Angels place Nick Tropeano on DL because of a sore shoulder, and to give him ‘a little blow’

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros A day after throwing 88 pitches in a scoreless outing, Tropeano said he did not undergo an MRI exam. He said he is “100 percent” certain that he’ll be able to start again as soon as the 10 days are up, which would be May 12. Tropeano played light catch on Wednesday.“I’m not shutting anything down,” Tropeano said. “I feel you get more locked up if you shut it down. I’m just going to keep playing light catch, using my recovery days to my advantage to get squeaky clean for my next start.”Tropeano also said he could start again in four days if the team needed: “If they needed me, I’d do it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want this stemming out to be something more than it is. I’ve got some posterior cuff tightness that could lead to an elbow thing, which we don’t even want to mess with.”Tropeano is just four starts into his return from Tommy John surgery, which was performed in August 2016. He has a 3.42 ERA so far, with two outings in which he got into the seventh without allowing a run.“I feel like I’m good to go,” Tropeano said. “They feel this is a good time to give me a little blow, coming back from (surgery). I’ve been racking up a good number of innings between now and spring training. Right now it’s just a little tightness. They want to give me a little blow with an off day coming up, and pick it right back up with that 10th day.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels’ rotation can get by without Tropeano until then because Jaime Barría will be recalled to start on Thursday.Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs are available to start on Friday and Saturday respectively, in Seattle, on five days rest, although the Angels have not announced their rotation for the weekend.After Monday’s off day, the Angels have 13 straight games before the next day off.THE OHTANI PLANOn the day that Shohei Ohtani was honored with the American League rookie the month award for April, he took another step toward his return to the mound.Ohtani, who missed his last start because of a mild ankle sprain, threw a light bullpen session on Wednesday. He is scheduled for another, more intense session on Friday, Manager Mike Scioscia said.Although Scioscia wouldn’t specify the plans beyond that, it stands to reason that the earliest Ohtani could then start would be on Sunday in Seattle. That would follow his normal routine.If Ohtani pitches this weekend, it means he wouldn’t get to start in any capacity in either of the games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Coors Field in Denver. The Angels can’t use the DH in the National League park, and Scioscia reiterated on Wednesday that Ohtani will not play in the field this season.ALSOThe Angels recalled infielder Ryan Schimpf to take Tropeano’s roster spot. They will need to make another roster move before Thursday’s game in order to get Barría on the roster…Jason Alexander and two relievers combined for a no-hitter on Wednesday at Class-A Inland Empire. It was the second combined no-hitter in the Angels farm system in a week, including one started by top prospect Griffin Canning on Saturday at Double-A. Alexander pitched the first seven innings, followed by one apiece from Zac Ryan and Sean Isaac for Inland Empire. None are considered top prospects.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 1-1, 3.86) vs. Orioles (Chris Tillman, 1-4, 7.03), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ANAHEIM — Nick Tropeano is the latest Angels pitcher to be hurt.Sort of.The Angels placed Tropeano on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with shoulder inflammation after Tropeano said he’d felt a little nagging tightness for a while.In describing the injury, though, Tropeano repeatedly referred to the off-day coming up on Monday and how the Angels “think this is just a good time to give me a little blow.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Lakers, Clippers would consider taking their title quests to a neutral site

first_imgLet’s say that the NBA is, in fact, able to build a basketball bubble to carry out the remainder of the season.Commissioner Adam Silver cautioned this week that talk of holding games again anywhere, including at a neutral site with teams quarantined to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, is purely speculative. In a remote video conversation with Ernie Johnson, host of TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” Silver reasserted that the league will adhere to advice from health experts before making any decisions about restarting a season that was halted March 11.That said, the commissioner ventured an opinion about the wide-ranging impact of bringing back NBA basketball, a $7 billion business: “Beyond the virtue of crowning a champion, what will the symbolism be of major league sports starting back up in this country?”Yes, but back to that part about crowning a champion. That piece might prove plenty meaningful to Los Angeles – even if it occurs away from the city. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ “If it means we get to play and continue our pursuit for the goal that we want, I feel like one of the Dr. Seuss titles: ‘I will play anywhere. I will play in a house, I will play (with) a mouse,’ ” said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who said his team wants to continue its pursuit of the organization’s first championship.