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Dodgers Trade Dee Gordon to the Marlins, Acquire Howie Kendrick from Angels

Dodgers Trade Dee Gordon to the Marlins, Acquire Howie Kendrick from Angels

BananaStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the middle of a complete overhaul as they've traded second baseman Dee Gordon to the Miami Marlins while also acquiring second baseman Howie Kendrick via trade from the Los Angeles Angels.

In return for Gordon, the Dodgers received pitcher Andrew Heaney, infielder Enrique Hernandez, reliever Chris Hatcher, and minor leaguer Austin Barnes from the Marlins. The Marlins will acquire Gordon, pitcher Dan Haren, and infielder Miguel Rojas.

The 26-year-old Gordon was an All-Star in 2014 after batting .289 with 92 runs scored, 176 hits, and a National League-leading 64 stolen bases.

In order to get Kendrick, the Dodgers had to depart with the recently acquired Heaney and ship him to the Angels.

"We feel like within the totality of the moves, we made ourselves a better team," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "Adding Howie Kendrick we felt like fit us really well: right-handed bat, tremendous hitter, really good defender, and then the young players we got should help us in 2015 and beyond."

The 31-year-old Kendrick had spent his entire nine-year career with the Angels. This past season, he hit .293 with seven home runs, 75 RBIs, and scored 85 runs.

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Angels’ Mike Trout Named AL MVP, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Angels’ Mike Trout Named AL MVP, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two of the best players in Major League Baseball earned their due on Thursday. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the American League MVP, while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the National League MVP.

The 22-year-old Trout finished second in the MVP voting the past two years, but has finally won the award in just his third full season, and in unanimous fashion. He's the third youngest A.L. player ever to win the award.

Trout batted .287 with 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, and 115 runs scored in 2014.

Kershaw had won his third National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He becomes the first player to win the N.L. Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season since Bob Gibson for the St. Louis Cardinals back in 1968.

Despite missing all of April, the 26-year-old Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 239 strikeouts in 198.1 innings pitched.

The Dodgers went 21-4 in Kershaw's 27 starts, and were only three games over .500 when anyone else pitched.

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Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY) -- In their first playoff appearance since 1985, the Kansas City Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, reaching the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The 8-3 margin was the largest in the best-of-five series after Kansas City won two games in Los Angeles in extra innings.

"I've never seen this group of kids so confident on the big stage," said manager Ned Yost. "It's really fun to see their development and watch them come into the postseason and just really take their game to the next level."

The Angels, who earned homefield advantage by having the leagues best regular-season record, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Mike Trout homered off James Shields for his first-ever postseason hit. That lead quickly evaporated in the bottom half of the inning when the Royals' Alex Gordon drove in three runs with a double off C.J. Wilson, chasing the Los Angeles starter.

Kansas City added to the lead in the third inning on Eric Hosmer's second homer of the playoffs, a two-run shot to center. Albert Pujols tried to spark a rally for the Angels with a solo shot of his own, but that was all Los Angeles could muster off Shields.

"Big Game" James went six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six, while the offense added two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth. Wade Davis gave up a run in the eighth but the bullpen shut down an otherwise punchless Angels offense.

The Royals will now meet the Baltimore Orioles, who swept Detroit earlier in the day, in the best-of-seven ALCS. Game One is Friday night in Baltimore.

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Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- For the second consecutive night, the Kansas City Royals used an extra inning home run to beat Los Angeles, 4-1, in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS) on Friday night. Eric Hosmer's two-run homer in the top of eleventh gave the Royals a 3-1 lead, taking a 2-0 series lead over the Angels.

Kansas City became the first time in Major League history to open up a postseason with three consecutive extra-inning wins, after spending 29 years without a playoff berth. They are the sixth team to win a trio of extra-inning games in one playoffs appearance. The previous five have all gone on to win the World Series.

The Royals took an early lead against Matt Shoemaker when Alex Gordon drove in Hosmer with a single in the second. Los Angeles would eventually knot the score in the sixth on an Albert Pujols single, making it a 1-1 game after six innings.

The Angels had a chance to take a lead in the bottom of the eighth. C.J. Cron doubled off reliever Wade Davis and was pinch-ran for by Collin Cowgill. Following Chris Iannetta's fly-out to center, newly inserted Jarrod Dyson threw out Cowgill trying to advance to third.

That helped send the game into extras for the second straight night. Lorenzo Cain stretched out an infield single before Hosmer's go-ahead blast off Kevin Jepsen. Kansas City reliever Greg Holland pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning, striking out Mike Trout to end the game.

