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July 23, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Ever want to be a fly on the wall?  No, you don't. Or at least you don't want to be a fly on the wall that's mating with another fly on the wall. To find out why, read this story in Monday's Times: "Why prolonged sex is dangerous: It can get you killed. " Of course, the headline implies something more than the story delivers. It's not talking about Hugh Hefner, Viagra and his girlfriends. It's talking about the real birds and the bees, or rather, the bats and the flies.
April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
After playing into the 11th inning on Monday in a 3-3 tie, Harvard-Westlake and Loyola had a much different Mission League game on Thursday at Loyola. It was all Harvard-Westlake, which defeated the Cubs, 9-1. Jack Flaherty hit a three-run home run to help the Wolverines improve to 13-4-1 and 4-1-1 in league. Loyola (14-2-1, 6-1-1) lost an opportunity to put some distance on Harvard-Westlake. Now, if the two teams end up tied, Harvard-Westlake has the tiebreaker edge. Michael Vokulich threw four innings and Logan Simon closed.
April 8, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal biologists on Monday confirmed the presence of a lethal fungus known as white-nose syndrome at Alabama's Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, home of the largest wintering colony of endangered gray bats. With more than 1 million hibernating gray bats, Fern Cave is the most significant hibernaculum for the species. Documentation of the disease in its maze of chilly sinkholes and galleries  “is extremely alarming and could be catastrophic,” said Paul McKenzie, endangered species coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
April 15, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Many players would be thrilled if even a few weeks of their career mirrored that of probable Hall of Fame member Albert Pujols, but David Freese might be following one part of the script a little too closely. Freese and Pujols have much in common. Both helped the St. Louis Cardinals win World Series titles before moving to Anaheim, Pujols signing with the Angels before 2012 and Freese arriving last off-season in a trade. Like Pujols, Freese is struggling in his first month with his new team.
October 19, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN
Some of the highs and lows of watching Dodgers-Phillies Game 3: Say Hey "Beat L.A., beat L.A., beat L.A." That's the first thing you heard as TBS began its coverage. Don't Philadelphia fans realize that's a Boston Celtics thing? And Philly fans hate Celtic fans. Say what? Chip Caray, on the play-by-play, said Shane Victorino "Helicopters his way" to the Phillie dugout after a strikeout. It was the second time Caray used "helicopter" as a verb. Weird. Replay this The TBS pitch sequence of Cliff Lee retiring Manny Ramirez in the top of the seventh.
October 10, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Runs have been hard to come by for the Red Sox in the American League division series. Although Boston was third in the majors in scoring during the regular season, it took the Red Sox 13 innings to get on the scoreboard against the Angels. And that one, lonely fourth-inning run Friday is all they've gotten in the series. In fact, through two games the Red Sox have just two extra-base hits and as many strikeouts (13) as baserunners. Kevin Youkilis , second in the American League with a .413 on-base percentage during the summer, has been on base once in this series.
May 8, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Birds do it. Bees do it. And bats do it too: They use their weirdly gifted tongues to lap up as much nectar with every lick. The sugar-loving bats sport hundreds of hair-like structures on their tongue tips that stand on end when erectile tissue in their tongues fill with blood. Those hairs hold extra nectar suspended between the erect bristles , according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - rather like a honey dipper picks up more sticky sweet stuff in between its ridges.
April 11, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Decommissioned military bunkers on national wildlife refuges could be transformed into artificial hibernation chambers for wintering bat populations devastated by the lethal fungus known as white-nose syndrome, according to an investigation by federal biologists. Temperature-controlled bunkers -- decontaminated in summer -- would enable biologists to monitor behavior and administer possible treatments that might delay the progression of the diseaseamong bats housed there the following winter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Steve Agius said.
May 6, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
The concerns that existed in spring training about whether Andre Ethier would continue to let his temper get the better of him are something of the past. "To me, I think, last year, he let a bad at-bat sort of affect his other at-bats," Manager Joe Torre said. "I don't see that this year." What Torre is seeing from his starting right fielder is increased production. Ethier is hitting .327 with six home runs and 26 runs batted in.
February 19, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Just as conversationalists at a loud cocktail party may raise their voices to be heard over the din, so do echolocating bats, according to a new study released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The effect is known as the Lombard effect, and it's found in a wide range of chattering and chirping critters, from zebra finches to marmosets to humans. Often the effect registers not as turning up the volume (an increase in the sound wave's amplitude), but in raising the pitch of one's voice (a rise in frequency)
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.
