September 6, 2013 |
Some of Andre Ethier's fondest childhood memories are of days when Ethier would be picked up early by his father from his middle school in Phoenix. They would head to the Seattle Mariners' spring-training complex, where he could spend hours studying every move of his favorite player, Ken Griffey Jr. "That's who I looked up to," Ethier said. "That's all I wanted to be. I always wanted to be a center fielder in the big leagues. " Eight years into his major league career, Ethier is finally living out his dream the way he envisioned it on those afternoons at the Peoria Sports Complex.
July 15, 2013 |
Asked to describe the Dodgers' season up to the All-Star break, Manager Don Mattingly didn't know what to say. "Well . . . " he started. He leaned his head to one side, then the other. "It's been obviously unscripted," Mattingly said. "It ended up OK. We survived it. " Even after a 3-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers went into the All-Star break only 21/2 games behind first-place Arizona in the National League West. Winners in 17 of their last 22 games, they are 47-47.
July 11, 2013 |
The Dodgers played their 90th game of the season Wednesday, and Kenley Jansen still felt fresh. This might not sound significant, but Jansen thinks it is. Around this time last year, he was gassed. "I felt exhausted," Jansen said. The Dodgers closer was told that an off-season heart operation, which would prevent the organ from beating irregularly, would improve his endurance. He didn't think it would help this much. "I've been throwing more," he said. Of the Dodgers' first 89 games, Jansen appeared in 43. He pitched in 41 of the team's first 89 games last year.
May 30, 2013 |
Matt Kemp's nightmare season took another unfortunate turn Wednesday night, as the slumping center fielder strained his right hamstring in the Dodgers' 4-3 defeat to the Angels at Angel Stadium. Kemp is scheduled to undergo a MRI exam Thursday to examine the strain, which was described as "mild" by Manager Don Mattingly. Asked how much time he expected to miss, Kemp replied somberly, "I don't know. I don't know. " Mattingly was hopeful Kemp would be sidelined for only a few days.
May 28, 2013 |
The latest round of the Dee Gordon Experiment came to an end Monday, as the Dodgers sent the athletic but unpolished shortstop to triple-A Albuquerque. The move was made to open a place on the roster for often-injured utility man Jerry Hairston Jr., who was sidelined for nearly three weeks because of groin and hamstring strains. Hanley Ramirez ran the bases for the first time since going on the disabled list May 4 because of a strained left hamstring and could start a minor league rehabilitation stint after the Dodgers play in Anaheim on Wednesday and Thursday.
April 14, 2013 |
The last time most of the players at Chase Field had the kind of game that Hyun-Jin Ryu had Saturday, they probably were still in high school. For Ryu, it was even before that. "Even in high school, I don't think I got three hits in one game," the Dodgers rookie said through an interpreter. As a hitter, Ryu was three for three with a double and a run in the Dodgers' 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. On the mound, he struck out nine and limited the Diamondbacks to a solitary run over the first six innings Midway through the game, the husky South Korean left-hander was being called "Babe Ryuth" by Diamondbacks television broadcasters Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly.