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Dodgers Notes: LA Loses Veteran Reliever, Embarrassing Giants Giveaway, Huge Clayton Kershaw Update

On the heels of several sluggish offensive performances, the Dodgers broke out for six runs and 11 hits on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The Pirates, however, broke out for 10 runs in a 10-6 win. The game yielded one of the season’s most memorable pitcher-hitter duels between Paul Skenes and Shohei Ohtani, which started poorly for the Dodgers star but ended well.

Here’s all the news you might have missed.

Ohtani’s Monumental Home Run Against Paul Skenes

Shohei Ohtani delivered a massive blow in a recent game, hitting a home run off the Pirates’ pitcher Paul Skenes. Despite an initial tough inning, Ohtani’s revenge came swift and strong, providing a major highlight to his young Dodgers career.

Clayton Kershaw Nears MLB Return After Surgery

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is on a swift path to recovery. A planned simulated game at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday will advance his rehab schedule and make a return to the majors a matter of time. His progress spells good news for the Dodgers, who are eager to have their star pitcher back in action.

Surprises in MLB All-Star Ballot

The 2024 MLB All-Star ballots have a few surprises from the Dodgers, including rookie Andy Pages and veteran Jason Heyward. Fans typically vote for the most recognizable names, but some under-the-radar at least have a chance to go to Arlington, Texas, in July if they secure enough votes.

Departure of Veteran Reliever Dinelson Lamet

In a notable but not unexpected transaction, right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet has chosen free agency by opting out of his minor league contract with the Dodgers. His departure follows a brief stint in the majors and a longer, less successful run at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani Struggle at the Plate

Both Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani are experiencing unexpected slumps, affecting the Dodgers’ recent offensive performances. Their struggles have come at a critical moment in the season, raising concerns about whether the Dodgers can turn it around until their two stars perk up.

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JP Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra writes and edits Major League Baseball content for and is the author of 'The 50 Greatest Dodger Games Of All Time.' He once recorded a keyboard solo on the same album as two of the original Doors. Follow at


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