June 1, 2011 |
The commissioner's office hopes to conclude its investigation into the Dodgers' finances by June 22, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly, characterized the potential end date as a goal, not a guarantee. Such a development would represent a significant step toward the end of the ownership drama that has enveloped the Dodgers for 18 months, with Frank McCourt fighting to retain sole ownership of the team amid opposition from his ex-wife, Jamie McCourt , and a trustee imposed on the club by Commissioner Bud Selig . June 22 is the date set for a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing in which Frank McCourt will ask for a ruling that his ex-wife has no standing to challenge a proposed long-term television contract with Fox, one that he says would restore the team to robust financial health.
September 4, 2010 |
The Dodgers' ambitions of a miracle run to the postseason were dealt a crushing blow on Saturday night — specifically a two-run home run Jonathan Broxton served up to Juan Uribe in the ninth inning that turned a one-run lead into a 5-4 defeat to the San Francisco Giants. Of Broxton's memorable late-game meltdowns, the one Saturday night might have been the most devastating, if only because the Dodgers have 26 games remaining on their regular-season schedule. They trail the free-falling first-place San Diego Padres by eight games in the National League West.
December 15, 2010 |
The lack of an established middle-of-the-lineup bat overshadowed another area of uncertainty for the Dodgers: the back end of their bullpen. The Dodgers moved to address the latter priority, reaching an agreement with former Minnesota Twins setup man Matt Guerrier, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical examination. The addition will come at a significant cost: $12 million over the next three years. Guerrier, 32, has spent his major league career with the Twins, compiling a 3.38 earned-run average over six-plus seasons.
July 25, 2009 |
Orlando Hudson's next run batted in will give him 50 for the season, allowing him to join Andre Ethier (61), James Loney (58), Casey Blake (57) and Matt Kemp (55) in the 50-RBI club and making the Dodgers the only team in the majors to have that many players with that many RBIs. And that doesn't even include Manny Ramirez, who has driven in 37 in 44 games. "I like the fact that you spread it around," Manager Joe Torre said.
April 7, 2009 |
How could that be true? "No way," Russell Martin said. "I don't believe that." How could the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on opening day mark the first loss they've pinned on Jake Peavy in more than five seasons? How could something that felt so casual have taken so long to happen?
July 10, 2011 |
The Dodgers needed to sweep the San Diego Padres to escape the National League West Division cellar before the All-Star break and are given 1,000 to 1 odds of reaching the World Series. Grading on a curve, or maybe it's a hard slider, against the rest of baseball, the team has passed some crucial tests in the first half but still have some makeup assignments to complete in the second half. Overall grade: C Starting rotation: C The Dodgers have used seven starters and although four of them — All-Star Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda, Chad Billingsley and Rubby De La Rosa — have earned-run averages below 4.00, only Kershaw and Billingsley have winning records.
June 15, 2010 |
Reporting from Cincinnati — As many leg problems as Chad Billingsley has had over the years, he was never subjected to a stint on the disabled list. Until Tuesday. Unable to throw his regularly scheduled bullpen session without discomfort in his right groin, Billingsley was told he would be sidelined for at least two weeks starting Wednesday. Billingsley's protests were ignored. "I can only do so much," he said with a shrug. Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach with Billingsley, the Dodgers decided to move forward with a rotation that will continue to include two previously unknown rookies, John Ely and Carlos Monasterios . The latter was expected to be the odd-man out by Saturday, when opening day starter Vicente Padilla makes his scheduled return from the disabled list in Boston.
May 14, 2011 |
Dodgers middle reliever Blake Hawksworth appeared headed toward the disabled list because of a strained right groin. Although Manager Don Mattingly said he had no roster moves to announce after Saturday's game, the website Chattanoogan.com reported that Javy Guerra , 25, another right-handed reliever, was called up to the big leagues from double-A Chattanooga. Two other Dodgers relievers, closer Jonathan Broxton (sore elbow) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder)
September 13, 2008 |
DENVER -- Takashi Saito is expecting to be activated from the 60-day disabled list and was told by Manager Joe Torre that he will pitch today for the first time in more than two months if the right situation presents itself. Saito last pitched on July 12, the night the 38-year-old closer went down with a sprained elbow ligament that threatened his career. Watching the Dodgers play without him over the last two months, Saito said he was reminded of his first year in the majors.
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.