Found May 09, 2012 on Two Guys, a Glove and a Coke Bottle:
I love to watch pitcher’s duels. I love it even more when each pitcher goes about his business as differently as Ryan Vogelsong and Clayton Kershaw do. The Dodgers were only able to make loud contact off Vogelsong a couple of times, while Kershaw missed bats to the tune of seven strikeouts. Vogelsong allowed eleven baserunners, but pitched situationally, inducing ground balls that led to double plays and lazy popups that ended rallies before they got started. Kershaw’s lone mistake was a pitch up in the zone that Brett Pill muscled out, proving the rumors that he is the strongest man on the team. Remember, Aubrey Huff is the most athletic. I’ve never expected anything from Brett Pill. I’m biased against older non-prospects. Then he hits a Clayton Kershaw mistake out of the yard and I say “Ya, he should do that. He’s Brett Pill.” It is easy when reading guys like Kevin Goldstein and Keith Law to get stoked on players like Brandon Belt and Gary Brown because they get so...

Ryan Vogelsong and Cause For Concern

Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong proved to be one of the feel-good stories of the year in 2011. The 34-year-old owned an unsightly career 5.86 ERA through 315 major-league innings with the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates coming into the 2011 season. He then seemingly flipped a switch and handcuffed the league with a 2.71 ERA and 3.67 FIP over 179.2 innings for the Giants and...

Report: Scott Van Slyke to be recalled to the Dodgers

Scott Van Slyke, newest Dodger? Eric Stephen tweeted some potentially good news just minutes ago for Dodger fans: "Source: Scott Van Slyke is getting called up to the Dodgers. He was hitting .336/.411/.623 w/ 9 2B & 8 HR in 32 games with @ABQTopes" Click here to read Stephen's story about it. Oh happy day. During last night's game, I tweeted...

BP Unfiltered: Miguel Tejada Did It by Sam Miller

In fact, Melvin Mora said, he recently spoke to former Oriole Miguel Tejada, who was cut this season by the San Francisco Giants, and talked about reuniting in Baltimore. “I said, ‘Why don’t we go back to the Orioles?' And he said, ‘You want to do that?'" Mora said. “I don’t know. I guess we have to see who the general manager of the Orioles is to see if...

Dodgers 6, Giants 2

Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants' rally and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers went on to a 6-2 victory Wednesday night. The Dodgers have won six of their past seven series at home heading into a day off Thursday before Colorado...

James Loney could have playing time cut

Dodgers first baseman James Loney is off to another slow start. Loney went into Tuesday's game batting .198 and was hitless in his last 13 at-bats. Manager Don Mattingly said that if Loney doesn't start hitting, his playing time could be cut. "To me, we're getting to the point where it's just a production thing," Mattingly said. "You have to throw...

Jansen replacing Guerra as Dodgers closer

Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Dodgers closer, Manager Don Mattingly announced before his teams series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Its not a move you want to make, Mattingly said. In his last five appearances, Guerra was 0-2 and has blown two of this three save opportunities. His earned-run average in that span was 13.50. "I still have...

Guillermo Mota blames positive drug test on children’s cough medicine

Giants relief pitcher Guillermo Mota is facing a 100-game suspension after failing a performance-enhancing drug test for the second time in his MLB career. Since he’s not that notable of a player, we wouldn’t pay much attention to this news other than to say he’s every bit the cheater we already knew he was. But hold on a second. This guy has given us reason to address his...

Guillermo Mota suspended 100 games for PED use

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota has been suspended 100 games for testing positive for clenbuterol. This is Mota's second suspension under the MLB's drug policy. His first suspension came after the 2006 season, when Mota was with the Mets, and sidelined him for the first 50 games of the 2007 season. Clenbuterol...

Javy Guerra continues to give up runs

Closer Javy Guerra was well rested on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but that didn't help him stop his recent slide. Guerra had four days' rest before his outing on Sunday, when he entered with a 3-2 lead. Guerra allowed a walk and two hits, including a game-tying double by Tony Campana in the bottom of the ninth. The game might have ended with a Cubs win but...

Are the Dodgers For Real?

We are now into May there have been several surprises this baseball season. To the surprise of most people, the Dodgers are in first place in the NL West. This is almost as crazy as Albert Pujols not hitting a homerun in the month of April, but oh wait… that happened… So how are the Dodgers having all of this success? Well, a large part of that is due to Matt Kemp. Most people...

#RBIMachine Out, Scott Van Slyke In

Ken Gurnick of reports that Juan Rivera has been placed on the disabled list and Scott Van Slyke will take his place on the Dodgers. The Dodgers on Wednesday placed outfielder Juan Rivera on the 15-day disabled list with a significant hamstring strain or tear behind the left knee and were recalling outfielder Scott

San Francisco Wins Battle of ’07 Multiple Draft Picks

The 2007 amateur draft was an exciting time if you were a fan of the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants, the Texas Rangers or the Toronto Blue Jays. Each organization had at least five picks before the second round, thanks to supplemental picks obtained for the losses of free agents the previous winter. It’s been five years since that draft, so it’s a good time to look...

Scott Elbert & His Slider

After posting a 2.43 ERA and 2.73 FIP in 33.1 innings out of the bullpen last year, it seemed as if former top prospect Scott Elbert had found his future in the bullpen. This year though, he has struggled, posting a 5.87 ERA and a 6.35 FIP. So what’s wrong? His slider, apparently. “I feel

Gwynn's three-run triple sparks Dodgers in win

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants' rally and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers went on to a 6-2 victory Wednesday night. The Dodgers have won six of their past seven series at home heading into a day off Thursday...
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