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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.
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez was smiling Sunday. Clayton Kershaw wasn't. Whereas Ramirez was able to pinch-hit a day after he bruised his surgically repaired right thumb, Kershaw was informed by the Dodgers he would pitch in another minor league game before making his return from the disabled list. Asked whether he was fine with the team's decision, Kershaw replied, "Not really. " Sidelined because of a strained back muscle, Kershaw hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since the their season opener in Australia on March 22. Kershaw wanted to pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Minnesota.
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.
April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jack Hartman, an All-City pitcher at Reseda Cleveland last season, is 4-0 with a 3.07 ERA as a starting pitcher in his freshman season at the University of Pennsylvania. Penn is battling for the Ivy League title with a 13-3 record. Here's a story looking at Hartman and other Penn freshmen.  
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.
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.
September 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 UCLA continues to get commitments from top young baseball players. The latest is 6-foot-2 sophomore right-handed pitcher Kyle Mora from Los Alamitos. He has participated in the USA 14U development program. He's part of a Los Alamitos team that is already sending senior pitcher Jacob Nix to UCLA.  
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.  
July 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Calabasas pitcher Drew Saberhagen has been hired as the pitching coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Saberhagen, who played at Pepperdine and Western Carolina, is the son of former Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen.  
April 24, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
One of the greatest gifts for a teenager is when a grandfather is able to live long enough to offer life lessons that can be cherished forever. Grant Hockin, a standout senior pitcher at La Verne Damien, was the recipient of such influential advice from the man he called "grandpa," Harmon Killebrew, a baseball Hall of Famer from the Minnesota Twins who hit 573 home runs in 22 major-league seasons. "He always told me to treat everyone with respect and don't take anything for granted," Hockin said.
April 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm lasted only five innings and was charged with five runs (four earned) and eight hits. The Phillies blew open the game in the fifth inning, which included a two-run home run by Ryan Howard and a throwing error by Maholm that resulted in another run. Brandon League pitched two scoreless innings. Jose Dominguez also pitched two innings but gave up a two-run home run to Carlos Ruiz in the ninth inning. AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an infield single in first inning.
April 20, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Former UCLA All-American pitcher Gerrit Cole, in his second season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, took exception to Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez flipping his bat after connecting for what turned out to be a triple on Sunday, igniting a benches-clearing brawl that led to three ejections. Gomez and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected as was Pirates bench coach Jerry Narron. Gomez's shot to deep center field came with two outs in the third inning. As Cole headed back to the mound after collecting the ball from third baseman Josh Harrison, he appeared to have a few words for Gomez about the posturing at home plate as the ball headed toward the wall.
April 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON -- Whether it was deliberate or not, Scott Feldman seemed to slow-play the Angels on Sunday, when he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings of the Houston Astros' 7-4 victory in Minute Maid Park. Several times, the Astros right-hander appeared to be in clear violation of a rule that requires a pitcher, when the bases are empty, to deliver his next pitch within 12 seconds of receiving the ball from the catcher after the previous pitch. “Theoretically, yes, there is,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said when asked about the rule before Monday's series finale against the Astros.
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.
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)
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  
April 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Is Clayton Kershaw the most popular pitcher in Major League Baseball? By one measure, yes. The Dodgers ace and defending National League Cy Young winner led all pitchers in jersey sales during the off-season, based on sales from MLB's online shop. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox led the rankings, released Thursday by the league. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees ranked third, followed by Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kershaw ranked fifth.
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