March 11, 2010
Dodgers 4, Arizona 4 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.
February 21, 2010 |
He was the closer, bringing down the curtain in the entertainment capital like no other, the No. 1 Dodger in blue, but now Eric Gagne will have to prove himself to make the 40-man roster, or it really will be Game Over. It was so much fun around here, Dodgers fans breaking tradition, staying until the end of the game, down beyond left field the bullpen door opening and "Welcome to the Jungle." Strike one, and maybe a 98-mph fastball. The trademark sweat-soaked baseball cap, wild hair, the goggles.
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.
July 12, 2009 |
Mannywood is nice. Bleacher Beach is cool. The World Series is better. That's why we're here. Now is the time. If Frank McCourt really wants to do all he can to deliver a championship to the fans of Los Angeles, and to parlay the best record in baseball into the best chance to win in October, he ought to send Ned Colletti shopping and tell him not to come back without Roy Halladay.
February 13, 2013 |
Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo," former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month. Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
October 17, 2009 |
After dressing in front of his locker, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley rubbed a dab of cream through his hair, put on his sport coat and then turned to face the throng of reporters. How did Utley explain his errant throw in the eighth inning that opened the door for the Dodgers to beat Philadelphia in Game 2 and pull even in the National League Championship Series? "Just a bad throw," Utley replied softly, adding that, yes, he had a good grip on the ball. With the Phillies clinging to a 1-0 lead, thanks to Pedro Martinez's shutout pitching through seven innings, the Dodgers rallied in the eighth inning with pinch-runner Juan Pierre at second and Ronnie Belliard at first against reliever and ex-Dodger Chan Ho Park.
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.