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September 21, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
The only thing more frustrating than having your fantasy team ravaged by injuries is to have your team stocked with high-priced players having career-worst years while on your watch. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few of this season's most disappointing players, who can't blame poor health for their woes. B.J. Upton OF | Atlanta Braves fans had to be thrilled when the team landed the Upton brothers during the off-season. The move has worked out pretty well for Justin, but not so much for B.J., who has looked lost at the plate all season.
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September 28, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks as some impressive second-half contributors. Tanner Roark SP | Washington In a rotation that also features Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez, it was Roark who turned heads during the Nationals' late and unsuccessful push for a playoff spot. Since his call-up in August, the right-hander is 7-1 with a 1.74 earned-run average and 0.96 WHIP. Michael Wacha SP | St. Louis Few outside of St. Louis knew Wacha's name until Tuesday night when he was an infield single away from a no-hitter.
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May 4, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
With one month in the books, staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some of this season's biggest surprises: John Buck C | New York Mets Talk about a lack of respect, 495 players were chosen at my draft and Buck was not among them. That's what a .192 batting average in 2012 will do for you. Jump to this season and all the 32-year-old journeyman has done is lead all catchers in runs (16), home runs (10) and RBIs (29). Nate McLouth OF | Baltimore McLouth's career was in a major free fall when he was released by Pittsburgh last June.
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September 21, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
The only thing more frustrating than having your fantasy team ravaged by injuries is to have your team stocked with high-priced players having career-worst years while on your watch. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few of this season's most disappointing players, who can't blame poor health for their woes. B.J. Upton OF | Atlanta Braves fans had to be thrilled when the team landed the Upton brothers during the off-season. The move has worked out pretty well for Justin, but not so much for B.J., who has looked lost at the plate all season.
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August 31, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
While most fans are focused on teams still in the playoff chase, fantasy owners understand the benefit of trolling the rosters of the also-rans. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some newer talent currently on display in the MLB's outposts. Scooter Gennett 2B | Milwaukee Amid the Ryan Braun turmoil and disappointing 59-75 record before Saturday, Milwaukee is having a season to forget. But all is not blue with the Brew Crew, as the emergence of Gennett and shortstop Jean Segura could give them a strong middle infield for years to come.
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September 7, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
In the early years of fantasy baseball, Rickey Henderson was a god. His combination of speed and power, unrivaled at the time, gave his owners a huge advantage. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few lesser-known players who provide the best of both worlds. Carlos Gomez OF | Milwaukee There's much to be said about the other "CarGo. " Gomez has gone from being a solid defender who could swipe a bag to a fantasy stud in the mold of the original "CarGo," Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez.
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June 23, 2013
With so many established pitchers floundering this season, staff writer Tim Hubbard shows there are plenty of non-household names that can help bolster any fantasy owner's rotation. Mike Leake SP | Cincinnati It wasn't until the Reds scrapped plans to move Aroldis Chapman into the rotation in late March that Leake slipped out of camp as the team's fifth starter. It has proven to be a great decision. Leake has been Cincinnati's best starter the last two months, going 6-2 with a 1.86 ERA since May 1. Jeff Locke SP | Pittsburgh Locke was solid, if unspectacular, in seven minor league seasons and after a call up to the Pirates last year, but the left-hander has broken out in 2013, going 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA. He's allowed only four earned runs in his last seven starts.
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July 13, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players whose surprising performances in the first half have earned them roster spots in Tuesday's All-Star game in New York. Patrick Corbin SP | Arizona When the Angels traded for Dan Haren in July 2010, many Angels fans were unhappy to see the team part with Joe Saunders, who had won 33 games over the previous two seasons. But it has turned out to be Corbin, the other pitcher the team threw into the deal, that has the Angels brass shaking their heads everytime Joe Blanton or Jerome Williams get roughed up. Corbin, whom the Angels drafted in the second round in 2009, has hit center stage in 2013 and has an 11-1 record with a 2.35 earned-run average and 1.00 WHIP in helping the Diamondbacks hold on to first place in the National League West.
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July 27, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Whether by injury or ineffectiveness, nearly all fantasy owners have gaps in their lineups that need to be plugged. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few players who can be cheap solutions. Jenrry Mejia New York Mets | SP Talk about taking a flier, Mejia is quite a risk. He was brought up just few days ago to pitch the first game of Friday's doubleheader, with no guarantee of a second start. On top of that, he's already planning to have off-season surgery to have bone spurs removed from his elbow.
