07/25/10 9:46 PM ET
Torre reflects on relationship with Harvey
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Torre was Harvey's first and last ejection in the big leagues, bracketing a career that spanned from 1962 to 1992. The last ejection, though, was choreographed.
"He was the one who told me that I was the first one that he threw out," Torre said. "So he said, 'I'd like you to be the last one.' "
A month or so after that conversation, Torre was managing the Cardinals against the Mets at Shea Stadium and was enjoying a comfortable lead.
"In about the seventh inning, I yelled out about a pitch," he said. "I figured we may not get a better shot at this thing. He came over to me, and I had to explain what we were doing, because it certainly wasn't first and foremost in his mind. And I started arguing with him. I said, 'This is it.' And he looked at me: 'What do you mean, this is it?' "And I said, 'Remember, you wanted me to be the last guy you threw out?'
"'Oh!' And he starts smiling. He says, 'Get out of here.' "
Harvey had a reputation for always thinking he was correct but never holding grudges, even after tossing players out of a game. For that, Torre appreciated him.
"I'm happy for him. He's always had that nickname 'God,' where he's never missed a pitch," he said. "The one thing you can always respect him [for] is, he came to work every day. If he had an argument with you and threw you out, it never carried over, it stopped right there. And that I admire, because it's not fair if you let it affect something else. Whatever you think of the way he did his job, he always did his job. I think he certainly got a lot of respect from his peers for that."
Red-hot Furcal given some rest
LOS ANGELES -- Rafael Furcal, the National League's leading hitter, with a .326 average, was given most of Sunday off to get some rest.
"He said he's OK, but he's been playing a lot, and I just didn't want to push it," manager Joe Torre said before the game. "He's available."
In a pinch-hit appearance, Furcal flied out to foul territory by right field in the eighth inning of the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Mets.
Xavier Paul started at leadoff and in left field, and Jamey Carroll, batting second, started at shortstop.
Right fielder Andre Ethier returned to the lineup, batting fifth, after having a day off on Saturday. He went 1-for-3 with an opposite-field double, and also grounded into a double play.
Torre said that he had a closed-door meeting with Ethier, who has looked frustrated at the plate, before the game. A questionable check-swing, strike-two call on Ethier by third-base umpire CB Bucknor in the 12th inning on Saturday, with the winning run on third and one out, swung the momentum of an at-bat that ended with a foul popup.
"They're pitching around him and stuff," Torre said. "You can't go up there with that attitude. You still have to go up there with a plan."
Bullpen flexible after 13-inning game
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw did on Sunday what manager Joe Torre asked of him before the game: Go long, so the bullpen doesn't have to.
After using nine pitchers in Saturday's 13-inning win, Torre used only one on Sunday. Rookie right-hander Kenley Jansen earned his first Major League save and closed out a 1-0 Dodgers win over the Mets in support of Kershaw's eight innings.
Jansen struck out two consecutive batters to end the game after falling behind the leadoff man, Carlos Beltran, 3-1. He's now perfect, with four strikeouts, through his first two big league innings.
On Saturday, Jansen struck out Angel Pagan and David Wright. On Sunday it was Jason Bay and Ike Davis.
"It was basically the same guys," Torre said. "I felt OK bringing him in."
Hong-Chih Kuo was not available to pitch back-to-back days, and neither was Jeff Weaver. Closer Jonathan Broxton was available, Torre said, but he wanted to give his regular closer rest after a stomach ailment bothered him earlier in the week.
Backup catcher Brad Ausmus was available as well after catching 12 innings in his return from back surgery, though Broxton might have passed that stomach bug on.
"[Ausmus] came out of it fine, except that he must have talked to Broxton too much, because he's got a little stomach thing going on today," Torre said. "The baseball part was fine, but he's under the weather today. He would be available to us."
Class A Great Lakes outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit a solo home run on Saturday to extend the Loons' record hit streak to 22. The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .291 with nine home runs, 50 RBIs and 30 steals. ... Sunday is the 30th anniversary of Duke Snider's induction into the Hall of Fame. Snider played 16 seasons between Los Angeles and Brooklyn and still holds the franchise record for home runs, 389. ... Hong-Chih Kuo's scoreless eighth on Saturday gave him 12 1/3 innings without allowing a run. His 0.84 ERA is the best in the National League. ... James Loney and Rafael Furcal are tied for the team lead and seventh in the NL with a .357 average with runners in scoring position.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.