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Henry, Lucchino and co-owner Tom Werner and general manager Ben Cherington did not respond to emails seeking comment.
The Dodgers began the day 1 1-2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card berth in the NL.
“It’s like I always say, you can’t worry about things you can’t control. The only thing we can control is what we do here, and that’s to go out and try to win every game,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “We have the talent here. It doesn’t matter what the other clubs do. We shouldn’t be thinking about what’s happening south of us.”
Gonzalez, a three-time Gold Glove award winner, could provide a big boost for the Dodgers.
After a slow start, he is hitting .300 with 15 homers and 86 RBIs for the season and leads the majors with a .398 batting average with runners in scoring position. He was better last year, his first with Boston, when he batted .338 with 27 homers and 117 RBIs.
Crawford has been a disappointment in his two seasons with the Red Sox. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery Thursday to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and could be ready by spring training.
He hit .282 with three homers and 19 RBIs after batting .255 with 11 homers and 56 RBIs last year. He missed the first 89 games this season while recovering from left wrist surgery, then hurt his elbow in April while rehabbing. He came off the disabled list July 16.
Beckett is in the midst of the worst of his 12 major league seasons with a 5-11 record and a 5.23 ERA, He is 1-7 in his past 13 starts in his seventh season with Boston.
Punto, a backup player, is hitting .200 in 125 at bats.
Loney is having a mediocre year and can become a free agent after the season. He is hitting .254 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 114 games in his seventh major league season, all with the Dodgers.
“It’s a little frustrating because you just think there’s so much more there. And I know James thinks there’s more there,” Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s hard to have anything really negative to say about James because he’s a great kid and he works really hard. He’s giving us everything that he’s got. It’s not a matter of not wanting to or not trying to or not doing the work. It’s just not coming out.”
AP Sports Writers Ron Blum in New York and Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.
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