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September 22, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
It looked as if the Dodgers had made a significant mistake. On April 23, Russell Martin hit two home runs, giving him six in his first 16 games with the New York Yankees. Rod Barajas , whom the Dodgers signed after parting ways with Martin last winter, was batting .190 at the time. Five months later, there isn't a major disparity between the catchers' numbers. Martin is batting .236 with 17 home runs and 62 runs batted in. Barajas began Thursday hitting .229 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.
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September 22, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
It looked as if the Dodgers had made a significant mistake. On April 23, Russell Martin hit two home runs, giving him six in his first 16 games with the New York Yankees. Rod Barajas , whom the Dodgers signed after parting ways with Martin last winter, was batting .190 at the time. Five months later, there isn't a major disparity between the catchers' numbers. Martin is batting .236 with 17 home runs and 62 runs batted in. Barajas began Thursday hitting .229 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.
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February 28, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
As a kid growing up in Norwalk, Rod Barajas used to look up to the heavens when winding up to pitch, just like his hero did. "I'm Fernando Valenzuela," Barajas would say. His mother would tease him whenever she heard him say that. "No, you're not," she replied. "You're Pedro Guerrero. " Barajas, 6 or 7 years old at the time, would get upset. "I loved Pedro Guerrero too, but I was Fernando," he said. Barajas laughed as he told the story recently in the Dodgers' clubhouse at Camelback Ranch.
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August 31, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
In this most contentious and difficult Dodgers season, finishing with a break-even record or in second place in the National League West would be considered an achievement. The Dodgers took another step in that direction Wednesday afternoon by defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-2, for their eighth win in nine games. The Padres have lost seven straight. The Dodgers' record improved to 65-70, the first time the team has been within five games of the .500 mark since June 12. The three-game sweep of last-place San Diego was the Dodgers' second in their last three series.
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May 21, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Chicago Rain showers expected at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday afternoon never arrived, but for pitcher Jon Garland and the Dodgers, it still must have felt as if they were caught in a downpour. The Chicago White Sox effectively took batting practice against Garland, hitting through their lineup in a six-run fourth inning on their way to a 9-2 rout of the Dodgers. It was a rude homecoming for Garland, who spent several years with the White Sox, and the game didn't conform to the Dodgers' recent play, in which their starting rotation largely has pitched effectively but lacked much run support.
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August 19, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier was out of the lineup because of an infected toe. Tony Gwynn Jr. was leading off. Justin Sellers was batting second, Aaron Miles third. The Dodgers team that took the field Friday night at Coors Field looked like a spring training split squad. "This has kind of been our club, to be honest with you," Manager Don Mattingly said. He broke into a light laugh. But what figured to be the latest lowlight for the downtrodden Dodgers turned out to be a resounding triumph.
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April 23, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Chicago The Dodgers were hitting. Really. The Dodgers were hitting. But the baseball gods are sadists. They take perverse pleasure in torturing unevenly constructed teams such as the Dodgers, unburdening them of one handicap only to cripple them with another. On a Saturday when their once-paralyzed offense erased a four-run deficit and pushed them into the lead, the Dodgers watched their top-performing reliever melt and send them spiraling to a 10-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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September 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
TORONTO -- David Purcey gave up six hits in eight innings and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, extending their winning streak to eight games. The American League East-leading Rays lost for the fifth time in six games. Rod Barajas drove in the run with a second-inning sacrifice fly. Right-hander Matt Garza (11-9) gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Purcey (3-5)
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July 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Roy Halladay pitched a six-hitter to win for the first time since June 7, and Rod Barajas drove in three runs, leading the Toronto Blue Jays past the Boston Red Sox, 3-1, Sunday. Halladay (11-3) turned in a vintage performance. He struck out six and walked none, lowering his earned-run average to 2.73. He retired his final 11 batters in his 44th complete game and fourth this season. "We're a team that, a lot of the time, works counts and takes pitches," Boston slugger Jason Bay said.
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November 5, 2001 | Bill Plaschke
While USC's Randy Johnson is the best known World Series participant with Southern California ties, teammate Rod Barajas might be the most compelling. In 1996, Barajas was a bullpen coach at Cerritos College, where he had just finished a two-year career. His biggest claim to fame was a good summer season for the Elkhart (Kansas) Dusters in the Jayhawk Summer League, where he had once hit a game-winning grand slam over a wooden fence in a rainstorm.
