Thursday was an off day but there was no shortage of Dodgers news:
Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford are close to returning from the DL and Puig is on fire. So where does that put Andre Ethier? The outfielder spoke with Dylan Hernandez and said, "It's not in your control... It's nothing you can have a say about, except to go out there and play hard."
Scott Van Slyke isn't the first Van Slyke in the majors. Andy Van Slyke, Scott's father, "instilled a lot of values" in Scott that he tries to instill in his children, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Wendy Thurm at Fangraphs wrote about Gerrit Cole, whom the Dodgers will face on Sunday in Pittsburgh, and the star power of prospects.