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Matt Guerrier- Dodgers Relief Pitcher Rocks!

Matt Guerrier

Matthew Olson Guerrier is a professional baseball relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the American Baseball League. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on the 2nd of August, 1978. He is a dextral pitcher and stands at 6’3’’ and weighs 195 lbs. He attended Kent State University during his college years prior to playing professional baseball.

The dextral pitcher from Ohio was originally drafted in the 1996 Major League draft by the Kansan City Royals, but decided to continue with his education instead of signing with the club. He was again drafted in 1999 during the 10th round by the Chicago Whitesox.

He began his professional career in 1999 playing at Virginia for the Appalachian League team, the Bristol Whitesox, and played 21 games for the rookie level farm team. Later in the season, he would move up to Carolina League, playing for the Winston-Salem Warthogs, playing the last 4 games of the season with the A+ team. During his freshman year as a professional, he registered a 100% win record, posting a total of 5-0 win-loss record while maintaining an ERA of 1.55.

In 2000, he continued playing in the Carolina League, and was even tied in second in terms of saves with 19, until he was again promoted to the double A team, the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. Collectively, he played in a total of 53 games during his sophomore year. He was got the most saves in the organization with 26 saves. He continued playing in the Southern League through the first half of his third year as a pro until he was again promoted to the Charlotte Knights. He posted the most number of wins and best win-loss ratio among minor leaguers in 2001 with a win-loss record of 18-4.

The Pittsburg Pirates acquired Matt Guerrier on March 27, 2002 via a trade, sending Damaso Marte to Chicago. For two next two seasons, the right-handed pitcher would play for the organizations’triple A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. By the end of the 2003 season, the Minnesota Twins would select Guerrier off a waiver, and he had his debut in the majors with the Twins on June 17, 2004 versus the Montreal Expos. He would stay in the organization for the next 7 seasons.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, his current team, would acquire Guerrier in 2011. He was signed by the Dodgers to a $12 million, 3-year contract. Guerrier was the league leader in number of appearances for the 2008-2009 season, and his durability was a significant factor for his acquisition by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Aaron Harang Talks MLB and Dodgers! Woohoo!

Aaron Michael Harang

The Los Angeles Dodgers now have the unbelievable talent and experience of veteran starting pitcher Aaron Harang in their rotation as they start their 2012-2013 Dodgers Season campaign. Despite having been sidelined in recent years by various health issues that put him on the disabled list multiple times, the veteran right-hander is coming off a rebound season, going 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 170.2 innings pitched.

The Dodgers are hopeful that Harang can stay healthy and keep up his performance as they finally landed the prolific pitcher late last year after having pursued Harang heavily in the past. The 33-year-old was signed to a 2-year, $12 million, free-agent contract with a mutual option for 2014 to help fill in the team after the departure of Hiroki Kuroda, slotting in as the Dodgers’ fourth starter.

“It made it more enticing, knowing it wasn’t something just spontaneous, like, ‘Let’s just go after this guy,’” Harang said. “It’s been in the back of my mind that they’ve wanted me a while. That made it an easier decision, knowing people want you and have been working at something for multiple years.”

For Harang, one of the added attractions of signing with the Dodgers was the proximity to home and playing at the Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium. The San Diego native was born on May 9, 1978 in San Diego, California and continues to reside in the area with his family. While pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium is not quite as spacious as Petco Park – or as much as a veritable oasis for pitchers of any quality – the 6-foot-7, 260-pound right-hander is confident that his addition to the Dodgers rotation is a good fit and believes there is a very good chance that the Dodgers will contend this season.

“I’m excited about the opportunity I have here. This is a really good ballclub here. We definitely have a shot to be there at the end.”

Harang was first drawn into professional baseball after being selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the 1996 MLB Draft (661st overall) but he did not sign with the team, opting to finish college. Following his graduation from San Diego State University, Harang was drafted and signed by the Texas Rangers in the 6th round of the 1999 MLB Draft (195th overall), kicking off a solid career that has seen him soar into the Major Leagues and develop into a top-caliber pitcher.

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Leading Dodger Timothy Elbert is on Fire!

Timothy Scott Elbert was born on August 13, 1985, in Joplin, Missouri. He is a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He attended the High School in Seneca, Missouri and was a standout in football and baseball where he played running back and as a junior and he led the state in rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns and was named as an All-State selection. He had an impressive record of 0.94 ERA, 433 strikeouts, 29 complete games, and 238.0 innings.

