March 5, 2013 |
PEORIA, Ariz. - Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had a third consecutive poor outing, which is either something to be concerned about or something to be dismissed. Kershaw was taking the first approach - sort of. "'Concerned' might not be the best word. But it's definitely not confident, I guess you could say, if you're giving up that many runs," he said after surrendering four runs and seven hits in three-plus innings of the Dodgers' 7-3 Cactus League loss Tuesday to the San Diego Padres.
February 26, 2013 |
Most of the Dodgers' pitching focus this spring has been elsewhere. Chad Billingsley's elbow, Clayton Kershaw's hip, Hyun-Jin Ryu and the great unknown, Zack Greinke being the $147-million new guy, where Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang will ultimately fit in. And then there's Josh Beckett, former ace, sort of hanging around at the back of the rotation, presumed fifth starter. Beckett, 32, made his first appearance of the spring Tuesday in the Dodgers' 8-8 tie with the Giants at Camelback Ranch, throwing two nice innings.
December 16, 2012 |
— Those who think Dwight Howard isn't doing enough for the Lakers should consider what Andrew Bynum is doing for Philadelphia. The former Lakers center has not played a minute for the 76ers, sidelined because of knee problems. It wouldn't come as a surprise to Lakers followers during his seven seasons with the team, though his latest injury escapade was unusual. He sat out the exhibition season because of a bone bruise in the knee and felt new soreness after a trip to the bowling alley last month.
October 2, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Ervin Santana is so even-keeled you wouldn't know if he was throwing a no-hitter or getting shelled, a temperament that helps him cope with the stress of being a big league pitcher but irritates those who want him to show more fire on the mound. So it's hardly surprising that Santana, in his 12th year with the only organization he has known, attached no special significance to what very well could be his last game as an Angel, Sunday night's 2 2/3-inning, six-run, seven-hit effort in an 8-7 loss to Texas.
October 2, 2012 |
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys offense really didn't do much for most of the first half of their game against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. And they were better off that way. Starting late in the second quarter, all but two of the Cowboys' next seven drives ended in interceptions thrown by Romo, as the Cowboys lost, 34-18, and dropped to a three-way tie for second in the NFC East at 2-1. The five picks tied a career high for the Dallas quarterback, who now has eight interceptions and five touchdowns this season.
October 1, 2012 |
Recent events have convinced Matt Kemp that the Dodgers could do something special in the postseason. "The way we're playing, I would like our chances against any team that we play," Kemp said. Here's the problem: Short of a miracle, the Dodgers won't be there. They are on the brink of elimination, even after extending their winning streak to five games Sunday with a sweep-sealing 7-1 victory over the downtrodden Colorado Rockies. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals, 10-4, to maintain their two-game lead over Dodgers for the second of two National League wild-card spots.
September 11, 2012 |
PHOENIX — Adrian Gonzalez spoke softly as he looked down at the clubhouse floor. "I'm just letting the team down," he said, taking a deep breath. Clayton Kershaw was back on the mound, Matt Kemp was back in center field and the team held a players-only meeting before its game Tuesday, but nothing changed for the Dodgers. Gonzalez took a called third strike with Shane Victorino on second base for the final out of the Dodgers' second consecutive shutout defeat, a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
September 10, 2012 |
The Oakland Athletics will get another crack at Dan Haren in the opener of a critical four-game series in Anaheim on Monday night after being somewhat baffled by the Angels' right-hander last Wednesday in Oakland. Haren's fastball rarely tops 88 mph these days, and his breaking pitches haven't seemed particularly nasty of late, but Haren has given the Angels three straight superb starts, including a six-inning, one-run, three-hit effort in a 7-1 win over the A's last Wednesday. Haren went to 2-and-0 counts on the first four batters of the game but was not hurt by his early control problems, escaping the first inning by getting Josh Reddick to line into a double play.
August 22, 2012 |
BOSTON - Whoever that lanky 6-foot-7 right-hander with the scraggly blond hair was on the mound in Anaheim last Friday, the Angels were glad he didn't show up in Fenway Park on Wednesday. On a night the Angels might have lost slugger Albert Pujols to a calf injury for a few games, they regained their ace. Jered Weaver rebounded from the worst start of his career with a splendid seven-inning, two-run, seven-hit effort to lead the Angels to a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Weaver, who was rocked for nine runs and eight hits in three innings of a 12-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday, improved to 16-3, and the bottom four hitters in the Angels' lineup - Howie Kendrick, Maicer Izturis, Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta - combined to go 10 for 16 with six runs and three runs batted in. Two straight wins in a quirky, 100-year-old stadium that has often been a house of horrors for the Angels - and two quality starts from a rotation that entered the series with a 3-7 record and 6.53 earned-run average this month - somewhat erased the sour taste of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rays.
August 14, 2012 |
DES MOINES - Iowa contributes all of six electoral votes to the grand total of 538 up for grabs in November's election. But President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are devoting plenty of time to the state, an indication that both campaigns think the election could come down to that thin slice. Obama started a long bus tour of small Iowa towns Monday, where he bemoaned the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill and promised to take administrative action to help farmers suffering through a prolonged drought.