July 4, 2009 |
Dodgers coach Ken Howell played seven years in the major leagues, but he had never seen anything like the sight that greeted him at Petco Park on Friday: More than four dozen journalists, notebooks and cameras at the ready, were crowded on the warning track, waiting for the Dodgers -- or waiting for one Dodger, at least -- to step on the field for batting practice. "All this," Howell complained, "for one guy?"
August 20, 2011 |
Add Ted Lilly to the list of ailing Dodgers. A stiff neck forced Lilly to make a premature exit from the Dodgers' 7-6, 12-inning defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Coors Field. The extent of the problem is unknown and the Dodgers will wait to see whether Lilly's condition improves in the coming days before deciding whether he will make his next start. "I don't expect to miss it," Lilly said. Lilly went into Saturday with a 1.71 earned-run average this month but literally zero run support.
December 2, 2010 |
Russell Martin used to be an All-Star. He was supposed to become the face of the Dodgers. Thursday night, he became a free agent ? two years before he was eligible to hit the open market. Unwilling to risk the possibility of paying him around $6 million next year and unable to agree on a deal that would have assured them of avoiding the costly salary arbitration process, the Dodgers declined to tender the 27-year-old Martin a contract on Thursday night, the deadline for clubs to offer deals to players under their control.
July 11, 2011 |
There are plenty of reasons to remain skeptical about the Dodgers. They are still 10 games under .500. They still haven't demonstrated an ability to score with any kind of consistency. And the three-game sweep they completed Sunday was over the San Diego Padres, who replaced them as the last-place team in the National League West. But after extended their winning streak to a season-long four games with a 4-1 victory over the Padres at Dodger Stadium, Manager Don Mattingly said he wished his team could continue playing rather than head into the All-Star break.
June 14, 2011 |
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said he was not implying that some of his players on the disabled list should not be there when he used the words "safe haven" and "vacation" in discussing the DL on a morning radio show Tuesday. In the latest of his on-air conversations with KABC 790's Peter Tilden , Colletti noted how the Dodgers have been hit hard by injuries this season. Then Colletti added: "Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a safe haven, it might be a couple of weeks' vacation.
May 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Houston — Kenley Jansen repeatedly needed to make one pitch. It never came among the 38 he threw. By the time the Dodgers' fill-in closer walked off the mound Monday night during a disastrous ninth inning, he had secured only two outs and the Houston Astros were celebrating a wild, come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Minute Maid Park. "We couldn't let him go much further as far as pitches," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "but it was pretty much his game.
March 14, 2010 |
Manager Joe Torre has made it clear that Blake DeWitt's play at second base will determine whether the converted third baseman makes the Dodgers' opening day roster. While uncertainties remain about DeWitt's ability to play his new position — he has made one error in five starts — he's making clear that he's advancing as a hitter. DeWitt was two for four in the Dodgers' 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday and hit his first home run of the spring — a three-run shot to center field in the third inning.
June 7, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia — Chris Reed was second-team all-league as a senior at Reseda Cleveland High. He rarely pitched in his first two years at Stanford. In a conference call Tuesday, the left-hander talked about how he emerged from obscurity to become the Dodgers' top draft pick and the 16th overall pick Monday in Major League Baseball's amateur draft. "It's obviously a dramatic transformation from where I was," Reed said. "I worked hard to get here. " Reed, who became Stanford's closer this year, said he made a conscious decision to rededicate himself to baseball last spring.
August 26, 2010 |
After the Dodgers' Andre Ethier took a called third strike in the sixth inning Thursday against Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo , his frustration didn't subside after he returned to the dugout. While James Loney was at bat, Ethier continued to complain to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson , who then tossed Ethier from the game — Ethier's first ejection of the season. "I thought it was a bad call," said Ethier, who then trotted back out on the field at Miller Park to further complain to Johnson until Manager Joe Torre intercepted him. "The pitch was repeated with the next batter — same exact pitch, I thought an even better pitch — and he called it a ball that time," Ethier said.
August 13, 2010 |
The Dodgers weren't ahead. In fact, they were down by a run. And the game wasn't in the ninth inning. But on the mound stood Jonathan Broxton. Stripped of his title of closer on Friday, Broxton pitched an unspectacular, scoreless eighth inning in the Dodgers' 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field as part of a plan to regain the form that made him a two-time All-Star. "We want to get his feet under him without the spotlight of the save situation," Manager Joe Torre said.