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Dodgers Notes: Dave Roberts’ Views on Miguel Vargas, Surprising Connection to Willie Mays, James Outman Update

Shohei Ohtani reached base all four times in his first game against his former team, and hit a two-run home run in the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Angels in 10 innings. The rest of the Dodgers reached base three times in 31 plate appearances.

Here are the headlines you might have missed Friday:

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Praises Miguel Vargas’ Confidence, Hunger

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts recently praised Miguel Vargas for his improved performance and mindset this season. After a turbulent 2023, Vargas is filling in a gap left by injured star Mookie Betts. Roberts highlighted Vargas’ confidence, tenacity and transition from Triple-A to MLB, endorsing Vargas as a potential mainstay in the Dodgers’ lineup. 

The Surprising Dodgers Connection to Willie Mays’ Legend

The baseball world recently lost Willie Mays. The Dodgers acknowledged their storied rivalry with the Giants icon. Off the field, an unexpected Dodgers link to Mays involves the novelty song “Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)” — written by a Dodgers fan.

Yankees DFA Pitcher They Acquired From Dodgers, Promote Another Former LA Reliever

In a significant roster shuffle, the Yankees designated former Dodgers pitcher Victor González for assignment while pulling in another ex-Dodger, Phil Bickford. While coincidental, it’s notable that another Dodgers reliever (Caleb Ferguson) is also holding down a spot in the Yankees’ bullpen.

How Has James Outman Played in Triple-A Since Dodgers Demotion?

James Outman, after a rocky stint in the majors, has found his form in Triple-A, boasting an impressive slash line and showing signs of returning to the Dodgers’ active roster. His performance suggests a possible return to the Dodgers later in the season.

Recently Released Dodgers Pitcher DFA’d By New Team

Former Dodgers pitcher Elieser Hernández was DFA’d by the Milwaukee Brewers shortly after his acquisition. Hernández’s next team will be his third this season.

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  1. I wanted to COMMEND the EXCELLENT Performance of Landon Knack last nite. He did a GREAT JOB. BUT,, when I saw that Ryan Yarbrough was brought in to replace him, I was WORRIED. I am sorry to say that Yarbrough is inconsistent and is not someone to depend on,—- in a TIGHT GAME, with ONLY a two run lead. Sorry Dave, but in a situation like last nite– why did you pick Yarbrough, when you have Vesia and Banda and Philips waiting in the wings. I like Dave on a Human Level. But some of his Managerial Decisions leave me SHAKING my Head. He should NOT go with RELIEVERS with relatively HIGH ERAs– when he does have Pitchers who are MORE DEPENDABLE. In effect, Yarbrough LOST the Game and NOT Evan Philips. Yarbrough’s Pitching last nite was SUB-Par, and was the REASON the Game went into EXTRA Innings. I am very disappointed in Dave Roberts’ Managerial SKILLS TOO OFTEN And last nite, was another time. when he chose the WRONG Person, to fill the GAP.

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