March 12, 2011 |
The last time Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth appeared in a regular-season game, he was lying on the ground at Wrigley Field after a line drive by the Chicago Cubs' Sam Fuld had smashed into Hawksworth's upper lip. That was Sept. 25 and Hawksworth, then a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, was done for the year. Two months later, the right-hander was traded to the Dodgers for infielder Ryan Theriot . Now, Hawksworth is poised to be a key middle reliever for the Dodgers, and he said Friday that whatever trepidation he felt about facing batters again had dissipated.
June 27, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Chad Billingsley almost reached the promised land. As it was, Billingsley got to a place no other Dodger reached in the team's three consecutive shutout defeats to the San Francisco Giants: third base. That happened in the third inning in the Dodgers' 3-0 loss Wednesday, when the pitcher doubled against Tim Lincecum and reached third base on a wild pitch. Lincecum threw another pitch to the backstop and Billingsley bolted for home. Catcher Hector Sanchez retrieved the ball and tossed it to Lincecum, whom Billingsley slid into.
August 29, 2010 |
Kazuhisa Ishii still stands alone. A victory away from matching Ishii's franchise record of winning his first six starts with the Dodgers, Ted Lilly was lit up in a 10-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Coors Field. Lilly, who entered the game with a 1.83 earned-run average since his July 31 move to the Dodgers, was clobbered for seven runs and nine hits in four innings. "It was more location than anything else," catcher Brad Ausmus said. The last time Lilly pitched fewer innings was July 9, when he lasted only 3 2/3 innings at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
August 31, 2010 |
Rafael Furcal could be back in the lineup when the Dodgers open a crucial three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday. Furcal is scheduled to go on a two-game minor league rehabilitation assignment with the Dodgers' triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, which will start Wednesday. Sidelined since Aug. 3 with a lower back strain, the shortstop spent last week rehabilitating at the Dodgers' spring-training complex in Arizona. He has worked out at Dodger Stadium over the last couple of days and reported feeling better.
August 2, 2010 |
"This is a pivotal time for us." So said Manager Joe Torre on Monday as the Dodgers opened a critical four-game series against the first-place San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. With the Dodgers dropping fast in the National League West, Torre agreed "there's a sense of urgency" for the club to start winning again. But he said that while his players were frustrated with their recent record, their effort remained intact. "We're not very good right now," Torre said.
June 20, 2010 |
Reporting from Chicago — Well, at least the Angels were consistent across the board Sunday. Their starting pitching was as shaky as their defense, which was as shoddy as their relief work, and it all added up to a 12-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Left-hander Joe Saunders (5-8) was roughed up for eight runs — five earned — and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, and shortstop Brandon Wood, filling in for the injured Erick Aybar, committed two miscues that aided Cubs rallies in the second and third innings.