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August 22, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Swinging the bat came naturally for Evan Longoria. Speaking his mind took some nurturing. The Tampa Bay Rays third baseman was already one of the most dynamic young players in baseball two months ago when he did something that fledgling stars are often reluctant to do: call out a teammate. Longoria confronted B.J. Upton in the dugout after the outfielder jogged toward a ball hit in the left-center field gap at Tropicana Field, allowing Arizona's Rusty Ryal to stretch what should have been a double into a triple.
July 24, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The front door of the new clubhouse was flung open and 63-year-old Marie Vargas, moving as fast as her feet allowed, followed the crowd inside for the first time. She looked at the ornate floor, the vaulted ceilings and the elevated stage — and smiled. "Beautiful," she said. "It's like we're home again. It's as if nothing ever happened." Almost two years ago, the Oakridge Mobile Home Park resident saw her own house and her community — the clubhouse and nearly 500 of the 600 manufactured homes — burn to the ground.
July 8, 2010 | By Laura Myers
Standing in the visitors' clubhouse at Angel Stadium, a purple rally monkey draped around his neck, Ubaldo Jimenez doesn't look particularly threatening. When Jimenez stands on the pitcher's mound staring down a batter, it's a whole different story. "I'm sure it's not a comfortable at-bat for anybody who steps in the box against him," Colorado Rockies teammate Todd Helton said. Jimenez, the 26-year-old Rockies ace, said he planned to give the toy to his 6-year-old niece — but he might want to borrow it when he returns to Anaheim for the All-Star game Tuesday.
June 18, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Reporting from Pebble Beach — Phil Mickelson started a cold, dank overcast day tied for 66th yet somehow ended up two night's sleep from his first U.S. Open championship, coaxing birdies out of beach-front property that was playing way over par for the course. Mickelson followed his opening day 75 at Pebble Beach with a major second-day announcement, shooting four-under 31 on the front nine on his runaway way to five-under 66—only two shots back of 36-hole leader Graeme McDowell.
June 9, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Most major league games on the clubhouse television serve as background noise, with players taking a peek at the action every now and then as they go about their pregame preparations. Not Tuesday afternoon. At least a dozen Angels were glued to the TV in their Oakland Coliseum clubhouse watching the highly anticipated big league debut of Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg . The right-hander's radar-gun readings — the former San Diego State star who was the top pick of the 2009 draft hit 100 mph with his fastball — were eye-catching enough.
April 6, 2010 | By Teddy Greenstein
This new Tiger Woods, the one who now signs autographs, nods to fans and on Tuesday responded to a woman's shout of "We love you, Tiger!" near the 18th green by saying, "Thank you, ma'am" … well, that good nature has defined Phil Mickelson since the day Lefty turned pro. And, yet, Mickelson gets a bad rap in the clubhouse. Among his peers, he's considered as genuine as AstroTurf. "I remember when I came on tour, guys told me he's a phony or a fake or whatever," Hunter Mahan said.
April 3, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The Dodgers' clubhouse, long known as one of baseball's most cramped and outdated, got nipped, tucked and made over while the team was away for spring training, as per the request of the Dodgers' front office. Among the changes: wider lockers with higher shelves and cubbyholes for players to store bats and fan mail, four new flat-screen televisions, placards commemorating the franchise's six World Series titles, new carpeting, new lighting, a new coat of gray paint and quotes from former Dodgers greats written above each locker.
March 13, 2010 | T.J. Simers
From phoenix Some thoughts between naps, feedings and calling for some someone to change their diapers on Torii Hunter , Chad Billingsley , Jonathan Broxton , Jason Repko and Mike Scioscia . THE GREAT thing about spring training and visiting the 3-month old twins here, it prepares you to deal with some of the Dodgers. Take Twin No. 2, a real chubba-bubba, no way can you get peep out of her. Think Broxton — you can get more out of the chair that sits in front of his locker than Broxton, the chair at least moaning every time he sits in it. As for Twin No. 1, nothing makes her happy.
February 23, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
He is the undisputed team leader of the Angels now that veteran pitcher John Lackey is gone, the player who commands the most respect on the field and in the clubhouse, but center fielder Torii Hunter feels a little uncomfortable attaching that label to his chest. "I don't want to say I'm the leader," Hunter said upon arriving Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. "Maybe I'm a Shaolin monk." Once the laughter among reporters interviewing Hunter subsided -- it took a while -- the 11-year veteran and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner was asked where he had heard such a term.
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