February 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Showers forced the Dodgers to practice indoors Wednesday. Instead of taking live batting practice on the rain-soaked field, hitters took their swings in the covered batting cages. The pitchers who were scheduled to throw, including Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano, threw as scheduled. Some other notes: The first major injury of the spring was sustained by Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck, who is believed to have torn his hamstring trying to leg out a triple in an employee softball game.
September 2, 2012 |
It's been an interesting season for outfielder Bobby Abreu. He's gone from would-be everyday starter for the Angels, to being released, to signing as a reserve with the Dodgers, to playing almost every game, to being designated for assignment, to agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers. Now add a trip back to the Dodgers as a left-handed pinch-hitter. The Dodgers called him up prior to Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. In a procedural move to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers first called up right-hander Chris Withrow from double-A Chattanooga and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle.
August 29, 2010
Monday through Wednesday: vs. Philadelphia Friday through Sunday: vs. San Francisco Will he or won't he? The final mystery surrounding the Dodgers' season is whether Joe Torre will return to manage next year. Torre, whose place in the Hall of Fame is secure but whose contract isn't, has said he isn't retiring and promised to reveal his plans once the Dodgers are eliminated from playoff contention — which shouldn't take long given that the team's next nine games are against contending teams that entered the weekend at least 13 games over .500.
August 31, 2013 |
The Dodgers acquired Michael Young on Saturday, trading for the veteran infielder minutes before the deadline for postseason eligibility. The deal was being finalized late Saturday night, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. Young, 36, could be in line to replace or complement Juan Uribe as the Dodgers' third baseman. Young batted .272 for the Philadelphia Phillies, with eight home runs in 125 games. Uribe is batting .271, with seven home runs in 110 games, and is considered a superior defender.
February 15, 2011
Dodgers' projected roster STARTERS (batting order) SS Rafael Furcal 2B Juan Uribe RF Andre Ethier CF Matt Kemp 1B James Loney 3B Casey Blake C Rod Barajas LF Marcus Thames STARTING ROTATION LH Clayton Kershaw RH Chad Billingsley RH Hiroki Kuroda LH Ted Lilly RH Jon Garland BULLPEN RH Jonathan Broxton RH Matt Guerrier LH...
May 6, 2012 |
Yeah, right, there's an outcome you'd best not tie your little playoff hopes to. The one thing Ronald Belisario has been the past two years is completely unreliable. He'll always have 2009, when he was an absolute stud (2.04 ERA, .201 opponent batting average), but since then he's been all over the map, though largely in his native Venezuela. There was a DUI arrest and visa problems, a trip to the restricted list for substance-abuse treatment , a positive cocaine test and more visa problems, and a 25-game suspension to start the season.
April 10, 2012
Dodgers From Coast to Coast The Official Visual History of the Dodgers Introduction by Vin Scully, Foreword by Tommy Lasorda Skybox Press/Abrams: 256 pp., $40
October 16, 2013 |
It is hard to pick one trait that distinguishes Vin Scully from ordinary broadcasters, but we'll go with this one: He knows when to shut up. Scully, working on radio during the playoffs, was at the microphone in the seventh inning of Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League championship series. With one out and the St. Louis Cardinals leading, 4-2, the Dodgers' Nick Punto doubled. The Dodgers had the potential tying run at bat, and Dodger Stadium was rocking. Punto was picked off. This is what Scully said: "Listen to the crowd now. " Dead silence, for a few uncomfortably long moments.