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March 31, 2009

Dodgers Win Back-and-Forth Game with Dbacks

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A six-run sixth inning put the Dodgers back in the game as they scored one in the ninth to pull off a 10-9 win over the Dbacks.

James McDonald went 4 1/3, giving up three runs on six hits. He was pulled in the fifth in the middle of the Dbacks five-run rally. Sturtze and newly-signed Ohman finished the inning, but not before three more runs to the Dbacks. Cory Wade then pitched a hitless inning, and Alvarado then gave up two more runs. Threets and DeBarr finished the game, with DeBarr getting the blown save but also the win with the help of the Dodgers’ run in the ninth.

Andre Ethier and Blake DeWitt led the offense, with Ethier going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and DeWitt 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs, including a homerun. Casey Blake and James Loney also homered. The Dodgers got lucky with an unearned run in the ninth to break the tie and take the win.

The Dodgers will face the Giants in Scottsdale on Wednesday, with Hiroki Kuroda making his final start of spring before taking the mound on Opening Day.

Kershaw, Dodgers Fall to A’s

by @ 6:04 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw ran into trouble in the first two innings, giving up three in the first and four in the second. Six of the seven runs were earned, and he tossed two scoreless after that before leaving after the fourth. Broxton and Mota then each tossed a scoreless inning, with Mota’s a perfect 1-2-3-, before Troncoso pitched the seventh, giving up two runs on four hits.

The Dodgers matched the A’s in the first with three runs, but Brett Anderson shut them down for the next five innings. Matt Kemp totaled three RBIs, and Furcal and Loney each had two hits.

In a bit of a slump with four straight losses, the Dodgers head to Tuscon to take on the Dbacks, with James McDonald taking the mound.

 The Dodgers have also signed lefty reliever Will Ohman to a minor-league deal, but he can opt out if the club doesn’t call him up by April 14. The Dodgers will need Ohman in their still weak bullpen, and it appears that Threets, Mazone, or Elbert will take his place in the bullpen until he can be called up. It also appears that Jeff Weaver will make the roster as a long reliever.


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March 29, 2009

Schmidt Healthy in Start, but Dodgers Fall to Padres

by @ 7:07 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Jason Schmidt made the unexpected start on Sunday, and fanned three of the first six batters he faced. He gave up two runs in the second and was pulled in the third after giving up another run. Sturtze and Threets finished the inning but not before the Padres knocked in two more runs. Kuo, Wade, Lindblom and Troncoso all relieved, with Kuo giving up a run and the rest holding the Padres hitless.

Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on board in the fourth with a two-run homerun. Other than that the Padres’ staff held the Dodger bats quiet as they took a 7-3 loss.

Chad Billingsley also pitched a simulated game today, and said he felt “great” after throwing 65 pitches.

The Dodgers will face the A’s on Monday, with Clayton Kershaw facing lefty Brett Anderson.

Floyd Keeps Dodger Bats Quiet

by @ 11:38 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Gavin Floyd pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits to the Dodgers while also having seven strikeouts. The Dodgers managed to score one in the eighth but it was too little too late. Manny Ramirez and Rafael Furcal each had two hits for the game.

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Randy Wolf sailed through five innings before getting roughed up and pulled in the sixth. Wolf loaded the bases and Alexi Ramirez knocked in two with a double. Wolf allowed two more runs before leaving the mound to Mota, who struck out two in a row to end the inning. Tanyon Sturtze gave up two runs in the seventh before Broxton finished a scoreless eighth.

The Dodgers face the Padres today, with Eric Stults facing Cha Seung Baek.

March 28, 2009

Meche, Royals Hold Dodgers to One Run in Loss

by @ 1:32 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Gil Meche held the Dodgers scoreless through his seven innings in Friday’s loss. The Dodgers managed just five hits, three by Manny Ramirez, who went 3 for 3 at the plate, batting third. The Dodgers avoided the shutout loss with Doug Mientkiewicz’s RBI-single in the ninth. Manny will bat third in the lineup for the regular season, with Andre Ethier following him in the clean-up spot.

