March 26, 2010 |
Ramon Ortiz is always smiling. "Always," he said. Whether he's indoors or outdoors, sitting among his teammates or walking alone out of the Dodgers' clubhouse, Ortiz wears the carefree grin of a frat-house drunkard. Raising his arms to the clear Arizona sky above his head, he explained why. "I'm with God," he said. The former Angel is born again in more ways than one, as his once-dead career has reemerged this spring from baseball's graveyard — or, more literally, Fresno — probably earning the 36-year-old a place on the Dodgers' opening-day roster.
April 14, 2007 |
For one night, it seemed like old times for the San Francisco Giants with Barry Bonds hitting multiple home runs and Russ Ortiz going deep into a game to win. Bonds shook off an early-season slump and some chilly weather to hit his 736th and 737th home runs before being lifted in the fourth inning of an 8-5 Giants victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night that ended Ortiz's 12-game losing streak. Bonds, batting .
June 24, 2006 |
The Baltimore Orioles appear to be the front-runners to sign free-agent starting pitcher Russ Ortiz, according to Ortiz's agent, John Boggs. "We're talking with them," said Boggs, adding that pitching coach Leo Mazzone carries "a lot of weight" with Ortiz. "I would say at this point that they are probably the front-runner." The Arizona Diamondbacks released Ortiz last week after a season and a half of ineffectiveness.
May 21, 2006 |
Three Days in ... San Francisco The St. Louis Cardinals arrive, and Giants fans get to see what a real home run hitter looks like. At a time when their guy is crafting his inside-out singles swing, Albert Pujols is leading the National League in home runs (21), runs batted in (53) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.250). He's 26(-ish), he's a good teammate by most accounts, and he's the future of power hitting in the NL. In fact, he's the present of it.
April 10, 2005 |
Bank One Ballpark, 1:40 TV -- FSNW2. Radio -- 980, 1330. *--* THE MATCHUPS 2005 2004 VS OPP TEAMS/PITCHERS W-L ERA TEAM W-L IP ERA DODGERS/Lowe (R) 0-1 2.57 0-1 -- -- -- Arizona/Ortiz (R) 1-0 4.50 1-0 -- -- -- *--* Update -- Lowe will leave immediately after the game for Boston to take part in a World Series ring ceremony before the Red Sox's home opener. Ortiz, signed by the Diamondbacks as a free agent, has a career record of 104-60 and is 7-6 against the Dodgers. * -- Steve Henson
December 11, 2004 |
The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with free-agent pitcher Russ Ortiz on a $33-million, four-year contract a day after striking a deal with third baseman Troy Glaus. "I could see that they were serious," Ortiz said Friday after slipping on a Diamondback jersey as Glaus looked on. "Winning's important. I wanted to be a part of what they're trying to accomplish. "They convinced me from Day 1 they were headed in that direction," he added.