In 2004, Elbert was selected in the 1st round by the Dodgers- it was his first time playing professional sports. He struck out 45 batters in 49.2 innings when he made his professional debut.

Then in 2005, he went 8-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 24 starts where he played for Ogden Raptors and With the Single-A Columbus Catfish.

He pitched for the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2006 and earned Florida State League midseason All-Star honors. He was even promoted to the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, where he went 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA and was ranked as the #3 prospect in the Southern League by Baseball America.
In 2007, Elbert had a shoulder injury.

In 2008, he played as a reliever at Jacksonville where he earned his first trip to the Majors when the Dodgers called him up from the minors. This is also the year where he made his MLB debut where he pitched two thirds of an inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in 10 games finishing the season with 0-1 with an ERA of 12.00.

In 2009, he was selected as the Dodgers “Minor League Pitcher of the Year” after finishing a combined 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. He finished the season with 2-0 with a 5.03 ERA and appeared in relief in Game 3 of the 2009 National League Championship Series.

In 2010, he started to pitch for Albuquerque and was promoted to the Dodgers on May 28, 2010. He was optioned back to AAA after he walked three left-handed hitting batters in that game. Then later that year he was selected to the “Rising Stars Game”.

He started 2011 in the bullpen for Albuquerque and was called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 11. He pitched in 47 games for the Dodgers, mostly he used this left hand the most. He then finished the Major League Baseball Season with a 2.43 ERA in 33.1 innings with 34 strikeouts and also saved two games.

Nathan Eovaldi! Order your Dodgers Tickets Today!

Nathan Edward Eovaldi was born on February 13, 1990. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He stands 6′ 2″ and weighs 215 lbs. He is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2008, he was drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round at the Alvin High School. Then he joined the Dodgers when he pitched for the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

In 2009, he joined the Great Lakes Loons.

In 2010, he was selected to the mid-season California League all-star team and promoted to the Class-AA Chattanooga Lookouts in 2011 and was selected to the Southern League mid-season all-star game. He had a record of was 6-5 with a 2.62 ERA for the Lookouts, where he started 19 games.

In 2011, Eovaldi was called up to professional baseball for the first time and was the starting pitcher that night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They won where he pitched for five innings, allowing only two runs while striking out seven. He had His seven strikeouts were tied for fourth in LA Dodger history for a major league debut and he was only the fourth Dodger pitcher to score a run in his debut since 1960.

He also made 6 starts for the Dodgers and was then moved to the bullpen in order to keep his innings down for the season and pitched in four games out of the bullpen late in the season. His 2011 totals included a 1-2 record and 3.63 ERA. Eovaldi became the first Dodger starter since Danny McDevitt in 1957 to start his career with four games of five innings or more while allowing two runs or less.

Eovaldi became the latest to jump from the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts to a successful Major League debut, pitching the Dodgers to a 5-3 win over Arizona.

In 2012, the Dodgers fell to Colorado 8-6 even after a late ninth inning rally. Nathan Eovaldi pitched very well on the Dodgers’ side, and he went three scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out one batter. The game ended with a tie.
Eovaldi made a huge progress last year. Eovaldi ranks as one of the Dodgers top 5 prospects and is currently 6th on the Dodgers starting pitching depth chart after he made his major league debut last season and made a good argument Saturday for a continued spot on the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff.

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This Day in MLB History!