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Hiroki Kuroda took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits before being pulled in the sixth.

Randy Wolf is looking for his fourth win in today’s game against the White Sox, facing Gavin Floyd. Also, there is good news on Billingsley: he pitched a bullpen session on Friday and all went well, so he will be expected to be healthy and able to start at the beginning of the season.

March 27, 2009

Five-Run Fourth Powers Dodgers Past Rockies

by @ 10:56 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

James McDonald proved he’s capable of being the fifth starter after going three shutout innings with three strikeouts in Thursday’s start against the Rockies. McDonald and Elbert held the Rockies to two hits until the fifth, when Eric Milton allowed the Rockies to rally for three runs. He gave up three more in the seventh and was pulled, making way for Ramon Troncoso and Mazone, who pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

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The Dodgers built themselves a 5-0 lead in the fourth, highlighted by Xavier Paul’s three-run triple. James Loney, Blake DeWitt, and Juan Castro all had multi-hit games, with Loney and DeWitt both also have two RBI a piece.

Opening Day starter Hiroki Kuroda will make the start today facing the Royals.

Update on Billingsley: He skipped his bullpen session on Thursday and instead will throw a simulated game on Sunday. He should be healthy enough to make his first start of the regular season in less than two weeks.

March 25, 2009

Fifth Starter Candidates Both Roughed Up in Loss

by @ 7:15 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Eric Stults and Claudio Vargas gave up a combined eight runs as the Brewers went on to beat the Dodgers 12-8.

Eric Stults had a scoreless first but was pulled in the third after being tagged for four runs. It was Claudio Vargas who took the loss, though, being pulled in the fourth after surrendering four more runs. Mazone came in to finish the fourth and gave up a run. Josh Lindblom pitched the next three, giving up two runs on three hits.

The Dodgers nearly matched the Brewers’ 13 hits with 12, with Orlando Hudson, Andre Ethier, and Juan Pierre all having multi-hit games. Ethier went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. Manny, playing left, also went 1 for 2 but left the bases loaded in the fourth when he struck out.

The Dodgers take on the Rockies Thursday, but traveling to Tuscon likely means a rest for the regulars. James McDonald will get the start, and after Stults’ and Vargas’ performances on Wednesday, he may be one step closer to sealing the fifth starter role.

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Dodgers Fall to Mariners in Late Innings

by @ 7:04 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers led 6-2 going into the eighth, but the bullpen couldn’t hang on as the Mariners beat the Dodgers 8-6 in Tuesday’s night game.

Clayton Kershaw made the start, holding the Mariners to two runs on three hits with six strikeouts. He left in the sixth with one out after giving up a triple. Tanyon Sturze and Hong-Chih Kuo each held it out through the seventh until Mota gave up two runs in the eighth. Jonathan Broxton came on to close it out but was rocked for four runs to take the loss.

Manny Ramirez led things off for the Dodgers with a solo homerun in the first, the first this spring. Brad Ausmus did the same the next inning to make it 2-0. Orlando Hudson doubled in a run in the third, Casey Blake drove a solo homerun in the sixth, and Doug Mientkiewicz drove in two runs in the seventh.

The Dodgers face the Brewers Wednesday, and Manny is expected to start in left, with Eric Stults taking the mound.

Though it appears Jason Schmidt is indefinitely out of the fifth starter role, at least for the beginning of the season, he tossed three innings against single-A Brewers on Wednesday, giving up two runs in the first but settling down for the next two.

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March 24, 2009

Dodgers Drop to Angels, Billingsley Pulled After Two

by @ 9:31 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers got a 10-4 win over the Angels Sunday, but not before losing starter Chad Billinglsey after just two innings. Billingsley had a 1-0 lead when he took the mound in the first, but gave the Angels a 4-1 lead after two, including a two-run homerun to Erick Aybar in the second. Billingsley, as well as Mark Loretta, were taken out for mild groin strains, which makes them both day-to-day.

Billingsley’s injury allowed five relievers to see time on the mound. Jeff Weaver came on for two, and took the loss after giving up two runs. Elbert, Threets, Troncoso, and Mazone each tossed an inning, with only Mazone and Elbert holding the Angels scoreless.

