April 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver With more losses than victories in his career and an earned-run average above 5.00, Jason Hammel fits the profile of a pitcher the Dodgers should hit. Well, the low-scoring Dodgers hit Hammel on Wednesday, and they hit him hard. But the Colorado Rockies hit Chad Billingsley harder. In the Dodgers' 7-5 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, Billingsley had one of those ineffective starts that have blemished his otherwise promising career. Billingsley (1-1)
April 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver — More than 100 major league players have hit at least as many home runs as the entire Dodgers team: one. The Dodgers didn't look like an offensive machine on paper and they haven't looked like one in the flesh. They have been shut out twice in five games, most recently in a 3-0 defeat to the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field on Tuesday night. Clayton Kershaw pitched well, but not well enough, making a few mistakes that created an obstacle far too great for the Dodgers' lineup to overcome.
March 20, 2011 |
Angels 6, Colorado 6 (10 inning) AT THE PLATE: Torii Hunter had three hits, including his third home run of the spring and a double, Vernon Wells had two hits, including a run-scoring double, and Howie Kendrick, after smoking two line-drive outs in his first two at-bats, had a run-scoring triple in the fifth inning. ON THE MOUND: It was a rough day for Matt Palmer, who gave up four runs and seven straight hits, including Troy Tulowitzki's three-run homer, in the first.
November 10, 2010 |
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez , both of the Colorado Rockies, and Cincinnati pitcher Bronson Arroyo are first-time Gold Glove award winners. Also winning National League Gold Gloves were St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols and Reds third baseman Scott Rolen . It was the eighth Gold Glove for Rolen and the second for Pujols. Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips won his second award. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina repeated, as did outfielders Shane Victorino of the Phillies and Michael Bourn of the Astros.
September 26, 2010 |
Ron Washington slumped on the bench in an otherwise empty dugout and smiled a smile that said he was hiding a secret. Spring training was still unfolding but already the focus was on the Angels and Seattle Mariners. Washington's Rangers weren't even an afterthought outside Texas. "I know we can play baseball," Washington said with a grin. "We just have to go out there and play. " That faith and confidence was rewarded Saturday when Jorge Cantu's eighth-inning home run lifted the Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, giving Texas its first American League West title in more than a decade.
September 18, 2010 |
The day after Joe Torre said he wouldn't return as Dodgers manager next season, Torre walked into the dugout at Dodger Stadium for his pregame meeting with the media and one reporter cracked: "You're still here, huh?" Torre laughed, then joined the fun by saying his wife also had kiddingly asked him, "You change your mind?" Torre plans to step aside, and Dodgers batting coach Don Mattingly will succeed him, partly because the 70-year-old Torre grew frustrated with the team's lackluster play and because he wants to do something else involving baseball.
July 28, 2010 |
Rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night because he had problems warming up before the game against the Atlanta Braves. The right-hander was being examined by a team doctor and "appropriate tests will be taken after that," including possibly an MRI exam or X-ray, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Tulowitzki returns All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was activated by the Colorado Rockies after sitting out nearly six weeks because of a broken left wrist.
June 18, 2010 |
Former Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Stevens , who was fired by the team in December, is the Kings' choice to fill the assistant coaching vacancy created by Mark Hardy's resignation and has been offered the job, and his hiring could be announced next week, confirmed an NHL source, who was granted anonymity because the organization is not ready to make the decision public. Key Kings executives know Stevens well. Kings Coach Terry Murray , previously part of the Flyers' staff, worked with Stevens in Philadelphia, and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and assistant GM Ron Hextall are familiar with him from their past employment in the Flyers' organization.
May 30, 2010 |
Reporting from Denver -- It's hard to figure out the Dodgers sometimes. No major league team save the Washington Nationals has made more errors, and yet the Dodgers' defense saved them Sunday. "Whatever," catcher Russell Martin said. "We made plays when it counts." That they did, with two more errors and an assortment of highlight-reel plays in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Clayton Kershaw struck out nine in five innings, four relievers held the Rockies to one hit over the final four innings, and the Dodgers returned home two games out of first place in the National League West.
October 13, 2009 |
Cliff Lee couldn't help but eavesdrop. "Get me to the plate, boys," the Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher heard first baseman Ryan Howard say when the ninth inning started. When the top of the lineup ensured Howard of that, he delivered. The cleanup man hit a two-out, two-run double to tie Monday's National League division series Game 4 with Colorado and Jayson Werth followed with what turned into the series-deciding run-scoring single in the Phillies' 5-4 victory at Coors Field.