April 27, 2014 |
Hanley Ramirez was walking around the Dodgers clubhouse before Sunday's game with lighted incense, almost like Pedro Cerrano in the “Major League” movies trying a little voodoo to turn things around. The problem with Ramirez is his sore thumb, not hitting a curveball. And the Dodgers, uncertain how quickly he will r espond from Saturday's injury and how it might affect his throwing, called up infielder Carlos Truinfel on Sunday and optioned reliever Jose Dominguez back to triple-A Albuquerque.
April 26, 2014 |
Ah, a debate! How exciting is that? Two sides with divergent opinions, both feeling strong about their position, both confident about what should happen next. The issue? The next step in the comeback of Clayton Kershaw. And it's the team's medical staff vs. … Clayton Kershaw? “There's been a small debate going on,” said Manager Don Mattingly. Kershaw made his first rehab appearance since going on the disabled list for the first time with a strained upper back muscle on Friday, needing only 56 pitches in five innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
April 23, 2014 |
The next step in the return of Clayton Kershaw is at hand. Kershaw will make his first rehab appearance on Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He has been on the the disabled list since March 30 with a strained upper back muscle. Kershaw, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, has made only one start this season, throwing the opener in Australia, before he went to the DL for the first time in his career. Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw would need more than just one rehab start before rejoining the rotation.
April 22, 2014 |
Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions hasn't worked on a fight of substance with his former promoter and on-again, off-again rival, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, in five years. But De La Hoya, declaring himself “back and better than ever” as the president of Golden Boy, told The Times on Tuesday that he recently engaged Arum in conversation about ending boxing's cold war that has blocked several attractive fights from happening. One fight that De La Hoya says he's interested in pursuing is a super-bout between Arum's star fighter, Manny Pacquiao, and Golden Boy's top star, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
April 7, 2014 |
While the Dodgers were preparing to open a two-game series against the Detroit Tigers, Brian Wilson was at a minor league game. Wilson is fine with that. The Dodgers' bearded $10-million setup man is looking ahead. “I was signed for multiple reasons. For clubhouse, leadership, certain advice to certain pitchers, but most of all I was signed so I could play in October,” he said. “That's what this team was built for. That's the whole reason they signed me last year. It's the exact reason why they signed me this year.
April 1, 2014 |
Chris Brown, who's been behind bars since the middle of March, got a message out to the world via a call to off-and-on girlfriend Karrueche Tran, who posted video of the phone recording Monday night on Instagram. "I'm just calling all my fans, and y'all know I love y'all, thank y'all for all the support," the R&B singer says via speakerphone . "Thank you for everything, you know. "The new video just came out, so I hope y'all enjoy that, and most importantly K, Karrueche, I love you. So, thank you. " Tran, who's been in and out of Brown's life for years, has on occasion accompanied the singer to court, including to a Feb. 3 probation hearing during which -- despite Breezy's October arrest in Washington, D.C. -- the judge chose not to jail him, citing his progress in court-ordered 90-day rehab.