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Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen Discusses Early Struggles

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Sure, the 2018 MLB season has just started, but there is concern about the early struggles of Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen after his blown save in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Arizona’s Chris Owings hit a three-run homer off Jansen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, which led to the D-backs picking up two runs in 15th to capture the victory.

“We’re down to barely nothing,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said, “and these guys found a way to win the game. It’s a special night.”

Jansen blew one save in 42 opportunities last season, en route to his 2nd consecutive Trevor Hoffman NL reliever of the year award but he has struggled this season with a blown save and a loss.

“I definitely know I’m fighting with some stuff,” Jansen said (h/t ESPN).

Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts says that Jansen is healthy despite the struggles and the drop in his velocity.

“I know that he’s got pinpoint command, doesn’t walk guys,” Roberts said. “And I know there were some close calls tonight that didn’t go his way. But regardless, Kenley still has the ability to throw strikes when he needs to. Just the pitch to Owings, it was a cutter that was down and in his nitro zone.”

“No, it’s not mechanic,” Jansen said. “He just got me. Who cares? Who cares? It’s one game.”

“Listen, those guys have bats,” Jansen said. “They compete, too. Nobody wants to get beat. Nobody wants to blow saves. Nobody wants to lose games, but the situation of the game, it happens. What can I do? I’ve just got to bounce back tomorrow and help the Dodgers win.”

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Dodgers Place David Freese On Injured List

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David Freese

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed infielder David Freese on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

Freese, 36, has had a solid season for the Dodgers, posting a slash line of .308/.407/.592, which is a career best.

Freese has often played first base for the Dodgers this season.

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Dodgers Talk with Bryce Harper

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are officially back in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes as Harper’s negotiations with the Philadelphia Phillies continue to stall.

According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Dodgers have found their way “back in the mix” for Harper, with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts among a contingent who went to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet with Harper.

While Harper is eyeing a long-term contract, the Dodgers may be angling with a short-term deal, which makes their involvement, and Harper’s engaging with them, interesting.

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Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Braves, Rays in “Advanced Stages” for Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto

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The Miami Marlins may be closing in on a deal to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto as several teams are considered to be in “advanced stages” in talks about a trade, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The report goes on to say that the Cincinnati Reds are in “substantive” talks with the Marlins.

Other teams linked to the deep talks are the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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