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 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 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.
April 24, 2012 |
James Loney wasn't in the lineup Tuesday. A left-hander was on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. "You can't say it's a numbers thing on this one," Loney said, noting he was two for three lifetime against Braves starter Mike Minor . Loney didn't raise his voice. He spoke calmly and even smiled. But the left-handed-hitting first baseman made it clear he doesn't want to be a platoon player. "I want to play every day," Loney said. In the eight games the Dodgers have faced a left-handed starter, Loney has been out of the lineup five times.
April 14, 2012 |
Juan Rivera is comfortable. On most days, he hits fifth behind Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier . When the Dodgers face a left-hander, he hits fourth between Kemp and the left-handed-hitting Ethier. "I have protection," Rivera said. "I have men on base. " He's doing the most with his opportunities. In the Dodgers' first eight games, the soft-spoken Rivera drove in four runs and hit .500 with men in scoring position. He was hitting .286 but hadn't hit a home run. "You drive in a lot of guys with singles," Manager Don Mattingly said.
April 2, 2012 |
Albert Pujols officially arrived in Anaheim on Monday, inspiring warm ovations from Angels fans who aspire to enjoy a season of the power displays and a championship the slugger has proven he can produce. "There's no doubt our fans are excited about how our team's looking," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We understand the expectations, and the tremendous amount of work it takes to get there. "It'll take more than Albert, but Albert's obviously the focal point. … Now, we have the tools to better meet those expectations.
June 6, 2012 |
That was a Dodgers game, all right. Back and forth, mostly strong pitching, limited offense but timely hitting. And, oh yeah, they won by one run again. Narrow victories have proved to be their 2012 winning formula, and it was more of the same Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the Dodgers edging the Phillies 6-5 at Citizens Bank Park. This time the hero of the night award went to Dee Gordon, back in the leadoff spot and again looking comfortable there. Gordon looped a two-run single in the sixth to give the Dodgers the lead.