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May 16, 2010 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
The surprises just keep coming with Dodgers pitcher Ramon Ortiz. Early in the Dodgers game with the San Diego Padres on Friday night, the Padres intentionally walked Jamey Carroll to load the bases with one out to face the weak-hitting Ortiz, who turns 37 next week. Ortiz attempted a squeeze bunt that instead was turned into a double play that killed the Dodgers' threat. That wasn't the only problem — Manager Joe Torre hadn't called for the bunt. It was Ortiz's idea.
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May 20, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Dodgers Manager Joe Torre on Thursday danced around the subject of who would be the team's fifth starting pitcher. It's a topic of interest because Ramon Ortiz , who was a last-ditch effort to fill the role while Vicente Padilla is out, has underperformed in two starts. The next time the fifth starter would potentially be used is Tuesday when the Dodgers open a three-game set in Chicago against the Cubs. But because the team has an off-day the day before, Torre could potentially skip using a fifth starter and hold off on that decision until sometime in that series or the one after with the Colorado Rockies.
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August 20, 1999 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ramon Ortiz, who won his major league pitching debut with the Angels on Thursday, had 10 pesos in hand and decided to take a chance. He had spent another long day pulling weeds in a Dominican Republic rice field and was on his way home when he stopped to buy a lottery ticket. He won 280 pesos, quite an amount for a 7-year-old who had already spent a year working in the fields to help his family survive. "I felt like a millionaire," Ortiz, now 23, said through an interpreter.
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May 19, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Good, if not great, pitching helped give the Dodgers nine consecutive wins, their best streak in four years. And bad, if not horrible, pitching took that streak away Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium before 40,138 as the Dodgers fell to the San Diego Padres, 10-5, keeping them from tying the Padres for first place in the National League West. It seemed a matter of time, though, before the Dodgers' well-documented pitching troubles would reemerge after a nine-game hibernation made some forget that such troubles existed.
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March 31, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bull is a 500-pound mass of hair, hoofs and horns that remains placid unless someone gets too close, then it begins to twitch and snort. It is known simply as "Toro," and for as long as Angel pitcher Ramon Ortiz can remember, it has grazed beyond the backstop of this scraggly field known as Los Corozos, where Ortiz learned the game that would provide an economic springboard for him and his super-sized family.
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March 28, 2010
Dodgers 3, Seattle 1 AT THE PLATE: Andre Ethier hit his third home run of the spring, a towering shot to right-center in the third inning. Casey Blake was two for three with a double, run and run batted in to improve his spring average to .378. ON THE MOUND: Fifth-starter candidates Ramon Ortiz , Carlos Monasterios and Russ Ortiz pitched in relief. Ramon Ortiz gave up a hit in an otherwise tranquil two-thirds inning, Monasterios couldn't get out of the seventh inning, and Russ Ortiz limited the damage to a home run over two innings.
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June 20, 2001 | Mike DiGiovanna
ANGELS' RAMON ORTIZ (4-5, 4.07 ERA) vs. RANGERS' KENNY ROGERS (3-3, 5.28 ERA) The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, 5:30 PDT Radio--KLAC (570), XPRS (1090). Update--Though Ortiz's start was pushed up a day, he will be pitching on his normal four days' rest because the Angels were off Monday.
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April 7, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Rookie pitcher Ramon Ortiz recovered from a shaky start and pitched six solid innings during a rehabilitation assignment for the Lake Elsinore Storm, the team's Class A affiliate. Ortiz, recovering from partially torn cartilage in his right shoulder, gave up two runs and eight hits and had seven strikeouts and two walks. He threw 87 pitches, 54 of them strikes. His fastball was clocked in the low 90s in the sixth inning.
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February 6, 2002 | Jim Barrero
Angel pitcher Ramon Ortiz shouldn't have trouble re-entering the U.S. to play baseball this season even though he has been denied a visa based on false documentation, immigration officials said Tuesday. Luis Ducasse, director of sports for the Dominican consulate in New York, said Ortiz simply needs to get a passport that reflects his correct birth date. Ortiz was denied a visa by the U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo last week because his passport birth date did not match his birth certificate.
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May 16, 2010 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
The surprises just keep coming with Dodgers pitcher Ramon Ortiz. Early in the Dodgers game with the San Diego Padres on Friday night, the Padres intentionally walked Jamey Carroll to load the bases with one out to face the weak-hitting Ortiz, who turns 37 next week. Ortiz attempted a squeeze bunt that instead was turned into a double play that killed the Dodgers' threat. That wasn't the only problem — Manager Joe Torre hadn't called for the bunt. It was Ortiz's idea.
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May 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
The Dodgers' oft-changing pitching rotation took another twist Monday with the return of rookie right-hander John Ely and plans for Ramon Ortiz to get another start. Ely, recalled from triple-A Albuquerque to replace injured knuckleballer Charlie Haeger , was scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. He'll be followed by Hiroki Kuroda on Wednesday, then the Dodgers have a day off Thursday before starting a three-game series in San Diego against the Padres on Friday.
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March 28, 2010
Dodgers 3, Seattle 1 AT THE PLATE: Andre Ethier hit his third home run of the spring, a towering shot to right-center in the third inning. Casey Blake was two for three with a double, run and run batted in to improve his spring average to .378. ON THE MOUND: Fifth-starter candidates Ramon Ortiz , Carlos Monasterios and Russ Ortiz pitched in relief. Ramon Ortiz gave up a hit in an otherwise tranquil two-thirds inning, Monasterios couldn't get out of the seventh inning, and Russ Ortiz limited the damage to a home run over two innings.
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March 26, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ramon Ortiz is always smiling. "Always," he said. Whether he's indoors or outdoors, sitting among his teammates or walking alone out of the Dodgers' clubhouse, Ortiz wears the carefree grin of a frat-house drunkard. Raising his arms to the clear Arizona sky above his head, he explained why. "I'm with God," he said. The former Angel is born again in more ways than one, as his once-dead career has reemerged this spring from baseball's graveyard — or, more literally, Fresno — probably earning the 36-year-old a place on the Dodgers' opening-day roster.
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November 16, 2004 | Ben Bolch, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After crunching the salary numbers, the Angels rendered a split decision Monday on catcher Bengie Molina and pitcher Ramon Ortiz. The Angels picked up the $3-million option on Molina's contract for 2005 and declined to renew a $5.5-million option on Ortiz, the starter whose early-season demotion to the bullpen last season sparked repeated trade demands.
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August 30, 2004 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
In his harshest comments during a season in which he has repeatedly asked to be traded, Ramon Ortiz reacted to another demotion to the bullpen Sunday, lashing out at Manager Mike Scioscia. "I don't feel good, the way he used me this year in the organization," said Ortiz, who has been sent to the bullpen three times since opening the season as a starter. "I'm a good pitcher. I won 16, 15 games every year, but this year, he don't respect me."
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