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Fantasy Corner: Hitting Waivers Early To Land Hidden Gems

As I talked about last week, there's nothing worse than dropping a guy and watching him blow up for a competitor's team. But here in the Fantasy Corner, we can't let fear cripple us. Face the fear, my friends! While there's always the fear of dropping an early slumper, the hope of adding a rising star can be the difference between a championship and a fifth-place finish. On my team, I spent my final four dr ...

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Urias, Seager Headline Class High A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2014 Roster

With their season starting in just a few days, Rancho Cucamonga released their preliminary roster for the 2014 season on Monday. While the Low A roster didn't inspire many "oohs" and "aahs", the Dodgers' High A affiliate certainly does as three of the Dodgers' top five prospects headline the roster. On offense, the biggest name is Corey Seager. The 2012 first round pick won't turn 20 until April 27. After d ...

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Grade Of The Week: How The Dodgers Fared Leading Up To Opening Night

This past week, the Los Angeles Dodgers competed in their final exhibition games of the spring against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim once they returned from Australia. Although they swept the Diamondbacks in their overseas Opening Series the previous weekend, the team struggled a bit in the Freeway Series allowing the Halos to take two wins in the three game series. Although ace Clayton Kershaw was plac ...

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Dodgers Season Begins: Kemp, Kershaw, Van Slyke All Trending Up

The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the 2014 season with two wins over the Arizona Diamondbacks; making the early statement that the success from the second half of last season should carry over. Here's a look at who's trending up and down this week for the Dodgers: Trending Up Clayton Kershaw After struggling through Spring Training, Clayton Kershaw put it all together in his first start of the regular season. ...

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Fantasy Corner: Scanning The Waiver Wire Ahead Of Opening Day

I'd love to start this column off with a cliche like, "it's never too early to hit the waiver wire!", but the reality is, it just might be too early. While there's nothing better than grabbing a breakout star on waivers, there's also few things worse than giving up on a guy you drafted too quickly. Two seasons ago, a guy in my league dropped a starting pitcher who boasted a 4.45 ERA five starts into the sea ...

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Grade Of The Week: The Dodgers Shine Down Under Sweeping The D-Backs

This week, the Los Angeles Dodgers traveled across the world for the highly anticipated Opening Series in Australia. After a few days of enjoying their Sydney surroundings, the players were able to regain focus as they swept the DBacks in the two-game series. The Dodgers will remain undefeated for at least the next week and now have an encouraging start to the season. Grade of the week: A The good: Starters ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Preview: Will Matt Kemp Stay Healthy In 2014?

2013 stats: 73 games played, .270 average, .328 OBP, .395 slugging, six home runs, 33 RBI. The 2013 season was another marred by injuries for Matt Kemp, whose 73 games played was his lowest total since 2007, which was his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kemp nearly played the first two months of the season before going down with a hamstring injury on May 29 and was placed on the 15-day disabled ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Previews: Juan Uribe, Looking For An Encore

2013 Stats: 132 games, .278 batting average, 12 home runs, 50 RBI, 22 doubles, .769 OPS Juan Uribe was on the cusp of being cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2012 season and was relegated to the bench in 2013 in favor of Luis Cruz. Once Cruz struggled, Uribe got another chance in the final year of his three-year deal and made the most of it. He took over the third base position with strong defense an ...

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Dodgers 2014 Season Preview: World Series Aspirations In LA

A season full of expectations awaits the Los Angeles Dodgers as they prepare to begin the 162-game schedule against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. After a loss in Game 6 of the NLCS last season, the Dodgers come into the 2014 season as one of the favorites to end the season in celebration in October. Returning a majority of their starting lineup from 2013 and added depth to the bullpen, the team is ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Preview: Can Brian Wilson Withstand A Full Season?

2013 stats: 18 games pitched, 13.2 innings, 2-1 record, 13 strikeouts, 0.66 ERA, 556 ERA+, 0.878 WHIP. Coming off a second Tommy John surgery, Brian Wilson signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in late July of 2013. It was a low-risk, high-reward move for the Dodgers that ultimately paid huge dividends. The right-hander began his climb back into MLB at the Minor League level before appeari ...

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