April 7, 2010 |
Chad Billingsley said he felt he fixed the problems with his mechanics in the six weeks the Dodgers spent in Arizona for spring training. But he said that a final tuneup in Los Angeles last week is what got his head right. Billingsley, who will make his first start of the season in the Dodgers' series finale in Pittsburgh on Thursday, said that being roughed up by the Angels in the Freeway Series reinforced a message that Manager Joe Torre has been trying to deliver to him. "Pitchers, we have the tendency to give hitters too much credit," Billingsley said.
April 5, 2010 |
Andre Ethier was as unfortunate as Vicente Padilla was wild on Monday. A couple of feet here, a few inches there and the Dodgers could have celebrated opening day with a victory instead of the 11-5 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. "You know, that's the way my season goes," Ethier said. "I don't get cheap hits." The final box score indicated that Ethier went one for five with a double and a run, but failed to show the hard-hit balls that somehow ended up in Pirates gloves at critical junctures in the game.
April 25, 2010 |
— Manager Joe Torre had to laugh. The Dodgers pitched well. They didn't make any errors. "And we lost, 1-0," he said. The Dodgers dropped two of three games to the Washington Nationals, the last by a 1-0 margin on Sunday at Nationals Park, in the exact opposite way they dropped two of three in a series of high-scoring, error-filled contests in Cincinnati earlier in the week. The Dodgers' offense suddenly vanished over the weekend, scoring five runs over 31 total innings in Washington, including the 13 innings they played in a 4-3 win on Saturday.
June 30, 2010 |
The Dodgers are bracing themselves for the possibility that they could lose Manny Ramirez for the second time this season. Manager Joe Torre said he has already met with General Manager Ned Colletti to discuss their options in the outfield if Ramirez lands on the disabled list. Ramirez, who strained his right hamstring in the Dodgers' second of three games in San Francisco, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Thursday morning. "We'll have an evaluation, a decision at that time," Torre said.
April 12, 2010 |
Matt Kemp was ready to leave. So were his teammates, who quickly dressed and quietly made their way out of the clubhouse to board the team bus. "I'm ready to go home," Kemp said. "See my fans." The Dodgers' six-game trip to open the season almost felt like an extension of spring training, as Manager Joe Torre described it as a fact-finding mission and his players made the kind of mistakes that betrayed their reputations. What was dismissed at the start of the two-city trip as early-season rust turned into frustration by the end of the weeklong journey, which ended with a 6-5 defeat to the Florida Marlins on Sunday at a mostly empty Sun Life Stadium.
September 29, 2009 |
The Dodgers will try to clinch the National League West title today by fielding a lineup that doesn't include Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, Ronnie Belliard, Rafael Furcal or Russell Martin. Ramirez told Torre this morning that his hamstring was tight. Blake, who has missed the last five games because of a hamstring problem of his own, flew back to Los Angeles on Sunday night to be examined by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache today. Blake still felt tightness in his hamstring when he tried to run on Sunday.
April 15, 2010 |
As the game extended into extra innings and Wednesday night was about to turn into Thursday morning, James Loney said he wondered if this could be his chance. Projected by most teams as a pitcher when the Dodgers drafted him out of high school, Loney has always joked about his desire to step on a major league mound. "I thought about it a little bit," Loney said. It wasn't to be. Russ Ortiz , the last pitcher available out of the Dodgers' bullpen, gave up two runs in the top of the 11th inning, dooming the Dodgers to a 9-7 defeat against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
August 22, 2009 |
Jonathan Broxton acknowledged that the wear and tear of the season is taking its toll on his mind and body. "We've played 120 games already," Broxton said. "You travel around. You pitch three nights in a row. You pitch four out of six days. It starts wearing on you." Before getting the save Friday night with a perfect ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs, Broxton had blown three of his last six save opportunities and gave up the deciding run in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday.
August 12, 2009 |
Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly said he has noticed that Manny Ramirez has fouled off more pitches down the first base line in recent games -- a sign that he's regaining his timing. "That means he's waiting longer, seeing the ball better," Mattingly said. Ramirez was two for four on Monday and had an RBI double and a two-run homer Tuesday. Mattingly said he was under the impression that Ramirez became overly home run conscious in the 15-game stretch from July 24 to Aug. 8 in which he hit .190.