June 10, 2011 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 22, 2010 |
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.
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 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.
July 18, 2010 |
Jonathan Broxton wouldn't make any excuses, but his manager had no such reservations. "We asked too much out of Brox," Joe Torre said. What the Dodgers asked their closer to do Sunday was to get five outs and preserve what remained of what was once a four-run lead against the St. Louis Cardinals. He couldn't. He gave up a run-scoring single to Randy Winn in the eighth inning. He gave up a score-tying run on a single to Allen Craig in the ninth inning.