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October 15, 2013 |
A Riverside County man was arrested on suspicion of using a baseball bat to strike a 27-year-old woman and her dog during a fight, authorities said Tuesday. Angel Mendoza, 26, is accused of hitting the woman and the dog in the head in Wildomar after the brawl broke out Sunday night between several people reportedly armed with knives and bats, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Sgt. Linda Maria Hughes said the dog tried to bite Mendoza. "Mendoza hit the dog in the head with the baseball bat, causing injuries," Hughes said in a statement.
October 11, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals had trouble hitting left-handed pitching this season, but the Dodgers have only one left-hander in their bullpen for the National League Championship Series. Why? Don Mattingly wouldn't say. "I don't know if I really want to go into all the reasons why," the Dodgers' manager said. Left-handers Chris Capuano and Paco Rodriguez were dropped from the roster and replaced by right-handers Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez , leaving J.P. Howell as the Dodgers' only left-handed reliever.
October 9, 2013 |
Hanley Ramirez has been labeled many things throughout his career. A tremendously talented player, yes. And also a prima donna, a loafer and an underachiever. But ask around the Dodgers clubhouse these days and a different description of Ramirez emerges. "He is as tough a ballplayer as I've ever been around," catcher A.J. Ellis said. Ramirez played the National League division series in considerable pain, which was obscured by his batting .500 in leading the Dodgers to a three-games-to-one victory over the Atlanta Braves.
September 27, 2013 |
The Dodgers are going the Matt Kemp rehab route with Andre Ethier's ankle injury. Ethier has returned to the team's training facility in Phoenix so he can continue hitting against live pitching while the team crosses its fingers and hopes the ankle heals. Manager Don Mattingly said Ethier had about 15 at-bats Friday. Ethier is not expected to rejoin the team until Monday night, confirming his regular season is over . “It's a similar situation with what we were trying to do with Matt, basically trying to get him as many at-bats as we can timing-wise,” Mattingly said.
September 21, 2013 |
It all worked out in the end for the Angels on Friday night, as Chris Iannetta drove a two-out single off the left-center field wall in the 11th inning to score Kole Calhoun from first base for a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Seattle Mariners. Matt Shoemaker allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings in his major league debut, and Dane De La Rosa, Ernesto Frieri, Juan Gutierrez and Cory Rasmus each threw scoreless relief innings to help the Angels win for the 20th time in 27 games and prevent them from being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
September 8, 2013 |
CINCINNATI -- A.J. Ellis caught 131 games last year, 26 more than in any of his previous seasons in the major or minor leagues. By the end of the year that workload had, well, caught up with Ellis, who needed off-season knee surgery. And though he finished hitting a solid .270 with a career-best 13 home runs, his average fell 33 points after the All-Star game. Ellis said he learned from his second-half struggles last season, when he would often take the game home with him. "At the end of the day, you have to separate," he said.