June 15, 2013 |
Rocket fuel Roger Clemens would have smiled at the highlights from last week's fight night at Dodger Stadium. Not at the punching and shoving, mind you, but at the first bean ball - the one that hit Yasiel Puig in the face. Puig had hit .500 in his first eight games in the major leagues, with four home runs and 10 runs batted in. The Dodgers' phenom might have been a little too comfortable for Clemens, who probably would have welcomed him to the majors by buzzing him with a fastball, high and tight.
June 15, 2013 |
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES UCLA vs. LSU Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha. When: Sunday, 5 p.m. PDT. Records: UCLA 44-17, LSU 57-9. TV: ESPN2. Update: UCLA's nip-and-tuck pitcher Adam Plutko (8-3, 2.35 earned-run average) will try to extend his postseason success. Plutko, a junior, is 5-0 with an 0.82 ERA in six postseason starters during his career. LSU counters with sophomore Aaron Nola, who is projected as a first-round pick in 2014. Nola is 12-0 with a 1.68 ERA and has struck out 117 batters in 118 innings.
June 12, 2013 |
The Dodgers didn't throw at the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night and the Diamondbacks didn't throw at them. The benches never cleared and no punches were exchanged. But the brawl from the previous night at Dodger Stadium was still on their minds as Arizona piled up 20 hits in an 8-6, 12-inning victory. "I don't think it ends there," reliever Ronald Belisario said before taking the loss. BOX SCORE: Arizona 8, Dodgers 6 (12 inn.) Manager Don Mattingly also implied that the situation could escalate later in the season, as he sounded more concerned about administering vigilante justice than he did about the consequences of doing so. As it was, the Dodgers already lost Yasiel Puig from the starting lineup, as the rookie outfielder sat with a strained right shoulder he presumably sustained in the fracas.
June 11, 2013 |
Yasiel Puig didn't get a hit or make a spectacular throw on Tuesday night, but he might have changed the Dodgers' season. Less than three weeks ago, the Dodgers were said by their own manager to lack toughness. But there was no questioning their resolve in a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Puig was hit in the face by a 92-mph fastball by Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning, sparking an old-fashioned brawl in the seventh and setting the stage for an emotional comeback in the eighth.
June 9, 2013 |
Dairy farmer Ron Koetsier's 1,200 cows produce roughly 90 tons of manure daily, and for the last three decades, he has tried unsuccessfully to turn the stinky dung into energy to power his 450-acre farm in Visalia. He installed a nearly $1-million renewable energy system in 1985 that used the methane from manure to create electricity for his farm. In 2002, he replaced that system with newer technology, but he hit a snag when air-quality standards called for expensive retrofits to reduce air pollution; he eventually shut down the system in 2009.
June 8, 2013 |
The question might start being asked. Has the college baseball landscape in Southern California shifted? UCLA can make a case for that after a 3-0 victory over host Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field on Saturday night that retired the third-ranked Titans for the season and sent the Bruins to the College World Series in Omaha. This could be a watershed moment. Fullerton has dominated the area baseball scene, winning four national titles, since moving to the Division I level in 1975.