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.
August 23, 2009 |
We disagree. Manny Ramirez says nothing gets to him. I say he's human, obviously winning that point the way he's hitting these days -- claiming the public humiliation just has to be taking a toll -- pointing to the statistics that suggest he's pressing since his suspension. He changes the subject. "Where were you last night? I almost hit a home run." One more foot, I'm told, and it clears the glove of Cubs center fielder Sam Fuld . "Maybe you should have chewed another piece of that potassium gum," I suggest, Ramirez joking recently it was the gum that landed him on the list of those who tested positive in 2003.
November 29, 2010 |
The Dodgers are on the verge of their fourth significant signing of what has been a surprisingly active off-season after reaching an agreement Monday with infielder Juan Uribe on a three-year, $21-million deal. One of the stars of the San Francisco Giants' run to the World Series title, Uribe is scheduled to undergo a physical examination Tuesday. If he passes, that would make the contract official, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized.
August 5, 2010 |
There was a Ronald Belisario sighting Thursday. Watched by a crowd that included Manager Joe Torre , General Manager Ned Colletti and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt , Belisario took the mound at Dodger Stadium and threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. "Getting close," Colletti said. Belisario hasn't pitched in a month. The hard-throwing reliever was placed on the restricted list July 7, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster. The Dodgers said Belisario left the team for personal reasons, but The Times reported he was receiving treatment in a substance-abuse program.
August 21, 2008 |
Joe Torre is already well versed in the dilemma that confronted predecessor Grady Little this time of year with Russell Martin. The Dodgers manager wants to rest the catcher occasionally to keep him fresh, yet he finds it difficult to make out a lineup that doesn't include arguably his team's most indispensable player. "I can understand where Grady had problems sitting him down," Torre said before the Dodgers played the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
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.