July 23, 1997 |
Jeff Kent's two-run homer in the seventh inning, his second of the game, gave the Giants the lead and J.T. Snow added a three-run shot later in the inning as the Giants defeated the Phillies, 8-5, Tuesday night. Trailing, 4-3, with two outs and none on in the seventh, the Giants started their rally when Phillie left-hander Matt Beech walked Barry Bonds on four pitches. Jerry Spradlin (1-6) replaced Beech and gave up Kent's go-ahead homer, his 22nd of the season and 100th of his career.
May 29, 2005 |
Jeff Kent walked 17 times in April while batting .333. He has walked only six times in May while batting .196. It's something of a chicken-egg conundrum: Did the greater number of walks contribute to him hitting well, or did hitting well cause pitchers to walk him more often? And lately, are a reduced number of walks a result of his impatience or are pitchers challenging him because he isn't swinging the bat as well? Kent doesn't involve himself in those kinds of mental machinations.
August 7, 2006 |
Jeff Kent could return to the lineup tonight -- at first base. The Dodgers expect to activate Kent tonight and first baseman Nomar Garciaparra this week, but no sooner than Wednesday. By playing Julio Lugo at second base and Kent at first until then, the Dodgers could buy themselves a few more days to sort out their roster. Kent met with Manager Grady Little and agreed to play first if needed.
June 16, 2006 |
Jeff Kent chuckled at the thought. He wouldn't go out of his way to talk to Milton Bradley tonight, because, well, Bradley plays for the other team. "Have you ever seen me jabber with anybody on the opposing team?" he said. "I'm not one for fraternizing." The Dodgers will be reunited with Bradley tonight, sort of.
September 3, 2008 |
The surgery that Jeff Kent underwent Tuesday morning didn't reveal any unexpected damage in his left knee besides torn cartilage, leaving open the possibility that the 40-year-old future Hall of Fame member could play again this season. Kent is expected to start a rehabilitation program today that could be completed in two weeks. "It was as good as we could've expected," Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said. Kent was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and is eligible to be activated Sept.
May 20, 2007 |
He hit the third pitch he saw for a home run. Then Jeff Kent stopped looking, seeing only four pitches the rest of the game, making three quick outs that wasted three impatient runners. What happened in the Angel Stadium visiting clubhouse after his Dodgers' desultory 6-2 loss to the Angels should have then been no surprise. I asked Kent about his hitting approach. He came out swinging.
August 6, 2007 |
Sidelined for the Dodgers' last six games because of a strained left hamstring, Jeff Kent said he is aiming to return Tuesday for the start of a three-game series in Cincinnati. "That's our target date," Kent said. "If we stretch out the progress [I've made], that looks to be a good day." Manager Grady Little said he was fairly certain that Kent would be able to hit that target. "He's close enough where it was a tough decision [Sunday] not to play him," Little said.
July 30, 2007 |
Another day, another question mark -- and this time, the Dodger in question isn't a pitcher. Jeff Kent suffered what is being called a strained left hamstring in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 9-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies Sunday and his status for the upcoming three-game series against the San Francisco Giants is uncertain. The Dodgers were down to their last out and trailing by four runs when Kent slid head-first into first base for an infield single.
January 7, 2006 |
Dodger second baseman Jeff Kent will have surgery Tuesday to clean scar tissue from his right wrist and could sit out the first two to three weeks of spring training. General Manager Ned Colletti characterized the procedure as "more precautionary than anything else." Kent had surgery on his left wrist before spring training in 2000 in a controversial incident. He said the injury occurred while he was washing his truck, but he actually took a spill while riding a motorcycle.
March 22, 2008 |
TUCSON -- Jeff Kent may be running out of time to get ready for opening day, Manager Joe Torre conceded Friday, which could leave the Dodgers with two big holes to fill in their infield. "It may be debatable whether he has enough at-bats," Torre said of Kent, who hasn't played in a major league game since March 4 because of a strained right hamstring. "I know opening day is in sight. We have to evaluate how much is enough and make that decision."