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March 27, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp said he didn't know if his eyesight was responsible for his franchise-record 153 strikeouts last season. But he said he saw the seams of the baseball more clearly in the Dodgers' 8-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday than he did last year or in any game this spring because of the new contact lenses he received this week. "It made it way, way clearer," Kemp said. "It's better. I feel really good at the plate."
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August 1, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from San Francisco — Ted Lilly laughed Sunday as he talked about realizing the life ambition of his former self. "It took me 14 years," Lilly said. "I'm getting my chance." Lilly, 34, was acquired in a five-player trade with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday by the same team that drafted him in 1996 and sent him to the Montreal Expos on the day of the 1998 trade deadline. Lilly was in triple A at the time. "That was really rough," he said. "As a youngster, I was devastated to be traded from the Dodgers.
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April 20, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
Your National League leader in runs batted in: Andre Ethier. "It's a neat thing," Ethier said. Ethier jumped ahead of Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick of the St. Louis Cardinals, with three runs batted in Sunday giving him 16 in the Dodgers' 13 games this season. In the six-game homestand that concluded Sunday, Ethier hit .391 and drove in 12 runs.
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August 1, 2010
By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times — The Dodgers didn't add a top-of-the-rotation arm by the 1 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline on Saturday. They didn't add a shut-down reliever. And they certainly didn't add an oversized personality who could electrify Dodger Stadium the way Manny Ramirez did two years ago. But General Manager Ned Colletti and Manager Joe Torre insisted the Dodgers were an improved club after the two deals they made, acquiring starting pitcher Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot from the Chicago Cubs, and reliever Octavio Dotel from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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July 19, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
After being swept in four games by the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Dodgers called up pitcher James McDonald from the minor leagues to help stop the bleeding. Lacking a reliable fifth starter, the Dodgers tapped the lanky right-hander to start against the San Francisco Giants as they opened a seven-game homestand at Dodger Stadium on Monday. But the surging Giants scored four times against McDonald in five innings, starter Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco bullpen gave up only two runs and the Giants dealt the Dodgers their fifth consecutive loss, 5-2. Manager Joe Torre said McDonald "threw the ball well" but got into trouble at times with pitch location.
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May 12, 1985 | FRED F. HOLLEY, Holley is compiler of the Los Angeles Times Stylebook, published by New American Library
This book of word origins is a lot of fun, and some of its revelations are stunning. To find that glamour and grammar stem from the same Greek word is a surprise, and it is fascinating to discover common origins for fiasco and flask, for cretin and Christian, for influence and influenza, for cane, cannon, canyon and canon.
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May 5, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Back from a two-day visit with his mentor, James McDonald said he was ready to alter the course of his trying rookie season in a new role. The Dodgers' two-time minor-league pitcher of the year spent Friday and Saturday working with former knuckleballer Charlie Hough, the pitching coach he played under at Class-A Inland Empire in 2007. Hough's advice, as McDonald recalled it: "Be aggressive. Don't be afraid to give up hits. Attack guys."
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May 3, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Jeff Weaver was tapped to be the Dodgers' starting pitcher Tuesday in place of struggling rookie James McDonald, who will return to the bullpen, Manager Joe Torre said Saturday. The switch was made after McDonald, 24, lasted only 1 2/3 innings Thursday night against the San Diego Padres, although the Dodgers won, 8-5. In that game and others as the Dodgers' fifth starter, the right-handed McDonald struggled to consistently throw strikes. "J.
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August 1, 2010
By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times — The Dodgers didn't add a top-of-the-rotation arm by the 1 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline on Saturday. They didn't add a shut-down reliever. And they certainly didn't add an oversized personality who could electrify Dodger Stadium the way Manny Ramirez did two years ago. But General Manager Ned Colletti and Manager Joe Torre insisted the Dodgers were an improved club after the two deals they made, acquiring starting pitcher Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot from the Chicago Cubs, and reliever Octavio Dotel from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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April 10, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
AT ARIZONA Time: 6:40 p.m. Where: Chase Field, Phoenix. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 790, 930. Pitchers: James McDonald vs. Jon Garland. Saturday: Hiroki Kuroda (1-0, 1.59 in 2009) vs. Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.31 in 2008); Sunday: Randy Wolf (0-1, 6.75 in 2009) vs. Dan Haren (0-1, 1.29 in 2009). Update: McDonald, 24, showed rare poise as a September call-up last season, tossing six scoreless innings to earn a spot on the Dodgers' playoff roster. Garland pitched last season for the Angels, who acquired him from the Chicago White Sox. Garland wanted a multi-year deal this off-season, but the slow free-agent market forced him to settle for a one-year, $6.25-million contract from the Diamondbacks.
