April 20, 2010 |
If anything could partially offset the mounting concern about right-handed starter Chad Billingsley , it is the continued fine form of the Dodgers' offense. With Manny Ramirez back in the lineup, the Dodgers pounded out 13 hits in an 11-9 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. They erased what was once a six-run deficit by scoring two runs in the sixth inning and four in the eighth, only to lose because of two runs given up by Ramon Troncoso late in the game.
May 19, 2011 |
The Dodgers have plenty of issues on and off the field these days. The team might be sold. The star right fielder could be facing a suspension. They lost another closer Thursday. Dodger Stadium is half-empty most of the time. So it's not surprising that Manager Don Mattingly did not want to talk about baseball in his pregame meeting with reporters Thursday. "You know, I kind of like talking about politics," he said. "Today's a good day for it. " Mattingly was right.
June 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver Rubby De La Rosa said he knew how hard he had thrown the ball to strike out Troy Tulowitzki to end the third inning. "Whenever I pitch, I always look," De La Rosa said of the stadium radar gun. In this instance, the pitch registered 100 mph, the first triple-digit clocking by a Dodgers pitcher since Jonathan Broxton in 2009. "That's normal," De La Rosa said, smiling. A stand-in for the sidelined Jon Garland , De La Rosa improved to 3-0 in the Dodgers' 10-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
March 11, 2010 |
To improve his chances of making the Dodgers' roster, Garret Anderson will try to do something he hasn't done in a long time. Make that a long, long time. Anderson hasn't played first base in such a long time that, he said, "I might as well say never." The last time he did, the now-37-year-old outfielder was 21 and playing for the Angels' triple-A affiliate in Vancouver. "They had me work out over there every day for probably like two, three weeks," Anderson said.
September 4, 2011 |
Reporting from Atlanta -- Hong-Chih Kuo said baseball is fun for him again — and so long as his elbow holds up, the former All-Star reliever intends to pitch again next season. "I'll try to pitch," Kuo said. This wasn't always a given. In a season in which he landed on the disabled list because of an anxiety disorder and performed erratically, there were times when Kuo was noncommittal about his future. Kuo, whose earned-run average was 12.46 as recently as July 31, has looked like the Kuo of old in recent weeks.
April 16, 2011 |
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.
August 25, 2008 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Andruw Jones had played 1,835 games in the major leagues and another 324 games in the minor leagues without ever playing first base. Until Saturday night, that is. Jones, on a rehabilitation assignment at triple-A Las Vegas, played first base -- at his request. The Dodgers invested $36 million in Jones as a center fielder. Yet the club management and training staff approved his request, deciding the risk of injury at an unfamiliar position did not warrant holding him out of the lineup.
April 7, 2010 |
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.
March 4, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Who will be the Dodgers' next owner? Will departing owner Frank McCourt refuse to sell the Dodger Stadium parking lots along with the team? Yet for all the questions that remain about their off-the-field situation, the Dodgers are oddly stable in regard to their roster — or, to take the less charitable view, the bankrupt ballclub lacks the depth necessary to create competition. Their 25-man roster is practically set. So is their lineup, batting order and pitching rotation.
April 10, 2010 |
Andre Ethier had the kind of at-bat that should have added to his growing legend as a late-game hero, hobbling off the Dodgers' bench for the first time in three days on a swollen left ankle to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead. But setup man George Sherrill was later to learn that he was only being set up for his latest on-the-mound meltdown by Ethier's two-run, pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning. Inheriting a man on first base and a lead that was doubled on a home run by Matt Kemp, Sherrill let the Florida Marlins score three runs to complete a 7-6 comeback and achieve a two-game winning streak.