jin in the first two innings. Ryu was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits and walked three in his rough outing. Four relievers combined to pitch seven innings of no-hit ball, but the damage was done.

Preview: Giants at Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers won’t have ace Clayton Kershaw for their three-game series against the visiting San Francisco Giants, but are expected to have outfielder Matt Kemp back in the lineup for the opener Friday night. Kemp, the National League home run and RBI leader in 2011, underwent surgery on his left ankle in late October and has been slowly working his way up to speed.

Preview: Dodgers at Padres

The Los Angeles Dodgers may only be three games into their season, but their bullpen has already given them cause for concern. The Dodgers, who continue their three-game road series with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, made relief pitching a focus of their offseason – highlighted by the re-signing of Brian Wilson. Los Angeles gave up five runs in relief in its final game in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22, and watched Wilson implode Sunday.

Preview: Dodgers at Padres

The Los Angeles Dodgers opened their season last week in Australia with a two-game sweep of their closest competition in the National League West from 2013. On Sunday, they will attempt to carry that success over stateside when they open a three-game road set against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers saw starters Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu hold the Arizona Diamondbacks to one run over 11 2/3 innings en route to a pair of two-run victories.
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