June 21, 2009 |
Tuesday through Thursday: White Sox at Chicago Friday through June 28: Mariners at Dodger Stadium Casey Blake has stabilized third base for the Dodgers for the first time since Adrian Beltre left as a free agent after a 2004 season in which he batted .334 with 48 home runs, one shy of Shawn Green's franchise record. The Dodgers' opening-day third basemen since then: Jose Valentin in 2005, Bill Mueller in 2006, Wilson Betemit in 2007, Blake DeWitt in 2008 and Blake this year. Beltre could be trade bait in July, as he is in the final season of his five-year, $64-million contract with the Mariners.
April 15, 2008 |
New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain left the team after his father collapsed at home in Nebraska, and the pitcher was put on the bereavement list. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said Chamberlain's sister called and left the pitcher a phone message during New York's 8-5 loss at Boston on Sunday night. The New York Daily News said the reliever spoke with his sister and broke into tears, and Girardi tried to console him. "I talked to him last night and this morning," Girardi said Monday.
August 3, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- All these runs, all these hits, and not one single homer for Alex Rodriguez. On a day of crazy 8s, the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees scored eight runs each in the highest scoring second inning in major league history. Jermaine Dye homered twice and doubled twice, including a go-ahead drive that led Chicago to a 13-9 victory Thursday. "You put up an eight-spot and they come right back and put up an eight-spot," Dye said. "It's weird."
July 18, 2006 |
The only thing missing on another huge night for the Atlanta Braves' offense was an extra-base hit from Chipper Jones. Brian McCann hit a grand slam off Jeff Weaver, and leadoff man Wilson Betemit was four for six with a home run and five RBIs in a 15-3 victory Monday night that ended the St. Louis Cardinals' seven-game winning streak. Jones had to settle for a share of the major league record for extra-base hits in 14 consecutive games, settling for three singles and two RBIs.
August 12, 2006
Dear Dodgers: I apologize. May I please have my fork back now? MEL POWELL Sherman Oaks With all the new faces, the Dodgers should consider returning players' names to their uniforms. Can't tell Tomko from Repko, Lugo from Loney, or Betemit from Brazoban. Does the batboy have a mustache? BILL BROGAN Oxnard Since the swap of Milton Bradley for Andre Ethier, Ned Colletti has made a series of shortsighted moves that won't be enough to keep the Dodgers from being on the outside looking in this postseason, while weakening their roster next season.
April 28, 2007
What a shame that the experience at Dodger Stadium isn't what it used to be -- and I don't mean the parking lots. This week some classless fans were more interested in yelling at the Giants and, far worse, crossing the line in how they berated Giants fans than in bothering to root, root, root for the home team. I don't know when we became the lowest-common-denominator idiots who used to patrol those left-field seating areas at Candlestick Park, but this Dodgers-Giants game wasn't much fun -- and wouldn't have been even had the Dodgers won. We need to return to having some class and some manners, and stop behaving as if our collective IQ is the only thing lower than Takashi Saito's ERA. MEL POWELL Sherman Oaks Hey, McCourt!
August 10, 2006 |
Nomar Garciaparra sounded more like someone getting ready to go on the disabled list than come off it. "It's going to be sore, it's going to be tough to do certain things," the Dodgers first baseman said of the sprained right knee that had forced him to sit out more than two weeks. Would Garciaparra need to take any precautions Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium in his first game back? "Running the bases and stuff," he said. "I definitely won't say I'm going full-bore."