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June 7, 2006 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
Roger Clemens stood before the home dugout Tuesday night, having answered a curtain call after three innings and 62 serviceable pitches. He tipped his cap to the opposing dugout, inquired into the health of a designated hitter he bruised above the right elbow with a fastball, waved to his wife and sisters in Suite 15, and bumped knuckles with his game-long teammates. He smiled and clenched his fist. Before long, he was through the door in the right-field fence, off to the next minor-league town.
April 16, 2006 | Houston Mitchell
HOWIE KENDRICK, 2B Salt Lake, triple A Last season, Kendrick, 22, slugged .638 at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, earning him a promotion to double-A Arkansas, where he hit .342 and slugged .579. His range may be a problem, but Kendrick and shortstop Brandon Wood, also in the Angels' minor league system, could form an impressive double-play tandem in Anaheim one day. Yes, Adam Kennedy, those are footsteps you hear behind you.
March 28, 2006 | Andrew H. Malcolm, Times Staff Writer
If you build it, they will come. Ah, but Santa Clarita isn't Iowa. Where do you find enough open, flat land for a minor league baseball field with room for about 2,500 people -- and their cars -- in an exploding suburb? That's Craig Duswalt's challenge. He's the general manager of a potential Golden Baseball League expansion team that has no players, no name and, for the moment, no place to play. His job is to find 20 acres in Santa Clarita to change all that.
March 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Prompted by an upcoming book about Barry Bonds, a congressman who sponsored legislation calling for tougher drug testing in pro sports wrote a letter Wednesday asking baseball Commissioner Bud Selig about his role in policing steroid use from 1998 to 2002. "As commissioner, you have the essential responsibility to safeguard the integrity of the game and to ensure that cheaters have no place in professional baseball," Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) said in the letter.
June 27, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
It's a Wednesday afternoon, and the 150 or so fans watching Orange County's only minor league baseball team are distracted. They're seeking shade on one of the hottest days of the year, but here at Cal State Fullerton's baseball field, there's precious little. Patricia Wehn and her husband, Herman, sitting five rows behind home plate, are grasping for their sun umbrella. "I was counting on June gloom when I got these tickets," she said. "I think some other people were too. There's nobody here."
June 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson has teamed with Mandalay Entertainment Group to invest in urban renewal projects anchored by minor league baseball stadiums, a Mandalay executive said Wednesday. One such project could involve a new home worth $25 million to $35 million for the Mandalay-owned Hagerstown Suns, a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets based in Maryland, said Richard W. Neumann, a vice president of the Mandalay Baseball unit.
May 22, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
For a man who took seemingly forever to reach the United States, Kendry Morales didn't waste time making an impact as an Angel minor leaguer. Morales homered on his first swing Saturday night with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, sending the second pitch he saw clanging off the scoreboard beyond the fence in right-center field. The first baseman also singled twice and drove in three runs during the Quakes' 10-8 loss to the Visalia Oaks.
April 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four Angel prospects were among the 38 minor league players suspended Monday for being in violation of baseball's minor league steroids policy. William Collazo, a pitcher for double-A Arkansas; Francisco Cordova, a pitcher for Class-A Cedar Rapids, and infielders Ryan Leahy and Baltazar Lopez of Cedar Rapids each received 15-day suspensions without pay as first-time offenders. Damian Moss and Ryan Christianson were among eight players in the Seattle organization suspended for 15 days.
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