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October 21, 1987 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
Before he put on his robe or read a legal brief--even before he left for the courthouse--the presiding justice of the California appellate court division in Santa Ana grabbed the sports page every morning to see how his team was doing. There was a time when John K. Trotter Jr., of Division 3 of the 4th District Court of Appeal, would have been looking for the Dodgers' or Angels' box scores.
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September 7, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
In the early years of fantasy baseball, Rickey Henderson was a god. His combination of speed and power, unrivaled at the time, gave his owners a huge advantage. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few lesser-known players who provide the best of both worlds. Carlos Gomez OF | Milwaukee There's much to be said about the other "CarGo. " Gomez has gone from being a solid defender who could swipe a bag to a fantasy stud in the mold of the original "CarGo," Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez.
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August 31, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
While most fans are focused on teams still in the playoff chase, fantasy owners understand the benefit of trolling the rosters of the also-rans. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some newer talent currently on display in the MLB's outposts. Scooter Gennett 2B | Milwaukee Amid the Ryan Braun turmoil and disappointing 59-75 record before Saturday, Milwaukee is having a season to forget. But all is not blue with the Brew Crew, as the emergence of Gennett and shortstop Jean Segura could give them a strong middle infield for years to come.
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August 24, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Since the early days of fantasy baseball, sluggers like Dave Kingman were enticing to owners for their prodigious power and tape-measure home runs. But those who coveted the long ball more often than not got shortchanged when it came to batting average. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few current players who fall into that all-or-nothing category. Adam Dunn DH | Chicago White Sox Dunn cemented his spot in the power-pig hall of fame when he hit 41 home runs while batting just .204 last season.
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August 10, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Baseball might be a young man's game, but staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players, each 37 or older, who can still swing with the kids. David Ortiz DH | Boston Big Papi had reached the 100-RBI plateau only once in the last six seasons, and knocked in only 60 in an injury-plagued 2012. But the 37-year-old has been healthy in 2013, and he has returned to being a beast in the middle of the Red Sox lineup, hitting .330 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs. He still carries quite the fear factor too, as his MLB-leading 16 intentional walks attest.
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August 3, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Talented young pitchers are in abundance this season, and staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three who could play pivotal roles for contending teams real or fantasy. Chris Archer SP | Tampa Bay After the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs thought of him as expendable, the Rays are reaping the spoils of the talented Mr. Archer. The 24-year-old right-hander started the season in the minors, but has been a major cog for one of baseball's hottest team, and has a 6-4 record with a 2.65 earned-run average and a 1.08 WHIP.
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July 27, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Whether by injury or ineffectiveness, nearly all fantasy owners have gaps in their lineups that need to be plugged. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few players who can be cheap solutions. Jenrry Mejia New York Mets | SP Talk about taking a flier, Mejia is quite a risk. He was brought up just few days ago to pitch the first game of Friday's doubleheader, with no guarantee of a second start. On top of that, he's already planning to have off-season surgery to have bone spurs removed from his elbow.
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August 16, 1994 | NICOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Rose lives in a world in which he can trade speedy second baseman Chuck Knoblauch for veteran pitcher Roger Clemens. He can send faxes to his fellow owners dictating the terms of free agency. He can bench Jose Canseco. But on Monday, Rose was powerless. His world--the fantasy world of rotisserie baseball--was shattered.
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June 12, 1997
Hermosa Beach seventh-graders stepped up to the plate Wednesday for the beginning of a five-day fantasy baseball series in which America's favorite pastime is helping make students excited about math. Hermosa Valley School students spent the last few weeks gearing up for the games, which had all kinds of big league fanfare, including peanuts, Cracker Jacks and the ceremonial "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" blaring in the background.
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July 13, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players whose surprising performances in the first half have earned them roster spots in Tuesday's All-Star game in New York. Patrick Corbin SP | Arizona When the Angels traded for Dan Haren in July 2010, many Angels fans were unhappy to see the team part with Joe Saunders, who had won 33 games over the previous two seasons. But it has turned out to be Corbin, the other pitcher the team threw into the deal, that has the Angels brass shaking their heads everytime Joe Blanton or Jerome Williams get roughed up. Corbin, whom the Angels drafted in the second round in 2009, has hit center stage in 2013 and has an 11-1 record with a 2.35 earned-run average and 1.00 WHIP in helping the Diamondbacks hold on to first place in the National League West.
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