“That’s how you feel. I think that’s how our team feels. We don’t care where, when, why, what – we just want to go after our goal.”Major League Baseball also has discussed the premise of starting up play at a neutral site, according to an ESPN report that described talks of having all 30 teams play at Phoenix-area stadiums without fans.For his part, LeBron James – whose Western Conference-leading Lakers also wish badly to continue their title chase – said he’d be willing to discuss the idea.“I think the line of communication is open, not only from the owners, from the players, from the whole league, from Adam Silver and everyone,” James told reporters on a Zoom call Wednesday. “Obviously, the No. 1 thing is the safety and the well-being of all of us here in America first, and getting this pandemic under control. On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead “Look,” said Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, “these are unusual times that you have to be really adaptable.”And all indications are that the NBA is motivated to test its dexterity, according to Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ general manager.“Everyone has this hope and desire to find a way to finish the season,” he said Wednesday. “They are looking at every option to get to the end. Including fanless games. Including remote locations where teams could gather and create as safe an environment as possible. The messaging coming from the league is, ‘We are thinking long, hard about what this could look like to get to the end.’“We’ll put the health of the world and our fans and our players first and foremost, but hopefully once we get past this initial phase where we’re all putting in these efforts to flatten the curve, if we see success there, hopefully it will get to a place where we can see more definitively what those plans might look like.“But I think it’s too early to know.” “I believe once that’s under control and they allow us to resume some type of activity, I would love to get the season back going. I feel like we’re in a position where we can get back and start to compete for a championship, get back to doing what we love to do, making our Laker faithful proud of us, of being back on the floor.“And if it’s in one single isolated destination – if it’s Las Vegas or somewhere else that can hold us and keep us in the best possible chance to be safe, not only on the floor but also off the floor as well – then those conversations will be had.”Related Articlescenter_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Which Los Angeles sports team rules the city? Fans say this is the Dodgers’ town

first_imgHaving trouble viewing this on a mobile device? Click here to read the full story. When asked which sports team owns Los Angeles, one name rose above the rest. Fans seem to agree that the Dodgers are in the DNA of the city (explains why we bleed blue). Several other teams were brought up, of course, from the Lakers to the LA KISS, though surprisingly (to some) UCLA ranked second.Here’s a look at some of the fan reaction. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

L.A. Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig embraces trip to Japan for upcoming MLB goodwill tour

first_img“I’m excited to go to Japan and get to know the culture,” Puig said in Spanish in what quickly became his refrain for the day.Puig used most of the last offseason to spend time with Los Angeles-area kids. He went to field dedications, invited groups of kids to Dodger Stadium to work out and even made some hospital visits.This offseason, Puig decided to take on this all-star challenge and adjust to yet another culture.MLB participants will also earn close to $100,000 per player (per sources), plus performance bonuses based on the team’s success in Japan.Puig said he was intrigued by the opportunity. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Konichiwa, Yasiel Puig-san.The so-called Wild Stallion is about to be unleashed onto Japan as part of Major League Baseball’s latest goodwill tour to the country for the Japanese All-Star Series.The exuberant Dodgers outfielder took part Friday in the first day of a two-day training session at Dodger Stadium in preparation for a five-game exhibition series against the “Samurai Japan,” Japan’s national team, that begins on Tuesday.Anyone know the Japanese translation for “bat flip?”center_img “I’d rather be here than at my house doing nothing,” Puig said in Spanish. “If they wanted me on this team, I was ready for it.” RELATED STORY: Dodgers’ front office undergoes large overhaul in short orderIt is Major League Baseball’s first goodwill all-star trip to Japan since 2006.Puig was certainly living it up with his new teammates, riffing and laughing with the likes of the Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve and the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano in-between rifling screaming line drives off the empty pavilion bleachers.“I’m happy to be going with such a great team and to be playing with so many great players on this team,” Puig said in Spanish. “We started training today, and I think we are well-equipped, and we are making sure we are ready for a couple days out there.“It’s a really long flight, and we’re not just going for fun. Even though we are players from different teams, we want to play well.”Puig admitted he does not know any Japanese. He would not try to say sayonara, then had a colorful exchange with his cousin in Spanish debating the difference between Chinese rice and Japanese rice.Finally, Puig gave an exaggerated shrug and then explained he was not ready to test his Japanese.