August 23, 2011 |
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.
May 22, 2011 |
Reporting from Chicago One step forward, three or four steps back. Just as the Dodgers finally got injured shortstop Rafael Furcal back in the lineup, right fielder Andre Ethier and catcher Rod Barajas were hurt in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. And that was after infielder Juan Uribe was put on the 15-day disabled list. In addition, the Dodgers' heretofore strong starting pitching again failed them, with Hiroki Kuroda giving up six runs, four of them earned, in 5 2/3 innings one day after Jon Garland gave up seven runs in his losing start.
August 22, 2010 |
Backup catcher A.J. Ellis knew before Sunday's game that he wouldn't be going with the Dodgers to Milwaukee on Monday. Earlier in the day the Dodgers announced they had acquired another catcher, Rod Barajas , on waivers from the New York Mets. And with veteran Brad Ausmus on the roster as well, Ellis was clearly the odd man out. But at least he went out in style, getting a career-high three hits in the Dodgers' 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. "That's a heck of a day. He puts pressure on the manager," Dodgers Manager Joe Torre said.
August 31, 2011 |
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.
May 26, 2011 |
When it comes to a projected everyday lineup, you can miss what you never had. For all their shortcomings, the Dodgers might not rank near the bottom of the National League in runs scored and earned runs allowed if they did not lead the league in injured players. "I don't want to be first place on this side of the equation," said Stan Conte, the Dodgers' increasingly busy trainer, who couldn't recall being part of a team with eight players on the disabled list at one time before this season.
February 15, 2011
Dodgers' projected roster STARTERS (batting order) SS Rafael Furcal 2B Juan Uribe RF Andre Ethier CF Matt Kemp 1B James Loney 3B Casey Blake C Rod Barajas LF Marcus Thames STARTING ROTATION LH Clayton Kershaw RH Chad Billingsley RH Hiroki Kuroda LH Ted Lilly RH Jon Garland BULLPEN RH Jonathan Broxton RH Matt Guerrier LH...
June 6, 2009 |
Adam Lind and Lyle Overbay hit solo home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays gave Kansas City ace Zack Greinke a rare pounding in handing the Royals their eighth straight loss, 9-3, on Friday night. Rod Barajas hit a two-run shot for the Blue Jays, who boosted Greinke's earned-run average from 1.10 to 1.55. Seeking to join Toronto's Roy Halladay as the only nine-game winners in baseball, Greinke (8-2) was instead tagged for a season-high seven runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in five innings.
January 27, 2008 |
TORONTO -- When Rod Barajas became available, Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi put aside a past disagreement and got the free-agent catcher. "In life, all of us need to go forward," Ricciardi said Friday, one day after signing Barajas to a one-year, $1.2 million deal. "There's nothing to be gained by going backwards." Ricciardi was far less cordial last offseason after Barajas walked away from a more lucrative Toronto offer. In November 2006, Barajas' representatives signed a letter of agreement for a $5.25 million, two-year contract with the Blue Jays, a deal negotiated by agents Gregg Clifton and Terry Bross.
April 18, 1998 |
Tim Laker (Simi Valley High, Oxnard College) has hit four home runs for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' triple-A affiliate in Durham, N.C. Invited to spring training as a nonroster player, Laker, 29, has battled back from injuries and is trying to earn a promotion back to the big leagues. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound catcher has played professionally for 11 years, including three seasons as a backup with the Montreal Expos. He finished last season with the Baltimore Orioles and has a .