August 20, 2012 |
Former Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal has sold his onetime home base in La Cañada 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.
July 25, 2012 |
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.
July 25, 2012 |
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.
July 1, 2012 |
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.
June 1, 2012 |
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.
May 31, 2012 |
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.]