August 30, 2013 |
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.
January 21, 2014 |
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.
May 8, 2012 |
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 |
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.
January 27, 2014 |
One month before the baseball season begins, there might not be a pitcher rising faster in the minds of professional scouts than Jacob Nix of Los Alamitos. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Nix signed with UCLA, but he's also throwing between 92 and 95 mph, and that's the kind of velocity scouts get excited about. If he throws strikes, too, opposing teams could be in big trouble facing Los Alamitos this spring. Nix was a member of the gold-medal winning USA U18 championship team in fall, pitching against Cuba, so he knows about handling pressure.
August 23, 2012 |
Sick of looking at that bulky Brita water filter pitcher? And of making way for it in the fridge? Here's a much more stylish, slimmer version designed by Erik Magnussen . Call it Danish minimalist. It holds 48.5 ounces and is compatible with filters from several companies, including the Brita Maxtra Filter. Available in smoke (as pictured), azur (cobalt) and aqua (turquoise) from the online shop steltonusa.com for $50. ALSO: The Early Bird gets the chilaquiles Coming to the Taste: the Beer Chicks In the nick of time: a lime meringue tart from David Lebovitz twitter.com/sirenevirbila