August 27th

 
1897 Future Hall of Fame catcher Senator Roger Bresnahan makes his major league debut as a pitcher shutting out the Browns, 3-0.
1911 At Comiskey Park, Chicago hurler Ed Walsh, Sr. no-hits the Red Sox, 5-0. The future Hall of Famer’s son, Edward Arthur, will also pitch for the White Sox from 1928-1932.
1937 Dodger right-hander Fred Frankhouse tosses a rained shortened (8 2/3 innings) no-hitter beating the Reds, 5-0.
1938 In the first game of a twin bill at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive triples. His offensive outburst helps the Bronx Bombers edge the Indians, 8-7.
1938 Monte Pearson becomes the first pitcher to throw a no hitter in Yankee Stadium. The right-hander faces only 27 batters, thanks to two double plays, beating the the Indians, 13-0, for his 10th consecutive victory.
1941 Beating the Braves 6-4, Charlie Root, best known for giving up Babe Ruth’s ‘called’ home run, becomes the first pitcher to win 200 games in a Cub uniform.
1946 At Owners’ Meeting, a committee formed to study integration, which includes Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, delivers its secretive report defending the covert color barrier which exists in professional baseball. The absurd reasons given to why blacks shouldn’t be allowed to play in the big leagues include an absence of skills due to inferior training and lack of fundamentals and the need to respect Negro League contracts, but another lesser known motivation may have been profit as revealed later in the report, “The Negro leagues rent their parks in many cities from clubs in Organized Baseball (and) Club owners in the major leagues are reluctant to give up revenues amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year” as well as the fear white fans would be driven away if black players attracted more minorites to the ballpark.
1951 Scoring all the Phillies’ runs in the victory over the Reds, Del Wilber hits three solo homers making it the first time in major league history a player has accounted for all the runs in 3-0 game with home runs. The 32-year old catcher will only hit a total of 19 homers during his major league career.
1955 In his second big league start, bonus baby Sandy Koufax two-hits the Reds at Ebbets Field, 7-0. Showing his future dominance of the 1960’s, the southpaw strikes out 14 Cincinnati batters.
1974 At Shea Stadium, Benny Ayala becomes the first National Leaguer in 13 years to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The Mets rookie goes deep off Astros’ hurler Tom Griffin in New York’s 4-2 win.
1975 At Candlestick Park, nearly half the outs in the Giants 9-1 victory over the Expos come via the strike out. John Montefusco, who goes the distance to get the win, strikes out 14 Montreal batters, and the ‘Count’ and his teammates reciprocate by whiffing 11 times, including the three times he goes back to the dugout with a bat in his hands.
1977 In an 8-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, Rangers Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches. It is only time in baseball history the feat has been accomplished.
1978 By hitting his 200th home run, Reds’ second baseman Joe Morgan becomes the first major leaguer to hit 200 homers as well as steal 500 bases.
1982 In the 5-4 loss to the Brewers, A’s Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock’s 1974 single season record of 118 stolen bases. By stealing a total of four bases Rickey ends the day with 122 and will finish the season with 130.
1986 With one out in the bottom of the eleventh inning and the visiting Mets ahead, 6-5, Padres infielder Tim Flannery lines a single to center field where Lenny Dykstra comes up throwing to nail the runner trying to score from second base. Knocked on his back by Gary Templeton, catcher John Gibbons, from a prone position, throws a strike to Howard Johnson who tags out Flannery, trying to get to third base, ending the game with an unusual 8-2-5 double play.
1997 In honor of first baseman Jim Thome’s birthday, the Indians begin pulling up their socks to just below the knees. The Tribe will win 17 of 27 games en route to clinching American League East flag while sporting this new look.
1999 In a 4-1 Expos loss to the Reds at Olympic Stadium, Vladimir Guerrero’s hitting streak, the longest in the big leagues since 1987, ends at 31 consecutive games. The Montreal outfielder’s accomplishment sets a franchise record.
2001 In the Nippon Ham Fighters-Fukuoka Daiei Hawks contest, Michihiro Ogasawara doubles and tallies on Yukio Tanaka’s single breaking a 51-year Japanese record by scoring a run in 17 consecutive games. Indian Kenny Lofton (2000) and Yankee Red Rolfe (1939) share the major league record of 18 straight games.
2001 With his 17th dinger this month, Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa ties the National League record for August homers established by Willie Mays in 1965. Tiger Rudy York set the major league mark going yard 18 times in the eighth month of 1937.
2005 Jeff Kent becomes the first player to hit 300 homers as a second baseman. The Dodger infielder, who has surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s total of 277 last September, is the major league leader at this position with Joe Gordon holding the American League record with 246 round-trippers.
2005 After losing a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants earlier in the season, Fumiya Nishiguchi (16-4) sees his perfect game against the expansion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles go into extra innings. The Seibu Lions right-hander gives up a hit and has to settle for a 10-inning complete game shutout.
2007 Citing the need a fresh start, Drayton McLane, owner of the last place Astros, fires skipper Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Bench coach Cecil Cooper is named interim manager with long-time team executive Tal Smith being appointed as general manager, also on interim basis.
2007 Jake Peavy becomes the Padres leader in career strikeouts when he punches out Orlando Hudson looking at an inside fastball in the first inning of a 3-1 San Diego victory over the Diamondbacks at PETCO Park. The right-handed fireballer, who fans 11 in the game, moves past Andy Benes who had struck out 1036 batters pitching for the Friars from 1989 to 1995.