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April 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
My whopper of a journey ended in a Burger King, in front of a darkened TV screen hanging in a corner obscured by a tall guy eating a bag of fries. The Dodgers game had just ended, and I had missed it. All of it. Every pitch, every hit, every Vin. My Tuesday afternoon quest to watch the Dodgers' first domestic appearance on their new SportsNet LA channel had finished in fast-food failure. Bad enough that this new channel reaches only 30% of Los Angeles. On the first day that would test the effect of the Dodgers' decision to cut a TV deal that has cut out the majority of their fans, the channel reached 0% of me. I tried.
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April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
Three months after it painted L.A. as a metropolis stumbling into decline, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission offered 13 recommendations Wednesday that it said would attract jobs and "put the city on a path to fiscal stability. " The group of prominent business, labor and civic leaders called on elected officials to enact a wide-ranging series of policy initiatives: increasing the minimum wage, combining giant twin harbors into a single port, altering oversight of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and bolstering efforts to promote regional tourism.
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March 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers President Stan Kasten was full of good news. The Dodgers have sold a record 35,000 season tickets. For the first time they will have sold 3 million tickets by their home opener. TV ratings were up 40% last year and are expected to rise again this season. Only, about that. Those rising TV ratings just might require that most of Los Angeles is actually able to view the games. The Dodgers' mainland opener in San Diego is Sunday and Time Warner Cable has yet to sign an other major provider up with the team's new regional sports network.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Of the 41 runs given up this season by the Angels, 28 have come with two outs, including 23 by the Mariners, who were poised to strike again in the third inning when they put runners on second and third with two outs. But right-hander Garrett Richards struck out cleanup hitter Justin Smoak swinging at a nasty curve in the dirt to snuff out the threat. AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols crushed his second home run in as many days, a two-run shot to left field in the third inning that moved the slugger past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff and into 26th on the all-time list with 494 home runs.
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February 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - It was a simple agility drill, one Mark Mulder did all winter in preparation for his first spring training camp in six years. The Angels left-hander was backpedaling at an easy pace Saturday morning when he stopped and planted his left foot in the grass so he could move forward. “I heard a loud pop,” Mulder said Sunday. “I fell forward, almost like you slip, and I was confused. I didn't know what happened. I actually thought my shoe broke. I thought the heel popped off. I stood and lifted my left foot.
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March 5, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Is Arte Moreno bluffing, or would he really move the Angels out of Anaheim? That has emerged as a pivotal question as the team and city try to negotiate a deal that would keep the Angels where they are. Moreno, the Angels' owner, met last month with officials in Tustin about a possible new ballpark there, and said talks with Anaheim officials were “at a stalemate.” Dan Barrett, a sports industry consultant advising the city,...
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December 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Angels filled out their starting rotation on Tuesday, trading Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way deal. The Angels got Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox and Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks, fulfilling an off-season goal of using the power-hitting Trumbo to acquire young and cost-effective pitching. Trumbo, who played first base for the Angels last season, is expected to play left field for Arizona. The Diamondbacks sent center fielder Adam Eaton to Chicago and got two players to be named -- one from the Angels, one from the White Sox. The deal is expected to be announced later Tuesday.
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July 19, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Let's begin with what we know. They don't come more likable or approachable than Mark Gubicza, Gooby to his friends, the Angels broadcaster and former pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. As carefree as anyone might appear, he was bubbling over with excitement Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. Big game with Texas, all right, but Gooby is already looking forward to Monday, every mom and dad in the place probably jumping for joy as well if they only knew. "Off the medication Monday," he says, and Gooby's beaming.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MESA, Ariz. - It wasn't quite a stump speech for a David Freese Gold Glove Award campaign, but it was a ringing endorsement in the eyes of the Angels' new third baseman. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia stopped short of saying he would pull Freese for defensive purposes, at least to start the season. “We're not there yet,” Scioscia said. “We'll see where we are next week, but David is going to play third base for us, and we anticipate him playing it well.” Freese, acquired from St. Louis for Peter Bourjos in November, appreciates the support.
