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.
June 2, 2013 |
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.
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May 31, 2013 |
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 |
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.
May 25, 2013 |
WACO, Texas - On a recent afternoon, as McLennan County Republicans polished off their barbecue, the head of the local GOP worked his way through the group's luncheon agenda. A plaque was presented. A local judge spotlighted. The fertilizer plant explosion in nearby West, Texas, was discussed. Only then, after 30 minutes or so, did the featured speaker take his brief turn at the microphone. If it seemed a comedown after a lifetime spent near the pinnacle of politics, bunking at the White House and growing up a prince amid Republican royalty, George P. Bush never let on. He is the fourth generation to enter the family business: Great-grandpa was a U.S. senator, grandpa and an uncle were presidents, dad was a governor.
May 24, 2013 |
Matt Kemp's surgically repaired left shoulder is hampering his swing and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Friday that has played a big part in Kemp's season-long struggles at the plate. Kemp, who is hitting .266 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in, cannot fully extend on his swing, something teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez both experienced when they returned from shoulder surgery. "He's not where he wants to be. He's frustrated out there," Mattingly said of Kemp.
May 20, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have felt responsible for the Dodgers' stagnant offense. On Monday, they did something about it. Kemp and Ethier each hit long home runs in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 3, Milwaukee 1 "If things get going, it's going to revolve around us," said Ethier, who began the game batting .255. Kemp, who is coming back from an off-season shoulder operation, had hit only one home run. That came April 24 against the New York Mets, when he barely cleared the right-field wall at Citi Field.
May 14, 2013 |
After the scoreboard bulbs showing a playoff-eliminating loss were turned off at Honda Center on Sunday, more came to light Tuesday as Ducks players were processed through exit interviews. For one, the team was more banged up than advertised down the stretch. For another, veteran star Teemu Selanne might indeed be swayed to return for a 21st season because of the "unfinished business" after the first-round Stanley Cup playoffs loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Also, General Manager Bob Murray is bent on toughening his team after regular-season and playoff bullying incidents went unchecked, and admitted Tuesday that the Ducks were hamstrung late in the season by injuries.