“Not today,” Puig said in English. “Maybe tomorrow. I need to practice.”The MLB roster is an eclectic group.There are certainly some big names like Altuve, Cano, Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria (Long Beach State) and Ben Zobrist, Colorado’s Justin Morneau, Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez, and Cleveland’s Carlos Santana.The pitching staff is a bit more unheralded with Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie, the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker and Hisashi Iwakuma (Seattle), a native of Japan, headlining the group. Tsuyoshi Wada (Chicago Cubs), also from Japan, is among the pitchers.Puig will be joined by Dodgers teammate Drew Butera. Shoemaker’s Angels teammate, pitcher Hector Santiago, is also on the squad. Other position players include: Erik Kratz (Kansas City), Chris Carter (Houston), Lucas Duda (New York Mets), Alicides Escobar (Kansas City), Dexter Fowler (Houston), Eduardo Nunez (Minnesota), The rest of the pitchers include: Jeff Beliveau (Tampa Bay), Jerry Blevins (Washington), Chris Capuano (New York Yankees), Randy Choate (St. Louis), Tommy Hunter (Baltimore), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh), Franklin Morales (Colorado), Jose Veras (Houston) and Rob Wooten (Milwaukee).The All-Star Series games will take place at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Tokyo’s Tokyo Dome and Sapporo’s Sapporo Dome. Two additional exhibition games will take place in Osaka’s Koshien Stadium and Okinawa’s Okinawa Cellular Stadium.“This is exciting. Any time you get a chance to play more baseball, it’s good,” Shoemaker said. “My wife is coming with me. And in our free time, we’re going to check out the cities and enjoy the culture and the other people and get some good food.“This probably is the best place in the world for sushi, so we’re going to have a lot of sushi.”last_img read more

Yasmani Grandal’s second home run gives Dodgers a walk-off win against Brewers in 10th inning

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Lorenzo Cain, the Brewers’ leadoff hitter, hit two line drives and took advantage of two Dodger mistakes to score in each of his first two plate appearances. He finished 3 for 4, a triple shy of the cycle.Cain began the game by hitting a shift-busting line drive to the second-base hole. At 106 mph off the bat, it had the speed to split the gap in right-center field, and Cain legged out a triple. When Dozier’s relay throw eluded both Machado and Hill (who was backing up third base), the ball bounced into the Dodger dugout. Cain was awarded an extra base by rule, and Milwaukee led 1-0.In the third inning, Cain laced a one-out double into right field. With two outs, he was quick to advance from second to third on a wild pitch by Hill. Grandal, the Dodgers’ catcher, never found the baseball – it darted far to his right – so Cain scampered home with another gift run.After his home run, Dozier was practically shoved to the top step of the dugout by Hernandez, obliging a curtain call.“That was pretty cool,” Dozier said. “I had a lot of different emotions. With all that being said, coming out on top means the most.” PreviousDodgers players wait for teammate Yasmani Grandal to score after he hit a two-run walk-off home run during the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMilwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun, right, and Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier watch Dozier’s throw to first after Braun was forced on a ball hit by Hernan Perez during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. Perez was safe at first. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the first inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Pitcher Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Milwaukee Brewers doubles to deep right field in the third inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Pitcher Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the third inning during the MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Pitcher Chase Anderson #57 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the third inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, left, scores on a wild pitch by Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, right, during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers gestures to the Brewers dugout after hitting a double to right field during the third inning MLB game as Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and second base umpire Pat Hoberg #31 look on at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01:Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homerun during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier watches his solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson, foreground, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier rounds third after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and bench coach Bob Geren wait to congratulate Brian Dozier after Dozier hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of his Dodger Stadium debut on Wednesday night against the Brewers. The Dodgers won 6-4 in 10 innings. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, steals second as Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jonathan Schoop misses the throw from home during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal follows through on a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal leaves the batter’s box after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. Grandal’s second home run, a two-run blast to right in the 10th inning, gave the Dodgers a 6-4 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Manager Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers takes the ball from relief pitcher Corbin Burnes #39 in the seventh inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Enrique ‘Kike’ Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers lays down an RBI bunt single during the seventh inning of the MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor celebrates after scoring against Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina on sacrifice bunt by Enrique Hernandez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. Hernandez was safe at first. