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May 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND — Several big league veterans, including Torii Hunter , were convinced Howie Kendrick would win a batting title some day after the Angels second baseman hit .285 as a rookie in 2006, .322 in 2007 and .306 in 2008. Entering Tuesday, the only category in which Kendrick ranked among American League leaders was strikeouts — he was tied for ninth with 39, including five three-whiff games, in 161 plate appearances. That Kendrick went five for 38 in 11 games through Monday, a .132 clip that dropped his average from .298 on May 9 to .257, is disturbing enough.
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April 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
What's up with all the strikeouts? The Dodgers are whiffing at an alarming rate early this season. They've already struck out 215 times, just four below the major league-high marks of the Mets and White Sox. By comparison, the Tigers have only 119 strikeouts in four fewer games. You can't get a hit if you don't put the ball in play, which partially explains why the Dodgers have a dismal .301 team on-base percentage mark and are an unexpected 18th in runs scored. This team is supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, but it's shown only flashes of its potential thus far. Few Dodgers have been able to free themselves of this unforeseen malaise.
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September 28, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Talk about being in the zone, Doug Fister was really in the zone on Thursday. The Detroit pitcher set an American League record with nine consecutive strikeouts in the Tigers' 5-4 win over Kansas City, but wasn't even aware of it until the fans at Tiger Stadium gave him a standing ovation. He even waved off his own first baseman, Prince Fielder, who wanted him to pause and take in the moment. "Honestly, I had no idea," Fister told the Associated Press. "Prince was yelling at me to step off during the inning, and I kind of looked at him. Normally, he'll do that, to slow me down, if I'm getting too quick .... I thought that was kind of what he was doing there.
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August 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Matt Kemp knew before the night began that he was in search of his timing at the plate. So it's a good thing he has two more games to play for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before he returns to the Dodgers. The Dodgers outfielder was 0-for-5 Thursday night, grounding into two double plays and striking out while playing for the first time since he sprained his left ankle in a July 21 home-plate collision against the Washington Nationals. Kemp said before the game that he was confident his ankle would endure the rigors of games again after testing it by running the basepaths Tuesday and running again Wednesday.
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September 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The strikeouts were great for Angels right-hander Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, 13 of them in five innings, including four in the fourth and one with the bases loaded to end the fifth against the Seattle Mariners. One problem: It took 110 pitches, five short of his 115-pitch cap, to rack up those strikeouts, and Greinke had to turn the game over in the sixth inning to a less-than-trustworthy bullpen that leads the American League with 22 blown saves. There was a near meltdown by left-hander Scott Downs, who gave up three runs in the seventh, but relievers Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri held on to preserve a 5-4 victory that kept the Angels two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot with eight games left.
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May 10, 1998
Arizona's Travis Lee and Jay Bell are on pace to strike out a combined 324 times, narrowly missing the record for teammates. A look: Player (Strikeouts), Player (Strikeouts): Mike Schmidt (180), Greg Luzinski (151) Year: 1975 Team: Philadelphia Phillies No.: 331 * Player (Strikeouts), Player (Strikeouts): Jim Presley (172), Danny Tartabull (157) Year: 1986 Team: Seattle Mariners No.
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September 21, 2001 | Dan Loumena
Justin Zarley, a pitcher and infielder from Lancaster, has committed to Cal State Northridge. Zarley had a 7-1 record with a 2.21 earned-run average, 15 walks and 50 strikeouts in 38 innings last season. He had a .483 batting average.
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May 7, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Former Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota will be suspended 100 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball said Monday. Mota, 38, has spent 14 seasons in the major leagues and is currently a reliever for the San Francisco Giants. He is 0-1 with a 5.06 earned-run average, nine strikeouts and four walks in nine appearances (10 2/3 innings) this season. “The Giants are disappointed to learn of Guillermo Mota's suspension,” the team said in a statement.
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May 20, 2000
BATTING * Jason Kendall, Pittsburgh: 4 for 5 (hit for the cycle), 5 RBIs in 13-1 victory over St. Louis. * Phil Nevin, San Diego: 2 for 4, slam, 6 RBIs in 11-7 victory over Atlanta. * Brent Mayne, Colorado: 3 for 5, double, 4 RBIs in 10-2 victory over Philadelphia. PITCHING * Kris Benson, Pittsburgh: 9 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts in 13-1 victory over St. Louis. * Ismael Valdes, Chicago: 7 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks in 4-1 victory over Cincinnati.
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May 7, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Dodgers' closer, Manager Don Mattingly announced before his team's series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. “It's not a move you want to make,” Mattingly said. In his last five appearances, Guerra was 0-2 and has blown two of this three save opportunities. His earned-run average in that span was 13.50. "I still have a lot of confidence," Guerra said. "Right now, we have to win ballgames. I'll take the blame for five or six games.
