May 10, 2005 |
Rickey Henderson is ready to run again. Baseball's career leader in runs and stolen bases will play in the new independent Golden Baseball League this season, agreeing on Monday to join the San Diego Surf Dawgs. The 46-year-old Henderson started the last two years with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League. He finished 2003 with the Dodgers, playing in 30 games. "He still hopes to play in the majors," agent Jeff Borris said. "He still feels that he can be competitive."
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.
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 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.
April 28, 2012 |
Dee Gordon can't get on base these days, but Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has no intention of removing him from the leadoff spot. The Dodgers' second-year shortstop went into Saturday batting .224. His on-base percentage was only .268. Gordon was two for 13 in his last three games and hadn't drawn a walk in any of his last six games. Of the possibility of dropping Gordon in the order, Mattingly said, "I could think about it, but then I have to find a guy who can lead of. At this point, I don't feel I need to do a whole lot different.
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 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.