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 claim pitcher Layne Somsen.

The Dodgers claimed right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen off waivers and transferred right-hander Chin-hui Tsao (right triceps strain) to the 60-day disabled list today.

Somsen, 27, appeared in two games with Cincinnati this season (5 ER/2 ⅓ innings) in his first big league action and has combined to go 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA, a .149 opponents’ batting average and a 1.00 WHIP in 14 minor league appearances this year at Triple-A with the Reds’ and Yankees’ affiliates. The Dodgers will be his third organization of 2016.

Somsen opening the season with the Reds’ organization before being claimed by the Yankees on May 24.

The South Dakota native has gone 10-5 with a 2.42 ERA in 90 games (seven starts) in four minor league seasons, limiting opposing hitters to a .208 batting average and striking out 193 in 189 ⅔ innings. Somsen was originally selected by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of South Dakota State.

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Game 73: Yasmani Grandal’s home run brings Dodgers’ winning streak to five.

Yasmani Grandal

Yasmani Grandal shouts as he heads for second base after hitting a 3-run home run in the eighth inning. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Yasmani Grandal‘s three-run home run off Tanner Roark gave the Dodgers all the runs they would need in their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.

The Dodgers maintained their 5 ½-game deficit in the National League West behind the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4. The Dodgers visit Pittsburgh on Friday.

The box score is here.

Eric Gagne passed the best-closer-in-franchise-history torch to Kenley Jansen, and only one of them wanted to be a closer at first.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:
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Source: free agent infielder Yulieski Gurriel works out at Dodger Stadium.

Béisbol time en #dodgerstadium

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The Dodgers held a private workout for free agent Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel today, according to a source, and Gurriel posted a photo of himself at Dodger Stadium on his Instagram account. The 32-year-old infielder also has a workout lined up with the New York Mets and at least one other team, according to the source.

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Dodgers sign 13th-round draft pick Cody Thomas.

The Dodgers have signed their 13th-round draft pick, University of Oklahoma outfielder Cody Thomas, per Thomas’ Instagram account:

Blessed to say that I am now a Los Angeles Dodger. #trusttheprocess

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The Dodgers are believed to have reached agreements with 23 of their 42 draft picks, including 11 of their first 12.

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