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July 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
TORONTO  - With his left ankle still swollen Wednesday, Matt Kemp was placed on the disabled list for the third time this season. "We were hoping that over 48 hours, it would get better," Manager Don Mattingly said. "It hasn't. " The move is retroactive to Monday, meaning Kemp could be activated Aug. 6, when the Dodgers play the second game of a four-game series in St. Louis. But Mattingly acknowledged he didn't know whether Kemp would be ready to play by then.
July 22, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Had things gone the way Joe Hicks planned, he would have spent Monday flying home from Scotland after watching his son, who a decade ago was a child golfing prodigy, play in the British Open. Instead, Hicks left his job as a longshoreman and made the short drive from San Pedro to Angel Stadium to watch Aaron Hicks, the former Long Beach Wilson High star and a product of the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, play center field for the Minnesota Twins. "It's fantastic, a dream come true for him and for me to see my son out there playing," said Joe Hicks, one of more than 100 family members and friends on hand to watch the 23-year-old rookie play his first big league game in Anaheim.
July 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Mike Scioscia couldn't say for certain whether a 12-pitch at-bat that resulted in a third-inning single in the Angels' 9-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on June 12 is what sparked Erick Aybar's monthlong hot streak. Nor could he rule it out. "I guess you can rationalize and go back and say that's why this happened," the manager said. "There's nothing wrong with a 12-pitch at-bat. You can connect some of the dots. The quality of his at-bats has improved, no doubt about it. The last 75 at-bats, you're seeing a tough out from both sides of the plate.
June 27, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
It was two hours before the first pitch Thursday, and the Dodger Stadium tour guide was ushering a dozen fans from the seats behind home plate when one of them stopped. "Wait a minute," he said. "Puig is hitting. " "But…," said the tour guide. "No, no, no," said another fan. "Puig is hitting. " The entire group halted to witness the hottest debuting hitter in Dodgers history take batting practice. Turns out they could have done it with their eyes closed. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 6, Philadelphia 4 Thwack!
June 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
— The hamstring injury that put Matt Kemp on the disabled list appears healed. The poor hitting that preceded the stint on the disabled list? The Dodgers are keeping their fingers crossed. Kemp was hitless in five at-bats — with four strikeouts — in his first rehabilitation game with triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. He had one hit in three at-bats Sunday, with another strikeout. In 51 games with the Dodgers, Kemp is batting .251 with two home runs and 60 strikeouts, a total that still leads the team even though he has not played in the major leagues since May 29. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp had tried new contact lenses in Saturday's game, which might have contributed to the strikeouts.
June 23, 2013 | By Sergei Loiko
MOSCOW - A plane from Hong Kong believed to be carrying the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden landed in the Russian capital late Sunday afternoon, and authorities said he was en route to Cuba. There were conflicting reports about what precisely happened to Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities for leaking top-secret NSA information, once the flight landed at Sheremetyevo-2 Airport. He was not seen among the flight passengers emerging from passport control and customs.
June 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Pitching in at the plate Dodgers pitchers are batting .176 as a unit this season, which might not sound like much until you consider that's the second-best mark - behind only the Milwaukee Brewers' staff average of .205 - in the National League. And much of that production has come from Zack Greinke, who went into his scheduled start Saturday in San Diego hitting .316 with an on-base percentage of .381. Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are the only Dodgers with higher marks.
June 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Picking up "Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites" (Doubleday, $26.95) is a little like having Kate Christensen sit down next to you in a bar and hearing her life story. The novelist - author of "The Astral" and the PEN/Faulkner-winning "The Great Man" - publishes her first nonfiction book in July, a memoir. In a bar, you wouldn't get her recipes, however. They appear in the book and are built for comfort, from the Bachelorette Puttanesca to the Dark Night of the Soul Soup.
May 31, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
He may not be taking on the Red Baron in this one, but Snoopy may soon be seen on the back of some California cars. The state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would establish a Snoopy license plate to benefit California museums. AB 482, introduced by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), passed with a vote of 57-19. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would allow the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to use the revenue from the plate to create a new grant program to support small capital projects at museums.
May 30, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A video making the rounds on the Internet shows a squid-topped dish. Soy sauce is poured on the squid and it begins flinging its tentacles. It even looks like it might be making a run for it at one point. It can be disturbing when your dinner moves around. Now Discovery Networks has an explainer (video above), telling why the squid -- which is indeed dead -- moves and whether the animal is feeling any pain. Both the video and the explainer are decidedly unappetizing, yet a little fascinating too.  Some of those who had seen the video, as the site notes, were disgusted by the apparent cruelty.
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