Arizona Diamondbacks hire Dave Stewart as GM, De Jon Watson as assistant.

The Dodgers lost their assistant general manager of player development, and Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley lost their agent, to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

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Jackie Robinson West Little League team to visit Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

Jackie Robinson West Little League

Jackie Robinson West, from the Washington Heights neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, defeated Nevada, 7-5, to win the U.S. Championship before losing to South Korea, 8-4, in the Little League World Series championship game in August. (Associated Press)

The Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team from Chicago that won the U.S. Little League championship and finished runner-up to South Korea for the Little League World Series title will visit Dodger Stadium on Saturday as guests of the Dodgers.

The first all-black team to reach the Little League World Series since 1983 will take batting practice from 1:45-2:15 p.m. on the field at Dodger Stadium with Carl Crawford, then participate in the on-field pre-game ceremonies and attend the Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game that evening.

Crawford has helped the team financially since 2013 after being inspired by their play in the Little League World Series last year.

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Dodgers 9, Giants 1: It’s OK to celebrate now.

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw joins a group hug after beating the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, 9-1. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw delivered an MVP-caliber performance in the Dodgers’ National League West-clinching victory. His line: 8 innings pitched, 8 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts. The full box score is here.

Not to be a downer (part 1) but: Colleague Vincent Bonsignore writes that the Dodgers should have their sights set on bigger celebrations.

Not to be a downer (part 2) but: Chad Billingsley accepts that he might never pitch for the Dodgers again.

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Dodgers-Giants pregame words: Don Mattingly: ‘Stay humble.’ Bruce Bochy: “It could happen.’

In case you missed it, the Dodgers can clinch the National League West by beating the Giants today.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, in his pregame remarks to the media (above), was careful in choosing his words. After all, the Dodgers’ haven’t clinched the division just yet.

“It’s a good situation, obviously, that we’ve put ourselves in,” he said. “Anytime Clayton’s pitching, you feel pretty good.”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy seems to have embraced the possibility of losing the division with a slightly firmer handshake.

“We know it could happen,” Bochy said. “If it does, I’m not going to get caught up in what they do.”

Last year, the Dodgers celebrated the NL West title by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pool. This year, there’s no pool in sight: Just 24 cases of beer, 204 bottles of champagne and four cases of Martinelli’s sparkling cider — MLB doesn’t allow alcohol on the field — buried in the bowels of the stadium in case the Dodgers clinch.

In light of that, Mattingly had an interesting message to his players: Restrain yourselves.

“I know it’s a rivalry but in the situation, there’s a good chance if we’re able to do this tonight you want to stay humble because you have a chance of playing (the Giants) again,” Mattingly said. “They’re a championship team. They have a chance to move forward.”

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Reports: Dave Stewart will be the next general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart is reportedly in line to become the next general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Getty Images)

Former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart, the agent to current Dodgers Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley, will soon be named the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com was first with the news this morning, followed by a tweet from Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the two parties still needed to iron out the terms. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Stewart expected to hear a formal decision from the Diamondbacks’ top executives by the end of today. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson, who also interviewed for the job, “could also join the club to work with Stewart.”

That last nugget should be of interest to Dodgers fans. Even if Watson remains with the Dodgers, here are some things to consider:

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Dodgers 4, San Francisco Giants 2: Zack Greinke puts the division title on the brink.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig is held back after being hit in the leg by a Madison Bumgarner pitch in the first inning Tuesday night. (Andy Holzman/Staff photographer)

Tuesday night’s 4-2 win showed why the Dodgers spent bug on Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Vincent Bonsignore checked in on Matt Kemp on his 30th birthday.

Don’t like the pace of baseball games? Watch Jimmy Fallon, says one player.

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