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Angels make one-day turnaround on season

Text messages from press row.

July 22, 2011|Jerry Crowe
  • Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo celebrates with his teammates following their 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo celebrates with his teammates following… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

A timely rally, Jered Weaver's ongoing brilliance and 24 hours in July may have saved the Angels' season.…

Until their sixth-inning uprising Wednesday night, Howie Kendrick & Co. appeared destined for dusting in the American League West by the stampeding Texas Rangers.…

Now it looks like a race.…

Weaver's an ace in spades.…

Repeatedly stranded Dodgers baserunners who are said to be in "scoring position" have come to know better.…

Jeff Pentland, fired as hitting coach, noted on his way out the door that the Dodgers lack power and speed.…

Otherwise, they're dynamite.…

Vin Scully, noting that Matt Kemp seemed to be pressing under the weight of carrying the Dodgers offense: "He's trying too hard to hit three-run home runs with the bases empty." …

Clayton Kershaw, on pace to lead the majors in strikeouts, would be only the fourth L.A. Dodger to do so after Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela.…

Three Angels did it: Nolan Ryan, Frank Tanana and Weaver.…

Speaking of Drysdale, the Dodgers will honor his memory Saturday when sons D.J. and Darren throw out the ceremonial first pitch on what would have been Big D's 75th birthday.…

British Open host Royal St. George's, comedy writer Alan Ray notes, "produces more bad lies than a Rupert Murdoch reporter." …

Peyton Manning, looking at sitting out training camp as he recovers from neck surgery, has never missed a start in his NFL career — 208 regular-season games and counting …

Look out, Brett Favre — or, as Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber said last year of the Indianapolis Colts' indomitable quarterback, "If there's a guy that's going to ever come close to challenging Brett's longevity record, it's him." …

It's still a stretch: Favre started in 297 consecutive games, a mark Manning wouldn't match until late in 2016.…

"Tracy McGrady?" asks reader Ralph Brax of Lancaster, responding to a tweet by the former All-Star suggesting he'd like to join the Lakers. "He was washed up three years ago." …

With Yao Ming and Shaquille O'Neal out the door and Zydrunas Ilgauskas talking retirement, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News notes that Chris Kaman of the Clippers might be the NBA's only 7-foot former All-Star center next season.…

Perennial All-Star Dwight Howard is 6-11 and 7-footers Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki are forwards.…

Yao's immense worldwide popularity belies Wilt Chamberlain's contention that "nobody roots for Goliath." …

Happy 70th birt Angels make one-day turnaround on season hday to Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to a Triple Crown triumph in 1973 before a career-ending fall from a horse in 1978 left him a paraplegic.…

Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers, dropped as a spokesman for Champion after tweeting controversial comments about Osama bin Laden's death and 9/11 conspiracy theories, responded by filing a lawsuit.…

In signing Michael Vick to endorse a line of sports nutrition vitamins and minerals, Fuse Science CEO Adam Adler described the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback as "the best athlete in any sport" and called partnering with him a "no-brainer." …

A lot has changed in 12 months.…

Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns, in Glendale on Thursday to film a television commercial, said of the NFL's growing concerns over concussions, "It's football. You're going to get hit in the head. If you have a concussion, get over it." …

That's hardheaded.…

Forty-five years ago Friday, the New York Mets left fielder learned he was a new father when the Dodger Stadium message board flashed the news, "Congratulations, Ron Swoboda. Your new son is born tomorrow morning." …

Swoboda, his son Chipper born at 1:05 a.m. in New York, hit an eighth-inning home run against Claude Osteen.…

Reader Joe Kevany of Mount Washington wonders who will be the first NBA referee to eject newly christened Lakers forward Metta World Peace by commanding, "Peace, out!" …

Until then: peace out!

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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