April 2, 2013 |
Clayton Kershaw's performance Monday ranked among the most memorable Andre Ethier could recall ever witnessing at Dodger Stadium. "There are no superlatives you can use," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Sign him," center fielder Matt Kemp implored. Against the backdrop of negotiations that could make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, Kershaw enjoyed a season opener for the ages, taking center stage on an afternoon when the Dodgers unveiled their $230-million roster and renovated ballpark.
March 9, 2013 |
Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees' future Hall of Fame reliever who returned this season after a major knee injury, confirmed the worst-kept secret in spring camp Saturday morning when he announced that he'll retire at the end of the 2013 season -- preferably doing what no other reliever in the history of baseball has done, saving the World Series-clinching game. “It's not too easy when you come to a decision like this,” Rivera said surrounded by family and teammates at a news conference in Tampa, Fla. “After this year, I will be retired .... Now you're hearing it from me. It's official now.” When he hangs up his jersey, the No. 42 -- now retired by Major League Baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson -- will also be a thing of the past.
February 26, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Having won two of the last three World Series, the San Francisco Giants would be clear-cut favorites in the National League West in almost any other season. This isn't any other season. The Dodgers have transformed baseball's landscape, with their new owners investing a projected $230 million, which would be a record opening-day payroll. "It's gone from where the Dodgers were dominant to where the Giants have won two of the last three," Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said.
February 14, 2013 |
After once going three decades between College World Series appearances, UCLA is on the verge of becoming an Omaha regular. The Bruins advanced to the World Series twice in the last three years. UCLA enters Friday's opener against Minnesota ranked second by ESPN/USA Today and 12th by Baseball America. And with every starting pitcher and an All-American reliever back from a team that finished 48-16 overall, 20-10 in the Pac-12 Conference last season, the Bruins might be positioned for another run to Omaha.
February 10, 2013 |
Here's a little dream that's been spinning around unfulfilled since 1966 -- a freeway World Series. Dodgers vs. Angels, cars streaming back and forth on the Golden State Freeway, all the baseball world focused on Southern California. It's never come close to happening, though oddsmakers think -- drum roll, please -- this could be the year! Las Vegas has installed both the Dodgers and Angels at 7-to-1 odds of advancing to the World Series, along with the Tigers. Guess the Angels will have more work to do. The Washington Nationals are listed at 8 to 1. Also on the Web: -- Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown continues his rankings' countdown of all MLB teams, with the Dodgers coming in third . His top two are yet to come, with the Tigers and Nationals still awaiting.
February 2, 2013 |
PROSPER, Texas - Torii Hunter plops down in a leather chair in a room of his 19,900-square-foot, Mediterranean-style estate that is part sports bar, part shrine. Three flat-screen TVs are tuned in to ESPN and MLB Network. A trophy case is filled with Gold Glove awards and an array of memorabilia. There's a pool table, bar and a life-sized cardboard cutout of the former Angels outfielder in action. It's a dream room for any serious sports fan, but it's missing the one thing Hunter covets most, something the $135 million he's made in 14 big league seasons can't buy: A World Series ring.