April 8, 2012 |
C.J. Wilson's earned-run average in the warmth of Arizona and Dodger Stadium was 1.11 as the Angels' $77.5-million left-handed addition cruised to a 4-0 spring-training record. Tough, however, to simulate pitching in an icebox there. Now, Wilson makes his regular-season debut in the chilly conditions of early spring in Minnesota, where he'll oppose the Twins' Nick Blackburn on Monday at 1 p.m. Pacific time at Target Field. "Nothing you can do, just adjust," Wilson said.
March 31, 2012 |
An unseasonably warm winter has given way to an early spring -- and that's making some folks just a bit nervous. It's not because the weather hasn't been lovely. But the fluctuating temperatures have confused flora and fauna. Consider parts of the East Coast. On March 23, the mercury hit 83 degrees near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. This week daily highs in the East Coast have dialed back to “seasonal temperatures,” said Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Washington office. On Friday temperatures near the airport capped off at 58 degrees.
March 12, 2012 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Howie Kendrick struck what looked to be a routine single to left-center field, but he was intent not to treat the situation routinely. The Angels' No. 2 hitter sprinted hard around first base and didn't slow before sliding safely at second with a first-inning double Sunday. The play epitomizes how the Angels aspire to treat these exhibition games. Before losing to the Dodgers, 9-1, on Monday at Diablo Stadium, they began the day as baseball's spring leader in team batting average (.343)
April 29, 2007 |
Though Anchorage is postcard-pretty in the summer, it's trashy in early spring, when the snow melts to reveal a bad case of the uglies -- from routine litter to old mattresses and junked cars. But each year, the trash and junk disappears as hundreds of volunteers hit the streets in a weeklong cleanup just in time for the tourist season.
March 7, 2007 |
Just in Page mandarins: It used to be that we called them tangerines and they were a Christmas treat. Today we know better. There is a wide variety of these small, easy-to-peel citrus fruits and the season extends well into spring. In fact, with no offense to the satsumas and clementines we've been enjoying so far, now is when mandarins really start to get interesting. A perfect example is the Page.
April 13, 2006 |
THE man striding purposefully up the trail above Agoura Hills could be Clint Eastwood, what with his sharp nose and squinting blue eyes. He even wields a sharp object menacingly as he scans the terrain. But the lone figure in the wilderness is no high-plains drifter. He is amateur botanist David Ecklund, a 60-year-old Vietnam veteran, and his weapon of choice is a common garden hoe. The enemy: "invasive nonnative" plants that are crowding out native wildflowers.