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April 6, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
As much as real estate is about location, location, location, selling it is about timing and pricing. Former Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal has been trying to sell his home on a golf course in La Canada Flintridge since late 2010. Listed then for $4,449,000, the house reappeared on the Multiple Listing Service priced at $3.8 million just as news of Magic Johnson and company's purchase of the Dodgers broke. Listing agent Susan Mohr of Sotheby's International Realty said she had been working to get the listing ready for about a month.
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October 19, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Grieve, it's OK. Has to happen before moving on. And somewhat unexpectedly, it is time for the Dodgers to move on. There is no escaping the disappointment for Dodgers and their fans. They were absolutely certain they were onto something special. Even trailing three games to two heading into St. Louis, their confidence bordered on cockiness. Then they not only lost, they were humbled, 9-0, by St. Louis. The Cardinals did the happy dance, the Cardinals advanced to the World Series.
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June 15, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
What Rafael Furcal feels, Dodgers Manager Joe Torre sees, and what Torre sees, the numbers say: Furcal is slowly starting to find his rhythm at the plate. "The season is long," Furcal said. "I knew and the whole world knew that I wasn't going to stay like that the entire year. I didn't know when it would come, today or tomorrow, but I just kept at it." Furcal, who was one for three with a walk and a sacrifice in the Dodgers' 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday, has hit .
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March 7, 2013 | Wire reports
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal will have major surgery on his right elbow next week. The team did not say in its statement how long the three-time All-Star will be out. Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist, examined Furcal on Wednesday and will perform Tommy John surgery. The 35-year-old Furcal has been sidelined since reinjuring the elbow he hurt late last season. Furcal and the team had tried rehabilitation rather than reconstructive surgery in the off-season.
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June 10, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Manager Joe Torre said he noticed a change in Rafael Furcal over the last several days. "There's a lot of life in his body right now," Torre said. Furcal was hitting .309 when he was placed on the disabled list May 4 because of a strained left hamstring. He hit .216 and scored only two runs in his first 10 games after his activation May 25. But in the last five games heading into the Dodgers' series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Furcal hit .429 (nine for 21)
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September 13, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Rafael Furcal said that while his surgically repaired back hasn't caused him any physical problems this season, it has affected his thinking on the basepaths. Furcal had six steals in 133 games through Friday. He had eight steals in 36 games in his injury-shortened 2008 season. In his first two seasons with the Dodgers, he stole 62 bases, including 25 in a 2007 season that he spent hobbled by a sprained left ankle. "The back is to a person what a motor is to a car," Furcal said.
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May 18, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The evidence of Rafael Furcal's frustration was inside the visitors' clubhouse at Land Shark Stadium on Sunday. There, atop an equipment trunk, were the remnants of a batting helmet, shattered in a pique of anger the night before. "He's getting frustrated. There's no question," Manager Joe Torre said of Furcal, who hit .167 on the Dodgers' six-game trip, dropping his season average to .233. "Right now I think it's just [being] overanxious. Physically, he seems fine."
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May 26, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Back from his self-imposed exile in Miami, Manny Ramirez worked out at Dodger Stadium on Monday for the first time since being suspended for violating baseball's drug policy, a Dodgers spokesman confirmed. Ramirez hit, ran, threw and did some strength training at the ballpark, from which he had kept his distance until Monday. When he and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met this month, they did so at Ramirez's apartment in Pasadena.
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April 28, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from New York Another name was added to the list of wounded Dodgers on Tuesday, as Rafael Furcal was held out of the second game of a doubleheader against the Mets because of hamstring problems that arose in the opener. Manager Joe Torre said he was doubtful Furcal would be available for the series finale at Citi Field on Wednesday. According to Torre, Furcal felt something in his leg as he ran down the first base line on a double-play groundout in the seventh inning of their 4-0 loss to the Mets.
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June 23, 2010 | By Jim Peltz and DeAntae Prince
A subdued but grateful Rafael Furcal returned to the lineup as the Dodgers' shortstop and leadoff hitter Wednesday after the death of his father. Furcal had rushed to the Dominican Republic in time to see his father before he died early Sunday from complications from being badly kicked by a horse a month ago. "He was happy when he saw me," Furcal said before the Dodgers' game against the Angels. "He was waiting for me." Furcal thanked the Dodgers, who had placed him on the bereavement list, because "they let me go and spend the last days of his life" with him. "I was happy to see him alive" because the doctors had told his family there was nothing they could do. Before he left the team Thursday, Furcal was playing well and batting .305.
