February 11, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Shortly after he avoided an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers and agreed to a $4.3-million salary for the upcoming season, Kenley Jansen reflected on how he went from a light-hitting catching prospect to the closer of baseball's most expensive team. "It's unbelievable how stuff works that quick," Jansen said. "Now, a million-dollar contract. That's pretty awesome. " Jansen, 26, was paid $512,000 last season. When he and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, he asked for $5.05 million and the team offered $3.5 million.
October 30, 2013 |
BOSTON - At the end of the fourth inning Wednesday night, the Boston Police Department issued a statement reporting that the bars in the Kenmore Square area were filled and telling people without game tickets to leave the area. The sense of anticipation wasn't lost on a community ready to celebrate the Red Sox's first World Series clinching at Fenway Park since 1918 and completely rid themselves of the pain of a last-place finish in the American League East in 2012. The early celebration was understandable after the Red Sox pounced on rookie Michael Wacha for six runs in the first four innings and relied on the strong pitching of John Lackey to cruise to a 6-1 victory and top the St. Louis Cardinals four games to two in the best-of-seven series.
October 29, 2013 |
The immediate thought when Michael Wacha gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the sixth inning of his last start Thursday was that the toll of his first full professional season finally had caught up to him. But the St. Louis Cardinals aren't concerned with the stamina of their prized rookie, given the way they've handled him this season and the workload he carried during his junior season at Texas A&M. Wacha, 22, enters Wednesday's...
October 18, 2013 |
One of Don Baylor's biggest challenges as the Angels' new hitting coach will be to help Josh Hamilton regain the swing that made him the American League's most valuable player in 2010 but deserted him for the first four months of 2013. "One thing about my style is that we try something for a while, and if that doesn't work, we don't keep pounding our head against something that doesn't work," Baylor, 64, said in a conference call Thursday, a day after his hiring was announced. "I think he's a real key to the offense.
October 14, 2013 |
Columnists and reporters from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will be sharing their views with Los Angeles Times readers during the National League Championship Series. By getting all tangled up in (Dodger) blue in Game 3, the Cardinals fumbled away the opportunity to put the champagne on ice in advance of Game 4. There will be no chance of a St. Louis celebration Tuesday, no chance of the Cardinals sweeping the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
October 13, 2013 |
BOSTON - When Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino strolls to the plate at Fenway Park, the public-address system blares the opening lyric to his walk-up song: "Don't worry about a thing …" The Red Sox faithful promptly finish the second half of Bob Marley's lyrics, singing in unison: " 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right. " Perhaps no one really believed it late Sunday night, not after right-hander Max Scherzer struck out 13 batters and gave up two hits through seven innings, one day after the Red Sox struck out 17 times and were almost no-hit in Game 1. BOX SCORE: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5 But just when worrying seemed to be back in vogue in Boston, David Ortiz hit a two-out grand slam on the first pitch from Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning, tying the score, 5-5. The Red Sox won it in the ninth inning on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's single to left field to drive in Jonny Gomes from third base, beating the Detroit Tigers, 6-5, and tying the American League Championship Series at a game apiece.