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June 4, 2010
There is something charming about a game that relies on human judgment and accepts human fallibility in enforcing its rules. And there is something reassuring about a game that turns to the latest technology to double-check humans and get its judgment calls right. There is nothing satisfying about a game — in this case, our national pastime — that relies on humans most of the time and technology some of the time. That weird dichotomy, as every baseball fan knows by now, was on display Wednesday, when Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers was robbed of a perfect game by a close call at first base.
May 13, 2010
Dallas Braden is scheduled to pitch against the Angels on Friday night in his first start since his perfect game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. There have been 16 other perfect games in major league history since 1901. Here's a look at what those pitchers did in their next start: Cy Young Perfect game: May 5, 1904 Next game: Pitched six hitless innings but had no decision in a 1-0, 15-inning game. Addie Joss Perfect game: Oct. 2, 1908 Next game: Still trying to find it. Charlie Robertson Perfect game: April 30, 1922 May 4, 1922: Loss, 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Don Larsen Perfect game: Oct. 8, 1956 April 20, 1957: No decision, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K Jim Bunning Perfect game: June 21, 1964 June 26, 1964: No decision, 7 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K Sandy Koufax Perfect game: Sept.
May 7, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Barring high school students from buying Gatorade on campus, banning metal bats from their baseball games, making it illegal for adolescents to have themselves "branded" with a hot iron: Regulating teenage behavior has become an attractive topic for California's legislators. Some lawmakers also want to outlaw nipple piercings for teenagers, and prohibit them from snowboarding and skiing without a helmet or reentering a football game too quickly after taking a hard hit to the head.
April 6, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
You could say that the West Valley League baseball opener between Chatsworth and Lake Balboa Birmingham high schools created quite a buzz. Literally. The game was suspended in the top of the first inning Tuesday when bees swarmed the field and eventually locked onto a chain-link fence down the third base line at Chatsworth. Observers found it hard to BEE-lieve. "I've heard of all kinds of cancellations, but never a bee-out," Birmingham Coach Matt Mowry said.
May 20, 2009 | Ben Bolch; Eric Sondheimer
TUESDAY'S BASEBALL RESULT Saugus 4, Oxnard 2 Top contributors: Saugus senior right-hander Kyle Hooper pitched 3 1/3 no-hit innings of relief in the Southern Section Division I wild-card game. Blake Adame hit a run-scoring single in the top of the third inning for visiting Oxnard. The scoop: With Saugus trailing, 2-1, and two out in the bottom of the fifth, Centurions senior Stefan Cordes hit a three-run homer off Oxnard ace Mikel Beltran.
April 22, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley (14-5, 5-2) at Dana Hills (12-7, 5-2) Today at 3:15 p.m. Why it matters: Capistrano Valley is trotting out ace Tyler Matzek (5-1, 1.64 earned-run average) in this battle of teams tied with Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro atop the South Coast League standings. Matzek pitched a one-hitter against Dana Hills last month during the Cougars' 6-0 victory. The Dolphins are looking to bounce back after losing three of their last four games, including a doubleheader sweep against Valencia on Saturday in which they were outscored, 26-5.
March 8, 2009 | Phil Rogers
There were 42,314 at Rogers Centre, and seats were not required. Certainly not in the ninth inning, and frequently throughout a captivating game in which a strong United States team sweated out a 6-5 victory that wasn't decided until the last of eight pitches that J.J. Putz threw to Jason Bay. Until Bay lifted a soft fly ball to right fielder Shane Victorino, another Team Canada upset -- the kind served at the original World Baseball Classic in 2006 -- had been on the table, for the taking.
February 15, 2009 | Sherry Stern and Christopher Smith
The Dodgers open their new spring training ballpark in two weeks, with the first of 17 games at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. After enjoying countless games with other teams in the Cactus League in the last decade, we can offer hard-learned advice to Arizona rookies. -- Sherry Stern and Christopher Smith TIPS Plan or adjust Weekend games tend to sell out quickly. Procrastinators will find better seats for weekday games. Tickets to sit on the grass are almost always available.
August 19, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With the Tampa area expected to avoid a direct hit from Tropical Storm Fay, the Angels and Rays were confident that they would be able to complete their three-game series in Tropicana Field. Heavy rains and wind could still force tonight's game to be called off and Tropicana Field to be used as a staging area for emergency relief services. But if the game is postponed, it would probably be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday. "If the storm continues along its current path, it should pass to the east of us, and with the storm going counter-clockwise, the west side is more protected," Rays President Matt Silverman said Monday.
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