March 6, 2011 |
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 ?
February 27, 2011 |
Dodgers 5, Angels 0 At the plate: With the exception of using a designated hitter, the Dodgers fielded what they expect to be their everyday lineup. Rod Barajas hit a solo home run, Rafael Furcal had two hits, Casey Blake had a double and Matt Kemp hit a two-run single. On the mound: John Ely struck out three over two scoreless innings to begin his longshot campaign to make the team. Jon Link also pitched two scoreless innings. Mike MacDougal, Blake Hawksworth, Kenley Jansen, Ramon Troncoso and Juan Rincon all pitched one scoreless inning.
September 12, 2010 |
After Dodgers emergency starter Carlos Monasterios gave up four runs and five hits before he had recorded his second out Sunday, it figured the Dodgers might face a long day. Sure enough, the Houston Astros collected 14 hits, including five against Ramon Troncoso, to defeat the Dodgers, 7-4, for a split of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park. The pitching woes overshadowed another big game for reserve outfielder Jay Gibbons, who hit a three-run home run into the second deck in the fourth inning against starter Nelson Figueroa.
August 31, 2010 |
Scott Podsednik did something Tuesday night that Manny Ramirez never did in his two-plus years with the Dodgers: He tumbled head-first into the field-box seats at Dodger Stadium in pursuit of a foul ball. But the grit illustrated by the seventh-inning catch made by the replacement of the departed Ramirez, as well as a mid-game rally that trimmed a five-run deficit to two, could take the Dodgers only so far. They fell to Philadelphia, 8-4, and dropped 61/2 games behind the Phillies, who lead the wild-card race.
August 9, 2010 |
Gone for more than a month because of what the Dodgers and his agent described as personal reasons, reliever Ronald Belisario is set to return for the start of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Belisario was part of the Dodgers' traveling party that departed Los Angeles on Monday, according to a team source who did not have permission to speak publicly. A roster spot for the hard-throwing reliever was opened when the Dodgers optioned Ramon Troncoso to triple-A Albuquerque.
August 7, 2010 |
Based on his first appearance since returning from the minor leagues, Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso said Saturday he's confident of again playing a key role in the team's bullpen — and Manager Joe Torre agreed. "He was much better," Torre said after Troncoso gave up no runs and two hits while striking out two batters in 1 2/3 innings Friday night against the Washington Nationals. "I thought the ball came out of his hand [well] and was pretty consistent. " Troncoso, known for his sinker, made 73 appearances last year in his first full season in the major leagues, tying him for the team lead with closer Jonathan Broxton . Troncoso was used heavily again early this season, appearing in 14 of the Dodgers' first 20 games.
August 3, 2010 |
The news turned from bad to worse for the Dodgers on Tuesday. Rafael Furcal, who felt something in his surgically repaired lower back the previous night, suffered what the Dodgers said was a strained back. He was listed as day to day. The news wasn't much better from their spring training complex in Arizona. That's where trainer Stan Conte watched Manny Ramirez work out and told Manager Joe Torre that the $20-million outfielder probably wouldn't be ready to start a minor league rehabilitation for another week.
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.
July 3, 2010 |
Outfielder Manny Ramirez wanted to wait until Monday to decide whether to go on the 15-day disabled list, but the Dodgers figured doing so wouldn't be worth playing a man short until then and made the move official. The move was one of several the Dodgers made Saturday. Right-hander Ramon Troncoso was sent to triple-A Albuquerque, and outfielder Xavier Paul and left-hander Travis Schlichting were called up. Ramirez, who was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game because of a strained right hamstring, will be eligible to be activated when the Dodgers return from the All-Star break on July 15 in St. Louis.
June 27, 2010 |
It's not just about a starting pitcher anymore. As the Dodgers demonstrated to a national television audience Saturday and Sunday, they need a relief pitcher too. And, after what should have been a glorious victory on Sunday exploded into a devastating defeat, the Dodgers and their fans were left muttering the question that has haunted Chavez Ravine all season: Will ownership spend the money? Joe Torre did not trust anyone but Jonathan Broxton with a five-run lead on Saturday.