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 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 11, 2013 |
SCHEDULE Game 1: Today, 5 p.m. Detroit (Sanchez, 14-8, 2.57) at Boston (Lester, 15-8, 3.75) Game 2: Sunday, 5 p.m Detroit (Scherzer, 21-3, 2.90) at Boston (Buchholz, 12-1, 1.74) Game 3: Tuesday, 1 p.m. Boston (Lackey, 10-13, 3.52) at Detroit (Verlander, 13-12, 3.46) Game 4: Wednesday, 5 p.m. Boston (Peavy, 12-5, 4.17) at Detroit Fister (14-9, 3.67) Game 5: Thursday, 5 p.m.* Boston (TBA) at Detroit (TBA) Game 6: Oct. 1:30 p.m.* Detroit (TBA)
September 15, 2013 |
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was strangely coy Sunday when talking about Yasiel Puig's hip injury, saying before the game that the rookie outfielder could be out of the starting lineup "between a day and two weeks. " He repeated that after the game even though Puig pinch-hit, making the last out of the game by grounding to shortstop with the bases loaded. "It's still a two-week time frame," Mattingly said. "It's still between a game and two weeks. " Puig was more direct, saying he came to the ballpark early Sunday to get treatment for hip pain that flared up Saturday.
September 6, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers began the weekend with the second-largest division lead in baseball. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, started Friday with a seven-game advantage in the race for the National League's final wild-card playoff berth. But anyone looking to bill the series as a playoff preview isn't getting any help from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he won't look ahead to the postseason "until we're drinking champagne. " Mattingly can read a schedule without the help of champagne, though, and the schedule shows the Dodgers play just one more team with a winning record after they leave Cincinnati.