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July 28, 2012
Despite homering on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte could be on the move. He's being discussed in deals for Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo . … The Washington Nationals expect Jayson Werth back next weekend, possibly as early as Tuesday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit. He could be a big part of the story line in September and October. … The Chicago Cubs' Bryan LaHair is a possibility for the Baltimore Orioles as they search for ways to improve at the infield corners.
September 6, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy underwent emergency surgery Wednesday night after tests revealed he had suffered a fractured skull, a brain contusion and bleeding within the head. McCarthy was struck on the head by a ball hit by the Angels' Erick Aybar during a game Wednesday in Oakland. The A's announced the surgery in a statement Thursday and said McCarthy was "alert, awake and resting comfortably. " According to the statement, McCarthy was diagnosed with the injuries in a CT scan Wednesday afternoon.
June 20, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Roger Jongewaard, a longtime baseball scout from Long Beach who presided over three No. 1 draft picks - Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez for the Seattle Mariners and Darryl Strawberry for the New York Mets - has died. He was 75. A resident of Fallbrook, Jongewaard died June 11 of a heart attack, the Mariners announced. FOR THE RECORD: Roger Jongewaard: A news obituary of longtime baseball scout Roger Jongewaard in the June 24 California section reported that he was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves in 1954.
October 5, 1999 | TIM BROWN
While several potential candidates for the job of Angel general manager expressed interest Monday--Bob Watson, Pat Gillick and Bob Gebhard among them--only Fred Claire actually telephoned Tony Tavares. "If there's an opportunity there," Claire said Monday evening, "then I'm interested." Claire and Tavares, president of Disney Sports, traded messages but had not spoken as of Monday evening.
October 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
Soon after Alan Trammell was fired Monday as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland was en route to the Motor City as the leading candidate to replace him. Dave Dombrowski, Tiger president and general manager, planned to have interviewed Juan Samuel and Bruce Fields -- coaches under Trammell -- before discussing the opening with Leyland. "I am driven to move quickly because I think there could be a lot of interest in Jim Leyland," said Dombrowski, adding that his search could end today.
The contract negotiations between Gerald Laird and the Oakland Athletics appear to be at a standstill. Laird, a two-time Times Orange County Player of the Year and a second-round pick by Oakland in the June draft, has been offered a $420,000 signing bonus by the A's, according to his agent, Alan Meersand. It is a figure Laird and Meersand deem too low. Meersand said he countered with an offer "in seven figures to start negotiations" and that the Athletics have not made another offer.
October 27, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego Padres Manager Bruce Bochy agreed in principle late Thursday to become manager of the San Francisco Giants, and Angels pitching coach Bud Black is a strong candidate to replace Bochy with the Padres. Black, the Angels' pitching coach for seven seasons, was also a candidate for the Giants' job and was scheduled to interview with the Oakland A's next week for their vacancy.
May 7, 2002 | Bill Shaikin
First baseman Scott Spiezio came up in the Oakland organization, which insists players master the art of taking a walk if they want to advance through the minor leagues. Spiezio ranks second among the Angels in walks, even though he spotted his teammates a week because of his season-opening suspension, and ranks second among the starters in on-base percentage, despite a .262 batting average. So does his training in the A's system help explain his success? "Maybe subconsciously," he said.
February 6, 2004 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
New Dodger owner Frank McCourt's search for a general manager will begin with a long name, not a big name. The Dodgers' formal request to speak to Oakland assistant GM Paul DePodesta was granted on Thursday, and the 31-year-old A's executive will interview for the Dodger job, probably within the next week. DePodesta, who received strong endorsements from Oakland GM Billy Beane and A's co-owner Steve Schott, is the only candidate the Dodgers have asked to interview so far.
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