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April 14, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Benji Gil, then a cheerful lad in grade school, plopped down next to his father for a little talk. There was something about Benji's Little League team that dear old dad didn't like. The coaches? Good guys. The parents? Nice people. But . . . "My father saw there were two girls on my team. He didn't like that too much," Gil said. "He said, 'We've got to get you playing with guys.' " Politically correct? Not really, although this was 20 years ago. Father knows best? Absolutely, Gil believes.
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April 18, 2003 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Mike Scioscia wasn't around to see Benji Gil strike out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning Thursday. The Angel manager was ejected earlier in the inning for arguing with home plate umpire Greg Gibson about a called third strike to Tim Salmon. But Scioscia could not deny Gil's struggles. The reserve infielder was hitless in three at-bats during the Angels' 9-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, striking out twice with runners in scoring position. Hampered by back spasms, he is 0 for 14.
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March 26, 1996 | Associated Press
Texas Ranger shortstop Benji Gil will undergo surgery today to repair a herniated disk in his lower back, and could be sidelined six to eight weeks. An MRI exam on Gil's spine Monday detected the problem, said Dr. Drew Dossett. Gil had not played since March 13 and played in only eight exhibition games, batting .200. The Rangers are talking to other teams about shortstops, but it appears Kevin Elster will be the starter for Texas when it opens the season April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.
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October 6, 2002 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shawn Wooten found an empty spot in the corner of the Angel dugout, far from all the screaming and laughing and high-fiving, and sat down for a moment of reflection with his father, Bob, who died last year. Benji Gil screamed and laughed and high-fived until he was certain he had exorcised the demons lurking in his mind from Game 2 of the division series between the Angels and New York Yankees.
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August 15, 2001 | Mike DiGiovanna
Orlando Palmeiro started at designated hitter for the fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, leaving Benji Gil wondering if he has fallen out of favor with Manager Mike Scioscia. "I guess I'm back to not being able to hit right-handers," said Gil, who is batting .324 with eight homers and 37 runs batted in this season and has a .308 average against right-handers. "I don't know what to think. I certainly don't know what to expect."
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June 22, 2001 | Mike DiGiovanna
After reaching base four times with a triple, two singles and a walk in Wednesday night's 4-3 victory, Angel infielder Benji Gil was asked if three hits would be enough to earn another start Thursday night. "No way," Gil said. "That's not happening." Imagine how stunned Gil was to arrive at the Ballpark in Arlington Thursday and see his name in the lineup. He batted ninth and played second base. "Yeah, I was surprised," Gil said. "Weren't you?" Gil is batting .
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April 10, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Shortstop Benji Gil couldn't have timed his four-hit game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday any better. With second baseman Adam Kennedy due off the disabled list soon and current second baseman David Eckstein's stock on the rise--so much so that Manager Mike Scioscia said Eckstein could play some shortstop when Kennedy returns--Gil's outburst was a nice reminder that he can be a significant asset to the team.
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May 10, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Benji Gil hit .343 in his first 23 games, which is 121 points better than his .222 career average. He drove in 13 runs, which is only 10 fewer than he had in 110 games last season. And he still lost his starting shortstop job to David Eckstein last week. But Manager Mike Scioscia's decision wasn't so much a reflection on Gil as it was on the Angels' desperate need for a leadoff batter after Darin Erstad moved to the second spot April 24.
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April 18, 2003 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Mike Scioscia wasn't around to see Benji Gil strike out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning Thursday. The Angel manager was ejected earlier in the inning for arguing with home plate umpire Greg Gibson about a called third strike to Tim Salmon. But Scioscia could not deny Gil's struggles. The reserve infielder was hitless in three at-bats during the Angels' 9-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, striking out twice with runners in scoring position. Hampered by back spasms, he is 0 for 14.
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July 8, 2001 | Mike DiGiovanna
Benji Gil would like to be an everyday shortstop, and the Atlanta Braves may provide just the opportunity he is looking for. With young shortstop Rafael Furcal possibly out for the season after dislocating his left shoulder sliding into second base Friday night, the Braves are now in the market for a shortstop, and Gil, the Angel utility player, is believed to be high on their list.
