Game 67: 0-0 game ends with a #BalkOff.

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Jimmy Rollins points to Rangers pitcher Keone Kela, and umpire Marvin Hudson points to home plate, after Kela committed a balk in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending Kiké Hernandez home from third on Thursday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers won a game in their final at-bat Thursday. Although, that isn’t quite accurate because Jimmy Rollins was not credited with an at-bat when Kiké Hernandez got Keone Kela to commit a balk. The box score is one of the most interesting you’ll see all year, and it’s here. The photo gallery is here.

Brandon Beachy‘s career is being kept alive by a cadaver ligament and yeah, sometimes that’s a little scary.

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Game 65: A familiar problem, a burst of drama, another loss.

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Clayton Kershaw meets with former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach before the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. (Associated Press photo)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Whether facing a crafty veteran (Yovani Gallardo) or a pitcher four games into his major-league career (Chi Chi Gonzalez), the Dodgers simply could not score in Texas. Then Justin Turner homered in the ninth inning Tuesday — the Dodgers’ familiar flair for the dramatic resurfacing — before Robinson Chirinos walked off Josh Ravin with a solo shot. Two runs suddenly seemed meager and inadequate.

That was the theme of the series, and it’s becoming the theme of the season — at least away from home and especially against .500-or-better teams.

Tonight’s box score is here. The Giants won, so the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is back to 2 ½ games.

Jimmy Rollins batted ninth for the first time in his long career.

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Game 64: Globe Life Park isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig snaps his bat in frustration after striking out in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers. (Associated Press photo)

ARLINGTON, Texas — A pairing of the second-highest scoring team in the National League and one of the American League’s premier hitter’s parks was not as advertised. Yasiel Puig‘s bat-breaking demonstration summed up the Dodgers’ frustration in a 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.

The box score is here.

The mechanical malfunction that forced the Dodgers’ team plane to land at LAX late last night spooked Kenley Jansen.

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About the weather in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Don Mattingly said this afternoon that the June heat at Globe Life Park might be something the Dodgers aren’t accustomed to. Obviously there are limits to that statement; pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Mike Bolsinger both grew up in the Dallas area.

Juan Nicasio and Carlos Frias, among others, are both from the Dominican Republic. Since the starting pitcher does not do interviews on the afternoon of a night he pitches, I asked Nicasio if the weather today was similar to that in the Dominican. He said the heat is but the humidity is not.

After the game I asked Yasiel Puig to compare this to the weather in Cuba. He declined to answer my question. So I googled it:
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Dodgers’ Alex Guerrero is healthy. So why isn’t he starting in an American League park?

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Alex Guerrero isn’t in the starting lineup for the Dodgers’ first game this season in an American League park, where they can use a designated hitter. (Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas — With Justin Turner promoted to everyday third baseman status, Alex Guerrero is arguably the best hitter remaining on the Dodgers’ bench.

Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo throws right-handed. Guerrero (a right-handed hitter) is slashing .286/.322/.655 in 90 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers this season.

Yet Alberto Callaspo is playing third base instead. Callaspo (a switch hitter) is slashing .250/.331/.310 against right-handed pitchers this season.

So why is Callaspo in the lineup and Guerrero isn’t?

“It came down to Adrian (Gonzalez) or (Guerrero). Really, once JT plays first, then it’s a matchup between Callaspo and Alex,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “If Alex, I felt, was a better matchup, I probably would’ve played him at third.”

Justin Turner is playing first base, while Adrian Gonzalez will get a day as the Dodgers’ designated hitter. Here’s the complete lineup:
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