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August 30, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
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.
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May 28, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
Let's get this part out of the way: The Dodgers' bench isn't the worst in the history of baseball, at least not in Don Mattingly's view. "I can't think all the way back, so I'm going to disagree," the manager said. Dodgers pinch-hitters have hit .200 this season and have combined for two home runs, both hit by Marcus Thames , currently on the disabled list. When he wants to rest a starter, Mattingly can find an occasional threat on his bench, such as Jamey Carroll on Saturday night.
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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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March 11, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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June 10, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
When Don Mattingly sent Matt Kemp to pinch-hit in the ninth inning Friday night, he wasn't thinking as much about the outcome of the game as he was of the center fielder's consecutive-games streak. "I knew it was important to him," Mattingly said. But Kemp, who was a last-minute scratch from the lineup because of a tight left hamstring, soon shifted the focus from his streak of 269 consecutive games played — tops among active major league players — to whether the Dodgers could win a game they trailed by six runs.
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August 25, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
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.
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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 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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April 10, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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April 11, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
Ramon Troncoso asked his mother for two years. If he didn't see that he had a shot at the big leagues by then, he told her, he would go back to school. The 25-year-old right-hander, who had never pitched above double A and was invited to his first major league camp this spring, recently laughed as he told the story of that conversation with his mother in the kitchen of their home in the Dominican Republic almost six years ago.
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