April 4, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 11, Astros 1 KEY MOMENT: Angels starter Garrett Richards wobbled in the fifth when he walked Jose Altuve with the bases loaded and two outs, trimming the Angels' lead to 5-1. Richards caught a huge break when a hanging 0-and-2 curve was lined a few feet foul by cleanup batter Mark Krauss. Richards then struck out Krauss looking at a curve to end a grueling 10-pitch at-bat. AT THE PLATE: The Angels had 17 hits in their first three games against Seattle. They had 15 Friday night, including Mike Trout's solo homer, Josh Hamilton's three-run homer and Kole Calhoun's two-run homer.
March 28, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Cable-television shows about baseball are as common this time of year as a slow-footed first baseman or a hard-throwing leftie. But what about a series in which studio hosts drool over the big numbers a player puts up on…Twitter? Or cite an All-Star hitter's unexpected approach to… walk-up music? That's the premise of "Off the Bat From the MLB Fan Cave," a pop culture-infused look at America's pastime backed by Major League Baseball and produced and aired by MTV2.
March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
ANGELS 7, ROYALS 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout had two hits, raising his Cactus League batting average to .409. Raul Ibanez went hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .194. Kole Calhoun and Chris Iannetta each hit home runs. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson needed 99 pitches to work 52/3 innings, giving up three runs - one earned - and striking out nine. The Angels used the back end of their bullpen in regular-season fashion, with Kevin Jepsen pitching a scoreless seventh, Joe Smith a scoreless eighth, and closer Ernesto Frieri a scoreless ninth.
March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia -- With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, Justin Turner will start in place of Dee Gordon at second base for the Dodgers on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. Turner bats right-handed and Gordon left-handed. Right fielder Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Puig will be followed, in order, by Turner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez, left fielder Scott Van Slyke, third baseman Juan Uribe, center fielder Andre Ethier, catcher A.J. Ellis and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Chris Iannetta looked over to the dugout for the sign. The Angels catcher could see a hand with wiggling fingers, but he struggled to count the number of fingers. "I couldn't tell between two and three," he said. That is worrisome enough for anyone and quite the occupational hazard when your job involves catching and hitting baseballs at speeds approaching 100 mph. Iannetta struggled last summer to keep his batting average above the Mendoza Line. "I felt out of shape," he said.
September 27, 2012 | By Carla Hall
A smart and humane piece of legislation has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 1221, by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), bans the use of dogs to hound bears and bobcats.  More than half of the hunters who track and kill bears do it without the assistance of dogs.  Allowing dogs to hound and tree or corner exhausted and terrified bears is considered cruel and unsporting by animal welfare advocates and is forbidden in 14 other states. And sometimes, instead of going up trees, bears fight the dogs, which can leave the canines injured.
November 1, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Truck driver Wang Yonggang has never seen a baseball game or sung "Take Me Out to the Ballgame. " He couldn't explain a sacrifice bunt. But Wang's got a good eye for bats. His is a lightweight aluminum model with a long barrel and a sticky rubber grip. He treasures his Chinese-made club so much that he keeps it tucked under the seat of his rig. "I need it for protection," said Wang, 32, a native of Inner Mongolia who hauls heavy equipment across busy northeast highways stalked by thugs looking to steal loads and siphon fuel.
March 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Yasiel Puig isn't hitting this spring but is trying to do something about it. Batting only .172 in the exhibition season, Puig skipped a game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday in favor of a minor-league intrasquad game played on a back field of the Dodgers spring-training complex. Puig took 10 at-bats and got four hits, including a home run and a triple. "I feel better," he said in Spanish. Puig plans to return to the Dodgers lineup Friday against the Chicago Cubs.
March 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 3, Cincinnati Reds 1 AT THE PLATE: Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena continued to make his case for a bench spot, stroking a two-out, pinch-hit, run-scoring single to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pena has hits in each of his last three at-bats. The Angels had only seven singles and are batting just .255 (83 for 325) with 30 runs in their last 10 games. ON THE MOUND: Rule 5 pick Brian Moran enhanced his chances of making the team as a left-handed relief specialist, entering with one out in the sixth and retiring 2010 National League most valuable player Joey Votto on a fly ball to center field.
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