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Reliever Josh Wall was speaking to reporters at the far end of the Dodgers dugout when Clayton Kershaw suddenly jumped into his arms.
Hey, buddy, you made it! Kershaw shouted.
Wall received his first call to the major leagues Saturday, when he was summoned from triple-A Albuquerque to replace Javy Guerra on the active roster. Guerra was placed on the bereavement list, as he traveled to Mexico to be with his father, who was scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery.
Wall, 25, didnt expect to take this long to reach the major leagues when he was taken by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2005 draft. He and Kershaw pitched together at Class-A Great Lakes in 2007.
But as a starting pitcher, Wall never quite developed as planned.
After pitching two seasons at high A, Wall was demoted to low A in 2010.
That was definitely the lowest, Wall said.
He was moved to the bullpen last season. He found it to his liking.
Its a little better mentally for me, he said.
Wall has been closing at Albuquerque this season. Though he has posted an unsightly earned-run average of 5.68 in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, he has saved 18 games.
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STEALING A WIN
In what appeared to be another win for the then NL West leading Dodgers, pinch runner Everth Cabrera stole home as closer Kenley Jansen turned his back to the plate.
The scene that unfolded after Jansen realized his error was quite chaotic, as the hard-throwing closer threw the ball over catcher AJ Ellis’ head and to the backstop. The home plate umpire initially called Cabrera...
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-handed reliever Javy Guerra on the bereavement list on Saturday, and they recalled right-hander Josh Wall from Triple-A Albuquerque. Guerra's father had a heart attack in Mexico Friday night, Guerra wanted to be with him. He is eligible to return to the active roster on Tuesday. Guerra, 26, is 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 relief appearances...
Friday night at Dodger Stadium was pretty special, as the Dodgers hosted the 5th Annual Blogger Night, inviting a wide range of Dodger blogs to experience the game from a luxury box while getting a chance to hear from a few special guests.
Blogger Night had a few of the old stalwarts in attendance, including Craig from True Blue LA, a few of the “new Sons” from Sons of Steve...
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to an undisclosed injury.
Chris Capuano has been moved up one day in the rotation to take his place.
News broke this morning that Dodgers' starting pitcher Chad Billingsley was scratched from his start because of an "undisclosed injury."
Undisclosed injury progressed to elbow tenderness which progressed to him needing an MRI.
Oh boy. Elbow MRIs are never a good thing. Even if it isn't the worst (torn ulnar collateral ligament), he'll probably need...
Perhaps the Dodgers were sending some sort of message by deciding to hold their annual “Blogger Night” on Friday, the 13th. Although that date is associated with ominous events, the evening’s festivities created nothing but terrific memories.
Dodgers co-owner Stan Kasten took the time to answer any and all questions thrown at him during the team’s annual “Blogger Night”...
“Surprise! I’m sore!” – Chad Billingsley’s Elbow So Chad Billingsley‘s elbow is messed up, and he’s due for a second MRI on it today after the first MRI found a strain. Chad Billingsley was scratched from his scheduled start for the Dodgers on Sunday with right elbow pain and said after the game that MRI
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley has been scratched from Sunday's start against the San Diego Padres because of a sore elbow, and lefty Chris Capuano was bumped up a day in the rotation to take his place.
Billingsley is 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts. In his last five outings, he is 0-5 with a 6.21 ERA. He underwent an MRI exam Sunday and left Dodger Stadium...
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The LA Dodgers are pretty much inventing ways to lose games. The Boys in Blue were leading the Padres 6-5 in the 9th inning on Saturday night and needed just one strike to seal the victory when the Padres pulled off a crazy play to win the game.
Closer Kenley Jansen had just thrown a strike to Alexi Amarista to make it 2-2 with runners on second...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pinch-runner Everth Cabrera stole home to tie the game with two out in the ninth inning and Will Venable came around with the winning run when closer Kenley Jansen threw the ball past catcher A.J. Ellis, leading the San Diego Padres to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
Alex Hinshaw (1-1) recorded two outs to get the victory, ending...
The Padres returned from the All-Start break to beat the Dodgers two games out of three in Los Angeles to start their role of spoilers by knocking the Dodgers out of first place. After a rough loss to open the series on Friday, the Padres won one of the most exciting games of season when Everth Cabrera stole home with two outs in the ninth, causing the Dodgers to throw the ball away...
Two of Major League Baseball's top outfielders returned to action Friday after lengthy breaks due to injury: the Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp. Both players finished 2011 as MVP runner-up in their respective leagues. Ellsbury, who had not played since April 13 due to a shoulder injury, went 1-for-5 in the Red Sox' 3-1 win over the Rays. Kemp...
Another Fuji-inspired post. His latest inquiry involves the worst conditioned card in our collection. I have a few that I thought about but settled on my Dodgers' Sluggers card featuring Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Carl Furillo, and Duke Snider.It's got creases, paper loss, soft and rounded corners, ink spots, writing, and is generally well, well-loved.There's not much...
Philadelphia Phillies (39-51) at Los Angeles Dodgers (48-41)
Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21)
Time: 10:10 PM ET, Dodger Stadium
Weather: Sunny, 71
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies won a series! They need to carry the momentum into Los Angeles, and take a series from the Dodgers.
Joe Blanton needs to keep the ball in the yard; he’s...
Philadelphia Phillies (39-51) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (48-42)Pitching Match-ups:Monday 10:10, Please Go Joe vs. Nate EovaldiTuesday 10:10, Return of Halladay vs. UndecidedWednesday 3:10, Unlucky Lee vs. Clayton KershawThe Get-Out-The-Ways Offense:R - 342 (27th) AVG - .249 (19th)OPS - .684 (26th)They started the season setting the world on fire, but the have cooled off since. Andre...