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August 23, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from St. Louis — All season, the Dodgers repeatedly have given their pitchers little run support, a key reason why their record stands well below .500. But on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, where it was 91 muggy degrees when the game began, the Dodgers pounded St. Louis Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse for eight runs in the first three innings, including Matt Kemp's three-run home run. Catcher Rod Barajas launched home runs in consecutive at-bats, the second one a three-run shot, to give the Dodgers an 11-0 lead after 41/3 innings.
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August 22, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from St. Louis — For eight innings, the St. Louis Cardinals' veteran pitcher Chris Carpenter extended his career-long mastery over the Dodgers while clinging to a one-run lead Monday night at Busch Stadium. But then Carpenter hit the Dodgers' Juan Rivera with a pitch to start the ninth inning, and by the time it ended, the Dodgers had scored twice to win, 2-1, after key plays involving a former Cardinal now with the Dodgers and a current Cardinal who just left the Dodgers.
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August 19, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier was out of the lineup because of an infected toe. Tony Gwynn Jr. was leading off. Justin Sellers was batting second, Aaron Miles third. The Dodgers team that took the field Friday night at Coors Field looked like a spring training split squad. "This has kind of been our club, to be honest with you," Manager Don Mattingly said. He broke into a light laugh. But what figured to be the latest lowlight for the downtrodden Dodgers turned out to be a resounding triumph.
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August 18, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly isn't ready to concede the season until the Dodgers are formally eliminated from playoff contention. But with the Dodgers now 11 games under .500 with 39 games remaining, "we have to be realistic as an organization" that they're unlikely to reach postseason play, Mattingly said. Either way, the first-year manager said he expects no let-up in the Dodgers' will to win. "For me, that cannot ever be compromised," he said. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw certainly didn't let up Thursday as the left-hander tossed eight scoreless innings to lead the Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-1, and help them avoid being swept in their four-game series.
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July 14, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Juan Rivera worked out with the Dodgers for the first time at Chase Field on Thursday, but Manager Don Mattingly said his arrival wouldn't affect Tony Gwynn Jr.'s status. Gwynn will remain the primary left fielder. "I think so, for the most part," Mattingly said. But Rivera, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named or cash, can also play first base. "I feel good at first base too," Rivera said. "I feel better this year. " The former Angels outfielder, who turned 33 this month, said he played plenty of innings at first base in the Venezuela winter league.
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July 6, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Asked about his season to date, Andre Ethier wasn't sure how to answer. Was he pleased with his performance? "Yeah and no," he said. On one hand, he went into Wednesday batting a career-high .317. He had a 30-game hitting streak early in the season and has been the model of consistency he set out to be at the start of the spring training. "It's what my team needs," Ethier said. On the other hand, he had only seven home runs. "If you look at my track record, some of the numbers aren't holding up to that," he said.
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July 26, 2010 | Wire reports
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ty Wigginton began serving his suspension Monday night after Major League Baseball agreed to shorten his ban from three games to two. Wigginton was suspended for his actions in the seventh inning of the Orioles' 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The veteran got in the face of first base umpire Gary Darling , who ruled that Wigginton had missed a tag, allowing J.J. Hardy to get back to first safely and causing Wigginton to erupt.
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July 1, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Catcher Rod Barajas went through several fielding drills before Friday night's game against the Angels in hopes of returning to the Dodgers' lineup early next week. Barajas sprained his right ankle chasing a wild pitch June 18 against the Houston Astros, and he's eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday. The 35-year-old Barajas squatted in front of the left-field fence at Angel Stadium and went through various exercises, including having balls thrown to him in the dirt that forced him to quickly drop to his knees.
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June 18, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Isn't there a judge who can declare the Dodgers' season over? Ninety more of these games remain. That's three-plus months of watching a franchise that once represented the glamour of Hollywood but has turned into a club that embodies the hopelessness of Skid Row. The Dodgers matched their longest losing streak of the season by dropping their fifth consecutive game Saturday night, a 7-0 loss to the worst team in baseball. By falling to the Houston Astros for the second night in a row, the Dodgers (31-41)
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