July 13, 2013 |
"I do home run derby every day in BP. " Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis , the major leagues' home run leader, on his inclusion in Monday's home run derby. "To get this much love and support from everybody is just unimaginable. ... It's just unbelievable that I actually won. " Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, after getting 19.7 million votes to edge the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and win the National League's final All-Star spot. "I'm just so happy right now. I'm going to tell mom as soon as I go out. " Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez, who canceled his mother's flight home to Venezuela so she could see him play in the All-Star game.
July 12, 2013 |
AT PORTLAND When: 8 p.m. Where: Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, Ore. On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1150, 1330. Records: Galaxy 9-7-3, Timbers 7-2-9. Record vs. Timbers: 0-0-1. Update: This is a key matchup in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, where the Galaxy and Portland are tied for third place with 30 points each. In the teams' first meeting this season, they played to a 0-0 draw June 19 at StubHub Center. The Galaxy has won three of its last four games, although the club is still without its leading scorer, Landon Donovan, who is away playing for the U.S. national team.
July 10, 2013 |
Major League Soccer said Wednesday that its 2014 All-Star Game would be held at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore., home of the MLS' Portland Timbers. The match will take place in late July or early August and feature the league's top players competing against a leading international club. This year's All-Star Game, in which the MLS All-Stars will play AS Roma of Italy, will be played July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Jeld-Wen Field reopened for MLS play in April 2011 after a major renovation, and since then the Timbers have had 42 consecutive sellouts, the league said.
July 4, 2013 |
DENVER - As Brandon League tries to regain the form that earned him a $22.5-million contract from the Dodgers, something is weighing on his mind. He was a friend of Justin Miller, the former major league reliever who was found dead at his Florida home last week. "I had no clue anything was happening health-wise, so it was a bit of a shock," League said. When League and Miller were prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays' farm system, they both lived in Florida. "We'd see each other a lot and just hang out," League said.
June 30, 2013 |
The first fastball hit 97 mph, the second 99 mph, the fourth 101 mph. It's a little too soon to say Jose Dominguez can do for the Dodgers this year what Francisco Rodriguez did for the Angels 11 years ago, but putting a kid fireballer in your bullpen never hurts. Dominguez electrified the Dodger Stadium crowd in his major league debut Sunday, pitching a perfect eighth inning. He threw 10 fastballs, all but the first hitting at least 99 mph, and a nice selection of off-speed pitches.
June 21, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - It has been more than a month since Clayton Kershaw won. He might be a 10-game winner this season. He is the best pitcher in baseball. Those statements should not go together, but Kershaw pitches for the Dodgers, the most disappointing team in baseball. They don't hit, particularly when he pitches. They don't play good defense - in fact, with two errors Friday, they tied the Houston Astros for the most errors in the major leagues. BOX SCORE: San Diego 5, Dodgers 2 And so the Dodgers don't win. The San Diego Padres beat Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday night, 5-2. The Dodgers dropped deeper into last place in the National League West.
June 18, 2013 |
After four years of waiting for Commissioner Bud Selig to decide whether the Oakland Athletics should be granted permission to move, the city of San Jose filed an antitrust suit against Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Lew Wolff, the managing partner of the A's, said he had "no details" on the suit. "I am not in favor of legal action or legal threats to solve business issues," Wolff told The Times. The San Francisco Giants control the rights to San Jose and have opposed the A's proposed move.
June 17, 2013 |
First baseman Albert Pujols and shortstop Erick Aybar are Gold Glove winners, Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout are Gold Glove-caliber outfielders, and third baseman Alberto Callaspo and second baseman Howie Kendrick are usually dependable if not flashy in the field. So how is it the Angels began Monday's game with a major league-high 53 errors, including 18 in their last 13 games, and a .980 fielding percentage, worst in the American League? "We depend a lot on our defense, and we really feel it's an asset, not only the range, but the dependability," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
June 16, 2013 |
When Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb was struck in his right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on Saturday, he became the fifth pitcher since September to be hit in the head by a batted ball. Cobb was hospitalized overnight and will be out at least a week. And though Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen says every pitcher is aware of the risks when he takes the mound, that doesn't make the replays any easier to watch. "It makes you cringe," he said. "It's tough. " Jepsen is fortunate never to have been hit, but he says it's not hard to understand why it's happening so frequently.
June 15, 2013 |
Rocket fuel Roger Clemens would have smiled at the highlights from last week's fight night at Dodger Stadium. Not at the punching and shoving, mind you, but at the first bean ball - the one that hit Yasiel Puig in the face. Puig had hit .500 in his first eight games in the major leagues, with four home runs and 10 runs batted in. The Dodgers' phenom might have been a little too comfortable for Clemens, who probably would have welcomed him to the majors by buzzing him with a fastball, high and tight.