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July 24, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Perception-wise, first baseman James Loney was snubbed when he, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin joined the Dodgers in 2006. They had flash. He didn't. He was just steady, productive, dependable. And even as he has stacked impressive statistical seasons on top of each other, perceptions haven't changed much. Flash is still flash. But Saturday at Dodger Stadium, in the 13th inning with the Dodgers' bullpen on empty, it was Loney who flashed, hitting a walk-off home run to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the New York Mets.
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July 22, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
He ranked fifth in the National League in runs batted in heading into the Dodgers' game against the New York Mets on Thursday. He was tied for fourth in doubles and fifth in hits. But James Loney has kept a relatively low profile this season, in part because he counts high-profile players such as Andre Ethier , Matt Kemp and Manny Ramirez among his teammates. Loney was even overshadowed on his bobblehead night, as Ramirez's third trip to the disabled list stole the headlines Tuesday.
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July 20, 2010 | By Jim Peltz and Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers' shopping list ahead of the July 31 trade deadline might have grown Tuesday when Manny Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season. Ramirez, plagued with a right calf strain, could be on the DL for "about three weeks," which means "you may all of a sudden be in the market for more" players than initially planned, Manager Joe Torre said. But General Manager Ned Colletti said the team's immediate priority remained pitching.
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July 19, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
After being swept in four games by the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Dodgers called up pitcher James McDonald from the minor leagues to help stop the bleeding. Lacking a reliable fifth starter, the Dodgers tapped the lanky right-hander to start against the San Francisco Giants as they opened a seven-game homestand at Dodger Stadium on Monday. But the surging Giants scored four times against McDonald in five innings, starter Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco bullpen gave up only two runs and the Giants dealt the Dodgers their fifth consecutive loss, 5-2. Manager Joe Torre said McDonald "threw the ball well" but got into trouble at times with pitch location.
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July 11, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hong-Chih Kuo said that when he answered his phone Sunday morning and heard Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti's voice on the other line, he didn't know what to think. "Why did Ned call me?" Kuo said he recalled thinking. "I thought it was a bad thing." The news was anything but bad. The left-handed setup man was told he had earned a place on the National League All-Star team, replacing sidelined Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Jason Heyward . Braves closer Billy Wagner was initially offered Heyward's spot by NL Manager Charlie Manuel but declined because he wanted to rest a sore ankle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2010
Egon Ronay English food critic wrote restaurant guides Egon Ronay, 94, an English food critic whose eponymous restaurant guides helped Britain embrace fine dining after years of postwar austerity, died Saturday at his home west of London after a short illness, said family friend Nick Ross. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1915, Ronay was the son of a prosperous restaurant owner whose business was ruined by World War II. Ronay left communist Hungary for Britain in 1946.
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October 15, 2008
Re "Singing a sadder song in South L.A.," Oct. 10 I read the article on the Dunbar Hotel with a mixture of nostalgia and sadness. Not that I am old enough to remember the hotel in its glorious youth, but I have a great love and affinity for much of that era. I pray that the efforts to restore the hotel to some, if not all, of its former glory are successful. In the article, jazz musician Gerald Wilson is quoted as saying that the hotel deserves recognition as a cornerstone of the black journey.
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March 11, 2010
Dodgers 6, Kansas City 4 AT THE PLATE: Andre Ethier hit his second home run in two days, launching a three-run homer to center field in the third inning. Casey Blake didn't show any ill effects of the strained rib-cage muscle that sidelined him for a couple of days, belting a two-run homer in the fifth. ON THE MOUND: James McDonald , a candidate to be the fifth starter, had another rough outing, giving up three runs and three hits in two innings. Non-roster player Russ Ortiz pitched three scoreless innings, keeping his spring-training earned-run average at 0.00.
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April 25, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
— Manager Joe Torre had to laugh. The Dodgers pitched well. They didn't make any errors. "And we lost, 1-0," he said. The Dodgers dropped two of three games to the Washington Nationals, the last by a 1-0 margin on Sunday at Nationals Park, in the exact opposite way they dropped two of three in a series of high-scoring, error-filled contests in Cincinnati earlier in the week. The Dodgers' offense suddenly vanished over the weekend, scoring five runs over 31 total innings in Washington, including the 13 innings they played in a 4-3 win on Saturday.
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March 21, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
The guessing game continues about which Dodgers pitcher will start opening day. Manager Joe Torre had planned to announce his choice Saturday. But after a Dodgers split-squad team beat the Texas Rangers, 5-4, in a spring-training game, he said the announcement wouldn't come until after Tuesday, when the Dodgers have a day off. "I'm looking at some time after the off day"to make the move, Torre said. "We're not going to do it before that. Honey and I are still talking about it," he said, referring to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt . The four candidates in the Dodgers' starting rotation are left-hander Clayton Kershaw and right-handers Hiroki Kuroda , Chad Billingsley and Vicente Padilla . The Dodgers' season opens April 5 when they play the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
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