March 11, 2010
Dodgers 4, Arizona 4 > > > Phoenix AT THE PLATE: Receiving an extra at-bat as a result over confusion over the Dodgers' batting order, Andre Ethier hit his first home run of the spring. Matt Kemp drove in a run on a sixth-inning triple. Catcher A.J. Ellis , who will probably replace the injured Russell Martin on the opening day roster, was two for four. ON THE MOUND: Vicente Padilla gave up four hits and one run over three innings. Ramon Ortiz strengthened his bid to be the fifth starter by limiting the Diamondbacks to one hit over three shutout innings.
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.
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 6, 2009 |
What a difference a Manny can make. With Manny Ramirez batting third for the Dodgers, Russell Martin no longer has to concern himself about being the big bat in the lineup. Neither does Andre Ethier. And like that, the Dodgers, who were maddeningly inconsistent when it came to producing runs last season, suddenly have what might be one of the best lineups in the National League. "We're starting the season with a better offensive club than we had last year," Manager Joe Torre said.
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.
March 16, 2010 |
The strength of the Dodgers' middle relief grew more questionable Tuesday when the team announced that right-hander Cory Wade would undergo exploratory surgery on his throwing shoulder Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dogged with shoulder problems since his strong rookie year in 2008, Wade will have an arthroscopic procedure performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache aimed at finding the source of his discomfort. The surgery probably will sideline Wade, 26, for at least two months.
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.