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, scores past Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina on sacrifice bunt by Enrique Hernandez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. Hernandez was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, left, scores under the tag of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina on sacrifice bunt by Enrique Hernandez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. Hernandez was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Joc Pederson #31 and Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate at home plate after Taylor scored on a bunt single by teammate Enrique ‘Kike’ Hernandez #14 (not in photo) during the seventh inning of the MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier dives back to first under the tag of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Mike Moustakas #18 and Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after Moustakas fielded a throw from third base to Aguilar at first base with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Brewers 6-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal, second from left, hits a two-run walk off home run as Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Matt Albers, left, watches along with catcher Manny Pina, right, and home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez during the 10th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal hits a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. It was Grandal’s second home run of the game. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches as the ball go for a two-run walk-off homerun over the right field fence in the tenth inning of the MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Brewers 6-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal celebrates as he runs to first after hitting a two-run walk-off home run, while Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Matt Albers walks off the field during the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. Grandal’s second home run of the game gave the Dodgers a 6-4 victory and snapped their three-game losing streak. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) is welcomed by teammates as he scores after hitting a two-run walk-off home run during the 10th inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal, second from right, is congratulated by teammates as he scores after hitting a two-run walk-off home run during the 10th inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 6-4.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (third from left) is mobbed by teammates after Grandal hit a two-run walk-off homerun over the right field fence in the tenth inning of the MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Brewers 6-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal is doused with Gatorade by teammate Yasiel Puig after Grandal hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Dodgers players wait for teammate Yasmani Grandal to score after he hit a two-run walk-off home run during the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 35Dodgers players wait for teammate Yasmani Grandal to score after he hit a two-run walk-off home run during the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — No one had reached base against Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson when Yasmani Grandal came to the plate in the fifth inning Wednesday night. For Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, it felt too soon to use the term “perfect game,” but to anyone frustrated by the Dodgers’ lack of production recently – a two-hit shutout loss Tuesday, five hits in another loss Monday, no hits before the ninth inning Sunday – Anderson’s dominance felt familiar. The announced crowd of 46,587 had seen this play before.Then the plot turned. Grandal hit a home run. Brian Dozier, in his first game as a Dodger, followed with a home run of his own.By the time Grandal sent the fans home with another home run in the 10th inning, the decisive blow in a 6-4 victory, something entirely unfamiliar had taken place. The Dodgers hadn’t won a game in their final at-bat since June 13. They had not ended a game with a home run all season.“We haven’t swung the bats well the last three games,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “The fight’s still there. Sometimes it takes that big hit, and Yas got that big hit for us. You could feel a little bit of an exhale tonight.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers starter Rich Hill did not factor into the decision, but the left-hander only allowed one earned run in six strong innings. After closer Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning, Dylan Floro (4-2) earned the victory by pitching a scoreless 10th.The Dodgers (60-49) moved into a tie for first place in the National League West with the idle Arizona Diamondbacks (60-49), one game ahead of the Colorado Rockies (58-49).The back-to-back home runs by Dozier and Grandal tied the score 2-2 in the fifth inning. It was the ninth time this season that two Dodgers homered in consecutive plate appearances.In the seventh inning, the Dodgers used nothing more than a walk, a pair of singles and a well-placed bunt to pull ahead.Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes allowed a leadoff single to Dozier and issued a one-out walk to Chris Taylor. Yasiel Puig grounded a ball through the right side, scoring Dozier and sending Taylor to third. When Chase Utley was announced as the pinch hitter, Brewers manager Craig Counsell turned to left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings.Roberts countered by sending Kiké Hernandez, a right-handed hitter, to the plate instead of Utley. Hernandez executed a perfect bunt down the first-base line, scoring Taylor to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.“Kiké did a great job executing the safety squeeze,” Roberts said. “We just wanted to get another point there.”The Brewers rallied to tie the score in the eighth inning against Dodgers left-hander Scott Alexander.Alexander walked Jesus Aguilar and, after striking out Jonathan Schoop (in his Milwaukee debut), walked Ryan Braun. The next batter, Mike Moustakas, roped a double to center field that scored Aguilar and sent Braun to third base. The Brewers trailed 4-3.Hernan Perez was intentionally walked with first base open, setting up an RBI single by Manny Piña that tied the score at 4. The bases were still loaded for Travis Shaw. Mercifully for the Dodgers, Shaw hit a hard ground ball to first base, allowing Cody Bellinger and Grandal to execute a rare 3-2-3 double play that ended the inning.The Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth inning, too. But with Taylor at the plate against right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, Moustakas snared a sharp grounder down the third-base line diving to his right. His throw across the diamond beat Taylor by a hair. Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Grandal’s 18th and 19th home runs of the season highlighted a 3-for-5, three-RBI performance. Dozier went 3 for 4 and fell a triple shy of the cycle. Kemp’s only hit of the game ended an 0-for-26 skid.Critically, Kemp saw eight pitches from Brewers pitcher Matt Albers (3-3) before his leadoff single in the 10th inning brought Grandal to the plate. Grandal had only faced Albers once in his career before Wednesday.“The fact that it was an eight- or nine-pitch AB was huge,” Grandal said. “I know (Albers) has power. He likes to use that changeup. He likes to work down in the zone. My job was to get him up in the zone, hope that he makes a mistake. It so happened that he did it.”Grandal was batting .227 at the end of June. After a typically hot July, he is now hitting .263.“We know he’s very streaky,” Roberts said of Grandal. “But I think with him, being able to take the walks – and even that last at-bat, to take a called strike 1-0, a pitcher’s pitch, to get a pitch that he can look to drive and do damage with, and he did it earlier tonight with Anderson – I don’t know where we’d be without him.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco In the ninth inning, the Dodgers could not take advantage of Puig’s leadoff double against Brewers closer Corey Knebel. With two outs, Manny Machado struck out to send the game into extra innings.Machado extended his career-high on-base streak to 32 games with a walk in the sixth inning.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Alexander: For Dodgers, determination doesn’t seem to be enough

first_imgBut Baseball Twitter soon had other things to worry about, not least a second-guess on Executive Time: Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Roberts’ response was diplomatic.“The president said that? I’m happy he was tuning in and watching the game,” he said. “I don’t know how many Dodger games he’s watched. I don’t think he is privy to the conversation. That is one man’s opinion.”Anyway, the manager has other things to worry about.Related Articles If this sounds like a redux of Game 2 last year against Houston, when Hill was taken out while pitching well and things fell apart … well, some habits are just tough to unlearn, I guess.The Dodgers’ marketing slogan in 2018 was “Determined,” a not-so-subtle reference to finishing one game short of last year’s championship. They have proceeded to do things the hard way throughout this season, and their task now is the hardest of all: Coming back from a 3-1 World Series deficit against a team that won 108 regular-season games, led baseball in most offensive categories and has been absolutely artful in this series in scoring runs with two out.Seven of Boston’s nine runs Saturday came with two out, including Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson in the seventh to draw close and two big hits in the ninth off Kenta Maeda: Steve Pearce’s three-run double for an 8-4 lead, and J.D. Martinez’ RBI single to make it 9-4. (Jansen’s contribution, a game-tying home run by Pearce, came with one out in the eighth.)For the series, 17 of Boston’s 23 runs have come with two out. You may think you’re almost out of danger, in other words, but you aren’t.“We had two guys go up there and build an inning before me, and we just kept grinding and kept grinding,” Moreland said. “With our mindset, we can change a game quick. We play 27 outs, or however many it was (Friday) night. We’re going to grind it until the last out, the last pitch, and we’ve proven that all year. We’ve had a lot of come-from-behind wins. We can throw a big inning together pretty quick.