Los Angeles Teams

Clark: Strong defense makes Rams top contenders in NFC (1:12)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers win, 8-2, and are once again a half-game up in the National League West, now with only 11 left. They have won four of their last five against the Cardinals and Rockies and might be hitting their stride at a good time.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Wood's first relief appearance of 2018: lineout, walk, hit by pitch, flyout, single. Dave Roberts still has a lot to work out in his bullpen, which includes two starters (Wood and Kenta Maeda), a phenom coming off shoulder surgery (Julio Urias) and several other relief pitchers who still don't have defined roles.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Hyun-Jin Ryu tonight: 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts. He has a 1.30 ERA in eight Dodger Stadium starts this season.

Pederson knocks a pair of home runs (0:43)

Another Great Week

Coach Sean McVay was joined by JB Long and D'Marco Farr talked about the win in the home opener vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Coach also talked about losing his Kicker, Greg Zuerlein, right before the start of the game and how Punter Johnny Hekker stepped in. Plus, Coach highlighted the short and intermediate accurate passes of Jared Goff. And, coach also talked about the return of Sam Shields.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockies SS Trevor Story, a legitimate MVP candidate, came out of the game after appearing to hurt his right wrist on a fourth-inning swing. That is not ideal.

Muncy gives a long look after 3-run shot (0:22)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Max Muncy turned on a first-pitch slider from Jon Gray and sent it 400 feet. The Dodgers lead the Rockies, 6-0, in the third inning of a crucial series. They have two home runs tonight and a National League-leading 214 on the year, 7 shy of the franchise record, set last year.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Roberts called this "a playoff game" multiple times. On why he thinks the Dodgers will win the division: "I think the track record for our ballclub, having done it consistently, the depth that we have. We pose matchup fits for other clubs in the middle, late innings."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gets his chance to face the Rockies after skipping the trip to Colorado two weekends ago. Jansen bounced back from a rough outing against the Cardinals on Thursday and has since had two days off. "Kenley's going to be fine," Roberts said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockies, Diamondbacks and Dodgers each have four opponents left, including each other. Rockies' four opponents are a combined 26 games above .500 and the D-backs' opponents are 24 over. Dodgers: Minus-19 (Padres, Giants).

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

The Rams have placed backup receiver Mike Thomas on the injured reserve. Thomas suffered a hip injury in Week 1. With Thomas and returner/backup receiver Pharoh Cooper both on IR, the Rams only have four receivers (Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds) on their active roster.

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Rams RG Jamon Brown returned from his two-game suspension today and is at the team's training facility. Brown is currently listed as a roster exemption.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the most positive developments for the Dodgers these last few weeks is that it seems they have a legitimate co-ace in Walker Buehler, who has a 1.75 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 17 walks over his last 56 2/3 innings. He'll start Wednesday, after Kershaw.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig, named NL Player of the Week, is batting 282/346/581 since returning from the DL in late July. He'll at least start Tuesday and Wednesday in this series against the Rockies, against lefties Kyle Freeland and Tyler Anderson.

Ale's 'You Know It, You Love It' MLS Awards (3:38)