Dodgers release veteran third baseman Alberto Callaspo.

CINCINNATI — Alberto Callaspo, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 19, was released from his contract Thursday.

Callaspo had a .206 batting average with the Atlanta Braves when he was acquired in the Juan Uribe trade in May. He batted .260 with a .336 on-base percentage in 60 games with the Dodgers, mostly as a backup third baseman.

The 32-year-old from Venezuela was cut to make room for second baseman Chase Utley, making Alex Guerrero the primary backup to Justin Turner.

Did Mike Fiers’ glove have pine tar? Dodgers don’t want to sound like they’re whining, but…


HOUSTON — The above image of Mike Fiers‘ glove, shown on TV during his no-hitter Friday, had people buzzing Saturday. The buzz was coming more from fans than the players who took part in the Dodgers’ 3-0 loss.

“I had no idea during the game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Nobody said anything to us during the game.”
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Dodgers acquire Chase Utley from Philadelphia Phillies for two minor leaguers.


OAKLAND — The Dodgers officially acquired second baseman Chase Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, sending Triple-A utilityman Darnell Sweeney and Single-A pitcher John Richy in the two-for-one swap.
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