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SPORTS
August 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Clayton Kershaw for most valuable player? His manager won't be leading the campaign. With the National League lacking a dominant offensive player along the lines of Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout , Kershaw has emerged as a candidate in a field of solid but not spectacular position players, including Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals, Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers and...
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SPORTS
August 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez could appear as a pinch-hitter as soon as this weekend, but Brian Wilson is likely to be activated by the Dodgers before Matt Kemp. Ramirez, who jammed his shoulder last Sunday, took batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Friday. He said "maybe" to the possibility of starting Saturday. "Hanley is pretty optimistic, but he hasn't thrown yet," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. However, Mattingly said the Dodgers no longer are worried that Ramirez might require a stint on the disabled list.
SPORTS
August 9, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The telephone is ringing again, and Shelley Scebbi, office manager for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, knows precisely what to say. "Yes, Brian Wilson is scheduled to pitch here this evening," Scebbi tells the caller. "The special tonight is to see a major league pitcher. " On a typical Wednesday summer night, the Quakes, the Class-A affiliate of the Dodgers in the California League, might draw 1,200 fans. Thanks to the arrival of Wilson, the newly signed Dodger best known as the long-bearded former San Francisco Giants closer who ended the 2010 World Series, 2,007 people clicked through the turnstiles.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Brian Wilson needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order Wednesday in his rehabilitation start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Wilson, the colorful, bearded closer who finished the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series championship and signed late last month with the Dodgers, made his rehab debut pitching the first inning for the Class-A affiliate. Wilson, who said "it was nice" to experience the adrenaline of competition, retired Travis Jankowski on a grounder to second base, then rallied from a 3-1 hole to strike out Kyle Gaedele swinging, and Jace Peterson grounded to second to end the inning.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The beard remains. Brian Wilson, the colorful closer who finished the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series championship and signed last week with the Dodgers, reported for rehabilitation duty at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. “I'm excited,” Wilson said minutes after entering the Quakes' clubhouse. “I'm with a squad [the Dodgers] showing strong playoff potential. I've played against these guys, it seems like they have a great team. My philosophy is when you have a loose clubhouse atmosphere, you have success.” Wilson, 31, proclaiming himself recovered reconstructive shoulder surgery after last pitching in the big leagues in April 2012, is scheduled to start for Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday night and pitch just the one inning.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly says reliever Brian Wilson will fit right in the clubhouse because it's full of characters. Yeah, well, Norman Mailer was a bit of a character but he wasn't exactly Hunter S. Thompson. The Dodgers are hardly devoid of personality, but they haven't seen anything remotely like Wilson. Wilson is an eccentric who revels in the unconventional. As serious as he is on the mound, he's as playful and peculiar off it. Also, it appears he has talents that go behind a nasty four-seam fastball.
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July 31, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers made a small deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, adding catching depth by acquiring minor leaguer Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins. Butera, who turns 30 next month, has appeared in 186 games over the last four seasons, including two this year. He is a career .182 hitter. Butera has spent most of this season at triple-A Rochester, where he hit .218. In exchange for Butera, the Twins will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Butera will be assigned to triple-A Albuquerque..
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Perhaps you recall, I love Brian Wilson. Alas, the one whose music helped form the backdrop to my youth, not the quirky one who used to close for the San Francisco Giants. Only now in a move so fantastical it somehow fits, Wilson has signed a contract with the Dodgers . And come on, it is bizarre. However logical, it will take a certain amount of getting used to. The Beard belongs in black and orange, irritating and prodding and generally being annoying. Not pitching for the Dodgers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013
Beach Boys creative leader Brian Wilson will be joined at his Oct. 20 concert at the Greek Theatre by English guitar hero Jeff Beck, who also has been recording with Wilson for a new album that will return Wilson to the Beach Boys' longtime label, Capitol Records. “Jeff is one of the most amazing guitarists I've ever worked with and his vibe is inspiring, in fact I think we should do an album together!” Wilson said in a statement with the announcement about the show that also features original Beach boys guitarists Al Jardine and David Marks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. On the night the Beach Boys won the first performance Grammy Award of the group's half-century long career, it was the spirit of another artist's song that Brian Wilson invoked backstage after collecting the award for historical album bestowed on “The Smile Sessions”  on Sunday: We are never, ever getting back together. Like ever. Asked whether he anticipates another round of Beach Boys reunion shows following the successful 50th anniversary tour the group mounted in 2012, Wilson told reporters “No, I don't think so.” Wilson's manager, asked to confirm the report, told The Times: “Truer words were never spoken.” GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage   | Show highlights | Winners and nominees The tour, which made Pollstar's list of the Top 100 highest-grossing tours of the year, notoriously ended on a sour note when singer Mike Love announced he would resume touring with his own lineup of the group, including longtime member Bruce Johnston, but without founding members Wilson, Al Jardine and guitarist David Marks.  Love's move set off a firestorm of media coverage and fan comments, much of it critical of Love, who years ago was granted sole permission to use the Beach Boys name by Wilson, Jardine and the estates of deceased members Carl and Dennis Wilson.
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