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Pablo Sandoval erupts for three home runs after playful taunt f…

Pablo Sandoval erupts for three home runs after playful taunt from teammate

yahoo.com ESPN.com Updated Sep 4, 2013
Motivation can come in many different forms. For example, in the case of San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Wednesday night, the motivation came from teammate Brandon Crawford, who playfully teased Sandoval after his own third inning h…
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  • Panda's three HRs lead Giants' long-ball party

    Panda's three HRs lead Giants' long-ball party

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    As the Giants were reminded in their 13-5 victory over the Padres on Wednesday, the long ball will always be the best "situational hit" there is. Pablo Sandoval went deep three times, and Brandon Crawford, Hunter Pence and Hector Sanchez also …
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  • Sarah's Take: Young a valuable pickup for Dodgers

    Sarah's Take: Young a valuable pickup for Dodgers

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    The Dodgers late Saturday night obtained utility infielder Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies for a Minor League left-handed pitcher, Bob Rasmussen. Everywhere Young has played, he has been popular with teammates and management alike.
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  • Dodgers LHP Ryu (back) to miss Friday start

    Dodgers LHP Ryu (back) to miss Friday start

    ESPN.com MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    Hyun-Jin Ryu has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start in Cincinnati with back stiffness and will be replaced by Chris Capuano, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
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  • Oswalt could return in unknown role this weekend

    Oswalt could return in unknown role this weekend

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    His dominance may have come against inferior competition, but Roy Oswalt's rehab start Tuesday was strong enough to convince Rockies manager Walt Weiss he could be activated this weekend.
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  • CarGo's playing status is day to day

    CarGo's playing status is day to day

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss wasn't sure if slugger Carlos Gonzalez would be available to hit against the Dodgers Wednesday night.
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  • Using bank, Dodgers laughing all the way to playoffs

    Using bank, Dodgers laughing all the way to playoffs

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    The butt of jokes in the baseball world for the first two months of this season because of their payroll, the Dodgers have turned the NL West race into a runaway and are showing no signs of slowing down.
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  • Puig out of lineup, available to pinch-hit

    Puig out of lineup, available to pinch-hit

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    Dodgers outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp moved closer to their returns on Wednesday.
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  • Maybin to have surgery Friday on wrist

    Maybin to have surgery Friday on wrist

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    After dealing with a troublesome right wrist for the past two seasons, Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin will have surgery on it Friday.
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  • Bruised finger keeps Posey out vs. Padres

    Bruised finger keeps Posey out vs. Padres

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    A day after he was hit in the throwing hand trying to block a pitch in the dirt, Giants catcher Buster Posey was out of the starting lineup Wednesday with a bruised ring finger and torn fingernail.
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  • Increased velocity has Ubaldo finishing fast

    Increased velocity has Ubaldo finishing fast

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    Ubaldo Jimenez might never be the overpowering pitcher he once was for the Rockies. Over his past three starts with the Indians, though, the right-hander has showed glimpses of the fastball velocity that made him a dominant starter in the past.
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  • Greinke tabbed as top NL pitcher for August

    Greinke tabbed as top NL pitcher for August

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    After going 5-0 and posting a 1.23 ERA in five starts last month, Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke on Wednesday was named the National League Pitcher of the Month Award winner for August.
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  • Report: Dodger Stadium has nearly $4 million worth of liens aga…

    Report: Dodger Stadium has nearly $4 million worth of liens against it

    yahoo.com Sep 4, 2013
    The Los Angeles Dodgers say this is just a misunderstanding and it's the kind of thing that happens all the time, but nonetheless gossip hounds TMZ have dug up documents detailing that the team owes nearly $4 millions to creditors for work done to Dodge…
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  • Padres edge Giants after Erlin's up-and-down night

    Padres edge Giants after Erlin's up-and-down night

    MLB.com Sep 4, 2013
    After Robbie Erlin allowed the Giants to tie the game Tuesday, Tim Stauffer and the rest of the bullpen were able to finish off San Francisco, as the Padres pushed ahead late on Chris Denorfia's RBI single for a 3-2 victory at Petco Park.
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  • Puig, Hanley out, but LA still wins sixth straight

    Puig, Hanley out, but LA still wins sixth straight

    MLB.com ESPN.com Sep 4, 2013
    No Yasiel Puig, no Hanley Ramirez, no Kenley Jansen, no problem for the Dodgers, whose magical run continued Tuesday night with a 7-4 win over the Rockies at Coors Field.
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  • Video - Sandoval's Three-Homer Game 00:31

    Sandoval's Three-Homer Game

    Sep 4
    Pablo Sandoval hit three homers for the second time in his career (the first coming in the 2012 World Series), leading the Giants to a 13-5 win over the Padres.
  • Video - LA Beat Report 04:48

    LA Beat Report

    Sep 4
    Mark Saxon breaks down the future rankings for the Dodgers and Angels.

Sports Columnists

  • NBA -- There will never be another Gary Payton

    Sep 4
    The NBA may never see another player like Gary Payton, J.A. Adande writes
  • NBA -- Adam Silver and NBA's off-court conduct

    Sep 4
    Adam Silver's first order of business must be addressing the criminal activity afflicting the NBA, writes J.A. Adande.
  • Sources: Chris Mullin to join Sacramento Kings front office

    Sep 4
    Chris Mullin is joining the Sacramento Kings' front office, according to sources familiar with the team's plans.
  • J.J. Watt, Supercharged

    Sep 4
    HOUSTON—It would be easy to tell J.J. Watt he’s crazy if he weren’t so darn imposing. At 6-5 and a chiseled 288, he meets The MMQB’s editor-in-chief, Peter King, in a private spot outside the Texans’ locker room at Reliant Stadium … and proceeds to dish…