Don Mattingly: Hanley Ramirez’s right elbow improving.

DENVER >> Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez’s sore right elbow had improved, one day after he was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup:

Mattingly also talked about how difficult the season has been for Ramirez, who’s battled nagging injuries throughout the season (elbow, shoulder, hand) and spent 15 days on the disabled list in August with a strained right oblique muscle:

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Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias suffers historically bad start.

DENVER >> Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias became the first pitcher in the modern era to allow 10 hits while getting less than three outs Wednesday. The Dodgers are trailing the Colorado Rockies 9-0 in the third inning.

Frias, starting in place of injured left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, allowed 10 hits and six runs in two-thirds of an inning before he was relieved by Scott Elbert.

Prior to the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly complimented Frias’ willingness to attack the strike zone.

“He’s not afraid to go out there and throw it over,” Mattingly said. “Early on he gave up a couple homers. He went right back out there and was still on the attack. He doesn’t seem to be afraid at all. He tends to be fearless.”

Frias did not walk a batter.

Other than that, he did exactly the opposite of what the manager was looking for:

Frias threw 38 pitches. All were four-seam fastballs or cut fastballs.

The Rockies had never scored eight runs in the first inning of a game in their 22-year history.

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Dodgers purchase stake in Triple-A Oklahoma City, citing ‘opportunity we couldn’t pass up.’

Oklahoma City baseball field

The 19-year-old Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is home to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

Making formal a poorly kept secret, the Dodgers announced an agreement today with Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC to purchase the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks, which will become the team’s new Triple-A affiliate.

The Dodgers had been affiliated with the Albuquerque Isotopes since 2009.

Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber will be the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of the RedHawks. Partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman (who are not directly involved with the Dodgers) will manage the operations of the company.

According to multiple reports, the ownership structure is a 50/50 arrangement in which Guber owns half of the RedHawks, and the other Dodgers owners control the other half.

The purchase agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approvals of the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball and the review of the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

“We enjoyed a great relationship with the Albuquerque organization and its fans,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said, “but the opportunity of franchise ownership was one we couldn’t pass up.”
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Rockies 10, Dodgers 4: Today’s game story.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the starting lineup with an elbow injury and struck out as a pinch hitter in his only at-bat Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Don Mattingly offered an interesting take on his club prior to a 10-4 loss to the Rockies. The box score is here.

Also, Daniel Coulombe is the Dodgers’ all-time ERA leader.

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Dodgers add Daniel Coulombe to major-league roster.

“Where were you when you got called up to the major leagues?”

There are always a few interesting responses to the question; usually it involves getting called into a manager’s office at a minor-league ballpark somewhere.

Daniel Coulombe‘s season was over, so he was at home in Arizona watching “Walking Dead” with his fiancee when Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson called to deliver the news Monday night.

“At first it was definitely shocking,” he said. “It took a little while to set in. Man, it’s exciting.”
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BaseballAmerica.com ranks Corey Seager as its number-one minor league MVP.

Corey Seager

Dodgers prospect Corey Seager was promoted to Double-A by the Dodgers after his apperance in the Futures Game. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff photographer)

This one’s a bit esoteric, but try to follow along.

BaseballAmerica.com, which pays closer attention to minor-league prospects than just about any website on the planet, ranked the MVPs of each minor league, as chosen by the voters in each league. The criterion for ranking: long-term potential.

Corey Seager topped the list. The 20-year-old shortstop was chosen MVP of the California League, despite not playing in the California League for half the season. (He was promoted to Double-A after the Futures Game.)

From author Matt Eddy:
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Clayton Kershaw nominated for Roberto Clemente Award.

Clayton Kershaw ping pong

Clayton Kershaw, left, playing ping pong with Neil Patrick Harris, has raised money for a Zambian orphanage through his annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event. (courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel show)

Clayton Kershaw was chosen as the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award today. Kershaw won the award in 2012.

Each team nominates one player to be considered for the award in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing “current players who truly understand the value of helping others.”

Here’s more from MLB’s press release:

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