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June 25, 1991 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Bill Singer pulls a lever on the transformer box at UC Irvine, he illuminates both the baseball field and his own role as a citizen. Once known as the Singer Throwing Machine, a 20-game winner with both the Dodgers and Angels, Singer is an anomaly in an era when pampered players have developed a reputation for taking their money and never being heard from again.
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April 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jack Flaherty, 19-0 on the mound for Harvard-Westlake the last two seasons, faces another strong challenge on Tuesday from Mission Hills Alemany in a game for first place in the Mission League. Flaherty is 6-0 with an 0.70 ERA this season and has 85 strikeouts in 50 innings while surrendering just 24 hits. Alemany Coach Randy Thompson isn't backing down one bit. He's going to send out his junior ace, Brandon Ponticelli, who's 7-0 with an 0.63 ERA. Alemany has a history of not being intimidated by the Wolverines and their standout pitchers.
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February 5, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Harry Edwards and other civil rights leaders agreed that the one-year suspension and fine of Cincinnati Reds' owner Marge Schott by baseball is less important than the sport making progress in minority issues. "It has no impact in terms of the basic problem of racism and discriminatory attitudes in baseball," said Edwards, a black sociology professor at the University of California and a longtime activist on racial issues.
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April 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Rank, School (W-L) Comment (last week's ranking) 1. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (SS-Div. 1, 16-4-1) vs. Alemany, Tuesday (2) 2. FOUNTAIN VALLEY (SS-Div. 1, 15-6) vs. Newport Harbor, Wednesday (16) 3. LONG BEACH WILSON (SS-Div. 1, 20-4) at Lakewood (Blair Field), Monday (6) 4. JSERRA (SS-Div. 1, 15-5) at Servite, Tuesday (3) 5. HART (SS-Div. 1, 16-3-1) at West Ranch, Wednesday (5) 6. HUNTINGTON BEACH (SS-Div. 1, 15-4) at Marina, Wednesday (1) 7. GREAT OAK (SS-Div.
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April 27, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ever since Granada Hills Kennedy opened in 1971, it has been known to produce lots of baseball-playing brothers. Tagliaferri, Serr, Miranda, Avlas, Kane, Pinto, Ramirez, Sanchez, Bourne - they are just a few of the families that helped propel Kennedy to seven City Section championships. But no brother combination comes close to pulling off what Nick and Estevan Rodriguez did this month in a home game against Granada Hills. Batting third and fourth in the starting lineup, Nick, a senior shortstop, and Estevan, a junior first baseman, hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs.
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April 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For the first time since 2005, USC won a three-game series over UCLA this past weekend, sweeping the three games. It gives the Trojans (24-17, 12-9) a nine-game winning streak. Leading the way have been a group of former Southland high school standouts. Jake Hernandez, a Los Osos grad, leads the Trojans in hitting with a .367 batting average. Freshman Jeremy Martinez (Mater Dei) is at .324, and Loyola grad Kevin Swick is at .321. Kyle Davis, a sophomore from Garden Grove Pacifica, has become the standout closer.
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April 27, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Capistrano Valley Christian 4, La Salle 1 Beckman 11-8, Katella 1-2   TOURNAMENTS CORONA CENTENNIAL Kaiser 7, Arlington 2 Corona Centennial 5, Patriot 4   EDISON Capistrano Valley 10, Paramount 2   REDONDO Cypress 6, Los Alamitos 2             SOFTBALL NONLEAGUE Corona 7-11, Louisville 6-0 Orange Lutheran 8,...
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April 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Narbonne and San Fernando went 12 innings on Saturday before the Gauchos prevailed, 2-1, on a tie-breaking RBI double by Daniel Rocha. Rocha finished three for five on the day. Birmingham defeated San Pedro, 8-3. Isaac Meza had a double, triple and three RBIs. Victor Mercado was two for two. Roman Tomashoff got the victory.  John Cashman allowed one hit and Riley Conlan had a double and triple to help Chatsworth defeat Sun Valley Poly, 12-0, on Saturday. Nick Henry had three RBIs.
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April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
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April 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Shortstop Nick Rodriguez, a four-year varsity player at Granada Hills Kennedy and one of the best unsigned players in the City Section, will take a recruiting visit to UNLV this weekend. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was former high school standouts from Southern California who led USC to its seventh consecutive victory, a 10-0 win over UCLA, on Thursday night in the first game of a three-game Pac-12 series. Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park) threw eight shutout innings. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach Ocean View) hit a three-run home run. Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills Ayala) had a three-run double. Jake Hernandez (Los Osos) had two hits and two RBIs.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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