The series now shifts to Kansas City where James Shields will take on C.J. Wilson.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB American League Wild Card: Kansas City Royals 9 - Oakland Athletics 8 - 12 Innings (Royals Advance)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Washington Nationals 4 (94-65) - Miami Marlins 0 (76-83) - Game 1

Miami Marlins 15 (77-83) - Washington Nationals 7 (94-66) - Game 2

Cleveland Indians 1 (84-76) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (76-84)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (73-87) - Atlanta Braves 4 (77-83)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (82-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-65)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (88-72) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (74-86)

Houston Astros 3 (70-90) - New York Mets 1 (77-83)

Minnesota Twins 11 (69-91) - Detroit Tigers 4 (89-71)

New York Yankees 3 (83-77) - Boston Red Sox 2 (70-90)

Kansas City Royals 3 (88-72) - Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88) 

Oakland Athletics 6 (87-73) - Texas Rangers 2 (66-94)

Chicago Cubs 6 (72-88) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (81-79) 

Seattle Mariners 4 (85-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (98-62)

San Diego Padres 4 (77-83) - San Francisco Giants 1 (86-74)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (89-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-97)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (92-68) - Colorado Rockies 4 (66-94)


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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 9 (95-63) – New York Yankees 5 (81-77)

Detroit Tigers 6 (88-70) – Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88)

Minnesota Twins 2 (68-90) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (63-96)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (98-61) – Oakland Athletics 4 (86-72)

Toronto Blue Jays 1 (81-77) – Seattle Mariners 0 (83-75)

Cleveland Indians 6 (83-76) – Kansas City Royals 4 (86-72)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (81-77) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (73-85)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (72-86) – Miami Marlins 1 (75-82)

Atlanta Braves 6 (77-81) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (86-72)

Boston Red Sox 11 (69-89) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (76-82)

Chicago Cubs 3 (71-88) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (88-71)

New York Mets (76-81) – Washington Nationals (92-64) (postponed due to rain)

Texas Rangers 5 (65-93) – Houston Astros 1 (69-90)

San DiegoPadres 4 (76-82) – Colorado Rockies 3 (66-93)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (91-68) – San Francisco Giants 1 (85-73)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Washington Nationals 8 (71-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (53-73)

Atlanta Braves 11 (66-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-62)

Houston Astros 7 (53-73) – New York Yankees 4 (63-60)

Seattle Mariners 5 (68-57) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (55-71)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (74-50) – Boston Red Sox 3 (56-69)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (72-52) – Chicago White Sox 1 (59-67)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (71-55) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (64-62)

Kansas City Royals 7 (70-55) - Colorado Rockies 4 (49-76)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (68-57) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (61-65)

Cleveland Indians 7 (63-61) - Minnesota Twins 5 (55-69)

Miami Marlins 4 (63-62) - Texas Rangers 3 (48-77) - 10 Innings

Detroit Tigers 8 (67-56) - Tampa Bay Rays 6 (61-64) - 11 Innings

Oakland Athletics 6 (74-51) - New York Mets 2 (59-68)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (71-56) - San Diego Padres 6 (58-66)

Chicago Cubs 2 (55-70) - San Francisco Giants 0 (65-59) - 5 Innings due to rain

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: San Francisco Giants 4 (61-51) – New York Mets 3 (53-59)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (63-48) – Washington Nationals 3 (60-50)

Cleveland Indians 7 (57-55) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (56-56)

New York Yankees 2 (58-53) – Detroit Tigers 1 (61-48) 

Chicago White Sox 5 (55-58) - Texas Rangers 3 (43-69) - 7 Innings

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (67-44) - Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (63-50)

Oakland Athletics 3 (68-43) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (54-58) 10 Innings

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/31/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- MLB:  Chicago White Sox 7 (53-56) - Detroit Tigers 4 (58-47)

Chicago Cubs 3 (45-62) - Colorado Rockies 1 (44-64)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (57-50) - San Diego Padres 2 (48-60)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (54-54) - Miami Marlins 1 (53-55)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (48-61) - Washington Nationals 4 (58-48)

Seattle Mariners 6 (56-52) - Cleveland Indians 5 (53-55)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (60-50) - Houston Astros 5 (44-65)

Kansas City Royals 6 (55-52) - Minnesota Twins 3 (48-59)

Los Angeles Angels 1 (64-43) - Baltimore Orioles 0 (60-47) 13 Innings

Arizona Diamondbacks 7 (48-61) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (57-51)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (62-47) - Atlanta Braves 1 (58-51)

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Mariners Hold Off Angels 3-2 in 12 Innings

Mariners Hold Off Angels 3-2 in 12 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) --  It's been just two games since the All-Star break, but the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels have already played a combined 28 innings.

Logan Morrison hit a go-ahead RBI double in the 12th inning as the Mariners held on to beat the Angels 3-2 on Saturday night.  Los Angeles won 3-2 in 16 innings on Friday night.

"I don't think our guys are tired. They're resilient," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's hard to win games at this level regardless of who you're playing. We just happened to be playing the team with the second-best record in baseball.

"It was tough, but just like last night, in about five minutes, we've got to turn the page and get ready for (Sunday)."

Kyle Seager hit a leadoff double in the 12th inning off of Angels reliever Joe Thatcher (0-1). Morrison lined a single to left to drive him in.  Pinch-hitter Justin Smoak added an RBI single to give the Mariners a two-run cushion.

After taking the loss Friday, Dominic Leone (3-2) pitched one-plus inning for the Mariners to earn the victory.  Leone gave up a leadoff home run to David Freese in the bottom of the 12th inning and was pulled from the game.  Charlie Furbush stepped in and recorded the final three outs for the save.

