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Dodgers GM rips slumping team

NEW YORK — Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is fed up with his ballclub.

A day after taking the team to task in an interview with a Los Angeles radio station even before the Dodgers were swept by the Mets in a doubleheader, Colletti again expressed his frustration with his last-place team.

"Overall, I'm not satisfied with how the club's played. They could be 12-8 right now. If they played the same way I'd still sit here and tell you I'm not satisfied with how we played," Colletti said before Wednesday's loss to the Mets dropped Los Angeles to 8-13. "I'm not satisfied with the presentation. I'm not satisfied with execution. I'm not satisfied with the thought process of it. …

"I normally temper my thoughts. At some point and time you can't kid yourself either."

Entering Wednesday's game, the Dodgers were tied for last in the NL with 21 errors and were ninth with a 4.99 ERA.

"If they had a category for execution we'd be in the bottom half of that, too," Colletti said.

Colletti also criticized the effort of CF Matt Kemp, arguably the team's best player who signed a $10.95 million, two-year contract before the season. Kemp is batting .292 with a .350 on-base percentage and a .584 slugging percentage but has had lapses in the field and on the bases.

Kemp defended his effort, saying he shows up early every day for extra work.

"He can say what he wants to say, he can think what he wants to think," Kemp said. "Ain't no deal going to change the way I play the game."

ALL-STAR CHANGEs: All-Star rosters have been expanded again by commissioner Bud Selig's special committee for on-field matters, with each team bringing 34 players to the July 13 game in Anaheim, Calif.

A pitcher who starts on the final Sunday before the All-Star break will be ineligible to pitch in the game and will be replaced on the roster, Major League Baseball announced.

In addition, a DH will be used in the All-Star Game every year, including in NL cities.

A'S: Ace LHP Brett Anderson will not throw for two weeks because of a strained flexor in his pitching arm and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

D'BACKS: RHP Kris Benson left his start against the Rockies in the third inning with right shoulder soreness.

PADRES: RHP Chris Young, on the disabled list with a strain in his pitching shoulder, had the start of his rehab assignment delayed.

PHILLIES: SS Jimmy Rollins, out with a strained calf, has started a light running program and begun taking batting practice. He's hoping to return to the team by mid May. … RHP Joe Blanton, recovering from an oblique strain, allowed two home runs in five innings in a rehab outing for Double-A Reading.

RANGERS: RHP Tommy Hunter was activated from the 15-day disabled list and assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Hunter has been on the DL since April 4 with a left oblique strain. … 2B Ian Kinsler, out with a sprained ankle, is expected to come off the disabled list Friday.

TWINS: 1B Justin Morneau did not start against the Tigers because of a stiff back. The 2006 AL MVP played his final game last season on Sept.  12 because of a back injury, but manager Ron Gardenhire said the problems are not related. … 3B Luke Hughes homered in his first major-league at-bat, a leadoff drive in the third off Tigers RHP Max Scherzer.

YANKEES: C Jorge Posada left the game against the Orioles in the second inning after being hit in the right knee with a pitch from RHP Jeremy Guthrie. Posada is day to day.

Dodgers GM rips slumping team 04/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:39pm]
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