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September 2, 2003 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Catcher Paul Lo Duca suffered a sprained jaw after taking a foul ball off the mask Monday night in a 10-1 loss to the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. The injury occurred in the third inning as Jeff Kent fouled off an 0-and-1 pitch from Dodger starter Hideo Nomo. Lo Duca was on his knees as team trainer Matt Wilson examined him.
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July 26, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
On the day Paul Lo Duca reported to spring training, he apologized -- but he never said why he was apologizing. Friday, the former Dodgers catcher was more forthcoming about the passages in the Mitchell Report that pertained to him. "What was written about me is true," Lo Duca said.
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August 3, 2004
Re "Dodgers Give Their Roster a Big League Makeover," Aug. 1: It has been my great joy to reconnect with the Dodgers since my 92-year-old father, a longtime fan of the team, moved in with our family two years ago. I grew up in North Hollywood watching games in the days of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. This season, guys like Dave Roberts, Paul Lo Duca and Guillermo Mota have displayed not only extraordinary skills but also inspiring efforts on their team's behalf. To us, they are not just statistics to shuttle around on a computer screen but have what makes baseball such an exciting sport to watch: real heart and soul (something Paul DePodesta seems to lack)
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February 17, 2008 | Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writers
VIERA, Fla. -- Paul Lo Duca, cited in the Mitchell Report as a user of steroids and human growth hormone and the person who referred former Dodgers teammates Eric Gagne and Kevin Brown to his drug supplier, issued a statement Saturday in which he apologized for "mistakes in judgment." Lo Duca met briefly with reporters Saturday but did not discuss particular performance-enhancing substances and would not directly say what he was apologizing for. "C'mon, bro," Lo Duca said. "Next question."
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October 4, 2006 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
Two years later, Carlos Beltran's eyes widen and his smile broadens at the reminder of his last postseason experience. Fresh to the Houston Astros after being traded from Kansas City and headed for free agency, he batted .435 with eight home runs, 14 runs batted in and six steals in 12 games, against Atlanta and St. Louis. After coming within a win of carrying the Astros to their first World Series, Beltran nearly returned to Houston.
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July 26, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
On the day Paul Lo Duca reported to spring training, he apologized -- but he never said why he was apologizing. Friday, the former Dodgers catcher was more forthcoming about the passages in the Mitchell Report that pertained to him. "What was written about me is true," Lo Duca said.
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August 20, 2001 | Paul Gutierrez
What had been mused upon and suggested for weeks on radio talk shows and in Internet chat rooms became reality Sunday. With Chan Ho Park pitching to his personal catcher, Chad Kreuter, Dodger Manager Jim Tracy started Paul Lo Duca at first base in place of struggling Eric Karros. "The bottom line is that it's not a slap in the face to Eric Karros," Tracy said. "It has a lot to do with Paul Lo Duca and his importance to this club right now.
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July 2, 2002 | Mike DiGiovanna
Though he wouldn't come out and say it, one could surmise that Paul Lo Duca felt snubbed by Arizona Manager Bob Brenly, who did not pick the Dodger catcher as an All-Star. Asked before Monday's game if he could answer a few questions, Lo Duca said, "Not if they're about the All-Star game." Brenly, the National League manager, chose his own catcher, Damian Miller, and San Francisco's Benito Santiago to back up starter Mike Piazza of the New York Mets. Lo Duca began Monday night's game with a .
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February 26, 2002 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Dodgers have reached an agreement with catcher Paul Lo Duca on a three-year contract that is believed to be worth about $7 million. An official announcement is expected today or Wednesday. After spending almost eight years in the minor leagues, Lo Duca, 28, had a breakthrough season in 2001, batting .320 with 25 home runs and 90 runs batted in while playing four positions (catcher, first base, left field, right field) and hitting in six different spots in the order.
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February 13, 2003 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Catcher Paul Lo Duca moved to set the record straight Wednesday, making it clear he had no problems with the Dec. 4 trade that brought back catcher Todd Hundley from the Chicago Cubs. Apparently, there was some confusion about Lo Duca's feelings regarding the four-player trade that sent first baseman Eric Karros and second baseman Mark Grudzielanek to Chicago for Hundley and reserve outfielder Chad Hermansen, prompting him to clarify the situation before beginning his work at Dodgertown.