Russell Martin gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with an RBI-single in the first inning. The Dodgers then had a three-run fourth, with and RBI-single by Hu and a two-RBI single by Matt Kemp. Manny also went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his first game back at DH.

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The Dodgers will play under the lights for their first time at home this spring against the Mariners. Clayton Kershaw will take on fellow lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith. Kershaw is making his first outing since his five-inning shutout on March 19 against the Rockies.

The Dodgers real home stadium in LA also saw action last night, with Team Japan beating South Korea in the 10th inning on an RBI-single by Ichiro Suzuki.

March 23, 2009

Dodgers Power Past Rangers

by @ 7:03 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Randy Wolf was outstanding through six innings, holding the Rangers scoreless and giving up just one hit with six strikeouts.

Mota, Kuo and Cory Wade each then tossed an inning apiece, with Kuo giving the Rangers their first run with a solo shot to Chris Davis  and Wade having a rough ninth, giving up three runs, including a two-run homer.

Wolf also went 2 for 2 at the plate, knocking in two runs with a double in the first ang singling and scoring in the fourth. Jason Repko drove a three-run homerun, and Rafael Furcal went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.

The Dodgers will face their cross-town, interleague rivals, the Angels, at 1:05 on Monday. Manny Ramirez will be back in the lineup as DH. Chad Billingsley will face Dustin Moseley

March 22, 2009

Win Over Indians after Friday Loss to Royals

by @ 12:22 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers took a 9-4 loss on Friday despite Vargas only giving up one run following a three-run first inning for the Dodgers.

James Loney, Blake DeWitt, and Delwyn Young each had RBI singles in the first to put the Dodgers up 3-0. DeWitt ended the night with three hits. Vargas made the start and gave up one run through three before Eric Milton came on. Milton gave up six runs in the fifth, all unearned but due to his own throwing error. Milton was charged with eight total runs, one earned. Josh Lindblom then tossed two shutout innings.

The Dodgers followed the loss with a 6-4 win over the Indians on Saturday.

James McDonald made the start and a bid for the fifth starter role, going three scoreless innings with no hits. Shawn Estes came in for 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs. Less than a day later, Estes was cut and optioned to Triple A.

The Dodger bats were silent until the seventh when Doug Mientkiewicz blasted an RBI double, one of his three hits for the night. Russell Martin also drilled a homerun the same inning to tie the game. Juan Castro also went 2 for 2.

The Dodgers host the Rangers today, with Randy Wolf making the start. Team USA will take on Japan at Dodger Stadium tonight in the semifinals of the WBC.

March 19, 2009

Kershaw Gets Birthday Win

by @ 5:22 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

It was almost a one-man show on Thursday, with Clayton Kershaw pitching five shutout innings while also driving a solo homerun in the third. Kershaw retired the first nine batters he faced and left after five with three strikeouts. Eric Stults gave the Rockies two runs in his 1 2/3 innings before Nick DeBarr, Stephen Randolph, and Jeff Weaver and Ramon Troncoso finishing off the game, with Troncoso earning the save.

After Kershaw put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the third, the Dodgers manufactured a run in the fourth and Andre Ethier scored the third run in the fifth on Russell Martin’s double.

The Dodgers face the Royals on Friday night, with Eric Milton and Claudio Vargas seeing time on the mound to prove their best at being the fifth starter. Brian Bannister will make the start for the Royals.

March 18, 2009

Wolf Roughed Up in Loss to Cubs

by @ 3:49 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

Randy Wolf entered Tuesday’s game with no earned runs given up, but was tagged for seven runs on ten hits through four, including a three-run homerun to his opponent on the mound, Carlos Zambrano. James McDonald also gave up four runs, including a two-run homerun in the fifth.

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The Dodgers only totaled five hits, with runs driven in by Casey Blake and A.J. Ellis.

