April 16, 2014 |
ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm's second start for the Dodgers was significantly better than his first, as he limited the Giants to a run and five hits over six innings. A 1-1 tie was broken in the seventh inning, when J.P. Howell gave up a two-out single to Pablo Sandoval that drove in Joaquin Arias. AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, when Maholm drew a walk and scored from first base on a triple by Dee Gordon. Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single to right field in the seventh inning after Hanley Ramirez was injured when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch.
April 15, 2014 |
Fleeing Cuba is harrowing and costly, whether it's done in a flimsy boat headed for U.S. shores or a speedboat headed for Mexico. Yasiel Puig, the gifted Dodgers outfielder, set off on the latter route, smuggled out by men who then threatened his life and held him hostage in a Mexican motel. A Florida man with a small-time criminal past helped get him out; in exchange, Puig promised to pay the man 20% of his lifetime earnings. Puig's difficult journey was the result of the longtime U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, which, among other things, makes it illegal for Major League Baseball to hire players directly from Cuba, a veritable incubator of baseball talent.
April 15, 2014
Re "Cable spat could end as a home run," Column, April 11 The new Dodgers owners paid Frank McCourt way too much for the team. Time Warner Cable subsequently signed an obscenely rich contract with the Dodgers, figuring it could make a bundle by gouging pay-TV subscribers for the next 25 years. We love our Dodgers. The owners of the Dodgers and Time Warner love our money. I refuse to ask my pay-TV provider to make a deal with Time Warner. Between the Dodgers raising ticket prices and cable providers continuously raising their rates, fans are tapped out. Watching many games on free TV, supported by the string of advertisements they made us watch, inspired Dodger fans to buy tickets to see the team live and stuff ourselves with incredibly expensive, low-quality food.
April 14, 2014 |
The Dodgers and Major League Baseball declined to comment Monday about a magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba and the death threats the 23-year-old right fielder received last year from human traffickers under control of a major Mexican drug cartel. Through a team spokesman, Puig also declined to comment on the story, which is scheduled to run in the May issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Puig has never talked about how he left Cuba. The Dodgers and MLB wouldn't say what measures they have taken to ensure the safety of Puig and his teammates, though the club is known to have hired full-time security detail last year.
April 14, 2014 |
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and that his life could be in jeopardy. There was talk about Puig being essentially owned by a Miami businessman with a criminal record who hired those smugglers in exchange for 20% of the ballplayer's future earnings.
April 13, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson might be on the disabled list because of the Dodgers' shortened spring training before they opened the season in Australia, but the team's hitters appear to be completely unaffected. The Dodgers are alone in first place in the National League West, in large part because of their offense, which had another spectacular day Sunday in an 8-6, sweep-sealing victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game, Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe also belted home runs, and Dee Gordon swiped a career-high four bases.