April 6, 2014 |
Yasiel Puig returned from an MRI Sunday and appeared in the dugout with his left hand heavily wrapped. Scare No.1. Meanwhile, word had come from Rancho Cucamonga that Chad Billingsley had walked off the field with a trainer in his first rehab start. That would be scare No.2 After Sunday's 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers were exhaling a bit easier, saying both players appeared to have skirted any serious issues. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Puig's MRI showed a left thumb ligament strain.
April 4, 2014 |
Final: Giants 8, Dodgers 4 It was a rough day for the Dodgers. It started with an upset Matt Kemp, a late and benched Yasiel Puig, and two two innings that more resembled a blooper rather than a highlight reel. Balls were bobbled and lost in the sun. Bloopers fell in. Line drives ricocheted off walls. And before the game was two innings old, the Dodgers were down 8-0 to the Giants. The party was over in a hurry. Not too surprisingly the Dodgers went on to lose their home opener Friday afternoon to the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd of 53,493 at Dodger Stadium.
March 31, 2014 |
Barry Bonds, long reviled by many in Pittsburgh after leaving the Pirates after the 1992 season to sign a free-agent deal with the San Francisco Giants, will get a chance to make amends Monday. Bonds, now a special instructor with the Giants, will present Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen with his National League MVP award before the Pirates play the Chicago Cubs. Pirates President Frank Coonelly joined Starkey and Mueller to explain the thinking behind this move and how it all came together.
March 29, 2014 |
In those heady days when Barry Bonds was hitting a home run just about every day, visitors would flock to the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants. You would turn to the right for Bonds, for his entourage, for his oversized lounge chair, and for the Giants employee nervously trying to block reporters and other outsiders from approaching the slugger. You would turn to the left for other players, and their standard-issue chairs, and their detached bemusement. Mike Trout is baseball's best player.
March 17, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels walked off into their lone off day of the spring. Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run Monday, powering the Angels to an 8-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Angels took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Giants scored four runs off Joe Smith. The Angels signed Smith to a three-year, $15.75-million contract last winter after watching their bullpen blow too many leads last season. The runs were all unearned, and Smith would have worked a 1-2-3 ninth had shortstop Grant Green not committed an error on a ground ball.
March 11, 2014 |
Barry Bonds, the former All-Star outfielder, has sold his Italian-inspired estate in gated Beverly Park for $22 million. Designed as a family home capable of hosting large-scale events, the 17,100-square-foot villa sits off a circular motor court with a fountain. The 1.85 acres of grounds include a swimming pool, a 2,100-square-foot sports court and an olive grove. Ceiling heights up to 30 feet, hand-painted murals, limestone columns and Venetian plaster walls are among interior details.