View from the North.

The Dodgers geared up for the stretch run Saturday by completing a 9-player blockbuster trade that brings first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Los Angeles.

How will their National League rivals opponents respond?

For what it’s worth, sports columnist Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group opined that the first-place San Francisco Giants already improved when they lost their best hitter, Melky Cabrera, to a 50-game drug suspension 10 days ago. Uh-huh.

This was all written before the Gonzalez trade and after the Giants swept the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, mind you, but read on:
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No turning back.

Journeyman infielder Nick Punto may have been the least critical part of the most expensive August trade in Major League Baseball history.

But on Saturday morning, he delivered the most valuable bit of news via his Twitter account (@shredderpunto) when he posted the following photo along with the message “#dodgers doing it first class!”

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Video: Newest Dodger Shane Victorino meets the media at Dodger Stadium

On Aug. 1, 2012, the newest Los Angeles Dodger, outfielder Shane Victorino, sat with the media at Dodger Stadium and answered questions from reporters, including sports columnist Vincent Bonsignore and Dodgers writer J.P. Hoornstra. Attention hard-core Dodger fans: This interview is 12 minutes long:

Videos produced by the staff at the Los Angeles Daily News