Dodgers eager to defend World Series title in full season

In this Friday, March 5, 2021, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor (3) celebrates his grand slam with teammates Gavin Lux (9), Corey Seager, second from left, and Mookie Betts (50) in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers finally have something besides eight straight NL West titles to brag about. They head into this season’s full 162-game schedule as defending World Series champions, having ended a 32-year drought during the pandemic.