September 30, 2006 |
It started with a conversation. It ended with a conversion. If anyone still doubts the 2006 Dodgers, they weren't watching in the final moments Friday night when every inch of this patchwork quilt of a team was thrown against the San Francisco Giants. The result was a smothering, stunning 4-3 victory. A victory that clinched at least a tie for the National League wild-card playoff berth.
April 30, 2009 |
On the day that he batted his pitcher eighth, Dodgers Manager Joe Torre laughed and said he didn't want to see the move backfire on him. Rest easy, Skip. It didn't matter that Juan Pierre was batting ninth instead of Eric Stults on Wednesday night. It also didn't matter that James Loney and Russell Martin swapped places in the batting order. Tim Lincecum was on the mound for the Giants.
September 26, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO -- Catcher A.J. Ellis won the seventh annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award was voted on by Dodgers players and coaches. Ellis will be presented with the award on Saturday at Dodger Stadium by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan. Ellis is 31 years old but in his first full season as a major leaguer. Ellis ranks fourth in the major leagues with 125 games caught.
April 4, 2009 |
Joe Torre might have one of the best managerial records in big league baseball, but when it comes to starting a new season, the Dodgers' manager looks for guidance from legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Torre naturally hopes the Dodgers get off to a fast start, beginning with the team's opener Monday in San Diego against the Padres. But even if the club struggles out of the box, what's important is whether the Dodgers are playing well regardless, Torre said Friday.
March 14, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — A new season beckons with an old question: Can Chad Billingsley be a more consistent winner for the Dodgers? The right-hander is coming off an 11-11 season with a 4.21 earned-run average, his third consecutive year of being on or near the .500 mark in wins and losses. Billingsley, 27, particularly struggled on the road last year, with a record of 5-7 and a 5.34 ERA. "Bills is obviously looking to — I won't say rebound — but be better than what he was last year," Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said.
June 12, 2007 |
That little piece of square real estate behind home plate is sacred territory for a player in a Dodgers uniform. Sacred as in Roy Campanella, John Roseboro, Mike Scioscia and Mike Piazza. They are legends. The new kid in town is, well, the new kid in town. But oh, my, how quickly Russell Martin is convincing Dodgers fans that their catcher's box is well manned now and for the future.
March 26, 2010 |
Manager Joe Torre sent his newly named opening-day starter to the mound with the intention of stretching him out, only for him to last just 4 1/3 innings as owner Frank McCourt looked on from the Dodgers' suite at Camelback Ranch. McCourt's most expensive free-agent signing of the winter at $5.025 million, Vicente Padilla was pounded for five runs and eight hits in an 8-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals. But Padilla said he was encouraged by how he felt, pointing out the movement of his sinker and attributing the Royals' four-run outburst in the fifth inning to bad luck.
July 1, 2008 |
Although the second-place Dodgers began the second half of the season Monday five games under .500, they were actually better off in the standings than they were a year ago. After 81 games last season, the Dodgers were 45-36 but stood third in the National League West behind the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks. And most of the team stats are remarkably similar as well despite the disparity in the records with this summer's Dodgers carrying an average of .257 and a 3.73 earned-run average into the second half compared with marks of .266 and 3.78 last year.
October 2, 2013 |
The Dodgers have participated in the National League division series seven times. Here's how they fared: 1981 Dodgers 3, Houston 2 In the first NLDS - held because the season was split in two by a players' strike - the Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to win the final three games at Dodger Stadium. Jerry Reuss outpitched Nolan Ryan, 4-0, in Game 5. Steve Garvey was the batting star, hitting .368 with two home runs. 1995 Cincinnati 3, Dodgers 0 The Reds outclassed the Dodgers, outscoring them 22-7.