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August 15, 2001 | Mike DiGiovanna
Orlando Palmeiro started at designated hitter for the fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, leaving Benji Gil wondering if he has fallen out of favor with Manager Mike Scioscia. "I guess I'm back to not being able to hit right-handers," said Gil, who is batting .324 with eight homers and 37 runs batted in this season and has a .308 average against right-handers. "I don't know what to think. I certainly don't know what to expect."
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July 18, 2001 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The secret to offensive success was simple for the Angels on Tuesday. Let Benji Gil swing the bat. Everyone else take. That worked well in an 8-7 victory over the San Diego Padres before 30,181 at Edison Field. Gil, who lost his shortstop job earlier this season, hit two home runs, helping the Angels overcome a 7-2 deficit. His three-run shot in the eighth tied the score, 7-7. Except for Gil, the offense was passive. The Angels got three runs without swinging, among them the winner in the ninth.
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July 8, 2001 | Mike DiGiovanna
Benji Gil would like to be an everyday shortstop, and the Atlanta Braves may provide just the opportunity he is looking for. With young shortstop Rafael Furcal possibly out for the season after dislocating his left shoulder sliding into second base Friday night, the Braves are now in the market for a shortstop, and Gil, the Angel utility player, is believed to be high on their list.
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June 22, 2001 | Mike DiGiovanna
After reaching base four times with a triple, two singles and a walk in Wednesday night's 4-3 victory, Angel infielder Benji Gil was asked if three hits would be enough to earn another start Thursday night. "No way," Gil said. "That's not happening." Imagine how stunned Gil was to arrive at the Ballpark in Arlington Thursday and see his name in the lineup. He batted ninth and played second base. "Yeah, I was surprised," Gil said. "Weren't you?" Gil is batting .
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May 10, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Benji Gil hit .343 in his first 23 games, which is 121 points better than his .222 career average. He drove in 13 runs, which is only 10 fewer than he had in 110 games last season. And he still lost his starting shortstop job to David Eckstein last week. But Manager Mike Scioscia's decision wasn't so much a reflection on Gil as it was on the Angels' desperate need for a leadoff batter after Darin Erstad moved to the second spot April 24.
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April 10, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Shortstop Benji Gil couldn't have timed his four-hit game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday any better. With second baseman Adam Kennedy due off the disabled list soon and current second baseman David Eckstein's stock on the rise--so much so that Manager Mike Scioscia said Eckstein could play some shortstop when Kennedy returns--Gil's outburst was a nice reminder that he can be a significant asset to the team.
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February 26, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not that Angel Manager Mike Scioscia doesn't want Benji Gil to win the shortstop job this spring. Gil, who split playing time with Kevin Stocker last season, will be given every chance to be a starter and probably rates a slight favorite over Wilmy Caceres. But Scioscia said Gil's most valuable asset is versatility. The 28-year-old is proficient at shortstop, second base and first base, and he can also play third base if needed.
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June 8, 1991 | JIM LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been a busy week for baseball player Benji Gil. But it has also been the kind of week Gil envisioned when the 1991 high school season began in early March. After the completion of a 29-game season at Castle Park High, Gil returned to his off-season team in Tijuana for an 11-inning game last Saturday, then played in the annual Jack Taylor Memorial all-star game Sunday night at San Diego State.
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April 9, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 2.7-magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter two miles directly below the Network Associates Coliseum, struck Sunday during the fifth inning of a game between the Angels and Oakland Athletics, but that wasn't the most unusual of rare occurrences during the afternoon.
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February 26, 2001 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not that Angel Manager Mike Scioscia doesn't want Benji Gil to win the shortstop job this spring. Gil, who split playing time with Kevin Stocker last season, will be given every chance to be a starter and probably rates a slight favorite over Wilmy Caceres. But Scioscia said Gil's most valuable asset is versatility. The 28-year-old is proficient at shortstop, second base and first base, and he can also play third base if needed.
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