August 5, 2011
Dylan Hernandez reports that James Loney is expected to receive a "significant" raise from his current salary of $4.875 million. I fell over laughing when I read this, but then I realized that he was serious. That in itself is what is wrong with sports today. How in the world can a guy who has stunk for a year expect to receive a raise? No wonder these guys blow their money after retirement. They have absolutely no sense of reality. Furthermore … Don Mattingly says he doesn't know what happened to the player [Loney]
August 24, 2012 |
The Dodgers are on the verge of completing a blockbuster trade to bring in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from Boston. The names of all the parties involved have been agreed upon, a person close to the negotiations said Friday. Though the players to be traded have been in place for days, the deal might not be finalized until Saturday. The Dodgers would send pitching prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, first baseman James Loney and minor leaguers Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to Boston.
September 18, 2011 |
OK, so the Dodgers weren't facing Roy Halladay or Ian Kennedy. Instead they were up against Brad Lincoln, winner of one game in his previous five starts, and the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates near the end of dismal seasons for both clubs. But that didn't detract from the giddiness the Dodgers felt Sunday after pummeling Lincoln and Pittsburgh's bullpen as they routed the Pirates, 15-1, for a third consecutive win that lifted the Dodgers back to .500. While Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (11-10)
August 15, 2011 |
Reporting from Milwaukee — Just when the Dodgers thought they might get an early jump on the Brewers, Milwaukee killed the Dodgers' rally by turning a triple play in the second inning Monday night. Matt Kemp led off the inning with a walk and moved to second base when Juan Rivera singled. James Loney then hit a grounder up the middle that was grabbed by Brewers second baseman Josh Wilson . Wilson then made a nice backhanded flip of the ball — with his gloved hand — to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to force Rivera, and Betancourt threw to first baseman Prince Fielder to get Loney.
August 21, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver — While most of his teammates were still in the clubhouse Sunday morning, James Loney started playing long toss in the outfield at Coors Field. Before long, he was throwing off one of the mounds in the visitors' bullpen. This is what the Dodgers' season had come to. They were so short on usable arms that Manager Don Mattingly warned Loney that he could be called upon to pitch in an emergency. "Let's hope we don't see it today," Mattingly said. Mattingly was spared his nightmare scenario by Chad Billingsley, who couldn't prevent the Dodgers from falling into last place but pitched 7 2/3 innings of the team's 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
June 4, 2010 |
It was '70s night at Dodger Stadium, not a bad period for Dodgers fans to recall in light of the club's three pennants in that decade. And if the current Dodgers hope to win another National League title, they'll need to show the same resiliency they displayed Friday night against the Atlanta Braves. After the Dodgers allowed the Braves to erase a 4-0 deficit and tie the score, 4-4, with a two-run seventh inning, James Loney came back with a run-scoring single in the same inning to lift them past Atlanta, 5-4, ending the Braves' nine-game winning streak.
July 17, 2010 |
Reporting from St. Louis — Figuratively and literally, the Dodgers are limping out of St. Louis. The Dodgers on Saturday moved to within a defeat of being swept in a four-game series by the St. Louis Cardinals, losing, 2-0, in a game in which James Loney had to be helped off the field at Busch Stadium. With Andre Ethier standing on first base and none out in the top of the ninth inning, Loney grabbed his left hamstring after taking a swing that resulted in a popout to first base.
April 30, 2010 |
Looking for something, anything, to snap a five-game losing streak, Dodgers Manager Joe Torre penciled in relative newcomer Xavier Paul in the leadoff spot Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "With [ Rafael] Furcal out of there, you're just trying to find somebody that can give you a little spark," Torre said of Paul, who was called up last week to replace the injured Manny Ramirez and, with Furcal hurt as well, assumed Furcal's spot at the top of the order. Paul promptly provided the spark, twice reaching base as he led off in early innings — albeit once on a Pirates error — and setting the table for home runs by Andre Ethier and James Loney.
August 8, 2011 |
I'm telling you, goose bumps. Does it get any bigger than this, a National League playoff preview between the Phillies and Dodgers, the teams that will probably meet for the right to advance to the World Series this October? A stretch, I know, because James Loney would want to know why I would take for granted the Phillies will be there. As you might have noticed, Loney already had his say in the morning newspaper, telling The Times' Dylan Hernandez , "I feel a sense of, 'We can win this thing.' " You can't blame him; the Dodgers recently taking two out of three from the Padres.
August 29, 2009 |
James Loney thinks he might be on to something. The formula is simple: Think less. "I just react," he said. Doing that, Loney has hit home runs in two of his last three games, including one Friday, when he took Nate Masset deep to start a two-run ninth-inning rally in the Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The homer was only the ninth for Loney, who went 37 games without a home run from July 11 to Aug. 25. Loney has been working with hitting coach Don Mattingly on mechanical adjustments, but said he leaves the thinking in the batting cages and tries to rely on muscle memory once the game starts.