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.
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.
October 18, 2013 |
Hanley Ramirez is not in the starting lineup for the Dodgers, who face elimination in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday. Ramirez, who suffered a fractured rib when he was hit by a pitch in Game 1, is batting .167 in the NLCS, with five strikeouts in 12 at-bats. Nick Punto, who replaced Ramirez on defense in each of the past two games, will start at shortstop on Friday. Punto also replaced Ramirez for Game 2 and had one hit in three at-bats against Michael Wacha, who starts Game 6 for the Cardinals.
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)