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 7, 2014 |
The future made an appearance for the Dodgers on Friday. Not the one coming this season maybe, but some season not too far distant. Right-hander Zach Lee, the Dodgers' No. 1 pick in 2010 who had been slowed by a muscle strain in his back, finally made his first spring appearance, starting in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Rangers at Camelback Ranch. It was only two innings, but it was a start. Lee, 22, allowed two hits - including a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo off the wall - struck out one and did not walk a batter in his two scoreless innings.
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)
March 21, 2014 |
The Dodgers announced their 25-man roster before opening the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, and if it mostly came out as expected, it wasn't devoid of surprise. Alex Guerrero, the Cuban infielder who did not play last season and is making the conversion to second base, made the cut (for now), but last year's backup catcher, Tim Federowicz, did not. The Dodgers elected to keep catcher Drew Butera, who is out of options, and send Federowicz, who still has them, back to the minors.
March 21, 1997 |
Americans love success stories, particularly those with humble beginnings and unhappy endings. So when the phenomenally popular Selena Quintanilla Perez, the Grammy-winning Queen of Tejano Music, was shot to death in March 1995, scant weeks before her 24th birthday, "Selena" the movie was only a matter of time.
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.