Dodgers Report: Jamie Romak

Hanley sits again, Clint Robinson arrives

June, 25, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hanley Ramirez missed a second straight start because of irritation in his right shoulder Wednesday, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez did not receive a cortisone injection and could be available to pinch hit.

Ramirez will meet with team orthopedist Neal ElAttrache at Dodger Stadium before Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Mattingly said he didn't know if an MRI exam was ordered on Ramirez's shoulder, which has bothered him off and on since June 10.

Third baseman Juan Uribe is expected to be activated Thursday, Mattingly said. He has been out since May 21 because of a strained right hamstring and finished his minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers brought in a fresh pinch hitter and reserve first baseman, Clint Robinson, purchasing his contract from Triple-A Albuquerque and designating Jamie Romak for assignment.

"Clint can hit. We like the way he swung the bat in spring training," Mattingly said.

Robinson, 29, was batting .309 with 14 home runs for Albuquerque. Romak went just 1-for-21 with the Dodgers. A 6-foot-5, 225-pound left-handed hitter, Robinson played four games for the Kansas City Royals in 2012, so he knew his way to Kauffman Stadium. Albuquerque manager Damon Berryhill told Robinson he was being called up after a game at Iowa, about 200 miles north of here.

Robinson said he was on deck when the fight between prospect Alex Guerrero and veteran catcher Miguel Olivo broke out in the Isotopes dugout last month. During the melee, Olivo bit off part of Guerrero's ear. Guerrero has just resumed baseball activities at the Dodgers' facility in Arizona.

"I was trying to hit with all that going on. It was crazy," Robinson said. "That's definitely the most intense thing I've ever seen on a baseball field, that’s for sure."

Can Kings' mojo rub off on Dodgers?

June, 17, 2014
Los Angeles Kings at Dodgers StadiumRichard Mackson/USA TODAY SportsThe Kings and Dodgers share a moment with the Stanley Cup before Tuesday's game.

LOS ANGELES --The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings before their game with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Some of the Kings took batting practice and shagged fly balls on the Dodger Stadium field. They also brought along their cup.

The Dodgers showed a tribute video of the Kings' improbable playoff run after Holly Robinson Peete sang the national anthem. The crowd roared its approval throughout.

Then, Kings defenseman Matt Greene hoisted the Cup over his head and carried it behind home plate. The Kings and Dodgers posed for a photo together, with Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw jogging in late. Ten of the Kings also threw out ceremonial first pitches.

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Richard Mackson/USA TODAY SportsMatt Greene of the Kings hoists the Stanley Cup in front of the crowd at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.
Greene addressed the crowd, saying, "You make this a great place to play hockey, a great sports town. ... Fans, we can't say, 'Thank you,' enough. This has been a great run." Then, in unison, the Kings announced, "It's time for Dodgers baseball."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, the 1984 American League batting champion and a former hitting coach, said before the game there were some things to like about the Kings' swings.

"Not bad. Low-ball hitters. They like that ball low and away," Mattingly said. "You've got to pitch them up and in. Cutters."

Tuesday also was a reunion. Kings center Jeff Carter and Dodgers utility man Jamie Romak were close childhood friends in London, Ontario, playing both hockey and baseball together until they were 15. Romak said they hadn't spoken in 10 years until catching up around the batting cage Tuesday.

"He and I used to hit three, four in the same lineup," Romak said. "That was a long time ago. It's just funny what a small world it is and how it all works out."

Needless to say, Romak's hometown, about two hours west of Toronto, has produced more hockey players -- including Eric Lindros, Drew Doughty, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton -- than it has baseball players. Romak gave up hockey when he was 15, the age when Canadian hockey players begin to join junior leagues and start angling toward NHL careers.

"I was always a lot more serious about baseball than I was about hockey," Romak said. "For me, hockey was a lot of fun, but it didn't matter to me as much how I did at the end of the day."

Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Reds 2

June, 9, 2014

CINCINNATI -- Just add water.

It seems as if every time the Los Angeles Dodgers go on the road, they get rained on and score runs, two things that never seem to happen at Dodger Stadium. Two days after having three innings rained out in Colorado, the Dodgers can expect thunderstorms in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, according to forecasts.

But in between, they managed to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 on Monday night to keep the road trip humming along. In their past 10-game home stand, the Dodgers scored four runs or more three times. In four games on this trip, they have scored six runs or more three times.

How it happened: Scott Van Slyke hit two home runs and Dan Haren pitched capably into the sixth inning before yielding to reliever J.P. Howell, who got inning-ending double plays in back-to-back innings.

Hits: It has been portrayed as a four-outfielder logjam, but really it’s five. Going into Monday, Van Slyke had a higher OPS (.924) -- by a lot -- than every Dodgers outfielder not named Yasiel Puig. Van Slyke continued padding his numbers with a solo home run in the second into the second deck and a three-run shot in the fifth. Van Slyke’s role is to pound left-handed pitching, and he has made a nice little niche for himself, even on a team in which outfielders are a dime a dozen.

Misses: The Dodgers are 2-0 in games Jamie Romak has started. That's a good thing. Otherwise, it hasn’t been the out-of-nowhere fairytale everyone was rooting for. A day after picking up his first major-league hit, Romak -- who broke into the majors at 28 last month -- was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts (and a walk), while making a spot start at first base for Adrian Gonzalez. Romak has one hit in 11 at-bats and might find it hard to keep a roster spot as some players on the disabled list look to return soon.

Stat of the game: Of Van Slyke’s 60 career hits, 31 have gone for extra bases.

Up next: The teams continue their four-game series here Tuesday, with Josh Beckett (3-3, 2.57 ERA) pitching for the Dodgers and Mike Leake (3-5, 3.29) going for Cincinnati. The game begins at 4:10 p.m. PT.



Yasiel Puig
.296 16 69 92
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
WC. Kershaw 21
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239