July 31, 2012 |
Hunter Pence looks to be following former Philadelphia Phillies teammate Shane Victorino to the National League West. Moments after the Dodgers' trade for Victorino was announced Tuesday morning, USA Today reported that Pence will be on the move to the San Francisco Giants, citing a anonymous source. The Phillies will receive pitching prospect Tommy Joseph in exchange for Pence, according to KPIX-TV in San Francisco, after already receiving a pair of pitchers from the Dodgers - Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin - in the Victorino deal.
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 28, 2011 |
A band of blue-clad fans in the half-empty ballpark were on their feet chanting, "M-V-P!" as Matt Kemp walked back to the Dodgers' bench with his head bowed. Kemp embraced Manager Don Mattingly and walked down the dugout steps. His season was over. His season was special — and almost very special. Kemp hit his 39th home run in the Dodgers' season-ending 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, falling one long ball short of becoming the fifth player in major league history to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in the same season.
December 8, 2012 |
The Dodgers are making significant progress toward a contract with free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke . If Greinke signs with the Dodgers, he would get a six-year, $145-million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Greinke , 29, is the clear-cut No. 1 starting pitcher in this free-agent class and is also believed to be pursued by the Texas Rangers. Over nine major league seasons, Greinke is 91-78 with a 3.77 earned-run average.
April 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - If the Dodgers are half as good as they hope to be, they'd best get off to a roaring start and jump out to an early lead in the National League West. Not just because they could use the confidence boost after last year's mediocrity, but because the schedule appears to be greatly in their favor. Not only are they playing the crummy Padres in two of their first three series, but in their 23 games this month, they meet only one team that made the playoffs last year.
June 6, 2012 |
That was a Dodgers game, all right. Back and forth, mostly strong pitching, limited offense but timely hitting. And, oh yeah, they won by one run again. Narrow victories have proved to be their 2012 winning formula, and it was more of the same Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the Dodgers edging the Phillies 6-5 at Citizens Bank Park. This time the hero of the night award went to Dee Gordon, back in the leadoff spot and again looking comfortable there. Gordon looped a two-run single in the sixth to give the Dodgers the lead.