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — While Kenley Jansen was explaining his and his team’s latest disappointment in the Dodgers clubhouse on Saturday night, reporters’ phones all went off at once.It was an Amber Alert. And no, it didn’t involve a runaway World Series, but that’s what we seem to have.Less than 21 hours after the Dodgers won a survival test and figured they’d changed the momentum of the 114th World Series, the Boston Red Sox flipped it right back Saturday night.How agonizing was that 9-6 Red Sox victory, in which the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead going into the seventh inning and blew it? Even the President second-guessed Dave Roberts, joining the chorus of Twitter critics who objected when the Dodgers’ manager pulled Rich Hill one out into the seventh, after 91 pitches, only to see the bullpen cough up the game.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Maybe the Dodgers have just run into a team that is more, um, determined than they are.At this point, they are falling back on platitudes and trying to find something – a thread of history, a glimmer of hope – that can propel them. They thought they had it early Saturday morning, after surviving 18 innings and forcing Red Sox manager Alex Cora to use not one, not two, not three, but four of his starting pitchers. Their starters were fresh, Boston’s starters were supposedly ragged, and … well, look where that got them.Instead of bringing back Chris Sale on three days’ rest, as had been widely assumed, Cora used left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who had thrown six pitches in relief in Game 3. Rodriguez provided five solid innings before a messy sixth.He also gave Twitter a world-class meme after serving up Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer in that inning: Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Forty of the 48 teams in World Series history who have taken 3-1 leads have gone on to win. The 2016 Cubs were the last to come back from such a deficit, winning Game 7 in 10 innings in Cleveland. The last before that: The 1985 Royals, with eternal gratitude to umpire Don Denkinger.That history is about the only encouragement the Dodgers have left. And they’ll have to go through David Price on Sunday, and then Chris Sale in a potential Game 6 in Boston on Tuesday just to get to that opportunity.“It’s been done before,” Manny Machado said. “We’re gonna stay positive, always. We know what type of team we have. We’ve been grinding all year, we’ve been grinding in this series, so what’s three more games? Grind it all out. Keep playing, keep playing like we have. I believe in everybody in here, that we can do it.“If there’s a team that can come back from 3-1, it’s definitely us.”OK. Prove it. (And a little Johnny Hustle wouldn’t hurt.)[email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers look tired in 110-91 loss to Indiana Pacers

first_img“Sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back over such an atrocious job,” Bryant said after posting 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting in 30 minutes.So what were the reasons for the Lakers (8-17) finishing with a 29-of-88 clip, getting outrebounded 53-38 and conceding 42 points in the paint? “Tonight it was like there were no cameras tonight or NBA TV following us,” Lakers forward Nick Young said, noting the festivities surrounding the hoopla of Bryant’s recent milestone. “That could’ve been part of it. But I think they came out right from the get-go and wanted to get a win.”It didn’t help that the Lakers landed in Indianapolis early Monday morning. Or that they played on consecutive nights. As Bryant said, “We didn’t have our legs at the start of the ball game.” INDIANAPOLIS >> The Lakers stepped on the floor here and immediately played as if they had exerted their energy elsewhere.The grittiness and teamwork that ensured an overtime victory against the defending NBA champion Spurs stayed in San Antonio. They left their emotional high from Kobe Bryant surpassing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list back in Minneapolis. But in their latest effort, the Lakers’ 110-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse featured none of those elements that had produced a rare three-game winning streak.“I didn’t think we came ready mentally or physically,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “They were a desperate team.”So desperate that the Pacers (8-17) snapped an eight-game losing streak in part because of the Lakers’ ineptitude. L.A. opened the first quarter shooting 3 of 20 from the field. The Lakers appeared on pace to match their franchise-low six points scored in a period recorded against Chicago on Nov. 20, 1977, until furiously scoring nine points in the final 1:46 of the first quarter. They nearly matched their franchise-low 23 points scored in a half against in Denver on Nov. 13, 2009, until Bryant and Wesley Johnson made consecutive 3-pointers in the final minute of the second quarter. But Scott dismissed the festivities surrounding Bryant’s milestone that entailed rookie Jordan Clarkson singing to the Lakers’ star on the plane. As Scott joked beforehand, “I’m glad he plays basketball.” Scott was hardly as joyful afterwards. “That’s an excuse,” Scott said. “We got outplayed.”That changed when the Lakers outscored the Pacers 31-29 in the third quarter. That stretch entailed Bryant playing the entire quarter and posting 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, two steals and two turnovers.“He was unbelievable,” Scott said of Bryant. “He had more energy than anybody.”That included Bryant diving into the scorer’s table to chase a loose ball. “If it was 15 years ago,” Bryant said, “I would’ve gotten that.”Meanwhile, Young and Jeremy Lin sat out the entire third quarter. Lin missed all six field goal attempts. “I didn’t play well at all,” Lin said. “It’s just a game I wish I could have back.” Bryant believes they will. He had a first-person essay published for The Players’ Tribune that revealed he considered quitting basketball, but then refused to after realizing Jordan went through hardships, too. “It’s no different. From that lesson to what I learned at an early age, I applied it to the rest of my life,” Bryant said. “Things always seem to work out. You stick to them.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nick’s Young status unclear after Friday’s ejection; Wesley Johnson tweaks ankle