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June 3, 2007 | Bill Shaikin
Even by New York standards, this is absurd For public humiliation, you can't beat this: Alex Rodriguez's wife wakes up in New York last Wednesday. Her husband is in Toronto, where the Yankees are playing the Blue Jays. The front page of the New York Post features a picture of Rodriguez and a "mystery blonde" walking into a Toronto hotel, accompanied by the headline "Stray-Rod."
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January 14, 2007 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
Now that the Dodgers are creating an all-you-can-eat section in the right-field pavilion, how do they plan to wrap those thousands of extra hot dogs? Maybe in copies of the Major League Baseball-licensed "Los Angeles Dodgers 2007 Calendar?" That would be putting the calendar to better use than asking fans to root for the players pictured within. Featured on different months are Eric Gagne, J.D. Drew, Odalis Perez, Kenny Lofton, Bill Mueller and Dioner Navarro.
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October 4, 2006 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
Two years later, Carlos Beltran's eyes widen and his smile broadens at the reminder of his last postseason experience. Fresh to the Houston Astros after being traded from Kansas City and headed for free agency, he batted .435 with eight home runs, 14 runs batted in and six steals in 12 games, against Atlanta and St. Louis. After coming within a win of carrying the Astros to their first World Series, Beltran nearly returned to Houston.
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August 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca denied he has a gambling problem after an article Tuesday in the New York Daily News reported he had significant gambling debts. Flanked by teammates Tom Glavine and David Wright, Lo Duca said he didn't want his situation to be a distraction to the Mets and thanked the fans for their support. "I don't have a gambling problem," said Lo Duca, who did not take questions from reporters. "I do bet on horses legally. I have an online account, bet legally.
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August 20, 2005 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Paul Lo Duca, one of the more popular Dodgers of recent years, was playing with a tender right hamstring. So when the Dodgers ran a double steal on the battered Florida catcher in the pivotal second inning Friday night, Lo Duca could barely stand up, let alone make a play. "I tweaked it coming out of the crouch," Lo Duca said. "It felt like somebody stuck a knife in my leg." Later, Lo Duca would stick a dagger in the Dodgers' heart.
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January 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
Paul Lo Duca agreed Wednesday to an $18-million, three-year contract with the Marlins, who acquired the catcher in a trade with the Dodgers last summer. "When Jeffrey Loria said publicly not too long after we acquired Paul that he was not a summer rental, he meant it," Marlin General Manager Larry Beinfest said, referring to the team's owner. Lo Duca, a fan favorite with the Dodgers, was shocked and teary-eyed when the trade was announced in July.
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August 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca denied he has a gambling problem after an article Tuesday in the New York Daily News reported he had significant gambling debts. Flanked by teammates Tom Glavine and David Wright, Lo Duca said he didn't want his situation to be a distraction to the Mets and thanked the fans for their support. "I don't have a gambling problem," said Lo Duca, who did not take questions from reporters. "I do bet on horses legally. I have an online account, bet legally.
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April 10, 2001 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Lo Duca figured there would be skeptics. Entrusting inexperienced catchers with a $62-million pitching staff should raise eyebrows, he said, but how about a chance? "I can accept people saying, 'What are they thinking?' " said Lo Duca, in his first full season in the majors. "I can understand where people are coming from because I don't have a lot of time in the big leagues, Angel [Pena] has even less, and we have a staff that could be one of the best in baseball.
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September 11, 2004
Jim Tracy now suggests that he plans not to play Hee-Seop Choi. That prompts one to ask the question, "What took you so long?" Viewed in the context of Paul DePodesta's stated rationale for his move -- to strengthen the Dodgers for the postseason -- I'm prompted to ask, whom did the Dodgers get for the heart and soul of their team, Paul Lo Duca, and the key to the bullpen's effectiveness, Guillermo Mota? Oh, that's right ... nobody. Los Angeles baseball fans would be much better off if we could somehow trade the McCourts and their errand boy, DePodesta.
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