Game 52: Alex Guerrero’s grand slam proves it’s not the distance that counts.

Alex Guerrero grand slam

Alex Guerrero watches his grand slam that landed just beyond the center field fence in the ninth inning Tuesday. (Getty Images)

DENVER — Joc Pederson hit two of the longest home runs of the season, but Alex Guerrero hit the most important of his major league career on Tuesday. The Dodgers needed everything they got from two rookies (is Guerrero a rookie?) to salvage the doubleheader split.

The Game 2 box score is here.

The Game 1 box score is here.

Paco Rodriguez will avoid surgery for now, but there’s still reason to be concerned about his elbow injury.

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Dodgers shuffle roster between doubleheader games.

DENVER — The Dodgers dropped Game 1 of their doubleheader Tuesday, 6-3 to the Rockies. You can read about that here.

Zack Greinke will start Game 2 tonight, but the bullpen will look very different than it did when the Dodgers set out on their current six-game road trip — even a little different compared to an hour ago.
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David Aardsma believes he’s earned a call-up, but what will Dodgers do?

David Aardsma

David Aardsma can opt out of his minor-league contract with the Dodgers this week. (Getty Images)

David Aardsma is either on the verge of being on the Dodgers’ major league roster or pitching for another organization.

NewsOK.com has the story on the 33-year-old reliever, who has 15 saves for Triple-A Oklahoma City:

Aardsma reworked his mechanics in the offseason … in an effort to work his way back to the major leagues for the first time since 2013. Now he’s either a few days away from Los Angeles or free agency depending on the outcome of his opt-out clause that leaves the Dodgers a 72-hour window to promote him. Either way, he feels he’s primed for a comeback.

“The biggest challenge is to get an opportunity,” Aardsma said. “That’s all you can do. I felt like I did that in spring training where I really put myself in the right spot to where I can be successful here. Then it’s finding the right organization at the right time that will give you that opportunity.

“It’s like a rebuilding offseason for me, and we’ve seen the fruits of the labor come out. The idea is to get a chance and show them I can pitch, and I feel like I have.”

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