February 28, 2014 |
About the Dodgers' four-outfielder problem ... while in the crowded neighborhood, could they make it a five-outfielder dilemma? Hey, spring is for those who dream, so you could excuse the Dodgers if they were feeling a tad wishful Friday after prospect Joc Pederson broke open a scoreless game with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. The Dodgers went on to a 5-0 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, seven different pitchers combining to hold Chicago to five hits. The Dodgers had only two hits themselves entering the seventh when first baseman Clint Robinson -- a free-agent first baseman who would later add a two-run bomb of his own -- led off the inning with a single.
March 15, 2014 |
Dodgers 5, Padres 4; White Sox 5, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a triple, raising his exhibition average to .282. Gordon also stole a base, making him nine for his ninth in nine on the spring on stolen-base attempts. Manager Don Mattingly has been highly complimentary of Gordon, an indication he could be the team's opening-day second baseman. ON THE MOUND: Closer Kenley Jansen threw another scoreless inning to maintain his 0.00 earned-run average.
June 18, 2011
Ninth inning, game on the line, the other team's top hitters coming to the plate. Which bullpen would you trust to hold the lead? TEAM (Primary closer); THE PITCH 1. PHILADELPHIA (Ryan Madson): MLB-low 2 blown saves despite 2 injured closers 2. SAN DIEGO (Heath Bell) Bullpen 2.64 ERA best in majors 3. DETROIT (Jose Valverde) Converting AL-best 78% of save chances 4. TAMPA BAY (Kyle Farnsworth) Farnsworth's 0.79 WHIP best among regular closers 5. CLEVELAND (Chris Perez)
January 6, 1996 |
The show that was on the road for so long finally came home. To rave reviews. Harvard-Westlake High, playing at home for the first time in more than 10 months, parlayed a second-half surge into a 59-48 Mission League boys' basketball victory over Notre Dame on Friday night.
May 17, 1996
Rob Di Muro has been hired as boys' basketball coach at Notre Dame High, replacing Chris Perez, who resigned last week. Di Muro, 31, was girls' coach at Notre Dame the past four seasons, leading the Knights to the Southern Section Division III semifinals in 1994 and '95. Perez played basketball and football at Notre Dame before graduating in 1983. "This is the job I've been eyeballing since I started coaching," Di Muro said.
April 16, 2011 |
Target Field's reputation as a tough place for power hitters hasn't vanished. The Twins, A's and Royals combined to hit only three homers in five games there last week, with Jason Kubel hitting one ball to the warning track in right that teammate Danny Valencia thought was "going to be in the upper deck. " … Keys to the Indians' fast start — shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who has four homers and 14 RBIs and won a game with a squeeze bunt; 3-4-5 starters Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin and Mitch Talbot; the bullpen trio of closer Chris Perez and lefties Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp, who allowed four hits in their first 17 innings; and greatly improved fielding, which manager Manny Acta is most happy about.
August 21, 1994 |
'Some people must think I prearranged all of this, that I set goals," says Selena, 23, the most successful act in the burgeoning Tejano field and one of Latin pop's biggest stars. "Actually, I've been fortunate. Things have just happened." Well, not really. It's taken 13 years of hard work and whistle-stop touring. "Back then, many male promoters thought a woman couldn't pull in a crowd," recalls the singer, who plays the Universal Amphitheatre on Thursday.
September 24, 2011 |
Albert Pujols' tremendous second half has restored his value and his determination to match the $27.5 million a year that the Yankees gave Alex Rodriguez . . . . Don't be surprised if Ryan Braun steals some bases in the playoffs. He has been running well after recovering from an inflamed tendon behind his left knee, becoming the second 30/30 player in Brewers history. . . . The Yankees still are worried about Rodriguez's left thumb. He has been using a split grip on the bat lately, with a layered O-ring of tape between his hands to protect his sprained thumb.
August 11, 2013 |
CLEVELAND -- Five runs ahead and 10 outs away from a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians, the Angels collapsed in the sixth and seventh innings for a 6-5 loss at Progressive Field on Sunday. Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana led off the seventh inning with a home run to right field off reliever J.C. Gutierrez to tie the score, 5-5, the first run given up in the series by an Angels bullpen, which had retired 18 of 20 Indians batters to that point. Lonnie Chisenhall walked with one out, Drew Stubbs singled, Michael Bourn stroked a run-scoring single to left field off left-hander Nick Maronde for a 6-5 lead, and the Indians held on to snap a six-game losing streak.
January 2, 2014 |
Let's count, because we do that a lot watching baseball. Numbers are everywhere. Whether you are a traditionalist or convinced WAR is the greatest number ever, this is for everyone. Count with me now: Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Chris Withrow and Jamey Wright. Backward or forward, that's eight, right? Eight relievers all understandably planning on being part of the Dodgers' 2014 bullpen. And that's not even counting bullpen candidates Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert, Onelki Garcia, Jose Dominguez and Yimi Garcia.