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March 6, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Cubs 5, Dodgers 3 AT THE PLATE: Aaron Miles, trying to beat out Juan Castro for a backup infield spot, had a standup triple; Miles has five hits in 15 spring at-bats. ? Outfielder Xavier Paul struck out twice and has eight strikeouts in 13 at-bats. ? Marcus Thames and Jay Gibbons, neither of whom has played in the field this spring, each had a hit. Manager Don Mattingly said he expected Thames and Gibbons to play left field this week. ON THE MOUND: Chad Billingsley gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings ?
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March 27, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
AT THE PLATE: With opening day nearing, free agent addition Juan Uribe is starting to hit. Uribe was two for three with a home run and a double, raising his exhibition average to .317. Jamey Carroll also had a nice day at the plate, as he was two for three with a run. James Loney scored two runs. ON THE MOUND: Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless inning and Matt Guerrier retired the two batters he faced, but a couple of young relievers were brutalized. Scott Elbert gave up three runs, including one on a home run by Nick Hundley.
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March 6, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Spring training is a lot like marriage, a constant mix of the good and bad. This guy looks poised for a breakout year, this guy is struggling. This hitter is on fire, this pitcher is melting. The wife is ageless, the husband is resembling a latter Orson Wells. Or something like that. On Day 2 of the Dodgers' 2012 spring season, they naturally received early doses of both good and bad, none of which can be taken too seriously, though that's partly why we love spring training. They lost 8-4 to the Giants Tuesday, which being spring wouldn't even qualify as bad news, except it was against the Giants.
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March 6, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
San Francisco Giants 8, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Andre Ethier hit his first home run of the spring. Juan Uribe, who batted .204 in his first season with the Dodgers last year, reached base in both of his plate appearances. Uribe singled to left in the second inning and drew a walk in the fourth. Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon demonstrated his speed in the first inning when he hit a grounder to first baseman Brett Pill but beat pitcher Barry Zito to first base for an infield hit. ON THE MOUND: Ted Lilly served up two towering home runs in the first inning, including one to leadoff hitter Melky Cabrera that went out of the ballpark.
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April 13, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ask Andre Ethier about his left ankle —or anything related to it — and you won't get an answer. Not much of one, at least. Out of the lineup for the Dodgers' last four games because of a swollen ankle, Ethier started in the home opener Tuesday and hit the last of his team's four home runs in a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ethier was two for five with two runs and three runs batted in. Was he itching to get back in the lineup? "No," he said, looking away.
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March 15, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Tommy Lasorda is still going strong at age 84. Yahoo Sports' Steve Henson hits it again with this wonderful piece detailing a spring-training day in the life of Lasorda . Henson, describing the scene as Lasorda navigates a golf cart behind a spring batting cage, writes: “This is Lasorda's turf. So is the clubhouse. So is a podium at a corporate banquet or college commencement. So is a dugout. So is the head of a table at a restaurant. But the ballfield during spring training is Lasorda's favorite place of all. “I love to teach the game,” he says.
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February 22, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
When word trickled out of Nicaragua in November that Vicente Padilla was shot, his agent said the bullet only "grazed" his leg. Some graze that was. Pointing to a spot high on his right thigh, Padilla said, "It went in here." Touching the back of his leg, he continued, "And it went out the other side." Padilla said the wound healed in about two weeks. Padilla laughed several times as he recounted the incident, in which the pitcher was accidentally shot by a friend who was trying to fix his gun for him at a shooting range.
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April 5, 2010
A look at the 25-man roster the Dodgers will take into the regular season, with comments by Dylan Hernandez No.; Name; Pos. B/T; Age; Comment STARTERS 15; Rafael Furcal; SS; S/R; 32; Key to Dodgers' offense has to get on base more than 33.5% of time he did last year. 55; Russell Martin; C; R/R; 27; Missed most of March because of a strained groin; trying to regain timing at plate. 16; Andre Ethier; RF; L/L; 27; Hit 31 homers in breakout 2009 and looked even better this spring.
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April 7, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Chad Billingsley said he felt he fixed the problems with his mechanics in the six weeks the Dodgers spent in Arizona for spring training. But he said that a final tuneup in Los Angeles last week is what got his head right. Billingsley, who will make his first start of the season in the Dodgers' series finale in Pittsburgh on Thursday, said that being roughed up by the Angels in the Freeway Series reinforced a message that Manager Joe Torre has been trying to deliver to him. "Pitchers, we have the tendency to give hitters too much credit," Billingsley said.
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April 16, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt took a $30-million loan from Fox to meet the Dodgers' payroll obligations last week, according to three people briefed on the arrangement. The money is expected to cover the Dodgers' expenses into next month. Commissioner Bud Selig has yet to say whether he will approve a proposed television contract between Fox and the Dodgers, which McCourt has presented as a long-term solution to the team's financial troubles. Offensive woes might force Dodgers to bring up Jerry Sands The loan marks the second time since the end of last season that Fox has provided money to the Dodgers owner so he could cover expenses.
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