About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Dodgers 14, Chicago Cubs 5: Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th game in odd fashion.

Yasiel Puig

A.J. Ellis high-fives Yasiel Puig during the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ellis hit two home runs in the game and Puig hit one. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw was far from perfect in winning his 20th game of the season, and that was OK. The box score was kind to Dodgers hitters.

Also: tomorrow is a big day for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Sunday’s starting pitcher, who still doesn’t have a name.

Joc Pederson buys coffee for the Dodgers. Update.

Yes, that’s a headline.

Yes, this is the quintessential example of “rookie hazing” in the 21st century.

And yes, there’s a Starbucks close to Wrigley Field — right across the street.

No word on who ordered the “Oprah chai.” Enjoy the photo:

Update (12:10 p.m.): Starbucks’ official Twitter account (@Starbucks, total followers: 6.67 million) took notice:

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) might not pitch for the Dodgers until October.


CHICAGO >> Hyun-Jin Ryu’s left shoulder was hurting Friday morning.

The good news: The pain is from the cortisone shot Ryu received Monday — not from the inflammation that knocked him out of his last start seven days ago in San Francisco.

The bad news: Ryu hasn’t touched a baseball in seven days. He won’t throw Friday and he might not start over the final nine games of the regular season.

“Overall I feel a lot better than at first,” Ryu said through his interpreter Friday. “I’ve been working out, obviously without throwing and hurting my shoulder further. It’s a good direction. I can’t really say when (I’ll be back).”
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Bruce Froemming, Tommy Lasorda join guest instructor roster at Vero Beach.

Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda is going to be a guest instructor at the Dodgers’ annual adult baseball camp in November. (Getty Images)

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and former National League umpire Bruce Froemming have been added as instructors at the 53rd Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, from Nov. 9-15.

Instructors scheduled to attend include: Ron Cey, Tommy Davis, Steve Garvey, Mickey Hatcher, Rick Monday, Steve Sax, Don Sutton, Maury Wills and Steve Yeager. Of those nine former Dodgers, all have played in at least one World Series for the Dodgers.

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Dodgers 8, Chicago Cubs 4: Today’s game story.

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon celebrates with Adrian Gonzalez after scoring on a single hit by Yasiel Puig during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ win against the Chicago Cubs. (Associated Press photo)

Big innings seem to be the Dodgers’ salve lately. Either it happens or it doesn’t. The last two days — at Coors Field, no less — it didn’t. Tonight it did. Click here for the box score.

Hyun-Jin Ryu had an interesting day. Bottom line: How ’bout that bullpen game against the Giants?

Hyun-Jin Ryu to begin throwing Friday, bullpen game Monday still in play.

CHICAGO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was scheduled to arrive at Wrigley Field late Thursday because of a delayed flight, manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers’ manager said that Ryu will begin his submaximal throwing program Friday.

To expect Ryu to start Monday having thrown only two days prior, Mattingly said, is “a stretch.”

Mattingly hasn’t ruled out rotating relievers through nine innings Monday against the San Francisco Giants — a “bullpen game” — which might be the preferable alternative to Kevin Correia or Carlos Frias, who was rocked Wednesday.

Colorado Rockies 16, Dodgers 2: Today’s game story.

Carlos Frias

Carlos Frias allowed 10 hits in two-thirds of an inning in his second major-league start. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Carlos Frias‘ second major-league start made it hard to remember he didnt allow a run in his first. By one measure it was the worst start in baseball’s modern era.

The box score is here.

Dee Gordon and Jake Peavy are text-message buddies now.

Dee GordonThis is funny. From San Francisco Giants beat writer Alex Pavlovic on MercuryNews.com:

After seeing Jake Peavy’s quotes last night, Dee Gordon had a teammate take a picture of him standing in the clubhouse wearing just a towel and shower shoes, holding a big bottle of shampoo. He texted it to Peavy, who loved the back-and-forth. Should be a fun first at-bat next Monday.