Found April 10, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Left-hander Ted Lilly pitched in a rehab game with the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday, and the results were less than stellar. Lilly allowed seven runs on eight hits in six innings against the Inland Empire 66ers, including two home runs. But manager Don Mattingly was unconcerned with the results, and more focused on the fact that Lilly got his work in to get ready for his scheduled start on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the Padres. "Obviously, if he would come back tomorrow with his neck killing him, that would set him back," Mattingly said. "More than anything, it's just getting him built up and not hurting after that. "He's past this injury, and it's just about getting his arm strength up." Lilly missed two spring training starts because of a stiff neck and though he feels better, his arm strength wasn't built up enough to be ready to join the rotation on opening day. Lilly also pitched a simulated game on April 2 in A...

Dodgers Release Former Rule 5 Pick Monasterios

The Dodgers have released right-hander Carlos Monasterios. The move caught me off guard somewhat as it was long ago he was in the starting rotation, but after two elbow surgeries the Dodgers decided it was time to part ways. Monasterios, 26 was a former Rule 5 pick in 2010 went on to pitch in 32 games for the Dodgers. In that season, Monasterios posted a 4.38 ERA with 5.3...

Kemp, Either both off to hot starts

The Dodgers lost their series finale to the Padres 8-4 on Sunday, but the weekend at Petco Park was full of positives for Los Angeles. The Dodgers won three of the four games, and look to have some semblance of a middle of the batting order with both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier firing on all cylinders. Both Kemp and Ethier homered on Sunday, the first time they have done so in the...

Recapping the Dodgers' home-opener, plus minor-league updates

The Dodgers' kicked off their 50th season in beautiful Dodger Stadium with a 2-1 win against the Pirates on Monday.Clayton Kershaw, fresh of a 3-inning start because of the flu on Opening Day, threw a gem: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. He's going to be just fine.Andre Ethier, extra base hitting machine, ended up winning the game with a home run into the right field pavilion...

Kemp named NL Player of the Week

This time Matt Kemp is getting an early jump on the awards season. The first award Kemp could nab in 2012 he did, when he was honored Monday as the National League Player of the Week. Kemp, the runner-up as the N.L. MVP last season, got off to an explosive start to the season in San Diego. Kemp emerged from the four-game series batting .412 (7 for 17), and leading the majors with...

L.A. Dodgers bullpen decision: Mattingly picks Lindblom over Rice

Of all the final cuts from MLB camps, the termination of 2011 York (PA) Revolution southpaw Scott Rice was about as disappointing as any. Starting his 14th professional year without a regular season appearance in the majors, the 30-year-old was a candidate for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen until the final cut to make the 25-man roster when the 6-foot-6 Rice lost out to 24-year...

Did the Dodgers fix a Kenley Jansen mechanical flaw?

Between his Spring Training appearances and his appearance on Opening Day, Kenley Jansen was bitten by the home run ball four times in ten innings. In 80.2 IP prior to Opening Day, Jansen had only given up three homers, and the homer trend was concerning enough to make the Dodgers coaching staff address a supposed

Los Angeles Dodgers week in review: As good (and bad) as advertised

By taking three of four from the San Diego Padres in the first series of the season, the Dodgers lived up to the expectations most baseball “experts” had for them. The question is whether that is good or bad. Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon showed glimpses of how exciting he can be this season. First, the offense pretty much came down to the two players everyone said it would ...

Old stadium, new owners highlight Dodgers opener

Opening day at Dodger Stadium is uncommonly important to Southern California sports fans. It's also among the few team traditions that weren't dampened during Frank McCourt's rocky ownership tenure. The Los Angeles Dodgers' opener against Pittsburgh on Tuesday is doubly special this year. The Dodgers' venerable ballpark is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and...

Scully to miss second straight game with cold

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully still has a bad cold and will not call the Dodgers game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, a team spokesman said. On Tuesday, the 84-year-old Scully missed only his second home opener in 63 years with the club. The only other time he wasnt at the Dodgers first home game of the season was in 1977, when he called the Masters golf...

Ethier's homer sends Dodgers to dramatic win

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the eighth inning, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener Tuesday. Exactly 50 years after Dodger Stadium opened, Ethier hit a solo shot on his 30th birthday, a drive into the right-field stands off Jason Grilli (0-1). Ethier emerged from the dugout...

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode No. 2

Episode No. 2 of "Dugout Blues" is now live. Jared Massey and I talk about the Dodgers' opening week, the contract extensions of Joey Votto and Matt Cain and how they impact the Dodgers and the minor league teams. iTunes linkPodomatic linkWe talk about Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier getting off to a fast start, Chad Billingsley's dominant performance and Dee Gordon...

Report: Magic Johnson's Ownership Group Using Insurance Money to Supplement Cash for Team's Purchase

When Magic Johnson's ownership group bought the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion cash, two thoughts likely came to mind. One, that fans were likely excited that Magic would be taking over as the face of a franchise badly in need of some star power after Frank McCourt's disastrous tenure. Two, where the heck did they find all that money? It turns out that the new ownership...
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