March 8, 2013 |
PHOENIX - With eight pitchers competing for five spots in the rotation, the Dodgers opened spring training wondering where they would find enough innings to get every potential starter ready for the regular season. That problem got worse Friday when rain limited Ted Lilly to three batters in an afternoon game with the Giants. The left-hander, who missed his previous start with flu-like symptoms, has thrown just 10 pitches this month and only 22/3 innings this spring. "Well, Teddy got out there at least," Dodger Manager Don Mattingly said of Lilly, who threw an extra 25 pitches in the bullpen.
March 7, 2013 |
Dodgers 11, Texas 11 AT THE PLATE: For the second day in a row, Dee Gordon had two hits and two stolen bases and scored twice. Yasiel Puig and nonroster invitee Brian Barden also had two hits each, with Barden raising his average to .579. Minor leaguer Matt Angle had two hits, including a three-run, score-tying home run with two out in the ninth. ON THE MOUND: Chad Billingsley gave up only two hits in 31/3 innings, his best outing of the spring. But Mark Lowe followed him to the mound and struggled, giving up four runs and three hits while getting three outs.
March 2, 2013 |
PEORIA, Ariz. - Must not be sweeps month because the Dodgers haven't been on TV much this spring. Just five of the team's remaining March games from Arizona will be on local television. So the team announced Saturday it will webcast eight home games from Camelback Ranch, beginning Sunday. The games will be provided by ProAngle Media and Camelback Vision via the Dodgers' website ( www.Dodgers.com ). The first telecast is scheduled for Sunday against the Cleveland Indians at 12:05 p.m. PST. The seven additional telecasts are March 6 vs. the Mexican national team, 12:05 p.m.; March 8 vs. the Cincinnati Reds, 6:05 p.m.; March 9 vs. the Seattle Mariners, 12:05 p.m.; March 14 vs. the Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.; March 15 vs. the Kansas City Royals, 7:05 p.m.; March 19 vs. the Oakland Athletics, 1:05 p.m.; and March 22 vs. the Cincinnati Reds, 1:05 p.m. ALSO: C.J. Wilson makes spring debut in Angels' 4-3 loss to Brewers Watch Serena Williams get busted taking a photo of Tiger Woods [Video]
February 26, 2013
Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 6 AT THE PLATE: Utility man Nick Punto drove in the Dodgers' first two runs with a first-inning single to center field. Dee Gordon, who had an on-base percentage of only .280 last season, drew two walks. So did Tony Gwynn Jr., who is trying to make the team as a non-roster player. ON THE MOUND: Chad Billingsley gave up two runs and five hits in two innings. But with Billingsley pitching for the first time since a partially torn elbow ligament ended his 2012 season, the Dodgers were encouraged that his fastball averaged 91-92 mph and touched 93 mph. Chris Capuano had a rough outing, serving up two home runs.
February 25, 2013
Dodgers 2, Chicago White Sox 2 AT THE PLATE: Luis Cruz hit the Dodgers' first home run of the spring, taking Jhan Marinez deep in the sixth inning. Cruz said one reason he isn't nervous this spring is because of the words of encouragement he has received from team Chairman Mark Walter. "He hugs me as if he's my uncle," Cruz said. Hanley Ramirez drove in the Dodgers' first run of the exhibition season when he singled up the middle in the third inning to score Tim Federowicz. But Ramirez strayed too far from first base on the play and was thrown out. ON THE MOUND: Nonroster reliever Peter Moylan had a rough day, coughing up a 1-0 lead he inherited from Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Moylan served up a triple to Alex Rios and a two-run home run to Adam Dunn.
February 24, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- That shiny new two-thirds, $208-million worth of Dodgers' rotation made its spring debut on a breezy Sunday afternoon. Zack Greinke started and threw two scoreless innings and Hyun-Jin Ryu followed and pitched one. Very baby steps, but positive ones. Ultimately, in their second game of the spring Sunday, the Dodgers and White Sox settled for a 2-2 tie at Camelback Ranch. The game was called for lack of pitchers after nine innings. But the main focus from L.A.'s perspective was on getting a first look at Greinke as a Dodger, and for most everyone, a first look at Ryu, period.
February 24, 2013
Chicago White Sox 9, Dodgers 0 AT THE PLATE: The most expensive team in baseball history was limited to three hits, but one came from Juan Uribe, who is trying to break out of a two-year slump. Outfield prospect Yasiel Puig hit a rocket to left field for a double that excited team Chairman Mark Walter. "Puig hit the ball hard, didn't he?" Walter said. "He's got speed too. " ON THE MOUND: Clayton Kershaw was charged with two runs and four hits in two innings. "I felt strong, so that's the most important thing right now," said Kershaw, who blamed the results on poor pitch selection.
February 23, 2013 |
The Dodgers played baseball Saturday, some real, live, actual baseball. Or at least the version that passes for it during spring training. Their first game of the spring wasn't much to get excited about, their offense remaining in hibernation during a 9-0 loss to the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Clayton Kershaw started and went two innings. The good news: He did not walk a batter, he struck out three, and of his 28 pitches [corrected], 16 were strikes. The bad: He gave up two runs on four hits (two doubles)
February 21, 2013 |
Starting to get excited? The most expensive baseball team in the history of the universe is scheduled to play its first spring game Saturday. Only you will not be able to watch it. In fact, you'll be able to watch fewer than half as many Dodgers spring games from Arizona as you could last year. The Dodgers' current broadcast schedule for their 2013 games from Camelback Ranch calls for only seven games to be televised. Last spring the Dodgers had 15 games on television from Phoenix.
February 18, 2013 |
— Shortly after noon Sunday, a black SUV pulled up at the front door of Camelback Ranch amid the breathless aura of a royal homecoming. Two Dodgers employees were waiting on the curb. Several others were staring out from inside the main building. Out of the car stepped a wiry, deeply tanned white-haired man wearing black sweat pants and a long-sleeve white shirt. He took off his sunglasses to reveal bright eyes over a huge smile, and here came the whispers. "He's really 77?