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April 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
The New York Yankees challenged Juan Gonzalez to beat them. So he did. After New York loaded the bases with an intentional walk, Gonzalez foiled the strategy with a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning that propelled the Texas Rangers to an 8-6 victory Wednesday night at Arlington, Texas. Todd Zeile added a two-run double later in the inning as the Rangers ended the Yankees' six-game winning streak.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- Thousands of mourners, including Gov. Jerry Brown, attended a memorial service Monday for two California Highway Patrol officers who died in a car crash on Feb. 17 as they responded to a multi-car accident. Bagpipers played and hundreds of law enforcement officers, black bands across their badges, stood in silent salute to Juan Gonzalez, 33, and Brian Law, 34, the first CHP officers in the Fresno area to die in the line of duty in more than 50 years. The flag-draped caskets of the two friends and partners sat inside the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State University campus.
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April 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
Detroit's Juan Gonzalez, bothered by a sore right hamstring, will miss at least the next two games in hopes the rest will give the lingering injury a chance to heal. Gonzalez, a two-time American League most valuable player who was acquired from the Texas Rangers in a nine-player trade last November, was hitless in four at bats Monday in his Tiger debut, a season-opening 7-4 win at Oakland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A memorial service has been set for two California Highway Patrol officers who died earlier this week after swerving to avoid the scene of a collision near Fresno and then crashing themselves.  The memorial for Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, according to CHP spokeswoman Erin Komatsubara. Komatsubara said it still has not been decided if the service is open to the public or if media will be invited to attend.
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May 6, 2001 | TOM WITHERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
He has hit a game-winning, 400-foot homer with one hand, made two perfect throws in one inning to nail runners, and even visited the White House to see his old friend, George W. Bush. Juan Gonzalez had some first month with the Cleveland Indians. His impressive statistics--nine homers, 32 RBIs and a .388 average going into the weekend--have placed him among the AL leaders in most offensive categories, and his five assists were tops in the majors for April.
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June 19, 1998 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since he was a youngster using a broomstick as a bat and a bottle cap as a ball on the dusty streets of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Juan Gonzalez has been known as "Igor," a nickname he earned with his childhood fascination with a professional wrestler named Igor the Magnificent. But if you didn't know that, and had observed Gonzalez during his first few years with the Texas Rangers, you might have thought Igor was the monster who seemed to reside within this temperamental slugger.
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May 23, 1993 | DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the final day of the 1992 baseball season, Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers homered against the Angels' Bert Blyleven and overtook Oakland's Mark McGwire for the major league home run title. That accomplished, Gonzalez moved on to a much tougher challenge: His off-season English classes. Working twice a week with a high school teacher in his native Puerto Rico, he improved his command of the language significantly.
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June 18, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Louis Brown owner Bill Veeck brought in 3-foot-7 midget Eddie Gaedel in 1951 when things were going bad. The San Diego Padres summoned Roseanne Barr to sing the national anthem to boost attendance, certainly creating much more attention than they ever envisioned. And what do the Angels do in catastrophic times such as Thursday, when they're being humiliated by the Texas Rangers, 18-2, a night Juan Gonzalez drove in eight runs in the most lopsided game in franchise history?
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October 4, 1992 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Somewhere around the middle of the season, Juan Gonzalez started swinging for this day and the fences. This is the day he could become one of the youngest players to lead the major leagues in home runs. At 22, he has a home run for every year of his life--and another 20 to spare. Until Mark McGwire hit his 42nd home run of the season Saturday afternoon in Oakland, Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers was alone in first place. "He tied me?"
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April 1, 2001 | ALEX ABELLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
I was standing at an LAX arrival gate, holding up a sign with a name, just like the dozen or so limousine drivers, waiting for my party to arrive. Out trooped Fran Drescher and other celebrities from the first-class section, some of whom I vaguely recognized from the pages of magazines. But the sign I was holding read "Juan Gonzalez," whose renown was first earned at a time when practically the only other Latino name in the news was Richard Nixon's friend and confidant, Bebe Rebozo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law went through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013 the young officers were reunited in Fresno, where they worked the graveyard shift. They spent time together off-duty and talked to their families about each other, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend. Law, 34, had a wife, Rebecca, and three young children.
NATIONAL
April 30, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Seven members of a single family, including grandparents visiting from Dominican Republic and their 3-year-old granddaughter, were killed when the SUV in which they were riding skidded across three lanes of traffic and plunged off a highway nearly 60 feet into Bronx Zoo property. Sunday's fatal crash was the second time in a year that a vehicle has tumbled over the Bronx River Parkway guardrails, which are about 4 feet high. The Bronx borough president, Ruben Diaz Jr., planned to meet with transit officials Monday, and said he would raise the issue of the height of the parkway's guardrails, at least in some sections.
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August 20, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Jim Thome hit more than half his 600 home runs for his first team, the Cleveland Indians, making him the career leader for that storied franchise. Here is a list of all-time home run leaders for the 30 big league franchises: Angels; Tim Salmon, 299 Dodgers; Duke Snider, 389 Arizona; Luis Gonzalez, 224 Atlanta; Hank Aaron, 733 Baltimore; Cal Ripken, 431 Boston; Ted Williams, 521 Chicago Cubs; Sammy Sosa, 545...
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June 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Juan Gonzalez returned to Cleveland for tests after straining his right hamstring Tuesday in Minnesota. The outfielder, a two-time American League most valuable player who has spent most of the last three years rehabilitating a variety of injuries, was hurt in the first inning trying to beat out a slow grounder in his first major league at-bat in more than a year. He never made it to first base, turning right, dropping his head and heading directly into the Indians' dugout.
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April 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
Juan Gonzalez couldn't even make it to opening day with the Cleveland Indians. The 35-year-old slugger was put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday by the Indians, who left the oft-injured outfielder behind in Florida to rehabilitate his strained right hamstring. Gonzalez has sat out 301 of a possible 486 games the last three seasons because of a variety of injuries, primarily to his back. "He's frustrated with his body," Indian Manager Eric Wedge said.
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March 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Juan Gone isn't going anywhere. Juan Gonzalez will begin the season as Cleveland's starting right fielder, returning to the spot where he had one of his most productive years and adding a powerful bat to the Indians' lineup. "Juan brings us a presence in the middle of our lineup, and that's something that can't be underestimated," Indian Manager Eric Wedge said Sunday. "I hope it makes the team better and him better."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law went through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013 the young officers were reunited in Fresno, where they worked the graveyard shift. They spent time together off-duty and talked to their families about each other, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend. Law, 34, had a wife, Rebecca, and three young children.
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September 20, 1993 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rene Gonzales sat on a table in the Angel clubhouse, stroked his chin and pondered his fate. He'd love to stick around, play a part in what's to come at Anaheim Stadium and stay close to home. But this has been a trying season, filled with strange twists and unpredictable turns. He has been in the starting lineup, on the bench, back in the lineup, back on the bench, and there's no way to know what might happen between now and spring training.
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July 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Juan Gonzalez was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right calf, a move that could hamper attempts by the Texas Rangers to trade the two-time American League most valuable player before next week's deadline. The move is retroactive to Sunday, a day after Gonzalez left the Rangers' game at Tampa Bay after being injured while running the bases. He won't be eligible for activation until Aug. 4.
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June 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
Texas slugger Juan Gonzalez rejected a trade to the Montreal Expos on Friday, exercising a no-trade clause in his contract three days after the teams agreed to a deal. Ranger General Manager John Hart made a deal Tuesday to send the two-time American League most valuable player to the Expos for prospects, possibly three, if the 33-year-old outfielder accepted the trade.
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