July 7, 2006 |
Atlanta's relievers had their biggest blowup of the season Thursday night, but Cincinnati's latest closer wound up taking the loss in a matchup of struggling bullpens. Jeff Francoeur's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove in Chipper Jones with the winning run as the Braves recovered from a ninth-inning collapse to beat the Reds, 8-7. Francoeur's hit came against Todd Coffey, who followed David Weathers in the closer's role. The Reds' relievers have a 5.
May 4, 2012 |
And now for a slight pause in the celebration over the Dodgers' fast start. Pause, as in to just mention, after Friday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the lowly Cubs in Wrigley Field, the Dodgers have now dropped three of their last four. A mere hiccup during the course of a 162-game season, but considering the Dodgers were an impressive 16-6 leading into this little hitch, it at least raises a weary eyebrow. Playing their first game in front of two of their new owners Mark Walter - who lives in Chicago -- and Stan Kasten, the Dodgers managed just six hits.
April 29, 2012 |
Hours after reiterating that Javy Guerra was his closer despite rough outings recently, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly used Kenley Jansen to finish Sunday's win over the Washington Nationals. But that was because Guerra had pitched Saturday night and Jansen was "the freshest arm," Mattingly said. The hard-throwing Jansen walked leadoff batter Adam LaRoche in the ninth inning and fell behind the next batter. Soon Guerra was warming up in the bullpen, although to Mattingly that was not a contradiction, saying that if Jansen were "to walk the house" he needed Guerra ready.
March 31, 2012 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw's only solace was that the game didn't count. Kershaw was visibly displeased with how he pitched in an abbreviated start Saturday that counted as his final tuneup for the regular season. "Hopefully, all the bad ones are out of my system," said Kershaw, who will take the ball for the Dodgers in their April 5 opener in San Diego. Pitching the first 32/3 innings of a 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kershaw was charged with three runs, six hits and a walk.
May 18, 2012 |
Is that a shudder going down your spine? Ned Colletti told The Times' Dylan Hernandez that after speaking to the Dodgers' new owners, he expects to have more financial flexibility at the trading deadline this year. Colletti with money, and thoughts turn to Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, Juan Uribe and Jason Schmidt. Pricey free agents have been his downfall, and then there's his penchant for signing aged veterans. But all those eager to take continual swipes at Colletti need to take one giant step back.
March 30, 2012 |
The Dodgers need to investigate Andre Ethier's aversion to hitting singles this spring. They might mention they are allowed, though it's just possible they are completely fine with his swing. I mean, given that he's simply been tearing the ball up all spring. Ethier continued his Ruthian ways Friday against the Brewers, hitting a double and home run, each driving in a pair of runs - and all the Dodgers' runs - in a 9-4 loss at Camelback. In a split-squad game against the Cubs in Mesa, the Dodgers won, 6-3, behind a two-run triple by Dee Gordon.
March 21, 2012 |
Forgetting that he simply needs to play every day to continue his development, there's another reason why the Dodgers should not start the season with Jerry Sands on their roster. He's just not ready. Most had Sands penciled in as a reserve outfielder this season with the Dodgers in serious need of a power bat off the bench. Only he's not hitting this spring and looks uncertain at the plate. Maybe they've messed with his swing one time too many. He went 0-for-2 Wednesday in the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to the Padres, and is now hitting .154 for the spring.
March 25, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Clayton Kershaw was dissatisfied with how he threw his slider Sunday in the Dodgers' 7-1 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, Kershaw hasn't liked the way he has thrown the pitch this spring. "It's not where I'd like it to be," Kershaw said. The slider has been widely credited for transforming Kershaw from a high-ceiling prospect to a star. Looking for an off-speed pitch that could be called for a strike, Kershaw began throwing the slider with regularity in the second half of the 2010 season.
November 15, 2011 |
Reporting from Milwaukee — Justin Verlander's 2011 dominance was reflected in balloting for the American League Cy Young Award, which the Detroit right-hander won Tuesday in a unanimous vote of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. Verlander, who went 24-5 with a major league-leading 250 strikeouts and an AL-leading 2.40 earned-run average, drew all 28 first-place votes and finished with 196 points, easily outdistancing Angels ace Jered Weaver, who was listed on every ballot and finished with 97 points.
October 30, 2012 |
Chad Billingsley pitched to hitters for two pain-free innings Monday, a sign that he may be able to avoid reconstructive elbow surgery this off-season. "It looks like he's going to be ready for the 2013 season," said Dave Stewart , Billingsley's agent. Billingsley sat out the final month of the season because of a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and faced the possibility of a ligament-replacement operation that would sideline him next season. If healthy, Billingsley figures to be the Dodgers' No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw . Billingsley will continue his normal off-season throwing program to prepare himself for spring training.