I missed Magic Johnson on Friday morning at Camelback Ranch, but Lyle Spencer at MLB.com captured the moment with the Dodgers' ownership partner. "We get to the playoffs, it's been a successful season. I want to win it all, of course. That's the way I am," Johnson said.
Vincent Bonsignore at the LA Daily News also wrote about Magic in the clubhouse, including Johnson's admiration of A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis. "I call them the Ellis brothers – and I just talked to them too about this same thing. The intensity they bring every night, they’re leaders. That becomes infectious to the other guys," Johnson said.
Grant Brisbee at Baseball Nation wrote about the phenomenon of Yasiel Puig, and described the Dodgers' 22-year-old Cuban outfielder as, "the opening of a movie where we learned the robots have become sentient, or that the aliens aren't as friendly as they seemed. He's a warning that makes the protagonist drop his coffee mug and mutter, 'Oh ... my ... god ...'."
This is a couple of days old, but Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs tried to quantify the loss of Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, though he also called the injury 'survivable.'
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register caught up with Dee Gordon, who is likely headed to Triple-A Albuquerque even with the long-term opening at shortstop with the injury to Ramirez. "I don't care. I just play. Like I've been telling you guys, I'm just playing. I can't go off what happened to Hanley. I'm trying to make the team on my own," Gordon told Plunkett.
Old friend Jon Garland was not assured a spot in the Mariners' starting rotation so he opted out of his minor league contract with Seattle. Scott Weber at Lookout Landing has more.
In National League West news, Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will miss six to eight weeks with a left elbow UCL sprain. Steven Goldman at SB Nation has more.