Monday, May 22, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 5/22/2017 - Dodgers Links- Some Odds and Ends

Brandon McCarthy rebounded nicely yesterday afternoon after having given up six earned runs during his last start in San Francisco. Against the Marlins he went six innings, allowed just three hits, one earned run, a walk and struck out five. Heck, he hadn't allowed a base runner until two outs into the fifth inning. Per Austin Laymance and Will Laws at
"I liked his aggressiveness. He filled up the strike zone and was getting ahead of hitters with the fastball, the breaking ball," Roberts said. "He was relentless today."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics from Sunday's game from Jon and Juan Ocampo. Below are more links to check out:

  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1949 Don Newcombe makes his first major league start, firing a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. He would go 17-8 with 19 complete games, five shut outs and an 3.17 ERA, and win both the Rookie of the Year award and the Cy Young.
  • Happy Birthday, Tommy John!
  • Video: Adrian Gonzalez speaks to Kelli Tennant after 3-hits and 3-RBIs in Dodgers' 6-3 series finale win. (video link)
  • Video: Hear from Dave Roberts after the Dodgers 6-3 series finale win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. (video link)
  • Per Andrew Mearns at Cut4; "'Let's Go Dodgers!' was a 'Jeopardy!' category on Friday night."
  • Via Daniel Starkand at Dodger Blue; "Former Dodgers Closer Eric Gagne Ends Comeback Bid, Shifts Focus To Coaching."
  • Via Adrian Garro at Cut4; "A Dodgers fan caught Cody Bellinger's homer in her cap -- but she wasn't immediately aware of it." 
  • Via Andrew Mearns at Cut4; "Lightning struck twice for a Dodgers fan who caught two home run balls on Saturday."
  • Via Will Laws at; "Dodgers legend Lasorda resting in hospital - Hall of Fame manager expected to be released next week."
"I see him as a sort of patriarch of the Dodgers," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "He means a lot, not just to me personally but to the coaches and the players and obviously the organization and the city. … To see him in the clubhouse, in my office, watching batting practice, it's always nice and we can't wait to get him back out here. He's iconic."
Eibner, acquired from the Oakland Athletics in January, would remain primarily an outfielder. He said he would love to help the Dodgers – and save himself a trip to Oklahoma City — on those occasions when the team needs an extra arm to bolster the bullpen for a day or two.

“He’s got a great arm,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “We’ll start fine-tuning a little bit and see if there’s something there.”
“They asked me, and I’m interested in the good of the game,” Roberts said. “When baseball asks me to be a part of a committee full of notable people who I respect in the game, obviously I jumped at the opportunity.”
“Justin Turner is a good example,” Taylor said this spring. “He’s a guy that was up and down from Triple-A for awhile. He made a big swing change and now he’s one of the best third basemen in the game.”

Taylor made his change over the winter, working with hitting consultant Robert Van Scoyoc in Arizona. He added a leg kick, adjusted his hands and, perhaps most importantly, adopted a change in philosophy.

“I’m looking to drive the ball and do damage where last year and pretty much my whole life I’ve tried to put the ball on the ground,” Taylor said.

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