Dodgers promote lefty reliever Daniel Coulombe for bullpen depth

Los Angeles Dodgers Minor MugsBy Cary Osborne

The Dodgers brought up 24-year-old left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from Chattanooga today.

To make room for Coulombe on the 40-man roster, Stephen Fife, who had Tommy John surgery in August, was recalled from Albuquerque and placed on the 60-day disabled list.

The 2012 25th-round pick out of Texas Tech wasn’t on the 40-man roster and started the season in High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

However, in 65 1/3 minor league innings this season (44 1/3 in Rancho and the last 21 in Chattanooga), he struck out 92 batters — the most of any Dodger minor league reliever. He held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average on the season and had a 2.89 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Left-handers hit .250 against him in Chattanooga and .182 against him in Rancho.

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Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS tickets: Public online sale starts Friday

By Jon Weisman

The public online sale of tickets for Dodger Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series home games begins Friday at 10 a.m. at dodgers.com.

Season ticket holders and premium seat holders can get a head start on playoff tickets beginning Wednesday, and mini-plan holders can follow suit beginning Thursday.

Twitter followers of @Dodgers will have an exclusive on-sale period of 9:45 a.m. until 9:59 a.m. Friday to purchase their Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series tickets before the general public sale begins online. A special presale code will be tweeted out Friday at 9:45 a.m.

In addition, the Dodgers are offering a few lucky fans the chance to purchase tickets in advance of Friday’s public online sale, through the Dodgers Postseason Ticket Opportunity Sweepstakes.

Information on the Dodgers’ potential postseason schedule can be found here at dodgers.com/postseason.

As was the case during the 2014 regular season, fans are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance and will receive discounts off the on-location price if they do. Postseason parking will be at or over capacity for all games, and without purchasing parking in advance, parking is not guaranteed on site.

More information on parking and alternate means of transportation to Dodger Stadium can be found here.

Details on the public sale of tickets for potential World Series games will be announced on an upcoming date.

Giant promotions and promoted Giants

A can’t-miss week at Dodger Stadium is coming fast, with the Clayton Kershaw Commemorative No-Hit Pin on September 22, Sleeved Blanket on September 23 and Kershaw’s final scheduled regular-season start on September 24 — all against the San Francisco Giants.

That’s followed by the final Friday Night Fireworks of the year on September 26, La Gran Fiesta — Viva Los Dodgers on September 27 and Fan Appreciation Day on September 28, all against the lively opponents that are the Colorado Rockies.

Get your tickets now. And don’t forget about the #DodgerBlueOut.

 — Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw nominated for second Roberto Clemente Award

By Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw, winner of the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, is the Dodgers’ nominee for the honor in 2014.

The award recognizes the MLB player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”

“When you think about the Roberto Clemente award, you think about the man first and to be associated with him is an amazing thing,” Kershaw said. “To be nominated again for such an award and to be mentioned in the same breath as Roberto Clemente is very special and something I don’t take for granted. I’m truly humbled and honored to be nominated again.”

Fans may participate in the voting Wednesday through October 6 at ChevyBaseball.com. The fan vote winner will count as one vote alongside a voting body that includes Clemente’s widow Vera, Dodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig and commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.

Steve Garvey is the only other Dodger to win the Clemente Award, in 1981. Adrian Gonzalez was the Dodgers’ 2013 nominee.

In the 43-year history of the award, established in 1971 and renamed for Clemente after his death on New Year’s Eve 1972, there have been no repeat winners.

“Clayton is one of the most dedicated and hardest working athletes on and off the field I’ve been associated with,” said Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten. “If anyone is deserving of the Clemente Award a second time, Clayton is certainly the one.”

Don Drysdale’s 1968 Vitalis commercial

Don Drysdale threw a lot of mean pitches in 1968, but he didn’t throw any greaseball. Thanks to Mark Langill for passing this along.

– Jon Weisman

It’s another wild night for the Dodger offense

By Jon Weisman

For the second time in three nights, the Dodgers showed off some bench-clearing brawn.

An eight-run sixth inning, the Dodgers’ biggest single-frame scoring outburst of the season, allowed the Dodgers to rest their starters again in what became an 11-3 victory at Colorado.

With 32 runs in their past three games, Los Angeles reduced its magic number for clinching a National League playoff spot to five and the NL West title to 10 – and stood to whittle off another digit with San Francisco losing to Arizona in the eighth inning, 6-2. Washington remained a half-game ahead of the Dodgers, who have won eight of their past 10 games, for the best record in the NL.

Justin Turner’s pinch-hit, two-run double with somewhere between two and four runners on base broke a 3-3 tie, and the Dodgers poured it on thereafter.

The NL’s best-hitting team with runners in scoring position finished the game 8 for 18 in those situations.

Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on the board in the first inning with a two-run home run. Juan Uribe had three hits, while Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez each had two. Carl Crawford became the second Dodger in three nights to be hit by two pitches.

Gonzalez leapfrogged injured Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to take the NL lead in RBI. Gonzalez would be the third Los Angeles Dodger to lead the NL in RBI, after Tommy Davis (1962) and Matt Kemp (2011).

A big moment in the game might be forgotten in the short term but could be meaningful in the long. Paco Rodriguez pitched in his first game since August 3, relieving Roberto Hernandez with the bases loaded and two out, and induced an inning-ending groundout.

Earlier Monday, the Dodgers confirmed following an MRI that Hyun-Jin Ryu would miss his next start, but they are optimistic he’ll be ready to go for any playoff games. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has more.

It’ll be a #DodgerBlueOut when the Giants come to town

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By Erik Wilson

Are you pumped after the Dodgers took two of three in San Francisco this past weekend? Get ready to channel that energy next week into the #DodgerBlueOut.

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Dodger strikeout records likely to fall this week

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 p.m.
Dee Gordon, 2B
Yasiel Puig, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, RF
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Roberto Hernandez, P

By Jon Weisman

Sometime before the Dodgers return to Los Angeles from their final roadtrip of the 2014 regular season, they’ll have no doubt broken the franchise’s strikeout records for pitchers and hitters.

With 1,253 strikeouts on the mound, Dodger pitchers are 40 away from breaking the team record of 1,292, set in 2013.

With 1,149 strikeouts at the plate, Dodger batters are 42 away from breaking the team record of 1,190, set in 1996.

Despite the strikeouts, Dodger hitters rank second in the National League in adjusted OPS and first in Wins Above Replacement. Here’s a Cliff Clavin-worthy fact — despite the Dodgers’ team-record pace, 16 MLB teams this season have struck out more than they have. Los Angeles is two strikeouts above the MLB average of 1,147.

Just another great Vin Scully call

I could listen to this call again and again.

— Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw named NL Player of the Week

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

For more photo highlights from Sunday, visit LA Photog Blog.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsBy Jon Weisman

Two-time 2014 National League Player of the Month Clayton Kershaw is now a two-time 2014 National League Player of the Week.

Kershaw won the award Monday after pitching eight innings in his two starts, including Sunday’s big 4-2 victory over San Francisco, and allowing a total of three runs and 13 baserunners in the 16 innings with 17 strikeouts.

For Kershaw, that makes five career NLPOW wins, including at least one every year since 2011.

Carl Crawford (12 for 20 with a walk, five doubles and a home run) and Hanley Ramirez (11 for 22 with a walk and two doubles) were finalists for the award.

Kershaw is also one of six finalists for this year’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, presented to the player who “inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.” He has Dodger Insider’s official endorsement.

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