August 11, 2011 |
It's a question Clayton Kershaw can't answer off the top of his head: What size bat does he use? So the Dodgers' star pitcher reached above his locker, pulled out one of his black bats, and scanned the bottom of the handle. "Thirty-four inches, 311/2 ounces," he declared. No surprise that Kershaw has to check — pitching is his priority, obviously — but one pleasant surprise for the Dodgers in their dreary season is that Kershaw and fellow starter Chad Billingsley have been among the better-hitting pitchers in the National League.
July 9, 2011 |
The Cardinals held it together without Albert Pujols, going 7-7 and scoring 4.2 runs per game. Tony La Russa was hoping Pujols would be added to the NL All-Star roster so he could avoid a four-day break.... Jim Leyritz, the Yankees' 1996 World Series hero who was acquitted of vehicular homicide after a drunk driving accident, is trying to get his career back on track as a coach for the independent Newark Bears. He says Joe Girardi and David Cone were the only former teammates who stood by him through his ordeal....
April 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Chicago Vicente Padilla said he didn't know what to expect. The game he pitched on Saturday was his first of the season. The relief appearance was his second of the last 10 seasons. On the two-month anniversary of an operation that freed a nerve that was entrapped in one of the deep muscles of his forearm, Padilla pitched a perfect sixth inning in the Dodgers' 10-8 defeat to the Chicago Cubs. The previous day, he said he was uncertain how long it would take for him to warm up in the bullpen.
March 22, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal had two hits, as did non-roster infielder Eugenio Velez, who had to be removed in the seventh inning because of a sprained ankle. Hector Gimenez, who has hit his way into roster consideration, was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. A catcher who has spent a significant part of the spring at first base, Gimenez played left field because Manager Don Mattingly wanted to test his versatility. In the first inning, Gimenez threw out Tyler Colvin at the plate when Colvin tried to score from second base on a single by Marlon Byrd.
March 21, 2011 |
Chicago Cubs 7, Angels 4 (rained out in fourth inning) AT THE PLATE: Manager Mike Scioscia, not wanting to risk injuries on a soggy field, pulled every starter except Hank Conger by the third inning. Bobby Abreu doubled, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run single in the first. Mark Trumbo returned after missing four games because of right groin tightness and singled in his only at-bat. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Francisco Rodriguez started and gave up a walk, a single and Carlos Pena's three-run home run in the first.
March 13, 2011 |
White Sox 6, Dodgers 1 Cubs 4, Dodgers 3 (10) AT THE PLATE: Hector Gimenez hit a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs in Las Vegas, one of the Dodgers' split-squad games Sunday. In the other, against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers' three hits included doubles by Dioner Navarro and Justin Sellers. ON THE MOUND: Hiroki Kuroda pitched six innings against the White Sox ? the longest stretch for a Dodgers starter so far this spring ?
March 7, 2011 |
Angels pitcher Dan Haren didn't have to think long to remember the last time he was pulled from a no-hitter after just three innings. "That's probably the longest I've ever had a no-hitter going," he joked Monday after cruising through the Chicago Cubs' lineup in a Cactus League exhibition at a windy HoHoKam Park. The Angels lost, 14-13. In spring training, it's all about the work, not the results. But on this day Haren got both. On the results side, he didn't allow a ball to leave the infield, facing only one batter over the minimum in his three innings.
March 7, 2011 |
Cubs 14, Angels 13 AT THE PLATE: Mark Trumbo had a huge game, going four for four with a mammoth home run and a double that might have traveled 440 feet had it not hit the batter's eye in dead center. Five other Angels had at least two hits, led by Alberto Callaspo (three for four) and Brandon Wood (two for five with a homer, double and three RBIs). ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren looked ready for opening day in an effortless three-inning outing in which he did not allow a ball to leave the infield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2010 |
Phil Cavarretta, who was the National League's most valuable player in 1945 when he led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance, died Saturday in Lilburn, Ga. He was 94. Cavarretta died of complications from a stroke, his son, Phil Cavarretta Jr., told the Associated Press. He also had suffered from leukemia for several years. Cavarretta, a left-handed-hitting first baseman and outfielder, played 20 seasons with the Cubs from 1934 to 1953 before playing his final 77 games in 1954 and '55 for the cross-town White Sox. In a statement, the Cubs called Cavarretta "a local hero and a tremendous player.
October 19, 2010 |
Mike Quade was hired Tuesday as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Quade, 53, had a 24-13 record as interim manager of the Cubs after Lou Piniella resigned in late August. Quade had been the team's third base coach for four seasons. He was given a two-year contract with a club option for 2013. The hire is the first under new team owner Tom Ricketts . "We believe that Mike can coach, manage and win for the Chicago Cubs," Ricketts said. It is the first major league managerial job for Quade, who managed more than 2,300 minor league games in the Montreal, Philadelphia, Oakland and Cubs farm systems.