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Dodgers links: Yasiel Puig, Zach Lee, Chad Billingsley, Hyun-jin Ryu

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A pair of Dodgers were ranked among the top 101 prospects in baseball, plus news on several pitchers past and present, the rivalry with the Giants, catching up with the front office, and Oscar picks.

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  • Two Dodgers made the Baseball Prospectus top 101 prospects list, which was released Monday. Outfielder Yasiel Puig checked in at No. 79, and pitcher Zach Lee was No. 87. Lee was ranked No. 70 in 2012, and No. 54 in 2011.
  • Bill Plunkett on the Orange County Register wrote about the Dodgers' optimism surrounding Chad Billingsley, Monday's starter, amid his non-surgical comeback from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "I'm going to be like Takashi Saito," Billingsley said, referring to the former Dodgers reliever who had the same platelet-rich plasma treatment in 2008 as Billingsley did in 2012, and was able to pitch without surgery.
  • Greg Beacham of the Associated Press wrote on Hyun-jin Ryu's Sunday debut and noted, among other things, that Ryu said he has lost 15 pounds since the start of camp. In addition, Tim Federowicz praised the pitcher in his comments.
  • Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle caught up with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti about the rising stakes of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry.
  • Barry Bloom at MLB.com caught up with Dodgers charmain Mark Walter and CEO Stan Kasten, who both have high hopes for the franchise. "I feel that especially in L.A., where there's been a down period we'll say, we needed to do something to tell the fans we cared and wanted to be back," Walter said. "Whether that results in a World Series ring right away or not, there's really no guarantee of that. But it does tell people we care a lot."
  • The AP had a story on Sunday about Sandy Koufax's return to the Dodgers.
  • In case you missed it, MLB.com asked the Dodgers their picks for Best Picture before Sunday's Oscars. See how they did.