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.
August 15, 2010 |
Looking back at his first handful of days with the Dodgers, Scott Podsednik said he wasn't himself. He said he wanted to contribute right away and open some eyes. He wanted to justify the team's decision to trade for him. So, of course, he didn't hit. "I just stepped back and looked at myself in the mirror and said, 'Go out there and try to have fun,'" Podsednik said. "I finally found a way to approach it. " Saturday night, Podsednik hit safely in his 11th consecutive game, getting three singles and scoring what turned out to be the deciding run in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
April 14, 2011 |
One aspect of the Dodgers' sputtering offense is full speed ahead. The team entered Thursday tied with San Diego for the most steals in the National League. The Dodgers' 76.5% success rate going into Thursday represented a considerable uptick from last season's 64.8%. Even more significant, they were on pace for 175 steals, nearly double their total of 92 from a year ago. "I've been very satisfied," said first base coach and baserunning instructor Davey Lopes , who is in his first season with the Dodgers as a coach.
March 27, 2012 |
PEORIA, Ariz. — As a minor leaguer, Javy Guerra was used to watching opening-day ceremonies on television. In a little more than a week, he'll be part of one. "I don't think I've ever been more excited for the start of a season," Guerra said. Guerra, 26, is the Dodgers' closer. Around this time last year, he was on his way to double-A Chattanooga. He made his major league debut in mid-April. Since that promotion, Guerra's life has drastically changed. He saved 21 games last season and there were demands for his time in the off-season.
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.
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 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.
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.
October 1, 2010 |
The Dodgers' next manager believes he has found the team's next closer. The old one. The one who saved the All-Star game for the National League in July, only to lose his job as the Dodgers' closer the next month. You know, Jonathan Broxton. "I think we can count on him," said Manager-to-be Don Mattingly before the team's 7-5 loss at Arizona on Friday night. "When he goes home, I want him thinking he'll be the closer when he comes back. " General Manager Ned Colletti said he was of the same mind-set, adding that he was unlikely to search for a new closer in the off-season.
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.