April 16, 2011 |
Frank McCourt took a $30-million loan from Fox to meet the Dodgers' payroll obligations last week, according to three people briefed on the arrangement. The money is expected to cover the Dodgers' expenses into next month. Commissioner Bud Selig has yet to say whether he will approve a proposed television contract between Fox and the Dodgers, which McCourt has presented as a long-term solution to the team's financial troubles. Offensive woes might force Dodgers to bring up Jerry Sands The loan marks the second time since the end of last season that Fox has provided money to the Dodgers owner so he could cover expenses.
August 20, 2010 |
Mannywood may have left Dodger Stadium, but its featured attraction could be back in left field as soon as Saturday. Manager Joe Torre said Friday it was possible Manny Ramirez would return to the Dodgers after only three minor league rehabilitation games with Class-A Inland Empire, considerably faster than initially expected. Ramirez played in the outfield Friday with the 66ers. He was initially expected to spend about a week with Inland Empire, which opens a three-game series Saturday in Bakersfield.
August 31, 2010 |
No Manny? No matter — the Dodgers still have Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda's no-hit pitching through 71/3 innings lifted the Dodgers to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and ace Roy Halladay on Monday at Dodger Stadium. The win not only helped the Dodgers put Manny Ramirez's departure behind them, it also lifted the Dodgers to within 5 1/2 games of Philadelphia in the National League wild-card race. Kuroda, perfect before walking Carlos Ruiz with one out in the sixth, didn't allow a hit until Shane Victorino singled to right field with one out in the eighth.
October 2, 2006 |
Typical Dodgers. They're so hot that even when it seems they're not trying to win, they win. Manager Grady Little took advantage of Saturday's playoff-clinching win to rest all of his regulars for Sunday's season finale, and the Dodgers still beat the Giants, 4-3, behind James Loney's home run in the second inning, Ramon Martinez's two-run double in the sixth and Julio Lugo's tiebreaking run-scoring single in the seventh.
April 24, 2009 |
A week into the season, the question was how soon Manny Ramirez would stop walking so much and get some good pitches to hit. Then the question turned to when the slugger would hit his first home run. Now, with Ramirez hitting .345 and having slammed four homers -- including two in consecutive games against the Astros this week -- it would seem Manny at the plate is finally, well, back to being Manny. Not so, said Ramirez.
June 15, 2011 |
Dodgers first baseman James Loney went hitless in four at-bats Wednesday against Cincinnati, in part because Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes made a diving catch of a Loney line drive that was sure to make the highlight clips. Perhaps less noticed was that Gomes' catch also helped snap a six-game hitting streak that Loney had pieced together. That's a modest streak, but it was a place to start for Loney, who has struggled mightily at the plate this season. "It's going better," said Loney, whose streak included three multiple-hit games and a grand slam on Sunday.
May 4, 2011 |
At least the Dodgers didn't have to worry about who would be their closer Wednesday. On a day when incumbent closer Jonathan Broxton and hot-hitting Andre Ethier joined third baseman Casey Blake on the sidelines because of elbow problems, the Dodgers used a patchwork lineup that included only one player, Matt Kemp, batting over .250. That proved no match for Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano (4-1), who held the Dodgers to one run through eight innings, and home runs by a trio of Cubs powered Chicago to a 5-1 win in an afternoon game at Dodger Stadium.
September 11, 2011 |
Reporting from San Francisco -- Well, you can't win 'em all. The Dodgers received a shellacking Sunday, as Hiroki Kuroda was ineffective and the bullpen was downright awful in an 8-1 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The loss was the Dodgers' first in six days. Plagued with command problems, Kuroda gave up three runs and eight hits in a season-low 42/3 innings. Considering how he pitched, the damage could have been far worse. Kuroda said the neck problems that bothered him in previous seasons have resurfaced in recent weeks.
June 13, 2011 |
Vicente Padilla needs surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck, possibly ending the relief pitcher's season, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Monday. Padilla was expected to have the operation Thursday and his return "just depends on how he comes out" of the procedure, Mattingly said. Asked whether the Nicaraguan right-hander could be out for the season, Mattingly replied, "Definitely I think we're looking at an extended period of time … it's not one of those two-, three-week deals.
May 8, 2011 |
Reporting from New York James Loney said he is starting to feel like himself again. "Hitting line drives," he said. Loney is batting .382 (13 for 34) over his last 11 games. His average has climbed from .170 to .226 over that span. "Just getting the muscle memory back from when I first came up," he said. Loney's slump dated back to the midpoint of last season. He hit .211 after the All-Star break. He blamed his loss in form on thinking too much. He said he's still prone to doing that, only now he knows how to better deal with it. "Thoughts will creep in your mind," he said.