August 6, 2013 |
Hanley Ramirez's injured right shoulder continued to improve Tuesday and the shortstop's status was "pretty much day to day," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. "As long as he keeps going forward like this" in his recovery, "there won't be an MRI" exam needed, Mattingly said, adding that could change "if he stalls and all of a sudden he's not getting better. " "We're basing a lot of this off of, obviously, the way he's feeling, the way he's moving his arm," Mattingly said.
July 31, 2013 |
Some trade deadline. Seen more movement in a three-toed sloth race. Maybe the word deadline was lost on the GMs this year. The Dodgers, who left all of baseball trembling last year with a series of audacious trades, were oddly silent. Unless you count that Earth-shattering, last-second deal to acquire Drew Butera. What, no bells go off? He was a triple-A catcher for the Minnesota Twins. Currently batting .229 for the Rochester Red Wings. Also, he's 29. Fear not, Dodgers faithful, the deadline still was not completely devoid of intrigue.
July 25, 2013 |
As the sports world is learning with every jaw-dropping win, these suddenly delightful Dodgers are a team of many faces. They include Yasiel Puig's giant look of wonder, Juan Uribe's impish grin, A.J. Ellis' grimace, Clayton Kershaw's scowl, and occasionally even Don Mattingly's smile. Then there is The Stare. It's solid, expressionless, powerful in its confident calm, a constant in the Dodgers' dizzying array of emotion. It's also apparently really cute when Mark Ellis' 6-year-old son, Briggs, imitates it while playing tee ball in the middle of his living room.
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July 13, 2013 |
Angelenos heading to Dodger Stadium should allow for extra time and avoid the northbound 5 Freeway, officials said. Traffic on the 5 Freeway in the Elysian Valley area was stopped Saturday morning when a tanker truck overturned and caught fire at a transition road tunnel at the interchange of the 2 and 5 freeways , the California Highway Patrol reported. The northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway are closed and the wreck will not be cleared for quite a while, said CHP Officer Ed Jacobs.
July 8, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The firefighter was a Dodgers fan. His wife's family are Dodgers fans. His nephew is named after Vin Scully. Perhaps it only made sense that Andrew Ashcraft's survivors would seek a moment of peace at a Dodgers game. Barely a week ago, Ashcraft was one of the 19 elite wildlife firefighters from Prescott, Ariz., who perished in the Yarnell Hill blaze. On Monday, several dozen of his family members climbed into a bus supplied by the Arizona Diamondbacks and rode it 125 miles south to Chase Field to watch the Diamondbacks play the Dodgers.
July 6, 2013 |
Smart money The divorce of Dwight Howard and the Lakers might be the biggest story in town, and NBA legend Magic Johnson is an owner of the Dodgers. So the L.A. sports fan ought to appreciate that the best moves the Dodgers made last week included trading for cap space. There is no salary cap for major league players, but the new collective bargaining agreement caps what teams can spend on amateurs. After Bob Engle , the Dodgers' vice president of international scouting, determined the team needed more cap space to pursue players around the world, the Dodgers traded reliever Matt Guerrier to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol . Dodgers fans vented about why their team would want the erratic Marmol, but what the Dodgers really wanted was the additional $200,000 in international cap space the Cubs included in the trade.
June 27, 2013 |
Dear Dodgers fans, let me just say that interviewing you in the first inning is a far different experience from speaking to you in the sixth, when that icy concoction you've been slurping completely Novocains your mouth and you almost swallow your tongue. Don't get me wrong: They're both good experiences. One is just more entertaining than the other, like those snippets that go yard on YouTube. But this much is clear from 75 interviews Tuesday night: You Dodgers fans are loyal, almost to a fault.
June 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - The Dodgers talked the talk Saturday. They had won, and they talked about how this victory could launch them on the winning streak that could save their season. "We've said that how many times this year?" catcher A.J. Ellis said. Too many to count, so let the Dodgers simply enjoy their 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers won this game in June the way they drew it up in December, with a dominant start from Zack Greinke and home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.
June 18, 2013 |
It was a graduation speech. Each fifth-grader at Burlingame's Lincoln Elementary gave one. They were allotted one minute to describe their favorite school memory. Some talked about their first teacher. Others talked about a recent field trip to the Hyatt. A blindingly hopeful 10-year-old named Casey Johnstone changed the subject, using his moment to speak for the blinding hope of generations. In the heart of San Francisco Giants country last Friday night, he stepped to the microphone in his bright blue shirt and talked about his love for the Dodgers.
June 15, 2013 |
Of all the important numbers rolling around Stan Kasten's busy brain, from a giant Dodgers payroll to shrinking Dodgers victories to the size of the line at reserved-level bathrooms, the number that most shaped his life is the one he's never known. It was tattooed in blue on the left forearm of his father. The number was blurred because, during the five years Nathan Kasten spent in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, he would continually gnaw his skin in an attempt to suck out the ink. "His memories, my lessons," Kasten said.