first_img“No,” said Young with a smile and a laugh. “I’ve talked enough.” Young is scheduled to fly with the team today. Bryant’s minutes won’t changeScott said superstar Kobe Bryant’s playing time would not change if Young is suspended.“It wouldn’t complicate it. Again, when Kobe is on the floor and Nick is on floor we can give Kobe a little bit of a break and run the offense through Nick,” said Scott. “So it’s not going to complicate his minutes, I’m going to play him around the same amount, but it does put more onus on him on the offensive end and that’s what we’ve been trying to get away from.” Bryant did not practice with the team Saturday. “I told (Bryant) to meet us at the plane,” said Scott. Jordan Clarkson will be primed to pick up more minutes and help on the offensive end in the absence of Young. Clarkson has played in 13 games this season, averaging 10.7 minutes and 4.5 points. Johnson tweaks ankle In addition to Bryant, Wesley Johnson did not practice Saturday after tweaking his right ankle Friday. But the small forward is expected to suit up and play against the Kings. Johnson played 28 minutes against Oklahoma City, with seven points, three rebounds and three assists. Overall, Johnson is averaging 8.8 points per game. Johnson has started all 26 games this season and might be relied on more should Young be suspended. Coming out of the narrow loss to Oklahoma City Friday evening, the big question surrounding the Lakers was what is going to happen to Nick Young after the small forward was ejected early in the fourth quarter on a flagrant 2 foul. The Lakers (8-18) were still waiting on word from the league at the end of Saturday’s afternoon practice. But it’s not something that’s taking up too much of head coach Byron Scott’s energy, at least for the moment. “I’m not too worried about it right now. I guess when we get up there we will have an answer,” said Scott after practice. “But if he’s not playing (against Sacramento Sunday) I will be very disappointed, obviously.“If he doesn’t, other guys will just have to step up.” Labeled a “vital” part of the team by Scott, Young is the Lakers’ second leading scorer at 14.9 points per game and 2.3 rebounds, despite playing in just 16 games and starting none. Young drew the ejection with 11:24 left in the game after getting tangled with Thunder center Steven Adams and thrusting his forearm into Adam’s throat in frustration. Young called Adams a “sneaky, dirty player,” after the game. After Friday’s loss, Scott said he was disappointed in Young earning the ejection and told media after practice that he talked about it with Young after the game. “I gave him some words and told him if it happens again what would happen to him,” said Scott, hinting at handing down his own suspension. “So hopefully it never happens again.” Young did practice with the team but did not talk with the media afterward. When walking by reporters, Young was asked if he would be talking to the media.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott reconsidering Kobe Bryant’s hope to play all 82 games

first_img“Sometimes he says he feels like ‘You know what.’ Other times he says, ‘I feel good,’” Scott said. “I’m relying on that conversation to go one way or another.”Move the ballIt became easy for Scott on what to focus on in Monday’s practice, a day after the Lakers lost to New York after going through a six-minute stretch without a field-goal. If only it were easy to correct it. The Lakers have lost four of their five games because of disastrous fourth quarters in which they have shot a combined 29 of 88 from the field (32.9 percent).“The game gets tight and then we get tight with it,” Scott said. “That is lack of experience and youth.”Yet, the reasons seem more complicated. One, rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell has not closed out the game in those four losses. Second, Bryant has shot a combined 3 of 17 in the final quarter (17.6 percent). Scott has downplayed Bryant’s role in the struggles, but his teammates acknowledged the elephant in the room. “We definitely have to learn how to play with Kobe,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said. “We can do a better job in terms of moving without the ball, making hard cuts and spacing the floor.”Russell outlined a detailed proposal on both tapping into Bryant’s high-volume shooting and team balance. “He’s known for making tough shots. So early in the game, get him involved,” Russel said. “Knowing that man is a legend, he’ll be open a lot and calling for the ball a lot. But you still have to maintain a balance on when to run the offense and when to get him the ball.”Passing the torchBryant may be playing in his last NBA season. But that might not mean Bryant will stop playing basketball.In an interview with The Associated Press, Bryant reiterated his interest in playing for the U.S. Olympic team during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.