April 5, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw must have been spending too much time around Andre Ethier. Ethier missed Saturday's Freeway Series game against the Angels with a stomach bug, and it apparently made its way to Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw started the season opener for the Dodgers on Thursday, despite battling the flu. After three innings, however, the flu won and Kershaw left the game against the Padres. Kershaw did not give up a run in his three innings, walking one and striking out one. He also had the Dodgers' first single, so at least he left with a perfect ERA and batting average.
December 9, 2012 |
Teenage pitching prospect Shohei Otani announced his intention to start his professional career in his native Japan and sign with the Nippon-Ham Fighters. Otani, 18, had previously said he would to come to the United States and the Dodgers were confident they would sign him. The right-hander said he still wants to pitch in the major leagues one day. “I would eventually like to go to the major leagues,” Otani said Sunday . “It's a place I admire. I would like the Fighters to teach me the road to get there.” Otani, who's armed with a fastball in the 100 mph range, said in October that he intended to sign with a major league team rather than play in Japan.
May 1, 2012 |
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies started the 2011 season the way the Dodgers have started this one. "So much for 17-8, right?" Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday. The 2011 Rockies, who won 17 of their first 25 games, finished the season with a losing record and in fourth place in the National League West. Over their last 139 games, they were 56-83. "I remember that," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. "See, that's what I'm saying. Nobody is going to remember a good start.
March 10, 2012 |
Cory Sullivan is what you might safely call a long shot. As in, the longest of shots. He's a 32-year-old outfielder, trying to catch on with his fifth team in five years. A left-handed hitter who last season played for the Phillies' triple-A team, and was then released. But Sullivan must have learned how to make an entrance during all his stops, because he is off to a big-time start with the Dodgers. After getting three hits Wednesday, he came back Saturday in the nightcap of a split-squad contest to break a tie score with a crushing, ninth-inning grand slam that propelled the Dodgers to a 10-6 victory over the White Sox. After seven spring games, Sullivan now leads the Dodgers in hitting (.455)
March 22, 2012 |
Well, he'll always have 2009. But anything resembling that nice season is looking pretty unlikely for reliever Ramon Troncoso after the Dodgers designated him for assignment Thursday to make room for Ronald Belisario on the 40-man roster. Nothing about the move was exactly surprising. Troncoso was out of options and clearly wasn't going to make the team. And Belisario can't start serving his 25-game suspension until he's on the roster Troncoso is 29 and likely to clear waivers, so it's not like he can't return to triple-A, though he may also be ready for a fresh start.
September 8, 2011 |
Reporting from Washington — Chad Billingsley insisted he isn't hurt and Manager Don Mattingly said there are no signs that anything is physically wrong with the Dodgers right-hander— no skipped bullpen sessions, no visits to the trainer's room. Whatever it is, something is clearly wrong with Billingsley, who lasted only 21/3 innings in the Dodgers' 7-4 victory over the Washington Nationals in what was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday. The second game was rained out. Billingsley was charged with four runs, five hits and three walks.
April 4, 2012 |
And then they called it a spring, mercifully, thankfully. That was a slow, painful spring training finale played Wednesday afternoon. Unless you were the Angels, who powered four home runs on the way to an easy 8-3 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers played only a couple of their regulars, and then only for a few innings, before mostly turning it over to a bunch of guys about to head for minor league parks across the country. Unfortunately, one of those figures to be back before long, and he gave up three of the homers.
March 14, 2012 |
News flash: This Clayton Kershaw kid of the Dodgers just might have a future. Kershaw appeared ready to start the season Wednesday night in Goodyear, Ariz., shutting out the Reds in his four innings of a 9-1 exhibition victory. Kershaw allowed just one hit, two walks and struck out six. In just his second outing of the spring, he became the first Dodger to throw four innings. In seven innings overall, the reigning National League Cy Young winner has not allowed a run. Meanwhile, despite bringing only three projected starters - Juan Uribe, Mark Ellis and A.J. Ellis - to Goodyear, the Dodgers jumped all over Reds starter Homer Bailey.
April 12, 2012 |
No bonus points awarded for beating up on the puny, but if you desire to be a good team, it is sort of required. The Dodgers remain an enormous unknown, but early indications are they can at least beat up on the downtrodden. As further evidence, the Dodgers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, on a cool Thursday night before an announced crowd of 28,328, completing a three-game sweep to improve their early record to 6-1. It's the first time the Dodgers have started 6-1 since 1981, when they went on to - dare it be said?
July 22, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- This was a game the Dodgers probably should have lost. Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi pitched 4 1/3 innings into a game that lasted 12. The bullpen was depleted, as closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Ronald Belisario were unavailable. Because the Dodgers were also short on position players, pitcher Clayton Kershaw was called on to pinch hit at one point. But role players Matt Treanor, Luis Cruz and Adam Kennedy combined to drive in five runs with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Dodgers to an 8-3 victory over the New York Mets to sweep the three-game series.