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August 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The timing remains a work in progress for Matt Kemp in his first rehabilitation game since his July 21 sprained ankle. The Dodgers outfielder struck out swinging in his third at-bat for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday, as he fouled a 2-2 pitch from 21-year-old pitcher Stephen Landazuri into the glove of High Desert Mavericks catcher Steven Baron. Kemp is 0-for-3 on the night, after grounding out to second base in the first inning and grounding into a double play in the third.
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July 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Yasiel Puig's phenomenal rookie season reached a new pinnacle Sunday when he turned a historic display of futility into a footnote washed away by more Dodgers glory. Puig, after flailing through three of the team's 20 strikeouts against the Cincinnati Reds, hammered an 11th-inning home run into Dodger Stadium's left-field pavilion, delivering his team a 1-0 victory. The strikeout total broke the record for the most by a Dodgers team in the modern era (since 1900)
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July 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mark Trumbo was hitting .270 with a .344 on-base percentage, .506 slugging percentage, 15 home runs and 45 runs batted in June 14, looking very much like a slugger who would garner his second consecutive All-Star berth. Then came a lengthy drought that assured that Trumbo, like all of his teammates not named Mike Trout , got four days off last week. The first baseman hit .173 (18 for 104) with a .216 OBP, .375 slugging percentage, six home runs and 12 RBIs in 27 games from June 15 through Friday, a slump that dropped his average to .242.
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July 1, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are working on a deal to acquire embattled reliever Carlos Marmol from the Chicago Cubs. Marmol, 30, was an All-Star in 2008, but his best season was 2010, when he finished a National League-high 70 games and saved 38. The hard-throwing right-hander has averaged more than a strikeout per inning the last seven seasons, but his record was 2-4 with a 5.86 earned-run average and he had lost his job as the Cubs' closer when he was designated...
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June 27, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Angels right-hander Michael Kohn entered Thursday's game in the eighth inning with two on, one out, the score tied and Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera due up, a situation few relievers would relish. "Torii is as clutch as they come, and Cabrera is the best hitter in the league," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "You have to make pitches without much margin for error. " Kohn did, striking out Hunter with a 95-mph fastball and Cabrera with a 94-mph fastball, and the Angels won, 3-1, in 10 innings.
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June 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
— The hamstring injury that put Matt Kemp on the disabled list appears healed. The poor hitting that preceded the stint on the disabled list? The Dodgers are keeping their fingers crossed. Kemp was hitless in five at-bats — with four strikeouts — in his first rehabilitation game with triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. He had one hit in three at-bats Sunday, with another strikeout. In 51 games with the Dodgers, Kemp is batting .251 with two home runs and 60 strikeouts, a total that still leads the team even though he has not played in the major leagues since May 29. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp had tried new contact lenses in Saturday's game, which might have contributed to the strikeouts.
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July 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Yasiel Puig's phenomenal rookie season reached a new pinnacle Sunday when he turned a historic display of futility into a footnote washed away by more Dodgers glory. Puig, after flailing through three of the team's 20 strikeouts against the Cincinnati Reds, hammered an 11th-inning home run into Dodger Stadium's left-field pavilion, delivering his team a 1-0 victory. The strikeout total broke the record for the most by a Dodgers team in the modern era (since 1900)
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April 25, 1993 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baseball fans are fickle, especially when it comes to television. Of course, they have been loyally tuning into baseball games since the World Series was first telecast by NBC in 1947. Over the years, famous baseball players have guest-starred on TV series. Willie Mays once played himself on an episode of "The Donna Reed Show," and several of today's top stars, including Jose Canesco, supplied the voices for animated versions of themselves last season on "The Simpsons."
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June 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - The hamstring injury that put Matt Kemp on the disabled list appears healed. The poor hitting that preceded the stint on the disabled list? The Dodgers are keeping their fingers crossed. Kemp went hitless in five at-bats - with four strikeouts - in his first rehabilitation game with triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. In 51 games with the Dodgers, Kemp is batting .251 with two home runs and 60 strikeouts - a total that still leads the team even though he has not played in the major leagues since May 29. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp had tried a new pair of contact lenses in Saturday's game, which might have contributed to the strikeouts.
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May 18, 2013
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at two first basemen who have been surprising through the season's first quarter, and another who is off to a dreadful start. ON THE UPSWING Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Despite averaging more than 27 home runs per season, Reynolds is known for his ability to not hit the ball. After all, he did strike out more than 200 times three times. But in the last three years, it has been Reynolds' batting average that has kept fantasy owners at arm's length.
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