July 4, 2011 |
What Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said he remembered most about Dee Gordon's first stint in the majors wasn't his speed or his swing. Speaking about the shortstop prospect the Dodgers sent to triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, Mattingly recalled a recent conversation they had in the infield during batting practice. Gordon wasn't hitting and Mattingly asked him about the kind of adjustments he was thinking of making against certain pitchers. Mattingly said he liked what the kid was telling him, that he liked how he was thinking.
April 11, 2011 |
Reporting from San Francisco If Clayton Kershaw continues to pitch the way he's pitched, who knows how many games he can win? And if Matt Kemp continues to run the way he's run, who knows how many bases he can steal? On a night that started with the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants taking the field in a pregame ceremony to remind fans at AT&T Park that they shouldn't attack each other, the chants of "Beat-L.-A. " that followed were soon muted by Kershaw's arm and Kemp's legs.
July 1, 2011 |
By major league standards, Dee Gordon is a little small. The Dodgers' slender 23-year-old shortstop is of about average height at 5 feet 11, but sitting next to Aaron Miles in the locker room, Gordon's arms look like twigs to Miles' tree branches. However, Gordon's stature issues may cease to exist as of Sunday — not because he plans to add to his 150-pound frame, but because he may no longer be a major leaguer. Before the Dodgers' game Friday night against the Angels, Manager Don Mattingly said that Rafael Furcal is tentatively scheduled to come off the disabled list before Sunday's game.
July 31, 2011 |
For Dodgers fans, the non-waiver trade deadline Sunday was a cruel reminder of the once-proud franchise's place on baseball's landscape. Bankrupt and out of contention, the team was reduced to making minor deals, shipping Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals to save $1.4 million and set up a two-month audition for shortstop prospect Dee Gordon. And this might be the worst part: the team Dodgers fans most hate put itself in position to once again bombard them with images of men with overgrown beards hoisting the World Series trophy and waving red thongs.
May 29, 2011 |
A day after a fire broke out at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw doused the remnants of a formidable lineup. The Dodgers starter completed the second shutout of his career and provided a few sparks for his offensively challenged team Sunday afternoon during an 8-0 victory over the Florida Marlins. The hit totals: Marlins two, Kershaw two. While Kershaw had a pair of sharp singles, one of Florida's hits was a not-so-routine fly ball that fell in left field after being buffeted by swirling winds.
June 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia Dee Gordon might have benefited from playing out the remainder of the triple-A season and waiting until September for his first major league call-up, General Manager Ned Colletti conceded. But the Dodgers couldn't wait, not with Rafael Furcal on the disabled list. So, the Dodgers called up their top position player prospect Monday, the same day they activated infielder Juan Uribe , outfielder Marcus Thames and reliever Blake Hawksworth . The Dodgers cleared room on their active roster by sending John Ely and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to triple-A Albuquerque and designating Juan Castro and Jay Gibbons for assignment.
September 25, 2009 |
On the night the Dodgers moved to within a victory of securing a spot in the postseason by claiming a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals, their $25-million left fielder turned himself into the highest-paid press officer in baseball history. Still wearing his uniform pants, a sweaty Manny Ramirez put his arm around the first reporter he saw and said, "You're going to talk to Raffy, right? Go talk to Raffy." But Rafael Furcal, who was four for five and hit a solo home run to break a 6-6 stalemate in the eighth inning, wasn't at his locker.
February 20, 2009 |
Something happened to Rafael Furcal when he went on the disabled list last season. The boisterous shortstop suddenly turned quiet. "Because you don't play, you feel like if you say something to your teammates, they're going to say something," Furcal said. "I was afraid about that." Furcal sat out 4 1/2 months last season because of a bulging disk that required surgery, a process he said was so frustrating that he asked Manager Joe Torre at one point if he could leave the team.
May 12, 2008 |
Manager Joe Torre said he was hoping that Rafael Furcal could be back in the lineup for the start of the Dodgers' three-game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Furcal sounded less optimistic. "I don't know," Furcal said. Lower back pain forced Furcal to miss his fifth consecutive game on Sunday, an 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium that extended their losing streak to four games. With the Furcal-less lineup held to two runs over the first six innings and Jonathan Broxton giving up six runs in a decisive eighth inning, the Dodgers wasted 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball from Hiroki Kuroda, who took a no-hitter into the seventh.
March 3, 2011 |
Cincinnati 3, Dodgers 1 AT THE PLATE: This wasn't a good night for the veteran infield trio of Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake and Juan Uribe, who were a combined 0 for 8 with three strikeouts. Regulars Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and James Loney took the game off. ON THE MOUND: Hiroki Kuroda became the first Dodger starter to give up an earned run this spring, as he was charged with two runs and six hits in 21/3 innings. But Kuroda said he was pleased with his curveball, a pitch he has wanted to add to his arsenal for the last decade.