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.
August 15, 2013 |
Good news, sports fans: Baseball is about to get even more boring. On Thursday, Commissioner Bud Selig announced that Major League Baseball plans to expand the use of instant replay, allowing managers to challenge virtually any umpire's call aside from balls and strikes. In other words, add instant replay to the list of time-wasters that have slowed the modern game to a crawl: Pitchers who treat every pitch like it's the most important ever thrown; batters who can't bat without stepping out of the box, adjusting batting gloves, spitting, scratching, digging in, and then doing it all again before the next pitch; catchers who can't give signs without getting them first from the manager; and the endless parade of relief pitchers, all of whom need to warm up on the mound, despite the fact they've already warmed up in the bullpen.
August 5, 2013 |
The saddest part of another syringe-spitting afternoon in baseball Monday occurred when, for one of the first times this summer, Alex Rodriguez spoke the truth. He had just been hit with a drug suspension bigger than Barry Bonds' neck, a record 211 games that would carry him through next season and probably end his career. Yet he was dragging baseball further through the pill-littered muck by appealing the suspension. In fact, in a bit of breathtaking irony, his injured hip finally healed, he was using the exact day his suspension was announced to make his 2013 debut.