April 2012 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Want To Sign Ethier To Extension
Ned Colletti wants to explore signing Andre Ethier to a contract extension soon after new owners take over the Dodgers next week. "I've always been inclined to keep him," Colletti said. "His start certainly hasn't hurt." Ethier will be eligible for free agency when his one-year, $10.95-million deal expires at the end of the season. Nez Balelo, Ethier's agent, has said the outfielder would be open to negotiating a multiyear deal with the team's new owners during the season. "We understand the position the Los Angeles Dodgers organization was in," Balelo said at the end of spring training. "We understand we had to be patient while the transition took place. If new ownership has interest in having discussions to keep Andre here in Los Angeles for years to come, yes, we would be open to having those discussions."
L.A.'s Harang Strikes Out Nine Straight Batters
Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang set a franchise record Friday night by striking out nine consecutive batters against the Padres. Harang fell one strikeout short of the all-time Major League record of 10 set by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver of the Mets on April 22, 1970. The run of strikeouts began after Harang gave up a lead-off single to San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin. It ended when Will Venable led off the top of the fourth with a home run. The Dodgers won the game by a score of 9-8.
Vin Scully's Health Improving, Could Call Saturday's Game
Vin Scully is improving and could return to the booth as early as Saturday, a Dodgers official said. The Hall of Fame broadcaster has missed the current homestand because he is home recuperating from a cold. Despite his improvement, the 84-year-old won't work Friday night's series opener against the Padres because rain and cold weather are in the forecast.
Dodgers Off To Best Start Since 1981
Chris Capuano pitched into the sixth inning for his first win with the Dodgers, and James Loney's first hit of the season drove in a run as the Dodgers swept the Pirates with a 3-2 win Thursday night for a 6-1 start, their best since 1981, according to an MLB.com report.
Torre: Kemp Is 'Probably The Best Player' In Baseball
Joe Torre said Tuesday that he believes Matt Kemp is the best player in baseball. "Because of (Kemp's) age (27) and everything else, he is probably the best player in the game at this point," the former Dodgers manager said. Torre managed Kemp for three seasons with the Dodgers, the last of which was tumultuous as Kemp's offensive production dropped off precipitously and the mega-talented outfielder seemed to sulk at times. However, Kemp exploded in 2011 as he finished second in the National League MVP voting.
Vin Scully To Miss Home Opener
Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will miss calling the team's home opener on Tuesday for just the second time in his 63 years at the microphone. Scully, who the team said was suffering from a severe cold, skipped the game on orders from his doctor, according to a source. The 84-year-old was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He announced during spring training that he will further trim his travel schedule, visiting only cities within California and Phoenix.
Magic Johnson Won't Attend Home Opener For Dodgers
Magic Johnson is not planning to attend the Dodgers home opener against the Pirates on Tuesday afternoon. L.A.'s new owner will be in New York City, where his play Magic/Larry is opening on Broadway this week. Johnson's group, Guggenheim Baseball Management, entered into a $2.15 billion agreement to purchase the Dodgers two weeks ago.
Kemp Appears Serious About 50-50 Season
Matt Kemp has a goal of hitting 50 home runs and stealing 50 bases this season, something he is apparently very serious about. The Dodgers outfielder has clubbed a pair of home runs and stolen a base in his first four games. Kemp was also caught stealing once, showcasing his aggressiveness.
Kershaw Likely To Start Home Opener
The Dodgers expect Clayton Kershaw to make his next start Tuesday in the home opener against the Pirates. An illness limited Kershaw to three innings Thursday in the season opener against the Padres. He threw his regularly scheduled bullpen session on Saturday. "He's definitely better than he was the other day," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think he's expecting to go, but we're going to probably have to pay attention to him. He's in there doing his workouts. He's eating, but it's more bland foods and things like that. He's not exactly firing up the Mexican grill yet. "Right now, it looks like he's going to start the game. I think we're going to have to pay attention to him strength-wise as far as body, how long he goes."
Stomach Flu Limits Kershaw To Three Innings
The Dodgers topped the Padres 5-3 on Thursday, but left-hander Clayton Kershaw only managed to pitch three innings. Kershaw left early because of a stomach flu. He allowed two hits, struck out three and singled off San Diego's Edinson Volquez for his team's first hit of the season. Don Mattingly said he saw Kershaw lying down in the tunnel behind the dugout after the third. "It's not a real good sign when your starting pitcher was laying down," Mattingly said.
Magic, McCourt Watch Dodgers Win Opener
Magic Johnson and Frank McCourt watched from next to the dugout as the dodgers beat the Padres 5-3 on Thursday.
Dodgers Could Be Suitor For Phillips
The Reds continue to discuss a new contract with Brandon Phillips, but they have been talking for a year now.
Cain Never Thought About Pitching For Dodgers
Matt Cain got a $112.5 million contract extension from San Francisco.