August 10, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - At least with Albert Pujols the Angels can point to the excruciating pain he felt in his left heel, which finally gave out on July 26, and a sore right knee as tangible reasons for his career-low average and on-base and slugging percentages. And they can have a realistic hope that, with a full recovery, Pujols can be a force on offense in 2014. Even with injuries weakening his foundation, he was on pace for 27 homers and 102 runs batted in when he tore his plantar fascia, proof there is still some thunder in his bat. But what about Josh Hamilton, whose early struggles have devolved into a full-blown, season-long slump?
August 10, 2013 |
Baseball might be a young man's game, but staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players, each 37 or older, who can still swing with the kids. David Ortiz DH | Boston Big Papi had reached the 100-RBI plateau only once in the last six seasons, and knocked in only 60 in an injury-plagued 2012. But the 37-year-old has been healthy in 2013, and he has returned to being a beast in the middle of the Red Sox lineup, hitting .330 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs. He still carries quite the fear factor too, as his MLB-leading 16 intentional walks attest.
August 10, 2013 |
No matter the occasion, my friend Rafael inevitably shows up with a platter of prosciutto di San Daniele, the sweeter cousin of Parma ham, that he's purchased at Roma Deli in Pasadena. It's always perfectly sliced, the way they do it in Italy, so thin the ham almost melts on the tongue and you can taste every bit of its salty-sweet goodness. That's an example of sumptuous minimalism in a charcuterie or salumi plate. And it used to be about the only option if you wanted to put together one at home.
July 24, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
— 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 |
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 |
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.