June 14, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - The Dodgers' most consistent hitter this season, Adrian Gonzalez is in a minor slump. He was hitless in four at-bats in his team's 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, making him six for 34 with two runs batted in over his last nine games. Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers with 44 runs batted in, is now batting .307. The last time his average was that low was when the season was four games old. BOX SCORE: Pittsburgh 3, Dodgers 0 "Timing's not exactly where it is," Gonzalez said.
June 14, 2013 |
The Dodgers' refrain: Wait until we get our guys back! Wait for the cavalry! The first wave came Friday, and for one night, the new Dodgers looked a lot like those old Dodgers. Offense continued to be mere rumor, the Dodgers going meekly in a 3-0 loss to the Pirates and left-hander Jeff Locke in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez started his first game since June 5, the Dodgers nursing his return from a strained hamstring. Catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list Friday, recovered from a strained oblique.
June 12, 2013 |
Gerrit Cole had an impressive major league debut Tuesday … a nd he pitched well too. Cole, a former UCLA pitcher, was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates and sent out to face the San Francisco Giants. Cole had already pitched two scoreless innings when he came to the plate with the bases loaded. He fell behind, 0-2, worked the count full and then singled to right to drive in two runs. “I got a little lucky,” Cole told reporters after the game. “That was my first hit since high school.” Lucky or not, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen told reporters, “He looked like a big league hitter working the count like that.” As for the pitching part, Cole lived up to being the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.
June 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Long before a retired Southern California couple and two friends were shot and killed aboard their sailboat off the Horn of Africa in February 2011, the threat from Somali pirates was frighteningly clear. Since 2005, heavily armed Somalis in jury-rigged speedboats had hijacked scores of oil tankers, cargo ships and private yachts, holding hundreds of crew members hostage for lucrative ransoms. The brigands had crippled shipping in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, costing companies an estimated $5 billion a year.
May 14, 2013 |
My young colleague, Ben Welsh, who hails from Swisher, Iowa, by way of Columbia, Mo., and Washington, D.C., quickly caught on to what we native Angelenos know subliminally. Los Angeles has its own distinctive voice. It's not the plaintive howl of coyotes in the hills, the frightening screams of the Santa Ana winds or the somnolent lap of surf. Our city's voice, as Ben observed, is a singular human one: Vin Scully's. Its timbre is like no other. Hear a single syllable and, as surely as Billie Holiday is Billie Holiday, Winston Churchill is Winston Churchill and Billy Mays is Billy Mays, you know it's Vin. I think Scully could have been mayor if he'd wanted.
April 18, 2013 |
The Somali pirates in the documentary "Stolen Seas" brandish bazookas instead of swords and have roughly the same sense of chivalry as the husbands on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey. " "There's no such thing as a romantic Somali pirate," says one of the movie's many talking heads. You probably suspected as much. Still, Thymaya Payne's ambitious doc contains plenty of surprising and interesting details about the Somali pirate trade, which, according to the film, costs the shipping industry $7 billion to $12 billion annually.
April 6, 2013 |
Even by Clayton Kershaw's elevated standards, this was a special week. Already considered one of the best pitchers in baseball, Kershaw looked as if he could be on the verge of becoming a force. Kershaw was nearly perfect over the first seven innings of a Dodgers 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, his performance as effortless as his four-hit shutout on opening day five days earlier. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 1, Pirates 0 Kershaw (2-0) held the visitors at Dodger Stadium to two hits, drawing the ever-growing admiration of teammates.
April 5, 2013 |
Back at Dodger Stadium for the first time in more than two years, Russell Martin was pleasantly surprised to learn part of his legacy was still in the ballpark he used to call home. On his way to the visiting clubhouse, Martin walked by a recently renovated hallway that exhibits awards won by former and current Dodgers. In one of the cases was a replica of a Gold Glove he won in 2007. "It brought back some good memories," said Martin, now a 30-year-old catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
April 5, 2013 |
It cost them $147 million, but the Dodgers might have a right-handed complement to staff ace Clayton Kershaw. Zack Greinke pitched his firstgame for the Dodgers on Friday night and delivered the kind of shut-down performance in a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that made their postseason dreams feel attainable. Greinke was nearly flawless over 61/3 innings at Dodger Stadium, retiring 19 of the first 20 batters he faced. He allowed only two baserunners, both on singles.
March 30, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Simon Klose would like you to steal his movie. Stream it, download it, share it with someone in Croatia or Brazil and remix it with videos of kittens playing patty-cake, if that's your kind of thing. Klose, 37, is the director of the documentary "The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard," which follows the eccentric co-founders of the Swedish file-sharing network the Pirate Bay over four years, including their 2009 trial on copyright infringement charges. Shot like a thriller in the stark light of Stockholm, "TPB: AFK" pits its hoodie-clad young subjects, who created the world's largest piracy site and are part of a global anti-copyright movement, against large American media companies such as 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.