July 6, 2013 |
Dwight Howard downplayed Kobe Bryant's pitch as a reason for leaving the Lakers for Houston and claimed he was already a winner in an interview with The Times' T.J. Simers. In the Lakers' meeting with Howard on Tuesday, Bryant reportedly told Howard he should listen to Bryant more often to learn how to become a champion. "People twisted a lot of things he said," Howard said Friday night. "I haven't won a championship but I'm in the NBA. That's winning. I'm blessed to be able to play this game, blessed to come out of back surgery.
August 21, 2012 |
Roger Clemens will attempt to make a comeback at age 50 after signing with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Monday. Does this mean we eventually will see the once-dominating pitcher back on a major league mound? That's a question with several layers. First of all, what are Clemens' intentions with all of this? Is it just for fun -- as one of Clemens' agents, Randy Hendricks, suggested in an email to USA Today on Monday -- or does the seven-time Cy Young winner have bigger things on his mind?
March 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Encouraged by how his elbow felt Wednesday in his first game in nearly three weeks, Zack Greinke said he thought he could be ready to pitch at the start of the regular season. “I hope so,” Greinke said. “My arm felt really good today. It felt strong.” Greinke faced Chicago White Sox minor league players for four innings, throwing 43 pitches and facing one batter more than the minimum. He gave up a single, hit a batter and induced a double play. “I wasn't perfect,” he said.
March 19, 2013 |
— If not for their surplus of starting pitchers, these might be anxious days for the Dodgers. In the last 24 hours, the Dodgers scratched flu-ridden Josh Beckett from his Monday start, classified Chad Billingsley as "kind of doubtful" for his Tuesday assignment because of a bruised finger and made plans for previously sore-elbowed Zack Greinke to pitch Wednesday. "The scenarios have been changed a lot lately," Manager Don Mattingly said. The Dodgers came to spring training knowing the state of their rotation was an issue.
March 30, 2011 |
As he did 30 years ago, Fernando Valenzuela will take the mound at Dodger Stadium on opening day. From the very place he started a phenomenon that radically altered the country's cultural and sporting landscape, Valenzuela will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. Fernandomania will return to Los Angeles -- but with a notable difference. When he winds up to throw the ball, Valenzuela won't look skyward the way he used to. "I can't do it if I think about it. I would fall down, especially if I'm wearing street shoes," he said, laughing.
February 19, 2011 |
Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda threw his cutter for the first time this spring in a bullpen session Saturday and when he threw it, he did so with restraint. You couldn't blame him. His manager was standing in the batter's box. "I had to be careful," Kuroda said, laughing. To get a better idea of what his pitchers are throwing, Don Mattingly was standing next to the plate during several bullpen sessions. He said that was something he started to do when managing in the Arizona Fall League.
October 4, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- With the hottest technology offering since Facebook still technically up for grabs, the Nasdaq Stock Market's chief Bob Greifeld paid a visit to Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on Friday. Twitter is leaning toward listing with the New York Stock Exchange after the technical glitches that marred Facebook's IPO in May 2012, a person familiar with the situation said last week. Greifeld made his pitch anyway, arguing that Twitter would be better off on Nasdaq and trading with many of its peers.
May 7, 2012 |
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper. "I was trying to hit him," Hamels said after Sunday's game, during which he hit Harper in the back with a pitch in the first inning. "I'm not going to deny it. " Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday. Hamels also was fined an undisclosed amount. Hamels added, "It's just, 'Welcome to the big leagues.' " Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann hit Hamels in the leg with a first-pitch fastball two innings later.
March 14, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Reliever Kenley Jansen said he has received permission from the Dodgers to leave spring training and join the Netherlands at the World Baseball Classic. Jansen is from the Caribbean island nation of Curacao, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Jansen will work out with the Dodgers through Sunday and fly to San Francisco that night. Jansen is expected to pitch in the Netherlands' semifinal game on Monday night against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
April 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Still sick with a stomach flu that cut short his opening-day start, Clayton Kershaw said he was “pretty sure” he would be able to pitch in the Dodgers' home opener Tuesday. “We'll see,” Kershaw said. Kershaw reported a minor improvement in his condition. He pitched three scoreless innings Thursday in the Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. “I felt pretty bad,” he said. “I know I needed to try to get out there. After that third inning, I started getting dizzy and lightheaded and stuff, so I really couldn't do it anymore.” Upon exiting the game, Kershaw tried to return to the team hotel across the street from Petco Park but was too weak to do so. He said he threw up in the eighth inning.