The Dodgers were off today, all except for Chad Billingsley, who gave up three runs through five innings in a Minor League intrasquad game. Billingsley was also named the starter for the Dodgers’ home opener, with the actual Opening Day starter being Hiroki Kuroda. The Dodgers will host the Rockies on Thursday, with Clayton Kershaw getting the start.

March 17, 2009

Both Squads Take Losses

by @ 5:10 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers had losses to both the Mariners and A’s on Monday, but the good news is that Jason Schmidt looked strong in his two innings.

In Schmidt’s second spring start, he allowed just one hit and two walks in two shutout innings against the A’s. Jeff Weaver came on with a 4-0 lead but was unable to record an out, allowing one run to score and being charged with four total after leaving the bases loaded in the third. Stephen Randolph didn’t fare much better, walking three and giving up a hit. The A’s regained the led for good after their nine-run third, sending 15 batters to the plate. Shawn Estes and Josh Lindblom finished off the game, with Estes giving up the A’s final two runs to give them 10. Second-round draft pick Lindbolm had two scoreless innings, giving up only a two-out double.

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Despite Schmidt’s two shutout innings, Torre reported that he will not start the season as the fifth starter in the rotation. He will need more rehab starts and be able to toss more pitches before even being considered a possible fifth starter. This still leaves Vargas, Milton, Stults, and Estes as fifth starters for the beginning of the season.

The Dodgers managed to knock in eight runs, triggered by a four-run second inning led by Matt Kemp’s RBI-double. Juan Castro also knocked in a run with a single, raising his Cactus League average to .545.

In the game against the Mariners, Hiroki Kuroda gave up one run on seven hits through four, but left being down 2-1.

At the plate, Blake DeWitt went 3-for-5, and Orlando Hudson, Mitch Jones, and Xavier Paul each had two hits. The game went into the 10th, but the Mariners came out on top after Mel Stocker drove an RBI-single.

Randy Wolf will get the start Tuesday against the Cubs. The Dodgers have Cubs have split games this spring, with this being the final rubber match before the regular season.

Manny Out At Least One Week

by @ 4:48 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

After leaving Sunday’s game for a tight left hamstring, Manny will continue to remain out of the lineup for at least a week.

Torre said that would still allow him at least a week of at-bats, which would allow him to be ready for Opening Day.

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March 16, 2009

Rockies Get 9-5 Win Over Dodgers

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Eric Milton and Claudio Vargas, both fifth starter possibilities, were roughed up on Sunday’s game against the Rockies. Milton gave up four runs on six hits in the first inning before completing two more scoreless innings. Vargas gave up three in the fourth before also tossing two scoreless innings. Hong-Chih Kuo also gave up two runs.

For the offense, Valentino Pascucci drove a two-run homerun. Matt Kemp and A.J. Ellis each had an RBI-single. Manny started for the first time this spring in left, but had to be pulled before getting an at-bat for his left hamstring. Manny was scheduled to start in left again today against the Mariners, but instead will take the day off.

The Dodgers have another split-squad game today, against the A’s and the Mariners. Hiroki Kuroda is expected to start against the Mariners, facing Erik Bedard, with Jason Schmidt starting against the A’s. This will be another test for Schmidt, who appears to possibly need a few rehab starts at the beginning of the regular season before joining the club.

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March 15, 2009

Spring Updates

by @ 12:36 pm. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers have won their last five games, including an exhibition game against Korea, as they take on the Rockies this afternoon.

Eric Stults made the start in one of the split squad’s game on Saturday, proving to be a possible fifth starter after tossing three shutout innings with two hits. Clayton Kershaw made the other start, giving up two runs through 3 2/3 innings. Russell Martin led the offense, going 2 for 4 with an RBI single and solo homer.

Both Erick Threets and Doug Mientkiewicz were taken out in the seventh; Threets with shoulder problems and Mientkiewicz feeling pain in his quads after hitting a grounder to second. Mientkiewicz is expected to miss at least a week, which may prove costly for him in his hopes of making the 25-man roster.

Claudio Vargas, another fifth starter candidate, will get the start today and split time with Eric Milton on the mound. Manny will also be making his spring debut in left field.

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