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April 23, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The number that matters most is not 500. The number that matters most is 0. That is the number of major league players that have hit more home runs this season than Albert Pujols. He got a mighty sweet serenade in the visiting clubhouse in Washington on Tuesday night after he hit his 500th home run. But the Angels are not paying him a quarter-billion dollars for reminders of how great he was when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. INTERACTIVE: Compare salaries on Angels, Nationals If that really is the classic Pujols back at-bat, that would be a big swing toward an October different from the last two, when he and the Angels stayed home and the Pujols-less Cardinals advanced deep into the playoffs.
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BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
In the battle for tourists, Los Angeles is losing ground to rivals Orlando, Fla., New York, and Chicago. L.A. County has broken its own record for annual visitors three years in a row - thanks to a rebounding economy, sunny California weather and popular tourist attractions. But L.A.'s tourist numbers are not growing fast enough to keep up with the nation's top three destinations, primarily because the city lacks enough hotel rooms to host more tourists. "We have an awful lot of things that are in our favor," said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary to arrest two men, one of whom prosecutors said was sentenced to a year in jail before the bad evidence was discovered. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, face two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday. Martinez was charged with two additional felony counts of perjury and one count of filing a false report.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - At some point, probably after a few more runners are gunned down on the basepaths, opponents may stop testing the throwing arm of Angels outfielder J.B. Shuck. That point has apparently not arrived yet. Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton drove a ball into left-center field in the third inning Monday night and did not even hesitate around first base. Shuck, playing left field, raced to that gap, backhanded the ball and fired a firm strike in the air to second baseman Howie Kendrick for his second outfield assist of the season.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck led off the game with a double to left field and Mike Trout reached on an error ahead of Albert Pujols' three-run home run. Howie Kendrick, who had two hits, doubled to right-center field in the first and scored on Chris Iannetta's two-out single to left for a 4-0 lead. Trout singled ahead of Pujols' 500th home run, in the fifth, and Erick Aybar, who had three hits Monday night, doubled to left for his second hit, stole second and scored on David Freese's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON - Some 18,000 men have played major league baseball since 1876, and only 26 of them have hit 500 home runs in their career. Albert Pujols joined that exclusive club Tuesday night when he crushed career home run No. 500, a two-run shot to left-center field in the top of the fifth inning off Washington pitcher Taylor Jordan in Nationals Park. Pujols hit his 499 th homer in the first inning, a towering three-run shot to left field off Jordan, and No. 500, which gave the Angels a 6-2 lead, cleared the Angels' bullpen in left-center.
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April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. “I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert,” Sherrill said.
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April 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - It was an emotional visit to Arlington National Cemetery Monday for Michael Kohn, and not just because the Angels reliever saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the eternal flame at John F. Kennedy's grave and the thousands of headstones of deceased veterans dating back to the Civil War. In Section 59 of the cemetery is the grave site of the pitcher's grandfather, Rudy Kohn, a three-star Navy admiral who served in Vietnam and rose to...
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April 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Raul Ibanez's three-run triple in the eighth inning was the decisive blow, but it would not have been possible if not for Erick Aybar's clutch two-out, run-scoring hit to right field that pulled the Angels even, 1-1, and Chris Iannetta's walk that loaded the bases for Ibanez. AT THE PLATE: Aybar, who entered with a .175 average, also singled sharply to right field in the second and doubled to right in the fourth, the three-hit game lifting his average to .209.
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