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March 7, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
In the summer of 1974, Dodger pitcher Tommy John heard his arm snap like a guitar string after delivering a pitch. The torn ligament was the type of injury that commonly ended athletic careers, but John, then a 31-year-old star, pushed team doctors "to figure it out. " Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe made what many consider the most extraordinary medical advance in baseball history that September when he invented a transplant procedure that resurrected...
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
All high schools would be fortunate to have a No. 2 pitcher as talented as senior Chris Kovach of Simi Valley Royal. He's showing signs of being a standout this season, improving to 3-1 on Friday while lowering his ERA to 1.50 in a 4-1 Marmonte League victory over Calabasas. He struck out five, walked one and allowed six hits in five innings. His fastball was clocked at 86 mph in the first inning. Royal is 10-1 this season and the combination of left-hander Kurt Johnson (4-0)
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February 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez, This post has been updated. See below for the details
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers appear to be close to a deal with veteran left-hander Paul Maholm. [UPDATED, 4:06 p.m.: The Dodgers announced they have signed Maholm to a one-year, major-league contract. ] Maholm was among the Dodgers pitchers and catchers to undergo physical examinations Saturday at the team's spring training complex. Maholm declined to speak to reporters and the Dodgers wouldn't confirm they have a deal with him. The contract figures to be a minor-league deal.
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April 5, 2014
ON THE MOUND: Nearly three weeks after the Dodgers broke camp, veteran left-hander Paul Maholm made his first start for his new team. The pitcher who replaced a sidelined Clayton Kershaw in gave up five runs and seven hits over 41/3 innings. Maholm gave up two home runs, including a three-run home run to Pablo Sandoval in the fifth inning that increased the Giants' lead to 5-1. With the bullpen depleted by Hyun-Jin Ryu's two-inning start Friday, the Dodgers were forced to use the likes of Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Chris Perez in a blowout loss.
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January 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Joey Medellin, a promising sophomore pitcher at Birmingham who was impressive last weekend throwing against El Toro in the JSerra tournament, checked out of school on Tuesday and is transferring to Calabasas. His older brother, Randy, was an All-City infielder for the Patriots and another brother, Eric, is a senior at Birmingham. Medellin could have problems trying to play this season for the Coyotes, because first-year Calabasas Coach Thomas Cassidy coached him on a travel-ball team in the fall, and there's a CIF rule that bars athletes from following their coach.
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March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 West Hills Chaminade sophomore pitcher Tommy Costello has committed to Washington, Coach Frank Mutz said. Costello returned this season after having elbow surgery and missing his freshman year. Junior shortstop Dallas Tessar is also a Washington commit.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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August 30, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 USC baseball Coach Dan Hubbs is finally beginning to gain some traction in recruiting top players from Southern California. The next key will be making sure they show up on campus. The latest commitment comes from left-handed freshman pitcher Nick Pratto of Santa Ana Mater Dei. He was a teammate of outfielder Christian Moya of Bishop Amat on the USA 15U team that won the gold medal this summer in Colombia. Moya committed to USC earlier this week. Pratto will make his varsity debut for Mater Dei this spring.
NEWS
May 8, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MINNEAPOLIS -- Angels pitcher Jered Weaver is probably too young to have a "bucket list," but if he did, the 29-year-old right-hander would have crossed two things off it this past week. Last Wednesday night in Anaheim, Weaver threw his first major league no-hitter, blanking the Minnesota Twins for the first individual no-hitter in Angel Stadium since Nolan Ryan in 1975. Tuesday afternoon, Weaver reaped another reward for his gem when he presented the "Top 10" list on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," filming the segment, which will air Tuesday night, in a suite next to the Target Field press box. "I watch Dave before I go to bed when I'm home, so it's pretty cool to be on the show," Weaver said.
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November 18, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who went 14-12 with a 3.79 earned-run average for the Cincinnati Reds last season, told MLB Network Radio on Monday that both the Dodgers and Angels are among four teams known to have expressed interest in him this winter. Arroyo turns 37 in February but is looking for a three-year deal, which might be warranted considering his health and track record. The right-hander has made 32 or more starts in each of the last nine seasons, and he struck out 124 and walked only 34 in 202 innings in 2013.
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August 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Cal State Northridge baseball Coach Greg Moore, who hired former Chatsworth Coach Tom Meusborn as an assistant coach, has added former Capistrano Valley pitcher Matt Hiserman to his staff. Hiserman was a pitcher at San Francisco, where Moore was the pitching coach. Hiserman's focus will be on strength and conditioning. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Coach Mike Parisi has Pasadena off to a 9-3-1 start, and the Bulldogs just might win the Pacific League this season. Leading the way has been junior infielder Frankie Garriola, who has 21 hits and a .500 batting average. Freshman pitcher Elijah Parks has given a big boost with a 3-1 record and 1.97 ERA. Pasadena began league play earier this week with a 3-0 victory over Crescenta Valley   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO -- Complaints about the season-opening series in Australia resurfaced before the Dodgers' 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday at Petco Park, this time centered around how the overseas trip might have resulted in injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson. Kershaw, who strained a back muscle pitching in Australia, will be sidelined, at least, for the remainder of the month. Wilson joined him on the 15-day disabled list with an irritated nerve in his elbow.
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March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 West Hills Chaminade sophomore pitcher Tommy Costello has committed to Washington, Coach Frank Mutz said. Costello returned this season after having elbow surgery and missing his freshman year. Junior shortstop Dallas Tessar is also a Washington commit.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In Southern Section Division 6, La Verne Lutheran (9-0) is looking very strong after the opening month of the season behind 6-foot-5 senior pitcher Lane Henderson, who's 4-0 with 58 strikeouts in 24 innings. Henderson is set to sign a letter of intent next month with William Jessup University, an NAIA school in Northern California starting up a baseball program for the first time. Also signing on April 15 is teammate James Ward, a shortstop who becomes eligible on April 7 after transferring from Bonita.
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March 30, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Junior picher Brandon Ponticelli of Alemany has committed to Nevada. He's off to a 4-0 start this season.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In those heady days when Barry Bonds was hitting a home run just about every day, visitors would flock to the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants. You would turn to the right for Bonds, for his entourage, for his oversized lounge chair, and for the Giants employee nervously trying to block reporters and other outsiders from approaching the slugger. You would turn to the left for other players, and their standard-issue chairs, and their detached bemusement. Mike Trout is baseball's best player.
HEALTH
March 28, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
The big guy in the water pitcher-filter market has practically become a common name, like Kleenex. But even Brita's most ardent fans might agree that those plastic containers aren't dinner party elegant. There's a new player hoping to fill that spot: Soma, a glass carafe with a plastic filter that sits inside it. The filter, which lasts two months, is biodegradable, made of coconut shell, silk and food-based plastic, the company says. It costs $49 with one filter; additional filters, automatically mailed to subscribers, cost $12.99.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX - Angels fans won't have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. The Angels released the struggling and oft-criticized right-hander on Wednesday and ate the remaining $8.5 million on his contract, a move that was probably more difficult for General Manager Jerry Dipoto to digest than Blanton. "It's regrettable, it's a mistake on my part, there's no one else to blame," said Dipoto, who signed Blanton to a two-year, $15-million deal before 2013. "I made the call on signing Joe Blanton, and obviously this isn't the way he or I wanted it to work out. Unfortunately, that's the way it goes sometimes.
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