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July 20, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from San Francisco — The Dodgers still can't hit and they still can't score. To avoid a three-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants, Clayton Kershaw had to strike out a season-high 12 batters over eight innings in a 1-0 victory at AT&T Park on Wednesday. With the team's financial troubles preventing any significant additions to the payroll, the Dodgers exercised their only option to introduce change to their offense. They fired their hitting coach. Players were informed of Jeff Pentland's dismissal by Manager Don Mattingly in a team meeting before the game.
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June 25, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp was hopeful his return from the disabled list Tuesday would mark the turning point of his season. "For me, this is a new season, a new Matt," said Kemp, who was sidelined for almost a month with a strained right hamstring. Before the injury, Kemp was in the midst of a miserable season, batting .251 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in. Kemp was cleared in recent weeks to start his normal weight-lifting regimen, something he couldn't do over the winter because he was recovering from major surgery on his left shoulder.
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March 22, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Phoenix ? The Dodgers didn't hit in the last three months of last season and they haven't hit this spring. So hitting coach Jeff Pentland said he understands if fans are concerned about the offense. "I bet they are," Pentland said. "Fans are fans. " The Dodgers, whose .232 average after the All-Star break last season was the second worst in baseball, are again among the poorest-hitting teams in spring training. They ranked last in the majors as recently as last week.
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July 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
This last off-season was the first that Tony Gwynn Jr. didn't have his father there, teaching him the finer aspects of baseball. Then, Tony Gwynn , the San Diego Padres Hall of Famer, was battling cancer in a salivary gland along the jaw, and undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Gwynn Jr. didn't care about baseball, though. And the 28-year-old outfielder's release from the Padres in December — what he called the "low point" of his baseball career — didn't matter, either.
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September 12, 1998 | From Associated Press
In Spanish, the word "suave" means smooth. In Sosa-speak, it means look out, Sammy's going deep. "You can see the difference when I'm thinking about right field. I'm a much better player," Sosa said. "I feel relaxed, easy. And suave." Mr. Smooth got home run No. 59 on Friday, a solo shot over the right-field fence in the fifth inning of the Cubs' 13-11 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. It was his first homer in six games, and moved him within three of Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals.
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July 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
This last off-season was the first that Tony Gwynn Jr. didn't have his father there, teaching him the finer aspects of baseball. Then, Tony Gwynn , the San Diego Padres Hall of Famer, was battling cancer in a salivary gland along the jaw, and undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Gwynn Jr. didn't care about baseball, though. And the 28-year-old outfielder's release from the Padres in December — what he called the "low point" of his baseball career — didn't matter, either.
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April 16, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Politics and religion might be agreeable topics by comparison. James Loney has joked with Dodgers hitting instructor Jeff Pentland that he would love it if they could discuss anything besides Loney's swing. There's been a lot to talk about lately. The first baseman is batting .170 after going 0 for 4 with a strikeout Friday night in the Dodgers' 11-2 loss to St. Louis at Dodger Stadium, continuing a slide that started at the All-Star break last season. Dodgers-Cardinals box score On the plus side, Loney registered his first multi-hit game of the season the previous night, getting a pair of singles against the Cardinals.
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June 25, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp was hopeful his return from the disabled list Tuesday would mark the turning point of his season. "For me, this is a new season, a new Matt," said Kemp, who was sidelined for almost a month with a strained right hamstring. Before the injury, Kemp was in the midst of a miserable season, batting .251 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in. Kemp was cleared in recent weeks to start his normal weight-lifting regimen, something he couldn't do over the winter because he was recovering from major surgery on his left shoulder.
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June 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
* Cleveland 8, at Detroit 2: Ryan Garko and Kelly Shoppach homered in the first two innings against Dontrelle Willis to help the Indians build an 8-0 lead. The Indians kept Cliff Lee on the mound after a 57-minute rain delay in the fifth, and he became the American League's first 10-game winner. Lee (10-1) gave up two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings.
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October 22, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ain't baseball a curious little game? It can surprise you, that's for sure. Take this announcement by the Seattle Mariners on Monday: Dave Hansen has been hired as their new hitting coach. That would be Dave Hansen, the Dodgers' hitting coach last season, the only coach not invited back for the 2013 season. With the Dodgers struggling to generate the expected offense after the midseason acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino, his dismissal smelled of scapegoat.
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July 20, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from San Francisco — The Dodgers still can't hit and they still can't score. To avoid a three-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants, Clayton Kershaw had to strike out a season-high 12 batters over eight innings in a 1-0 victory at AT&T Park on Wednesday. With the team's financial troubles preventing any significant additions to the payroll, the Dodgers exercised their only option to introduce change to their offense. They fired their hitting coach. Players were informed of Jeff Pentland's dismissal by Manager Don Mattingly in a team meeting before the game.
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April 16, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Politics and religion might be agreeable topics by comparison. James Loney has joked with Dodgers hitting instructor Jeff Pentland that he would love it if they could discuss anything besides Loney's swing. There's been a lot to talk about lately. The first baseman is batting .170 after going 0 for 4 with a strikeout Friday night in the Dodgers' 11-2 loss to St. Louis at Dodger Stadium, continuing a slide that started at the All-Star break last season. Dodgers-Cardinals box score On the plus side, Loney registered his first multi-hit game of the season the previous night, getting a pair of singles against the Cardinals.
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March 22, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Phoenix ? The Dodgers didn't hit in the last three months of last season and they haven't hit this spring. So hitting coach Jeff Pentland said he understands if fans are concerned about the offense. "I bet they are," Pentland said. "Fans are fans. " The Dodgers, whose .232 average after the All-Star break last season was the second worst in baseball, are again among the poorest-hitting teams in spring training. They ranked last in the majors as recently as last week.
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September 12, 1998 | From Associated Press
In Spanish, the word "suave" means smooth. In Sosa-speak, it means look out, Sammy's going deep. "You can see the difference when I'm thinking about right field. I'm a much better player," Sosa said. "I feel relaxed, easy. And suave." Mr. Smooth got home run No. 59 on Friday, a solo shot over the right-field fence in the fifth inning of the Cubs' 13-11 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. It was his first homer in six games, and moved him within three of Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals.
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May 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Chicago White Sox, who have the best record in the majors, extended the contract of Manager Ozzie Guillen on Monday. The White Sox picked up the 2006 option on Guillen's contract, added two years and included an option for the 2009 season. Guillen, 41, is the 37th manager in White Sox history and has a 116-96 record with the team. He is the second-youngest manager in the major leagues behind Cleveland's Eric Wedge. Under Guillen last season, the White Sox finished 83-79.
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October 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you secretly dream of one day being a major league coach, here's some absolutely free advice: Best that you don't want to be a hitting coach. They have precariously short life spans. When the offense struggles, calls go out for their heads. And too often, they are left a scapegoat for the failures of an underwhelming or underperforming cast. And so it continues to go, or at least it appears to, with the announcement by the Dodgers Friday that their entire coaching staff will return next season - save for hitting coach Dave Hansen.
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