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August 20, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal has sold his onetime home base in La CaƱada Flintridge for $3.1 million. The Mediterranean-style villa, built in 2000, features a two-story entry, a grand staircase, a step-down living room, marble and limestone floors, a study, a media room, a wine tasting room and a billiards/game room. The grounds include a swimming pool with spa, an outdoor kitchen and a built-in barbecue. The golf-course view house has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 7,402 square feet of living space.
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July 25, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
ST. LOUIS - Hanley Ramirez wasn't the only new Dodger to immediately see action Wednesday. So did Randy Choate. Choate, a left-handed reliever who came with Ramirez to the Dodgers in a trade with the Miami Marlins, was called in by Manager Don Mattingly with one out in the 10th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Choate retired the next two batters, and the first batter in the 11th inning, before being replaced by Jamey Wright (4-3), who was the losing pitcher when the Cardinals won, 3-2, in the 12th inning on a single by Rafael Furcal.
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July 25, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Hanley Ramirez made his Dodgers debut memorable Wednesday, delivering two key hits even though the Dodgers' lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2. Former Dodger Rafael Furcal singled in the winning run in the 12th inning off Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright. Three hours after joining the Dodgers in a trade, the three-time All Star tripled off the wall at Busch Stadium in his first at-bat, then scored the Dodgers' first run on James Loney's sacrifice fly. In the sixth inning, Ramirez singled to score Mark Ellis, who had doubled, for the Dodgers' second run on a night in which temperatures hovered in the high-90s as they have throughout the series.
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July 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you don't think the Dodgers have given up on James Loney, witness their efforts to acquire Houston's Carlos Lee. That would be Carlos Lee, 36, without a home run outside Houston all season, with one home run in his last 25 games, apparently without any particular hankering to be a Dodger. Lee confirmed to reporters in Chicago the Dodgers had made an offer and he was mulling whether to waive his no-trade clause and come to Los Angeles. Reportedly, he is not eager to leave his ranch outside Houston.
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June 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
One day you're bursting with potential, the next you're what? Jerry Sands was supposed to be the Dodgers' next great position player, a big outfielder who earned the organization's Minor League Player of the Year award in 2010. He was called up earlier than expected in April last season, struggled (.200, .294 and .328 on-base and slugging percentages) and by June was sent back down. He showed more promise during a call-up in September (.342, .415, .493), though by then he had been surpassed by Dee Gordon as the top position prospect.
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May 31, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez and Kevin Baxter
Alex Castellanos is being called up from triple-A Albuquerque to replace Matt Kemp, who is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. The impending move was confirmed by multiple people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it won't be made official until later in the day. [ 3:40 p.m. update - The Dodgers confirmed Thursday afternoon that Kemp was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and that Castellanos was called up from triple-A Albuquerque.]
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June 17, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Cincinnati — At about 1 a.m. Thursday, Dodgers Manager Joe Torre was informed that shortstop Rafael Furcal had to leave the club. Furcal had an ailing relative in the Dominican Republic and had to go home. Before taking the field at Great American Ball Park for what turned out to be a 7-1 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers placed Furcal on the bereavement list. The least amount of time a player can spend on the bereavement list is three days, meaning Furcal almost certainly will miss all three of the Dodgers' games in Boston, the first of which is Friday.
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August 10, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Philadelphia — Rafael Furcal will make the move he resisted. He is heading to the 15-day disabled list. On his way out of the Dodgers' clubhouse Tuesday night, Furcal said his surgically repaired lower back stiffened in a pregame workout, which included fielding grounders at shortstop. Furcal hadn't fielded grounders since he strained his back on a throw across his body Aug. 2. "We decided it was probably the safest thing to do," Manager Joe Torre said.
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May 18, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ten more days until Matt Kemp is eligible to return from the disabled list. But as Kemp remains stuck on the railing of the Dodgers' dugout recovering from a strained hamstring, something strange is happening. The Dodgers continue winning. The Dodgers' 6-5 walk-off victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing of their National League-leading 26 wins, but it was probably their most significant. Immediately after closer Kenley Jansen served up a tying solo home run to pinch-hitter Lance Berkman in the top of the ninth inning, the Dodgers loaded the bases for catcher A.J. Ellis, who drew a walk-off walk off Fernando Salas.
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May 18, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Be patient, Rafael Furcal said. The kid who replaced him as the Dodgers starting shortstop will be fine. Furcal played at Dodger Stadium on Friday, marking the first time he had done so since the Dodgers traded him last year to the St. Louis Cardinals. Furcal, who spent the previous 5 1/2 years with the Dodgers, went into the game hitting .367, second in the National League. Dee Gordon , who made Furcal expendable in the view of Dodgers management, had a batting average of .207 and an on-base percentage of .247.
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