10:21 PM EDT, Sat August 18, 2018
4 hours ago

Manny Machado finds his swing after switch in Dodgers lineup

Manny Machado punctuated the frustration of his first month as a Dodger with a powerful but fruitless gesture. On Aug. 12 at Coors Field, after striking out to strand a pair of runners late in an eventual loss to the Rockies, Machado gripped his bat with both hands and snapped it over his thigh....
4 hours ago

UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson may have the edge for starting quarterback, but he still faces stiff competition

Dorian Thompson-Robinson might have one major ally in his quest to become UCLA’s second true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback: the user-friendly offense his team is running. “The spread offense is easier to teach than a lot of other offenses for the quarterback because it’s a lot...
13 hours ago

Three up, three down: The Mets have done it all this year, except win

A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball this week: THREE UP One shining moment: The New York Mets have done it all this season, except win. GM Sandy Alderson stepped down to fight a recurrence of cancer. Manager Mickey Callaway appeared unaware that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes might...
14 hours ago

Dodgers had the depth to survive key injuries in the past; Kenley Jansen is a different story

When the New York Mets spent the first pick of the 1961 expansion draft on a catcher, manager Casey Stengel explained why. “You gotta have a catcher,” he said, “or you’re gonna have a lot of passed balls.” There was a similar mystery, if not a treasured quip, when the Florida Marlins selected Bryan...
21 hours ago

Dodgers find one cure for a bad bullpen in 11-1 victory over Mariners

As the ninth inning rolled around Friday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts surveyed the sort of scene which had avoided his team for the previous week. The Dodgers held a lead, which was nothing new. Except this time, in an 11-1 victory over the Mariners, the advantage was large enough that Roberts...
22 hours ago

Angels' revolving rotation of pitchers fails again in 6-4 loss to Rangers

Rougned Odor drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly, Joey Gallo ripped a two-run double and the Texas Rangers beat the pitching-depleted Angels 6-4 on Friday night. Odor's two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second inning off recently acquired Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1),...
Aug 17, 2018

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and manager Dave Roberts have their fingers crossed for Monday

After completing another simulated inning Friday afternoon, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen insisted he felt “great,” with no recurrence of symptoms related to his irregular heartbeat, and professed his hope he would be cleared to pitch after meeting with his cardiologist Monday. “I’m miserable right...
Aug 17, 2018

Letters: No relief for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts

How many games must the Dodgers give away before Dave Roberts is fired? He continues to screw up every bullpen opportunity he has, choosing another incompetent reliever to blow another game. One problem is Roberts’ blind adherence to baseball convention: Use right-handed pitchers against left-handed...
Aug 17, 2018

Chip Kelly, UCLA's offensive-minded coach, will rely heavily on the Bruins' defense

Whether his Oregon defense had forced a turnover or given up a touchdown, held firm on third down or yielded a long run, Nick Aliotti came to appreciate the predictable silence from one familiar voice. It belonged to his boss, Chip Kelly. “He never once said a word on the headset during a game,”...
Aug 17, 2018

Dodgers Dugout: Who is responsible for the bullpen problems?

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. Who would have guessed that Pedro Baez would end the bullpen slide? As a season goes on, I frequently get asked the same questions via email from readers. So, instead of answering dozens of people individually, I...
Aug 16, 2018

Rangers rally from five-run deficit to defeat Angels 8-6

Jurickson Profar started a triple play and homered to help the Texas Rangers rally from an early five-run deficit in an 8-6 victory over the Angels on Thursday night. Rougned Odor singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth after an out call that would have ended the inning was reversed. Nomar...
Aug 16, 2018

Dodgers find little relief in Kenley Jansen's absence, but the glaring issue was noticed before trip to Colorado

It was nearly midnight. Only one player remained in the Dodgers clubhouse. It was a relief pitcher. Of course it was. Scott Alexander dressed slowly, a man stuck in the middle of an excruciating seven days. It was Wednesday and he had pitched well, but another guy in the bullpen had failed again....
Aug 16, 2018

Tight end position is suddenly one of the deepest for UCLA

Tight end is no longer an afterthought at UCLA, the domain of players converted from other positions. It might now comprise the deepest pool of talent on the Bruins’ offense. Perhaps that’s why tight end won’t necessarily be a one-man operation on any given play under coach Chip Kelly. Tight end...
Aug 16, 2018

Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson has made a name for himself in a disappointing bullpen

Caleb Ferguson is making a name for himself, but slowly. The rookie left-hander has established himself as a trusted arm in the Dodgers’ unsettled bullpen, but a Google search for “Caleb Ferguson” last week produced another athlete. Caleb Ferguson also is a freshman running back at Western Carolina...
Aug 16, 2018

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig suspended two games

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended for two games, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. Puig was suspended for “fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident” in Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, according to a statement from the league. Puig and Giants catcher...