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.
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 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?"
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.