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With a pair of Jewish ex-major leaguers on his roster, the new coach of Israel's team in the World Baseball Classic says his squad is already a legitimate contender.
Former All-Star catcher Brad Ausmus said Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler have committed to play for him, and he's hopeful that other Jewish big leaguers, including All-Stars such as Ryan Braun, Kevin Youkilis and Ian Kinsler, will join the cliub.
The scenario of having a star-studded lineup could make Israel, a country where few people know the difference between a home run and a strikeout, an unlikely powerhouse.
''I feel pretty good about the potential of this team,'' Ausmus told The Associated Press on Monday during his first visit to the Jewish state. ''I never guarantee anything in the sport of baseball, because you just don't know, but I'm more than comfortable with the potential of this roster.''
Thanks to WBC tournament rules that allow countries to field players w...
BEST OF MAXIM
Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis needed emergency surgery after injuring his leg on Saturday night, and a recent report indicates he was dangerously close to losing a leg.
You'd think losing an MVP
and triple-crown candidate like Matt Kemp would have a negative
impact on a team's ability to score runs and win games. But for the
Los Angeles Dodgers that has not yet been the case.
LA was off to a great
start this year with Kemp leading the way, and now the Blue Crew is
proving it can win...
The Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis was so severely injured in a play at second base Friday night that he came within hours of potentially losing his leg, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
Ellis underwent a fasciotomy on his lower left leg Saturday and team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache told him the muscle might have died if surgery had been performed six or seven hours later...
LOS ANGELES A solar eclipse took place in Los Angeles Sunday evening, but If you looked at the Dodgers disabled list rather than the team's 25-man roster, you'd come away certain that things had already gotten about as dark as can be. And when second baseman Mark Ellis joined the dreaded "List of Eight"four starters included--the light at the end of the tunnel...
A TIP O' THE CAP TO YOU, SIR
At Sunday's Los Angeles Dodgers game, a fan used a baseball cap to catch a foul ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal. Your browser does not support iframes. In the top of the second inning, Furcal hit a foul ball down the third base side. Dodgers third baseman Adam Kennedy chased it but ran into a wall that was thigh-high at the edge of the stands. Meanwhile...
Talk about taking the bad with the good. The Dodgers completed a sweep of a three-game series against the World Champion Cardinals Sunday night only to get more bad news along two fronts.
Rookie Scott Van Slyke (right) was the unexpected hero Sunday night when he hit a pinch-hit, three run home run that turned a 5-3 Dodgers deficit into a 6-5 win.
First, second baseman Mark Ellis...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke his first major league homer, a go-ahead three-run shot in the seventh inning against his father's former team, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.
Kyle Lohse allowed three runs and 11 hits over 5 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and left with a 5-3 lead. But rookie...
Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file felony charges Tuesday against four men arrested for a postgame beating and brawl outside Dodger Stadium, an incident that stoked memories of the vicious beating last season of a San Francisco Giants fan, but proved far less serious.
Because all the injuries involved were minor and investigators could not determine who instigated Sunday...
Javy Guerra delivers and Willie Bloomquist bunts it into the umpire’s coin purse as an act of vengeance for losing the game
It only took Scott Van Slyke, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, nine plate appearances to hit his first career home run with a blast over the left field wall. Scott, the son of former Pittsburgh Pirates 3 time All-Star Andy Van Slyke, received the green light on a 3-0 pitch from Marc Rzepczynski. With two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh inning. He brought...
Took the past few days to regroup and hopefully I can break out of the mini-funk that has my season record currently at 9-5, +$385. There are actually several games I like on today’s schedule, but will go with what I am most confident in:
Dodgers +103 over Diamondbacks / Under 9
Bet $100 on each
Any time you can get the team with the best record in the majors as an underdog...