June 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Devil Rays And Dodgers Complete Trade
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have acquired 22-year-old switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro, right handed pitcher Jae Seo and a player to be named later from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for catcher Toby Hall, left handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson and cash, it was announced today.
Tommy Lasorda Enters Canadian Baseball HOF
Tommy Lasorda used to be so miserable after a road loss that he would trudge back on foot to the hotel from the stadium. But the former Dodgers manager was all smiles after being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Lasorda spent parts of nine seasons as a left-handed pitcher with the Montreal Royals in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. "I had to be here -- as a manager, you succeed because of the contributions of your players -- but I am being honored for what I did on the mound," Lasorda said.
Garciaparra Belts 200th HR To Lead Dodgers
Nomar Garciaparra hit his 200th home run, Rafael Furcal and Ramon Martinez each had two RBI and the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 7-4 Sunday, handing the plummeting Pirates their 11th straight loss. Garciaparra led off the seventh against reliever Damaso Marte with his ninth homer of the season.
Izturis To Play Third Base For Dodgers
The Dodgers activated Gold Glove shortstop Cesar Izturis on Tuesday, and plan to play him at third base. Manager Grady Little announced the plan before the Dodgers faced the Seattle Mariners, saying Izturis will be the team's everyday third baseman, at least for now, starting Thursday night. The 26-year-old switch hitter was an NL All-Star for the first time last year before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in September to repair degenerative arthritis in his right elbow.
Billingsley Impressive In Dodgers' Debut
Chad Billingsley did everything Thursday except get the win. The way he pitched in his big-league debut, it shouldn't be long before he starts piling them up. "He's going to win a lot of games for the Dodgers," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said after Billingsley's impressive performance in a 7-3 win over the Padres, which included a two-run single for his first hit. Billingsley, 21, the Dodgers' first-round pick in the June 2003 draft, left with the score tied at 2 in the sixth.
Dodgers RHP Billingsley To Debut On Thursday
The Dodgers purchased right-hander Chad Billingsley's contract from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, and said he will start in his major league debut Thursday against the Padres. The 21-year-old Billingsley was 6-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 13 starts for Las Vegas. To make room on the roster, infielder-outfielder Joel Guzman was optioned to Las Vegas. Click here to read an interview Chad Billingsley recently gave RealGM's Douglas Benton.
Dodgers Place Gagne On DL, Activate Kent
Los Angeles closer Eric Gagne was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of stiffness in his surgically repaired pitching elbow and the Dodgers activated second baseman Jeff Kent, who had been out with a sprained left wrist. Gagne earned his first save in nearly a year on June 6 by striking out two in a perfect ninth inning in an 8-5 victory over the Mets, but said afterward he wasn't 100 percent. The right-hander went on the DL retroactive to June 7.
Dodgers Enter Fray On Soriano
The Los Angeles Dodgers have entered the fray in the pursuit to become the team that the Washington Nationals trade Alfonso Soriano to. With the Nationals out of the running in the NL East and Soriano entering his first year of free agency, it is all but certain that he will be dealt by the trade deadline.
Gagne Could Go Back To DL
While playing catch Friday, Eric Gagne experienced elbow stiffness. It is now unlikely he would pitch in the next few days and increasing the possibility he would be put on the disabled list. Gagne says the anti-inflammatory medication he is on takes five days to have an effect. "It's a lot less," he said. "It's better but not to the point where I can pitch. When I throw, it inflames more. I just have to wait."
Gagne Earns First Save In Nearly A Year
Eric Gagne is slowly working his way back to peak form. Still, he was good enough in the ninth inning Tuesday night. Gagne earned his first save in nearly a year and Nomar Garciaparra homered off former teammate Pedro Martinez, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the New York Mets 8-5.