February 27, 2014 |
Dodgers 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 3 AT THE PLATE: Juan Uribe was two for two with a home run and two runs batted in. Alex Guerrero got his first two hits, both bloop singles, the second of which drove in a run. Brendan Harris, formerly of the Angels, singled in the Dodgers' final run in the eighth inning. Guerrero and Harris are among several candidates at second base. ON THE MOUND: When Zack Greinke was removed only two batters into the game, he was replaced by Chris Withrow, who was charged with two runs, two hits and three walks over 11/3 innings.
February 25, 2014 |
As the Cactus League opens for play Wednesday, the most immediate story line is not difficult to determine: Is there really a rivalry between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks? The Dodgers won the National League West. The Diamondbacks complained when the Dodgers jumped into the Chase Field pool to celebrate the division title, then mocked them for sending A.J. Ellis to Australia to promote the season opener rather than, say, Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks face each other Wednesday and Thursday, then once more in Arizona, then twice in Sydney, in the opening series down under.
February 24, 2014 |
During his six seasons as a coach for the San Diego Padres, Rick Renteria frequently reviewed videotape of what he believed were umpires' questionable calls. That experience led him to one unmistakable conclusion: Major League Baseball umpires are not always right. But they usually are, far more often than not. "It's been a very high rate of success on the umpires' side," Renteria says. This season, Renteria's first as manager of the Chicago Cubs, will also be the first in which MLB teams can call on instant replay to challenge an umpire's call.
February 23, 2014 |
PHOENIX - In each of the last eight years, Jamey Wright reported to spring training on a minor league contract. All eight times, he made a major league opening-day roster. Now, at 39, Wright has broken the cycle. The right-handed reliever has a guaranteed contract with the Dodgers. "Christmas miracle," Wright said. "Supply and demand, I guess. " The last time Wright was in camp with the Dodgers, in 2012, he had no guarantees he would make the team. He faced the possibility of having to decide whether to pitch in the minor leagues or re-enter the free-agent market.
February 23, 2014 |
" But most of all I shall remember the monarchs, that unhurried westward drift of one small winged form after another, each drawn by some invisible force. " - Rachel Carson, in a letter to Dorothy Freeman, Sept. 10, 1963 . After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.
February 15, 2014 |
CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas - Just a few years ago this was a sleepy town of 5,600, and people eked out a living from the land. They farmed, worked ranches and leased their property to hunters to make a few dollars. Now, an oil and gas boom is transforming the economy of south Texas, turning Carrizo Springs into a busy city of at least 40,000. Texas oil companies, tapping a vast formation called the Eagle Ford shale, have nearly doubled oil production over the last two years and by next year are expected to produce 4 million barrels a day. That would catapult Texas ahead of Iran, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates to become the fifth-biggest oil producer in the world.