April 23, 2012 |
They hit, they pitched, they played defense. They also ran the bases, but that's another matter. Mostly, though, the Dodgers opened their three-game series against a hot Atlanta Braves team on Monday by treating them just like all those struggling teams they'd been beating up on. The Dodgers used seven effective innings from Chris Capuano and some timely hitting from the bottom of the order -- including four...
March 27, 2012 |
Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Alexi Amarista continued to build his case for a utility job Tuesday, breaking a tie with a three-run double to right field in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Angels to a 5-3 exhibition victory over the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale Stadium. Amarista's versatility and speed make him an attractive bench option, as he can play all three outfield positions and three infield positions. His hit off Giants reliever Javier Lopez improved his spring average to .349 and moved him into a tie for the team lead with 13 runs batted in. "He's had an incredible spring," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
March 18, 2012 |
Ivan DeJesus strained his left oblique abdominal muscle, harming the infielder's chances of being on the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a key bench player. "It's hard to compete [for a job] when you can't be out there," Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday before the Dodgers were to play the Angels at Camelback Ranch, weather permitting. DeJesus, 24, inured himself while swinging during an at-bat Saturday night in the Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants. He's scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday to evaluate the damage.
March 14, 2012 |
Ariel Pena is not expected to stick on the Angels' opening-day roster, but the 22-year-old Dominican pitcher gives the team a live arm to call upon should later circumstances require such help. Pena on Tuesday pitched three hitless innings in relief of Dan Haren, securing a shutout of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “He's probably, of all the things I've seen in camp, one of the brightest youngsters we can talk about,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He's hit 95 [mph], shows terrific poise, command and his exceptional changeup hasn't come out as much as it will.
February 29, 2012 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — A CT scan showed the stress fracture in Mark Trumbo's right foot has healed enough for him to resume full baseball activities, a development that will accelerate the Angels slugger's transition from first base to third. Trumbo, who hit .254 with a team-leading 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in last season, had been confined to batting practice and grounders hit at him. Wednesday, he began a running program and started taking grounders hit to each side.
January 18, 2012 |
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers appear far apart on a contract for the coming season, with the National League Cy Young Award winner asking for $10 million and the team offering $6.5 million. The Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with two other players Tuesday, signing outfielder Andre Ethier for $10.95 million and first baseman James Loney for $6.375 million. The Angels also avoided arbitration with shortstop Erick Aybar, signing him for $5.075 million. General Manager Jerry Dipoto said he would continue to discuss a long-term contract with Aybar.
December 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Dallas — For a team on a tight budget, the Dodgers were surprisingly active at the first day of baseball's winter meetings, signing utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. and working toward a deal with starting pitcher Aaron Harang. The Dodgers were able to fit Hairston into their payroll by persuading him to do what Mark Ellis and Chris Capuano did this off-season: take less money for the upcoming year in exchange for an inflated payday the following season. Of the $6 million Hairston is guaranteed over the next two years, he will receive $2.25 million in 2012 and $3.75 million in 2013.
October 26, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Louis — The Texas Rangers' clubhouse took Wednesday's postponement in stride, insisting Major League Baseball's decision to push Game 6 of the World Series back a day won't disrupt the team's momentum. "It's just a rainout. We have a ton of experience dealing with these things," infielder Michael Young said. "We're not going to sit in our hotel rooms biting our nails all night. There's nothing you can do about the weather. It's really not a big deal. " For second baseman Ian Kinsler , Texas' being one win away from its first World Series title makes the delay slightly more nerve-racking.
September 13, 2011 |
He had received the call he was waiting for. Now we were getting ours. "Mom, Dad, I'm going to Miami tomorrow. They called me up. " It was Labor Day, and on the line was our 22-year-old son, Matt, who had just been told that his lifelong dream would be realized. The Florida Marlins were promoting him to the major leagues as part of the team's September roster expansion. The next day, for the first time, he would be dressing in a major league uniform for a regular-season game.
August 13, 2011 |
With his recovery from a strained left hip having stalled, Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe is expected to visit a Los Angeles specialist Monday or Tuesday to determine whether he might be suffering from a more debilitating injury. Two possibilities are a sports hernia or a strained abdominal muscle, Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said, though two previous MRIs did not reveal any strain. "At some point, you need an explanation," Conte said. "We think he should be ready [to play]