| Oct 18, 2013
| 11:20 PM
ST. LOUIS — They came as close to the World Series as any collection of Dodgers players in the last 25 years.
That won't make it any easier to scrape themselves off its threshold.
Two wins from the Fall Classic, the Dodgers suffered a classic...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 4:20 PM
ST. LOUIS — Designer suitcases were hurriedly snapped, cartons of soiled equipment rolled out the door. The Dodgers clubhouse was in full escape mode.
It had been an hour since their season was wretchedly ended by the St. Louis Cardinals at...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:30 AM
They each lifted their dirt-caked sleeves into the air as if raising an entire city above them.
Yasiel Puig shot a line drive into the right-field corner, scampering and sliding into second base, leaping up with a howl, throwing his arms high.
| Oct 7, 2013
| 4:30 AM
It's called a Ravine, but on this night it was an ocean, thousands of flapping blue towels washing over the visiting Southerners in giant roaring waves of Dodger.
Hanley Ramirez blasting, Carl Crawford tumbling, Chris Capuano dealing, Yasiel Puiging,...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 11:30 PM
ATLANTA — October, we'd like you to meet Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers rookie stormed into his first postseason Thursday night at Turner Field with the wild swings, crazy sprints, bold throws, and a smiling swagger. The Atlanta Braves tried...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 8:30 PM
October is the month of triple-crown TV viewing. It's playoff time. Nothing better than a couch, a beer and a big-screen TV.
To steal from the long-ago "Saturday Night Live" eloquence of Chico Escuela, "Baseball been berry, berry good to us."
| Oct 5, 2013
| 7:22 PM
What's next for the TBS announcers? Will they start chanting "Beat L.A."? If TBS cameras panned the broadcast booth, would they catch the announcers doing the tomahawk chop?
Talk about Southern cooking. As far as a lot of fans are concerned, the Dodgers...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:22 PM
These days, athletes become emblems of their adoptive cities the way cigar-chomping pols and gangsters once did. Big Papi is Boston; Derek Jeter is still New York. Michael Jordan was Chicago, or Chicago was Jordan. Before that Butkus and Ditka. St. Louis,...
| Jul 23, 2013
Steve Thompson believed it when Ryan Braun said, time and again, he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.
So Thompson, who was Braun's coach at Granada Hills High, was among the many Monday who reacted glumly after the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 8:00 PM
In Boston this week, a patchwork collection of athletes with grimy beards and dirt-caked knees had the remarkable strength to elevate a city torn by tragedy.
A baseball season that began with the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing ended with the...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 6:03 PM
You can't help but smile while watching Charlie Reliford work at umpire camp in Compton, screaming at his students in a blowsy, animated style. Most good teachers seem to have outsize personalities and an undeniable charisma. That's Reliford, a...