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February 15, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels owner Arte Moreno met with officials from the City of Tustin last week to discuss the possibility of building a new baseball stadium, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday. One potential site would be the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station, which would be accessible via the 5, 405 and 55 Freeways and is across the street from the Tustin Metrolink train station. "We did have an initial meeting with Tustin," said Marie Garvey, a consultant retained by the Angels to handle stadium negotiation issues.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Texas General Manager Jon Daniels wanted to cover his eyes every time former Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton barreled toward first base and launched his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame headfirst into the bag. "He drove me crazy when he did that," Daniels said in a 2013 interview. "You have a 240-pound guy who is as fast and as explosive as he is … you just cringe when he dives in. You're saying, 'Get up! Get up!' But that's his style of play. I don't think you can take that from him. " Hamilton's aggressive - some would say reckless - approach usually serves him well, but his latest ill-advised and instinct-induced dive into first base will take the hot-hitting left fielder away from the Angels for six to eight weeks.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mariners 5, Angels 3 KEY MOMENT: Angels left-hander Hector Santiago struck out Brad Miller for what appeared to be the third out of the third inning, but his strike-three wild pitch went to the backstop, allowing Miller to reach base. That sparked a four-run rally, as Robinson Cano walked, Justin Smoak hit a run-scoring single and Corey Hart hit a towering three-run homer to left on an 0-2 fastball for a 4-3 Seattle lead. BOX SCORE: Mariners 5, Angels 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout singled, Albert Pujols crushed a two-run homer to left, and David Freese followed with a solo shot to center for a 3-0 Angels lead in the first.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. He told him that he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, the 29-year-old allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire at two officers. One was wounded before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
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April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The victim suffered a gunshot wound just before 6 p.m. Saturday at 92 nd Street and Central Avenue, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man, who authorities said was in his late 40s, has not been identified. He was transferred to a local hospital where he later died, Joseph said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County The incident was possibly gang-related, he said.
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April 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 9, Houston Astros 1 KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two outs in the first inning, and hard-throwing Jarred Cosart on the mound, Howie Kendrick stroked a two-run single to right-center to give the Angels a 3-0 lead, a cushion that allowed left-hander C.J. Wilson to pitch aggressively. AT THE PLATE: Kendrick, who added a run-scoring single to cap a three-run seventh, has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats after going hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the season.
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April 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - Josh Hamilton has a little more bounce in his step these days, which is understandable. The Angels left fielder is batting .500 (12 for 24) with two home runs and six runs batted in through seven games, and he drew three walks in a game for the first time since 2009 and only the fourth time in his career Monday in a 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. The hot start on the heels of a dismal 2013 may have something to do with the bounce that has returned to Hamilton's stance, a timing mechanism that has helped the normally free-swinging slugger "slow the game down," see the ball better and lay off the pitches he often got himself out on last season.
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March 4, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Jered Weaver was just like Garrett Richards a few years back, a young buck with the mound bravado that often accompanies a 95-mph fastball. "I had that at one point," said Weaver, the 31-year-old right-hander who has been the Angels ace for four seasons. "I used to throw hard, and when I first came up, I tried to miss bats and strike everyone out. But that stuff doesn't last forever. " This isn't a case of fastball envy. Weaver's heater is now barely lukewarm.
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February 24, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The summer in Helmand province, an arid region of southern Afghanistan known to be a Taliban stronghold, was the worst. Hunkering down for eight months in a mud-hut compound with no running water was challenging enough for 1st Lt. Nick Francona and his U.S. Marine Corps rifle platoon. The 120-degree heat of July and August was unbearable. "You take your body armor off, and steam comes out," Francona, now 28, said. "We'd pour water bottles over our heads to rinse off, but I think I took one hot shower the whole time I was there.
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April 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Bryan Mejia has some advice for the Los Angeles Board of Education. He isn't a gadfly or political consultant. He isn't running for office - he can't even vote. Mejia is a high school student. And he wants to help fix what he and other students see as the board's fundamental flaw: It is missing a voice it purports to represent. "We should have representation where the decisions affecting our education are made," the 17-year-old said. "The school board. " The board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to allow a student advisory member on the board.
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April 6, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Astros 7, Angels 4 KEY MOMENT: There were five of them, actually, Jason Castro's two-run homer to left-center in the first, solo shots by Matt Dominguez to left in the second, Jesus Guzman to left in the fourth and Alex Presley to right-center in the fifth, and Jonathan Villar's two-run shot to right off Angels reliever Matt Shoemaker in the seventh that gave the Astros a commanding 7-1 lead. AT THE PLATE: The Angels (2-4) rallied for three runs in the ninth when Albert Pujols singled, Josh Hamilton doubled, Raul Ibanez hit a two-run single, Howie Kendrick singled, and Erick Aybar hit run-scoring single to make it 7-4 and bring the tying run to the plate.
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