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.
August 24, 2013 |
The Dodgers had trouble getting it started Saturday afternoon, both on the mound and at the plate. They fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first and then didn't manage to push a run of their own across until the eighth. It didn't make for the most exciting game, Boston jumping early on Hyun-Jin Ryu and then holding on for the Red Sox victory, 4-2, Saturday afternoon that snapped the Dodgers' four-game winning streak. BOX SCORE: Boston 4, Dodgers 2 The Dodgers never really could figure out Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who held them to three hits in 7 1/3 strong innings.
August 23, 2013 |
Brian Wilson, man of principle? Kinda, sort of, maybe? Wilson was reportedly offered at least $1 million by a razor company to shave off his infamous beard, apparently rat tail and all. That's just a tad more than the $10,000 Joe Namath received for shaving off his mustache for a TV commercial. But it is not happening, or that's the word that Wilson's representatives passed on to TMZ : “The crew over at MVP Sports Group tells us they never took the razor company's offer seriously because Brian refuses to even trim his trademark, and, in fact ... he's told them the beard is 'going with him to the grave.'” If he refuses to even trim it, pretty soon he's going to have to start putting it in pigtails to prevent it flying up and blocking his view of the plate.
August 19, 2013 |
And you thought the Dodgers' season was already crazy. Things became even a bit wackier Monday when the Dodgers activated eccentric reliever Brian Wilson and added him to their 25-man roster. The Dodgers elected to at least temporarily go with 13 pitchers, sending human yo-yo Scott Van Slyke back to triple-A Albuquerque. Expect Van Slyke to return to the Dodgers for a fifth time when rosters can be expanded Sept. 1. The addition of Wilson, a right-hander, gives the Dodgers three former closers to support Kenley Jansen - Brandon League and Carlos Marmol are the others.
August 19, 2013 |
MIAMI - Sixteen months after his baseball career appeared in doubt, Brian Wilson was back in the big leagues Monday when the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list before the start of their four-game series with the Marlins. "You can call it a significant step. But I don't keep track of those things," Wilson said. "Yeah, it feels good to be activated after only 16 months. But by no means have I proved anything. "Just another surgery. And now I've got to go get outs.
August 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Shortly after Sunday's loss in Philadelphia, the Dodgers left for Florida, where they begin a four-game series with the Miami Marlins on Monday. It's a trip that marks a homecoming of sorts for outfielder Yasiel Puig and pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Paco Rodriguez , who will all be playing their first games in Miami in a Dodger uniform. After defecting from Cuba in 2012, Puig bought a house in Miami, where his parents Omar and Maritza live, and Nolasco, a Southern California native, spent parts of eight seasons with the Marlins.
August 17, 2013 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday asked for changes in a medical marijuana bill to to ease access to the drug for ill children. Christie signaled that he would sign the bill if the Legislature changed it to stipulate that edible forms of marijuana would be available only to qualified minors, and that a pediatrician and psychiatrist had to approve a child's prescription. “Today, I am making common sense recommendations to this legislation to ensure sick children receive the treatment their parents prefer, while maintaining appropriate safeguards,” Christie said in a statement.
August 16, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA - Fear the Beard is about to give way to Welcome the Whiskers for the Dodgers, who could activate prodigiously coiffed reliever Brian Wilson as early as Sunday. Wilson hasn't pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery 16 months ago. But he faced five hitters in a simulated game Friday at Citizens Bank Park, and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said that was the last obstacle the right-hander, a three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, would have to clear before being added to the Dodgers roster.
August 13, 2013 |
The Dodgers have turned a lot of things around of late, and what led to which is fun speculation, if still chicken-or-egg material. The Dodgers are winning like crazy right now and plenty of different components have gone into that, but no shortage of attention should be given to the way the bullpen is currently pitching. “It's a joke,” said Clayton Kershaw. “They've just been awesome.” The bullpen has not allowed a run in 16 consecutive innings. During the Dodgers' 21-3 run since the All-Star break, their relievers have posted a 1.69 ERA. They've helped the Dodgers win 11 consecutive one-run games.
August 9, 2013 |
Hanley Ramirez could appear as a pinch-hitter as soon as this weekend, but Brian Wilson is likely to be activated by the Dodgers before Matt Kemp. Ramirez, who jammed his shoulder last Sunday, took batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday. He said "maybe" to the possibility of starting Saturday. "Hanley is pretty optimistic, but he hasn't thrown yet," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. However, Mattingly said the Dodgers no longer are worried that Ramirez might require a stint on the disabled list.