June 23, 2005 |
Half the experience in the lineup was erased by the thumb of an umpire. But the fire lighted by Jeff Kent smoldered well after his sixth-inning ejection, long enough for the Dodgers to extinguish a season-long eight-game losing streak in a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night at Petco Park. "We've been scrapping for a while," Kent said. "We were able to score runs and do what it took to win." It took the unexpected.
June 1, 2005 |
In this space, you could be reading about how Carlos Zambrano pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers. But the Dodgers got a lucky hit, so they are spared the indignity of a no-hit recap. Instead, you can read about another Dodger loss in a season teetering toward mediocrity. Zambrano tranquilized the Dodger offense and Neifi Perez singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
April 25, 2005 |
The kinder, gentler Milton Bradley has been decidedly unfriendly to opposing pitchers. During the seven-game trip that ended Sunday, the Dodger center fielder was 13 for 30 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. He finished with a flourish, going four for five with two doubles in an 8-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies. "Milton Bradley is playing his best ball since he joined us [before the 2004 season]," Manager Jim Tracy said.
December 9, 2005 |
General Manager Ned Colletti left here Thursday afternoon with a manager and a leadoff hitter, but still in pursuit of critical upgrades in several areas of the Dodgers, including at third base, outfield and starting pitching. After four days at the winter meetings, Colletti said he believed he could add a starting pitcher through free agency, acquire the position players through trades and hold most or all of the prospects nearing major-league readiness.
July 27, 2005 |
Jose Valentin, who has made significant strides since suffering torn ligaments in his right knee on May 3 and is on a rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Las Vegas, returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday. But it was so the third baseman could undergo an MRI exam on his sore right elbow. Valentin was diagnosed with a mild sprain and he took batting practice and played catch.
March 27, 2005 |
The scheduled game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night was canceled because of rain, depriving the Dodgers of watching their top prospect bat against major league pitching for the first time this spring. Joel Guzman, a shortstop rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the game, had been called up from minor league camp for the day. Some Dodger coaches and players are puzzled that Guzman, 20, was not asked to major league camp in February.
March 28, 2005 |
Hard-nosed rookie outfielder Jason Repko is a fresh face, yet something of a blur because he is always in motion. Lately, the direction is up. Not only is it apparent he will make the team, he will get most of the playing time in left field and bat second in the lineup while Jayson Werth is on the disabled list. Repko batted second for the 10th time this spring Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, notable because the opposing pitcher was acclaimed right-hander Tim Hudson.
March 1, 2005 |
Derek Lowe is the Dodgertown equivalent of a rock star. He wears a cool white necklace and a perpetual grin. He is hounded for autographs and is seemingly unfailingly cooperative with fans wanting him to sign. Many call his name in New England accents. Some days, in fact, it seems there are more Boston Red Sox fans than Dodger fans lining the walkway from the clubhouse to the practice field.
May 31, 2005 |
In the Dodger clubhouse, Wilson Alvarez pointed the finger at himself. "The way I'm pitching right now, I do not deserve to start again," he said. In the manager's office, Jim Tracy pointed the finger at a weakened rotation that Alvarez has done nothing to strengthen. He labored through five innings, none of them pretty, in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. "He gave us five innings," Tracy said. "That cannot happen on a regular basis." The Dodgers tossed Alvarez into the rotation last week.
May 7, 2005 |
Closer Eric Gagne could be activated soon after the Dodgers return home from their seven-game trip May 13, Manager Jim Tracy said Friday. Gagne, sidelined all season because of a sprained elbow, will begin a rehabilitation assignment Sunday at triple-A Las Vegas. He threw 25-30 pitches against teammates Norihiro Nakamura and Olmedo Saenz before the game against the Reds. How was his stuff? "Filthy," Tracy said.