October 4, 2013 |
Albert Pujols wasn't bluffing. The Angels slugger followed through on his threat of legal action, filing a defamation lawsuit Friday in Missouri against Jack Clark for his accusation that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs. In the suit, Pujols accuses Clark of disseminating "malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods" about him, and says Clark's accusations were "an outrageous ploy to generate attention and ratings" for Clark's new sports-radio talk show. Clark, whose show began airing on WGNU in St. Louis early in August, based his accusation on conversations he said he had with Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols' former personal trainer.
September 30, 2013 |
In a move that positions him as the favorite to become Major League Baseball's next commissioner, Rob Manfred was selected Monday as chief operating officer. Commissioner Bud Selig, who made the appointment, has not had a second-in-command since he fired Bob DuPuy in 2010. In a statement, MLB said Manfred would run the commissioner's office on a day-to-day basis while Selig focuses on big-picture issues "in preparing for his retirement. " Selig's retirement is effective in January 2015.
September 27, 2013 |
Cuba's government has lifted its ban on professional sports, allowing athletes to sign contracts and compete for pay outside the island. The change will make it easier for Cubans to compete professionally in Europe and Asia, but it does not necessarily mean a new wave of Cuban baseball players will be landing in Major League Baseball. Professional sports in the United States are still bound by a 51-year-old embargo that bans nearly all business transactions between Americans and the Cuban government.
September 24, 2013 |
The shortest route between Cuba and the United States is just 90 miles, but it can be a complicated journey for a baseball player. Because professional sports are outlawed in communist Cuba and most business relationships between U.S. companies and Cuban nationals are prohibited by the U.S. trade embargo, players must first defect from their homeland, establish residency in another country and receive clearance from the U.S. Treasury Department before...
September 16, 2013 |
OAKLAND - The Angels' pursuit of pitching this winter will likely extend to the Far East, where a significant rotation boost could be acquired without having to trade players such as Mark Trumbo or Howie Kendrick. The Angels, who beat the Oakland Athletics, 12-1, Monday night, had a scout in Japan last week to watch Masahiro Tanaka pitch, and they are considering a run at the undefeated Rakuten Eagles right-hander, whom scouts project as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter in the major leagues.
September 15, 2013 |
Outfielder Nick Buss made his first major league start for the Dodgers, a day after he got his first major league hit. That capped a whirlwind of a weekend for the former USC standout, who didn't arrive at Dodger Stadium until shortly before game time Saturday. Buss led the Pacific Coast League in runs batted in this season, batting .303 with 100 RBIs in 131 games at triple-A Albuquerque. When the minor league season ended two weeks ago, he and Albuquerque teammate Alex Castellanos reported to the Dodgers' training facility in Arizona to stay sharp in case they were needed in Los Angeles.
September 13, 2013 |
GALAXY AT D.C. UNITED When: 1 p.m. PDT. Where: RFK Stadium, Washington. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, UniMas; Radio: 1330. Records: Galaxy 13-10-4, D.C. United 3-19-5. Record vs. D.C. United (2012): 1-0-0. Update: This is the only regular-season game between the Galaxy and struggling D.C. United, which is last in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. The Galaxy won their sole meeting last season, 3-1, at StubHub Center.
August 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA - Here's something the rest of baseball will find frightening: Although the Dodgers have put together the best 50-game streak by a major league team since 1942, they haven't been at full strength for most of that run. Matt Kemp has made three trips to the disabled list, missing 39 games, while Carl Crawford was out for a dozen games. But Hanley Ramirez, when he's been healthy enough to play, has picked up much of the offensive slack, hitting .358 with 10 home runs and 31 runs batted in since June 22. "Hanley's been outstanding," infielder Nick Punto said of Ramirez, who returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing nine starts with a shoulder problem.
August 17, 2013 |
This hasn't exactly been a boffo summer at the box office. But Times staff writer Kevin Baxter found some compelling plot lines from past Hollywood classics for each of MLB's 30 teams. (Statistics through Friday's game. Last week's rankings in parentheses): IN THE RUNNING FOR BEST PICTURE 1. DODGERS | "L.A. Story": Dodgers follow surreal signs to record-breaking surge, true love. (3) 2. ATLANTA | "Gone With the Wind": In this version, Atlanta repels Northern invaders easily.
August 15, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown, his investigative panel and a San Francisco Superior Court judge appear to be of one mind: A renewed strike against the Bay Area Rapid Transit District would jeopardize and harm the public's health, safety and welfare. Thus, the court ordered a 60-day injunction against a strike, as provided for by California labor law, until midnight Oct. 10. In most public transit labor disputes, unless binding arbitration is substituted for the injunction, state intervention is unlikely to solve the deeper problems and may only put off an eventual work stoppage.