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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…Upvote Share Tweet
Panda's three HRs lead Giants' long-ball partyAs 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Sarah's Take: Young a valuable pickup for DodgersThe 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.Upvote Share TweetHyun-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.Upvote Share Tweet
Oswalt could return in unknown role this weekendHis 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.Upvote Share Tweet
CarGo's playing status is day to dayRockies manager Walt Weiss wasn't sure if slugger Carlos Gonzalez would be available to hit against the Dodgers Wednesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Using bank, Dodgers laughing all the way to playoffsThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Puig out of lineup, available to pinch-hitDodgers outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp moved closer to their returns on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Maybin to have surgery Friday on wristAfter dealing with a troublesome right wrist for the past two seasons, Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin will have surgery on it Friday.Upvote Share TweetA 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Increased velocity has Ubaldo finishing fastUbaldo 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Greinke tabbed as top NL pitcher for AugustAfter 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Dodger Stadium has nearly $4 million worth of liens against ityahoo.com Updated Sep 4, 2013The 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Padres edge Giants after Erlin's up-and-down nightAfter 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.Upvote Share TweetNo 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Sandoval's Three-Homer GameSep 4Pablo 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.
LA Beat ReportSep 4Mark Saxon breaks down the future rankings for the Dodgers and Angels.
NBA -- There will never be another Gary PaytonSep 4The NBA may never see another player like Gary Payton, J.A. Adande writes
NBA -- Adam Silver and NBA's off-court conductSep 4Adam 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 officeSep 4Chris Mullin is joining the Sacramento Kings' front office, according to sources familiar with the team's plans.
J.J. Watt, SuperchargedSep 4HOUSTON—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…