April 10, 2013 |
If Denard Robinson is still hoping an NFL team will give him a shot as a pro quarterback, he better pray no scouts watched his ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game. Robinson, the ex-Michigan quarterback who set an NCAA record for rushing yards, will probably continue to be dogged with questions about his throwing accuracy after one-hopping his pitch about midway to home plate. The 2013 NFL draft hopeful didn't look like he put much effort into the throw and was seen joking afterward with his catcher, Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly.
August 21, 2013 |
When did David Copperfield sign a deal with the Chicago White Sox? During Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals, the White Sox had runners on first and third with no outs in the top of the second inning. Royals pitcher Ervin Santana unleashed a pitch that got past catcher Salvador Perez. Perez turned to chase the ball, but it had vanished. Paul Konerko, the runner on third, throws up his hands, wondering what to do before the umpire waves him home. As you can see in the video above, the ball disappeared into one of the signs behind home plate.
July 6, 2013 |
Dwight Howard downplayed Kobe Bryant's pitch as a reason for leaving the Lakers for Houston and claimed he was already a winner in an interview with The Times' T.J. Simers. In the Lakers' meeting with Howard on Tuesday, Bryant reportedly told Howard he should listen to Bryant more often to learn how to become a champion. "People twisted a lot of things he said," Howard said Friday night. "I haven't won a championship but I'm in the NBA. That's winning. I'm blessed to be able to play this game, blessed to come out of back surgery.
August 21, 2012 |
Roger Clemens will attempt to make a comeback at age 50 after signing with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Monday. Does this mean we eventually will see the once-dominating pitcher back on a major league mound? That's a question with several layers. First of all, what are Clemens' intentions with all of this? Is it just for fun -- as one of Clemens' agents, Randy Hendricks, suggested in an email to USA Today on Monday -- or does the seven-time Cy Young winner have bigger things on his mind?
November 4, 2009 |
Maria Casanova, an assistant professor of economics at UCLA, toyed with the idea earlier this year of buying a foreclosed property near the Westwood campus. She signed up for a prominent listing service called RealtyTrac. Casanova, 31, canceled her subscription not long after. Yet a few days ago she discovered that some other real estate company she'd never heard of has been billing her almost $45 a month for the last eight months. Consumer advocates say it's an all-too-common problem: People signing up for one thing online and inadvertently signing up for something else that comes with recurring monthly charges.
March 19, 2013 |
— If not for their surplus of starting pitchers, these might be anxious days for the Dodgers. In the last 24 hours, the Dodgers scratched flu-ridden Josh Beckett from his Monday start, classified Chad Billingsley as "kind of doubtful" for his Tuesday assignment because of a bruised finger and made plans for previously sore-elbowed Zack Greinke to pitch Wednesday. "The scenarios have been changed a lot lately," Manager Don Mattingly said. The Dodgers came to spring training knowing the state of their rotation was an issue.
February 19, 2011 |
Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda threw his cutter for the first time this spring in a bullpen session Saturday and when he threw it, he did so with restraint. You couldn't blame him. His manager was standing in the batter's box. "I had to be careful," Kuroda said, laughing. To get a better idea of what his pitchers are throwing, Don Mattingly was standing next to the plate during several bullpen sessions. He said that was something he started to do when managing in the Arizona Fall League.
March 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Encouraged by how his elbow felt Wednesday in his first game in nearly three weeks, Zack Greinke said he thought he could be ready to pitch at the start of the regular season. “I hope so,” Greinke said. “My arm felt really good today. It felt strong.” Greinke faced Chicago White Sox minor league players for four innings, throwing 43 pitches and facing one batter more than the minimum. He gave up a single, hit a batter and induced a double play. “I wasn't perfect,” he said.
May 24, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's a forkball. No, it's a knuckleball. Like the old Certs breath mint commercial, Angels reliever Robert Coello's signature delivery is two, two, two pitches in one, and the right-hander has used it to carve a bullpen role that seems to grow more prominent with each outing. Last Saturday, Coello replaced starter Joe Blanton with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning. He struck out Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios and retired the side in order in the sixth to earn the win in a 12-9 victory over the White Sox. Thursday night, Coello replaced struggling closer Ernesto Frieri with two on and two out in the ninth.
April 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Still sick with a stomach flu that cut short his opening-day start, Clayton Kershaw said he was “pretty sure” he would be able to pitch in the Dodgers' home opener Tuesday. “We'll see,” Kershaw said. Kershaw reported a minor improvement in his condition. He pitched three scoreless innings Thursday in the Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. “I felt pretty bad,” he said. “I know I needed to try to get out there. After that third inning, I started getting dizzy and lightheaded and stuff, so I really couldn't do it anymore.” Upon exiting the game, Kershaw tried to return to the team hotel across the street from Petco Park but was too weak to do so. He said he threw up in the eighth inning.