July 3, 2013 |
First baseman Mark Trumbo's superb backhand, diving stop of David Freese's one-hop smash with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning Tuesday night was not only a game saver but a possible perception changer. Trumbo, who scrambled to his feet and fired to second base to start an inning-ending double play in the Angels' 5-1 victory over the Cardinals, has always been known more for his power -- he leads the Angels with 18 home runs -- than his defense at first base and in the outfield.
October 12, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- Andre Ethier is back on the Dodgers' bench. Skip Schumaker will start in center field for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. Ethier limped out of the visiting clubhouse after a 3-2 loss on Friday night with a team doctor by his side. Ethier started Game 1 in center field, his first start since Sept. 13. Ethier has been hampered by discomfort above his left ankle -- a condition similar to shin splints -- and he was limited to pinch-hitting in the NL division series.
July 11, 2013 |
Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 35 games into this major league career and he's already been named the National League's Player of the Month honors and been nominated for the All-Star team. Now comes another honor. According to figures released by MLB.com, Puig's No. 66 jersey is among the 10 bestsellers in baseball, outdrawing the last two American League MVPs -- Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera -- as well as teammates Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw and Boston's Dustin Pedroia.
October 1, 2012 |
Mike Trout and Matt Kemp wear two of the most popular jerseys in Major League Baseball, based on sales since the All-Star break. Trout, the Angels' rookie sensation, ranks fifth on the list of jersey sales announced Monday by MLB. The four most popular jerseys, in order, are those worn by Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Matt Kemp, the Dodgers' center fielder and runner-up in last year's National League MVP voting, ranks 11th.
September 26, 2013 |
Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig, who did not start the season in the major leagues, was one of the three most popular players in the second half of the season. That ranking, based on jersey sales at mlb.com, was released by Major League Baseball on Thursday. Mariano Rivera, the retiring star closer of the New York Yankees, sat atop the list followed by New York Mets rookie pitcher Matt Harvey, who started the All-Star Game for the National League. Puig ranked third, with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw sixth and rookie pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu 17th.
October 2, 2013 |
SCHEDULE Game 1: Thursday, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh (A.J. Burnett, 10-11, 3.30) at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 19-9, 2.94) Game 2: Friday, 10 a.m. Pittsburgh (Gerrit Cole, 10-7, 3.22) at St. Louis (Lance Lynn, 15-10, 3.97) Game 3: Sunday, TBA St. Louis (Joe Kelly, 10-5, 2.69) at Pittsburgh (Francisco Liriano, 16-8, 3.02¿ Game 4: Monday, TBA* St. Louis (TBA) at Pittsburgh (TBA) Game 5: Wednesday, TBA* Pittsburgh (TBA) at St. Louis (TBA)
July 25, 2006 |
When Yadier Molina's bloop single glanced off Cory Sullivan's glove in the sixth inning, the center fielder leaped to his feet in frustration. Left-hander Jeff Francis, who had been working on a perfect game to that point, let out a sigh and a slight smile. "There's a lot of anxiety involved when you have something going like that. When that ball dropped, it's almost a relief," Francis said. "You know, just concentrate on winning the game and that load comes off your shoulders."