August 27, 2012 |
Ervin Santana kept his demons hidden through five innings. Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder then showed up waving a bat and all you-know-what broke loose again. For the 10th time this season, Santana surrendered multiple home runs, this time consecutive blasts by Fielder and Delmon Young in the sixth inning, and the Tigers beat the Angels, 5-2, at Comerica Park. "Just two mistakes," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said of Santana's seven-inning outing. "He tried to go down and away and it was down and in, not a good location for Fielder.
August 2, 2012 |
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) is getting lots of press this week, just not the kind that a candidate running for reelection might hope to attract. On Wednesday, the House Committee on Ethics recommended Richardson be reprimanded for violating codes of ethics and standards of conduct and fined $10,000. The committee concluded that Richardson pressured her legislative staff to work on her campaign, often against their will. Richardson is running against Rep. Janice Hahn in the newly created 44 th Congressional District that stretches from San Pedro to Watts and across to South Gate.
June 13, 2012 |
Reaching the major leagues is no walk in the park for even the most gifted of athletes, but for Dodgers pitcher Shawn Tolleson, the road was especially rocky. Growing up in Dallas, Tolleson played travel baseball with current Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and Angels reliever Jordan Walden. Among a trio of future major leaguers, it was Tolleson — not Kershaw, a 2011 Cy Young award winner — who was regarded as having the brightest future. "Tolleson was actually one of the best pitchers I've ever seen coming up," Walden said.
May 22, 2012 |
Call it perfect timing in the era of BBCOR bats. Top-seeded Orange Lutheran has put together a baseball team that relies on pitching, defense, bunting and finding ways to score without the aid of a home run. It has led the Lancers (23-4) into the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs after a 7-2 win over Vista Murrieta in a second-round game Tuesday at Hart Park. Six of their 10 hits Tuesday were infield singles. Conner Sullivan, who had three singles, started the game sliding into first base to beat out a ball that pitcher Jeff Moberg couldn't handle.
May 9, 2012
Re "Ball fields at Griffith Park? Not a hit with everybody," May 6 Natural areas are increasingly hard to find because of development. Developing Griffith Park further by putting in more baseball fields would degrade the park's remaining natural areas. There are plenty of places baseball can be played. Suggesting that kids from downtown L.A. come to Griffith Park to play baseball makes no sense. If they are going to travel so far, then they can travel a similar distance to a school that has a field and play there.
October 11, 2011 |
Less than 24 hours after the NBA announced it was canceling the first two weeks of the season because no collective bargaining agreement had been reached, several locked-out NBA players were playing pickup games at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, looking to stay in shape while assessing the situation. Al Harrington of the Denver Nuggets, Corey Maggette of the Charlotte Bobcats and Earl Watson of the Utah Jazz said their support for their union remains steadfast. The players also spoke of how the lockout, now in its fourth month, is hurting other people dependent upon the NBA for their livelihood.