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Dodgers, Mattingly finalize extension …

The Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly reached agreement on an extension Tuesday, a source told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. According to ESPN.com, which first reported the news, the deal keeps him in uniform through the 2016 season. The Dodgers have not confirmed the agreement.

Mattingly was previously only under contract through the 2014 season, a result of his option automatically vesting when the Dodgers beat the Braves in the National League Division Series, but the two sides had been in talks about removing his lame-duck status for most of the offseason.

Mattingly, 52, is 260-225 in three seasons with the Dodgers. Last year, he guided the team through a thrilling turnaround that saw them go from 12 games below .500 on June 21 to 28 games over by Sept. 3, ultimately losing to the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series. For that, Mattingly finished second to Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle for the NL Manager of the Year Award.

– Alden Gonzalez

Mattingly, Dodgers closing in on deal …

Don Mattingly and the Dodgers are making progress on a contract extension that would remove his lame-duck status as the team’s manager, according to reports from FOXSports.com and the Los Angeles Times.

The new deal, which the two sides have been in talks about for most of the offseason, is “expected to be done soon,” FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal wrote via Twitter.

Mattingly is currently only under contract through the 2014 season, his option automatically vesting when the Dodgers beat the Braves in the National League Division Series.

That spilled into an awkward season-ending press conference, when Mattingly – with general manager Ned Colletti by his side – voiced displeasure over being guaranteed for just one more year and said he didn’t want to work where he didn’t feel wanted, resurfacing reports from early in the summer that his job is in jeopardy.

By the time the Owners’ Meetings came around in early November, though, the two sides appeared to clear up any misunderstandings and were talking through a contract extension, with Mattingly saying: “I love where I’m at. I’m proud to be representing the Dodgers and managing their club. We’re in talks right now. Things are going good. No real hurry or rush for me at this point — I don’t think for the Dodgers, either.”

Mattingly, 52, has gone 260-225 in three seasons with the Dodgers. This year, he guided the team through a thrilling turnaround that saw them go from 12 games below .500 on June 21 to 28 games over by Sept. 3, ultimately losing to the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series. For that, Mattingly finished second to Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle for the NL Manager of the Year Award.

– Alden Gonzalez

11/7 afternoon notes

-The Rangers signed left-hander Martin Perez to a four-year contract through 2017 with club options for 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Rangers’ Rookie of the Year, who will turn 23 in April, was already under team control through the 2018 season, so his long-term extension essentially just buys out his arbitration-eligible years and, if all three options are picked up, delays him from entering free agency another two years.

-The Cubs officially announced the hiring of new manager Rick Renteria, the former Padres bench coach. Renteria and the Cubs agreed to a three-year deal with club options for 2017 and 2018.

-The Dodgers have talked with manager Don Mattingly about a contract extension, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, but no deal is imminent. Mattingly is under contract for next season because a club option vested when Los Angeles advanced to the National League Championship Series.

-Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote that it would make sense for outfielder Curtis Granderson to decline the Yankees’ $14.1 million qualifying offer and explore the free agent market, drawing a comparison to Nick Swisher, who cashed in on the open market last winter. Rosenthal also noted on Twitter that the Yankees might have to pay more than $14.1 million to retain right-hander Hiroki Kuroda considering the threat that he could return to pitch in Japan.

-Agent Scott Boras appeared on ESPN writer Keith Law’s “Behind the Dish” podcast on Thursday to discuss several of his free agent clients. Boras described center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury as a “game-changer for a lot of franchises” and said Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo “have the ability to bat third in the lineup and they have the ability to lead off.”

-Boras said shortstop Stephen Drew “could really change the dynamic of the production” of seven or eight teams’ infield “by having that kind of power and that kind of defense on their team.” Boras also argued that switch-hitting first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales has “a resume that, frankly, few hitters have in this market — the only one other than Cano who you can say has the ability to be a run producer in the middle of the lineup” due to his power from both sides of the plate.

-Adam Berry

Donnie Baseball wins debut

With only an unearned run for support, Clayton Kershaw fired seven scoreless innings Thursday as the Dodgers edged the World Series champion Giants and ace Tim Lincecum, 2-1, presenting new manager Don Mattingly with an Opening Day first victory.

The 23-year-old Kershaw, the youngest Opening Day starter for the Dodgers since Fernando Valenzuela in 1983, struck out nine and allowed four hits with one walk. He outdueled Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who also went seven innings with five strikeouts, five hits and three walks.

– Ken Gurnick

Mattingly ready

Don Mattingly said he was “definitely excited” as first pitch approached for his first game as Dodgers manager Thursday. He bought a luxury box for the “20 to 30″ family and friends who traveled for his debut. “I feel a little better than I thought I would,” he said. “I thought I’d be more edgy.”

He said predecessor Joe Torre called earlier in the week to wish him luck “before going to Hawaii.” He said Torre also “scolded” him for the Dodgers’ bench-clearing confrontation with the Padres Saturday, the second such incident for the Dodgers this spring.

“I didn’t mind what happened the other day,” said Mattingly, who earlier said he liked the “spirit” his team showed in an exchange of hit batters that resulted in umpire warnings to both clubs.

– Ken Gurnick

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