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January 27, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Get in shape. Or else. That is what's implied by the wording in the contract bearing the signature of Ronnie Belliard, who on Tuesday re-signed with the Dodgers for one year to compete with Blake DeWitt and Jamey Carroll for the starting job at second base. Belliard, 34, will be guaranteed $825,000 this year, but only if he tips the scales at 209 pounds or fewer at some point during spring training, according to multiple sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the clause.
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August 6, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier says he thought Manager Joe Torre was joking when he approached him on the field between the eighth and ninth innings on Thursday night. "But then I saw he wasn't smiling," Ethier said. Less than a month after his first major league start in center field at the All-Star game, Ethier was being asked to play first base as part of a double switch. The Dodgers were down, 5-0, against the San Diego Padres and first baseman James Loney had made the final out of the eighth inning.
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September 7, 2009 | Jim Peltz
It hasn't taken long for Ronnie Belliard to make himself at home with the Dodgers. After being acquired a week ago from the Washington Nationals as a backup infielder, Belliard entered Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres having posted a .316 batting average (six for 19) in six games with a home run and four runs batted in. The home run came in Belliard's first at-bat as a Dodger, and he's also started five games, three at second base and two at third base. "We certainly wanted to get a look at him and get a feel for him at a couple of different positions, but he's been aggressive with the bat," said Dodgers Manager Joe Torre . He said it was "ideal for me" that Belliard, 34, was available to play second base so that Torre could give Orlando Hudson a couple of days off, then switch Belliard to third base after Casey Blake suffered a strained left hamstring.
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May 2, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
The Dodgers pounded out 16 hits, the starting pitcher nearly threw a complete game and the defense made dazzling plays. In other words, the Dodgers on Sunday began looking like the two-time defending National League West champions with their third consecutive win, by a score of 9-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and less like the flailing team that only a few days ago had suffered a five-game losing streak. OK, so the Dodgers turned the tide against a sub-.500 team, winning three games in a four-game series with the Pirates at Dodger Stadium.
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March 26, 2010 | Dylan Hernandez
The wait is over: Ronnie Belliard has made weight. Belliard has been weighed by the Dodgers' medical staff at 208 pounds, thereby finalizing his one-year, $825,000 contract. The 34-year-old infielder had a clause in his contract that stipulated that his deal would be guaranteed only if he weighed in at 209 or fewer pounds at some point during spring training. Belliard can earn an additional $250,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Belliard, who is listed at 5 feet 9 in the Dodgers' media guide, reported to camp weighing 211 pounds.
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October 7, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Vicente Padilla said he never envisioned this season turning out the way it has. He was let go by the Texas Rangers in August and trashed by some of his former teammates on his way out. He was picked up by the Dodgers, who signed him for a prorated share of the major league minimum -- about $100,000. On his first day at Dodger Stadium, he was peppered with questions about his reputation as a head-hunter. On Tuesday, Padilla was named the Dodgers' starting pitcher for Game 3 of the National League division series.
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September 1, 2009 | Jim Peltz
The Dodgers' just-completed trip was especially tough on shortstop Rafael Furcal , whose family was forced to evacuate their house in the La Cañada Flintridge area during his absence because of the massive wildfire. The house wasn't damaged and his family was allowed to move back Sunday as Furcal returned with the Dodgers from their series with the Cincinnati Reds. But he said the prior three days were nerve-wracking because it wasn't known whether his house would survive.
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August 31, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers bolstered their bench for the final stretch of the season and perhaps the postseason by acquiring utility man Ronnie Belliard in a trade with the Washington Nationals in exchange for two minor league players. The Nationals received 22-year-old Class-A pitcher Luis Garcia and a player to be named. Belliard, 34, is expected to be at Dodger Stadium today for the first game of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. To be eligible for postseason play, a player must be on his team's 25-man roster by tonight at 9. Players on the disabled list -- the Dodgers have six, including Hiroki Kuroda -- can be replaced by anyone on the club's 40-man roster.
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April 8, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hiroki Kuroda said he won't allow himself to be sad when he takes the mound Friday night in Miami for the start of a three-game series against the Florida Marlins. Only two days have passed since the death of Takuya Kimura , his friend and longtime teammate on the Hiroshima Carp. Kuroda and Kimura not only played together on the Carp from 1996 to 2005, they were also teammates on Japan's bronze-medal-winning team in the 2004 Olympics. "Being sad won't bring him back," Kuroda said.
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September 9, 2009 | DYLAN HERNANDEZ, ON THE DODGERS
Something odd happened at Chase Field on Tuesday night. The clock turned back. The Dodgers went from being essentially a .500 team in the second half of the season to the club that used to somehow win on nights it appeared doomed for defeat. This didn't feel like September. It felt like April, May or June. In a game in which they equaled a franchise record by hitting into five double plays, the Dodgers erased a three-run deficit with two out in the eighth inning to earn a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks and maintain a share of the best record in the National League with St. Louis.