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Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The walk-off was the 28-year-old Donaldson's fifth of his career.

"I enjoy those moments," Donaldson said. "It's one of those things where you've got to try to relish the opportunity, and anytime I can step up to the plate with an at-bat to help our team win the game or win the game right there, I feel better about it."

The Athletics (60-36) now lead the Angels by 1 1/2 games in the AL West.

Meanwhile, The Orioles (52-43) still have a four game lead over the Blue Jays and Yankees in the AL East.

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Angels Release Raul Ibanez

Angels Release Raul Ibanez

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- After 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, it may finally be the end of the line for Raul Ibanez as the Los Angeles Angels have released the veteran outfielder.

At age 42, Ibanez was the second-oldest active player in Major League Baseball behind Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi.

This season, Ibanez was hitting just .157 with three home runs, and 21 RBIs.

"I am disappointed in the way that I performed for this great organization," Ibanez said in a statement released by the team on Saturday night. "Jerry [Dipoto] and Mike [Scioscia] were totally straightforward and professional with me today and I will always appreciate and respect them for that."

If this is the end for Ibanez, he will finish with a career batting average of .273 with 303 home runs, 1,202 RBIs, and 2,019 hits.

He played for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and the Angels.

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Angels Sticking with Slumping Raul Ibanez

Angels Sticking with Slumping Raul Ibanez

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Angels' outfielder Raul Ibanez can't seem to snap out of his season-long funk, but the Angels don't plan on sending him to the bench.

Ibanez is in his 19th season in Major League Baseball, and at 42 years old, is the second-oldest player in baseball.

In 57 games this season, Ibanez is batting just .157 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

With the team calling up prospect C.J. Cron, some are wondering why he doesn't take Ibanez's place as the team's designated hitter. Manager Mike Scioscia is sticking with the veteran.

"There’s no doubt he’s making some strides in the batter’s box, and you’re seeing better swings," Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. "The bottom line is production. Nobody understands that better than Raul. He knows he needs to have better at-bats. Nobody is working harder than Raul, and we’re confident he’s going to contribute for us."

Despite the lack of production for Ibanez, the Angels are fourth in Major League Baseball in runs scored.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Cup – Group A: Brazil 0 – Mexico 0

Group H: Belgium 2 – Algeria 1

Russia 1 – South Korea 1

MLB: Seattle Mariners 6 (37-34) – San Diego Padres 1 (29-42)

Cincinnati Reds 6 (34-35) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (34-36)

Washington Nationals 6 (36-33) – Houston Astros 5 (32-40)

Los Angeles Angels 9 (38-32) – Cleveland Indians 3 (36-36)

New York Yankees 3 (36-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (41-31)

Kansas City Royals 11 (38-32) – Detroit Tigers 4 (36-31)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (36-34) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (38-44)

Miami Marlins 6 (36-34) – Chicago Cubs 5 (29-40)

Boston Red Sox 2 (33-38) – Minnesota Twins 1 (32-37)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (31-38) – Atlanta Braves 2 (36-34)

Chicago White Sox 8 (34-37) – San Francisco Giants 2 (43-28)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (39-32) – New York Mets 2 (31-40)

Milwaukee Brewers 7 (43-29) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (30-44)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (39-34) - Colorado Rockies 2 (34-37)

Oakland Athletics 10 (43-28) - Texas Rangers 6 (35-36)

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Hamilton Returns to Angels Lineup

Hamilton Returns to Angels LineupRonald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who has been out since tearing a ligament in his thumb on April 8, returned from the disabled list Tuesday. Hamilton played left field and batted cleanup, going 1 f...

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: New York Rangers 3 – Montreal Canadiens 1 (New York leads, 2-0)

NBA Playoffs - Western Conference Finals:  San Antonio Spurs 122 - Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (San Antonio Leads, 1-0)

MLB: Atlanta Braves 9 (24-19) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (27-18)

Cleveland Indians 5 (20-25) - Detroit Tigers 4 (27-13)

Chicago White Sox 7 (22-24) - Kansas City Royals 6 (22-22)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (20-23) - Washington Nationals 3 (23-21) 15 Innings

Houston Astros 5 (17-28) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (24-20)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/30/14Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup First Round Playoffs: New York Rangers 2 – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Rangers win series, 4-3) Minnesota Wild 5 - Colorado Avalanche 4 OT (Wild win series, 4-3) Los Angeles Kings 5 - San Jose Sharks 1...

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/26/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - First Round: Indiana Pacers 91 - Atlanta Hawks 88 (Series Tied 2-2) Dallas Mavericks 109 - San Antonio Spurs 108 (Mavericks lead series, 2-1) Miami Heat 98 - Charlotte Bobcats 85 (Heat lead series, 3-0) O...

Yankees Edge Angels, 4-3

Yankees Edge Angels, 4-3Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Who says the Yankees are too old? On Saturday, the team was able to beat the Los Angeles Angels thanks to a couple of their younger players. Second-year player John Ryan Murphy was the difference in the game for the Y...
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