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.
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.
July 21, 2008 |
PHOENIX -- Russell Martin hasn't seen Pablo Ozuna hit or field a baseball, but he knows this of his newest teammate: He can run. Ozuna, a 34-year-old utilityman who was released by the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday and signed by the Dodgers four days later, was used as a pinch-runner on Sunday and made an immediate impact, scoring from first on a ninth-inning double by Matt Kemp to tie the score and set the stage for a 6-5 victory over the...
August 30, 2009 |
On the eve of his third start for the Dodgers, Charlie Haeger talked about the courage required to be a knuckleball pitcher. "It takes some guts to throw a 66-mph pitch," he said. Saturday, he showed why that's true. Haeger was savaged by the Cincinnati Reds, giving up four runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings to blow a four-run lead. Making things palatable for Haeger was that the Dodgers claimed an 11-4 win at Great American Ball Park and that Manager Joe Torre said Haeger would remain in the rotation.
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.
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.
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.
September 28, 2011 |
A band of blue-clad fans in the half-empty ballpark were on their feet chanting, "M-V-P!" as Matt Kemp walked back to the Dodgers' bench with his head bowed. Kemp embraced Manager Don Mattingly and walked down the dugout steps. His season was over. His season was special — and almost very special. Kemp hit his 39th home run in the Dodgers' season-ending 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, falling one long ball short of becoming the fifth player in major league history to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in the same season.
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.