September 3, 2013 |
Jason Vargas threw seven shutout innings last Thursday in Tampa Bay, allowing two hits, striking out seven and walking three in an Angels victory, but his encore performance against the Rays five days later did not go as well. The left-hander was rocked for five earned runs and 10 hits in four innings of a 7-1 loss at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night, with the Rays snapping a five-game losing streak by scoring as many runs Tuesday as they did in their previous five games. “Sometimes with a quick turnaround against the same team you have to get creative, and Jason wasn't as sharp,” Manager Mike Scioscia said after the Angels lost for only the second time in 11 games.
August 9, 2013 |
James Loney, scourge of sabermetric lovers everywhere, was back where it all began for him Friday, in Dodger Stadium. And maybe he wasn't getting a last laugh, but he certainly had to be allowed a certain satisfaction. After the Dodgers traded him to the Red Sox last season, Boston did not pursue him as a free agent. He was momentarily adrift, and some wondered if any team would be all that interested in a first baseman coming off a season in which he had hit a career-low .249 with six home runs and 41 runs batted in. Loney, 29, said he was never too concerned.
May 11, 2013 |
Staff writer Tim Hubbard takes at look at some not-so-likely assets that can help fantasy owners fill the gaps in their lineups. James Loney 1B | Tampa Bay Dodgers fans may not have noticed, or my not want to notice, how productive Loney has been for the Rays. After a mostly disappointing seven years with the Dodgers in which he averaged 10 home runs and 60 RBIs, Loney is leading the American League in hitting at .385. Loney still has low-wattage power, but he has provided solid protection for cleanup hitter Evan Longoria.
May 10, 2013 |
Think all those players who come and go as Dodgers go on to great things with other organizations? Not hardly. Here's a look at the players who spent time with the Dodgers last season who are no longer with the club, and what they're up to now. James Loney, Superman of all first basemen aside, mostly they're not tearing it up. The list: Bobby Abreu: Out of baseball, reportedly in Venezuela and mulling over 2014 comeback, when he'll be...
May 3, 2013 |
Hey, every day deserves a good laugh, so today we bring you … James Loney! Come on, you're smiling already. And that's just off his history. Now everyone's favorite underachiever as a Dodger is able to bring a fresh chuckle. And not because of his sometimes zany personality. Guess who has the second-highest batting average in all of baseball? Who has the fifth-highest slugging percentage among all first basemen? That's right, the beleaguered Loney. Loney was included in the blockbuster trade for Nick Punto last summer , though he apparently impressed the Red Sox as much as the Dodgers the last couple of years.
February 25, 2013 |
Catching up on some items on the web: -- Sandy Koufax lets Yahoo's David Brown know he's not all thrilled about being part of the 'Big Lebowski' lore. -- Sore-elbowed Chad Billingsley tells the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett: “I'm going to be like Takashi Saito. ” -- The one guy the Dodgers didn't want to give up in that blockbuster trade with Boston last summer, Rubby De La Rosa, has impressed Pedro Martinez: “He has an opportunity to be someone special.” -- Tampa Rays manager Joe Maddon likes his early view of James Loney , calling him a “good gamble for the Rays.” -- Feelin' Kinda Blue's Dustin Nosler has unearthed the White Sox video of Hyun-Jin Ryu's spring debut with the Dodgers on Sunday.