September 8, 1999 |
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield made a winning return to the starting rotation Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-3, at Oakland and opened a four-game lead over the A's in the American League wild-card race. It's the biggest lead since July 29 for Boston, which has opened a critical 12-game trip with victories in four of its first five games.
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September 21, 2006 |
Most high school juniors in California are probably not ready for college courses, and need to hone their skills in their senior year, according to results of a voluntary statewide test released Wednesday. The test, developed by the California State University system, showed that more 11th-graders could handle college-level math than English. But full English results were delayed because of a glitch.
May 22, 2000 |
I've moved to a different desk, so a new set of colleagues gets to witness my two cool party tricks: No. 1, bending my thumbs back till they touch the wrists, and No. 2, bending the last joints of my fingers forward while keeping the rest of the fingers straight--until the second joint finally buckles with a nasty clunking sound. (My new neighbors don't seem overly impressed.
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March 27, 1994 |
Holy white knuckler! There's a new roller coaster--Batman the Ride. Based on the two "Batman" movies, the two-minute ride is enough to make even the Caped Crusader queasy. Riders at Six Flags Magic Mountain are strapped in from above, with their feet dangling, and taken on a dizzying, 2,700-foot journey at speeds up to 50 m.p.h. Five times during the ride, they're flipped upside-down and hurtled through loops and corkscrews. The ride is the centerpiece of a 6.
August 17, 1996 |
Chili Davis said it was like playing Wiffle ball. Tim Salmon compared it to pepper. The end result Friday night was a home-run derby, with the Angels outdistancing the Boston Red Sox, 6-3, in a rare matchup of knuckleball pitchers in Fenway Park.
May 18, 1985 |
A slew of knucklers by Phil Niekro and a few white knucklers by the Angels' defense combined to give the New York Yankees a peculiar 6-0 victory Friday night before an Anaheim Stadium crowd of 61,066. How peculiar was it? Well, the Angels' Mike Witt had a one-hitter through seven innings and allowed just three singles in 7 innings and yet left the game six runs behind. Niekro, of course, contributed to that, yielding only a pair of singles to Gary Pettis through his 7 innings of work.
July 12, 1991 |
Before the Toronto Blue Jays obtained Tom Candiotti last month in a trade with Cleveland, they had already forged in front in the American League East. The veteran knuckleball pitcher may be what they need to make a runaway of the division. In his second consecutive strong effort, Candiotti held the Texas Rangers to five hits and struck out 10 in eight innings Thursday night at Toronto and the Blue Jays won, 2-0. Candiotti, a loser in his debut for Toronto June 28, has been flawless since.
May 1, 2002 |
For months my daughter and I had been the perfect driving companions. As if by mutual consent, we kept our expectations of each other fairly low. We sang a few songs, named a few colors, pointed out the requisite choo-choos and flowers, played a round or two of "Where's Fiona?" in the rearview mirror and then lapsed into amiable silence.
July 28, 1994 |
Charlie Hough, baseball's oldest player at 46, was put on the disabled list Wednesday, and he doesn't expect to pitch again. He has been bothered by a hip ailment that will require replacement surgery. "He doesn't feel there's any chance for him to pitch any more with his hip the way it is," Marlin General Manager Dave Dombrowski said. With a shrug, a smile and a cigarette, Hough accepted the end of a major league career that began in 1970. "I'm pretty simple with stuff like that," he said.
August 9, 1989 |
Tom Candiotti might not have had his best pitch working, but his others were more than enough as the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees, 3-1, at New York Tuesday night. Candiotti (11-6) gave up two hits in 7 1/3 innings. Doug Jones gave up two more hits and finished for his American League-leading 27th save. "I really didn't throw that many knuckleballs tonight. They were probably looking for it and it wasn't coming," Candiotti said, who was helped by Cory Snyder's two-run homer.