“It would mean the world to me to be around those guys,” Bryant said. Bryant had ruled out what would mark his third Olympics appearance following the 2012 Games in London. But USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo reported Bryant changing his sentiment last summer. The Lakers still expect Bryant to start Tuesday’s game against the Heat (4-3) after missing Monday’s practice to receive treatment. But Scott said he does not know how he will handle Bryant for Wednesday’s game against the Magic (3-4). Bryant did not speak to reporters on Monday, but Scott reiterated Bryant’s quest to play as many games as possible. “I know how he feels and I understand that. But my objective is to get him through this whole season,” Scott said of Bryant. “That might mean him missing some games so he can get through the whole year.”Bryant has failed to do that for three consecutive seasons. He tore his left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and rehabbed for the next eight months. Bryant played in six games before fracturing his left leg and ultimately needing season-ending surgery. Last season, Bryant lasted 35 games before tearing a rotator cuff in his right shoulder. After criticizing himself for playing Bryant an average of 34.5 minutes per game last season, Scott has reduced Bryant to 29.2 minutes per game through six contests. But Bryant has remained woefully ineffective, averaging 16.5 points on a career-low 32 percent shooting. It has not helped that Bryant missed two weeks during training camp because of a bruise in his lower left leg, something that both hurt his conditioning and exposed his vulnerability. Yet, Scott said that Bryant has “always been honest with me” regarding his health. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img MIAMI >> The plan seemed so concrete only a few days ago. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told coach Byron Scott he would like to pursue playing all 82 regular-season games amid the likelihood his 20th NBA season would also mark his last. Scott then confirmed Bryant would start when the Lakers (1-5) play the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first of the Lakers’ sets of 17 back-to-back contests for the 2015-16 campaign.But apparently, that concrete is not dry. “That’s a grind to try to play all 82,” Scott said following Monday’s practice at American Airlines Arena. “We’re going to talk again.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant staying positive amid struggling season

first_imgBryant shattered the common narrative on why he has remained willing to do that.“We all love what we do,” Bryant said. “It’s not the fame. It’s not the money. It’s not even the championships. It’s loving what we do. We love what we do all the time. We study all the time. As a result, championships will come.” Bryant has won five NBA championships, but he has not won the ultimate prize since 2010. Manning entered Sundy’s Super Bowl having won just one in three appearances. But Bryant downplayed how that narrative should measure greatness.“Failure is really nonexistent,” Bryant said. “What is failure? When you go to the end of the season and lose a Super Bowl? Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you’re picking apart why you lost, is that failing? I don’t think so.” That partly explains why Bryant lit into his teammates following a loss in Portland nearly two weeks ago. The losing bothered Bryant, obviously. But he sensed that his teammates became desensitized to the endless losses. “With us not being as competitive as we used to be, it’s changed my role substantially,” Bryant said. “It’s to be more of a teacher, more of a coach, more of a person and player that understands more and has more patience for the young guys.”Paying homageBryant may not face never-ending blitzes. He may not feel the force of a bulky lineman tackling him. But Bryant can relate to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, so much so that Bryant appeared in an NFL-sanctioned Manning tribute video before Super Bowl 50 between the Broncos and Carolina Panthers. “There comes a time where the physical and mental are perfectly in sync and are in tune and things that go beyond being normal for the sports for years,” said Bryant, who is listed as questionable for Monday’s game because of soreness in his right shoulder. “That’s where guys like Peyton and myself don’t succumb to that temptation because we continue to push and continue to learn. You don’t become complacent.” INDIANAPOLIS >> The smile has mostly stayed planted on Kobe Bryant’s face, even when experiencing shooting slumps and witnessing youthful mistakes.His laugh has become warm and infectious when he shares funny stories of an accomplished 20-year NBA career. The losses pile up, but Bryant still sounds giddy about playing, as if it marks the first time he has picked up a basketball.What happened to the man that seethed seemingly during every loss and frequently growled when teammates made mistakes? Has Bryant cooled down during his final NBA season, considering that the Lakers (11-42) enter Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers (27-24) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse far from championship contention?“It’d be the same. Exactly the same,” Bryant said. “It’s just that at the end of the game, I think the outcomes would be a little different, but the way I approach them would be exactly the same. I think it’s magnified a lot more, but even when I was younger I always used to say, ‘A Great White still swims with a smile.’ The killer instinct never goes away.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more