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April 8, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hiroki Kuroda said he won't allow himself to be sad when he takes the mound Friday night in Miami for the start of a three-game series against the Florida Marlins. Only two days have passed since the death of Takuya Kimura , his friend and longtime teammate on the Hiroshima Carp. Kuroda and Kimura not only played together on the Carp from 1996 to 2005, they were also teammates on Japan's bronze-medal-winning team in the 2004 Olympics. "Being sad won't bring him back," Kuroda said.
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March 26, 2010 | Dylan Hernandez
The wait is over: Ronnie Belliard has made weight. Belliard has been weighed by the Dodgers' medical staff at 208 pounds, thereby finalizing his one-year, $825,000 contract. The 34-year-old infielder had a clause in his contract that stipulated that his deal would be guaranteed only if he weighed in at 209 or fewer pounds at some point during spring training. Belliard can earn an additional $250,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Belliard, who is listed at 5 feet 9 in the Dodgers' media guide, reported to camp weighing 211 pounds.
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February 26, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
The saying in the Dodgers' locker room used to be that if you wanted to get Jonathan Broxton to talk, you had to talk about hunting. Well, now there's another subject that perks up the gentle giant: his 8-month-old son Jonathan Brooks . "Stood up at seven months, straight up," Broxton said, using his hands to illustrate the point. "He's a beast." In addition to being a new father, Broxton has a new two-year, $11-million contract. "It's been the time of my life," he said.
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January 27, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Get in shape. Or else. That is what's implied by the wording in the contract bearing the signature of Ronnie Belliard, who on Tuesday re-signed with the Dodgers for one year to compete with Blake DeWitt and Jamey Carroll for the starting job at second base. Belliard, 34, will be guaranteed $825,000 this year, but only if he tips the scales at 209 pounds or fewer at some point during spring training, according to multiple sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the clause.
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November 6, 2009 | Bill Shaikin, Dylan Hernandez and Lance Pugmire, Staff And Wire Reports
A handful of Dodgers filed for free agency, including infielders Ronnie Belliard , Orlando Hudson and Doug Mientkiewicz and pitchers Randy Wolf , Jon Garland and Eric Milton . Thursday was the first day of a 15-day window in which players can file for free agency. They cannot negotiate with other teams until the window closes. Garland became a free agent after the Dodgers declined the mutual option on the 30-year-old right-hander's contract. Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 31 for a player to be named who turned out to be infielder Tony Abreu , Garland was 3-2 with a 2.72 earned-run average in six regular-season starts for the Dodgers.
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October 19, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
One year later, the Dodgers would be plenty happy with a repeat performance from Hiroki Kuroda in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The right-hander who won Game 3 of the NLCS last year by allowing two runs in six innings will try to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies again tonight, this time at Citizens Bank Park. Kuroda was fined $7,500 for sailing a pitch over the head of Philadelphia's Shane Victorino last year in apparent retaliation for pitcher Brett Myers' throwing at the heads of Russell Martin and Manny Ramirez in the previous game.
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February 26, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
The saying in the Dodgers' locker room used to be that if you wanted to get Jonathan Broxton to talk, you had to talk about hunting. Well, now there's another subject that perks up the gentle giant: his 8-month-old son Jonathan Brooks . "Stood up at seven months, straight up," Broxton said, using his hands to illustrate the point. "He's a beast." In addition to being a new father, Broxton has a new two-year, $11-million contract. "It's been the time of my life," he said.
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September 20, 2009 | JIM PELTZ
As he strolled to the bullpen for his pregame warmup, Brad Penny, who left the Dodgers on poor terms after last season, was roundly booed by the fans who arrived early at Dodger Stadium. But that was nothing compared with the ugly reception that awaited the San Francisco Giants pitcher once the game began Saturday. Ronnie Belliard tagged Penny for a grand slam in the first inning, and Matt Kemp and James Loney later added solo home runs against the right-hander on consecutive pitches as the Dodgers routed the Giants, 12-1.
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October 7, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Vicente Padilla said he never envisioned this season turning out the way it has. He was let go by the Texas Rangers in August and trashed by some of his former teammates on his way out. He was picked up by the Dodgers, who signed him for a prorated share of the major league minimum -- about $100,000. On his first day at Dodger Stadium, he was peppered with questions about his reputation as a head-hunter. On Tuesday, Padilla was named the Dodgers' starting pitcher for Game 3 of the National League division series.
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September 29, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers will try to clinch the National League West title today by fielding a lineup that doesn't include Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, Ronnie Belliard, Rafael Furcal or Russell Martin. Ramirez told Torre this morning that his hamstring was tight. Blake, who has missed the last five games because of a hamstring problem of his own, flew back to Los Angeles on Sunday night to be examined by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache today. Blake still felt tightness in his hamstring when he tried to run on Sunday.
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